All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Long Beach Poly at Mission Viejo, 7:30 p.m.
The Southern California Game of the Week will involve a local team for the second week in a row, as the CIF Southern Section Division 1 No. 7-ranked Jackrabbits (1-1) will travel to the No. 4-ranked Diablos (3-0). Misison Viejo is one of just three ranked teams in Division 1 to have not lost a game.
“Hopefully our defense plays lights out and can create some turnovers,” said Poly coach Antonio Pierce, who was disappointed with his defense giving up three consecutive scores to Narbonne in Poly’s last game two weeks ago.
The last time these teams played, it was a classic playoff win for Poly, which stunned the Diablos in the 2012 CIF-SS quarterfinals en route to their last championship. Pierce was helping with the Diablos in 2011 and ‘12.
“I know their exact mindset against Poly,” Pierce said. “That’s a big game for them.”
It will be big for the Jackrabbits, who are trying to get back on track after a disappointing loss to Narbonne. Poly will be without running back Mike Mauai, who injured his ankle against the Gauchos.
Wilson at Huntington Beach
The Bruins (3-0) moved up to No. 3 in CIF-SS Division 6, but they’ll be dealing with adversity on the road as they take the field without senior starting quarterback Tanner Frost because of a personal matter.
“Regardless, we will move forward and prepare to play Huntington Beach,” Wilson coach Mark Ziegenhagen said. “The season is off to a great start and these kids are excited to play."
Wilson plans to run the ball a lot with Jacobi Hardy and Samaj Parker against the Oilers (1-2), who’ve given up 38 points in each of the last two weeks.
Downey at Millikan
Millikan (0-3) will be honoring legendary coach Dick DeHaven and will name the field after him. The game should be an emotional one for a young Rams team, while the Vikings (2-1), who are No. 9 in CIF-SS Division 4, should be ready to play after surviving a close contest against Burbank last week.
Mission Prep vs. St. Anthony at Clark Field
It’s the home opener for the Saints (1-1), who were one play away from beating Wilson on the road last week. Senior quarterback Johnny Buksa passed for 237 yards against Wilson and is looking for another big night against a Mission Prep defense that gave up 40 points in its season opener.
Lakewood at Warren
Apparently Warren coach Raul Lara, formerly of Poly, missed his Jackrabbit rivalry days with the Lancers because he’ll lead his 0-2-1 Bears against an 0-3 Lakewood team.
Jordan at Lynwood
The Panthers (1-2) will be playing without a quarterback as they’re without their top four options. That will make things tough against a Knights team (2-1) that’s coming off a 50-6 loss and will be hungry for a win.
Cabrillo at Compton Centennial
The Jaguars (1-2) are enjoying preseason success with a win and a CIF-SS ranking: No. 10 in Division 7. The Jaguars have a good chance against winless Centennial.
Compton at Locke
The Tarbabes (1-2) hit the road looking for their second win against a Locke squad (1-1) that just beat Maya Angelou.
Rancho Dominguez Prep at Grant
The Lobos (0-2) face a tough task in a visit to undefeated Grant (3-0). It should be a high-scoring contest with two teams that average around 40 points per game.
Avalon at Cal Lutheran, Saturday, noon
The Lancers (2-0) are off to another great start, outscoring their first two opponents, 78-12, and they will face winless Cal Lutheran.