GAME OF THE WEEK

There has not been much suspense in local prep football this season because the good teams have been head and shoulders above the not-so-good teams.

But the East Valley League and regular season finale between Grant and Verdugo Hills on Friday, Oct. 26, does have some genuine intrigue, and the outcome could create some potential complications for the City Section committee that will seed the playoffs the following day.

The Lancers (5-4, 5-0) are the league’s only unbeaten team but, in all probability, are still fighting for a decent seed in the Division I playoffs. The Dons (5-4, 4-1) are right behind them, as is Arleta (6-3, 4-1). Should Verdugo Hills pull off an upset, and Arleta defeat Poly, the league ends in a three-way tie. Grant beat Arleta, and the Mustangs beat Verdugo Hills in league play.

Just as interesting: Both Arleta and Verdugo Hills are in Division II. In the current division rankings, the Mustangs are sixth, and would have a home playoff game in the first round. The Dons are 10th, and would open the playoffs on the road. A win by Verdugo Hills on Friday, coupled with an Arleta loss, could vault the Dons past the Mustangs in the committee’s collective eyes even though Arleta won the head-to-head matchup between the teams.

A whole lot to decide in 48 minutes — or more, should the game go to overtime.

The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Verdugo Hills.

Other games involving Valley area teams:

Friday, Oct. 26

Angelus League

Crespi at St. Francis

 

Del Rey League

Harvard-Westlake at La Salle

St. Genevieve at St. Paul

 

East Valley League

Chavez at Monroe

Poly at Arleta

 

Gold Coast League

Paraclete vs. Sierra Canyon, Pierce College

 

Mission League

Alemany at Bishop Amat

Chaminade at Notre Dame

 

Olympic League

Heritage Christian at Maranatha

 

Valley Mission League

Kennedy at Sylmar

San Fernando at Panorama

Van Nuys at Canoga Park

 

West Valley League

Birmingham at Taft 

Chatsworth at Granada Hills

Cleveland at El Camino Real

 

All games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

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