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Week 3 High School Football Preview: Los Alamitos vs. Wilmington Banning

Los Alamitos High football coach Ray Fenton, seen Aug. 22, led his team to an upset win over Long Beach Poly last week.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

When/where: 7 p.m. Thursday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Long Beach

Key Griffins: Sr. WR/SS Demario King (five catches for 149 yards and three TDs); Jr. Cade McConnell (22 of 47 passing for 332 yards, three TDs and one INT); Sr. WR Zack Wagoner (13 catches for 162 yards and two TDs)

Key Pilots: Sr. RB/OLB Anthony Martinez (44 carries for 183 yards and five TDs; six catches for 66 yards; five tackles); Sr. WR/CB Diego Corona (10 carries for 54 yards and two TDs; eight catches for 149 yards and one TD; six tackles and one INT); Sr. FB/MLB Robert Maynez (33 tackles, three INTs and one forced fumble)

Breakdown: Coming off of a momentous victory against a 2017 CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinalist in Long Beach Poly, Los Alamitos (1-1) will take on Wilmington Banning (1-2) in its first home game of the season … The Griffins have cracked the Division 2 rankings for the first time this season, entering the week at No. 10 … King has had a nose for the end zone, turning three of his first five catches into touchdowns … Two-time Sunset League Running Back of the Year Keanu Norman averaged six yards per carry against the Jackrabbits, rushing for 84 yards and a touchdown … The Griffins defeated the Pilots 51-6 at Banning last year … Banning has scored nine of its 10 offensive touchdowns on the ground. The Pilots have also created 13 turnovers on defense, returning two of them for touchdowns.


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