The high school football season begins Thursday night with what should be an entertaining opener matching Chaminade against host Oaks Christian at 7:30 p.m.
Oaks Christian will debut under first-year coach Charles Collins, which puts the pressure on Chaminade coach Ed Croson trying to figure out what changes in strategy and formations are in order.
Oaks Christian has a veteran team that won last year’s Division 2 championship. Quarterback Josh Calvert and running back Zach Charbonnet are an imposing duo. There’s also defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who will need to be double teamed at times.
LA36 will televise seven City Section football games this season.
The schedule starts with Friday night’s Canoga Park-Grant game.
Other games scheduled are Windward-Animo Robinson on Aug. 31; Contreras-Chavez on Sept. 7; Wilson-View Park on Sept. 21; El Camino Real-Birmingham on Oct. 5; Angelou-Jefferson on Oct. 5; and Locke-Dorsey on Oct. 12.
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.