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A Look at Today's Key Matchups

September 18, 1998


* ANTELOPE VALLEY (0-1) vs. SYLMAR (0-1)

At Sylmar High, 7:30 p.m.

Sylmar is 0-4 against Southern Section schools this decade, including losses to Antelope Valley in 1996 and '97. Last season, Sylmar outgained the Antelopes, 348 yards to 338, but lost, 27-7. Running back David Contreras rushed for 114 yards during Sylmar's 22-19 loss to Notre Dame last week, but tailback Corey Neal and tight end George Wrighster, the Spartans' top threats, combined to touch the ball only six times. Antelope Valley, a traditional rushing power, gained one yard on the ground last week in a 20-0 loss to Central Section power Bakersfield. Antelope Valley running backs Bruce Molock, Jermaine Marshall and Jermaine Norman have the ability to break some big plays. Next week, Sylmar faces Hart, the No. 7 team in the state. Antelope Valley travels to No. 3 Bishop Amat and Compton Dominguez, ranked No. 18 in the preseason, the next two weeks.


* THOUSAND OAKS (0-1) vs. HART (0-1)

At College of the Canyons, 7:30 p.m.

Hart played every bit like the No. 1 team in The Times' regional poll in a 49-13 victory over Quartz Hill last week, but Coach Mike Herrington discovered that an academically ineligible player saw action late in the game and the Indians had to forfeit. Hart quarterback Kyle Boller was impressive, completing 25 of 42 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns, including completions to seven different receivers. Jerry Owens caught nine of those passes for a region-high 183 yards and two touchdowns. Top rusher Billy Brecht had 22 yards in six carries and 78 receiving yards, most the result of effective shuffle passes. Thousand Oaks is coming off a 14-13 loss to Crescenta Valley when it missed a two-point conversion attempt with a minute to play. Wes Cobos rushed 17 times for 98 yards to pace the Lancers, who had just 58 passing yards.


* WESTLAKE (1-0) vs. VENTURA (1-0)

At Ventura High, 7:30 p.m.

A traditional Ventura County power and a program seeking to recapture former glory collide in this nonleague matchup. Westlake, which has won the last three meetings between the teams by a combined 94-27, showed no sign of slowing its trademark passing attack last week. Warrior quarterback Zac Wasserman completed 20 of 29 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns, all in a three-minute span. Receiver Travis Campbell caught two touchdowns and teams with Chris Catalano. Tight end Mike Seidman is one of the nation's best and running back Julian Lambert, a transfer from Birmingham, rushed for 124 yards. Ventura has returned to its option roots and got a stellar debut performance last week from sophomore running back Tyler Ebell, who rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Mike Anderson rushed for 94 yards and passed for 100 despite completing only four of 15 attempts.


* PALMDALE (1-0) vs. KENNEDY (1-0)

At Kennedy High, 7 p.m.

The Golden Cougars are among the unknowns in the Northwest Valley Conference. Kennedy was leading Poly, 40-12, late in the third quarter before letting the Parrots score three touchdowns to pull within 40-32. The Golden Cougars will again go without tailback Jason Jones, who took his physical late in the preseason and doesn't have enough practice time to play. But Jerome Williams and David Burney filled in well, combining for 151 yards. Middle linebacker Jason Newman will try to contain a Falcon offense that proved it could pass and run in a 35-6 victory over Barstow. Johnathan Thompson threw for three touchdowns and rushed for 60 yards against Barstow. He plays with a style reminiscent of quarterbacks from one of Kennedy's rivals--San Fernando.


* MONROE (1-0) vs. CHATSWORTH (1-0)

At Chatsworth High, 7 p.m.

The Vikings, who have started 5-0, 4-0 and 3-0 the last three years, may run into trouble against the Chancellors, who feature a varied passing attack. Matt Cassel is the leading City Section quarterback in the region, throwing for 276 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-13 victory over Reseda. Although his favorite target, Reggie Lee, will be sidelined with a shoulder injury, Cassel still has Nick Lott, and brothers Eric and Mark Harris, who combined for 11 receptions. Monroe ran its double-wing offense for 283 rushing yards in a 42-27 victory over Hoover. Andrew Newchurch gained 118 yards in six caries to lead Monroe.


* ROYAL (0-1) vs. GRANADA HILLS (1-0)

At Granada Hills High, 7 p.m.

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