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Simi Valley Grace Brethren is one of the most physical football teams left in the Southern Section playoffs, and the Lancers will be traveling to Orange County on Friday to face Villa Park in a Division 4 semifinal game.

There’s no hiding what Grace Brethren does on offense. The Lancers rely on their offensive line and hand the ball off frequently to 5-foot-8, 225-pound running back Lontrelle Diggs, who has rushed for 2,024 yards and 30 touchdowns.

In his last three games, he had 367 yards rushing against Camarillo, 135 yards against St. Bonaventure and 218 yards against Paramount.


Every playoff game, quarterback Jayden Daniels of Cajon adds to his record-breaking passing totals.

Cajon has reached the Southern Section Division 2 semifinals, and Daniels is up to 13,375 yards in career passing and 165 touchdowns, both Southern Section records.

This season, he has passed for 3,883 yards and 55 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Cajon plays Capistrano Valley and quarterback Nathan Manning on Friday.


The high school basketball season begins Monday for boys and girls.

Redondo High is the site for the Ryse Williams tournament that has an opening game matching preseason top 25 teams in Rolling Hills Prep and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. (The loser should cruise to the consolation title.)

No. 2-ranked Bishop Montgomery opens at 8 p.m. against South East. Fairfax faces Peninsula at 5 p.m.




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Sierra Canyon celebrates winning state Open Division championship last season. The Trailblazers start out No. 1 this season.
Sierra Canyon celebrates winning state Open Division championship last season. The Trailblazers start out No. 1 this season. (Nick Koza)

With four returning starters from last season’s Open Division state championship team, Sierra Canyon has been tabbed as the No. 1 team in The Times’ preseason top 25 boys’ basketball rankings. The season begins Monday.

The rankings:

1. SIERRA CANYON. The big four are back -- Scotty Pippen, KJ Martin, Cassius Stanley, Terren Frank.

2. BISHOP MONTGOMERY. Gianni Hunt & Co. still play great defense and rebound.

3. RANCHO CHRISTIAN. The Mobley brothers, Isaiah and Evan, are a unique duo still getting better.

4. SANTA ANA MATER DEI. Young players are ready to step up, led by sophomore point guard Devin Askew.

5. ST. JOHN BOSCO. Get ready for a real challenger to the Monarchs in Trinity League.

6. HARVARD-WESTLAKE. Johnny Juzang and 6-10 Mason Hooks lead improving Wolverines.

7. WESTCHESTER. Comets have all the pieces to make a state title run.

8. CORONA CENTENNIAL. Time to turn loose guards Jaylen Clark, DJ Davis, Paris Dawson.

9. FAIRFAX. Another team with tremendous guards, led by Ethan Anderson.

10. SANTA MARGARITA. UCLA-bound Jake Kyman and USC-bound Max Agbonkpolo lead Eagles.

11. RIVERSIDE NOTRE DAME. 6-5 Anthony Holland stars for team known for toughness.

12. ETIWANDA. Sophomore Jahmai Mashack is a star in the making.

13. ROLLING HILLS PREP. Veteran team led by 6-8 JT Tan, 6-5 Chris Koon, 6-1 Vaughn Flowers.

14. WASHINGTON PREP. If fall ball provides insight, Generals are legit.

15. CAMARILLO. Jaime Jaquez and his best friends are ready for big season.

16. DAMIEN. Malik Thomas, Austin Cook, Jarred Hyder lead the Spartans.

17. SHERMAN OAKS NOTRE DAME. Watch out for duo of Ziaire Williams and Julian Rishwain.

18. CHAMINADE. Sophomore guards Kenneth Simpson Jr., Keith Higgins Jr. are outstanding.

19. RANCHO VERDE. Mustangs have big aspirations, led by 6-3 Tory San Antonio.

20. BIRMINGHAM. Lots of transfers have transformed Patriots.

21. ORANGE LUTHERAN. 6-11 Makur Maker adds to veteran team.

22. TAFT. Lacking size but another City team with talented guards.

23. FREMONT. 6-4 Roy Clarke is the player to watch on rising team.

24. CHINO HILLS. USC-bound 6-9 Oneyka Okongwu is back for his senior year.

25. LONG BEACH POLY. Justin Rene is ready for big senior season.

Others to watch: Riverside Poly, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Eastvale Roosevelt, Los Altos, Brentwood, Pasadena, Crespi, Alemany, Highland, St. Anthony, JSerra.


Saturday, Nov. 10









Tailgate lets fans forget about fires


Oaks Christian fans arriving at JSerra on Saturday night for a Division 1 football playoff game were treated to handshakes and free cheeseburgers, cookies, drinks and brownies by JSerra parents and the school administration determined to let them enjoy a moment of peace and comfort while understanding that people care about them as they deal with continuing wildfires in Westlake Village and elsewhere.

“It’s an awful situation that’s happened to them and the whole city,” said one of the tailgate organizers, Ron Nielsen, who grew up in Canoga Park and was a star football player at St. Genevieve and UCLA.

Friday, Nov. 9