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When it comes to the Western League football race, you can truly say it’s up for grabs. There’s a four-way tie for first place among Westchester (2-1), Venice (2-1), Palisades (2-1) and Fairfax (2-1) with two games to play.

Blame it on Westchester, which defeated Fairfax 20-14 on Monday at Fairfax in a game that resumed play late in the second quarter following a Friday night lightning storm.

Fairfax trailed 14-0 at the half but began to put the pressure on the Comets in the third quarter. Scott Harris had a one-yard touchdown run. Westchester responded with a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jeliun Carter on the first play of the fourth quarter to lead 20-7. Fairfax closed to 20-14 with 5:58 left on a 35-yard touchdown catch by Jesse Ramirez.

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  • Basketball
Coaches whose teams are participating in the Rolling Hills Prep Fall Classic gather at the San Franciscan restaurant in Torrance.
Coaches whose teams are participating in the Rolling Hills Prep Fall Classic gather at the San Franciscan restaurant in Torrance. (Eric Sondheimer)

The high school basketball season is less than a month away, which means teams should be pretty sharp Saturday when action takes place in the Rolling Hills Prep Fall Classic at Harbor College.

Eight games are scheduled. Admission is $10. You can see one game or all eight.

The schedule:

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All the huffing and puffing and complaining about polls and rankings were really meaningless until now. There are two weeks left in the high school football regular season, and suddenly rankings start becoming important because they are used for seeding purposes in the playoffs.

The Southern Section has delayed its weekly Monday coaches poll until Tuesday because of postponed games on Friday.

It’s going to be interesting on Tuesday to see the Division 1 rankings. St. John Bosco is expected to take over the No. 1 spot from Mater Dei after its win over the Monarchs. Corona Centennial could move up to No. 2, with Mater Dei dropping to No. 3. Unbeaten Oaks Christian figures to stay No. 4. Then comes the question whether Mission Viejo, unbeaten on the field, drops after forfeiting four victories for an ineligible player. I say no, but coaches are different than sportswriters, and JSerra is rising.

Fairfax coach Shane Cox has spent all weekend thinking about what play to call on Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Fairfax when his team resumes a suspended football game against Westchester with 22 seconds left in the second quarter and the Lions trailing 14-0.

Fairfax will have the ball on the Westchester 23 with no timeouts left.

In truth, he’s going to call the same play he would have called on Friday night when the game was halted because of lightning. The two teams are not expected to take a 10-minute halftime intermission after the 22 seconds runs off the clock. They’re going to move immediately to the third quarter.

Saturday, October 13th

CITY

EASTERN LEAGUE

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  • Football

City Section football games halted on Friday because of lightning have been rescheduled or will resume Saturday and Monday.

Here’s the schedules:

Saturday:

After a dispute and disagreement about when and where to resume its football game halted by lightning, Los Alamitos and Corona del Mar have decided to call it a 7-7 tie and move on.

The game for first place in the Sunset League was stopped Friday night because of lightning.

“Due to the inability to secure a proper facility to accommodate this game on such short notice, both schools have agreed to call the game a tie of 7-7.

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There are tough, patient and resourceful people who live in the Santa Clarita Valley. Take the case of the Hart-Canyon football game that ended at 11:14 p.m. Friday after two weather delays.

“We were willing to wait,” Hart coach Mike Herrington said. “We wanted to tough it out. Canyon agreed.”

There was a brief delay early in the first half and then a one-hour delay with four seconds left before halftime.

Friday, October 12th

CITY

CENTRAL LEAGUE