Friday’s featured high school football games
Glendora (5-2, 2-0) vs. South Hills (6-1, 2-0) at Covina District Field, 7 p.m.
The Huskies finished third in the Palomares League a year ago, but only three points separated them from going undefeated, losing to Ayala, 21-20 and Glendora, 30-20.
The Huskies already dealt payback to Ayala, winning 21-13 in the league opener, and is hoping to do the same to the Tartans. Both teams are undefeated in league and feature durable quarterbacks. South Hills’ RJ Stearns has thrown for 756 yards and eight touchdowns, and also has rushed for 513 yards and two TDs. Glendora’s Bryce Wooldridge has thrown for 846 yards and 11 TDs and has rushed for 306 yards and five TDs.
Damien (5-2, 1-0) at Los Osos (3-4, 0-2), 7 p.m.
The toughest part about qualifying for the Division 4 playoffs is qualifying through the Baseline League. There are a few games the Spartans can’t afford to lose and this is one of them. The Spartans were expectedly crushed last week by Upland (49-8), which is ranked No. 1 in Division 2, and they play Division 1 power Rancho Cucamonga next week. If the Spartans beat the Grizzlies, they will head to the league finale at home in two weeks against Etiwanda with a chance to finish third outright, which would punch their ticket to the playoffs. Los Osos’ two league losses were to Etiwanda (34-27) and Rancho Cucamonga (48-0).
Temple City (4-2, 1-0) at San Marino (5-1, 1-0), 7 p.m.
The Rams’ four wins match the same number of wins they had in 2015 and ‘16 combined (4-15), and last week’s 41-7 thumping of South Pasadena was their first win in the Rio Hondo League in two years. Coach Riley Saxon deserves a lot of credit for the turnaround, but just how good are the Rams? They will find their answer against the Titans, whose only loss came in the season opener on the road at Los Altos. The Titans are riding a five-game win streak and all five were blowouts, including a 55-0 win over La Canada in the league opener.
Harvard-Westlake (6-1, 1-1) at St. Paul (2-5, 0-2), 7:30 p.m.
The Swordsmen opened the Angelus league against league favorites St. Francis and Cathedral, and lost by the same score to each, 24-7. If the Swordsmen have any hopes of making the playoffs, they can’t afford another league loss. After Harvard-Westlake they finish with La Salle and Salesian, which are both winnable. The toughest of the three is against the Wolverines, who have an impressive record, but haven’t played a tough schedule. The Wolverines only setback came in a 57-20 loss to Cathedral.
Bishop Amat (3-4, 3-0) at Serra (4-3, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
The Lancers were able to rebound from an 0-4 start thanks to friendly scheduling in the Mission League, with wins over Loyola, Notre Dame and Crespi, which are 2-9 combined in league and at the bottom of the standings. But now it gets tough against Serra, whose only league loss is to Chaminade (3-0), which is tied for first win Amat. If Amat wins and stays on pace with Chaminade, it puts itself in position to play for the league title at Chaminade in two weeks. Amat-Serra is the Fox Sports game of the week and will be on local television.
Santa Fe (3-4, 2-0) at El Rancho (3-4, 1-1), 7 p.m.
The Chiefs lead the Del Rio League with wins over La Serna and Whittier, and can take a big step toward the league title with a win over the Dons. If the Chiefs lose, it could throw the Del Rio into chaos. There could potentially be five teams within a game of each other with two to play. El Rancho lost a close one to Whittier last week, 15-8, and is certainly capable of contending for the title. It earned a big win in nonleague over Montebello, 35-7. The Chiefs didn’t look like they would compete for the league title after starting 0-3, especially with a surprising loss to Bonita. But they opened league with a shocking 22-7 win over La Serna, and followed it with an impressive 36-10 victory over Whittier.
Whittier (3-4, 1-1) vs. La Serna (3-4, 1-1) at California HS, 7 p.m.
The defending league champion Lancers shook off their league opening loss to Santa Fe with a 52-7 whipping over Pioneer, and want to stay in the league chase against the Cardinals, who lost last week to Santa Fe, 36-10.
The Cardinals need a big game from quarterback Nathan Delgado, who has thrown for 1,263 yads and 10 touchdowns. Delgado can also do it on the ground with 375 yards and seven touchdowns. But they will need to be flawless against the Lancers, who may have turned the corner with last weeks win.
La Puente (4-3, 2-0) at Pomona (4-4, 2-0), 7 p.m.
The Miramonte League championship is on the line with the Warriors on the road against the Red Devils. Both teams are undefeated in league and the Warriors put themselves in position to play for the championship with a 35-28 victory over Ganesha last week. The Red Devils played a much tougher nonleague schedule and have won three straight, including last week’s 49-0 win over Bassett.