Varsity Times Insider: The latest sports news from Southern California's high school teams

Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976. Get his latest from the field and follow all our prep sports coverage and analysis here.

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Former UCLA running back Jermaine Lewis has his alma mater, Antelope Valley, off to a 4-0 start and looking strong in Division 5. Apple Valley and La Serna are 5-0 and could be challengers in Division 5.

The Antelopes are loaded with top skill position players, such as receiver Jamaal Bell and running back Jermaine Marshall.

Antelope Valley continues Golden League play Friday against Highland. The Antelopes’ best victory came in their season opener, 32-29 over Grace Brethren.

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Quarterback Ezekiel Savage will make his season debut for Reseda on Friday against San Fernando.
Quarterback Ezekiel Savage will make his season debut for Reseda on Friday against San Fernando. (Reseda High)

Reseda is 5-0 and facing its toughest game of the season on Friday in a Valley Mission League road game against league favorite San Fernando.

The Regents will unveil quarterback Ezekiel Savage, a transfer from Royal who was forced to sit out the first five games.

“He gets thrown right into the fire,” coach Alonso Arreola said. “We’re expecting good things.”


Thursday, September 20th



The week five and six schedule for TV and web games have been announced by Fox Sports West.

Friday’s TV game on Prime Ticket is IMG Academy vs. Mater Dei. The Prep Zone games are Mission Viejo vs. Orange Lutheran; Cathedral vs. Gardena Serra; Heritage vs. Cajon; Antelope Valley vs. Highland.

Next Friday, the JSerra vs. St. John Bosco Trinity League opener will be televised by Prime Ticket. The Prep Zone games are Calabasas vs. Westlake; Mater Dei vs. Servite; San Clemente vs. Tesoro; Valencia vs. Canyon.

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Quarterback Jayden Daniels of Cajon
Quarterback Jayden Daniels of Cajon (Eric Sondheimer)

What can quarterback Jayden Daniels do for an encore at Cajon?

A year ago as a junior, he passed for 5,139 yards and 62 touchdowns with five interceptions for a 14-2 team.

This season, the Cowboys are off to a 4-0 start, and Daniels is looking as consistent as ever. He has passed for 1,023 yards while completing 70% of his passes for 17 touchdowns. He has made 76 pass attempts without an interception.

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Former Narbonne junior varsity quarterback Jalon Daniels will face his old team on Friday when Lawndale travels to Narbonne. Daniels should drop by the weight room before the game to say hello to his friends.

Narbonne has its own quarterback competition. Jake Garcia, a transfer from Long Beach Poly, will finally be eligible after sitting out the first five games. He was expected to start until the City Section declared he had to sit out.

Jaylen Henderson, who shared QB duties with Daniels on the JV team last season, has been the starter for the first five games. Narbonne went 2-3. Henderson played perhaps his best game of the season last week when Narbonne defeated Gardena Serra in double overtime 27-26.

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The City Section playoff picture should become much clearer this week after several important matchups take place.

The biggest is in the Valley Mission League, where Reseda (5-0) takes on San Fernando (2-2) at San Fernando. The winner is likely headed to the Open Division. San Fernando has played a much tougher nonleague schedule, but Reseda will unveil new quarterback Ezekiel Savage, who sat out the first five games after transferring from Royal.

In the Exposition League, Jefferson is playing at Manual Arts. The winner should battle Santee for the league title.

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Elijah Hawkins has been doing his best to lift L.A. Jordan in football this season.

He has rushed for 842 yards through five games, caught three touchdown passes and made two interceptions. He has 11 touchdowns overall.

Jordan is 1-3-1 but lost one game when coach Gary Parks held out four starters for not turning in an academic report.

Cole and Brice help Eagles defeat Palisades 14-13

In Lourd We Trust might become the new mantra for Brentwood football.

The Lourd brothers, Cole, a sophomore quarterback, and Brice, a senior receiver/linebacker, were major contributors on Saturday night when Brentwood (4-0) rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat Palisades 14-13 in the battle of teams located five miles apart on Sunset Boulevard.

It was only last season when Brentwood got lights for its stadium and added a terrific new all-weather turf surface that feels softer than some beds. The school is in a building boom, expanding its enrollment and quietly making progress in football.

Saturday, September 15th