The “Gates of Heaven” student section will look to be loud, proud and overheard throughout Westlake Village, while the home crowd will carry the hope that their team improves to 8-0 overall.
The Marmonte League rivalry contest between St. Bonaventure (Ventura) and Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) adds another chapter on Friday, Oct. 23, with a standing room only crowd imminent.
College football talent will be scattered throughout the field in this Southern California contest. The Seraphs have taken the last two meetings including the 21-17 victory at Ventura High last year.
ABOUT THE SERAPHS: St. Bonaventure (5-2) spent its bye week trying to regroup from a disastrous 49-20 loss to Camarillo that saw the Seraphs’ 19-year streak of beating Ventura County public schools come to an end.
Defense had to have been a big emphasis during the last two weeks of practice on Telegraph Ave. The Seraphs’ unit has surrendered 30 or more points in four games this season.
Versatile defensive back Keegan Romero and cornerback Chris Santoyo will have some huge assignments this week as they’ll go against the slew of offensive playmakers on Oaks Christian’s side.
Offensively, the arm and legs of quarterback Darius Vines has carried St. Bonnie. Vines – who recently got offered by Montana State – is deadly on scrambles and keeper runs. Chuck Wick is a rising sophomore at running back for the Seraphs. Noah Gianelli gives Vines a solid red zone option as a 6-foot-3, 220-pound tight end.
ABOUT THE LIONS: Playmakers, playmakers and more playmakers fill the 7-0 Lions’ 2015-16 roster.
Quarterback Matt Corral floats bombs in the air for his wide receivers to grab and adds a mobile element on read option runs. The 2018 prospect landed his first offer from USC a week ago. His top target is a current Trojans commit: athlete Michael Pittman II, who leads the Lions with 42 catches, 960 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Running back Gil’Scott Jackson II has had a breakout season with 99 carries, 951 yards and 15 touchdowns. He told Cali Gold Mine that PAC-12 schools Colorado, UCLA, Washington and Arizona State have shown interest in him.
Senior defensive back Lee Pitts is the Lions’ top takeaway machine. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Pitts has six interceptions and four pass breakups. Towering 6-foot-7, 225 pound Colby Parkinson doubles as big-play tight end (averages 23.9 yards per catch) and edge rusher on the defensive line.
BEST MATCHUP: Darius Vines versus Lee Pitts. St. Bonnie could try to establish the run early, but when Vines goes to the air he must be aware of Pitts’ presence.
DON’T SLEEP ON: Casey Roddick, tackle/guard, St. Bonaventure. He’s the Seraphs’ tower of power at 6-foot-4, 328-pounds and comes with run blocking dominance.
GAME INFORMATION: Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Oaks Christian High.