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Week 8 High School Football Preview: Marina vs. Segerstrom

Week 8 High School Football Preview: Marina vs. Segerstrom
Marina High running back Pharoah Rush breaks a tackle against El Modena on Sept. 21. The junior has three 100-yard rushing performances and seven touchdowns this season. (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

When/where: 7 p.m. Friday at Segerstrom High

Key Vikings: So. QB Jack Miller (98 of 183 passing for 1,216 yards, 10 TDs and eight INTs); Jr. RB Pharoah Rush (161 carries for 807 yards and seven TDs); Jr. LB Nathan O’Rourke (102 tackles, one fumble recovery)

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Key Jaguars: Jr. WR/OLB Iverson Fuiava (30 catches for 634 yards and 10 TDs); Sr. RB/OLB Paul Roa (25 carries for 178 yards and two TDs; 44 tackles, nine tackles for loss, eight sacks); Sr. OT/DT Cristian Carmona (48 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 4½ sacks)

Breakdown: When the league realignments came out, no one was happier than Marina, which felt it had a much better opportunity to contend after being taken out of the Sunset League and placed in the new Big 4 League. The Vikings (2-5) will open league with Segerstrom, which is far from a walk in the park to play against … The Jaguars (6-1), ranked sixth in the CIF Southern Section Division 9 poll, boast a defense that has allowed just 11.1 points per game. The defense also has 42 sacks, meaning that Miller will be challenged to make plays on the run … Marina is no stranger to facing ranked opponents. During its current four-game losing streak, each team that Marina played has been ranked within its respective division. The Vikings enter league coming off a bye week.

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