THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
BISHOP AMAT vs. MATER DEI
Details/TV: At Santa Ana Stadium, Friday at 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket
NOTRE DAME (SHERMAN OAKS) at OAKS CHRISTIAN
Details/TV: Friday at 7 p.m., FSW PrepZone.com:
Where do we start? Right here, at Week 0 on the schedule, with a top-loaded lineup for the CIF Southern Section and City Section to begin measuring themselves. A nice starting point is La Puente’s Bishop Amat, ranked No. 1 in the state by MaxPreps.com, with standout receivers Tyler Vaughns (headed to USC) and Trevon Sidney. On a night when coach Bill Redell has a field named after him at Oaks Christian, here’s a sighting of Lions star senior receiver Michael Pittman, also committed to USC. Oaks Christian’s defense has to go up against Notre Dame, showcasing running back Leo Lambert III, who piled up 1,320 yards and 20 touchdowns last season.
Fox Sports/Prime Ticket has taken the opportunity to highlight the Bishop Amat-Mater Dei contest on the main TV feed. In addition to Notre Dame-Oaks Christian on PrepZone.com, there are Canyon of Canyon Country at Calabasas, Lompoc at Arroyo Grande and Trabuco Hills at Rancho Cucamonga. For Calabasas, it’s a chance to see Keyshawn Johnson Jr. as well as five-star junior Darnay Holmes pull in passes from junior Tristan Gebbia. Canyon has a promising junior QB of its own in Miles Fallin – also an All-State sophomore selection with Gebbia last year.
More key matchups around Southern California in the first Friday include state-ranked teams St. John Bosco (at La Mirada), Centennial of Corona (hosting East of Salt Lake City) and Serra (at Lakewood), along with Crespi at Sylmar, Alemany hosting Garfield, Westlake at Oxnard, Granada Hills at Venice and Taft at Canoga Park.
Via CalPreps.com, here’s a list of all the CIF Southern Section games this weekend and the schedule for CIF City Section games.
ALSO THIS WEEK:
The Dodgers take a five-game road losing streak to Cincinnati (Tuesday-Thursday) before coming home to face the Chicago Cubs (Friday-Sunday) … The 69th Little League World Series champ will be crowned Sunday (at Williamsport, Pa., noon, Channel 7) … American Pharoah takes his next race at the 146th Travers Stakes (Saturday, 1 p.m., Channel 4) … The Sparks are attempting to set a WNBA record with more than 22,000 for its game against San Antonio (Sunday at 4 p.m., TWC SportsNet) … More to find at this link.