The third week of high school football brings a solid collection of matchups, including another intersectional battle involving No. 2-ranked Long Beach Poly. As part of our running feature, here are this week's five must-see games in south Los Angeles County, in no particular order:
Narbonne vs. No. 2 Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium, Friday, 7 p.m. -- The Jackrabbits (2-0) took care of one Marine League team last week and now turn their attention to another. Narbonne (1-0), a serious contender in the City Section, tests its rising quarterback prospect, junior Troy Williams, against a Poly defense that seems to get better by the quarter. Defending Moore League champion Poly held off the Gauchos with a last-minute defensive stand last year.
Monrovia at Arcadia, Friday, 7 p.m. -- Defending Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia (1-0) kicked off its title defense with a victory behind the strong play of George Frazier and De'Shawn Ramirez. Ramirez, coincidentally, practiced with Arcadia early in the summer while his status at Monrovia was being sorted out. He was reinstated and, now, figures to play a key role Friday against his brief practice mates. The Wildcats beat Arcadia (0-1), 34-7, last year.
No. 15 Rancho Cucamonga at Muir, Friday, 7 p.m. -- Talented Muir defensive back Kevon Seymour could get tested by Rancho Cucamonga quarterback Dimitri Morales, who has 500 passing yards and six touchdowns through two games. On offense, the Muir Mustangs (2-0) are led by tailback Tairen Owens, a Washington commit who has totaled 215 all-purpose yards. Rancho Cucamonga (2-0) could be on upset alert, especially if Seymour forces Morales and Co. to become one-dimensional.
No. 19 Lakewood vs. Mayfair at Bellflower High, Friday, 7 p.m. -- Another chapter will be written in this fierce rivalry. The Lancers (1-1) have won the last four battles for the "Milk Bucket," retaining the trophy last year with a surprisingly close 24-14 victory. The Monsoons (1-1) look to regroup following a dizzying 56-21 loss to Los Alamitos and you can bet those wounds would heal quickly if they were to capture the bucket Friday.
Mira Costa at Serra, Friday, 7 p.m. -- Both teams got back on track in Week 1 after tripping in their respective openers. The Mira Costa Mustangs (1-1) blanked Inglewood, 17-0; the Serra Cavaliers (1-1) did the same to Redondo Union, 21-0. And, even though it's not as lucrative as it may have been in recent years, this game has the potential to be the topic of choice across South Bay breakfast tables on Saturday morning. Can't make it out? The game will stream live on FOXSportsWest.com as part of the website's Prep Zone platform.
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