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EAGLES FLY WITH GRIFFIN QUARTERBACK HAS CHAMINADE ON VERGE OF WESTERN DIVISION TITLE GAME.



Byline: GERRY GITTELSON Staff Writer

What an impact Ryan Griffin has made for Chaminade High of West Hills after transferring from Loyola of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. .

The 6-foot-4 junior has blossomed into one of the Southland's top quarterbacks, passing for 3,128 yards and 31 touchdowns heading into Saturday's 7:30 p.m. Southern Section Western Division football semifinal against visiting Dominguez of Compton (11-1).

His crisp passes, deft pocket feel and impressive footwork have helped Griffin evolve into one of the San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area.
 Valley's few quarterbacks to surpass 3,000 yards, but there's a lot more to him.

``The best thing about Ryan is how great his composure is for a high school kid,'' coach Ben McEnroe said. ``It's crucial, too, because he just doesn't get rattled. He understands the game and what to do schematically. You don't see that too much in high school kids because most try to do too much or more than they have to do. Ryan understands.''

For the first time in a long time, Griffin has the local football landscape believing the Eagles can win their first football title. It has been 20 years since Chaminade reached its only final, losing 13-10 in 1986 to Woodbridge of Irvine in the Desert Mountain championship.

Chaminade is one step away from having another shot at high school football's ultimate trophy, but it's a big step. The last we heard from Dominguez, the Dons defeated Notre Dame Notre Dame IPA: [nɔtʁ dam] is French for Our Lady, referring to the Virgin Mary. In the United States of America, Notre Dame  41-14 in last year's Div. III championship to break Notre Dame's 35-game winning streak Noun 1. winning streak - a streak of wins
streak, run - an unbroken series of events; "had a streak of bad luck"; "Nicklaus had a run of birdies"
.

``You just need to make an environment where you expect to win, and it's definitely changing around here,'' Griffin said. ``I really like it here.''

Griffin actually saw a bit of the Dominguez-Notre Dame game last year, as he took the field a short time later at Home Depot The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is an American retailer of home improvement and construction products and services.

Headquartered in Vinings, just outside Atlanta in unincorporated Cobb County, Georgia, Home Depot employs more than 355,000 people and operates 2,164 big-box
 Center in Carson as a late call-up for Loyola, which won the Div. I title. Because he lives in Ventura County, the 90-minute commute each way to Loyola eventually took its toll, and because Griffin knew a group of Chaminade players from childhood, he figured it would be a good fit to switch schools.

Griffin is the X-factor for a school longing for football respect.

``There's definitely more leadership and confidence than we've had during the past few years,'' said senior Aubrey Smith, who has 75 receptions for 1,344 yards and 20 touchdowns. ``We're hoping to keep on winning to put us on the map. Our goal is to win the championship.''

The Chaminade-Dominguez matchup should prove especially interesting because of the contrast in styles. Chaminade loves to pass the football, and Dominguez runs a conservative wing-T.

One thing they have in common is a tenacious defense. That's why it will be vital for Chaminade blockers Garrett Hershey, Alex Tanious, Derek Mohl, Sean Davies Sean Gerard Davies (born October 15, 1973 in Harare) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. He has played four ODIs for Zimbabwe in 1996. References
  • Player Profile: Sean Davies from Cricinfo


  
 and Taylor Toomey to control the line of scrimmage line of scrimmage
n. pl. lines of scrimmage Football
Either of two imaginary lines extending across the field parallel to the goal line at the ends of the ball as it rests prior to being snapped and at which each team lines up for
 and give Griffin time to find an open receiver. If that happens, perhaps Chaminade can pull off an upset.

The winner faces either West of Torrance or St. Paul St. Paul

as a missionary he fearlessly confronts the “perils of waters, of robbers, in the city, in the wilderness.” [N.T.: II Cor. 11:26]

See : Bravery
 of Santa Fe Springs Santa Fe Springs, city (1990 pop. 15,520), Los Angeles co., SW Calif., inc. 1957. The city lies in an oil and natural gas region and has diversified manufacturing.  in the final next Friday Next Friday is the 2000 sequel to Friday , which depicts the neighborhood of South Los Angeles in a comedic sense. The hero, Craig Jones (Ice Cube), leaves home and moves in with his lottery winning and sex-crazed Uncle Elroy (Don "D.C." Curry) in Rancho Cucamonga. . But that's a long way off for Chaminade, a program that has no choice but to take things one step at a time.

In Griffin, the Eagles have a confident leader in a crucial position to make a difference. That's not a bad place to start.

gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com

(661) 257-5218UNDER THE HELMET

Birmingham of Lake Balboa is embracing the pattern.

Eagle Rock is hoping the tendency continues.

And Verdugo Hills of Tujunga is looking to continue its latest trend.

