Will this be the week that Diamond Bar's 16-game winning streak comes to an end? The Brahmas, who have struggled to two straight non-league victories, figure to receive a tough test when they host Pasadena at 1 p.m. Saturday. Pasadena (1-1), a perennial CIF Coastal Conference power, is coming off a 24-6 loss to St. Francis, a perennial Big 5 Conference playoff team. But the Bulldogs, who reached the Coastal Conference semifinals last year, have outstanding speed in their backfield with running back W. C. Morrison and quarterback Ray Murphy and a fast defense. Diamond Bar (2-0) has looked strong defensively in victories over Nogales (14-9) and La Serna (10-0), but the offense has not resembled the team that scored more than 600 points last season and waltzed to the CIF Southeastern Conference title. However, the Brahmas have one of the best running backs in the San Gabriel Valley in senior Kraig Washington and a solid receiver in senior Larry Vladic. The defense is led by back Troy Porter.
Ganesha vs. Fontana
On the surface, this non-league game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fontana may appear to be one of the biggest mismatches of the year. But don't be surprised if it turns out to be close. Granted, Fontana (2-0) is a legitimate CIF Big 5 Conference powerhouse as its easy wins over Garey (34-0) and Ocean View (38-0) attest. However, Ganesha may be better than both of those teams. The Giants are 1-1 after beating Duarte (22-16) and falling to defending Eastern Conference champion Claremont (24-15) in a game that was close most of the way. To stay close to Fontana, ranked No. 2 by The Times, Ganesha will have to neutralize the big Fontana offensive line, which features tackle Nigel Clay (6-4, 240) and guard Ray Wood (6-3, 230). They have helped create gaping holes for tailback John Kidd, who rushed for 130 yards in 14 carries against Ocean View. Ganesha has a strong rushing attack led by Terrell Thompson, who ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns in only nine carries against Claremont. Ganesha also has big linemen, including junior Antonio Johnson (6-4, 255).