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September 25, 1998

* VALENCIA (2-0) vs. SERRA (1-1)

At Serra High, 7:30 p.m.

The Vikings, ranked No. 3 in The Times' regional poll, are getting healthier and better. Manuel White, almost fully recovered from a viral infection, rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns last week against Silverado and will try to break the 200-yard mark for the first time this season. Valencia quarterback Brian Hamilton threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in a 34-14 victory against Serra last year. Serra has several track stars on the team, including safety Dashaun McCullough and cornerback Warren Rodgers. The Gauchos were upset by Narbonne last week, 24-10.

* EL CAMINO REAL (1-0-1) vs. WESTLAKE (2-0)

At Westlake High, 7 p.m.

Starting tailback DeAngelo Nedd is sidelined with a foot injury, but El Camino Real will try to keep Westlake's high-powered offensive attack on the sideline by turning to junior Justin Graham, who rushed for 81 yards in 11 carries against Chaminade. Westlake Coach Jim Benkert is a 1976 El Camino Real graduate. The surprise player for Westlake has been running back Julian Lambert, a transfer from Birmingham who is averaging 9.6 yards per carry. Quarterback Zac Wasserman has perhaps the region's best group of receivers.

* BUENA (1-1) vs. NEWBURY PARK (1-1)

At Ventura High, 3 p.m.

Buena's young defense has been a pleasant surprise but the Bulldogs will get a stiff test from Newbury Park's high-powered passing attack. Nick Czernek of the Panthers has passed for 576 yards and six touchdowns but has had eight passes intercepted. Brian Swett has caught 13 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown and teams with Cause Hanna, who has caught 10 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Buena relies on junior quarterback Kyle Loughman and sophomore running backs Freddie Keiaho and D.J. Blackledge.

* CRESCENTA VALLEY (2-0) vs. CANYON (2-0)

At Canyon High, 7 p.m.

When these teams played last season, Canyon controlled the game, but Crescenta Valley held tough at the right times and pulled out a 21-16 victory. Canyon, led by linebacker David Johnson, has allowed only 13 points this season. Crescenta Valley has allowed only 27 points. The Falcons alternate Seth Santoro (12 for 21 passing, 148 yards) and Scott Vossmeyer (12 for 18, 103 yards) at quarterback but they have yet to score a passing touchdown. The Cowboys go to running backs Jimmy Perry (206 yards in 34 carries) and Drew Welch (107 in six).

* DORSEY (1-0-1) vs. TAFT (1-1)

At Jackie Robinson Stadium, 7 p.m.

Taft concludes its Southern Pacific Conference tour by trying to defeat the Dons for the third consecutive season. The Toreadors appear to be on the rebound after losing their opener, 41-13, to Banning. Taft had little trouble in a 38-22 victory over Crenshaw. Lawrence Wallace emerged as a two-way threat for the Toreadors. He caught nine passes for 186 yards and scored two touchdowns, and intercepted three passes against the Cougars. Junior Brandon Hance is settling down as the starting quarterback. He passed for 156 yards against Crenshaw after completing only seven of 19 passes against Banning. Dorsey defeated South Gate, 20-14, after tying El Camino Real.

* SAN FERNANDO (2-0) vs. GRANT (1-1)

At Grant High, 3 p.m.

San Fernando has rolled up 700 yards while rising to No. 9 in The Times' regional poll in victories over Jefferson and University. Major Caldwell has rushed for 362 yards and four touchdowns in 44 carries. Quarterback Larry Brown passes infrequently but effectively, completing six of 11 for 131 yards. Brown has averaged 9.3 yards and two touchdowns on eight rushes but has a leg injury. He will only play if Thomas Hoohuli is injured. Duriel Carter has rushed for 218 yards and a 7.5 average for Grant, and his brother Matthew has 140 yards and a 7.4 average. The Lancers opened with a 26-0 victory over Verdugo Hills, but Franklin defeated them last week, 32-10.

* ANTELOPE VALLEY (0-1-1) vs. BISHOP AMAT (3-0)

At Bishop Amat High, 7:30 p.m.

Antelope Valley, which has lost to Central Section powerhouse Bakersfield, 20-0, and tied City Section favorite Sylmar, 14-14, faces the state's No. 3 team, which has outscored opponents, 121-13. Michael Wagner of Bishop Amat is averaging 7.6 yards per carry and has rushed for 403 yards and nine touchdowns. Chris Rix has passed for 450 yards, including three touchdowns to Dennis Wyrick. Chasio Gaines, a defensive back-receiver for Antelope Valley, is expected to miss two to four weeks with a dislocated shoulder. Against Sylmar, Bruce Molock rushed for 136 yards and the Antelopes had 241 on the ground after gaining one yard rushing against Bakersfield. The Antelopes upset the Lancers, 21-7, in the quarterfinals of the 1993 Southern Section Division I playoffs when Bishop Amat was ranked No. 1 in the state and sixth in the nation, and had a 26-game winning streak.

* CRESPI (2-0) vs. LANCASTER (2-0)

At Lancaster High, 7:30 p.m.

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