GAME OF THE WEEK: Santiago at Roosevelt

THE DETAILS:
Santiago vs. Roosevelt
CIF-Southern Section – Week 8
Big VIII League
At Eastvale (Calif.) Roosevelt HS
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 12

SANTIAGO (3-4 overall, 0-2 Big VIII League) is a loss away from playing itself out of the playoffs so this game means everything for the Sharks, who have already lost to both Centennial and Norco to start league play. The offense was almost good enough to keep them in the game vs. Norco until the fourth quarter, but the defense couldn’t keep up with an elite back fresh into the game. So now they’ve dug themselves a deep hole only they can climb out from. Can they win tonight to keep their diming playoff hopes alive? Can Nate Castillo have one dominant performance in a big game this season?
HEAD COACH: Scott Morrison
ROSTER – QB: Nate Castillo, Sr. (5-foot-10, 205 pounds); RB: Garrett McMurtry, Sr. (6-foot, 185); Vincent Pacleb, Sr. (5-6, 160); WR: Tate Giles, Sr. (6-4, 190); Jaron Gargalis, Sr. (5-9, 170); Jackson Kurtz, Jr. (5-10, 175); OL: Thomas Tuff, Sr. (6-4, 260); DL: Nicolas Bisogno, Sr. (6-2, 300); LB: Blake Siemsen, Sr. (5-10, 190); SS: Phillip Le, Sr. (5-10, 185); K: Angelo Bayo, Sr. (5-5, 143)

ROOSEVELT (5-2 overall, 2-0 Big VIII League) has had the opposite start to Santiago’s in league and looks like the team with the advantage because of it, but the Mustangs made a change at quarterback last week in a 43-17 win vs. Riverside King. Junior Kenzel Lawler had his most passing attempts since Week 1, replacing sophomore Xavier Ward who provided a glimpse of the future and played so well against a few big-time nonleague opponents. Who will be under center tonight could mean the difference between a win and a loss.
HEAD COACH: Tommy Leach
ROSTER – QB: Kenzel Lawler, Jr. (6-foot-foot, 165); Xavier Ward, Soph. (6-foot, 185); RB: Dorien Mars, Sr. (5-11, 180); WR: Jalen Johnson, Sr. (6-3, 183); Randy Rivera, Sr. (5-8, 168); Phil Espinoza, Jr. (5-11, 165); OL: Joey Severino, Sr. (6-1, 265); DL: Austin Marin, Jr. (5-11, 200); MLB: Blake Washington, Sr. (6-foot, 180); DB: Tyson McDonald, Sr. (6-2, 180); K: Owen Tapia, Sr. (6-4, 165)

THE DIFFERENCE:
Santiago’s experience. The Sharks have seen the best and now it should pay off.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Santiago 34, Roosevelt 31

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