Friday Focus: Week 1 Preview

All of UCLA's committed players for the class of 2008 will see action this weekend, with UCLA-committed cornerback Anthony Dye going up against USC-committed receiver D.J. Shoemate, along with many more great match-ups...

The 2007 season kicks off fully this weekend, with "Week One." Each of UCLA's committed prospects, as well as remaining targets, will be in action. Here is this weekend's schedule.

Game of the Week: Santiago at Servite on Saturday.
Last year the Sharks stunned the Friars behind the running of Ryan McCants and the defense led by future Bruin Anthony Dye. This year, Dye is back and his potential match-up against D.J. Shoemate will be one of the best individual match-ups in the state this year. It pits the #1 receiver in Shoemate against the #2 cornerback in Dye. Both teams won their openers a week ago.

Long Beach Poly at Birmingham
Some of the shine has been taken off this game after Birmingham was beaten in the opener by Crespi, but the Patriots are still the team to beat in the City. The Jackrabbits on the other hand are coming off a huge win over Glenville (Ohio) in the Herbstreit Classic and are happy to be back playing in the Golden State. UCLA-committed Milton Knox and Donovan Carter, along with Mychal Rivera, Devon Flournoy and the Jackson twins lead the Patriots against Jurrell Casey, Vaughn Telemaque, Douglas Spacht and Herman Davidson from Poly.

Brea Olinda at Troy
Derrick Coleman will be the primary runner this year for Troy after running for over 2,000 yards last year splitting the carries. The Warriors were the top seed in the CIF-Southeast playoffs but lost in the semifinals to Santa Fe Springs, so they're rearing to go this fall.

Norco at Crenshaw
In one of the best intersectional games this weekend, the two-time defending CIF-SS champion Norco Cougars visit City power Crenshaw. Norco is led by Damion Whittington, Eric Hicks and Josh Foley while Crenshaw counters with Carlton Hudson, Clint Floyd and UCLA-committed Kemonte Bateman.

St. Francis at Arcadia
In a longtime rivalry, St. Francis meets Arcadia again in the season opener. UCLA commit Kevan Walker will play his first game as the Apaches' quarterback while also playing defense. There are two underclassmen to watch in the game as well, Arcadia fullback/linebacker Todd Golper (2009) and St. Francis running back/defensive back Dietrich Riley (2010).

Moorpark at Hart
The Musketeers pitched a shutout in week zero against Mayfair but things will be a little tougher against a talented Indians squad led by Delano Howell and UCLA-committed Patrick Larimore. Moorpark quarterback Adam Barry threw for a career best 270 yards and a touchdown last week, but will need to duplicate it, and get some help from his receivers against a stingy Hart defense.

Valencia at Palmdale
In the lone game featuring future Bruins on both sides of the ball, UCLA committed lineman Connor Bradford and Palmdale host the Vikings, led by future Bruin, junior cornerback Marlon Pollard.

Venice at Taft
The first game of the post-Troy Starr era for Taft kicks off at home when the Toreadors face the Gondoliers. Led by elite defensive tackle Craig Noble, a UCLA prospect, Taft looks to start a little better this year than last year, when they started 0-2. Venice, led by the three-headed monster of UCLA-committed Jerry Johnson, Curtis McNeal and Richard Ragland, are looking for their second strong performance against a Valley team, having crushed San Fernando 41-14 in the opener.

San Clemente at Huntington Beach Edison
The Chargers will be without UCLA-committed quarterback Nick Crissman this week (and next), after he had surgery to remove his appendix. That could put the load on Areseo Lakey and Earnie Sagiao in the Chargers backfield to steer the offense in Crissman's absense.

Crespi at Granada Hills Kennedy
The Celts take on a City Section opponent for the second week in a row, having knocked off City favorite Birmingham a week ago in a solid defensive performance. The Celts received some bad news this week, though, losing quarterback Kevin Prince, a UCLA prospect, for the season with a torn ACL. Still, Austin Shanks and UCLA_committed E.J. Woods figure to carry the offense and Bryan Bennett will take over the quarterbacking duties for Crespi.

Other Games Atascadero at St. Bonaventure (Darrell Scott and Vaughn Dotsy)
Colton (UCLA-committed Damien Holmes) at Bloomington
Diamond Ranch at Chino Hills (UCLA-committed Cory Harkey)
Dominguez (UCLA-committed Aaron Hester) at Pasadena
Fresno Edison (UCLA recruit Robert Golden, Rolando Jefferson, Cliff Harris and T.J. McDonald) at Modesto
Harvard-Westlake (UCLA-committed Jonathan Martin) at Van Nuys
Jordan at Dorsey (UCLA commits Rahim Moore and Johnathan Franklin)
Leuzinger (UCLA-committed Uona Kaveinga) at Legacy, Colo.
Mountain Ridge (UCLA-committed Jeff Locke) at Cesar Chavez
Palm Springs at Hemet (UCLA recruit Hamani Stevens)
Palo Alto at McClymonds (UCLA recruit Allen Carroll)
Redondo at Mission Viejo (UCLA commit Jeff Baca and prospect Allan Bridgford)
St. Bernard at Culver City (UCLA-committed Antwon Moutra)
Sweetwater at El Camino (UCLA-committed Nelson Rosario)
The Woodlands at Katy (UCLA-committed Aundre Dean)
Verbum Dei at Compton (UCLA-committed Datone Jones)

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