Week Eight has a distinctive West Coast feel to it.
Dare we say our analysts and publishers are California dreaming?
NorCalPreps.com writer Michael Benton will be on the sidelines as Folsom takes on Sheldon, while fellow writer will be taking in one of the best games in the entire West region as No. 48 Del Oro takes on Nevada Union.
The "Dave duo" of Dave Rogahn and Dave Keefer of CaliforniaPreps.com already spent Thursday night watching Burroughs at Glendale. They'll spend Friday night in Valencia watching crosstown rivals Valencia High and West Ranch do battle.
And Rivals.com west analyst Adam Gorney will be hanging out in SoCal, checking out Los Angeles Cathedral and Gardena Serra.
But the action isn't all in California. There are great games all across the nation this weekend.
Rivals.com: Keith Niebuhr, Southeast Analyst (@KeithRIVALS)
Thursday: This game will feature no fewer than a dozen FBS prospects, starting with Auburn running back commit T.J. Yeldon of Daphne, a member of the Rivals100. Teammate Ryan Anderson, an outside linebacker, has pledged to Alabama. Daphne has scored 40-plus points in six of its previous seven games. Fairhope (6-1) also boasts a powerful offense, and two of the region's better linemen in Robert Leff and center Kyron Samuels.
No. 37 Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast vs. Yulee (Fla.) High
No. 48 Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro at Grass Valley (Calif.) Nevada Union
NorCalPreps.com: Douglas Benton (@NorCalPreps)
Friday: Another week brings another marquee match-up in the Sierra Foothill League as nationally-ranked Del Oro travels to take on Nevada Union in the NorCalPreps.com Game of the Week. The Golden Eagles are paced by Nick O'Sullivan and Brandon Monroe in the running game behind a strong offensive line. Linebackers Alex Bertrando and Tanner Huber
lead a physical defense. Nevada Union has losses to Elk Grove and Granite Bay, but is still a dangerous team going forward. Gabe Humphers is a versatile playmaker and linebacker Tanner Vallejo is a player to watch out of the 2013 class.
No. 54 Oxford (Miss.) Lafayette vs. New Albany (Miss.) High
Beaver Falls (Pa.) Blackhawk at McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour
PaPreps.com: Andrew Chiappazzi (@achiappazzi)
Friday: Expected to be a potential state title contender in Class AAA, Montour is now in danger of missing the playoffs. A win over Blackhawk, one game ahead of Montour in the standings, would help right the Spartans' ship.
Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt at Mechanicsburg (Pa.) High
PaPreps.com: Luke Campbell Friday: McDevitt's had to rely on five-star defensive lineman Noah Spence and three-star linebacker Brock Dean (Maryland) the first half of the season before its rebuilt offense caught up. But with 80-plus points in the last few games, both units are finally clicking.
Robesonia (Pa.) Conrad Weiser at Reading (Pa.) High
PaPreps.com: Rebeka Rice Friday: This is the last tune-up game for Conrad Weiser before it finishes with a sort of mini-round robin against fellow regional contenders Daniel Boone, Governor Mifflin and Exeter Township.
Bloomsburg (Pa.) High at Hughesville (Pa.) High
PaPreps.com: Tim Mack Friday: Checking in on three-star quarterback prospect Blake Rankin. The Rutgers commit has had to help his team deal with terrible flooding, not to mention some tough opponents, as Bloomsburg is off to a 4-1 start.
Hawley (Pa.) Wallenpaupack at Scranton (Pa.) West Scranton
EdgyTim.com: Tim O'Halloran (@EDGYTIM)
Friday: Checking out a pair of small schools that both enter the game with identical 6-1 records.
Hudsonville (Mich.) High at Rockford (Mich.) High
TheWolverine.com: Tim Sullivan (@varsityblue)
Friday:Michigan offensive line commit Ben Braden has helped his Rockford Rams to a 6-1 record early in the season, and the three-star will face off against fellow OK-Red Conference Hudsonville.
Rivals.com: Adam Gorney, West Analyst (@adamgorney)
Thursday: Five-star defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy leads his Monrovia team on the road against a struggling La Canada squad. Rivals.com rates McCarthy as the second-best defensive tackle in the 2012 class.
Burbank (Calif.) Burroughs at Glendale (Calif.) High
CaliforniaPreps.com: Dave Rogahn, Dave Keefer Thursday: Burroughs (2-3) is led by rushing star Zander Anding who had 277 yards rushing in a game earlier this year. Don't be surprised if he tops that against Glendale (1-4), a team that has given up 152 points in its last 3 games.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral at Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Folsom (Calif.) High at Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon
NorCalPreps.com: Michael Benton Friday: Despite graduating much of its offensive production from a year ago, Folsom is clicking right along with Tanner Trosin at quarterback and J'Juan Muldrow showing his versatility running and catching the ball. Trosin is averaging 450 total yards of offense as the Bulldogs have won five in a row. The defense is working on improving with numerous new pieces, led by linebacker Alex Wood. Sheldon relies on two-way star Nate Iese, who impacts the game at tight end and defensive end. Also look for fellow defensive end Antonio Perez and running back Joshua Hadley. The Huskies have won two in a row following a blowout loss to Elk Grove.
Valencia (Calif.) West Ranch at Valencia (Calif.) High
CaliforniaPreps.com: Dave Rogahn, Dave Keefer Friday: This is the Foothill League opener for these crosstown rivals. West Ranch (4-1) has gotten off to a good start this season and is led by RB Jeffrey Coprich. But Valencia (1-3-1) is always dangerous at home.
North Las Vegas (Nev.) Mojave at North Las Vegas (Nev.) Legacy