It's time for the annual East L.A. Classic between Garfield & Roosevelt at the L.A. Coliseum. Edison International Field also has prep football this weekend while this week's best games also includes two separate 9-0 vs. 9-0 showdowns, one in the Northern Section and the other in the Central Section.

1. Garfield of Los Angeles vs. Roosevelt of Los Angeles, Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The 69th meeting of these two rivals will be played for the third straight year at the historic Coliseum. Billed as the East L.A. Classic, crowds of 20,000 or more are not uncommon since the game has become more of a community celebration than just two high schools smacking each other around on a football field. Roosevelt, which won last year 14-12 and 35-22 the year before that, appears to be the favorite once again. Two of the Roughriders' three losses have been to Dorsey and St. Paul, two of the top 25 teams in the region. Roosevelt also has a 29-0 win over L.A. Wilson, which is that team's only loss. Garfield enters with a 3-5 record, but is coming off a 34-6 win over Huntington Park. It's a cliche, but in this series anything really can happen. That was most true in 1990 when Roosevelt was winless, Garfield was unbeaten, yet it was Roosevelt that won, 7-0. The Roughriders should be led by running back Chris Hurtado, who has more than 1,000 yards rushing and has scored 17 TDs on the season. Garfield will counter with QB Josh Magana, who has tossed 13 TD passes and has thrown for nearly 1,200 yards.

2. No. 3 in state Div. V Central Valley Christian of Visalia at No. 8 in state Div. V Parlier, Friday. Both of these small school powers are unbeaten after nine weeks for the time in school history. For CVC, that's been only since 1992. But for Parlier, that's perhaps 80 years. CVC began the season strongly with a 34-14 victory over Templeton and has been on a roll ever since. Looking at both teams and each result, the only game that was even a one-TD margin was Parlier's 21-14 win over Chowchilla. Both teams also crushed Immanuel of Reedley, which has been the East Sierra League flagbearer in recent years. CVC beat Immanuel, 58-6, while Parlier won, 35-0. CVC running back Karl te Velde was leading the state in scoring heading into last weekend, while for Parlier it's been more of a two-pronged attack with RBs Noe Garza and Fidel Cisneros.

3. Undefeated Enterprise of Redding at undefeated Red Bluff, Friday. Other than Central Valley Christian vs. Parlier this week and perhaps Oakdale vs. Sonora next week, we don't know of any other 9-0 vs. 9-0 matchups for the state this season. Common opponents include West Valley of Cottonwood (which is 7-0 in the rest of its games), which lost to Enterprise by 21-0 and to Red Bluff by 27-14; and Shasta of Redding, which lost to Enterprise by 30-20 and to Red Bluff by 31-0. This Northern Section special also feature two of the state's top scorers. Brody Angley of Enterprise enters with 180 points scored and has rushed for over 1,400 yards. Shane Eller of Red Bluff, who like Angley also kicks, has scored 111 points and has rushed for nearly 879 yards. If both star players are shut down, one difference might be Red Bluff's Cody Smith. He's on track to rush for more than 1,000 yards this year, too.

4. No. 17 in the state Fountain Valley vs. Edison of Huntington Beach, Friday at Edison International Field. They're playing the Battle For The Bell Game at the big stadium for the first time since 1985 and it may take a crowd of 15,000 for the schools to make enough money to pay for the rental of the place. Fountain Valley has broken into the state top 20 in the last two weeks after its 21-16 win over nationally-ranked Los Alamitos. The Barons also have only lost by 14-13 to Mission Viejo. Coach Eric Johnson's team relies on a strong offensive line, paced by All-American candidate Leo Teovalu, to control the clock and the line of scrimmage. Fountain Valley only passed three times last week in its 28-16 win last week against Marina of Huntington Beach. Edison, which leads in the series 21-13-1 since 1969, is coming off an impressive 31-7 win over Esperanza of Anaheim. The Chargers started out 4-0, including a 26-21 win over San Clemente, then hit a three-game skid against strong opponents that were losses by just one-TD to Mater Dei, Servite and Los Alamitos. With sophomore QB Brian Schrock showing improvement, an Edison win against Fountain Valley wouldn't be that much of an upset.

