Friday's top high school football games:
No. 23 Encino Crespi (5-1) at No. 8 La Puente Bishop Amat (6-0), 7 p.m. — Crespi has been the odd team out of the playoffs from the Serra League the last two years, but the Celts have hung tough with Bishop Amat. In 2008, Crespi lost by one point to the Lancers, and last year the Celts handed the Serra League champions their only league defeat. Crespi has reeled off five consecutive victories since a season-opening loss to Compton Dominguez, with quarterback Kenny Stenhouse passing for 364 yards and a school-record six touchdowns last week during a 53-47 victory over Woodland Hills Taft. Bishop Amat defeated Dominguez, 21-15, the week after the Dons beat Crespi. The pick: Bishop Amat.
No. 16 Thousand Oaks (4-1, 3-1) at No. 10 Westlake Village Oaks Christian (3-2, 3-1), 7 p.m. — Both teams thumped Simi Valley Royal and were routed by league leader Westlake, though Oaks Christian at least scored a touchdown against the Warriors; Thousand Oaks managed only a field goal during a 31-3 loss. Reaching the end zone usually isn't a problem for a Thousand Oaks offense averaging 31.4 points. Quarterback Avondre Bollar passed for one touchdown and ran for another last week during a come-from-behind 21-12 victory over Agoura. A third defeat would give Oaks Christian more losses than it had in the 2008 and 2009 seasons combined. The pick: Oaks Christian.