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There are several big games on the schedule for Week 6 of the football season, and OCVarsity's Steve Fryer takes a look at the best of the bunch and makes predictions on who will win.

Fryer on football: Week 6's games

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GAME OF THE WEEK

Century League

NO. 10 FOOTHILL (5-1, 2-0) VS. NO. 12 VILLA PARK (4-1, 1-0)

Where, when: El Modena High, Friday, 7 p.m.

The last time: 2011 – Villa Park 28, Foothill 21 (OT)

The series: Foothill leads, 28-13-2

The coaches: Foothill, Doug Case (142-89-4 overall, 92-61-1 at Foothill); Villa Park, Dusan Ancich (31-10)

Outlook: It might be early to describe a game as being for the league championship. But this game just might make the description applicable. Villa Park was favored to win the Century League championship in the preseason coaches' poll. Foothill was picked to finish second. Villa Park might be the more physical of the two, but Foothill certainly can play it tough in the trenches, too. Foothill, averaging 37 points a game, has an advantage in playmakers on offense, with the Moss brothers, Jarrell and Julian. Jarrell has 21 receptions for 321 yards and four touchdowns, Julian has 17 receptions for 374 yards and three touchdowns. They get targeted frequently by Knights quarterback Jack Gilchrist who has completed 63 percent of his passes for 175 yards a game and 11 touchdowns. Villa Park gets a lot done offensively with running back Meki Tafuna, who averages 90 yards a game and 5 yards a carry. These teams engaged in a great game last year. Villa Park won in overtime, 28-21, in overtime. It could be similarly close this time. Look for Foothill big-play its way to victory.

Winner: Foothill

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Thursday's schedule

South Coast League

NO. 17 SAN CLEMENTE (4-2, 0-0) VS. NO. 6 EL TORO (6-0, 0-0)

Where, when: Trabuco Hills High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: El Toro and record-setting quarterback Conner Manning whipped their way through the nonleague part of their schedule, going undefeated while winning by an average margin of 32 points. The Chargers were in the Sea View League last year. As part of the 10-school Coast View's arrangement of placing teams in its higher South Coast League or its lower Sea View League sport by sport, El Toro football moved into the South Coast League. It is quite a step forward in competition. San Clemente is not the team it was last year, when it reached the Pac-5 Division championship game. The Tritons have played the past couple of weeks without starting quarterback Sean Donnelly, but he could make his return in this game. That will help the San Clemente offense. But the Tritons simply cannot match the offensive firepower that El Toro has with Manning and the Chargers' deep group of receivers.

Winner: El Toro

Also Thursday (all games 7 p.m.)

Empire League

Valencia (3-3, 1-1) at Western (3-3, 2-0)

Garden Grove League

La Quinta (2-3, 0-0) at Garden Grove (3-2, 0-0)

Golden West League

Westminster (1-4, 0-0) vs. Orange (3-2, 0-0) at El Modena High

Orange League

Magnolia (1-4, 0-0) vs. Santa Ana Valley (3-2, 0-0) at Santa Ana Stadium

Anaheim (2-3, 0-0) vs. Katella (3-2, 0-0) at Glover Stadium

Orange Coast League

Calvary Chapel (3-2, 0-0) vs. Godinez (1-4, 0-0) at Segerstrom High

Pacific Coast League

Beckman (1-4, 0-0) at Irvine (3-2, 0-0)

Sunset League

No. 15 Newport Harbor (2-3, 0-0) vs. No. 5 Edison (4-1, 0-0) at Huntington Beach High

Marina (3-2, 0-0) vs. No. 11 Los Alamitos (4-1, 0-0) at Veterans Stadium/Long Beach

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Friday's schedule

Garden Grove League

LOS AMIGOS (3-2, 0-0) VS. RANCHO ALAMITOS (4-1, 0-0)

Where, when: Bolsa Grande High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The preseason poll of Garden Grove League coaches had Rancho Alamitos as the league favorite, but by only a slim margin over Garden Grove and Los Amigos. So this league opener is a crucial one and could set the tone for the remainder of league play. Rancho Alamitos has beaten a group of teams that mostly are longshots to make the playoffs. The ones the Vaqueros have defeated are a combined 4-16. Rancho's loss was to 2-3 Sonora. The Vaqueros do not have that one offensive standout they have had so often in years past. Los Amigos does have such a player. Running back Jerry Saldivar, a 5-foot-6, 160-pound senior, is averaging 177 rushing yards a game and 7 yards a game. Neither team throws the ball much, but that is typical of the Garden Grove League. Rancho Alamitos' defense has to limit Saldivar's production. The thinking here is that the Vaqueros do so and get the victory.

