Los Angeles Preps: Mid-Valley Division

South: Football All-CIF honors

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A list of players and coaches from south Los Angeles County who garnered top honors on All-CIF teams, sorted by division:

MID-VALLEY DIVISION

Offensive player of the year: QB Steven Rivera (senior, Arroyo)
Defensive player of the year: LB Brett Walsh (junior, Monrovia)
Coach of the year: Ryan Maddox (Monrovia)

Thoughts: No one was more valuable than Rivera, who capped his stellar four-year career by passing for 3,400-plus yards and 38 touchdowns and leading the Arroyo Knights to the Mission Valley League title. By all indications, Walsh beat out teammate Ellis McCarthy, one of the state's most highly recruited players, for top defensive honors. Walsh, a junior, was second in the entire Southern Section with 192 tackles, thriving behind McCarthy's havoc up front. Maddox was recognized for the second straight year after leading the Wildcats to their second straight title.

NORTHEAST DIVISION

Offensive player of the year: RB Alex Tayco (senior, Rio Hondo Prep)
Defensive player of the year: LB Jake Holguin (junior, Rio Hondo Prep)
Coach of the year: Ken Drain (Rio Hondo Prep)

Thoughts: A deserved sweep for the divisional-champion Kares. Holguin, a 6-foot-3 linebacker who led a defense that allowed just over 10 points per game last season, returns next year.

SOUTHEAST DIVISION

Offensive player of the year: RB Chris Solomon (senior, West Covina)
Defensive player of the year: LB Dorrin Turner (senior, West Covina)
Coach of the year: Mike Maggiore (West Covina)

Thoughts: The back-to-back divisional champs swept for the second straight year, with Maggiore and Solomon repeating in their respective slots. Backup tailback Jimmy Frazier, who had more yards and touchdowns than Solomon in less carries, could have easily shared the offensive player of the year award. Solomon, who is being recruited as a defensive back, recently took an official visit to Colorado.

Whirlwind of SGV coaching resignations

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It has been a dizzying start to the new year in the San Gabriel Valley, where four head football coaches have stepped down in recent days: Bob Burt (Hacienda Heights Wilson), Darryl Thomas (Covina), Eric Podley (Bonita) and Steve Bogan (South Hills).

Bogan won four CIF-Southern Section titles and 13 league crowns in his 19 years at South Hills. He will remain a teacher at the school, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported. The Huskies went 3-7 in each of the last two seasons.

Thomas spent the last 15 years as Covina's coach, reaching the playoffs 10 times. The Colts were 11-2 last season, losing to two-time Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia in the semifinals. Thomas will remain as Covina's athletic director and will hire his replacement.

Podley was Bonita's head coach for 12 years, highlighted by the Bearcats' appearance in the 2010 Southeast Division championship game. Adrian Medrano, who served as Bonita's special teams coordinator, will replace Podley, who will remain on the staff as offensive coordinator.

Wilson went 1-9 under Burt in his first and only season. Nick Christos was named the school's new head coach, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Elsewhere, Pasadena La Salle will announce Russell Gordon as its new football coach, according to the Pasadena Star-News. Gordon, who spent 15 seasons at Campbell Hall, replaces Antoine Peterson, who was fired after four seasons.

Mid-Valley: Monrovia 53, San Gabriel 14

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MONROVIA -- Marquise Bias swung the flag pole feverishly as the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard. Back and forth, back and forth he swayed until the flag wrapped around itself and became tangled, the large Monrovia logo no longer readable.

It was about the only thing Bias did wrong Saturday night.

The senior running back rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns, propelling Monrovia to its second straight CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship with a 53-14 drubbing of San Gabriel. After falling short in their previous eight finals appearances, the Wildcats have gone back to back.

"Marquise has done that all year," coach Ryan Maddox said. "He keeps his feet moving and doesn't stop."

Like at every Monrovia home game, ceramic fire pots aligned in the shape of the letter M flickered high on a hill adjacent to the renovated field. On this night, it could have very well stood for Marquise.

Bias' six-yard touchdown run on a gutsy fourth-and-1 call early in the second half was the go-ahead score. The fourth-seeded Wildcats (11-3) scored 39 unanswered after the break and capped their season by winning 10 in a row.

"Coach gave a little speech," Bias said. "He told us to pick it up and play the way we've been playing."

