THIS WEEK'S KEY GAMES.
ALEMANY (1-1) at CHAMINADE (1-1)
OUTLOOK: Alemany has RB De'Andre Scott, and that's usually enough to beat non-elite opponents. He's rushed for 280 yards (6.2 avg.) and scored two TDs but hasn't enjoyed a breakout performance.
Chaminade is hoping this isn't Scott's night.
Meanwhile, Alemany QB A.J. Anthony, a converted LB, emerged in Friday's 37-9 victory over Chatsworth. He completed 9 of 13 passes for 167 yards and two TDs, mainly on play-action passes involving fakes to Scott.
``People are going to go for the fake to De'Andre all season,'' new Alemany coach Craig Schuler said. ``That's what makes people back up.''
After surrendering a 14-point lead in an opening loss to San Fernando, Alemany charged up its defense against Chatsworth, registering 15 tackles for losses. Scott played LB and had nine tackles.
Like Alemany, Chaminade on Friday won its first game for its new coach - Bill Culpepper - 22-14 over El Camino Real. Sophomore Erik Vose completed 16 of 29 passes for 140 yards, including two TDs to Josh Jones.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Alemany kicker Garret Marxen, who's emerged as one of the region's best. He had a 47-yard field goal against Chatsworth, his second in two games, and he's averaging 48.5 yards as a punter.
NOTES: Scott said he's lining up official recruiting visits to Nebraska and Tennessee after Alemany's season. . . . Chaminade also has a quality PK in Bryan Borreson, who has three field goals, including a 45-yarder against El Camino Real.
BIRMINGHAM (2-0) at RESEDA (1-1)
OUTLOOK: New coach Ed Crosen has breathed new life into Birmingham, which entered the year with three victories over the last two seasons. The revamped Patriots are winning thanks to a wide-open passing attack featuring 5-foot-8, 135-pound QB Scott Jensen and a group of fleet WRs. Jensen has passed for 370 yards, including 287 and two TDs in Friday's 41-7 victory over Van Nuys. Track standouts Ramal Porter (seven catches, 129 yards, one TD) and John Walker (three catches, 142 yards, one TD) are the main targets.
The only thing Reseda shares with Birmingham is Victory Boulevard. Coach Joel Schaeffer is in his 23rd year, and the Regents pass the football on an emergency basis only. Eddie Robinson is among the best RBs in the Southland, rushing for 302 yards (6.9 avg.) and five TDs after a big junior season. Backfield mate Joseph Guerrero also has 253 yards - an average of 21.1 yards per carry - with three TDs. Guerrero scored on a 76-yard run and 49-yard reception against Cleveland.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Birmingham junior RB Kevin McCleary, who rushed for 184 yards and two TDs, including a 68-yarder, in the victory over Van Nuys. ``Kevin just hits air. He runs to daylight,'' Crosen said. ``He's got real quick feet and he's a tough kid. He's not the fastest, but he's got football speed and good vision. He knows how to get upfield.''
NOTES: Walker has committed to USC as a DB. . . . Reseda averages 387 yards but is giving up 382.
LOYOLA (2-0) vs. MUIR (1-1)
at Pierce College
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
OUTLOOK: Before the season this looked like one of the year's best matchups. Then Muir lost its opener in ridiculous fashion, 51-6 to Eagle Rock, as the Mustangs fumbled 13 times and lost seven.
``We run the option and it's a high-risk offense,'' assistant coach Jason Bornn said. ``The next week in practice, every time someone fumbled he had to run.''
Muir rebounded with a 35-6 victory over Monrovia on Friday, losing just one fumble. Aujulius Bailey rushed for 157 yards and three TDs, including an 87-yarder, and Muir held Monrovia to minus-10 yards rushing, 38 total yards and four first downs.
UCLA-bound QB/DB Matt Ware, the region's only consensus preseason All-American, leads Loyola. He's 12 of 19 passing for 179 yards and three TDs, and he has rushed for 145 yards (7.6 avg.) and two TDs. Rafael Rice has 154 yards rushing (6.2 avg.) and three TDs.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Loyola OL Keith Ornelas, who has committed to California. He'll go head-to-head with Muir's Tim Sylvester, a top prospect.
NOTES: According to Bornn, Muir's plan is to keep things simple: ``We're not going in with a bunch of gadgets. We're just gonna focus on fundamentals and not giving up big plays and not making mistakes.''
