Thursday, November 24, 2011
L.A. South: Games of the week
By Blair Angulo
Here are Friday night’s top second-round playoff games in south Los Angeles County (with ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings):
Pac-5: No. 10 Santa Margarita (9-2) vs. No. 4 Long Beach Poly (10-1) at Veterans Stadium, 7 p.m. — The Jackrabbits' defense, which on average has allowed under 14 points per game, will have the difficult task of slowing down explosive Eagles quarterback Johnny Stanton. That's something not even mighty Servite was able to do a few weeks ago. Poly's Richard Smith, Josiah Blandin and Gerard Wicks will be counted on to keep pace.
Pac-5: No. 12 San Clemente (10-1) at No. 15 St. John Bosco (8-3), 7:30 p.m. — Some teams would deem making the playoffs a year after missing out a success. But the St. John Bosco Braves, the third-place representatives of the Trinity League, aren't content. They shocked a lot of people by beating Serra League champion Alemany on the road last week, and now set their sights on taking another step toward a possible rematch with Servite in the semifinals.
City Division I: Crenshaw (6-4) at No. 14 San Pedro (11-0), 7 p.m. — At the end of Friday night's game, either the two-time defending City Section champion Crenshaw Cougars will have been eliminated or the top-seeded San Pedro Pirates will have been knocked off. Given Crenshaw's apparent rebuilding year, we'll go with the former. Besides, San Pedro quarterback Kenny Potter is playing as well as anybody in the city.
Western: No. 22 Ventura (11-0) vs. Santa Monica (10-1) at Santa Monica College, 7:30 p.m. — Now that top-seeded Gardena Serra is out, falling victim to a shocking upset in the first round, the four top-bracket teams (these two included) will scramble to gain control this weekend. Ventura has surrendered fewer than nine points per game, and tailback Conner Armstrong has the offense clicking.
Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.