Carson (6-2, 3-0 Marine) at San Pedro (6-2, 3-0 Marine), Friday, 7 p.m.
Both teams have won four straight, including three in a row to start Marine League play. Carson escaped with a 26-23 victory over Narbonne last week, while San Pedro clobbered Gardena. It's been relatively easy work for the San Pedro Pirates, who have outscored league opponents 125-15. The task is considerably tougher this week against Justin Alo and Co.
West Covina (7-1, 4-0 Hacienda) vs. Diamond Ranch (5-3, 4-0 Hacienda) at Ganesha High, Friday, 7 p.m.
West Covina gets its chance to claim the Hacienda League title after taking down previously unbeaten Bonita last week. Standing in their way is Diamond Ranch, a team known for its furious mid-season charges. West Covina (300-plus yards rushing per game) runs the ball like no other team in the area. Quarterback George Johnson has only 73 pass attempts this year.
Chino Hills (6-2, 2-1 Sierra) at Charter Oak (5-3, 2-1 Sierra), Friday, 7 p.m.
With leader Claremont all but assured the Sierra League championship, these two have a postseason berth to play for. The winner is in, the loser might still be in -- but neither team would like to take that chance. Two-time defending CIF champion Charter Oak finds itself in unfamiliar territory. The Chargers have as many losses this season as they had in the previous three combined.
Norwalk (5-3, 3-1 Suburban) at La Mirada (5-3, 4-0 Suburban), Friday, 7 p.m.
Although it's not the monstrous Southeast Division No. 1 vs. No. 3 scenario that West Covina at Diamond Ranch presents, this matchup is still intriguing. La Mirada is ranked No. 4 -- just behind Diamond Ranch -- while Norwalk comes into the game at No. 7. It should be close, entertaining battle: Calpreps.com projects a 31-22 La Mirada victory.