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.
Standout defensive back/receiver Ja’lani Ellison of Reseda finally signed his scholarship papers with Wyoming on Friday.
It culminated a four-year campaign of Ellison and Reseda Coach Alonso Arreola to help him obtain a college scholarship. Ellison got his ACT score also on Friday, clearing the way for him to finalize his plans.
For Arreola, it was a celebration. He promised to do whatever he could to make sure college coaches were aware of Ellison, who ignored attempts to lure him away. He stayed for four years and helped the Regents achieve football success.
Saturday’s Open Division matchups in girls’ basketball present some great games in the Southern Section and City Section.
At Cal Baptist
Windward vs. Mater Dei, 2 p.m. Charisma Osborne of Windward is the most exciting junior player in California. She plays defense, shoots from three-point range, drives, dishes and leads. And she has a great supporting cast. Mater Dei is a young team with a terrific future. The question is: Can the Monarchs win a championship a year ahead of schedule? The pick: Windward.