Friday Night Lights Preview: Week 8

There are some big match-ups in high school football games featuring UCLA commitments and recruits, including UCLA's future quarterback, Chris Forcier, taking on his little brother the quarterback, as UCLA-committed cornerback Courtney Viney tries to keep his streak of no receptions against him alive...

Here's a look at some of the top games this weekend involving UCLA commits in the class of 2007, remaining targets in the 2007 class and players you can expect them to go after in the class of 2008.

Game Of The Week:
San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine at San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch at 7:00 p.m.
It will be a battle of the brothers when UCLA's committed quarterback Chris Forcier and his teammates from St. Augustine visit Scripps Ranch, quarterbacked by younger brother Tate Forcier in a key Eastern League matchup. Scripps Ranch is 2-0 and tied with Mira Mesa for the league lead while St. Augustine is right behind them at 1-1, with a loss to Mira Mesa. It will be the first time that any of the Forcier brothers, including Jason (now at Michigan) have faced each other.

San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty at San Francisco (Calif.) Riordan at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday
After a 5-0 start, Mitty has lost its last two games and looks to right its ship on Saturday when they visit Riordan, a game ahead of them is WCAL Standings. Steve Sloan, UCLA's committed linebacker, looks to continue his steady play.

Crenshaw at Manual Arts at 3:00 p.m.
The Cougars are locked in a four-way tie for second place in the Coliseum League and try to maintain pace with Dorsey when they visit Manual Arts. With UCLA's committed running back Raymond Carter still struggling with a nagging hamstring injury, the Cougars could rely more on receiver Kemonte Bateman. Brian Price and Terrell Turner lead a solid Cougar defense.

San Diego (Calif.) Morse at San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa
The Marauders may get tight end Nate Chandler, a UCLA commit back for their contest against winless Morse, but regardless, expect Markques Simas to be one of the primary targets for Kevin O'Mary as they look to stay unbeaten in Eastern League play.

Fresno (Calif.) Edison at Reedley (Calif.) at McClane at 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers try to stay alive in the County/Metro standings and take on co-leader Reedley in its final league game. They are also looking for help from Sanger in their quest for a league title. UCLA's committed cornerback Courtney Viney has yet to allow a completion this year, has four interceptions and taking two kicks back for a touchdown.

San Pedro (Calif.) Mary Star of the Sea at Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei at 1:00 p.m. at Compton College
The Eagles are coming off a loss to La Salle in their Camino Real League opener, but can stay in the race by knocking off co-leader Mary Star of the Sea. Reggie Dunn has been the playmaker for the Eagles this season and they welcomed back committed defensive end/linebacker Akeem Ayers last week.

Dorsey at Jefferson at 3:00 p.m.
With the meat of its Coliseum League schedule done, the Dons try to keep their lead in league play as they march toward a league title. Led by the running back duo of John Roberson and Johnathan Franklin and a defense spearheaded by Rahim Moore and Dwayne Frampton, the Dons continue to plug away as they await the return of linebacker Robert Mullins.

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham at Granada Hills (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m.
The Patriots try to stay unbeaten in West Valley League play and face Granada Hills before their showdown with Chatsworth in a week. Milton Knox has carried the load for the Patriots in 2006 but senior receiver Willie Chandler has been doing his part to keep Birmingham on course after a brutal non-league schedule.

Reseda (Calif.) Cleveland at Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft at 7:30 p.m.
With running back/linebacker Malcolm Smith coming off a career-performance against Chatsworth, the Toreadors try to keep pace with Birmingham, who has them in the head-to-head while keeping Smith fresh for the City Playoffs. Smith had a career-best 288 yards and five touchdowns in their seven-point victory over Chatsworth.

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame at Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola at 7:30 p.m. at East Los Angeles College
The Knights welcomed quarterback Dayne Crist back last week, after Shane Horton filled in admirably and they start Serra League play with a contest against defending CIF Division I champs Loyola, who already have a surprising win over Dominguez under their belt. Chris Conte will match up against Horton and Mike Stanton.

Claremont (Calif.) at Upland (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m.
Upland prepares for its Baseline League showdown with Los Osos next week in a tuneup against Claremont. The Wolves are led by linebackers Howard Bowens and Viktor Ojukwu while the Highlanders counter with tight end/defensive end Devin Mahina and rising sophomore quarterback Josh Nunes.

Encino (Calif.) Crespi at La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat at 7:00 p.m.
D.J. Holt and E.J. Woods pace the Celts in their Serra League opener against Bishop Amat. The Celts played one of the most daunting non-league schedules in SoCal this year and will see if the preparation pays off when they visit the Lancers.

Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser at Jurupa Valley (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m.
Unbeaten in Sunkist League play, the Cats, led by defensive end Chris Carter take on Rubidoux in a league contest where they are hoping to put distance between themselves and the rest of the league.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester at Los Angeles (Calif.) University at 7:00 p.m.
The Wildcats look to keep their Western League hopes alive against Westchester, before they take on the two leaders, Hamilton and Venice, in their final two games. Titus Young is coming off a six-catch, 203-yard performance against Fairfax a week ago.

Other Games of Note:
Lynwood (Calif.) at Compton (Calif.) Dominguez (RB Brandon Johnson, RB Marcus Darden, LB Maurice Simmons, LB Marquis Simmons, CB David Ross, LB David Batts, RB Darrell Robinson)
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly vs. Compton (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m. at Wilson (CB Donovan Warren, DE Kenny Rowe, WR Bryshon Nellum, DB Anthony Wright, DB Mike Evans, DT Porter Hill, DB Lawrence Winston)
San Diego (Calif.) Hoover at San Diego (Calif.) Point Loma at 3 p.m. (S Todd Doxey) Oxnard (Calif.) Channel Islands at Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa at 7:00 p.m. (RB Malachi Lewis, CB Josh Harrison)
Crescenta Valley (Calif.) at Pasadena (Calif.) Muir at 7:00 p.m. (S Lance Mitchell, RB Willie Youngblood)
La Puente (Calif.) at Duarte (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m. (OL Mike Harris)
Milpitas (Calif.) at Santa Clara at 7:30 p.m. at Townsend Field (WR Brandon Carswell)

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