GAME DAY / A Look at Today's Key Matchups


* NOTRE DAME (6-0) vs. CRESPI (5-1)

At Crespi High, 7:30 p.m.

It was a potential battle of the unbeaten teams until Crespi, ranked No. 6 in the region by The Times, lost to Serra last week, 34-21. Defensive end Gregg Guenther of Crespi, who missed the Serra game because of a stress fracture in his foot, probably will return to shore up a run defense that struggled last week. Notre Dame, No. 2 in the region, has exceeded expectations this season thanks primarily to an attacking defense that features Travis Johnson and Alec Moss. Fullbacks Pat Wade (ankle injury) and Shaun Hall (neck) and tight end Mike Anderson (shoulder) might not play for Notre Dame.


* BURROUGHS (3-3, 0-1) vs. HART (4-2, 1-0)

At College of the Canyons, 7 p.m.

There should be no shortage of passes in this matchup between two of the top passing offenses in the region. Hart, led by quarterback Kyle Boller, has amassed 2,239 yards through the air, tops in the region and among the best in the state. Burroughs, with fast-rising junior Joe Kroells at quarterback, is sixth in the region with 1,394 passing yards. Hart has Jerry Owens, who leads the region with 45 catches, 948 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns and Burroughs counters with Kyle Cremarosa, who has 38 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. Brian Criscuolo of Burroughs has 26 catches for 375 yards and Jared Bazar of Hart has 20 catches for 399 yards to also rank among the regional leaders. The difference is Boller's efficiency. He has 27 touchdown passes and only one interception and is a big reason Hart has outscored opponents by an average of 45-15. Kroells has 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.


* LITTLEROCK (6-0, 1-0) vs. ANTELOPE VALLEY (2-3-1, 1-0)

At Antelope Valley High, 7:30 p.m.

Littlerock, 6-0 for the first time, is seeking its first victory against its Golden League nemesis. The Lobos, yielding 176 yards per game, must stop Bruce Molock, who has rushed for 820 yards. The Antelopes outscored Bishop Montgomery and Quartz Hill, 71-6, after starting the season 0-3-1 against the Southland's toughest schedule. Molock has run for 607 yards and seven touchdowns in his last three games. Defensive back Chasio Gaines missed three games with a shoulder injury, but returned last week to return a punt for a touchdown. Lobos Rodney Woods and Keith Williams have combined to rush for 1,216 yards and 14 touchdowns, but Williams is nursing a sore ankle. Littlerock will be without center Jerue Allen, who has a broken ankle, and defensive back Billie Lawrence, who must sit out after being ejected last week.


* GRANADA HILLS (6-0, 3-0) vs. KENNEDY (4-2, 2-1)

At Kennedy High, 7 p.m.

There's no more stunning turnaround than Granada Hills, which was 1-9 last season and 3-27 over the last three seasons. Quarterback Jason Winn, running back Omari Mack, tackle Jory Goldberg, receiver Peter Gunny, linebacker Adrian Padilla have made major contributions. This could be the Highlanders' toughest test considering it's their rivalry game. Kennedy played well until a 42-0 loss to Taft last week. The Cougars are most dangerous when running backs Jason Jones and Jerome Williams are picking up yards. No team this season has been able to move the ball consistently against Granada Hills.


* NEWBURY PARK (5-1, 3-0) vs. MOORPARK (6-0, 3-0)

At Moorpark High, 7 p.m.

Moorpark finally measures itself against a top-notch opponent after extending its Ventura County-record winning streak to 18 games against losing teams. Newbury Park has become the Marmonte League favorite after a 32-25 victory over previously unbeaten Westlake. Ryan Shipton has rushed for 661 yards but the Panthers live and die on the arm of Nick Czernek, who has passed for 18 touchdowns and has 16 interceptions. Moorpark prefers to grind it out with stingy defense and a sturdy ground game. Art Garcia has 712 yards in 103 carries and is the region's leading scorer with 13 touchdowns. He will face a Newbury Park defense that surrenders 365 yards per game.


* WESTLAKE (5-1, 1-1) vs. THOUSAND OAKS (2-4, 1-1)

At Thousand Oaks High, 7 p.m.

Westlake fell to Newbury Park, 32-25, last week when a Warrior pass from the one-yard line fell incomplete in the end zone. Thousand Oaks lost to Simi Valley, 21-20, ending the momentum of a two-game winning streak. Westlake receivers Travis Campbell (shoulder) and Mike Seidman (hip pointer) are banged up, but probably will play. Zac Wasserman has completed 103 of 166 passes for 1,521 yards and 16 touchdowns, while Julian Lambert has rushed for 683 yards and seven touchdowns in 93 carries for Westlake. Thousand Oaks has surrendered 1,236 yards through the air and only 671 on the ground. The Lancers are the league's top running team with 1,450 yards. Wes Cobos, who has rushed for 10 touchdowns, has almost 600 of his 883 yards in the last three games, and Joey Casillas has added 427 yards and six touchdowns for the Lancers. Thousand Oaks has passed only half as much as Westlake, although quarterback Gabe Portilla is improving.


* VILLAGE CHRISTIAN (2-4, 0-0) vs. L.A. BAPTIST (4-2, 0-1)

At Alemany High, 7:30 p.m.

L.A. Baptist has won the last three meetings and is averaging 31 points and 340 yards per game. Village Christian is averaging 12 points and 157 yards and hasn't defeated the Knights since 1994. But this is the "Bible Bowl," a fierce Alpha League rivalry, which traditionally nullifies any pregame statistical advantages. Quarterback Scott Swenson of L.A. Baptist has passed for 853 yards, and Derek Suguitan and Derek Watson have combined to rush for 684 yards and six touchdowns. The Knights, whose 13-game league winning streak was ended last week in a 36-18 loss to Kilpatrick, will be without top receiver Garrett Ellis, who has a dislocated hip. Defensive back Ethan Forward of Village Christian has intercepted seven passes, best in the region, and teammate Jason Stauffer has intercepted six. Stauffer is the Crusaders' leading rusher with 340 yards.

In other games today:

City Section: 3 p.m.--Poly at Grant. 7 p.m.--Cleveland at El Camino Real; Taft at Birmingham; San Fernando at Chatsworth. 7:30 p.m.--Reseda at Canoga Park; Monroe at Sylmar; North Hollywood at Van Nuys.

Southern Section: 7 p.m.--Saugus at Canyon; Glendale at Pasadena; Agoura at Royal; Hueneme at Channel Islands; Rio Mesa at Oxnard; San Marcos at Camarillo; Nordhoff at Santa Paula; Valencia vs. Burbank at Burroughs High. 7:30 p.m.--St. Francis at Bishop Amat; St. John Bosco at Chaminade; Quartz Hill at Palmdale; Lancaster at Highland; Paraclete vs. Montclair Prep at Valley College; San Marino at La Canada; Crescenta Valley vs. Hoover at Glendale High; Desert vs. Vasquez at Quartz Hill High; Santa Clara at Oak Park; Ventura at Santa Barbara; Buena vs. Dos Pueblos at San Marcos High; Carpinteria at Fillmore; Simi Valley at San Luis Obispo.

Eight-man: 5 p.m.--Santa Clarita Christian at Frazier Mountain. 7 p.m.--L.A. Lutheran vs. Pilgrim at Excelsior High.

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