No. 2 Santa Margarita (5-0) vs. Mater Dei (2-3) at Santa Ana Stadium, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Santa Margarita is led by dual-threat running back Johnny Stanton and running back Ryan Wolpin, and the Eagles will try to take care of business as they head toward a season-ending showdown with Servite. They will have to overcome on the road, though, where Mater Dei has won two in a row after close losses to Carson, Corona Centennial, San Clemente. Though the Monarchs have three losses, they are just a few plays from being undefeated, but they can't afford the kind of mistakes that they've made.
Los Alamitos (4-1) vs. Edison (3-2) at Huntington Beach HS, Thursday, 7 p.m.
This is likely for the Sunset League championship, and Los Alamitos will rely on playmakers Cody Paul and Dylan Legarde. Paul, a running back, can score from anywhere on the field. Edison has been one dimensional in recent weeks because of injuries to its running backs, but if the Chargers have one of their guys back, they should be competitive—and maybe even better.
No. 12 San Clemente (6-0) at Trabuco Hills (5-1), Friday (4-1), 7 p.m.
After staging one of its marquee victories in the program's history with an overtime victory over Mater Dei, San Clemente has continued to win despite turnovers and penalties in its last two games. In Trabuco Hills, the Tritons will be facing a team that is largely under the radar section-wide but has shown that it can be physical and, if running back Mitchell Simonsen (groin) plays, explosive. Still, the Trabuco defense will have to withstand a powerful offensive line, and QB Travis Wilson and RB Mike Elespuru, who have the Tritons averaging 37.1 points per game.
No. 8 Orange Lutheran (5-0) vs. No. 1 Servite (4-1) at Cerritos College, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
One of Lutheran's focus points this season has been its wanting to become more physical. The reason? This game. The Lancers have the talent, such as efficient QB Conner Sullivan and tailback Jabari Wilson, but if the team isn't able to be physical up front and match Servite's strength, it has no chance. The Friars, coming off only its second loss in 31 contests, have yet to put together a complete game; now would be a good time for Cody Pittman, Butch Pauu and Co. to fire on all cylinders.