Valencia and Sierra Canyon were both ranked in The Times’ preseason top 25 football rankings. Each figures to be a top team by season end. But each has stumbled early and their Friday meeting at Valencia is an opportunity to gain some momentum.
Sierra Canyon is 1-2 with close losses to Westlake and Lawndale and a win over Redondo. EJ Gable has rushed for 295 yards and four touchdowns and sophomore Chayden Peery has passed for 750 yards.
Valencia is 1-1, with a loss in Nevada to Arbor View.
Senior Anthony Munoz of Anaheim Western and junior Josh Stupin of Fountain Valley rank No. 1 and 2 in passing yards in California after three football games this season.
Munoz has passed for 1,009 yards and 14 touchdowns with one interception while completing 67%, according to MaxPreps.com. Stupin has passed for 960 yards and eight touchdowns with two interceptions. He’s completing 59%.
Jeff Widener of Apple Valley has 16 touchdown passes and Nathan Manning of Capistrano Valley has 15.
Allison Jacobs of West Ranch and Kami Miner of Redondo are two of the best girls’ volleyball players in Southern California.
They took time out from their busy schedules to play for the USA Girls’ Youth National team. Jacobs was team captain and made all-tournament in helping USA win the gold medal at the NORCECA games in Honduras on Sunday night.
There’s some big games in the City Section this week that will help clarify potential teams in the Open Division playoffs and also seedings overall.
Eagle Rock, off to a 3-0 start, gets its toughest test from Fairfax at Eagle Rock on Friday. Quarterback Nathan Corrales of Eagle Rock has passed for 149, 335 and 195 yards in wins over South Gate, Arleta and Bell.
Garfield, off to a 3-0 start, hosts 1-2 Crenshaw. Peter Garcia of Garfield is averaging 9.4 yards per carry with 581 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Crenshaw is coming off a win over Fairfax in its first game against City Section competition.