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This week’s top high school football games in the Southland

Santa Margarita quarterback Jaxon Potter looks downfield as he gets set to pass from the pocket.
Quarterback Jaxon Potter and Santa Margarita will take on Orange Lutheran in a Trinity League opener on Friday.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
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A look at two of the top high school football games in the Southland this week:

Franklin (5-0) at Eagle Rock (6-0), 7 p.m., Friday

The schools separated by a mere two miles, this rivalry game should decide the Northern League championship and lock up a spot in the City Section Open Division playoffs for the winner. Sophomore quarterback Eduardo Cuevas of Franklin has passed for 840 yards and nine touchdowns, while receiver Hector Ceballos has 30 catches. Eagle Rock is known for strong defense and strength on the offensive and defensive lines. The pick: Eagle Rock.

Santa Margarita (4-1) vs. Orange Lutheran (4-1) at Orange Coast College, 7 p.m., Friday

Third place in the Trinity League likely will be decided in this league opener. Santa Margarita has an explosive offense led by quarterback Jaxon Potter and receivers Emmett Mosley and Niko Lopez. Orange Lutheran has its own top quarterback in sophomore TJ Lateef, who has passed for nearly 1,400 yards. The pick: Santa Margarita.

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