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Fryer on football: Week 0's picks
GAME OF THE WEEK
NO. 13 HUNTINGTON BEACH (9-3 in 2011) NO. 7 VS. EL TORO (12-2)
Where, when: Trabuco Hills High, Thursday, 7 p.m.
The last time: 2011 – Huntington Beach 23, El Toro 21
The series: El Toro leads, 3-2
The coaches: Huntington Beach, Eric Lo (32-23); El Toro, Robert Frith (26-12)
Outlook: These teams excelled in 2011, the best season for both in quite a few years. Huntington Beach finished second in the Sunset League and beat Loyola of Los Angeles in a Pac-5 Division playoff game. El Toro won the Sea View League championship and advanced to the Southwest Division championship game, in which it lost to Tustin. After losing to Huntington Beach in last year's season opener, El Toro won 12 in a row before the loss to Tustin. El Toro has a fine group of returnees, including senior quarterback Conner Manning. He was last year's Orange County offensive player of the year and has committed to Utah. Sea View League offensive co-MVP Jacob Furnari returns at running back. All-County senior receiver Cody White had a county-leading 85 receptions for 1,284 yards and 17 touchdowns in '11. Huntington Beach lost 18 starters from last year's team to graduation. But the lower-level teams were good last year. A spotlight will be on the Oilers' Kai Ross, a receiver last year who switches to quarterback this year. Huntington Beach could be good enough to capture another playoff berth, but El Toro might have too much offensive firepower for the Oilers and many other teams this season.
Winner: El Toro
Thursday's other top game
FULLERTON (3-7 IN 2011) vs. CANYON (0-10)
Where, when: El Modena High, 7 p.m.
Also Thursday (all games 7 p.m.)
Buena Park (8-3) vs. Cerritos (0-11) at Artesia High
Centennial of Compton (8-4) vs. No. 25 Cypress (9-3) at Western High
Friday's top games
NO. 21 FOOTHILL (8-5) VS. NO. 14 FOUNTAIN VALLEY (6-4)
Where, when: Huntington Beach High, 7 p.m.
NO. 4 SERVITE (10-2) VS. BISHOP AMAT OF LA PUENTE (6-5)
Where, when: Bishop Amat High, 7 p.m.
DANA HILLS (3-7) VS. NO. 20 TRABUCO HILLS (6-4)
Where, when: Trabuco Hills High, 7 p.m.
NO. 23 VALENCIA (1-9) VS. BREA OLINDA (9-3)
Where, when: Brea Olinda High, 7 p.m.
WESTERN (4-6) VS. COSTA MESA (8-3)
Where, when: Estancia High
Also Friday (all games 7 p.m. unless noted)
Silver Valley of Yermo (0-9) at Crean Lutheran (5-4), 4 p.m.
Yorba Linda (10-2) at El Modena (4-6)
Segerstrom (9-3) vs. Savanna (5-5) at Glover Stadium
West Adams Prep of Los Angeles (6-6) at San Clemente (12-2)
Calvary Chapel (3-7) at Sage Hill (3-7)
El Dorado (3-7) at No. 12 La Habra (9-4)
No. 22 Esperanza (7-4) vs. Kennedy (4-7) at Western High
No. 9 Orange Lutheran (6-4) at Long Beach Wilson (5-6)
Santa Ana Valley (7-4) vs. Glenn of Norwalk (4-6) at Excelsior Adult School of Norwalk
St. Margaret's (9-3) vs. View Park of Los Angeles (8-4) at Rancho Cienega Park of Los Angeles
Bellflower (7-4) at No.17 Aliso Niguel (7-4)
University (3-7) at No. 18 Capistrano Valley (3-8)
No. 16 Villa Park (11-1) at Righetti of Santa Maria (7-4)
Whittier Christian (7-5) at Mammoth (5-5)
Compton (3-7) at No. 5 Tesoro (8-5)
Dominguez of Compton (7-4) at St. John Bosco (8-4)
El Rancho of Pico Rivera (5-5) vs. Marina (1-8-1) at Westminster High
Roosevelt of Eastvale (3-7) at No. 11 Tustin (11-3)
No. 2 Mission Viejo (10-3) at Centennial of Bakersfield (6-5), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday's top game
NO. 1 SANTA MARGARITA (13-2) VS. BROPHY COLLEGE PREP OF PHOENIX (11-1)
Where, when: Phoenix College, 7 p.m.
Also Saturday (all games 7 p.m. unless noted)
San Joaquin League
Santa Clarita Christian (4-6) vs. Capistrano Valley Christian (5-3) at San Clemente High, 7:30 p.m.
Saddleback Valley Christian (9-2) vs. Big Bear (7-4) at Big Bear Middle School, 1:30 p.m.
Godinez (5-6) vs. Santa Fe of Santa Fe Springs (6-5) at Pioneer High
Animo Leadership of Inglewood (2-8) vs. Brethren Christian (6-5) at Ocean View High
Fryer on Football in 2011: 62-26