BELL-JEFF VS. MALIBU
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.
WHERE: North Hollywood High.
RECORDS: The Guards are 2-1; the Sharks are 1-2.
LAST WEEK: Bell-Jeff defeated Rosamond, 27-18; Malibu defeated St. Monica, 17-3.
OUTLOOK: After a rough start in their season-opening game — a 12-8 loss to Flintridge Prep — the Guards have been able to notch two straight victories. In just two games, Bell-Jeff has been able to equal its win output of 2010, when it went 2-8. One reason for the success the last two games has been the play of junior running back Joshua Martinez, who has been on a tear. Last week, he scored three touchdowns to bring his season total to eight. Malibu has had problems scoring this season, totaling just 14 points in its two losses. The team averages 10.3 points a game. Under Coach Rolando Aguirre, Bell-Jeff's defense gives up an average of 12.6 points a game. But it was the Sharks' defense that stepped up last week, yielding just a field goal. After falling behind, 3-0, against St. Monica — which, like Bell-Jeff, plays in the Santa Fe League — Malibu scored 17 unanswered points. The Sharks have a good running back in senior Nate Dowler and a solid quarterback in sophomore Dylan Miller.
SOMETHING INTERESTING: The Guards will have two more nonleague games against Viewpoint and Mountain View before opening league play Oct. 14 at defending champion Salesian.