Winner: Rancho Alamitos

Sea View League

NO. 22 LAGUNA HILLS (3-2, 0-0) VS. SAN JUAN HILLS (6-0, 0-0)

Where, when: San Juan Hills High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Plenty of our rockin' readership is aghast that a 2-3 team (Servite) can be in the Orange County top 10 while an undefeated team like San Juan Hills is not even in the top 25. We're big on strength of schedule, pals. While the Stallions and first-year coach Aaron Flowers deserve laud for going from 0-10 last season to 6-0 this season, San Juan Hills has not conquered any mountains. The teams the Stallions have defeated are a combined 13-20. Last week's 27-14 victory over Dos Pueblos of Goleta might have been their best one, as Dos Pueblos at the time was ranked No. 9 in the CIF-Southern Section's Western Division. Laguna Hills' record is a bit deceiving. The Hawks beat Corona del Mar in the season opener, but that victory became a forfeit when it was discovered that Laguna Hills used an illegible player. Their one true loss was to Foothill, 31-0. Laguna Hills coach Bruce Ingalls' team is having a better season than he is. Ingalls last week had to undergo hip replacement surgery to fix a previous hip replacement that did not take. The outcome of this one should make him feel better.

Winner: Laguna Hills

DANA HILLS (1-4, 0-0) VS. NO. 21 ALISO NIGUEL (5-1, 0-0)

Where, when: Aliso Niguel High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Dana Hills might be the best 1-4 team in county football. The Dolphins have played a tough schedule. Their losses are to teams that are a combined 19-8. Dana Hills got its first victory last week in a 22-7 triumph over Irvine. Aliso Niguel beat Woodbridge, 50-41, last week as quarterback Nathan Cole passed for a school-record 491 yards. He completed passes to seven receivers. Dana Hills might be the more physical of the two teams. While its offense has been averaging only 15 points a game, it has happened against the aforementioned tough competition. Aliso is scoring at a 44 points a game clip that it won't reach in this game. But if Aliso's offensive line can protect Cole enough so that he can string together completions here and there, Aliso Niguel will win.

Winner: Aliso Niguel

Sunset League

NO. 18 FOUNTAIN VALLEY (3-2, 0-0) VS. NO. 19 HUNTINGTON BEACH (2-3, 0-0)

Where, when: Huntington Beach High, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Notice those teams are ranked right next to each other. Close, yes, and the outcome could be close, too. Fountain Valley lost a tight one to Trabuco Hills, 21-14, two weeks ago before taking their bye week last week. Barons quarterback Chris d'Entremont has completed 60 percent of his passes and is averaging 178 passing yards a game. That's not Conner Manning stuff, but that's a fine average for a high school quarterback. Fountain Valley receiver Jason Baker has 20 catches for 315 yards and five touchdowns. Huntington Beach is led by dynamic junior quarterback Kai Ross. Ross is averaging 83 rushing yards a game and 125 passing yards a game. Huntington Beach is a young-ish team, without many senior starters. The Oilers beat Fountain Valley, 30-12, last year. Fountain Valley is the better team this year.

Winner: Fountain Valley.

Trinity League

NO. 9 SERVITE (2-3, 0-0) VS. NO. 1 SANTA MARGARITA (5-0, 0-0)

Where, when: Saddleback College, 7 p.m.

Outlook: After being shut out two weeks in a row for the first time in 19 years, Servite scored points last week in a 38-6 victory over St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs. No, the Servite team bus stereo did not play the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah" on the return trip to Anaheim. Travis Waller, a sophomore, played quarterback in place of injured junior Neil Pauu and Waller probably will the start in this one, too. Junior running back Andrew Moore had a fine game for Servite, rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Notice the words "sophomore" and "junior" keep appearing here. That's a big part of Servite's unsteadiness so far this season. There are only a few senior starters for the Friars. Santa Margarita is missing one of its top seniors. Quarterback Johnny Stanton is out for the rest of the season because of a knee injury. It might be Josh Canty at quarterback in this game, it might be Kyle Sweet, it might be both or even three different guys. Santa Margarita had a bye last week, giving Coach Harry Welch and company a couple of weeks to work it out. Give Welch two weeks to solve a challenge, and see what happens. The Eagles will miss Stanton, but they still have enough playmakers on offense with Ryan Wolpin, River Cracraft and more. The defense remains solid, and don't forget the team's offensive and defense lines still might be the best units in the county. Servite has beaten Santa Margarita seven times in a row. That streak ends in this one.

