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E-N Game of the week: Warren vs. O’Connor

September 12, 2018

Warren vs. O’Connor Kickoff: 7 p.m. Thursday, Gustafson StadiumRadio/TV: No radio/CW 35E-N Area rankings/records: Class 6A No. 8 Warren (2-0 overall, 1-0 District 28-6A); No. 2 O’Connor (2-0, 1-0)Coaches: Jeff Robbins (2-0 in one season, all at Warren); David Malesky (79-44 in 10 seasons overall, 73-29 in eight seasons at O’Connor)Series: O’Connor leads 9-6Last meeting: O’Connor won 27-23 in 2017Warren breakdownSetting the scene: The Warriors have opened with victories against Del Rio and Brennan. Samuel Stanford (56-yard TD run) and Caleb Franks (51-yard TD catch) had key plays in the Warriors’ 33-21 victory against Brennan last week in their district opener. Warren is searching for its first 3-0 start since 2007 when it began the season 9-0.Key to victory: The Warriors have relied on tough defense so far. Warren forced three turnovers against Brennan a week ago and limited Del Rio to 115 total yards. Warren will need another solid defensive effort to slow down O’Connor, which averages 404.5 yards.Statistical leaders: Passing — Anthony Cisneros 10-19-1, 193 yards, 3 TDs; rushing — Samuel Stanford 28-198 3 TDs; receiving — Eric Roscoe 4-56, 2 TDs; tackles — Eli Huron 16; sacks — Caleb Williams 2 1/2; interceptions — Huron, David Randall 1.O’Connor breakdownSetting the scene: The Panthers opened the season with a 21-14 victory against Steele before defeating Holmes 42-6 to start district play. O’Connor has defeated Warren three times in a row. The Panthers won 15 of its last 16 games dating back to last season.Key to victory: Continue to establish a balanced offense. A week primarily using the run to defeat Steele, the Panthers relied the passing of David Dodd (266 yards, 1 TD) and rushing of Zion Taylor (145 yards, 2 TDs) to overwhelm Holmes.Statistical leaders: Passing — David Dodd 28-36-0 427 yards, 3 TDs; rushing — Zion Taylor 12-149, 2 TDs; receiving — Sammy Castillo 12-172, 1 TD; tackles — Jack Jennings 14, sacks — Jennings, Johnathon Renteria 1, interceptions — Elijah Ornelas 1.E-N prediction: O’Connor 35, Warren 21dhinojosa@express-news.netTwitter: @hinojosa_david

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