GAME OF THE WEEK: Grand Terrace vs. Notre Dame

THE DETAILS:
Grand Terrace vs. Riverside Notre Dame
CIF-Southern Section – Week 11
Division 8 Playoffs – First Round
At San Bernardino (Calif.) Valley College
Kickoff: 7 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 8

GRAND TERRACE (3-7 overall, 3-2 Sunkist League) did not have the kind of regular season it expected but it’s a whole new ballgame in the playoffs. The loss of senior QB Mekhi Lewis early in the season was pushed under the rug, and that’s obviously been to the team’s detriment as there wasn’t a backup plan nor has there been a sense of urgency to find a replacement. Senior RB/LB Troy Steptoe has marched his way into a leadership role on both sides of the ball, leading the team in rushing and tackles, filling the vacuum and helping the team win three league games to qualify for the playoffs.
HEAD COACH: Ryan Smalls
ROSTER – QB: Mekhi Lewis, Sr. (6-foot-2, 190 pounds); RB: Malachi Compton III, Sr. (5-6, 185); WR/DB: Lonzel Bradford, Sr. (5-9, 162); WR: Damion Williams, Sr. (6-1, 170); WR: Ted Franklin, Sr. (5-11, 165); DT/OL: David Gusta, Jr. (6-4, 260); LB/RB: Troy Steptoe, Sr. (5-10, 180); DB: Austin Kearns, Sr. (5-9, 140)

NOTRE DAME (6-4 overall, 2-1 Sunbelt League) got off its up-and-down roller-coast start the season when it ran off three consecutive midseason wins from Weeks 6-8, which was more than enough to get into playoff position. Freshman QB Dre Robles has been solid, completing 60-percent of his passes for more than 1,800 yards so far while limiting his turnovers (6 INTs) and passing for 18 TDs. WRs Devin Hudak and Lantz Russell have proven to be reliable targets, combining for 80-plus catches and 1,000-plus receiving yards for a team.
HEAD COACH: Aaron Huerta.
ROSTER – QB: Dre Robles, Fr. (5-foot-10, 165 pounds); RB/CB: Joseph Green, Sr. (5-10, 185); WR/CB: Devin Hudak, Jr. (5-11, 175); WR/SS: Lantz Russell, Sr. (6-3, 195); OL/DL: Fabian Quintero, Sr. (6-3, 295); LB/TE: Anthony Acuna, Jr. (6-1, 190); LB/RB: Max Anderson, Jr. (6-1, 202); K: Brian Orozco, Sr. (5-10, 214)

THE DIFFERENCE:
Lewis is a difference-maker for Grand Terrace, but Notre Dame has a young – and healthy – dual-threat QB of its own.

THE FINAL SCORE (PROJECTED):
Notre Dame 33, Grand Terrace 20

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