There are a number of huge games tonight. Some of those are in our area and others feature area teams playing in other counties.
I think the big 11-man game tonight is at Santa Maria, where the Saints host the Conqs.
Santa Maria is 1-1 and coming off its 47-26 loss at Santa Barbara. A win over the Dons last week would've been another statement made by the Saints, but they came up short. They are not allowed another slip-up.
They have to win tonight and winning big will really boost their confidence and momentum heading into next week's rivalry game against Righetti, which will be another highly-motivated team after losing at home to the Saints last year.
Cabrillo on the other hand is 0-2 and has been beaten up pretty badly in both its losses. The Conquistadores are coming off a 65-0 loss at Dos Pueblos.
They will be hyped up to hand their new coach AJ Pateras his first win as the head man in Vandenberg.
Cabrillo won last year's matchup 22-15, a game many have said Santa Maria should've won. Both these guys are former LPL rivals as well, so they know each other pretty well.
This is a big game with big implications on both sides.
Switching over to the 8-man side is Orcutt Academy's pivotal game against Mojave, the defending CIFSS Division 1 champion. We'll be calling that game live at santamariatimes.com. (Pre-game show starts at 6:45 p.m.). I'm going with the Spartans in that one, although you never really know what's going to happen in 8-man.
Then the big game with an area team playing out of town is St. Joseph's game at St. Bonaventure. The Knights are 1-1 coming off they're big win over Righetti last week.
St. Bonaventure is also 1-1 and is known as a Ventura County power. The two teams played last year at St. Joseph and Chuck Wick ran wild over the Knights. But Wick is no longer there. And this Seraphs team is a lot different than last year's.
I wouldn't be surprised is St. Joseph comes back with a win and that would give the Knights a lot of momentum heading into next week's home game against Bishop Diego.
In other news, Righetti also faces a big test at home against a red-hot Dos Pueblos team. Not sure if the Warriors can keep up with the Chargers but a win there for Righetti would be huge and help them as they play Santa Maria next week.
I think Arroyo Grande is going to get on track tonight in Bakersfield against Independence, which isn't one of the better Bakersfield-area teams.
Cabrillo (0-2) at Santa Maria (1-1)
Joe Bailey: Santa Maria 38, Cabrillo 19
Brian Stanley: Santa Maria 35, Cabrillo 10
Lorenzo Reyna: Santa Maria 27, Cabrillo 10
Kenny Cress: Santa Maria 35, Cabrillo 21
Elliott Stern: Santa Maria 24, Cabrillo 21
Dos Pueblos (1-1) at Righetti (1-1)
JB: Dos Pueblos 35, Righetti 24
BS: Dos Pueblos 42, Righetti 24
LR: Dos Pueblos 55, Righetti 14
KC: Dos Pueblos 38, Righetti 14
ES: Dos Pueblos 42, Righetti 7
St. Joseph (1-1) at St. Bonaventure (1-1)
JB: St. Joseph 27, St. Bonaventure 24
BS: St. Joseph 31, St. Bonaventure 28
LR: St. Joseph 28, St. Bonaventure 27
KC: St. Bonaventure 21, St. Joseph 18
ES: St. Bonaventure 28, St. Joseph 14
San Marcos (1-1) at Lompoc (2-0)
JB: Lompoc 56, San Marcos 0
BS: Lompoc 56, San Marcos 7
LR: Lompoc 63, San Marcos 0
KC: Lompoc 54, San Marcos 7
ES: Lompoc 56, San Marcos 0
Bishop Diego (2-0) at Nipomo (0-2)
JB: Bishop Diego 26, Nipomo 3
BS: Bishop Diego 42, Nipomo 14
LR: Bishop Diego 45, Nipomo 10
KC: Bishop Diego 21, Nipomo 7
ES: Bishop Diego 35, Nipomo 14
Arroyo Grande (0-2) at Bakersfield Independence (1-0)
JB: Arroyo Grande 33, Independence 12
BS: Arroyo Grande 28, Independence 21
LR: Arroyo Grande 28, Independence 7
KC: Arroyo Grande 14, Independence 10
ES: Arroyo Grande 21, Independence 14
Atascadero (1-1) at Stockdale (0-1)
JB: Stockdale 20, Atascadero 7
BS: Atascadero 28, Stockdale 14
LR: Atascadero 17, Stockdale 10
KC: Stockdale 21, Atascadero 9
ES: Atascadero 14, Stockdale 7
Oakland McCylmonds (2-0) at Paso Robles (0-1)
JB: McCylmonds 44, Paso Robles 20
BS: McClymonds 21, Paso Robles 7
LR: McClymonds 30, Paso Robles 20
KC: McClymonds 27, Paso Robles 13
ES: McClymonds 28, Paso Robles 14
Morro Bay (0-2) at Carpinteria (0-1)
JB: Carpinteria 20, Morro Bay 7
BS: Morro Bay 28, Carpinteria 3
LR: Morro Bay 16, Carpinteria 6
KC: Morro Bay 14, Carpinteria 13
ES: Morro Bay 14, Carpinteria 7
Templeton (0-2) at Kern Valley (1-0)
JB: Kern Valley 22, Templeton 14
BS: Templeton 28, Kern Valley 10
LR: Kern Valley 21, Templeton 10
KC: Templeton 14, Kern Valley 12
ES: Kern Valley 28, Templeton 7
Mojave (1-0) at Orcutt Academy (2-0)
JB: Orcutt Academy 54, Mojave 53
BS: Mojave 52, Orcutt Academy 42
LR: Mojave 45, Orcutt Academy 42
KC: Mojave 52, Orcutt Academy 50
ES: Orcutt Academy 30, Mojave 24
Valley Christian Academy (0-1) at Frazier Mountain (0-1)
JB: VCA 43, Frazier Mountain 20
BS: VCA 49, Frazier Mountain 14
LR: Frazier Mountain 27, VCA 24
KC: VCA 28, Frazier Mountain 27
ES: Frazier Mountain 36, VCA 24