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November 13, 2009|Ben Bolch

No. 8 Moorpark (9-0, 6-0) at No. 23 Westlake Village Westlake (9-0, 6-0), 7 p.m. -- An overflow crowd of more than 5,000 is expected to attend what is believed to be the first meeting of 9-0 football teams in Ventura County. "I don't know where we're going to put all these people," Westlake Coach Jim Benkert said. A bigger worry for the Warriors might be scoring on a Moorpark defense that has allowed only 10 points per game and held Sherman Oaks Notre Dame's prolific offense to 14. The pick: Moorpark.

No. 21 Dana Hills (8-1, 4-0) at No. 7 Mission Viejo (9-0, 4-0), 7 p.m. -- Dana Hills hasn't won a league title since the school opened in 1973 and hasn't defeated Mission Viejo since 1998. Coach Brent Melbon said the Dolphins might just be a .500 team without the emergence of senior quarterback Josh Dean, who has completed 61.2% of his passes. Mission Viejo has defeated its league foes by an average of 45 points. The pick: Mission Viejo.

No. 9 Redlands East Valley (9-0, 6-0) at Redlands (8-1, 6-0), 7 p.m. -- Redlands has rattled off eight consecutive victories after a season-opening loss to Temecula Great Oak. To win the "Smudge Pot" game, Redlands East Valley must slow Terriers running back Cameron Villalobos, who has rushed for more than 100 yards five times. The Wildcats rely on tailback A.J. Fernandez (128 yards per game) and quarterback Tyler Shreve, who has 18 touchdown passes and one interception. The pick: Redlands East Valley.

Los Angeles Cathedral (9-0, 3-0) at No. 6 Gardena Serra (9-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m. -- This battle for the Del Rey League title will feature two top quarterbacks. Serra's Conner Preston has completed 71.6% of his passes for 2,262 yards and 29 touchdowns with five interceptions. Cathedral's Trevor Olson has completed 63.5% of his passes for 2,502 yards and 28 touchdowns with nine interceptions. The pick: Serra.

No. 11 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (8-1, 2-0) at No. 14 La Puente Bishop Amat (8-1, 1-1), 7:30 p.m. -- Notre Dame is vying for its second consecutive Serra League title, but the Knights will be without Tyler Sulka, a two-way lineman who is expected to miss the game because of an undisclosed injury. If the teams tie for the title, coin flips will be held after the game to determine the order of entry into the Pac-5 Division playoffs. The pick: Notre Dame.

San Pedro (7-2, 3-1) at No. 17 Carson (7-2, 4-0), 7 p.m. -- A San Pedro victory would force a three-way tie for first place in the Marine League between the Pirates, Carson and Harbor City Narbonne. In that scenario, Narbonne would be the league's top playoff entrant, Carson the No. 2 entrant and San Pedro the No. 3 entrant based on coin flips earlier this week. The pick: Carson.

-- Ben Bolch

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