Narbonne leaves for Hawaii on Wednesday to play St. Louis on Friday in its season opener, and the Gauchos were given news by the City Section that three top transfer students have been cleared to play.
Linebacker Jordan Banks (Grace Brethren), running back Jojuan Collins (Dorsey) and defensive back Paul Edwards (St. John Bosco) will be able to play immediately after valid change of residences.
Brianne Penny, a receiver who transferred from Norwalk, must sit out until Sept. 25.
I went out to lunch with Ross Porter, the former Dodger and local TV sportscaster, and several other prep football fans on Monday, and the topic went to the time in the 1970s when Porter and KNBC (Channel 4) were televising high school basketball games in Los Angeles.
I remember the days of Bryant Gumbel and Tommy Hawkins, but I forgot who was Porter’s first color commentator, and it’s quite the trivia question.
The answer, incredibly, is Sandy Koufax, who was a very good high school basketball in Brooklyn before becoming a Hall of Fame baseball player with the Dodgers.
Never before in Southern California has the high school football season started so early, but ready or not, it officially begins this week with zero week games.
The best opening game on Thursday night has Chaminade taking on Oaks Christian in Westlake Village. These two top 25 teams teams have produced exciting matchups in recent years. Oaks Christian will be making its debut under first-year coach Charles Collins. Both teams have solid senior quarterbacks in Ryan Stevens for Chaminade and Josh Calvert for Oaks Christian. The big question is, who’s going to block Oaks Christian’s Kayvon Thibodeaux?
Another intriguing Thursday opener has Servite playing Bakersfield at Santa Ana Stadium. It marks the return of Troy Thomas to the Friars. Blaze McKibbon, who started at Gardena Serra last season, will take over at quarterback for the Friars.