THE AREA'S ALL-TIME BIGGEST GAMES HOW WILL THIS ONE RANK WHEN THE DUST (AND HYPE) SETTLES?
Byline: GERRY GITTELSON Staff Writer
Tonight's high school football showdown between Oaks Christian of Westlake Village and St. Bonaventure of Ventura at Ventura High has been billed as the ``Game of the Century'' - at least that's what the ticket advertisement on eBay reads - and some wonder if this might be the most hyped game in area history.
But they're have been some great ones through the years. Here's a retrospective of some of the area's most anticipated prep football contests of all-time:
Granada Hills 38, San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
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The City Section championship was on the line at Birmingham High, where a San Fernando Valley-record crowd of 18,000 packed the bleachers and temporary grandstands for a showdown between star quarterbacks Dana Potter of Granada Hills and Anthony Davis Anthony Davis can refer to:
Years later, then-San Fernando coach Howard Marcus told the Daily News: ``I can remember people were on Balboa Boulevard. There were apartments across the street, and people were standing on the roof to watch the game. It was tremendous.''
Granada Hills, which had lost to San Fernando by 25 points during the regular season, was primed for a rematch, erasing an early 13-point deficit in a thrilling victory that was marred by a huge brawl near the end of the fourth quarter.
Years later, Potter, who surpassed 3,000 yards passing to set an City Section season record that afternoon, said people still talk about that incredible game.
``It's a feeling you just can't describe,'' Potter said. ``For us to come as far as we did, from nowhere really, it was a great, great feeling to win the championship.''
San Fernando 21, Granada Hills 10
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Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. , and the previous season Elway, then a junior, had torn up the Tigers in a 40-35 victory - including an Elway-esque last-minute drive to win the game.
``The rivalry was already built up by the time I got to Granada Hills,'' Elway would say years later. ``It's all relative It's All Relative is an ABC sitcom about a man who dates the adoptive daughter of a gay couple, which forces their very different families to learn to coexist. Overview , but at that point beating San Fernando was the highlight of my life.''
Through five games, both teams were undefeated, and Elway, on pace to break the section passing-yardage record, entered with 1,837 yards and 19 TDs.
``Elway was already a legend,'' recalled longtime San Fernando assistant Bill Frazer, ``and we had Anthony Gibson, Robert McClanahan and Malcolm Moore, who all went to USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. . It was big-time.''
Fate was cruel that night for Elway, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on a play that didn't involve contact, and host San Fernando triumped.
Canyon 42, Hart 32
The storied Canyon-Hart rivalry was in its prime, as both programs were coming off separate section championships - including Canyon's third in a row - and Hart of Newhall was hoping to avenge a three-point loss the previous season that ended on Canyon's 1-yard line.
A standing-room-only crowd of more than 9,000 packed College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. .
What a matchup this was in terms of star quarterbacks, as Hart's Jim Bonds was headed to UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX , while Canyon's Ken Sollom eventually committed to Michigan.
``Both were really outstanding teams that year, and there must have already been 8,000 people there two hours before the game,'' recalled Canyon coach Harry Welch, who was then in his first stint at the school. ``People were literally standing on hillsides, weeds, the upper level.''
Bonds passed for a Hart-record 326 yards and four touchdowns, but Canyon outlasted the Indians to win its 39th consecutive game. Sollom passed for 213 yards and four touchdowns, and teammate Chad Ziegler scored four touchdowns, including an 80-yard fumble return.
Loyola 15, Crespi 8
In the ninth week of the season, both teams came in undefeated with the Del Rey Del Rey may refer to:
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More than 11,000 packed Birmingham High, and several thousand were turned away.
``There were a lot more people there than the night we won the Big Five title the year before at Anaheim Stadium,'' recalled Bill Redell Bill Redell (born April 17, 1941 in Red Bluff, California) is an American football coach and member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Redell serves as head coach at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California, since 2000, and has formed them into one of , Crespi's coach at the time.
Crespi (7-0-1) came in averaging 450 yards per game - White was at 1,495 yards and 28 TDs -- while 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. (8-0) had allowed an average of fewer than three points per game.
This turned out to be Loyola's night, as White was held to 27 yards on 14 carries.
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There were lots of intriguing subplots to this one, and everything was magnified because the Mission League showdown was the first-ever televised high school game by Fox Sports West.
The biggest attraction in this opening-week matchup was the senior debut of Justin Fargas Justin Fargas (born January 25, 1980 in Encino, California) is a football player in the NFL. Professional career
He was drafted in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. As of 2006, he is the Raiders' second-string running back. , who had rushed for 2,970 yards with 38 TDs as a junior in what remains one of the most prolific seasons ever for a California running back.
Host Notre Dame also had a new star defensive lineman named Travis Johnson, who eventually would join teammate Fargas in the NFL NFL
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Alemany of Mission Hills featured quarterback Casey Clausen, a blazing-fast running back in Miguel Fletcher and a freshman phenom, multipurpose mul·ti·pur·pose
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``It was the very first Fox TV game, and that it made even more special,'' recalled Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney. ``We had to bring in special lights. It was a really big deal.''
As things turned out, this was Fargas' night. He rushed for 268 yards (193 by halftime) and three TDs, including a 75-yard run.
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(2) Crespi's Russell White, who had 1,495 yards coming into the Loyola game, was held to 27.
(3) Notre Dame's Justin Fargas, left, ran for 268 yards and three touchdowns against Alemany and Casey Clausen in 1997.
(4) Canyon's Chad Zeigler (80) is congratulated by Shea Danels after scoring a touchdown against Hart.
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