THIS WEEK’S TOP FOOTBALL GAMES
L.A. Dorsey (4-0) at Chino (3-1), 7, tonight
Dorsey, ranked No. 25 by The Times, has regained its stature as one of the City Section’s top teams, but this will be a test to see where the Dons fit among the Southland’s best. Chino’s only loss was by seven points to No. 22 Anaheim Servite two weeks ago. Dorsey’s swarming defense, which has given up only 21 points, must contend with running backs R.J. Stanford (262 yards) and Shawn Oatis (237). The Dons have their own rushing tandem of Stafon Johnson and Jeremiah Johnson, and quarterback Donald Prince is emerging as a capable passer.
Carson (2-2) vs. Los Alamitos (4-0) at Long Beach Veterans Stadium, 7, tonight
Carson has lost to two pretty good teams, falling to Venice, 34-14, and Fresno Clovis West, 21-0. But each is considered a step down from Los Alamitos, which is ranked No. 1 by The Times, No. 1 in the Southern Section Division I coaches’ poll and No. 2 in the state. Carson, which lost last year’s meeting, 34-26, must account for Griffin receiver-safety Randy Estes. That could be difficult because junior quarterback Jimmy Barnes keeps getting better, and last week, in a 37-7 victory over La Habra, he completed nine passes to Orlando Scandrick, who had two touchdowns, and eight passes to Jeremy Childs.
-- Martin Henderson
Agoura (4-0, 1-0) at Westlake Village Westlake (4-0, 1-0), 7, Friday
It’s only the second Marmonte League game but the championship could be decided in this matchup. Agoura’s Bryan Walker has completed 69% of his passes with only one interception. Westlake’s Rudy Carpenter is coming off a 13-of-16 passing performance against Thousand Oaks. Agoura has the athleticism to compete with Westlake, ranked No. 4 by The Times. Defensive back Braden Lepisto and linebacker Clay Matthews lead an Agoura defense that must deal with USC-bound receivers Jimmy Miller and Michael Stuart.
-- Eric Sondheimer
L.A. Loyola (3-1) vs. Newhall Hart (1-3) at College of the Canyons, 7:30, Friday
These traditional Southland powers renew their rivalry after a two-year hiatus. The teams, which have combined for 11 Southern Section titles, played from 1995 to 2000, with Loyola winning four of the six games. Hart, ranked No. 8 by The Times, got its offense clicking as quarterback Sean Norton passed for a career-high 396 yards in a 45-22 victory over Lake Balboa Birmingham. Loyola, ranked No. 14, has a strong running game and a solid defense. Trason Bragg has 463 yards in 85 carries. The Cubs have two shutouts and have given up only 24 points.
-- Peter Yoon
Anaheim Servite (4-0) vs. Huntington Beach Edison (3-1) at Orange Coast College, 7, Friday
Edison is still smarting from last week’s 6-0 loss to Santa Ana Mater Dei. The Chargers, ranked No. 21 by The Times, reached the Monarchs’ goal line twice in the fourth quarter but fumbled away one chance and had the clock run out to end the game. Edison averaged 26.5 points in its first two victories, but has scored only 13 points since. Running back Abel Cardoza has rushed for 372 yards. Servite, ranked No. 22, is averaging 33 points and has had balanced efforts from quarterback Mike Lawrence (610 yards passing) and running backs Omar Ramiro (301 yards, three touchdowns) and Ken Ashley (253, six).
-- Paul McLeod
Valencia (4-0) at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (3-1), 7:30, Friday
Two talented sophomore quarterbacks will be featured. Garrett Green of No. 11-ranked Notre Dame, who became the starter in the third game, had 77 yards rushing and a touchdown pass in the Knights’ 20-3 victory over Encino Crespi last week. Mike Herrick has completed 87 of 102 passes for 1,102 yards and seven touchdowns for a No. 23 Valencia team that has several sure-handed receivers. Notre Dame, the defending Southern Section Division III champion, lost to No. 4 Westlake Village Westlake, 31-7, in its second game this season. Valencia defeated previously unbeaten Arroyo Grande, 14-13, last week after trailing at halftime, 10-0. The Vikings are averaging 29.5 points.
-- John Ortega