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WCA Week 5 Preview

Cal Strength is 3-1 heading into its regular season finale. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Cal Strength is 3-1 heading into its regular season finale. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Only one more week of the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League regular season remains. Here are three things West Coast Preps is looking at heading into the fifth week of action Saturday.

Stingy Iron Sharpens Iron defense

One of the top storylines from the Winner Circle Athletics Champions League is that of Iron Sharpens Iron’s defense.

Iron Sharpens Iron has allowed a combined 29 points over the past three games, featuring a 20-0 shutout of Team Hustle last week to improve its record to 3-1 heading into the final week of the regular season versus Southwest at 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

Of those 29 points, though, 14 came on a pair of pick sixes, meaning the ISI defense has technically surrendered a mere 15 points over the last three games – equating to an average of five points per contest over that stretch. Eight of those points came in overtime in a 15-7 loss to Sunset.

Laguna Creek senior defensive back took an interception to the house in the shutout of Team Hustle.

Bounce backs for Cal Strength and Xclusive Speed

Both Cal Strength and Xclusive Speed have shown the ability to fight back from deficits this season, and this weekend should be no different.

Cal Strength suffered its first defeat in a 21-14 loss to OC Elite, giving it a 3-1 record. But, with the way Cal Strength has played to this point, all that can be expected is another strong showing for its regular season finale against Platinum at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

All three phases have provided standout performances for Cal Strength. Its two junior quarterbacks – Dyllan Devitt (Monte Vista) and Jack Quigley (San Ramon Valley) – along with Monte Vista senior running back Gavin Cribb, a deep receiving corps where as many as 10 players have caught a pass in a game, a swarming defense and a special teams unit that’s made numerous plays have all stood out.

Meanwhile, Xclusive Speed continues to claw its way back in games despite early deficits. In two of the last three weeks, it has overcome going down 14 or more points – coming back from 21-6 down in week No. 21 to pull out a 27-21 victory in the final seconds, to responding to a 14-0 deficit in its last game before eventually falling, 21-14.

What do Elias Herrera and Aden Jackson do next?

Some of the top performers last week are among the most consistent contributors in Southern California’s travel football action.

Oak Grove senior running back Elias Herrera is on a tear for Xclusive Speed, producing multiple big outings out of the backfield despite the 10-minute running clock. Herrera – the West Coast Preps Athlete of the Week – totaled 66 all-purpose yards (49 rushing, 17 receiving) while scoring the game-tying 52-yard touchdown run a week ago, which was his second outing in the past three games where he notched 40-plus rushing yards.

Riordan senior Aden Jackson continues putting forth impressive displays in Cal Strength’s air attack, with his 52 yards in the 21-14 loss to OC Elite marking his second straight effort of 50 or more yards.

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