Sage Hill (4-5, 1-2) vs. Crean Lutheran (1-8, 1-2)
When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Crean Lutheran
Key Lightning: Jr. QB C.J. McCord (1,023 yards, seven TDs and three INTs on 89 of 173 passing); Jr. RB-LB Beau Roth (917 yards and five TDs on 173 carries); Sr. WR-DB-K Will Burns (28 catches for 354 yards and four TDs)
Key Saints: Sr. QB Adam Barrett; Sr. MLB-RB Isaiah Hobus; So. WR-CB Nick Ellwein
Breakdown: Sage Hill won its first Academy League game last week, a 35-8 triumph at home against Calvary Chapel Downey, ending a seven-game losing streak that dated back to 2011 … Sage Hill has been eliminated from earning one of the league's two automatic entries into the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division playoffs … St. Margaret's is the league's No. 1 postseason representative and Brethren Christian No. 2 … Lightning hope to receive one of the three at-large entries into the East Valley Division playoffs, but Sage Hill most likely needs to beat Crean Lutheran to be considered … Crean Lutheran is losing by an average of 25.8 points per game … Sage Hill can finish without a losing overall record for the first time since it went 8-3 in 2010.
— David Carrillo Peñaloza