PREP FOOTBALL: Cathedral faces Loyola in matchup of Catholic schools

September 13, 2017

Topping this week’s high school football schedule is a matchup of two Catholic schools, Loyola (2-1) versus Cathedral (3-0) at Los Angeles Southwest College at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Cathedral is on a roll, doing well last week in its convincing win over Lynwood. Loyola is coming off a shutout win over San Diego St Augustine.

Cathedral sophomore quarterback Bryce Young (1,040 yards passing) spreads the ball among a group of sure-handed receivers, including Ahmad Lipscomb, Dylan Thomas, Jabari Kindle, Alex Franco and Josiah Zamora for head coach Kevin Pearson. Loyola, coached by Rick Pedroarias, can’t afford a letdown.

Among the other games (all scheduled Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted) are:

Southern Section

La Serna (2-1) at St. Francis (2-0). La Serna appears to be gaining the momentum it needs going into this non-league matchup with a St. Francis team that is loaded with offensive firepower. La Serna running backs Jared Chavez, Daniel Garcia and Alfonso Ibanez and defensive back Paul Duarte helped pace the Lancers to a win over Mira Costa last week.

Culver City (2-0) at North Torrance (2-1). Culver City, coached by Jahmal Wright, is trying for a semi-sweep of the Torrance schools. The Centaurs have already defeated West Torrance and Torrance, but South Torrance isn’t on the schedule.

Nevertheless, quarterback Jonathan Martin (929 yards passing and 10 touchdowns) and a talented group of receivers, including Kevin McGuire, Jamal Glaspie, Tyler Luckett and Charles Ross, will try to pick apart a competitve North Torrance defensive unit.

City Section 

Eagle Rock (3-0) at Fairfax (1-2). Eagle Rock, coached by Andy Moran and Greg Pierce, wants to extend a winning streak to build momentum going into Northern League play, which begins Oct. 6. The Eagles’ offense is in gear, scoring 57 and 35 points in their last two games.

Fairfax hung close against Crenshaw last week but wore down in the second half. The Lions are at home, but slowing down the high-powered Eagles might be quite a task.


San Pedro (3-0) at Downey (2-1). This matchup is an interesting intersectional City Section versus Southern Section contest. Downey a well-balanced team coached by Jack Williams, hosts one of the San Gabriel Valley League’s strongest programs.

Downey is led by quarterback Kijjon Foots (676 yards passing), while Baraq Ross, Shane Olden, Alex Cortez and Foots help provide a sound ground game that has amassed 657 total yards so far.

Bernstein (1-2) at Hawthorne (3-0). Hawthorne, coached by Derwin Henderson, is unbeaten. Sounds surprising? It hasn’t been this way for a long time. The running Cougars are led by Joseph Taylor III (362 yards rushing) Omodolapo Abioro (257) and quarterback Joshua Robledo (202).

Salesian (1-2) at Huntington Park (3-0). Huntington Park is trying to keep a winning streak alive, while Salesian is attempting to end a skid after a season-opening win over Verbum Dei.

Verbum Dei (2-1) at Jordan (1-0), at 7:30 p.m. Sept . 15. It figures to be a special night at Jordan High School. For the first time in school history, it will be hosting a night game to open its new, refurbished stadium. The Bulldogs’ 44-20 win over Mark Keppel will probably help make the transition a little easier. Jordan is coached by Gary Parks.

Verbum Dei is used to night games, so it might have a slight edge of sorts. The Eagles’ sound rushing attack, led by Malik Litrell, Robert Turner and Javion Connish, figures to add on to its current team total of 755 yards.



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