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Previews of prep football championship games

A capsule look at Saturday's City and Southern Section title games.

December 12, 2009
  • Crenshaw running back DeAnthony Thomas breaks into the Dorsey secondary past a diving Mathew Lyons during a Coliseum League game earlier this season.
Crenshaw running back DeAnthony Thomas breaks into the Dorsey secondary… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

CITY SECTION

* Division I: Harbor City Narbonne (8-5) vs. Los Angeles Crenshaw (13-0) at the Coliseum, 1 p.m. --A victory in the title game probably is all that separates Crenshaw from becoming the first City team to play in a state bowl championship game. The Cougars also have revenge on their minds after losing to Narbonne, 25-24, in a semifinal last year when they missed four extra-point attempts and failed to convert on fourth down in their own territory while trying to run out the clock. The Cougars are in the final for the first time since winning the 2005 championship. The Gauchos are the defending City co-champions. The pick: Crenshaw.

SOUTHERN SECTION

* Pac-5 Division: Huntington Beach Edison (13-0) vs. Anaheim Servite (12-1) at Angel Stadium, 7:30 p.m. --Edison probably would clinch a bowl berth and will get closer to its first unbeaten season since 1980 if it defeats third-seeded Servite to win its first section title since 1985. Edison defeated Servite, 23-9, in September when Wade Houston rushed for 105 yards and Matt Viles passed for 226 yards. "We're excited to see how much we've improved," said Friars Coach Troy Thomas. Both teams will be missing key players because of injuries. Edison will be without receiver Michael Rivera, defensive end Charles Burks and linebacker Shaun McLaughlin. Servite will be without two-way lineman Troy Niklas. The pick: Edison.

* Southwest Division: La Habra (12-1) vs. Mission Viejo Trabuco Hills (12-1) at Angel Stadium, 2 p.m. -- La Habra seeks a third consecutive section title and its fifth this decade. Trabuco Hills will try to win its first championship since 1993. The pick: La Habra.

* Eastern Division: Phelan Serrano (11-2) at Palm Springs (10-2), 7 p.m. -- The game is a rematch of the 2004 Division VIII final won by Serrano. Palm Springs has never won a section title. The pick: Palm Springs.

* East Valley Division: San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret's (12-1) at Ontario Christian (7-6), 7:30 p.m. -- St. Margaret's could win a fourth consecutive section title. Ontario Christian seeks its fourth section title and first since 2002. The pick: St. Margaret's.

* Mid-Valley Division: San Dimas (12-1) vs. Monrovia (13-0) at Citrus College, 7:30 p.m. -- San Dimas is in a title game for the first time in its 37-year history. Monrovia is 0-7 in finals. Monrovia beat San Dimas, 36-17, in September. The pick: Monrovia.

* Northeast Division: Temecula Linfield Christian (13-0) vs. Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep (13-0) at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. -- Rio Hondo Prep goes for its second consecutive section title. Linfield Christian is in its first final. The pick: Rio Hondo Prep.

-- Ben Bolch

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