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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.

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This photo sequence shows the one-handed touchdown catch by TaeVeon Le of Corona del Mar.
This photo sequence shows the one-handed touchdown catch by TaeVeon Le of Corona del Mar. (Courtesy Corona del Mar)

The 43rd career touchdown catch by tight end TaeVeon Le of Corona del Mar will be remembered for years to come.

His one-handed catch with 17 seconds left gave Corona del Mar a 42-35 playoff victory over Eastvale Roosevelt.

Le has been known for his big-time catches, but this may be the best of all.

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Senior tries to put himself in position for college scholarship

Reseda is 10-1 and playing Granada Hills in Friday's City Section Division II quarterfinal playoff game. The Highlanders better watch out for senior receiver-defensive back Ja'lani Ellison.

He had 15 interceptions last season, and he's up to seven this season.

Last week against Franklin, he returned a kickoff for a touchdown, returned a punt for a touchdown, rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass.

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Former Fairfax and UCLA basketball player Josh Shipp has joined the Lions as an assistant coach.

Shipp, who played professionally overseas, has been working with the players since the fall.

"He's awesome," Fairfax coach Steve Baik said. "To have him on staff, you can't ask for anything better. He knows the game and is great with the players."

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.

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Alemany hasn't made the Southern Section football playoffs for four consecutive seasons, and another coaching change could be coming.

James Washington has been the coach the last two seasons with records of 3-7. He replaced Dean Herrington, who was fired despite having won seven league titles in 10 years.

Of course, both faced the challenge of playing Division 1 football and in the Mission League.

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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.

Cornerback Jack Jones of USC, a Long Beach Poly graduate, will be facing off against former high school teammates at UCLA this week.
Cornerback Jack Jones of USC, a Long Beach Poly graduate, will be facing off against former high school teammates at UCLA this week. (Associated Press)

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.