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Week 15 High School Football Preview: Marina vs. La Jolla

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Marina’s Dane Brenton catches a 13-yard touchdown against Ontario Christian’s Alvis Nuno in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 11 playoffs on Nov. 15 at Westminster High.
(Drew A. Kelley)

When/where: 6 p.m. Saturday at Westminster High

Key Marina Vikings: Jr. WR/FS Dane Brenton (38 catches for 673 yards and 13 TDs; six carries for 54 yards; 60 tackles, five INTs, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery); Sr. WR/SS/K Eric Church (34 catches for 609 yards and six TDs; six carries for 43 yards; 115 tackles, two sacks, two INTs and two fumble recoveries); Sr. RB Pharoah Rush (159 carries for 1,197 yards and 13 TDs; 12 catches for 115 yards and one TD); Jr. QB Gavin Del Toro (72 of 117 passing for 1,005 yards, 13 TDs and three INTs; 55 carries for 167 yards and five TDs)

Key La Jolla Vikings: Jr. RB/OLB Max Smith; Sr. RB/MLB Jack Wiese; So. QB Jackson Stratton; Jr. OLB Dirk Germon

Breakdown: Marina (12-2) looks to keep its magical season alive when it hosts La Jolla (9-4) on Saturday at Boswell Field in the CIF State Southern California Regional Division 4-A Bowl Game … Coming off an 18-9 win over visiting Pasadena Muir in the CIF Southern Section Division 11 final, Marina will once again have a home game for the fourth time in five postseason games. In the previous eight games that Marina has played at Boswell Field this season, it has posted a 7-1 record … Marina has won seven games in a row since the start of Big 4 League play, surrendering just 10.1 points per game over that span … Brenton had a signature performance in the CIF final with two interceptions, a receiving touchdown and a two-point conversion catch … La Jolla won the San Diego Section Division III title, defeating Brawley in the semifinals and San Diego Scripps Ranch in the final by a combined eight points.

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