November 28, 2013 |
Friday's top high school football games: Santa Ana Mater Dei (10-2) vs. Long Beach Poly (11-1) at Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West) This is a rematch of last year's Pac-5 final won by Poly, 35-17. There figures to be fewer points scored in this semifinal game between two powerful defenses. Mater Dei will try to run the ball with Justin Allen. Poly will try to run the ball by committee behind its big offensive line. Each team will seek to pull off a big play.
November 25, 2013 |
It was "Friday Night Lights" in Corona, high school football center stage. The joy of anticipation bubbled over. Teenage players couldn't wait. Parents and friends were in the stands. The communities that embrace Corona Santiago High and Upland High were bundled up and full-throated. This was a quarterfinal game in the Southern Section Inland Division playoffs. Winning meant advancing to another game, more joyful anticipation, more pats on the back and maybe even longer looks from college scouts.
November 19, 2013 |
About 1:17 p.m. on a Friday, fall weather finally arrived - rode in on the jet stream, fortunately, because if you have ever tried to get anywhere in L.A. on a Friday afternoon, a car is the last vessel you'd want to use. Half the attendees at our tailgate party arrived by bicycle, the only mode of transit that seems to work in this town anymore. The lack of an NFL franchise makes me feel deprived and fortunate all at once. Deprived because there is no such thing as too much football.
October 31, 2013 |
A look at two of the top high school football games Friday. Santa Ana Mater Dei (7-1, 2-1) at Bellflower St. John Bosco (8-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West): This Trinity League game has been marked on many calendars as a must-see game. Mater Dei was upset by Santa Margarita, 16-7, last week, but the Monarchs usually play well in an underdog role. Receivers-defensive backs Jonathan Lockett and Ben Humphreys will be turned loose against St. John Bosco's many weapons. St. John Bosco's offense hasn't been held to fewer than 24 points all season.
October 28, 2013 |
Sylmar players got dressed up in their uniforms, boarded the bus and drove to Arleta on Monday afternoon to resume a game that was halted because of darkness on Friday tied, 36-36, after regulation. The two teams didn't take long to finish things up in overtime. Arleta scored first on a field goal. Then Sylmar won it, 42-39, when Marcus Gandy scored a touchdown on a three-yard run. Then Sylmar players went back on the bus and back to school to practice for a Friday game against Panorama.
October 25, 2013 |
Two of the top quarterbacks in the City Section, Alexander Diamont of Venice and Cristian Solano of San Fernando, continued to their All-City form on Friday. In a 34-7 victory over Palisades, Diamont completed 16 of 17 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for a touchdown. In a 55-7 victory over Reseda, Solano was 21 of 24 for 420 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for 63 yards. Charles Bell had five catches for 150 yards and four touchdowns along with an interception on defense.