2. No. 3 in state Div. V Central Valley Christian of Visalia 40, No. 8 in state Div. V Parlier 20. It's strange that the big game of the night in the Central Section was between these two Sierra Division schools, but they both entered 9-0 with a league title on the line. For host Parlier, though, CVC made it a long night as it proved its high state ranking, achieved after the first week with a big win over Templeton, is legit. The Cavaliers also ended the regular season with an impressive 458-60 scoring advantage. Quarterback Ryan Coburn tossed three TD passes for CVC, two to Phillip Sikkema. Karl te velde, among the state scoring leaders, had a 59-yard TD run and also came up with an interception on defense to thwart any hopes Parlier had for a comeback. Also in the Central Section on Friday, top-ranked Yosemite Division school Clovis West kept rolling with a 45-24 win over Buchanan; No. 2 Fresno Edison swamped McLane of Fresno, 49-0; and No. 3 Clovis East crushed Clovis, 41-7.
3. Unbeaten Red Bluff 42, previously undefeated Enterprise of Redding 8. It was all Spartans in the state's other 9-0 vs. 9-0 showdown of the night. Next week, it looks like we'll have a 9-0 vs. 9-0 game in the Sac-Joaquin Section with Oakdale traveling to Sonora. Enterprise was hindered before the game even began when standout Brody Angley, one of the top players in the history of the section, was declared unavailable due to an injury. Red Bluff, which completed the first 10-0 season in school history since 1959, featured the running of senior Jordan Sinclair. He carried 17 times for 202 yards and three TDs. Both teams will now move on to the Northern Section playoffs and a rematch with perhaps a healthy Angley will be a possibility.
4. Edison of Huntington Beach 22, No. 17 in the state Fountain Valley 8. Like they did in earlier games against Mater Dei of Santa Ana and Servite of Anaheim, the Chargers' defense only gave up one touchdown. This time, though, the offense was much better at converting its opportunities as Edison beat the Barons in the Battle For The Bell Game before 10,000 (as reported by the L.A. Times) at Edison International Field. Edison built its lead in the rivalry, which began in 1969, to 22-13-1. Wideout Matt White, son of head coach Dave White, was the key player for Edison. He picked off two passes and caught a 33-yard TD pass from sophomore QB Brian Schrock. The young QB also hit on another TD pass and finished 8 of 9 for 122 yards. Fountain Valley was forced to the air more than it would like and suffered three first-half interceptions. The loss dropped the Barons into a three-way tie with Edison and Los Alamitos for first-place in the Sunset League. All three teams are 3-1 in league standings with one week to go.
5. No. 1 in the state De La Salle of Concord 26, previously unbeaten Pittsburg 0. Wet, cold conditions helped limit the De La Salle offense, but the host Pirates could do nothing against the Spartan defense, which posted its fifth shutout of the season. De La Salle won its 147th consecutive game and plays Ygnacio Valley, its next door-neighbor, in its regular season final next week. De La Salle hasn't lost a regular season game since early in the 1989 season.
6. No. 20 in the state Valley Christian of San Jose 24, No. 14 in NorCal Serra of San Mateo 7. Matt Castelo scored on a pair of rushing TDs as the Warriors avenged their only loss from last season. Valley Christian, which has lost only to St. Francis of Mountain View this season, benefitted from three Serra turnovers and had a blocked punt to set up another score. Serra trailed 20-0 in a second straight disappointing performance. The Padres lost by a big margin in their previous game to St. Francis.
7. No. 15 in SoCal Dorsey of Los Angeles 13, Crenshaw of Los Angeles 12. The score may not have been as impressive as they'd like, but the Dons are more than fine with getting a win of any kind against the Cougars, who had beaten them for four straight years. Dorsey improved to 9-0 in winning the first night game ever played at Crenshaw. It was one of those games in which one team was dominant in the first half (Dorsey) with the other team reversing it in the second half (Crenshaw). The Cougars' made the score 13-12 in the fourth quarter, but a two-point conversion attempt failed and Dorsey held on for the win.
8. No. 19 in the state Loyola of Los Angeles 21, No. 14 in SoCal Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita 7. That long drive from the Loyola campus way down to Saddleback College on a Friday afternoon is murder, but the ride back for the Cubs and their fans was sweet. Holding Santa Margarita to just one TD probably is the best defensive effort for the Cubs this season. They finished with six quarterback sacks. On offense, Loyola featured two TDs from QB Scott Deke plus 21 carries for 118 yards and one TD from Trason Bragg. The playoffs must be around the corner, because, as usual, here come the Cubs. Also in the Serra League on Friday, Bishop Amat of La Puente dumped St. John Bosco of Bellflower, 35-3.
9. No. 6 in state Div. IV Nordhoff of Ojai 35, No. 2 in state Div. IV Oaks Christian of Westlake Village 28. We said in our preview that these last two games of the regular season would finally give us perhaps a more accurate read at the strength of Oaks Christian. Well, apparently, not as good as thought. Playing at home, Nordhoff jumped out to a 13-0 lead, then fell behind 28-13 and then roared back for the win. RB Will Strong led the Rangers with 26 carries for 158 yards and three TDs. His final game-winning score came on a 40-yard run with less just about two minutes left. Oaks Christian, which ends the regular season against Oak Park and now could fall to as far as No. 3 in its league, was led by QB Joey Halzle. He completed 15 of 26 passes for 215 yards and one TD. Highly-touted junior RB Aaron Ware was held to just 63 yards on 14 carries. This result also likely means that the top two teams in the Div. IV state rankings next week will both be from the San Diego Section with Coronado moving up to No. 2 behind No. 1 Marian Catholic.
10. No. 12 in the state St. Francis of Mountain View 24, Bellarmine of San Jose 3. Quarterback Kyle Spraker's running turned the tide in the Lancers' favor as they beat the Bells on their home field and clinched the outright West Catholic Athletic League title. St. Francis, which ended a 9-1 regular season and will now wait a week until the rest of the Central Coast Section does the same, actually trailed 3-0 after an early field goal by Bellarmine kicker deluxe Juan Gamboa. Spraker then scrambled his way for a pair of scores and the St. Francis defense gave Bellarmine very little room to operate. Bells' QB Darrin Bragg was picked off twice and never got into a rhythm. Note: Remember how we said we almost went with Charter Oak of Covina vs. Los Altos of Hacienda Heights as a game of the week? Glad we didn't. Final: Los Altos 53, Charter Oak 0.