Here are capsules for this weekend’s games.
And here are my MVAL rankings: 1, James Logan; 2, Washington; 3, Newark Memorial; t4, Irvington and John F. Kennedy; 5, American; 6, Mission San Jose.
Note: Newark has a bye this week.
Irvington (4-2, 2-0 MVAL) vs. John F. Kennedy (2-3, 1-0 MVAL) at Tak Fudenna Stadium, 7 p.m.
Last week: Irvington beat American 37-7; Kennedy beat Mission San Jose 47-0
Notes: A year removed from a two-win season, Irvington finds it selves tied with Washington atop the league standings. The Vikings are led by a solid running attack that is third in the league, with a 213.2 average per game. RB Jesse Herrera leads the way with 390 yards and four TDs. Fellow RB Ross Larson has 287 yards and four TDs. Defensively, Irvington has quietly put together a quality season. They allow a league second-best 211.8 yards per game and a league-best 16 points per game. Kennedy’s ground game averages a league-best 231.4 yards per game. RB Jerrell Walker is tops in the MVAL with 567 yards rushing and leagues the league with 10 TDs. RB Dane Dismuke is third in the league in rushing with 433 yards and has a 6.4 average per carry.
American (0-5, 0-2 MVAL) at James Logan (1-4, 1-0 MVAL), 7 p.m.
Last week: American lost to Irvington 37-7; Logan lost to Berkeley 13-9
Notes: After completing its nonleague schedule last week, Logan returns to MVAL action where it has won 16 straight and 56 of the last 57. Second-year coach George Zuber has yet to be defeated in league play. The Colts are coming off a game in which the defense held their own as it shutout Berkeley in three of the four quarters. A 13-point second proved to be the difference. Logan’s defense allows a league-best 209.6 yards per game. The Colts are led offensively by QB Jonathan Willis, a junior who has 468 yards rushing, second-best in the MVAL. He’s coming off a 12-carry, 132-yard performance. He scored his team’s lone TD, an 83-yard run in the second quarter. American has lost seven straight dating back to last year. The Eagles have struggled offensively, averaging 11 points per game. They average 176.2 yards per game and haven’t scored more than one TD in the past two games. They have a solid RB in Antiwan Martinez, who leads the team with 247 yards and a pair of TDs. He scored American’s lone TD last week, a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter to avoid the shutout.
CSD-Fremont (2-3) at CSD-Riverside (0-5), 2 p.m.
Last week: Fremont beat Emery 50-20; Riverside lost to 70-34
Notes: CSD-Fremont makes the trip down south to battle its arch rival. The Eagles have won the last two games by a combined score of 88-6. Though in 2005, they suffered a 20-12 loss to the Cubs. The Eagles, after an 0-2 start, have won two of their last three. In last week’s win, Zachary Kohler had two TDs and rushed for 67 yards on seven carries. Teammate Shane Nevins also scored a pair of TDs. WR Brandon Dean caught four passes for 112 yards. QB Odun Akintomide was 7-for-10 with 149 yards passing. The Cubs average 14.8 points per game and yield 36.8.
Mission San Jose (1-4, 0-2 MVAL) vs. Washington (2-4, 2-0 MVAL) at Tak Fudenna Stadium, 7 p.m.
Last week: Washington beat Newark 28-7; Mission lost to Kennedy 47-0
Notes: Washington is coming off its biggest win of the year in which a young defense stepped up to the challenge. The Huskies boast the league’s top offense, averaging 305.7 yards and 31.2 points per game. The Huskies have, by far, the top passing game in the league. QB David Ross has 1,292 yards through the air with 14 TDs. His top target has been WR Rahsaan Vaughn, who leads the MVAL with 22 catches for 425 yards and six TDs. WR Jeremy Richard is second in the league with 20 receptions for 316 yards and three TDs. Kevin Pinheiro is fourth with 13 catches for 207 yards and a trio of TDs. Mission was awarded a forfeit win over Albany due to the use of an ineligible player. Albany is appealing the decision to NCS. Mission is the worst offensive team in the MVAL, scoring at a 5 point clip per game. And it is allowing 38 a game.