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First place in the Northern League and possibily a league championship will be decided Friday night when Marshall (5-2, 2-0) plays at Eagle Rock (6-1, 2-0).

It's the 67th meeting between the two schools. Eagle Rock has a 39-24-3 edge.

Marshall has been receiving strong play from quarterback Daniel Soto, who has passed for 1,348 yards and 17 touchdowns.


City Section Commissioner John Aguirre has upheld an appeal from Belmont, reversing an errant officials' call and awarding the Sentinels a 22-20 victory over Hollywood in a football game played last Friday night.

When the game ended, Hollywood was ahead 27-22.

Belmont protested because, with 22 seconds left and the Sentinels leading 22-20, the officials misapplied a rule.


Because of a City Section rule, football players who become eligible this week following the release of report cards still must complete 10 days of practice before being cleared to play.

That leaves 13 players at Hawkins unable to participate until the final game of the season against Manual Arts on Nov. 3. The 10-day clock begins Wednesday when players are cleared to practice.

It's a holdover rule from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Birmingham athletic director Rick Prizant has been trying to change it for non-LAUSD schools in the City Section, such as charter schools.

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One of the most competitive leagues in City Section football this season is the Western League. On any given Friday night, five of the six teams are capable of  rising up and winning.

So far, Fairfax and Venice are 2-0, followed by Palisades and Westchester at 1-1 and Hamilton and University at 0-2.

This week's schedule has Hamilton at Fairfax, Westchester at Palisades and University at Venice.

Yes, Bishop Amat Nation was getting worried. Four consecutive losses to start the season almost caused a little panic.

But there was a method to the Lancers' madness. They played four outstanding teams -- Santa Ana Mater Dei, Loyola Academy of Illinois, JSerra and Rancho Cucacomonga. Those four teams have a combined record of 27-2.

Now Bishop Amat has gone on a three-game Mission League winning streak going into Friday's showdown at Gardena Serra that will be televised.

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Mater Dei, Corona Centennial, St. John Bosco and Chaminade remain the top four teams in this week's Southern Section Division 1 football poll.

Here's the link to complete rankings.

Marymount is the new No. 1 team in Division 1 girls' volleyball.

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It's final exam time for the JSerra football players. They've won their first seven games but on Friday, they get to face No. 1-ranked Santa Ana Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium in a game that should tell them how far they've come.

If you like seeing touchdowns, this game should produce plenty.

Mater Dei's offense is considered one of the best in the state, and JSerra also can put up points. The Lions scored 52 points against Servite and Orange Lutheran and put up 58 points on Bishop Amat.

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Ahmir Crowder, a standout two-way lineman at Crenshaw, has committed to Washington State.

Crowder, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound starter at offensive tackle and at defensive tackle, has been a major reason for the Cougars emerging as a possible No. 2 seed behind Narbonne for the City Section Open Division playoffs.

He has been an effective blocker and key contributor on defense.

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If you want a sneak preview of the top high school basketball teams in Southern California, Saturday's Rolling Hills Prep Fall Basketball Tournament at Cerritos College will be the venue.

The expected No. 1 and No. 2 teams, Santa Ana Mater Dei and Bishop Montgomery, are participating.

Mater Dei is expected to be at full strength with 7-1 Bol Bol and transfer P.J. Fuller playing.

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The Mission League football game between Bishop Amat and host Gardena Serra will be broadcast on Friday night on Fox Sports West.

The Prep Zone streaming schedule:

JSerra vs. Mater Dei; Palm Desert vs. La Quinta; El Segundo vs. Lawndale; Santa Ynez vs. Lompoc.