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.
Lancers win Division 1 playoff over No. 4 Chaminade
If there's an individual matchup for this week's Southern Section football playoffs quarterfinals to get excited about, it's Orange Lutheran junior receiver Kyle Ford going against Mission Viejo senior cornerback Olaijah Griffin on Friday night at Orange Coast College.
Ford has caught 87 passes for more than 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns. Griffin, a UCLA commit, is considered one of the best cornerbacks around.
"They're both great players," Mission Viejo Coach Bob Johnson said.
There was a time when predicting which team would win the Southern Section's highest division in prep football came down to choosing between Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly.
In 1997, 1998 and 1999, those two teams played each other in the championshp game.
Poly won in 1997 by a score of 28-25, ending Mater Dei's 27-game win streak. Mater Dei won 33-26 in 1998, ending Poly's 27-game win streak. Then both teams won in the infamous 21-21 tie game in 1999, which forced a rule change requiring overtime in the final.