We’re about halfway through the local high school football season, and this week’s lineup includes some prime matchups in games that – in some cases – will be the final “warmup” game before league play starts.
Three local teams – Westminster, Pacifica and Santiago – are unbeaten at 4-0. The top clash this week looks to be on Friday with Pacifica at Brea Olinda in a battle of unbeatens; the Wildcats are ranked 25th in the county and the Mariners 23rd.
Surprising Santiago visits Anaheim High on Friday at Glover Stadium (in La Palma Park) and Westminster takes on Magnolia Friday at Handel Field on the Western High campus.
Another interesting matchup on Friday will see Garden Grove hosting Los Amigos at Monsoor Stadium on the Argo campus. Grove left the Garden Grove League several years ago, but still schedules at least one game each season against former GGL rivals.
Edison continues to light up High Five
This week’s football High Five ranking looks a little familiar. Edison stays at the top, followed by Orange, Huntington Beach and Pacifica. Debuting at fifth place is Santiago. Just outside the circle are Rancho Alamitos, Westminster and Garden Grove.
For the curious, when do any of these High Five teams play each other? Edison and Huntington Beach will clash on Oct. 29, and Santiago will take on Rancho Alamitos on Oct. 22.
Standouts on the gridiron
Some of the most notable performances in Week Four games by local football players include:
- Zachary Siskowic (Orange) passed for 477 yards and seven touchdowns against Capistrano Valley, and also rushed for 81 yards and another score.
- Parker Awad (Edison) passed for 312 yards and one score against San Clemente.
- Troy Fletcher (Edison) rushed for three touchdowns against San Clemente.
- Daniel Gonzalez (Santiago) passed for 160 yards and three scores against Magnolia.
- Daniel Padilla (Santiago) caught three passes for 83 yards and three TDs against Magnolia.
- Rafael Elizarrara (Santiago) made 14 solo tackles against Magnolia.
- Samer Alqam (Bolsa Grande) passed for 142 yards and two scores against Saddleback.
- Chris Hurley (Rancho Alamitos) passed for 155 yards and ran for 21 more and two TDs against Godinez.
- AJ Perez (Huntington Beach) passed for 253 yards and three touchdowns against Marina.
- Darius Cowens (Pacifica) ran for five touchdowns and passed for two more against Buena Park.
Week Five’s football menu
- Foothill (4-0) at Orange (2-2) at Fred Kelly Stadium
- Westminster (4-0) vs. Magnolia (2-2) at Handel Stadium
- Godinez (0-5) at Bolsa Grande (2-2)
- Pacifica (4-0) at Brea Olinda (3-0)
- Santiago(4-0) at Anaheim (1-3) at Glover Stadium
- Century (0-3) at La Quinta (0-4) at Bolsa Stadium
- Los Amigos (2-2) at Garden Grove (2-2)
- Rancho Alamitos (3-1) at Ocean View (1-4)
- St. Anthony (2-3) at Marina (1-4) at Boswell Field
All games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts, unless otherwise noted. As always, game locations, opponents, times, dates, etc. are subject to change without notice. If you’re planning to attend, check with the school.
Polls apart … from football
There are no official CIF-SS polls in football this year because the divisions won’t be decided until the end of the season, based on a point system. But there are some rankings for other sports, and 16 teams in The Tribune’s coverage area are recognized this week.
In boys’ water polo, Huntington Beach is in a three-way tie for first (along with Mater Dei and Newport Harbor) in Division 1. Edison is third in Division 2 and Marina is fifth in Division 4. In Division 5, Los Amigos is ninth and in Division 6, Ocean View is second, Westminster is third and La Quinta seventh.
In girls’ volleyball, in Divisions 1 and 2, Huntington Beach is unranked but received some votes. In D-6, Bolsa Grande is sixth and Garden Grove is unranked, but received some votes.
In girls’ tennis, Huntington Beach is unranked in D-1, but received some votes. In Division 4, Garden Grove is seventh and Bolsa Grande eighth. In Division 5, Loara is ninth and Ocean View 10th. Orange didn’t make the top 10, but received some votes.
And, if you’re still curious about football, the Orange County Top 25 has Edison in seventh, Orange tied for 13th (with Cypress) and Pacifica in 23rd.
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