Versatile back De'Shawn Ramirez added 150 total yards and three touchdowns, including a 66-yard romp in the final minutes that was the exclamation point on a game that got out of hand quick.

Unseeded San Gabriel (9-5), which started the season 1-4, squeaked by to reach the final, beating its three opponents by a combined nine points. The Almont League champions beat Maranatha (9-3), second-seeded Arroyo (40-38) and third-seeded San Dimas (29-28). The Matadors, making only their second finals appearance in school history, were in it at halftime when receiver Alex Villalobos hauled in his second touchdown.

"They did not surprise us," Maddox said. "They did what they do well."

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Monrovia on the verge of repeat

December, 8, 2011
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Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox was in the process of explaining his team's success when he glanced over at mammoth-sized defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy, who was sitting at a nearby table Monday at the annual CIF-Southern Section championships luncheon in Long Beach.

No need to say much else.

"He makes your defense, you build your defense around him," Maddox said of his highly touted player. "His presence frees up your linebackers to fly around and make plays. Ellis and our other defensive lineman demand blocks. Teams have to scheme for them."

McCarthy and the fourth-seeded Monrovia Wildcats (10-3), winners of nine straight, have allowed an average 17 points per game. They look to defend their Mid-Valley Division championship Saturday night against visiting San Gabriel (9-4) after knocking off top-seeded Covina in the semifinals.

"It's a tougher road because you become the target," Maddox said of defending the 2010 title, "but we've battled and played great football."

There's been growth, especially at the crucial quarterback position.

Junior linebacker George Frazier doubled as the team's signal caller to start the season, before Blake Heyworth was cleared to play. Heyworth has passed for 2,276 and 24 touchdowns, filling the void left by the graduation of dual-threat Nick Bueno, the reigning Mid-Valley player of the year.

"It's Blake's first year of varsity football," Maddox said. "He's a completely different player than Nick, more of a pocket quarterback who does a good job of distributing the ball to our athletes, spreading the field and creating holes for our running game."

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Preview: San Gabriel at Monrovia

December, 8, 2011
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MID-VALLEY DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

San Gabriel Matadors (9-4) vs. No. 4-seeded Monrovia Wildcats (10-3)

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Monrovia High School

Broadcast: Live on FoxSportsWest.com

How they got here: Unseeded San Gabriel, the Almont League champion, beat Maranatha (9-3), second-seeded Arroyo (40-38) and third-seeded San Dimas (29-28). Defending division champion Monrovia beat Pomona (24-7), Whittier Christian (67-21) and top-seeded Covina (41-27).

School history: The Matadors are making their second finals appearance in school history. They lost in the 2003 title game. This is Monrovia's third consecutive title game appearance and 10th overall. The Wildcats finally won a championship last year after losing in their eight previous attempts.

Key players: San Gabriel has dual-threat quarterback Andy Guerrero (230 passing yards per game) and defensive back Alex Villalobos. Monrovia is led by highly touted defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy, linebacker George Frazier, quarterback Blake Heyworth and tailback Marquise Bias.

Matadors' take: "We've grown and matured with that adversity [of starting the season 1-4]. Things have changed. We're a new team. All year we've been underdogs, so I guess we're used to it by now. We're taking it just as any other game we've played this season." - offensive lineman and team captain Brian Lopez

Wildcats' take: "We have that playoff experience and it helps. The kids aren't as apt to get nervous and have been there. For some of them it's their third time at a championship game. They know what to expect and that helps calm the nerves." - coach Ryan Maddox

Prediction: Monrovia 34, San Gabriel 27

Dorsey-Narbonne: strength vs. strength

November, 30, 2011
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DorseyBlair Angulo/For ESPNLA.comDorsey gets its chance for respect Friday when it takes on Narbonne in the City semifinals.

On a Saturday earlier this month, the Dorsey Dons were in the film room when coach Paul Knox walked in ready to share two bits of information. The good news: Dorsey had received one of four seedings for the City Section Division I football playoffs. The bad: The Dons were seeded third despite winning their league and losing just once, on the road to highly regarded Redlands East Valley.

Adding salt to the wound was the fact that Narbonne, the Marine League runner-up to top-seeded San Pedro and loser of three games, received the No. 2 seeding.