The three local teams still remaining in tonight's City Section playoffs each need one more victory to reach next Friday's championship games at the Coliseum.

For Birmingham and Eagle Rock, it's a familiar setting. For Verdugo Hills, it's a coveted cov·et  
v. cov·et·ed, cov·et·ing, cov·ets

v.tr.
1. To feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's). See Synonyms at envy.

2. To wish for longingly. See Synonyms at desire.
 arena.

Birmingham, which won its first City title in 1963, has since won championships in 2002 and 2004. The West Valley League champion Patriots (9-3), the top seed in this year's Championship Division, are looking for Looking for

In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with.
 the cycle of excellence in even-numbered years to repeat itself when they play host to Coliseum League runner-up Crenshaw cren·shaw   also cran·shaw
n.
A variety of winter melon (Cucumis melo var. inodorus) having a greenish-yellow rind and sweet, usually salmon-pink flesh.



[Origin unknown.]
 (9-3) at 7 p.m. in onesemifinal contest.

The winner faces Carson (9-3) or SanPedro (11-1) in the City final.

San Pedro recorded a 21-14 Marine League victory Oct. 27 in the teams' first meeting.

Birmingham defeated Coliseum League champion Dorsey of Los Angeles 38-25 during the regular season and recorded a 29-0 quarterfinal victory over the league's third-place team, Locke of Watts.

Crenshaw, the defending City champion, hasn't faced Birmingham in the postseason this decade. But the Cougars have had success against West Valley opponents, defeating Chatsworth 48-10 in the opening round of this year's playoffs following a 20-14 victory over Taft of Woodland Hills in last season's final.

Although Birmingham is the lone remaining area team in the final four in the Championship Division, top-seed Verdugo Hills and No. 2 Eagle Rock are on a collision course collision course
n.
A course, as of moving objects or opposing philosophies, that will end in a collision or conflict if left unchanged: two planes on a collision course; dissidents on a collision course with the regime.
 to meet in the Invitational final.

Eagle Rock's path appears to be more daunting daunt  
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To abate the courage of; discourage. See Synonyms at dismay.



[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin
, since the Eagles (11-1) are facing Northern League rival Marshall of Los Feliz (10-2) for the fourth time in 60weeks.

Eagle Rock, the defending Invitational champion, defeated the Barristers 36-35in last year's final on Jeremy Camacho's 11-yard touchdown pass to Josh Jovanelly as time expired.

The Eagles also recorded a 37-29 regular-season victory last year over Marshall and posted a 35-7 win Oct. 6 over the Barristers, the last time their defense surrendered a touchdown before Wilson of El Sereno scored in last week's 34-6 quarterfinal loss.

Only one other time in the teams' past seven meetings has the final outcome been by more than 10 points, a30-17 Marshall victory in 2001.

Eagle Rock, 31-6 the past three seasons, has won 10 consecutive games since a 20-14 loss Sept. 8 to Canoga Park.

Verdugo Hills (12-0) might have been expecting a rematch with Sunset Six League rival Canoga Park tonight, but the Hunters suffered a 22-7 quarterfinal loss to Garfield of East Los Angeles East Los Angeles, uninc. city (1990 pop. 126,379), Los Angeles co., S Calif., a residential suburb of Los Angeles, in an industrial area. It has a large Mexican-American population. There is a performing arts center and a cultural center. A junior college is there.  (11-1).

The Dons will look to continue one of the area's most impressive turnarounds, winning 19 of their past 20 games in the past two seasons after combining for 16victories from 2000-04.

Should Verdugo Hills and Eagle Rock meet next Friday in the Coliseum, itwould mark the first time the schools would meet since 2002, a 29-7 nonleague victory for the Eagles.

-- Erik Boal

CAPTION(S):

4 photos, 4 boxes

Photo:

(1) Chaminade's Ryan Griffin has thrown for 3,128 yards and 31 TDs this season.

David Sprague/Staff Photographer

(2) Aubrey Smith

(3) DELANO HOWELL

Alex Collins/Special to the Daily News

(4) DARRELL SCOTT For Darrell Scott, the "Rachel's Challenge" founder of this name, see .

Darrell Scott is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has written several mainstream country hits, and also has established himself as one of Nashville's premier session
 

Hans Gutknect/Staff Photographer

Box:

(1) TONIGHT'S PLAYOFF PREVIEW

(2) THE BIG MATCHUP

DELANO HOWELL vs. DARRELL SCOTT

- Kevin Connelly Kevin Connelly was born in Middlesbrough, England. He is an impressionist comedian, and after dinner speaker and is probably most famous for his role on the popular BBC television programme 'Dead Ringers'.  

(3) PEERLESS PROGNOSTICATION

(4) UNDER THE HELMET

- Erik Boal
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