Football Thursday

first_imgHE SAID “They should be ‘SportsCenter’ nominees. Both of them.” – Palmdale quarterback Rodney Trimm, on receiver Tyreace House’s and running back Dominic Blood’s acrobatic plays that figured prominently in Friday’s 35-21 victory over Lancaster. SPOTLIGHT Antelope Valley senior two-way lineman Spencer Johnson is an unheralded impact player who has attracted the attention of college scouts. The athletic, 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is being recruited by several Division I colleges, including Fresno State, Oregon, Washington and Boise State. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “He’s a great student, and he’s a great kid,” Antelope Valley coach Jon Fleming said. “He’s the total package.” TRIVIA QUESTION The last Antelope Valley small schools team to win a Southern Section football title was Paraclete, which captured the Div. XII title in 2001. Who was the last area team to play in a section championship game? OFF THE CHARTS Rosamond averages 29.5 points per game with an offense run behind a decidedly small offensive line. Meet the Roadrunners’ undersized overachievers: Name, Pos., Ht., Wt. Chris Winner G 5-7 213 Javier Navarro G 5-9 180 Jason Del Toro C 5-7 180 Cody Hubkey T 6-3 221 Jesus Chamorro T 5-11 170 OFFBEAT Retiring Littlerock coach Lin Parker’s 40-year coaching career included a 10-year college head-coaching stint at the intensely academic-oriented Caltech of Pasadena. Parker said he still takes high daily doses of vitamin C on the advice of former Caltech colleague Linus Pauling, a two-time Nobel prize winner for science. “He said it would cure cancer and keep colds away,” Parker said. “It’s never been proven, but he went to his grave espousing that.” TRIVIA ANSWER Desert played in the 2002 Div. XII championship game against Ontario Christian, which won 27-19. GAME OF THE WEEK PALMDALE (5-4) at QUARTZ HILL (5-4), 7 p.m. Key stat: 4. Successive Golden League titles Palmdale will have won with a victory tonight. Outlook: After struggling against an exceedingly difficult nonleague schedule that included three defending Southern Section champions, Palmdale (4-1 Golden) is coming off its best game, a 35-21 victory over Lancaster. The Falcons figures to take nothing for granted as they play for, at the least, a share of the league title. Quartz Hill (2-3) is coming off a heartbreaking, 31-24 double-overtime loss to Highland. ANTELOPE VALLEY (6-3) at LITTLEROCK (3-6), 7 p.m. Key stat: 89. Antelope Valley running back Andre Crenshaw‘s rushing total in last week’s 29-0 victory over Knight, his first big game since suffering a calf injury that limited his effectiveness most of October. Outlook: With at least a share of a league title and preferred playoff seeding (based on head-to-head victory over Palmdale) at stake, Antelope Valley (4-1) can’t have a letdown. Littlerock coach Lin Parker is seeking an upset over his alma mater. HIGHLAND (4-5) at KNIGHT (2-7), 7 p.m. Key stat: 4. Number of turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble recovery) Highland forced in last week’s 31-24 double-overtime victory over Quartz Hill. Outlook: Highland (3-2) can clinch a tie for third place with Lancaster and an automatic playoff berth in a game featuring two of the area’s best backs. Highland’s Micah Littlejohn (5-6, 150) rushed for 128 yards on 12 carries in the Quartz Hill game. Knight is led by Terrel Merrit (5-foot-5, 140 pounds), who rushed for 137 yards on 27 carries in last week’s loss to Antelope Valley. ROSAMOND (7-2) at KERN VALLEY of Lake Isabella (5-4), 7 p.m. Outlook: Rosamond (4-0) can clinch its first High Desert League title since 1999 with a victory. The Roadrunners moved up to No. 3 in this week’s Southern Section Div. XII poll after last week’s 14-0 win over then-No. 1 Bishop. RIO HONDO PREP of Arcadia (7-1) at VASQUEZ (7-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m. Outlook: Vasquez, ranked No. 6 in this week’s Southern Section poll, looks to position itself for a deep playoff run against formidable Rio Hondo Prep, which is ranked No. 4 in Div. XIII. Versatile Casey Schlock, Vasquez’s leading receiver, takes over at quarterback for Joe Perez, who will sit out Friday’s game because of an unsportsmanlike penalty in Vasquez’s last game, a 56-14 victory Oct. 28 over Santa Clara of Oxnard. DESERT (3-6) at MOJAVE (3-4), 7 p.m. Outlook: Desert (2-2) is coming off a 16-12 High Desert League victory over Kern Valley and is looking to clinch its first playoff berth since 2002. Mojave’s Week 9 game against Frazier Mountain of Lebec was canceled because of a threat of gang violence. Because it was canceled by mutual consent, it doesn’t count in the standings, and the Mustangs can claim their eighth consecutive playoff berth with a victory tonight.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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