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October 28, 2013 | By Elijah Zabludoff
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 had never been so nervous in my life. My St. John Bosco Braves were playing Santa Ana Mater Dei, and as I walked onto the field of the Santa Ana Bowl, I looked up and viewed the largest crowd I had ever seen.
October 27, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
The top 25 high school football teams in the Southland. 1. St. John Bosco 8-0; def. JSerra, 48-7; vs. Mater Dei, Friday (1) 2. Gardena Serra 8-0; def. Cathedral, 45-14; vs. St. Francis. Friday (3) 3. Mission Viejo 8-0; def. Tesoro, 37-7; at Trabuco Hills, Friday (4) 4. Long Beach Poly 7-1; idle; at Millikan, Friday (5) 5. Hart 8-0; def. Saugus, 38-3; vs. Valencia, Friday (6) 6. Rancho Cucamonga 8-0; def. Los Osos, 20-16; at Alta Loma, Thursday (7) 7. Mater Dei 7-1; lost to Santa Margarita, 7-16; at St. John Bosco, Friday (2)
October 25, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
On a night of drama across Southern California, it was 5-foot-10, 185-pound Cameron Page of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame who showed Friday night why high school football is so exhilarating. Playing in a rivalry game against Encino Crespi, Page had three sacks, caught a touchdown pass and almost broke his ankle trying to jump into the arms of an assistant coach to celebrate in helping the Knights hold off Crespi, 41-27, in a Serra League game. "I looked forward to it my whole life," Page said.
October 24, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Rancho Santa Margarita Tesoro (6-1, 2-0) at Mission Viejo (7-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West): Tesoro first-year Coach Matt Poston has been having a difficult time trying to find a weakness in Mission Viejo's attack. On offense, the Diablos have been relying on quarterback Ian Fieber and running back Alex Suchesk. On defense, end Michael Mathewes has been close to unblockable. Tesoro will need strong performances from running back Jon Rivera, who has scored 10 touchdowns, and defensive end Jack Bares, who has 10 sacks, to win this South Coast League title decider.
October 20, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
It took seven weeks of games, but barring any major injuries, it's clear high school football has a Fab Four this season: Bellflower St. John Bosco (7-0), Santa Ana Mater Dei (7-0), Gardena Serra (7-0) and Mission Viejo (7-0). There are other quality unbeaten teams, such as Rancho Cucamonga (7-0) and Newhall Hart (7-0). And 19-time champion Long Beach Poly (7-1) can never be underestimated. But the Fab Four have separated themselves in a number of ways. First, each has a quarterback playing at a high level.
October 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
A look at two of the top high school football games Friday. Dorsey (3-3, 1-0) at Crenshaw (2-4, 1-0), 6 p.m. (Time Warner Cable, delayed, midnight): The Coliseum League title will be decided in this neighborhood battle. Dorsey has been making strides, with quarterback Noah Whitney getting the ball to top receivers David Williams and Jermel Jefferson. Crenshaw relies on quarterback Ajene Harris and running back Jacob Knight. This game is crucial to City Section Division I playoff seedings.
October 13, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Eric Sondheimer
The Los Angeles County coroner's office will investigate the death of a 16-year-old football player who collapsed during a high school game last week, a department official said Sunday. The agency will try to determine what caused the death of Dodi Soza, who was playing for Downey High School when he collapsed Thursday during a game at Lynwood High. Coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said Soza's young age was the main reason why her office had decided to investigate. Soza, a running back, was playing for his school's junior varsity team when he collapsed on the field, according to KTLA . He died Saturday.
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