November 14, 2013 |
Friday's top high school football playoff games: Anaheim Servite (5-5) at Westlake Village Westlake (8-2), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West Prep Zone): Teams with lots of talented underclassmen meet in a Pac-5 Division playoff opener. Marmonte League champion Westlake is on a six-game winning streak fueled by a defense that has been shutting down good offenses. Sophomore quarterback Malik Henry has played solidly while trying to avoid mistakes. Servite, having faced the toughest schedule of any team in Southern California, should be ready for playoff pressure.
November 10, 2013 |
The top 25 high school football teams in the Southland. Rank; school; record; last week; next opponent (previous) 1. ST. JOHN BOSCO 10-0; def. Servite, 42-21; vs. Agoura, Friday (1) 2. GARDENA SERRA 10-0; def. St. Paul, 56-10; vs. Pacific, Friday (2) 3. MISSION VIEJO 10-0; def. El Toro, 60-25; vs. Crespi, Friday (3) 4. LONG BEACH POLY 9-1; def. Long Beach Wilson, 57-0; vs. Orange Lutheran at Veterans Stadium, Friday (4) 5. CORONA CENTENNIAL 8-2; def. Corona, 74-0; vs. Etiwanda, Friday (6)
November 4, 2013 |
Editor's note: Elijah Zabludoff is a senior football player from St. John Bosco High and an aspiring journalist. Each week during the high school football season, he will be blogging about his personal experiences and also his thoughts about prep sports in general. Zabludoff is a returning starter at center for the Braves, who are ranked No. 1 in the Southland by the Los Angeles Times. I heard the eerie "oohs" of the crowd and what seemed like thousands of shrieks. I turned back and saw our punter, R.D. Cole, kicking the ball out of the end zone.
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 31, 2013 |
Celebrity spokesdoctor Dr. Mehmet Oz has pushed back against our post this week questioning why he appeared in a promotional ad for the National Football League , given the league's dubious record on head injuries. We asked whether it wasn't irresponsible of America's most prominent medical authority to promote schoolboy football -- he used his own son as an example -- without at least warning parents of evidence that the sport can produce lasting medical consequences. The post also included the explanation he gave us that he made the spot to convey "the role the game played in my personal ... development" and "the same value in the game as a teaching tool for our son. " In an interview with AdvertisingAge published Thursday, Dr. Oz expanded on those assertions and answered some of our other points.