Coliseum League champion Dorsey (11-1) gets a chance to state its case under the lights Friday in Harbor City.

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"We want to make skeptics believers," Dons defensive end Jeremiah Allison said.

It doesn't promise to be an easy task. Narbonne (9-3) averages 48 points per game behind dual-threat quarterback Troy Williams, one of the city's top junior prospects. Williams touts single-game highs of 385 passing yards and 124 rushing yards this year.

"I know he has a pretty good feet on him," said Allison, who has been credited with 14 sacks.

But Williams is aware of what he and the explosive Gauchos offense is up against. The Dons are quick defensively and haven't given up more than 26 points in a game this season. On average they give up only 10.

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"It's the best defense we've see all year," Williams said.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Dec. 10 championship game at East L.A. College. Marine League foes San Pedro (12-0) and Carson (7-5) square off in the other semifinal.

Here are four other top third-round playoff games in south Los Angeles County on Friday (with ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings):

City: Carson (7-5) at No. 11 San Pedro (12-0), 7 p.m. -- The top-seeded Pirates won 21-0 when these two met in Carson on Oct. 28. Senior quarterback Kenny Potter looks to lead San Pedro to its first title-game appearance since 2008. The Colts, meanwhile, hope to get back to the championship game after losing to Crenshaw at the Coliseum last year.

Western: No. 20 Santa Monica (11-1) at No. 22 Culver City (9-3), 7:30 p.m. -- A chance at redemption for Culver City, which wasn't even expected to make it past Gardena Serra in the opening round. The Centaurs lost to Santa Monica, 17-14, during the regular season. The Vikings pulled that one out thanks to a pair of late-game takeaways.

Southeast: Muir (8-4) vs. La Serna (9-3) at California High, 7 p.m. -- What resolve the Muir Mustangs have shown without coach Ken Howard, who has been on administrative leave since Week 4 following an on-campus incident with a student. Muir has won its two playoff games by scores of 39-7 and 48-0.

Mid-Valley: Monrovia (9-3) vs. Covina (11-1) at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. -- After this one is over, either defending division champion Monrovia or top-seeded Covina will be eliminated. The Wildcats, behind big defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy, have been playing their best football lately and could give the Colts a serious scare.

L.A. South: Top first-round playoff games

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It's win or go home now. Here are Friday night’s top first-round playoff games in south Los Angeles County:

Pac-5: Huntington Beach (8-2) vs. No. 16 Loyola (8-2) at L.A. Valley College, 7 p.m. — The Loyola Cubs have some momentum after coming back from a 15-point deficit in the Serra League finale against Crespi. Loyola tailback Wyatt Bradford could eclipse the 1,000-yard mark, and senior quarterback Nick Cotton is coming off his best game of the season (17 of 28 for a season-high 208 yards and four touchdowns). The impressive thing about the Cubs is that if opposing teams want to grind it out, they will too.

Inland: Corona Santiago (7-3) at No. 19 Charter Oak (9-1), 7 p.m. — The Sierra League champion Charter Oak Chargers might be the league's only hope for a playoff win, given that third-place Damien plays at Vista Murrieta and runner-up Chino Hills heads to Rancho Cucamonga. An attractive matchup against undefeated Upland looms in the second round, but senior quarterback Travis Santiago (2,629 passing yards and 21 touchdowns) will have to steer his group clear of overlooking Corona Santiago.

Southeast: Bonita (6-4) at Arcadia (8-2), 7 p.m. — The defending Southeast Division runner-up Bonita Bearcats capped the regular season with four consecutive wins, so they've got a bit of swagger heading into this one. It's not the same team coach Eric Podley had last year but running backs Cameron Griffin and Reggie Turner and receiver Garrett Horine were capable weapons during the season. And speaking of weapons, Arcadia has its share in quarterback Myles Carr, the top-rated signal caller in the area according to ESPNU Recruiting, and Washington-bound receiver Taylor Lagace.

Mid-Valley: Pomona (6-4) at Monrovia (7-3), 7 p.m. — Will defending Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia take its first step toward a repeat? Highly touted defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy, rising linebacker prospect George Frazier and the rest of the Wildcats defense appears to have found its groove in Rio Hondo League play, allowing under six points per game on average. Monrovia might be on upset alert, though: Three of Pomona's four losses were by a combined 10 points, and the Red Devils gave top-seeded Covina all it could handle.

