* WEBER STATE (3-2, 1-1) vs. CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (2-3, 0-1)

At North Campus Stadium, 6:05 p.m.

Northridge was upset in the rain at Portland State, 26-13, last week while Weber State knocked off Northern Arizona, 36-23, in Ogden, Utah. Northern Arizona went into the game ranked fourth and fifth in Division I-AA. Northridge, without injured All-American quarterback Aaron Flowers for probably two more weeks, also will be without leading receiver Brian Comer, whose eligibility is being reviewed by the NCAA. Comer, a senior transfer from Cal, might have violated I-A and I-AA double-transfer rules. Sophomore Josh Fiske, who completed 20 of 42 passes for 280 yards and one touchdown last week, gets his second start. Coach Jim Fenwick paid considerable attention to the defense during practices this week. The Matadors have allowed 1,054 rushing, worst in the Big Sky. Weber State favors the pass behind Steve Buck, a junior transfer from UCLA who has thrown for 1,424 yards and 10 touchdowns. Senior Taurus McGhee, who has 585 yards receiving, and 6-foot-7 tight end Cam Quayle, who has 212 yards, are Buck's primary targets. Coach Dave Arslanian said the Wildcats are having trouble finishing drives. Last week, they were bailed out by Scott Shields, who kicked a school-record five field goals. Outside linebacker David Stroshine made 11 tackles against Northern Arizona, his fourth consecutive game with 10 or more.


* CAL LUTHERAN (1-3, 0-1) vs. LA VERNE (2-2, 2-1)

At Ortmayer Stadium, La Verne, 1 p.m.

Cal Lutheran's offense faces its stiffest test thus far. Linebackers Brian Zavala and Thomas Penegar have helped the Leopards limit opponents to 155 rushing yards and an average of 182 total yards per game. Cal Lutheran's Zack Hernandez, who is recovered from a slight concussion suffered last week, has completed 54 of 87 passes for 493 yards and four touchdowns. He leads the Kingsmen with 242 yards rushing, with four touchdowns. La Verne probably will be without 6-5 quarterback Gary Tessitore, who injured his throwing shoulder last week. Brent Meier, a 6-3 junior, will replace him. La Verne might be without wide receivers Ervie Barnes and Liron Wilson, who have knee injuries. Cal Lutheran has lost the last seven games in the series.


* VALLEY (2-1) vs. HANCOCK (3-0)

At Righetti High, Santa Maria, 7 p.m.

Valley and Hancock play a rematch of last season's Western State Bowl, won by Valley, 37-25. Valley's offense is due for a bust-out week after being bottled up in a 25-7 loss to Bakersfield. The Monarchs dropped from fourth to seventh in the Southern California rankings after being held to 54 yards by Bakersfield. Tom Racius completed only 13 passes and had five intercepted. Valley Coach Gary Barlow expects to rotate running backs Antwane Smith, Armone Lochard and Jamian Barbour. Hancock rallied last week for a 27-23 victory over Moorpark. The Bulldogs rely on running back Delray Pointer, who has rushed for 251 yards and a conference-best six touchdowns. Pointer leads the conference in scoring with 42 points. Defensive back Sean Martin had two interceptions against Moorpark and 48 yards in returns.

* SANTA BARBARA (2-2) vs. MOORPARK (1-2)

At Moorpark College, 7 p.m.

Moorpark, coming off consecutive road losses to Bakersfield and Hancock, faces a difficult task against multi-threat quarterback Anthony Ramos in a WSC game. Ramos split time between quarterback and wide receiver at Santa Barbara High but has emerged as the Vaqueros' starter after impressive performances in consecutive games. Ramos was selected WSC player of the week for the second time this season after completing 23 of 37 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns last week in a 26-25 loss to Santa Monica. Ramos is the team's leading rusher with 133 yards in 34 carries. Freshman Carl Richardson, one of several talented Moorpark backs, rushed for 250 yards and a touchdown against Hancock. Richardson's breakthrough might help define the Raiders' running back situation. Eight players carried the ball in one game this season.

* WEST L.A. (2-1) vs. GLENDALE (0-4)

At Glendale High, 1 p.m.

Glendale, off to its worst start since 1987, gains and loses in the injury department. All-WSC linebacker Marlon Calloway, the Vaqueros' best defensive player, will return after missing two games because of a sprained ankle. Linebacker Jimmy Thompson, the Vaqueros' leading tackler, is doubtful because of a bruised knee. A good defensive performance is a must against West L.A., which has the conference's top-ranked offense and is coming off a bye. Bryan Paul has passed for 426 yards and six touchdowns, while running back Marco Pleas has rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns for the Oilers. Glendale quarterback John Carnevali, who has battled injuries this season, has reestablished himself as the starter. Darrell Durham of Glendale has rushed for 328 yards and four touchdowns in 65 carries.

* SOUTHWEST (2-2) vs. PIERCE (0-3)

At Pierce College, 7 p.m.

It's not that Pierce can't move the ball, the Brahmas just can't win a game. Pierce's losing streak reached 21 games with a 45-21 loss to Harbor. Quarterback Dan McMullen continues to play respectably and so have his receivers. McMullen completed 32 of 44 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns last week and currently is the WSC's second-ranked passer. Vaughn Corley caught eight passes, including one for a touchdown. Basil Duncantell, a sophomore from Portland, Ore., caught nine, including one for a touchdown, to earn WSC player-of-the-week honors. On paper, the Brahmas' chances of breaking the streak looks promising. The Cougars' offense is ranked last in the WSC, averaging only 203 yards a game. Running back Marques Hanie has rushed for 196 yards in 41 carries.

* HARBOR (3-1) vs. VENTURA (0-3)

At Ventura High, 1 p.m.

Ventura Coach Terry Morris spent a bye week making changes on both sides of the line. Most notably, sophomore Patrick Bartley replaces freshman Rolando Garcia at quarterback. Bartley, a transfer from Mississippi, played the fourth quarter against Southwest two weeks ago and completed nine of 16 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Harbor presents Ventura with its most-difficult task to date defensively. Containing running back Ricardo Diaz, the WSC's second-leading rusher with 424 yards, is paramount. Jack Hawley has passed for 873 yards and a conference-best 12 touchdowns while completing 65.2% of his passes. The Seahawks rank second to Bakersfield in scoring among conference teams and average close to 400 yards a game.

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