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Oaks Christian vs. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame among top Friday games

Bishop Amat-Long Beach Poly also is an intriguing matchup in high school football playoffs.

November 08, 2012|Eric Sondheimer
  • JJ Muno of Notre Dame High School, in action against Josiah Pola of Hamilton High School in Global Ireland Football Tournament 2012.
JJ Muno of Notre Dame High School, in action against Josiah Pola of Hamilton… (Brendan Moran / Sportsfile…)

Westlake Village Oaks Christian (8-2) at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (7-3), 7 p.m. Oaks Christian is making its Pac-5 Division playoff debut. The Lions opened a 21-0 lead over top-seeded Ventura St. Bonaventure last week before losing in the Marmonte League championship game, so it's clear they have the ability to play against the best,. They're led by quarterback Brandon Dawkins and linebacker Cameron Judge. Notre Dame's offense has reached peak form in Week 11, led by standout running back Khalfani Muhammad and improving quarterback Kelly Hilinski. The pick: Notre Dame.

La Puente Bishop Amat (7-2-1) vs. Long Beach Poly (7-3) at Veterans Stadium, 7 p.m. Poly won the Moore League championship, but it remains to be seen whether the Jackrabbits have improved enough to be a Pac-5 playoff threat, because everyone still remembers their 56-0 loss to Narbonne in a nonleague game. Bishop Amat has a high-powered offense, featuring quarterback Koa Haynes and receiver Darren Andrews. The pick: Long Beach Poly.

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