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.

CIF-SS playoffs: Mid-Valley Division

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The Covina Colts received the top seeding Sunday, a mere formality considering that they'd been the division's top-ranked squad for quite some time. Valle Vista League winner Covina (9-1) opened the season with a six-point loss to rival and defending Southeast Division champion West Covina but rolled the rest of the way. Coach Darryl Thomas has his group in good position. Here’s a breakdown of the division:

The seeds: No. 1 Covina, No. 2 Arroyo, No. 3 San Dimas, No. 4 Monrovia.

Best first-round matchup: Pomona (6-4) at Monrovia (7-3) -- Pomona, which lost to the top seed by only two points, could very well leave Monrovia with a victory if the Wildcats don't play inspired.

Toughest road: Monrovia (7-3) -- It appears as if defending Mid-Valley champion Monrovia will have to go through top-seeded Covina in the third round. That's a lofty task.

Potential shocker: Maranatha (8-2) at San Gabriel (6-4), first round -- The possibility for an upset is there any time an elite-level quarterback is involved. The Maranatha Minutemen have that in junior Andrew Elffers.

Darkhorse: Azusa (7-3) -- The Montview League champion Aztecs have won seven straight and have already seen their potential second-round opponent, San Dimas.

Final analysis: It's hard to imagine anyone beating the Colts, especially if quarterback Billy Livingston stays healthy. They will likely have to go through defending champion Monrovia but the Wildcats, despite the presence of top lineman Ellis McCarthy, have been very beatable in 2011. Second-seeded Arroyo, behind record-setting signal caller Steven Rivera, should have no problem advancing out of the lower bracket.

Championship prediction: Arroyo vs. Covina -- The Colts will sneak past Monrovia in one semifinal and ride that momentum. Arroyo's high-powered attack will find difficulty against Covina's tough defensive front. Final score: 31-20, Covina.

Link to the Mid-Valley Division bracket on CalPreps.com

L.A. South: Thursday's top games

November, 9, 2011
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League championships are up for grabs across the region this week. Here are Thursday night's top five games in south Los Angeles County:

Cabrillo vs. No. 5 Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium, Thursday, 7 p.m. -- As the Jackrabbits take the final turn toward a second consecutive Moore League title, it's only fitting that ESPN High School will recognize the defending national champion Long Beach Poly girls' track team during halftime Thursday. Football coach Raul Lara, meanwhile, can only hope that his team -- specifically the defense -- sprints through the finish line. A win would give Poly (8-1, 5-0) sole possession of first place and likely secure a high seeding in the Pac-5 Division bracket. Upset-minded Cabrillo (7-2, 4-1) has the division's leading passer, senior Derek Stewart (2,116 yards, 19 touchdowns).

Diamond Ranch at West Covina, Thursday, 7 p.m. -- When West Covina coach Mike Maggiore had his team take on Loyola earlier this season, it was with games like this in mind. West Covina (8-1, 5-0) will stay home this time but the hungry Diamond Ranch Panthers (5-4, 4-1) will try everything to unseat the defending Hacienda League champions. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in the Southeast Division, can go perfect in league play for the second straight year.

La Puente vs. Azusa at Citrus College, Thursday, 7 p.m. -- The Mid-Valley Division poll that the CIF-Southern Section released before the season didn't include the La Puente Warriors (9-0, 6-0). Well, look at the Warriors now. They have a chance to finish with an unblemished mark and their first Montview League title since 2007. It won't be an easy task against Azusa (6-3, 6-0), the three-time defending league titlist.

El Monte at Arroyo, Thursday, 7 p.m. -- El Monte, coming off a thrilling win against crosstown rival South El Monte, has plenty of momentum. The Lions (7-2, 4-0) scored two touchdowns in the final 43 seconds to remain in contention to win its first league championship since 1979. Two-time defending champ Arroyo (8-1, 4-0) is potent behind quarterback Steven Rivera (2,512 passing yards, 33 total touchdowns).

Schurr at San Gabriel, Thursday, 7 pm. -- The San Gabriel Matadors (5-4, 4-0) can win the Almont League outright with a victory against visiting Schurr (3-6, 3-1). A Schurr win, combined with an Alhambra win at Bell Gardens, would create a three-way tie atop the standings.

