In the Coastal Conference, Simi Valley (9-2), which won its first playoff game ever last week, an overtime tie-breaker against Arcadia, brings a team very similar to the host Warriors--ground-control offense and stingy defense. The focus of the Simi lineup is running back M. J. Nelson, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards and had 11 touchdowns on a combination of runs, receptions and interceptions. In his career he has more than a dozen touchdown runs of 50 yards or longer. Quarterback Mark Bustamonte averages about 55 yards passing per game.
The Simi defense allows only 10 points per game. That's all West needed to beat Oxnard last week, 10-9, on Dominick Cefalone's field goal. Running back Kevin Maher remains the focus of the West attack, with more than 1,110 yards and 15 touchdowns. His 63-yard run on a screen pass set up the winning kick last week
7:30 p.m. Friday at Simi Valley.
North Torrance vs. Lompoc
In this Northwestern Conference game, Lompoc (9-2) will give North Torrance an Oklahoma look, playing an Oklahoma defense and keeping the ball on the ground offensively. North High (7-4) is bigger on the lines, even though Todd Sprosky and Jim Calo are out with injuries, but North Coach Steve Schmitz says Lompoc is probably "more physical in the skill positions."