Sage Hill School (1-5) vs. Crean Lutheran (5-1)
When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Sage Hill School
Key Lightning: Sr. RB Eric Cheng (425 yards and four TDs on 86 carries); Sr. QB-WR Taylor Petty (158 yards, one TD and three INTs on seven-of-28 passing, four catches for 64 yards and two TDs); Sr. DE Thomas Fenner (60 tackles, two sacks)
Key Saints: Sr. RB-S Chasen McNaughton; Jr. FB-LB Tommy McMillian; Jr. TE-CB Riley Tooker
Breakdown: Sage Hill opens Academy League play after dropping its last five nonleague games … Coach JR Tolver returns to the Lightning sideline after serving a one-game suspension last week … Tolver was ejected for arguing with officials after a game at Poly of Pasadena on Oct. 7 … Sage Hill has defeated Crean Lutheran in each of the past two years by an average of five touchdowns per game … The Saints, who went 0-18 during their first two years of existence, are off to an impressive 5-1 start.
— David Carrillo Peñaloza