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Here are previews and predictions for the area’s biggest games Friday night, highlighted by City Section matchups between Canoga Park and Kennedy, and Granada Hills at Birmingham Charter.
Also, a Mission League duel with league title implications between Alemany and visiting Bishop Amat.
All games start at 7 p.m.
Canoga Park at Kennedy
This game can create drama in the Valley Mission League if Kennedy (6-1, 2-1 Valley Mission) wins, but if Canoga Park (3-3, 3-0) secures victory Friday night, it will create a likely winner-takes-all scenario for the league crown with Reseda in a regular-season finale Oct. 29.
A win for Kennedy would put itself in position for a three-way tie for first if Canoga Park beats Reseda in two weeks.
Kennedy is disciplined, fundamental and tough, led by senior quarterback Ryan Avalos and running back/linebacker Sione Manu. It was almost enough to take down Reseda on Sept. 24, but a late fourth quarter touchdown from Reseda resulted in a Cougar 21-13 loss. The silver lining of Kennedy’s defeat was the speed it saw from Reseda, which is similar to Canoga Park’s.
Canoga Park is physical, athletic and fast led by Kayden Collins and Dane Reed. Collins and Reed are big-play athletes that have to be contained. If either are given too much day light, the yards on the stat sheet will grow and so will the points on the scoreboard.
Prediction: Canoga Park
The gauntlet has been thrown down…
“It’s simple, if Amat can tackle Floyd Chalk and Jaylen Thompson, they can beat us,” Clausen said. “If they can’t, I like our chances.”
Alemany’s game plan ‘no secret’ ahead of Mission League showdown with Bishop Amathttps://t.co/wrrS9XQz0d
— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) October 14, 2021
Granada Hills Charter at Birmingham Charter
Granada Hills (3-3, 1-0 West Valley) is a different team when running back Dijon Stanley is on the field. I’ve said it plenty of times, and I probably won’t stop saying it. That’s how dynamic the junior recruit is. The Highlanders are 2-0 when he plays, and no defense can seem to stop him when he’s healthy.
However, this Friday night he’ll see the best defense of the season against Birmingham (2-5, 1-0). Not only are the Patriots the defending Open Division City champs, but after the gauntlet of CIF Southern Section teams they’ve played this season, Stanley isn’t much different from what Birmingham’s defense has seen before.
Birmingham is likely to have an answer for Stanley. Granada Hills is unlikely to have an answer for Arlis Boardingham.
Granada Hills is looking to knock off the big dog in Birmingham. Birmingham sees this game as a bump in the road en route to another Open City title. That’s another key difference.
Prediction: Birmingham Charter
Oaks Christian at Westlake
It will be new Westlake coach Mark Serve’s first cross-street rivalry game Friday night. It’s also his first Marmonte League game he’ll head coach. Westlake (4-3) is having success under Serve’s new leadership, led by a stout defense that …read more
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