Orange County Close-Up

Times Staff Writer

Who's Hot: Fullerton hasn't scored fewer than 27 points and its 35-3 victory over La Habra on Friday was by a larger margin than Los Alamitos, previously ranked No. 1 in Division I, and Los Altos, the top-ranked team in Division VI, had over the Highlanders. Quarterback Xavier Hicks passed for two touchdowns and returned an interception for another. He has passed for 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns and has intercepted six passes this season.

Player to Watch: Marty Tadman, the versatile receiver-defensive back for Mission Viejo, won't let the Diablos lose to San Clemente in a South Coast League showdown on Friday. The Tritons will know where he's at every second — if they hold out any hopes of winning.

Games of the Week: Los Alamitos at Huntington Beach, Thursday, 7 p.m. This is a game of intestinal fortitude. How well does Los Alamitos bounce back after its first loss of the season? How much confidence does Huntington Beach have after its unexpected victory over Anaheim Esperanza?

Anaheim Servite vs. Santa Margarita at Saddleback College, Friday, 7:30 p.m. There's little margin for error in the Serra League, where all six teams have 1-1 records. Both teams are coming off their first losses of the season.

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