Everything you need to know about the Long Beach high school football games on Friday night.
Compton (4-1, 1-0) at Millikan (3-2, 1-1)
Millikan hasn’t made the CIF Southern Section playoffs since 2009 and Compton hasn’t been since 2008—but both teams are getting attention in their respective CIF-SS divisions this year and both look like they could be strong teams out of the Moore League.
In a game that looks like it could be the battle for second place in league, both teams could give themselves a big leg up with a win on Friday.
The biggest question of the week is going to be, “Can Millikan stop Compton’s double-wing rushing attack?”
The Tarbabes are averaging over 284 rushing yards per game with Christian Swint and Terrence Pratt leading the way; the duo has combined for 978 yards and 19 touchdowns already.
“We just have to continue to work on our craft,” said Compton coach Calvin Bryant. “We want to be a physical offense and aggressive on defense.”
The Rams are ranked No. 8 in Division 8 and are coming off their first win over rival Lakewood since 2001. But Millikan has given up big rushing yards in games this season, and will need to buckle down against the rare combination of power, speed, and misdirection from Compton’s system.
“It’s a difficult offense to defend,” said Millikan coach Justin Utupo. “We’re just doing everything we can to get ready for it.”
The Rams got a Powerpoint presentation from former coach Kirk Diego as part of their research materials for the game.
Millikan can score in a flash as well, with speedy playmakers like sophomore quarterback Qeanu Campbell-Caldwell and running back Qu’Juan Campbell. The sophomore running back Campbell looked like he might missed the game after being ejected following a flag for celebration last week, but the ejection was rescinded earlier this week.
- Mike Guardabascio
Poly (4-1, 2-0) vs. Cabrillo (0-4, 0-1) at Veterans Memorial Stadium
Since 2004, Poly has outscored Cabrillo 591-20 as the Jackrabbits have gone 12-1 over that streak with the lone blemish coming in 2015 due to Poly forfeiting its 73-7 win. Poly coach Antonio Pierce said fans shouldn’t expect his starters to see a ton of action in this game. Last year, Poly won 77-0 win while rushing for 285 yards.
Cabrillo first-year coach George Richardson is trying to bring is young group together as they try to get better every game. With sophomore quarterback Brandon Vasquez leading, the Jaguars’ focus is to avoid turnovers and play hard.
"Regardless of the opponent, our players must go out and execute with 100% effort," Richardson said. "Offensively, our goal is to score. We have not produced points in several games and that is something we are looking to change every week."
- Matt Simon
Wilson (2-4, 1-1) at Jordan (0-6, 0-2)
Both of these teams are in desperate need of a victory to boost moral. Jordan is playing under interim head coach Larry Hulen after the firing of John Kane on Sunday. READ MORE about the coaching change.
Wilson is coming off of a 56-0 loss against Poly, and has lost two games this season on the last offensive possession. Jordan hasn’t beaten Wilson since 2012.
- JJ Fiddler
St. Anthony (2-3) vs. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (3-2) at Clark Field
St. Anthony doesn’t start the Santa Fe League schedule for another two weeks, which will give the injured Saints time to get healthier. St. Anthony is ranked No. 9 in Division 9.
Rancho Dominguez (0-5, 0-1) vs Santee (5-0, 1-0)
Avalon (0-4) at Chadwick (5-0, 1-0) Saturday at noon