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The Korey Stringer Institute has ranked states on preventing and managing the leading causes of sudden death in high school athletics, and California ranks No. 50 out of 51 in the safety policy rankings.

The National Federation of State High School Assns. and individual state organizations are objecting to the rankings.

Here's a statement from CIF Executive Director Roger Blake: "Minimizing risk and reducing injuries of California’s student-athletes is paramount, not only to the CIF, but to our 1,587-member high schools and to our 70,000 coaches in California. The Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) has chosen to shine a light on certain areas, but it has left others in the dark. Thus, the information provided presented an inaccurate and incomplete assessment of what is occurring throughout California.

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Ethan Rae, a junior tight end at Orange Lutheran who was expected to be one of the top players in the Southland for his position, suffered a knee injury in practice.

Rae transferred during the summer from Servite to Orange Lutheran.

He could be lost for the season.

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With most NFL teams needing a tight end and college programs still wanting someone with size, agility and speed, the tight end position isn't going away.

It's even making a comeback in the era of the spread offense. The ideal tight end these days is someone who has the strength and technique to block, the hands to catch passes and enough speed to be a deep threat. There's a good group of tight ends in the Southland.

Camren McDonald of Long Beach Poly is already committed to USC. He's 6 feet 4, 210 pounds.

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CalPreps.com has come out with its preseason football rankings, and Narbonne is ranked No. 1 in the City Section.

Dorsey comes in at No. 2, Los Angeles No. 3, Hawkins No. 4, San Pedro No. 5, San Fernando No. 6, Westchester No. 7, Venice No. 8,  Palisades No. 9, Garfield No. 10.

El Camino Real is No. 11 and Crenshaw No. 12.

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Long Beach Poly, one of the premier public school football programs in California, has dropped its junior varsity team because of low numbers, the Press-Telegram reported.

“The last three years our number has consistently gone down, and we’ve had enrollment issues,” Poly coach Antonio Pierce told the newspaper. “Six years ago when my son enrolled, they had 130 freshmen in that class, and we haven’t had close to that number since.”

Poly will still have a frosh-sophomore team, something many other schools have already shifted to instead of having three teams. Poly coaches haven't been happy with new enrollment procedures in the Long Beach Unified School District.

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Fox Sports has released the first two weeks of its prep football streaming schedule for the 2017 Southern Section season. It plans to stream or televise 83 games. It's the 21st season for doing games on Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket, Fox Sports GO or Prep Zone.

Here's the link to the schedule for the first two weeks.

The opening games on Aug. 25 that will be streamed on Prep Zone include Pittsburgh-Corona Centennial, Long Beach Poly-Los Alamitos, Edison-Tesoro and La Habra-Upland.

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Protecting quarterback Bryce Young healthy is a top priority for Cathedral.
Protecting quarterback Bryce Young healthy is a top priority for Cathedral. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

There's no more important position to the success of L.A. Cathedral's football season than offensive lineman. They're the ones who are assigned to protect quarterback Bryce Young.

Cathedral was impressive in seven-on-seven passing competitions when there were no pads and no blocking. How the line performs this fall is key. And coach Kevin Pearson isn't taking any chances.

He's allowing 6-foot-4, 285-pound junior defensive lineman Stephon Wright to play on offense. "He's a beast," Pearson said.

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These Chaminade basketball fans from 2013 also probably like Friday night football games.
These Chaminade basketball fans from 2013 also probably like Friday night football games. (Patrick T. Fallon)

Is it sacrilegious to have a sporting event other than high school football on a Friday night?

There are some who think that way, but there's an increasing number of college football games being played on Friday nights. Now the organization in charge of high school sports is getting concerned.

The National Federation of State High School Assns. has adopted a resolution emphasizing that Friday nights in the fall should be reserved for high school football.