CAMARILLO (1-1) at THOUSAND OAKS (0-2)
OUTLOOK: Thousand Oaks is the region's best 0-2 team, having lost to high-powered Hart and Crescenta Valley. In both games the Lancers failed on numerous red-zone opportunities. Thousand Oaks has a terrific passing combination of QB Ben Olson (423 yards, 53 pct.) and WR Dave Anderson (15 catches), which eventually is going to lead to a lot of touchdowns.
Nevertheless, the Lancers face another tough challenger in Camarillo, which amassed 565 yards in Friday's 41-23 victory over Agoura. Mike Jasper had a big performance against Agoura, passing for 335 yards and four TDs. He's passed for 465 yards and five TDs with a 216.35 efficiency rating. Loren Cerny, a 230-pounder, has 258 yards rushing with two TDs, and big-play WR Justin Peterson has nine catches - for an average of 25.6 yards - and four TDs.
No. 3 NOTRE DAME (2-0) vs. SAUGUS (1-1)
at College of the Canyons
OUTLOOK: Notre Dame's lineup isn't star-studded like in years' past, but the Knights have outscored their opponents 65-7, including Friday's 41-0 victory over Burroughs.
Coach Kevin Rooney's Knights held Burroughs to 120 yards and eight first downs, forcing four turnovers. Mike Luderer and Jimmy Sharp are two of the region's top DBs. Luderer also has seven receptions, including a 6-yard touchdown against Burroughs.
Saugus started with a 14-6 opening loss to Royal but rebounded with Friday's 41-0 victory over Simi Valley. Led by All-Area candidates Jared DePaiva (LB) and Tim Carter (DB), the Centurions held Simi Valley to minus-8 yards. Carter's also a top WR with 11 catches for 156 yards and two TDs.
No. 9 VALENCIA (1-1) vs. OXNARD (0-2)
at Canyon High
OUTLOOK: Valencia has problems. Several starters quit the team early this week, and coach Brian Stiman, citing privacy issues, didn't want to list them or elaborate why they left.
Meanwhile, the Vikings must rebound from Friday's 25-21 loss at Peninsula that saw Peninsula score the last 18 points.
Valencia's best plan is to pass the football. Kyle Bauer has thrown for 439 yards and three TDs. Will Broadous (six catches, 125 yards, one TD) and Zack Sapp (five catches, 145 yards, two TDs) are the prime targets.
Oxnard lost 34-12 to defending Div. IV finalist San Luis Obispo on Friday. Running backs Aaron Brown (123 yards, two TDs) and Jason Parker (109 yards, one TD) are the top producers.
MONROE (0-2) at CLEVELAND (2-0)
OUTLOOK: Cleveland beat Reseda 36-35 on Friday - but at a cost. Several starters are injured, including key RB Matt Clark (ankle). He has 279 yards and three TDs, but he might not play tonight, along with LB Ronnie Lyons (concussion) and OLB Chris Kiwanuka.
``Monroe's not an easy game,'' Cleveland assistant Scott Reisbord said. ``Our kids have to show some pride.''
Lyons and Kiwanuka also play RB, so junior Davion Gatewood might be the only healthy RB. He rushed for 37 yards on eight carries and had a 32-yard reception against Reseda. The good news is the OL is intact, and with 320-pounders Victor Gomez and Andre Berkeley leading the way, the Cavaliers should be OK.
Monroe forfeited against Canoga Park on Friday when the Vikings' medical cards couldn't be located at halftime. At the time, Monroe was losing 14-12 and had managed just four first downs. However, QB Steve Beltran was having a big performance with 156 yards passing, including completions of 64 and 61 yards.
No. 8 NEWBURY PARK (1-1) vs. BUENA (1-1)
at Ventura High
OUTLOOK: Both have started similarly with one easy win and one loss against a tough opponent.
``We're both trying to find ourselves, and neither one of us wants to be 1-2,'' Newbury Park coach George Hurley said.
Newbury Park dropped key passes and squandered opportuities in Friday's 20-13 loss at high-powered Paso Robles, and Hurley said he was disappointed. Nevertheless, the Panthers feature some the region's best players: Sophomore QB Ryan Lombardo has come through with 339 yards passing and a touchdown, all-state candidate Marcus Crawford has rushed for 233 yards (5.0 avg.) and three TDs, and WR L. Ray Hawkins has six catches (22.7 avg.) and one TD.
Buena, which lost to Westlake in Week 1 but rebounded with Friday's 35-7 victory over Rio Mesa, loves to run the football. Freddy Keiaho has 245 yards (6.6 avg.) and three TDs. Newbury Park LB Mat Butcher and DB Kyle Malinowski are the top hitters.