5. No. 1 in the state De La Salle of Concord at unbeaten Pittsburg, Friday. If the Spartans win this game, they will then have wins this year over three opponents who've lost only to them (Pitt, St. Francis, Foothill). It's been a while since the Pirates have been able to stay very close to the Spartans, but this year's team has shown remarkable resiliency. They could have folded up the tents numerous times in last week's game against Clayton Valley, but a TD with 47 seconds left forced overtime and then a diving catch in the end zone won it. Pitt's tie was 20-20 vs. James Logan of Union City. De La Salle is going for its 147th consecutive win, which would put the streak an even 100 longer than the second-longest in state history.

6. No. 20 in the state Valley Christian of San Jose at No. 14 in NorCal Serra of San Mateo, Saturday. This is also a game between the No. 3 and No. 6 teams in the San Francisco Bay Area. It might have been higher this week if it was for first-place in the West Catholic Athletic League, but that spot is the possession of Mountain View St. Francis, which has wins over both of these teams. Valley Christian still has a chance to earn a WCAL co-title with St. Francis if it beats Serra and Bellarmine to close the season and Bellarmine beats St. Francis.

7. No. 15 in SoCal Dorsey of Los Angeles at Crenshaw of Los Angeles, Friday. Adding extra interest to this long-awaited L.A. City Section showdown is that it will be the first night game ever played at Crenshaw. The Cougars certainly hope to turn out the lights on Dorsey's perfect season. Among the Dons' victims so far have been Chino and L.A. Fremont, 49-14, a week ago. Crenshaw dropped its only game in week two to La Mirada, by just two points. The Cougars have won four straight over Dorsey, but to keep that streak going they'll have to slow down the one-two punch of RBs Stafon and Jermaine Johnson. Stafon rushed for 221 yards and Jermaine scored five TDs in last week's game. The Dons will have to look for two running backs as well as both Rickie Collins and Aaron Huntley have been effective for Crenshaw.

8. No. 19 in the state Loyola of Los Angeles vs. No. 14 in SoCal Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita, Friday at Saddleback College. The winner here will be 3-1 in the Serra League and will be looking stronger as a high seed in the CIF Southern Section Div. I playoffs. Santa Margarita, which has wins over St. Paul, Fountain Valley and Servite, dropped its only game to St. John Bosco when starting QB Michael Angelo was held out for disciplinary reasons. Angelo returned last week and ran and passed the Eagles past Servite. Loyola knocked off St. John Bosco last weekend on its home field, but has a loss to Servite. The Cubs' other two losses were in close games to state-ranked Hart and Venice.

9. No. 2 in state Div. IV Oaks Christian of Westlake Village at No. 6 in state Div. IV Nordhoff of Ojai, Friday. The final two games of the regular season will finally provide some indication of just how good Oaks Christian is this year. Following this game, the Lions will take on Oak Park of Agoura Hills. Nordhoff defeated Oak Park, 18-10, two weeks ago for its biggest win of the season and has won seven in a row after a 32-6 loss in the opener to Moorpark, a Division IV school. Will Strong has scored 10 TDs to lead Nordhoff so far. Oaks Christian features junior RB Aaron Ware, who has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards with 12 TDs and senior QB Joey Halzle, who has nine TD passes. Freshman running back and kick returner Marc Tyler, son of former NFL player Wendell Tyler, has already made a name for himself at Oaks Christian, too.

10. Bellarmine of San Jose at No. 12 in the state St. Francis of Mountain View, Friday. We almost went with Charter Oak of Covina vs. No. 16 in the state Los Altos of Hacienda Heights for the 10th spot this week, but we just feel the Bells have a better chance to pull off an upset than does Charter Oak. Bellarmine may have been looking ahead last week when it was upset by Mitty of San Jose, 17-7, but before then its only loss was in a toss-up against Serra of San Mateo. St. Francis will try to put an exclamation point on an already successful regular season. The Lancers drew a week 10 bye on their schedule this year, so this will be their regular season finale. A win would wrap up the WCAL title and would just about assure a No. 1 seeding in the Central Coast Section Div. I playoffs. St. Francis didn't even do well enough in the last few years to even qualify for the Div. I playoffs. The Lancers were in the Division III playoffs a year ago and wound up tying in the championship game with Los Gatos.

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