Bakersfield, ranked third in the state, held off a last-second threat to win, 19-16. Loyola is ranked sixth in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and Muir is ranked 15th. Loyola has a 7-0-1 record against Antelope Valley and has never allowed more than 10 points.
Said Newcomb: "It gives our kids a chance to rub elbows with some of the big boys, with guys who sometimes end up playing pro ball. . . . We hope that if we survive, it makes us tougher (during league play)."
When Quartz Hill faces Canyon tonight in a showdown of 3-0 teams ranked in The Times' regional top 10 and their respective Southern Section divisions, the Rebels might be without hard-luck tailback Michael Perry.
Perry was injured in the first quarter of last week's 7-0 victory over Hesperia when he was hit in the shoulder by a helmet and suffered a deep bruise. It's unclear whether Perry, who leads the team with 196 yards in 29 carries, will be available tonight.
Perry, a senior, missed much of last season because of a separated shoulder.
SANTA FE LEAGUE
With St. Genevieve (2-1) already having won twice as many games this season as in the previous two combined, Coach Richard Fong is in new territory.
"We're on a high," Fong said. "We're trying to ride it, trying to feed on it. I guess I am kind of bubbly. People I've never met are coming out of the woodwork to congratulate me."
While nothing seemed to go right during the school's 23-game losing streak that was halted last season, almost everything is now falling St. Genevieve's way.
In the Valiants' 25-14 victory over Eagle Rock last week, they had a 14-0 lead and three possessions before Eagle Rock snapped the ball. After St. Genevieve's Randy Iaccino returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, the Valiants recovered an onside kick, setting up another scoring drive. Eagle Rock fumbled on the kickoff after that score.
Just when the season was taking a turn for the better, Kilpatrick, a Los Angeles County-funded school for male juvenile offenders, learned its 47-0 victory over Lucerne Valley last week might not count.
Kilpatrick, which lost its first two games, traveled 3 1/2 hours Saturday to play Lucerne Valley, a school that opened last year and has no senior class.
Lucerne Valley does not have a varsity program, according to Bill Clark, a Southern Section administrator in charge of football, which led to confusion.
Four of the Mustangs' games however, are against varsity teams.
Dwayne Diffie, athletic director at Kilpatrick, insists he was informed Lucerne Valley had a varsity program. Otherwise, Diffie would not have scheduled the team.
"That would be ridiculous," Diffie said. "They are all varsity games. We don't schedule JV games."
After conferring with administrators from both schools, Clark ruled Wednesday that the win counts for Kilpatrick, which is scheduled to play Lucerne Valley on the road again Nov. 12, the last week of the season. That game also will count.
Around the Leagues. . . .
* Montclair Prep's Wilbert Smith has returned a kickoff for a touchdown in each of the Mounties' three games and leads players in the region with 12 touchdowns.
* Royal has three running backs with more than 200 yards rushing: Mike Reddington (267), Jerome Lee (213) and Christian Broussard (210).
* Crespi has been penalized for 330 yards in three games.
* Junior Liufau's 90-yard touchdown run for Rio Mesa against Santa Clara is the longest from scrimmage this season by an area player.
* Crescenta Valley Coach Alan Eberhart, after quarterback Dave Fielder made an early return from an ankle injury: "He heard about (Bill) Clinton's health plan and figured he'd better get healthy." Fielder started against Burbank but lasted only five plays before his ankle started to bother him again.
* The Washington State football team used the Burbank practice field for a run-through last Saturday morning--which captured the attention of more than 100 passersby. The results weren't good. Hours later, the Cougars lost to USC, 34-3.
Staff writers Steve Elling, Jeff Fletcher, Dana Haddad, Paige A. Leech and Jason H. Reid contributed to this notebook.