Winner: Santa Margarita

ST. JOHN BOSCO OF BELLFLOWER (1-4, 0-0) VS. NO. 7 ORANGE LUTHERAN (5-0, 0-0)

Where, when: Orange Coast College, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: So Lutheran is cruising along, gathering momentum and confidence while going undefeated in nonleague play. The same has happened with JSerra. Here comes the concrete wall that we call The Trinity League. Bosco is 1-4, but is 5-0 on the field. The Braves had to forfeit its first four victories for using an ineligible player, a player who already had used up his eight semesters of athletic eligibility. Bosco sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen has completed 64 percent of his passes for 180 yards a game and 13 touchdowns with three interceptions. Ex-Lutheran receiver A.J. Holman is Bosco's leading receiver, with 21 receptions for 323 yards and five touchdowns. Lutheran, under first-year coach Chuck Petersen, has been running the ball well. Tavi Jimmerson is averaging 116 yards a game and 7 yards a carry. It does not look like Lutheran has played the type of nonleague scheduled that would get the Lancers prepared for the Trinity League. The combined record of Lancers opponents is 8-17. They have played one Pac-5 opponent in nonleague games, and that was 0-5 Long Beach Wilson. St. John Bosco's nonleague schedule included a 45-0, pre-forfeit victory over Loyola of Los Angeles which, with the forfeit victory, is 6-0, and a 54-7 victory over Lakewood, which is 5-1 including the forfeit victory.

Winner: St. John Bosco

Also Friday (all games 7 p.m. unless noted)

Century League

No. 25 Esperanza (3-3, 0-2) at Brea Olinda (3-2, 1-0)

El Modena (2-4, 0-2) vs. No. 24 El Dorado (3-3, 2-0) at Valencia High

Empire League

Cypress (3-2, 1-0) vs. Kennedy (1-5, 0-2) at Western High

Pacifica (3-2, 1-0) at No. 8 Tustin (6-0, 2-0)

Freeway League

No. 16 La Habra (2-3, 0-0) vs. Troy (3-2, 0-0 at Fullerton High

Buena Park (4-1, 0-0) vs. Sonora (2-3, 0-0) at La Habra High

Fullerton (1-4, 0-0) vs. Sunny Hills (3-2, 0-0) at Buena Park High

Garden Grove League

Bolsa Grande (1-4, 0-0) vs. Santiago (2-3, 0-0) at Garden Grove High

Golden West League

Loara (1-4, 0-0) at Segerstrom High

Olympic League

Village Christian (3-3, 0-0) vs. Whittier Christian (3-3, 0-0) at Whittier College

Orange League

Century (2-3, 0-0) vs. Savanna (1-4, 0-0) at Glover Stadium

Orange Coast League

Saddleback (2-3, 0-0) at Laguna Beach (4-0-1, 0-0)

Costa Mesa (2-3, 0-0) at Estancia (3-2)

Pacific Coast League

University (2-2-1, 0-0) vs. Corona del Mar (3-2, 0-0) at Newport Harbor High

Northwood (1-4, 0-0) vs. Woodbridge (2-3, 0-0) at Irvine High

San Joaquin League

Animo Leadership of Inglewood (0-6, 0-1) vs. Capistrano Valley Christian (5-0, 2-0) at San Clemente High, 7:30 p.m.

South Coast League

No. 3 Tesoro (5-0, 0-0) at No. 14 Trabuco Hills (4-2, 0-0)

Trinity League

No. 13 JSerra (5-0, 0-0) vs. No. 4 Mater Dei (4-1, 0-0) at Santa Ana Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Nonleague

Douglass of Los Angeles (2-3) at St. Margaret's (4-1)

Fairmont Prep (2-3) vs. Brethren Christian (3-2) at Ocean View High

Mountain View Christian of Las Vegas (5-1) at Sage Hill(0-6)

Saturday (all games 7 p.m.)

Golden West League

Ocean View (2-3, 0-0) vs. Santa Ana (0-5, 0-0) at Santa Ana Stadium

San Joaquin League

Southlands Christian of Walnut (2-2, 1-1) vs. Saddleback Valley Christian (1-4, 0-0) at St. Margaret's High

8-man

Coastal League

Liberty Christian (1-4, 0-0) vs. Hope Center of Compton (4-1, 0-0) at Daniel's Field/San Pedro, 5 p.m.

Fryer on football last week: 6-2. Season to date: 29-19.

Rankings note: The Orange County media poll provides the 1-10 rankings. Teams ranked 11-25 are from Steve Fryer's personal rankings.


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