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Top prep football games, Thursday for Friday

Top prep football games, Thursday for Friday
Mater Dei receiver John Jackson eludes Edison safety EJ Ginnis on Sept. 23. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

High school football

Friday's top games

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Santa Ana Mater Dei (7-0, 2-0) vs. Bellflower St. John Bosco (6-1, 2-0) at Cerritos College, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West): The closest any opponent has come to defeating No. 1 Mater Dei is 42 points. That's how good the Monarchs have been on both sides of the ball. No. 2 St. John Bosco has the size and strength up front to challenge the Monarchs. The key will be how well the Braves' defensive backs can cover and tackle Mater Dei's collection of top receivers. The pick: Mater Dei.

Panorama City St. Genevieve (7-0) at Long Beach St. Anthony (5-2), 7 p.m.: St. Genevieve, ranked No. 2 in Southern Section Division 12, has been a surprise under Coach Billy Parra. Darrius Gaines has rushed for 812 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging 10.7 yards a carry. St. Anthony quarterback Johnny Buksa has passed for 1,245 yards and 12 touchdowns. The pick: St. Genevieve.

—Eric Sondheimer

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