UCLA's quarterback of the future will be on display when Chargers signal-caller Nick Crissman, who has been getting banged up behind a shoddy offensive line but is expected to play, welcomes Los Alamitos in a Sunset League opener. The Griffins are led by junior quarterback Clark Evans, a visitor to a couple of UCLA's practices this fall and a couple of linemen in Austin Hill and Darren Koontz. Paul Richardson, a sophomore receiver for the Griffins, is the son of former UCLA receiver Paul Sr.
Hart at Canyon (on FSN Prime Ticket)
After knocking off Crespi a week ago, the Cowboys are showing reports of their demise were premature, but this week doesn't get much easier as the top-ranked team in the Northern Division, Hart, visits College of the Canyons for a televised matchup. The Cowboys are led by quarterback Sean Gavin and a stout run defense, let by Mike Spagnola, that stopped Crespi a week ago. Hart counters with Stanford bound Delano Howell at running back and corner and UCLA commit Patrick Larimore at linebacker. B.R. Holbrook has done a solid job taking over the Indians offense.
Norco at Santiago
The Cougars have bounced back since their loss to Leuzinger and are still one of the favorites for the Inland Division title that they've won the past two years. They'll continue to do it with their defense, having only allowed 35 points this season in five games. The Sharks are led by UCLA commit Anthony Dye, who is one of the leading tacklers in all of the West and also plays receiver for Santiago, as well as all-purpose back B.J. Iverson. The next two games could be make-or-break for Santiago, as they host Corona Centennial next weekend.
Culver City at Inglewood
The Centaurs feature one of the most vaunted passing offenses in the state, led by quarterback Darius Banks and receiver and UCLA commit Antwon Moutra, who is also the anchor of the Centaurs defense. The Sentinels feature elite junior receiver Shaquelle Evans and Washington commit David Freeman at running back and cornerback. It's the Ocean League opener for both schools and Culver City looks to remain unbeaten.
Vista at El Camino
These two teams meet in Avocado League play, and the Wildcats come in as one of the hardest-luck teams in the state. They're 2-4, with their four losses coming by a combined 12 points, and all happening in the fourth quarter, including two when they couldn't stop a two-point conversion in the final minute after giving up the tying touchdown. UCLA's committed receiver Nelson Rosario is having an outstanding year for the Wildcats. Vista is a top 25 team in SoCal and knocked off Mission Viejo last month.
Fresno Edison at Fresno Hoover
The Tigers are led by U.S. Army All-American Robert Golden and a stellar secondary which features four D-I players and offensively by Rolando Jefferson, arguably the top junior receiver in the West. Hoover is paced by three-star linebacker Mychal Kendricks. This is Edison's final test before a huge clash with unbeaten Bullard next weekend.
Ventura at St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure looks to get back in the win column after being idle last weekend, a week after dropping their first game to Crespi. The nation's premier running back, Darrell Scott also had his string of 200-yard games snapped but could get that back against a Ventura Cougar program that is having a rough year, but is still one of the perennially strong programs in the county.
Troy at La Habra
The Freeway League opens with what could already be the league title match with defending champion Troy visiting unbeaten La Habra. This game was all set to be a matchup of unbeatens before Troy lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds a week ago. The Warriors are led by UCLA commit Derrick Coleman, who has been a scoring machine for Troy.
Harvard-Westlake at St. Bernard
In the Del Rey League opener for each team, the Wolverines head south to visit the Vikings in a key league contest. Harvard-Westlake will run the ball with Tehran O'Neal, who'll follow the lead of UCLA commit Jonathan Martin. St. Bernard has a pair of Pac-10 prospects themselves in Greg Walker and Adam Long.
Chatsworth at Birmingham
After playing the most difficult non-league schedule of anyone in the City Section, the defending City champ Patriots return to West Valley League play when they host Chatsworth tonight. After a bye week, the Patriots are looking to keep their success going since a season opening-loss to Crespi. With wins over Long Beach Poly and Notre Dame, though, Birmingham's quest for the SoCal D-I state berth is still in reach, so they'll need to take care of business in league play to ensure that becomes a reality.
Other Games for October 12th:
Alemany at Crespi (UCLA commit E.J. Woods)
Alief Hastings at Katy (UCLA commit Aundre Dean)
Aliso Niguel at Mission Viejo (UCLA commit Jeff Baca)
Cajon at Colton (UCLA commit Damien Holmes)
Chino Hills (UCLA commit Cory Harkey) at Chino
Dorsey (UCLA commits Johnathan Franklin and Rahim Moore) at Fremont
Gahr at Dominguez (UCLA commit Aaron Hester)
Golden Valley at Valencia (UCLA commit Marlon Pollard)
Leuzinger (UCLA commit Uona Kaveinga) at Palos Verdes
Locke at Crenshaw (UCLA commit Kemonte Bateman)
McClymonds (UCLA recruit Allen Carroll) at Fremont
Mountain Point at Mountain Ridge (UCLA commit Jeff Locke)
Palmdale (UCLA commit Connor Bradford) at Antelope Valley
Perris at Hemet (UCLA recruit Hamani Stevens)
Taft (UCLA recruit Craig Noble) at Woodland Hills El Camino
Westchester at Venice (UCLA commit Jerry Johnson)
Arcadia (UCLA commit Kevan Walker and 2009 target Todd Golper) def. Glendale 45-0 on Thursday