Valle Vista contenders on collision course

October, 5, 2011
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San DimasBlair Angulo/For ESPNLA.comSan Dimas could be the biggest obstacle for Covina's back-to-back title hopes in the Valle Vista League.

A pair of Valle Vista League football teams sputtered to start the season. Defending champion Covina suffered a gut-wrenching loss to rival West Covina in the opener; San Dimas was blown out by rival Bonita in the annual Smudge Pot game. Coincidentally, both defeats came against the competitive Hacienda League.

A month later, it sure seems as if Covina and San Dimas have regained their footing.

The Covina Colts (4-1) have allowed a combined 30 points in four games since losing to West Covina, 26-20. They kicked off league play with a 16-14 win at Pomona last week despite the absence of record-setting quarterback Billy Livingston (shoulder). Coach Darryl Thomas has the Colts in position to repeat as league champs.

San Dimas (3-1), the league's top team in 2009, might present the biggest obstacle to Covina's back-to-back hopes. The Saints shocked defending Mid-Valley Division titlist Monrovia, 31-14, on the road last week. In the 20-point loss to Bonita, senior quarterback Shawn Kennedy threw the ball 19 times. Get this: In the three games since, Kennedy has only 19 pass attempts. That's a sign the Wing-T offense, led by Devante Brown and Domonic Jollevet, is getting the job done.

According to the CIF-Southern Section week 4 polls, Covina and San Dimas are ranked second and third in the Mid-Valley Division, respectively. Needless to say, it should be an interesting battle for the hardware.

The teams could very well be heading toward a winner-take-all scenario when they meet at Covina District Stadium on Friday, Oct. 21.

Maranatha gets pep talk by Kurt Warner

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Former Super Bowl MVP and four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Kurt Warner surprised the Maranatha football team Tuesday with a visit to practice, giving a pep talk that lasted nearly seven minutes.

"Football is great," Warner told the Minutemen. "We all want to win when we play football. We want to win championships. We want to win every game. I understand that. But life is what it's all really about. It's about being excellent in everything that you do."

Maranatha (4-0) is excelling early on, ascending to the top of the Mid-Valley Division rankings according to the CIF Southern Section top 10 poll. The offense is averaging more than 36 points per game, led by junior quarterback Andrew Elffers (11 passing touchdowns and 893 yards).

The Minutemen host La Caņada (1-2) on Friday and travel to South Pasadena (2-1) next week before the start of Olympic League play.

Mid-Valley Division: Monrovia 38, Whittier Christian 8

December, 11, 2010
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ARCADIA -- The 10th time was the charm.

Monrovia finally got the monkey off its back, edging Whittier Christian, 38-8, Saturday night to claim the CIF Mid-Valley Division championship -- the program's first in 10 trips to the finals. Third-year coach Ryan Maddox checked one thing off his to-do list.

He'll set his sights on his next objective: Getting wideout Jay Henderson a scholarship to play collegiate football.

"He had an incredible game," Maddox said. "He's a gifted athlete. We're going to do everything we can to get him playing at the next level -- he's got that kind of talent."

Henderson did it all for the Wildcats (12-2), scoring four touchdowns and piling up 229 yards of total offense. His 69-yard punt return for a touchdown broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter. Monrovia never looked back.

"I was just thinking about scoring and getting my team pumped," Henderson said. "It was about getting the energy up."

The electric punt return did the trick, as the Wildcats scored the game's first 31 points. Henderson followed his return by catching a 28-yard touchdown pass from Nick Bueno, then added scoring receptions of 63 and 46 yards midway through the third quarter.

"I was in the zone," Henderson said. "The coaches talked about being in the zone the whole week, so I just had that mindset."

Monrovia's defense was in the zone too, just like in the previous 10 games. Whittier Christian quarterback Stephen Anderson wasn't given the chance to get going offensively, as the lefty completed just four of his first 15 pass attempts -- much of that a product of 6-foot-5 Ellis McCarthy's pressure up front.

Anderson was picked off three times and finished with 134 yards on 15-for-38 passing. Backfield mate Grant Escobar had 115 yards rushing, though a bulk of that came when the game was decided. The Heralds (12-2) did have a good look when both teams were scoreless early in the second quarter. But an Escobar fumble at the Monrovia 18 ended a promising drive.

