The City Section created an eight-team Open Division football playoff system this season, going with the top eight teams based on CalPreps.com rankings. And now, after a week off, the tournament begins Friday.
The big question is will the first-round games be competitive? With the exception of Arleta-Jefferson, the first-round games were not competitive in Division I.
San Pedro plays at No. 1 Narbonne. San Pedro lost earlier this season to the Gauchos, 57-7. San Pedro will have several players back for this game. The Gauchos' passing attack has awakened behind quarterback Jalen Chatman and receivers Juwan Tucker and Noah Jackson.
If you like offense, Friday's Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinal football playoff game between Norco and visiting Valencia should have lots of touchdowns being scored.
Norco has scored 56 and 83 points in its last two games. Running back Travis Dye ran for 346 yards and six touchdowns against Eastvale Roosevelt and 331 yards and six touchdowns against Los Alamitos.
Valencia has scored 64, 59 and 54 points in its last three games. Mykael Wright has been rising up as a receiver and defensive back. Quarterback Connor Downs has passed for 2,641 yards and 25 touchdowns.
The Division 2 matchup featuring unbeaten Upland at home against Angelus League champions Cathedral renews a rivalry that became so intense during a seven-on-seven passing competition that Upland coach Tim Salter halted the game.
"We had a little problem at the Bonita tournament," Salter recalled.
Yes, the players weren't exactly shaking hands afterward.
It's USC vs. UCLA week in football, and Saturday's clash at the Coliseum is going to test the loyalty of lots of people. There are former high school teammates taking on each other, and alumni from the high schools will be torn.
There's Crenshaw vs. Crenshaw, Gardena Serra vs. Gardena Serra, Loyola vs. Loyola, St. John Bosco vs. St. John Bosco and Long Beach Poly vs. Long Beach Poly, Crespi vs. Crespi. That's what makes the game so fun and interesting.
USC has two Poly graduates playing cornerback in Jack Jones and Iman Marshall. UCLA has Poly grad Colin Samuel playing cornerback and Christian Pabico playing receiver. USC has Crenshaw's Akene Harris at defensive back and UCLA has Mossi Johnson.