GAME OF THE WEEK: Charter Oak at Rancho Verde

THE DETAILS:
Covina Charter Oak vs. MoVal Rancho Verde
CIF-Southern Section – Week 13
Division 3 – Semifinal Round
At Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde HS
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 24

COVINA CHARTER OAK (12-0 overall, 5-0 Hacienda League) only played in two games decided by 11-or-fewer points this season, a 14-7 win over Diamond Ranch to start league play in October, and a 39-28 win over Westlake in last week’s quarterfinal round. To wit: The Chargers enter tonight’s game having allowed just 121 points this season (10.1 per game average). Senior QB Jalen Palacios surpassed 2,000 passing yards in the win over Westlake, but has also thrown 10 INTs this year. Senior RB Matthew Chavez doesn’t wow in the eye-ball test but has rushed for 13 TDs and more than 1,400 yards.
HEAD COACH: Lou Farrar

MOVAL RANCHO VERDE (10-2 overall, 5-0 Inland Valley League) hasn’t lost since back-to-back non-league failures at Ridgecrest Burroughs and Perris Citrus Hill in mid-September. Since then the Mustangs have been on a roll, averaging more than 41 points per game while running roughshod through the IVL and the first two rounds of the playoffs. Sophomore QB Brock White (2,500 passing yards, 34 TDs) has been a like-for-like replacement for the graduated E.J. Stewart, and a handful of capable ball carriers has combined to gain more than 2,400 rushing yards and scored 33 times on the ground.
HEAD COACH: Jeff Steinberg

THE KEY PLAYERS:
Charter Oak — QB Jalen Palacios, Sr. (6-foot-1, 200 pounds); RB Matthew Chavez, Sr. (5-8, 180); WR/FS Jermaine Braddock, Sr. (6-2, 200); WR/CB Isaiah Hamilton, Sr. (5-11, 180); CB/WR Michael Anyanwu, Sr. (6-foot, 180); TE/DE Louis Farrar, Sr. (6-4, 225); C/T Aaron Ramirez, Jr. (6-4, 260); DE/T Garrett Friou, Sr. (6-2, 245); MLB Joseph Romero, Sr. (6-foot, 200); K Gabriel Trujillo, Jr. (5-7, 210)

Rancho Verde — QB Brock White, Soph. (5-foot-10, 160 pounds); RB Xavier Ugorgi, Jr. (5-9, 166); RB Kayvionta Patterson, Jr. (5-4, 120); WR Jasiah Richard-Lewis, Sr. (6-foot, 175); WR Manny Allen, Sr. (6-1, 170); WR Kamryn Woodson, Sr. (5-10, 153); NG D’lawrence Green, Sr. (6-2, 305); OLB Taylon Dalton, Jr. (6-2, 175); FS Jaxen Turner, Jr. (6-2, 170); K/P Luis Santiago, Soph. (5-9, 152)

THE DIFFERENCE:
Both teams are balanced on offense and hawks on defense. The team that controls the ball and the clock will win.

THE PREDICTION:
Rancho Verde 32, Charter Oak 31

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