The opening week of high school football has passed and, soon, the contenders will start distancing themselves from the so-called pretenders. As part of our weekly feature, here are this week's five must-see games in south Los Angeles County, in no particular order:
Glendora at Monrovia, Thursday, 7 p.m. -- Defending Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia, idle last week, begins its quest to repeat. Glendora (0-1), which lost to Charter Oak last week, must contain the Wildcats' Ellis McCarthy, the area's top-rated defensive tackle who has offers from the likes of Cal, Florida, Oregon and USC.
No. 8 Carson vs. No. 4 Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium, Friday, 7 p.m. -- USC-bound receiver Darreus Rogers had 11 catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns to carry Carson (1-0) to a thrilling comeback against Mater Dei. Will that carry over against the Jackrabbits (1-0), who were 24-23 winners at Sacramento Grant and also have their share of momentum?
No. 12 St. John Bosco at No. 15 Lakewood, Friday, 7 p.m. -- Let the air show begin. Standout Bryce Treggs had 161 receiving yards and a touchdown for St. John Bosco (1-0) in its win against visiting Mission Hills. The Lancers (1-0) were 46-22 winners against Locke and, as expected, were led by their deep stable of receivers. You can catch the game live on FOXSportsWest.com as part of the website's Prep Zone platform.
Inglewood at Mira Costa, Friday, 7 p.m. -- For these two teams, stakes are as high as they'll be this early in the season. Both lost their openers -- Inglewood to Westchester, 27-21 in overtime, and Mira Costa to Loyola, 28-14 -- so one will get back on track and the other will go back to the drawing board.
No. 7 Bishop Amat vs. No. 1 Servite at Cerritos College, Friday, 7:30 p.m. -- The first meeting between Amat and Servite since 2005 promises to be a lively affair. It's an opportunity for the Lancers to prove that they're a real contender in the Pac-5. "I can't wait. We'll just see what happens," Amat quarterback Rio Ruiz told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "It's going to be a dogfight for four quarters." The game will stream live on FOXSportsWest.com as part of the website's Prep Zone platform.
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