Arleta pulled off a nice escape job at Eagle Rock, sneaking off with a 21-20 victory. Now the Mustangs (1-0) entertain El Camino Real for their home opener, a game important to both teams because it could have ramifications regarding City Division I playoff seedings.
It will also be interesting to see if the Conquistadors, playing their first game this year, will display a more diversified offensive attack instead of just leaning heavily on its Double Wing-T running game. ECR has a strong-armed quarterback in returning starter Adam Blythe; it also has a smaller roster (30) than in years past, and may not be capable of just pounding on teams.
Arleta quarterback Jonathan Porter has already demonstrated a flair for the passing game, completing 21 of 42 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns against Eagle Rock. He was intercepted three times, however, and doesn’t want to continue that pattern.
The kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Arleta.
Other games week involving Valley-area teams:
Friday, Sept. 5
Alemany at Sammamish (WA) Eastside Catholic
Bell at Grant
Chavez at Van Nuys
Cleveland at Kennedy
Granada Hills at Canoga Park
Hesperia Oak Hills at Crespi
Los Angeles Manual Arts at Chatsworth
Monroe at Los Angeles Torres
Newhall Hart at Chaminade
North Hollywood at Los Angeles Contreras
Notre Dame at Birmingham
Panorama at Los Angeles Hawkins
Poly at Hollywood Bernstein
Reseda at Oxnard Pacifica
San Fernando at Taft
Sylmar at Los Angeles Roosevelt
Valencia West Ranch vs. Sierra Canyon, Granada Hills High
Verdugo Hills at La Crescenta Crescenta Valley
Saturday, Sept. 6
Simi Valley Grace Brethren vs. Heritage Christian, Granada Hills High
Village Christian vs. St. Genevieve, Poly High
All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.