Monrovia's defense proved too fast, too hungry for a Whittier Christian team that did not score less than 21 points in any game this season.

"Our defense is so fast to the football," Maddox said. "They're aggressive, they're physical. I thought last year's defense was excellent; this one was better. They stepped it up."

The Wildcats did not allow more than 14 points in any of their last 10 games.

"It feels great to be a CIF champion," said Henderson, a senior. "I hope they get it next year."

Perhaps the 11th time will be a charm, too.

LA South: CIF championships previews

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Western Division: Arroyo Grande (11-2) at Gardena Serra (13-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
If there's any hope for Arroyo Grande in this one, it's that Chaminade -- the team it beat 52-19 last week -- hung tough against top-seeded Serra this season, actually leading in the fourth quarter. Top prospects George Farmer, Marqise Lee and Jason Gibson look to make their final home game a successful one.

Division II: Chatsworth (11-2) vs. Fairfax (9-3-1) at East Los Angeles College, Friday, 7 p.m.
Chatsworth touts a seven-game winning streak, but each of the last two have been by just a touchdown. Don't be fooled by Lions' record, either: Fairfax sacrificed its mark for the greater good, losing to Venice and West Hills Chaminade. Perhaps this is when playing better competition becomes a factor.

Mid-Valley Division: Whittier Christian (12-1) vs. Monrovia (11-2) at Arcadia High, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The Mid-Valley Division has already been wild; Whittier Christian hopes to make it whacky. No. 2-seeded Monrovia has breezed through the bottom half of the bracket. The top half, though, has been out of control. Top-seeded Azusa lost the opener, Whitter Christian upset No. 4-seeded Covina a week later, then pulled off a 43-42 overtime win against Village Christian.

LA South: Games of the week

November, 25, 2010
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Lakewood will have the services of Allie Long when it hosts No. 3-seeded Alemany in the second round of the Pac-5 Division playoffs on Friday night. The senior tailback left last week's 24-7 home win over San Clemente holding his left wrist and watched the final three quarters with a bag of ice on his hand.

Rashad Wadood picked up the slack, fighting through a sprained ankle that held him out of No. 11 Lakewood's final three Moore League games. He rushed for 201 yards after Long left the game. Lancers coach Thadd MacNeal said Wadood's ankle has improved, which should be a good sign for Lakewood (10-1) fans.

But will two good ankles -- plus Long's participation -- be enough to upset No. 5 Alemany (11-0)? Can Lakewood's stingy defense contain Warriors quarterback Vernon Adams?

"Adams is a dynamic guy," MacNeal said. "He throws the ball as well as he runs the ball, makes a lot of plays. When things break down he seems to have an answer."

Things seem to break down more often than not when Lakewood's Todd Barr has his way up front. The highly touted defensive tackle missed the second half of last week's game after receiving a crunching helmet-to-helmet hit while playing tight end. Barr sat out practice early this week, MacNeal said he has recovered fully. He has 17 1/2 sacks this season.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Follow the action at twitter.com/bangulo for periodic updates.

Three more to see:

City Section Div. I: Taft (8-3) vs. No. 4 Dorsey (10-1) at Rancho Cienega Park, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Taft hopes its season doesn't end the way it began: with a loss at Dorsey. The Dons scored the game's first 20 points back on Sept. 9, getting three touchdown passes from quarterback Joseph Gray on their way to a 37-24 win. The 24 points were a season-low for the Toreadors, who have won six straight.

Western Division: Inglewood (9-2) vs. No. 4 Paso Robles (9-2) at Flamson Middle School, Friday 7 p.m.

Will Inglewood take Interstate 5 or the more scenic Route 101 to Paso Robles? Regardless, it will take more than four hours and 200 miles to get there. Barring a wild, multi-overtime thriller, Inglewood will spend more time on the bus than it will playing the game. Paso Robles, winners of eight straight, will welcome them with open arms.

Mid-Valley Division: No. 4 Covina (10-1) vs. Whittier Christian (10-1) at Whittier College, Friday, 7 p.m.

Valle Vista League champion Covina made easy work of La Canada last week, but faces stiffer competition this week. Whittier Christian has only once allowed 27 points this season -- and that came in a 35-28 loss at Montebello Cantwell-Sacred Heart. Reason for concern? Half of Covina's wins have come when scoring 27 or less.

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