This weekend is highlighted by a couple of match-ups featuring future Bruin teammates going against each other, among others.
Next week is perhaps the biggest in terms of match-ups, but here's this weekend's games:
Game of the Week: Crenshaw at Dominguez
UCLA commit Aaron Hester patrols the secondary for the Dons while the Simmons brothers, Marquis and Maurice, both headed to USC, lead the linebacking corps. Hester also plays receiver. On the other side of the field is UCLA commit Kemonte Bateman, who will likely match up against Hester, and the versatile Clint Floyd, a UCLA prospect. Floyd plays receiver, safety and also quarterback for the Cougars and figures to be the sparkplug for Crenshaw in this rematch of a game the Dons won a year ago.
Birmingham at Valencia
Fresh off their surprisingly easy win over Long Beach Poly, the Patriots are trying to not get caught looking ahead to their big showdown with Notre Dame next weekend. UCLA commit Milton Knox had a solid showing against the stout Jackrabbits defense last weekend, but should have an easier time against the Vikings. The Patriots defense, led by future Bruin Donovan Carter and the Jackson twins regained their swagger last weekend against Poly, and will be eager to show it wasn't a fluke against Graham Wilbert and the Vikings offense. Another future Bruin, 2009-committed cornerback/receiver Marlon Pollard, anchors Valencia's secondary.
Corona Centennial at Crespi on FSN PT
Two of the top five teams in Southern California meet tonight in a game televised by Prime Ticket. The Celts are 2-0 despite playing without UCLA target, quarterback Kevin Prince. for the remainder of the season. UCLA commit E.J. Woods has been a major cog for the Celts on both sides of the ball, in the secondary and in the backfield as the Celts offense has shifted away from the pass to the run with Prince out. Centennial features one of the best linebacker corps in the state with D-1 recruits Brandon Magee, Shelley Lyons and Jerry Hardeman and possibly the best backfield with Arizona committed quarterback Matt Scott and Pac-10 level running back prospect Ryan Bass.
Canyon at St. Bonaventure
Defending D-I champion Canyon visits Larabee Stadium in Ventura to face #3 St. Bonaventure in a big non-league game that features the past two CIF-Northern Division champs. The Cowboys dropped their opener 17-7 to Notre Dame, but Sean Gavin is hoping to look sharper in his second game at quarterback for the Cowboys. The Seraphs had a much easier time with Atascadero last week than they did with Santa Margarita. UCLA target, and the nation's top running back, Darrell Scott went for over 200 yards last week and he'll be the featured prospect for the Seraphs. UCLA offensive line prospect Vaughn Dotsy also plays for St. Bonaventure. This is the Seraphs' final tune-up before their game against Oaks Christian next week.
Santa Margarita at Dorsey
Dorsey is led by two future UCLA defensive backs, Rahim Moore, who also plays receiver, and Johnathan Franklin, who also is the running back for the Dons. Franklin has gone for over 100 yards in both of Dorsey's first two contests and Moore has been as much a part of the offense as he has on defense. Santa Margarita bounced back from their heartbreaking loss to St. Bonaventure in the opener to pound Paloma Valley. The Eagles are paced by junior linebacker John Michael Davis, possibly one of the top prospects in the state in 2009, and defensive lineman Logan Harrell.
Redlands East Valley at Colton
In another game featuring a future Bruin against a future Trojan, Chris Polk leads REV into a key non-league game against Damien Holmes. Polk, headed to USC, helped REV to a big win over J.W. North in the opener, while Holmes, bound for UCLA, and the Colton defense put up a solid showing in its opener. The Jackets also have BYU commit Daniel Sorensen and recruited lineman Daniel Bernard along with Holmes.
Arcadia at Monrovia
UCLA committed receiver Kevan Walker performed admirably in his first game as the Apaches' quarterback, leading them to an upset win over La Canada St. Francis. Walker made plays with his feet and his arm and looks to do it again against neighboring Monrovia. Todd Golper, who switched back at linebacker from defensive end, leads the Apaches defense and had a big game in the opener, as well as being a target of Walker when playing tight end.
Clovis West at Fresno Edison
The best match-up in Central California features a pair of Fresno powerhouses in a game that could go a long way in dictating who the SoCal D-I rep is at the end of the year. Clovis West is led by Cal-bound quarterback Beau Sweeney and linebacker Travis Brown, one of the elite prospects at linebacker in 2009. Edison boasts Robert Golden, the top cornerback in the West, and still a target for UCLA despite his commitment to Arizona, and three other elite juniors that UCLA is recruiting: cornerback Cliff Harris, safety T.J. McDonald and the best receiver in the West for next year, Rolando Jefferson.
La Costa Canyon at Mission Viejo
One of the better intersectional games takes place in the O.C., when La Costa Canyon, coming off a heartbreaking loss to Oceanside, visits Mission Viejo. The Diablos are led by junior quarterback Allan Bridgford, Stanford-bound receiver Warren Reuland and UCLA commit Jeff Baca on the offensive line.
Leuzinger at Norco
It was in this game last year that UCLA-bound linebacker Uona Kaveinga had his coming-out party against the future CIF Champion Norco. Kaveinga won't be the only top linebacker on the field, though, as Norco's Damion Whittington is another heavily recruited backer. The Olympians also have Ottis Jones on the defensive line to help stop the perennially strong Norco running game, which took a hit with the injury loss of running back Josh Nakamoto.
Other Games for September 14th
Bishop Amat at Hart (UCLA commit Patrick Larimore)
Burbank Burroughs at Harvard-Westlake (UCLA commit Jonathan Martin)
Compton (UCLA commit Datone Jones) at Hawthorne
El Camino (UCLA commit Nelson Rosario) at Monte Vista
Hemet (UCLA target Hamani Stevens) at Indio
Huntington Beach Edison (UCLA commit Nick Crissman- out, appendix) at L.A. Jordan
Katy, Texas (UCLA commit Aundre Dean) at A&M Consolidated
Kennedy at Palmdale (UCLA commit Connor Bradford)
McClymonds (UCLA target Allen Carroll) at Pinole Valley
Mountain Ridge, Arizona (UCLA commit Jeff Locke) at Skyline
Point Loma at Culver City (UCLA commit Antwon Moutra)
San Gorgonio at Chino Hills (UCLA commit Cory Harkey)
Santiago (UCLA commit Anthony Dye) at La Sierra
Troy (UCLA commit Derrick Coleman) at Corona del Mar