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PREP FOOTBALL: Playoff contenders prepare for final week of league play

As the prep football regular season winds down, some area teams have secured league championships and home-field advantage in their respective playoff divisions.

The City Section playoff seedings will be announced Nov. 4, with the Southern Section playoff announcements coming out the next day.

Other teams are competing to capture their league’s top spot to avoid the stress of tie-breaking, scientific mathematical formulas that are usually based on wins over league opponents. After that, the criteria could expand into non-league strength of schedule, or, as a last resort, a coin flip.

Here is a rundown of games involving local teams that are either in the playoff picture, record wise, barring any recent changes, or on the bubble of elimination. All games, which will be indicated in each capsule including won-loss records (league, overall), are scheduled at 7 p.m. on Nov 3 unless otherwise noted.

City Section

In the Central League, Contreras (5-0, 7-2) needs a win over Belmont (4-1, 5-4) to win the league title outright. If Hollywood (3-2, 4-5) defeats Marquez (1-4, 2-7), it will force a third-place tie with Bernstein (4-2, 5-5).

In the Coliseum League, Crenshaw (4-0, 7-2), which hosts Los Angeles (1-3, 1-8), is the league champion. View Park (3-1, 6-3), can lock up second place with a win over struggling Dorsey (3-1, 3-6), a Division I finalist last year that was expected to be a strong contender this season.

In the Eastern League, it might take a prize-winning mathematician to figure this one out. Huntington Park (3-1, 7-2), South Gate (3-1, 6-3) and Garfield (3-1, 4-5) are tied for first place with 3-1 league records.

On the Eastern League schedule, Huntington Park hosts Roosevelt, Bell travels to Garfield and South East visits South Gate. This one might require that coin flip

Animo Robinson (2-0, 9-0), which hosts a non-league opponent in Desert (4-5, located near Edwards Air Force Base), is the City Section 8-Man League champion. In the entire 8-Man division, Animo Robinson, Sherman Oaks CES (4-0, 7-2), North Valley Military Institute (3-1, 5-2) and Discovery (3-1, 4-3) will likely assume the automatic semifinal playoff spots.

In the Western League, Fairfax (4-0, 7-2) and Venice (4-0, 6-3) will play for the league title, bragging rights and a high seed in the playoffs.

Palisades (2-2, 6-3), which was expected to be the strongest challenger to both teams, lost to both schools in close games. Instead, the Dolphins will likely finish in third place.

In the Exposition League, Jefferson (6-0, 7-3), the league champion, has completed the regular season. Santee (4-1, 8-1) travels to Angelou (1-4, 2-7) and West Adams (3-2, 3-6) hosts Rivera (0-5, 2-7).

In the Marine League, defending Division I champion Narbonne (4-0, 6-3) looks to finish undefeated in league play as it travels to Gardena (0-4, 0-9). Banning (3-1, 6-3) visits Carson (3-1, 6-3) for another edition of the teams’ longtime annual rivalry game, this one for second place.

In the Metro League, Locke (4-0, 7-2) has clinched the league’s top spot and has completed its regular season. The Saints will likely be well-rested going into the playoffs.

Jordan (2-1, 3-3) will meet New Designs Watts (0-3, 0-6) at Chittick Field in Long Beach to try and hold on to second place.

In the Northern League, Eagle Rock (4-0, 8-1) will guarantee itself the league title with a win over Franklin (1-3, 5-4). Marshall (3-1, 6-3) has an opportunity to seize control of second place if it can defeat Torres (2-2, 6-3). If not, Torres, which launched itself to a fast start a few weeks ago, can still make a strong case by pulling out a win. Wilson (2-2, 4-5) can stake a claim by defeating Lincoln (0-4, 1-8).

Southern Section

In perhaps the biggest game among area teams, Cathedral (4-0, 8-1) visits St. Francis for the Angelus League championship.

In other games, St. John Bosco (3-1, 7-2) visits JSerra Catholic (7-2); Loyola (2-3, 5-4) meets Alemany (2-7) in a road game; La Serna (3-1), 5-4) travels to California High (4-5); Lawndale (4-0, 9-0) hosts Hawthorne (5-4); Paramount (4-0, 9-0) travels to Lynwood (4-5); Norwalk (3-2, 6-3) hosts Artesia (4-5); Culver City (3-1, 8-1) hosts Beverly Hills (0-9) and Schurr (4-0, 8-1) meets Alhambra (4-4) in a home game.

Serra (4-2, 5-4) hosts Long Beach Poly in a rare, yet interesting, nonleague matchup. Long Beach Poly seldom visits the South Bay area, only playing Narbonne in recent years.

 

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