With two weeks to get ready for Angelus League play since its last game, Bishop Montgomery (3-1) has had that much more time to worry about unbeaten Bishop Amat (5-0), which is worth worrying about. Amat isn't fancy but it isn't fun, either. Amat has run up 165 points--emphasis on run--while allowing 34. Junior tailback Eric Bieniemy has rushed for 776 yards and 9 touchdowns, and while he was taking it easy on a sore leg last week backfield mate Lee Barrett had 191 yards. Rick Carter is the quarterback. Linebacker Ramon Diaz leads the rugged defense. Montgomery, which upset Amat last year, also likes to establish the run though it doesn't have a back in Bieniemy's class. Linebacker Ken Sale keys a solid Knight defense.
7:30 p.m. Friday at Bishop Montgomery, Torrance.
West Torrance vs. South Torrance
South (4-1 overall, 1-1 in Bay League), which gave Santa Monica a tough contest last week, needs to win to pull even with West, which is 2-0 in league but only 3-2 overall. West has won when it has scored at least two touchdowns but has been the loser against tougher defensive teams. South fits that bill, generally winning low-scoring games. The Spartans have allowed only 41 points in five games. Its loss to Santa Monica was 13-10. Ken Semko directs the South offense despite a foot injury. Running back Kevin Maher is back from a leg injury. His fill-in, Brad Dodge, who picked up more than 100 yards, moves back to wide receiver.
7:30 p.m. Friday at South High.
Miraleste vs. Leuzinger
Leuzinger (4-0-1), coming off a gutty performance in which quarterback Mike Reddington passed for a long touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to catch Hawthorne, is the favorite as Pioneer League play begins. However, Miraleste Coach Gary Kimbrell usually has his team, 2-3 in preleague, in the race. The game matches two of the South Bay's best quarterbacks in Reddington, playing despite a variety of ailments, and Miraleste's James Castle, as well as several good receivers, especially Miraleste's Kelby Woodward and Leuzinger' Sean Smith. Smith has scored seven touchdowns, Woodward five. Miraleste running back Mike Silane has scored seven.
7:30 p.m. Friday at Leuzinger, Lawndale.
Gardena vs. Fremont
A low-scoring game is in the offing for this Pacific League opener. Gardena is 2-2 but its losses are 7-6 to Granada Hills and 7-3 to Long Beach Poly, and the Mohicans are rated fourth in the City in the Times Top 10. Fremont is 2-1-1 and hasn't scored more than 19 points in a game. Its worst loss was 20-0 to Verbum Dei. Gardena was without star back Brian Brown in last week's loss to Granada but he'll return from an ankle sprain this week. Pee Wee Smith moves back to flanker-wide receiver, giving the Mohicans a two-pronged attack.
8 p.m. Friday at Fremont.