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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.
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.

andrew.turner@latimes.com

Twitter: @ProfessorTurner


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