The high school football season opens this week and five of the best games in Southern California will be at Mission Viejo High School starting Friday.
Oaks Christian, Mission Viejo, Bakersfield Centennial and Crenshaw are part of the Mission Viejo High School Football Classic. Three teams from Utah and the 3A state champions from Washington have also been invited to play in the football classic.
Oaks Christian, the reigning CIF Southern Section Northern Division champ, is playing Bellevue, the reigning 3A state champions from Washington, in the Saturday night game. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net’s Prime Ticket and is scheduled to start at 8:30.
Oaks Christian might be playing its toughest game of the year right out of the gate.
“I don’t know if it will be the toughest game of the year,” said Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell, whose team plays St. Bonaventure and Westlake in the Marmonte League. “They run a Delaware wing-T offense, which we don’t get to see down here. It’s not run. There are other teams that probably run it. We don’t really get to see it down here. It’s kinda hard to prepare for it. We’ll be prepared for it, but of course they run it a lot better than our second and third team does running against us.”
Bellevue was 11-1 and won the 3A Washington championship game, 38-0, over Kamiakin in 2010. Bellevue gave up only 21 points in four playoff games and shut out two of its opponents. The Wolverines averaged 41.5 points per game in the playoffs.
“You have to be very disciplined on defense to be able to play against the Delaware wing-T because of all the misdirection they use,” Redell said. “It will be difficult for us, especially right at the beginning. We’ll be well-prepared for them. We know they’re a good team. We are looking forward to the challenge.”
The Football Classic opens with Cypress vs. Garces from Bakersfield on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Mission Viejo High School. Here is a look at the full schedule:
Cypress vs. Bakersfield Garces, 4:30 p.m.
Mission Viejo vs. Bakersfield Centennial, 8 p.m. (Prime Ticket)
Alta of Utah junior varsity vs. Timpview of Utah junior varsity, 8 a.m.
Bakersfield vs. Timpview of Utah, 11:15 a.m.
Crenshaw vs. Alta of Utah, 2:20 p.m.
Orange Lutherna vs. Bingham of Utah, 5:25 p.m.
Oaks Christian vs. Bellevue of Washington, 8:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket)
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