Santa Margarita vs. Los Alamitos heads this week’s top high school football games

Los Alamitos quarterback Malachi Nelson looks to throw downfield.
Los Alamitos quarterback Malachi Nelson, who has committed to USC, looks to throw downfield.
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A look at this week’s top high school football games in the Southland.


Santa Margarita (3-0) vs. Los Alamitos (2-2) at Veterans Stadium, 7 p.m. The Eagles finally get a big nonleague test to see whether they might be a candidate to finish third behind St. John Bosco and Mater Dei in the Trinity League. Their defense has been impressive, particularly on the defensive line, and they will have to put pressure on USC-bound quarterback Malachi Nelson, whose favorite target is the explosive Malaki Lemon, another USC commit. If Santa Margarita can turn the game into a defensive battle, it will win. The pick: Santa Margarita.


Palisades (3-0) at Reseda Cleveland (3-0), 7:30 p.m. This is a clash between two City Section teams that have been impressive against weak nonleague opponents. Cleveland has shown offensive firepower behind the versatile Kory Hall. Palisades has relied on running backs Christopher Washington and Anthony Lieberman. The pick: Palisades.

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