Carlsbad remains atop the most recent SBLive San Diego Section top 10 football rankings, though the Lancers have been tested each of the last two weeks against El Camino and Mission Hills.
They’ll get a significant boost this Friday when senior Zack Marshall makes his senior season debut against Bakersfield Liberty. Marshall was forced to sit out the first five weeks of this season after transferring in from Santa Fe Christian following his junior season.
“Zack Marshall has an incredible attitude, he never gets tired and works relentlessly,” Carlsbad head coach Thadd MacNeal said of Marshall during the preseason.
Marshall caught 44 passes last season at Santa Fe Christian, finishing the season with 1,012 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He also made 31 tackles and had three interceptions on defense for the Eagles.
He committed to Michigan in August, choosing the Wolverines over Utah and Cal.
THREE SENIORS ANNOUNCE COLLEGE DECISIONS
Mater Dei Catholic receiver Jaylen Hall announced his commitment to Montana over the weekend. Hall averaged 20 yards per touch last season for the Crusaders scoring three touchdowns on the ground and two through the air.
Lincoln defensive back Chris White announced his commitment to Yale on Wednesday morning. White is playing his senior season at Lincoln after spending his first three seasons at Francis Parker. White made his presence felt all over the field while at Parker, scoring on the ground, through the air, on punt returns, kick returns as well as interception returns.
Christian tight end Hunter Provience also announced his college commitment on Wednesday morning, choosing Montana State over double digit offers from around the country. The six-foot-five Provience had 31 catches for 481 yards last season. In four games this year, he’s caught nine passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. He’ll join Steele Canyon running back Major Givens in Bozeman, Montana beginning next year.
PALO VERDE VALLEY CONTINUES TO RUN PAST OPPONENTS
Since the beginning of the 2021 spring season, Palo Verde Valley is 18-5. The Yellow Jackets have outscored their opponents by 388 points during that time and broke through for their first San Diego Section CIF Championship last year, beating Mission Bay 41-19, in the division 5 title game.
Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets have been running backs Markus Macon and Xzavier Bejarano. The duo combined for just under 3,200 rushing yards and had 45 touchdowns on last season’s championship team.
Palo Verde Valley lost their season opener to Calexico, 14-13 in overtime, but have won four straight by a combined 139 points as they head into this week’s matchup against Barstow.
Macon had a slow start to the season by his standards but has picked it up lately, rushing for 120 yards or more in three straight games with six touchdowns during that time. Bejarano on the other hand, has gone over 100 yards rushing in 12 straight games dating back to last season. In a week two victory against Coachella Valley, he rushed for a career high 258 yards and four touchdowns.
The Yellow Jackets are in the mix for a championship once again this season, now at the division 4 level. Familiar opponents Fallbrook, Calexico and Mission Bay are among those that they’ll likely have to get past on their quest for a repeat championship.
VISTA FORFEITS WEEK FIVE MATCHUP AGAINST POWAY
Last Thursday it was announced that Vista’s game against Poway, scheduled for the following day, was being cancelled. The announcement came days after allegations of assault within the Vista football locker room. That game has since been ruled a 2-0 forfeit victory in favor of Poway.
The two teams will be off once again this week with the upcoming Friday being a popular bye week amongst North County Conference teams.