Local teams have opened the 2017 football season with “Week 0” contests last week. Here is a preview of selected games for Week 1.
In the Southern Section (All games are scheduled for Sept. 1 at 7 p,m, unless otherwise noted.):
Bellflower St. John Bosco (0-1) meets Bakersfield Garces Memorial (0-1) at 8 p.m. Sept. 2 at Mission Viejo High School. The Braves are led by quarterback Re-al Mitchell, running back Demetrious Flowers, cornerback Chris Steele, safety Stephan Blaylock and safety Jaiden Woodbey. Last week, the Braves lost a close game to powerful St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 9-3 in overtime.
Serra (0-1) vs. Punahou (Hawaii) (2-0) at Cathedral High School, 4 p.m., Sept 2. Serra lost a close game to Narbonne in a battle of local powerhouse teams, but it will host another respected opponent in Punahou, a perennial contender in Hawaii. Serra will need more of a total team effort, like Max Williams and Kobe Smith, who provided both of the Cavaliers touchdowns last week.
Cathedral (1-0) at Arcadia (1-0) at Cathedral. Coached by Kevin Pearson and led by quarterback Bryce Young, wide receiver Dyllan Wright and wide receiver Ahmad Lipscomb, Cathedral defeated Santa Fe, 27-3 with a balanced attack. Arcadia junior quarterback Frankie Contreras operates a sound passing game for the Apaches.
La Serna (0-1) vs. Fullerton Troy (0-1) at La Habra High School, 7 p.m. Sept. 2. La Serna, coached by Andy George, will try to bounce back from its loss to La Costa Canyon, a San Diego Section school. La Serna is led by Justin Sanchez, Chandler McCaffer and Steven Servin on defense, which will have to carry the Lancers until the offense catches up.
Loyola (1-0) vs. Santa Margarita (1-0). The Cubs are off to a solid start, as evidenced by their win over Fairfax last week. But the Cubs, coached by Rick Pedro-Arias, will need to pick up their game by several notches for the powerful Eagles, even though it’s another home game.
Other games (All games at 7 p.m. Sept 1 unless otherwise noted): St. Paul (1-0) at Montebello (0-1); Rowland (1-0) at Alhambra (0-1); El Rancho (0-1) at Bell Gardens (0-0); San Gabriel (0-1) at Garey (0-1); Gabrielino (0-1) at Mark Keppel (0-1); Lynwood (0-1) at Torrance Bishop Montgomery (0-0); Inglewood (0-0) vs. Westchester (0-1) Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.; Culver City (0-0) vs. West Torrance (0-0).
Garfield (1-0) at Schurr (1-0). Garfield continues its journey through the Almont League as it travels to meet Schurr. Both teams started the new season on a high note. Garfield edged Montebello 39-36, while Schurr defeated California, 21-14 after a second-half surge erased a 7-0 halftime deficit.
Crenshaw (0-1) at West Covina (0-1) at 7 p.m. Sept. 1. Crenshaw will return to the San Gabriel Valley for another nonleague tuneup. Last week, the Cougars, coached by Robert Garrett, fell to South Hills, 24-8. Crenshaw is expected to be a serious City Section Open Division contender.
Animo Robinson (0-0) vs. Sherman Oaks CES (0-0). A battle between the defending champion (SOCES) and the previous champion (Animo Robinson). Head coach Derris Orange is working to steer his team deep in the playoffs again, and it begins here.
Hawkins (0-1) at Compton (0-1) at 7 p.m. Sept. 1. Even after the fallout from having to forfeit the entire 2016 season and having to acquire a new head coaching staff, Hawkins fell to Sotomayor 21-14 with only 13 eligible players. Quite a remarkable feat under new head coach Richard Dax Sanchies, who had most of the players playing both ways for a ‘new’ team. Quarterback Travis Warren, a basketball player, had 150 yards passing and ran for a touchdown. Running back JJ Smith added a touchdown run for the Hawks. The only holdover from last year’s team is kicker Brandon Sanchez.
Other games (All scheduled at 7 p.m. Aug 31 unless otherwise noted): Venice (0-1) at El Camino Real (0-1); Hamilton (1-0) vs. Gardena (0-1) at 3 p.m. Aug. 31; Fairfax (0-1) vs. West Adams (0-1); Banning (0-1) at South Gate (0-1); Huntington Park (1-0) vs. Chatsworth (1-0); View Park (0-1) vs. Morningside (0-0) at Jackie Robinson Stadium at Rancho Cienega Park in Southwest Los Angeles; Carson (0-1) at South East (0-1); New Designs Watts (0-0) at Lancaster McAuliffe (0-1); Los Angeles (0-0) at Canoga Park (0-1).