Friday Night Lights Preview: Week 9

UCLA's committed senior linebacker, Steve Sloan, faces an elite junior linebacker, Los Angeles Crenshaw -- featuring many UCLA recruits -- has a critical game, and UCLA-committed linebacker Akeem Ayers from Verbum Dei will try to improve on his 17-tackle performance last week...

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. The regular season is winding down in most of the state, with several schools looking to secure league titles and playoff berths.

Game Of The Week:
San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty at San Mateo (Calif.) Serra at 7:30 p.m. at Foothill College Mitty snapped a two-game losing streak in a big way last Saturday against Riordan and looks to keep their West Catholic League title hopes alive when they visit Serra. The Monarchs are paced by UCLA's committed linebacker Steve Sloan, who is coming off a 20 tackle performance, while the Padres have stud junior back Tiuke Tuipulotu.

San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine at San Diego (Calif.) Morse at 2:30 p.m.
With the hype from his game against his younger brother gone, Saints quarterback Chris Forcier can focus on keeping his team in the running for the Eastern League title when they visit Morse. Forcier had one of his best performances of the year against Scripps Ranch, beating his brother Tate in the matchup. They need to beat Morse and hope for a Mira Mesa loss to keep their chances for the Eastern League alive.

Fremont at Crenshaw at 7:00 p.m. The Cougars need some help from Manual Arts against Dorsey to keep their chances for the Coliseum League title in play but will also need to take care of business against Fremont. Running back Raymond Carter is recovered from his hamstring injury and rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns in his last game.

San Diego (Calif.) Henry at San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa at 7:00 p.m
The Marauders can clinch at least a share of the Eastern League title by beating Henry. They are hoping to get back UCLA's committed tight end Nate Chandler for this potential title-winning contest.

Fresno (Calif.) Edison at Reedley (Calif.) at McClane at 7:30 p.m.
Edison takes a step outside of league play for a non-league title with San Joaquin Memorial but will be keeping their eyes on the Reedley-Sanger game. A Reedley win allows the Tigers to move back into first place in league play but a Sanger win clinches the league title for the Apaches.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei at Santa Monica (Calif.) St. Monica at 7:00 p.m. at St. Bernard
The Eagles won their first Camino Real League game last weekend, without Reggie Dunn, but welcomed back Akeem Ayers. In his first fully healthy game back after surgery on his hand, Ayers had 17 tackles and five tackles for loss. They try to keep pace with La Salle, who plays at Mary Star of the Sea.

Dorsey at Manual Arts at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday The Dons can clinch at least a share of the Coliseum League title by beating winless Manual Arts. A Dorsey loss could drop them into a three-way tie for the league title.

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham at Chatsworth (Calif.) at 7:30 p.m.
The Patriots can wrap up the West Valley League title by beating Chatsworth and will ride the legs of junior running back Milton Knox and hands of senior receiver Willie Chandler.

Woodland Hills (Calif.) El Camino Real at Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft at 7:00 p.m.
The Toreadors are hoping for a Chatsworth victory while needing a win of their own to keep their faint hopes for the West Valley League title alive. Malcolm Smith has been a huge boost to Taft since his return from an ankle injury.

La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat at Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m.
The Knights try to remain unbeaten when they host the Lancers and stay on track for their potential Serra League title-showdown with Crespi. Dayne Crist has looked sharp since his return from a spinal injury suffered in the opener.

Upland (Calif.) at Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos at 7:00 p.m.
Upland takes on first place Los Osos with the Baseline League title on the line. A win by the Grizzlies gives them the league title, but a win by the Highlanders ties the two teams with Etiwanda still in the running. Devin Mahina is coming off a career game in the win over Claremont.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola at Encino (Calif.) Crespi at 7:30 p.m.
In its first year in the Serra League, the Celts can play for the league title next week against Notre Dame but first must knock off a wounded Cubs team that is coming off a demoralizing loss to Notre Dame. This is a matchup of defending CIF Champions as the Cubs won Division I last year and the Celts won Division X.

Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser at Riverside (Calif.) Norte Vista at 7:00 p.m.
Unbeaten in Sunkist League play, the Cats can clinch the league title by knocking off second place Norte Vista. Defensive end Chris Carter has been the lynch pin of the Cats vaunted defense.

Venice (Calif.) at Los Angeles (Calif.) University at 2:15 p.m.
The Gondoliers can wrap up the Western League title with a win over University but a Wildcats win could open up the league race and as many as four times could be tied atop the standings. Venice is led by junior running back Curtis McNeal while University counters with Titus Young.

Other Games of Note:
Compton (Calif.) Dominguez at Downey (Calif.) Warren at 7:00 p.m. (RB Brandon Johnson, RB Marcus Darden, LB Maurice Simmons, LB Marquis Simmons, CB David Ross)
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly at. Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan at 7:00 p.m. at Wilson (CB Donovan Warren, DE Kenny Rowe, WR Bryshon Nellum)
San Diego (Calif.) at San Diego Scripps Ranch at 7:00 p.m. (QB Tate Forcier)
San Diego (Calif.) Serra at San Diego (Calif.) Hoover at 7 p.m. (S Todd Doxey)
Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa at Oxnard (Calif.) Pacifica at 7:00 p.m. (RB Malachi Lewis, CB Josh Harrison)
Pasadena (Calif.) Muir at Arcadia (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m. (S Lance Mitchell, RB Willie Youngblood, LB Todd Golper, DE Kevin Hess)
Duarte (Calif.) at Baldwin Park (Calif.) Sierra Vista at 7:00 p.m. (OL Mike Harris)


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