Friday’s top high school football games

Gardena Serra (4-1) at West Hills Chaminade (4-1), 7:30 p.m.: Chaminade is still trying to figure out how to beat the Cavaliers in this Mission League opener. The last two seasons, Serra has won, 35-29, in 2011 and 35-21 in 2010. So either the defense has to rise up or the offense must score more than 35 points. A 362-yard passing performance by new starting quarterback Brad Kaaya last week has Chaminade excited. But the Eagles still must find a way to deal with a Serra defensive unit that more than held its own against unbeaten Narbonne. The pick: Serra.

Anaheim Servite (2-3) vs. Santa Margarita (5-0), 7 p.m. ( Is there life after quarterback Johnny Stanton? The Eagles lost their senior standout to a knee injury, and junior Josh Canty or sophomore Kyle Sweet will get the first chance to run the Eagles’ offense in a tough Trinity League opener. Servite’s defense must be respected. The problem for the Friars is sophomore quarterback Travis Waller will have to find a way to complete some passes to win this one. The pick: Santa Margarita.

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