High School Football This Week

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parimalrohitBY PARIMAL ROHIT

Prep Football enters its fourth week, with several key match-ups on the horizon – starting with tomorrow night’s game featuring Alemany’s Warriors traveling to Studio City to face off against the Harvard-Westlake Wolverines. With both teams sporting strong teams, stronger starts, and a potent upcoming schedule, expect some unexpected early-season fireworks that will have major implications on playoff seedings in December.

Below is a sneak peak at two key games here in the San Fernando Valley, as well as other games scheduled tonight.

football350GAMES OF THE WEEK

Alemany (3-1) at Harvard-Westlake (3-0),  Saturday 7:30 p.m. (Homecoming)

A match-up between two Valley powerhouses, this game probably means more for Alemany than Harvard-Westlake, as the Warriors are in the midst of a three-game stretch that will determine how they will fare the rest of the season. Already losing to the state’s top team (Oaks Christian of Ventura) in its season-opener, Alemany really cannot afford to lose anymore games the rest of the season, especially if they hope to make a strong case for a high seeding in the CIF playoffs.

The Warriors already defeated Woodland Hills Taft, 28-19, last week. However, Alemany still has to get past Harvard-Westlake tonight and Crespi next week to make up for the loss to Oaks Christian. As if this stretch was not bad enough for Alemany, the Warriors open league play on Oct. 30 against Chaminade, currently among the top 10 prep programs in the Valley.

On the other side of the ball, Harvard-Westlake has yet to allow any points on defense, shutting out both Lynwood and Rosemead the last two weeks; the opening week game against Franklin High was a forfeit in favor of the Wolverines, who will not be able to keep Alemany out of the end zone this week.

After this week, the Wolverines follow with a difficult match-up against Chaminade.

Dominguez (1-2) at Notre Dame (3-1), 7 p.m.

The Knights hope to keep momentum alive against a not-so-threatening opponent in the Dominguez Dons. While the Dons present a decent running game, Notre Dame’s aerial attack, explosive offense, surprise trickery and solid defense should be enough for the Knights to cruise past Dominguez.

Knights quarterback Ryan Kasdorf should be his usual self, leading the potent Notre Dame offense.

Other Valley Games:

Cleveland at Arleta, 3:00pm

Panorama at Jefferson, 3:00pm

Montclair Prep at Campbell Hall, 3:30pm

Dorsey vs. Birmingham at Rancho Cienega Park (Los Angeles), 7:00pm

El Camino Real at Reseda, 7:00pm

Kennedy at Chatsworth, 7:00pm

Palisades at Granada Hills, 7:00pm

Dominguez at Notre Dame, 7:00pm

Flintridge Prep at Malibu, 7:00pm

Lynwood at San Fernando, 7:00pm

Village Christian at Sylmar, 7:00pm

Poly at Canoga Park, 7:00pm

Van Nuys at North Hollywood, 7:00pm

Verdugo Hills at Grant, 7:00pm

Canyon at Chaminade, 7:30pm

Parimal Rohit is an avid writer who loves covering politics, sports, entertainment and anything else under the sun. Currently, he writes for Buzzine Magazine, Campus Circle and India West. In addition to writing full-time, Parimal is also a staff member of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Prior to becoming a journalist, Parimal worked in sports, entertainment and criminal law. A graduate of UCLA, he has a Master’s in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco and a law degree from Loyola Law School. Contact him parimalrohit@gmail.com

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