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Thursday, October 28, 2010
LA North: Game of the week: No. 7 Alemany vs. Loyola

By Tim Haddock

The Alemany football team, No. 7 in the ESPNLA.com top 25 rankings, will be shorthanded when it takes its undefeated 7-0 record to L.A. Valley College for a Serra League game against Loyola on Friday night.

Receiver Major Armstead broke his collarbone in last week’s game against Crespi. Armstead, a junior, is Alemany’s starting slot receiver and one of quarterback Vernon Adams’ favorite targets.

Alemany coach Dean Herrington did not have a timetable for Armstead’s return.

“Luckily we’re really deep in that position,” Herrington said.

Herrington has plenty of options, but the caliber of the receiving corps is diminished with Armstead out of the lineup.

Loyola has lost two games in a row, but Herrington said he expected a tough game. Loyola has been difficult to figure out. The Cubs have beaten Mira Costa and Valencia but have lost their first two league games to Bishop Amat and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

“They beat a very good Valencia team,” Herrington said. “It should be a good game.”

Loyola has one of the top running backs in Southern California in Jared Baker, who’s headed to Arizona next season. He rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 41-31 loss to Bishop Amat last week.

“He’s their guy,” Herrington said. “We’re going to have to slow him down.”

Junior Nicholas Cotton made his debut at quarterback for Loyola last week and performed admirably.

He threw for 151 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 37 yards and scored a touchdown. Cotton is the fourth quarterback Loyola has used this season.

Other games

Hart vs. No. 16 Valencia, Friday, 7 p.m.

Valencia can take complete control of the Foothill League standings with a win over Hart. The Vikings are coming off a 52-31 win over Canyon and are the only team with a 2-0 record in the Foothill League. Hart needs a bounce back after blowing a 14-0 first-half lead and losing 21-14 to Saugus last week.

No. 21 Oaks Christian vs. Moorpark, Friday, 7 p.m.

Both teams are coming off Marmonte League shutouts. Oaks Christian crushed Simi Valley, 65-0. The Oaks Christian defense scored almost as many points as the offense. The Lions used 10 running backs against Simi and gained 214 yards. Ronny Camacho had one of two rushing TDs for Oaks Christian. Moorpark had no problem with Royal, 31-0. Moorpark quarterback Grant Rohach didn’t throw the ball much, but tossed two touchdowns.

Catherdral vs. No. 25 Chaminade, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

This might be the end of the line of Chaminade’s undefeated season. Next week Chaminade plays Gardena Serra, the reigning CIF Division III state champions. This week they get a 5-2 Cathedral team. Chaminade is coming off a thrilling, 29-26, win over St. Francis. Running back Terrell Newby gained 110 yards on 12 carries and scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Birmingham vs. Taft, Friday, 7 p.m.

Taft is looking to go 3-0 in the West Valley League standings. Birmingham is looking to rebound after losing its first league game of the season. Taft impressively beat El Camino Real, 38-0, last week. Birmingham lost a tight one, 14-8, to Chatsworth.