The Valley Gems: Week Three Edition


There is a Southern Section flare to the top games to watch in the San Fernando Valley this week. Two Ironwood rivals get a chance to improve their standings with tough home contests this week, while two Valley Mission teams get to test their mettle against tough non-league opponents this week. Here’s all you need to know about the must-see games around the SFV this week:

Trinity Classical Academy Knights (2-0) at Arleta Mustangs (2-1) – Arleta High School, 3:30 pm

There was a lot of excitement around the Arleta Mustangs after they began the season with a dominant win over Canoga Park, followed by a road win against Chatsworth. They suffered their first setback of the season against Marquez last week and will look to right the ship against Trinity Classical at home this week. The Mustangs will need their secondary to play well against TCA’s gunslinger Nic Visconti, who has thrown for 500 yards and 6 touchdown passes in his first two games this season.

Sierra Vista Dons (1-2) at Heritage Christian Warriors (2-1) – Heritage Christian High School, 7 pm.

The Warriors have designs on winning the Ironwood League this year, and they have the talent to do it. Senior running back DJ Cole has been a workhorse in Heritage’s first three games, with 480 all-purpose yards already this season. The Dons should expect to get a heavy dose of #22 Friday night.

Campbell Hall Vikings (1-2) at Village Christian Crusaders (2-1) - Glendale Community College, 7 pm.

One of the games that promises to be fun to watch is this matchup between two valley teams in Village Christian and Campbell Hall. The question facing Campbell Hall this week is simple: Can they slow down this high-powered air attack of the Crusaders led by sophomore quarterback Chase Everett and his veteran crew of receivers? The Vikings might want to pay close attention to the Salesian tape from last week for answers.

San Fernando Tigers (3-0) at Verdugo Hills Dons (3-0) – Verdugo Hills High School, 7 pm.

This game represents a matchup between two teams that have righted the ship from the difficulties they faced a year ago. For San Fernando, it has been all about the maturation of players ready to compete at the highest level. The Tigers are chock full of senior leadership and look to be a force in the Valley Mission. The Dons have completely transformed from a team that seemed to lack chemistry last season into a team that has been business-like in its approach this season. The victorious squad from this game is not only in the driver's seat with momentum heading into their league slate, but the win is also a huge notch in their belt when it comes time to seed for the postseason.

VST Game of the week

Granada Hills Highlanders (1-1-1) at Kennedy Cougars - Kennedy High School, 7 pm.

It’s the annual battle for “The Tina”, a trophy awarded to the best team in the city of Granada Hills. Last season the Highlanders snatched the game emphatically, putting up 62 points on a very good Kennedy squad. The Cougars, who are the reigning Division II champions, will look to avenge that loss against the reigning Division I champions, who think they are good enough to be an Open team in the playoffs. This game promises to be an exciting one, and the winner will definitely be a team to watch heading towards the midway point of the regular season.

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