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GAME DAY / A Look at Today's Key Matchups

October 23, 1998

HIGH SCHOOLS

* NOTRE DAME (6-0) vs. CRESPI (5-1)

At Crespi High, 7:30 p.m.

It was a potential battle of the unbeaten teams until Crespi, ranked No. 6 in the region by The Times, lost to Serra last week, 34-21. Defensive end Gregg Guenther of Crespi, who missed the Serra game because of a stress fracture in his foot, probably will return to shore up a run defense that struggled last week. Notre Dame, No. 2 in the region, has exceeded expectations this season thanks primarily to an attacking defense that features Travis Johnson and Alec Moss. Fullbacks Pat Wade (ankle injury) and Shaun Hall (neck) and tight end Mike Anderson (shoulder) might not play for Notre Dame.

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* BURROUGHS (3-3, 0-1) vs. HART (4-2, 1-0)

At College of the Canyons, 7 p.m.

There should be no shortage of passes in this matchup between two of the top passing offenses in the region. Hart, led by quarterback Kyle Boller, has amassed 2,239 yards through the air, tops in the region and among the best in the state. Burroughs, with fast-rising junior Joe Kroells at quarterback, is sixth in the region with 1,394 passing yards. Hart has Jerry Owens, who leads the region with 45 catches, 948 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns and Burroughs counters with Kyle Cremarosa, who has 38 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. Brian Criscuolo of Burroughs has 26 catches for 375 yards and Jared Bazar of Hart has 20 catches for 399 yards to also rank among the regional leaders. The difference is Boller's efficiency. He has 27 touchdown passes and only one interception and is a big reason Hart has outscored opponents by an average of 45-15. Kroells has 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.

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* LITTLEROCK (6-0, 1-0) vs. ANTELOPE VALLEY (2-3-1, 1-0)

At Antelope Valley High, 7:30 p.m.

Littlerock, 6-0 for the first time, is seeking its first victory against its Golden League nemesis. The Lobos, yielding 176 yards per game, must stop Bruce Molock, who has rushed for 820 yards. The Antelopes outscored Bishop Montgomery and Quartz Hill, 71-6, after starting the season 0-3-1 against the Southland's toughest schedule. Molock has run for 607 yards and seven touchdowns in his last three games. Defensive back Chasio Gaines missed three games with a shoulder injury, but returned last week to return a punt for a touchdown. Lobos Rodney Woods and Keith Williams have combined to rush for 1,216 yards and 14 touchdowns, but Williams is nursing a sore ankle. Littlerock will be without center Jerue Allen, who has a broken ankle, and defensive back Billie Lawrence, who must sit out after being ejected last week.

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* GRANADA HILLS (6-0, 3-0) vs. KENNEDY (4-2, 2-1)

At Kennedy High, 7 p.m.

There's no more stunning turnaround than Granada Hills, which was 1-9 last season and 3-27 over the last three seasons. Quarterback Jason Winn, running back Omari Mack, tackle Jory Goldberg, receiver Peter Gunny, linebacker Adrian Padilla have made major contributions. This could be the Highlanders' toughest test considering it's their rivalry game. Kennedy played well until a 42-0 loss to Taft last week. The Cougars are most dangerous when running backs Jason Jones and Jerome Williams are picking up yards. No team this season has been able to move the ball consistently against Granada Hills.

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* NEWBURY PARK (5-1, 3-0) vs. MOORPARK (6-0, 3-0)

At Moorpark High, 7 p.m.

Moorpark finally measures itself against a top-notch opponent after extending its Ventura County-record winning streak to 18 games against losing teams. Newbury Park has become the Marmonte League favorite after a 32-25 victory over previously unbeaten Westlake. Ryan Shipton has rushed for 661 yards but the Panthers live and die on the arm of Nick Czernek, who has passed for 18 touchdowns and has 16 interceptions. Moorpark prefers to grind it out with stingy defense and a sturdy ground game. Art Garcia has 712 yards in 103 carries and is the region's leading scorer with 13 touchdowns. He will face a Newbury Park defense that surrenders 365 yards per game.

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* WESTLAKE (5-1, 1-1) vs. THOUSAND OAKS (2-4, 1-1)

At Thousand Oaks High, 7 p.m.

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