This week’s top games
Highlights of this week’s high school football schedule:
* Rancho Cucamonga (3-0) at Corona Centennial (2-1), 7 tonight: Ranked No. 11 in the Southland by The Times, Corona Centennial has more than 400 yards of offense in each of its three games. Sophomore running back Ryan Bass made his debut Friday in a 44-10 victory over Rialto Eisenhower, rushing for 167 yards and two touchdowns, including a 34-yard score in his first carry. Senior quarterback Josh Fellhauer of No. 23 Rancho Cucamonga threw for three touchdowns last week in a 33-7 victory over visiting Riverside Poly. Fellhauer, who has committed to play baseball for Cal State Fullerton, also had three touchdown passes, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Willie Munford with 15 seconds remaining, in a 38-34 opening victory over Fontana Kaiser. The game will be televised by FSN West 2.
* Huntington Beach Edison (3-1) vs. Santa Ana Mater Dei (1-2) at Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 p.m. Friday: These teams match up pretty well except at quarterback. Third-ranked Edison has three-year starter Brian Shrock, the Sunset League player of the year last season, and Mater Dei is breaking in freshman Matt Barkley, who will face a Charger defense that features eight returning starters. The No. 13 Monarchs are hoping junior running back Ahmed Mokhtar can relieve some of the pressure. Shrock’s favorite target is senior Jimmy Flanagan, who has 18 receptions for 218 yards and four touchdowns. Since Edison beat Mater Dei, 41-7, in a 2001 Southern Section Division semifinal, the Monarchs have won three in a row against the Chargers by a combined score of 61-32.
-- DAN ARRITT
* La Puente Bishop Amat (3-1) at La Verne Damien (3-0), 7 p.m. Friday: This Catholic school rivalry is always intriguing, but this season it has the added twist of strong starts by both teams. They have a common opponent in Covina Charter Oak, which Damien defeated, 26-0, in Week 1 and Bishop Amat defeated, 34-7, last week. Quarterback Daniel Robles leads a Bishop Amat offense that has averaged 29 points. Damien’s passing game had a breakthrough in a 42-35 victory over Hacienda Heights Los Altos last week, when quarterback Mark Mendrun threw four touchdown passes. He had one in the previous two games.
-- PETER YOON
* Compton Dominguez (2-1) vs. Long Beach Poly (2-1) at Long Beach Veterans Stadium, 7 p.m. Friday: After giving up 27 and 30 points against highly regarded opponents, Poly’s defense finally showed up, delivering eight sacks in a 24-10 victory over San Diego power Mira Mesa. Catching Marvin Johnson could prove difficult as the Dominguez quarterback is averaging 10 yards per carry. Running back Elijah Wesson is averaging 6.1. The Dons are coming off a 60-7 victory over Carson. Line play will be important if Dominguez expects to hang with the No. 2 Jackrabbits, who are plenty quick. Poly running back Troy Guthrie could sit out his second game in a row because of a sprained ankle, but he was ably replaced last week by Ryan Smith and Ellis Anderson.
* Los Angeles Crenshaw (2-1) vs. Orange Lutheran (3-0) at Brea Olinda High, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Crenshaw, ranked No. 18, will have a decided speed advantage over No. 7 Orange Lutheran, but so did Santa Margarita, and the Lancers overcame a 19-0 halftime deficit to win, 22-19. After suspending 18 players at the beginning of the season for violating school rules, Orange Lutheran will have its entire team in uniform for the first time. Helped most will be the offensive and defensive lines, critical to ball control. Crenshaw quarterback Marquis Curtis and Orange Lutheran’s Aaron Corp can hurt opponents with the run or pass. Crenshaw’s breakaway threats, running backs Raymond Carter and R.J. Garrett and receivers Tyquan Knox and Darian Hagan Jr., all made big plays last week in a 43-26 victory over Colton.
-- MARTIN HENDERSON
* Oakland McClymonds (3-0) vs. Los Angeles Dorsey (2-1) at Rancho Cienega Park, 7 p.m. Friday: There’s not a better game for college coaches seeking big-time prospects. McClymonds, ranked No. 15 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, has two of the state’s top prospects in defensive lineman Derrick Hill and linebacker Josh Tatum. Dorsey’s Stafon Johnson is picking up yards and speed as he enters into top form at tailback. With so much athletic talent on display, the winner figures to be the team that has the fewest turnovers. It’s the first of two City Section matchups for McClymonds, which plays host to Crenshaw next week.
-- ERIC SONDHEIMER