Friday Night Lights Preview: Week 12

Though three of UCLA's committed prospects have had their high school careers come to a close, the other four remain alive for their respective CIF titles and tonight, a matchup between two perennial powers stands out as the Game of the Week...

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 playoffs continue throughout the state, with the City Section quarterfinals taking place on Wednesday night.

Game Of The Week:
Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly at Veterans Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
Two of the premier programs in Southern California meet in a huge quarterfinal matchup in the Division I playoffs. Poly is paced by CB/RB Donovan Warren and DE Kenny Rowe while the the Serra League champs, led by junior QB Dayne Crist, FS Shane Horton and OT Charlie Carmichael, must play through the rest of the postseason without stud offensive tackle Sam DeMartinis, who tore ligaments in his finger and will miss the remainder of the year. Juniors to watch in this game from Notre Dame are LB Anthony McDonald, DE Wes Horton and RB Thaddeus Brown. The Jackrabbits counter with DL Jurrel Casey and RB Ricky Johnson.

Temple City at Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei at Compton Centennial at 7:30 p.m.
The Eagles, thanks to the efforts of Akeem Ayers on both sides of the ball, crushed L.A. Baptist in the first round of the Division XI playoffs last week. This week, though, they'll have their work cut out for them, when they host top-seeded Temple City in the quarterfinals.

Brawley (Calif.) at San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine at Southwestern College at 7:30 p.m.
The defending CIF-San Diego Division III champions, led by UCLA's committed quarterback Chris Forcier, begin their quest for their second straight title when they host Brawley in a quarterfinal contest. The Saints had a first-round bye, and a win here could match them up with top-seeded El Capitan (led by San Diego State committed QB Ryan Lindley) in the semifinals.

Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral at Corona (Calif.) Centennial at 7:30 p.m.
Expect this game to be decided on the ground, with the top-ranked Huskies relying on elite junior running back Ryan Bass and Chaparral using Oregon-commit Talmadge Jackson in what could be the best second round game in the Inland Division. Centennial is trying to keep its hopes alive for the SoCal Division I berth for the State Championship Game.

Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser at Rim of the World at 7:30 p.m.
The Cats, winners of the Sunkist League, are looking to get back to the CIF Semifinals, where they advanced a year ago, and will travel up into the mountains to take on Rim of the World in an Eastern Division quarterfinal game. Defensive end Chris Carter paces the Cats stingy defense.

San Diego (Calif.) Hoover at. San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills at 7:30 p.m.
Led by do-everything receiver/safety Todd Doxey, the Cards won their first playoff game in six years. Doxey is less than 50 yards away from breaking the San Diego Section career receiving record but will have to face a stingy Grizzlies defense, which is spearheaded by elite junior defensive lineman Jamaar Jarrett in a Division II quarterfinal contest.

Other Games of Note:
Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa at Canyon Country at 7:00 p.m. (RB Malachi Lewis, CB Josh Harrison, OL A.J. Wallerstein)
Compton (Calif.) Dominguez at Palmdale (Calif.) Highland 7:30 p.m. (RB Brandon Johnson, RB Marcus Darden, LB Maurice Simmons, LB Marquis Simmons, CB David Ross, WR Aaron Hester)
Ontario (Calif.) Colony at Pasadena (Calif.) Muir at 7:00 p.m. (S Omar Bolden, WR, Maurice Shaw, S Lance Mitchell, RB Willie Youngblood, CB Amir Owens)
Santa Clara (Calif.) at Duarte (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m. (OL Mike Harris)

City Section Scores from Wednesday Night
Birmingham def. Locke, 29-0
Crenshaw def. Narbonne, 30-7
San Pedro def. Venice, 27-26
Carson def. Dorsey, 38-20

Seasons Complete
San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa- Nate Chandler
Fresno (Calif.) Edison- Courtney Viney
San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty- Steve Sloan

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