A week ago, the game between Bellflower and La Mirada high schools was being billed by the rest of the Suburban League as the battle for the league title.
But in the consistently inconsistent world of prep football, a week can change a lot of things.
That is the case with Friday night's meeting between host Bellflower (6-2, 2-1) and La Mirada. Bellflower's shocking 32-13 loss to Artesia last week has taken a bit of the luster off this one.
"Kids are hard to get up," said Bellflower Coach Clay O'Dell about the sudden turn of events that saw Artesia snap the Bucs' three-game winning streak. "When they're winning they think they're the greatest thing in the world. The warning signs (of overconfidence) were there two weeks ago (a 14-0 struggle over Norwalk). Artesia caught us when we were down."
Bellflower won the Suburban League title in 1981. The Bucs tied La Mirada that year, 7-7. Since then the Matadors have won three straight in the series. La Mirada has won or shared the league title each of the past three seasons and brings a four-game winning streak into the contest.