High School Sports

Rancho Cucamonga takes on Mater Dei in showdown of high school unbeatens

J.T. Daniels
Mater Dei quarterback J.T. Daniels passes against Edison.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Friday’s top high school football games:

Rancho Cucamonga (12-0) vs. Santa Ana Mater Dei (12-0) at Orange Coast College, 7 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga knocked off previously unbeaten Mission Viejo last week, but this challenge is much tougher. Osiris and Amon-ra St. Brown have 19 and 18 touchdown catches, respectively, for Mater Dei. As good as Rancho Cucamonga’s secondary is, the Cougars will need to put pressure on Mater Dei quarterback J.T. Daniels. Rancho Cucamonga will try to keep the Monarchs’ offense off the field by using running back Jaylon Redd. The pick: Mater Dei.

Corona Centennial (11-1) vs. St. John Bosco (10-2) at Cerritos College, 7:30 p.m., TV: Fox Sports West: The Braves lost to Centennial in the 2014 and 2015 Pac-5 finals, hurt by turnovers. So the first strategy is to take care of the football. The second is tocontain Centennial running back Miles Reed. And the third is to score lots of points. It should be a great matchup. The pick: Centennial.