LITTLEROCK (2-0) at BARSTOW (1-1)
OUTLOOK: Everyone thought Littlerock would be devastated after losing all-state candidate LB Marcus Raines and two-year starting QB Richard Newton, both of whom have been incarcerated since late May awaiting trial on murder and assault charges. But the Lobos are one of only two Golden League teams still undefeated, and if they can beat defending Div. XIII finalist Barstow, they'll really know where they stand.
Littlerock RB John Ford has 282 yards (5.8 avg.) and six TDs. But he's suffering from a sprained ankle, which affected him in Friday's 10-9 victory over Silverado, when he gained just 41 yards with no TDs in 16 carries.
Coach Jim Bauer said Ford is questionable for tonight's game. But Bauer is otherwise pleased with the way things are going: ``We're playing hard and making a great effort. We're making mistakes because we're young but we're improving. We just need to keep going.''
Barstow graduated last year's big gun, RB Ahmed Hawkins, but QB Tommy Rhymes, WR Daniel Robinson, 275-pound FB C.J. Niusulu and DL David Nava are key returnees. Barstow lost to Palmdale 14-12 and beat Serrano 42-3.
No. 10 PALMDALE (1-0-1) at BLOOMINGTON (1-1)
OUTLOOK: This is a rematch of Bloomington's 52-46 victory last year, one of 1999's most exciting games. Palmdale is better this season, and Bloomington isn't, so the Falcons should prevail. After beating respected Barstow 14-12 in the opener, Palmdale tied Kennedy 44-44 on Friday. Terry Furlow leads Palmdale in passing (453 yards, two TDs), rushing (82 yards) and scoring (three TDs, three two-point conversions). Tyrone Culver has 6 catches for 111 yards, and he's also a top DB and punt returner.
Defending Div. XIII champion Bloomington is rebuilding. However, the Bruins looked like their old selves in Friday's 52-13 victory over Bonita, amassing 420 yards, 372 on the ground.
L.A. JORDAN (0-2) at SAN FERNANDO (2-0)
OUTLOOK: The Tigers are off to a hot start just like last season, when they won their first nine games.
Junior Ruben Nevarez is developing into a top QB. He passed for 214 yards and three TDs in Friday's 28-9 victory over Los Angeles. Ramon Perry, who had two TD receptions against Los Angeles, has nine catches for 181 yards. Linebacker Eddie Martinez and DB Willie German key the defense.
Jordan has lost two close games, 14-12 to Fairfax and 10-6 to Hamilton. Dell Hestor (160 yards rushing, two TDs) and DB Kevin Corbin and LB Tim Moore are the impact players.
``We have the talent and everything we need. We just need to execute,'' Jordan coach Doi Johnson said. ``It's a game of inches, and good execution gets you those inches.''
BISHOP MONTGOMERY (1-1) at CRESPI (0-2)
OUTLOOK: It's beginning to look like another long season for Crespi, which has been outscored 113-34 after a one-win season in 1999. If the Celts want to beat Bishop Montgomery, they have to stop RBs Durante Donaldson and Pete Roses.
Crespi QB Will Jacoby, recovering from a shoulder injury, has passed for 223 yards and three TDs. He looks to Larry Viltz, who has nine receptions and two TDs after 66 catches as a junior.
MONTCLAIR PREP (2-0) vs. BEAUMONT (1-1)
at Valley College
OUTLOOK: Led by RB Gary Sonkur, Montclair Prep has outscored two opponents 110-6 but figures to have a tougher test. Beaumont has 16 playoff appearances in the last 21 years, all under coach Gary Harvey.
Sonkur has rushed for 360 yards - an average of 20.0 per carry - and eight touchdowns. However, he's not the only option for the Div. XII Mounties, ranked No. 1 by the Daily News (small schools) and Southern Section. Jason Goss has passed for 215 yards and three TDs, and Deron Smith has five catches for 120 yards and two TDs.
Beaumont, which lost to 3,000-student Santiago 15-8 and beat Brentwood 37-6, runs a double-wing. Kyle Parsons had 105 yards and a 45-yard touchdown against Brentwood. Three-year starting DL Nate Mendoza is the top hitter.
VILLAGE CHRISTIAN (2-0) vs. MARY STAR (0-1)
at Kennedy High
Saturday, 7 p.m.
OUTLOOK: Village Christian, just 3-7 last season, has rallied under new coach Jim Yencarelli. He said he came to Village Christian to teach government, but then the coaching job fell in his lap when Mike Plaisance resigned.
Neil Gunn, who's passed for 295 yards and three TDs, is the Crusaders' top player, along with 215-pound LB Josh Martin.
Mary Star didn't play last week because 14 players weren't available for disciplinary reasons.
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