Monroe (4-0) is off to a great start. But now the Vikings step up in class, opening up East Valley League play against defending league champion Arleta.

The Mustangs are coming off a bye. That’s given Arleta (2-1) two weeks to chew on a close loss to Roosevelt of Los Angeles; it is eager to return to winning and re-establish itself as the team to beat in the East Valley.

Monroe is coming off a victory against Belmont. Vikings quarterback Luis Dorame, a senior,  has had a hot hand early, passing for 1,303 yards and 11 touchdowns in the first four games. His top receiver has been David Flores, a senior, with 18 catches for 301 yards and three touchdowns.

Arleta quarterback Johnathan Porter, a senior, has thrown for 710 yards and eight touchdowns.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Arleta.

Other games week involving Valley-area teams:

Friday, Sept. 26

East Valley League

Chavez at Grant

Monroe at Arleta, 3:30 p.m.

North Hollywood at Poly

Mission League

La Puente Bishop Amat at Crespi

Los Angeles Loyola at Chaminade

Notre Dame at Gardena Serra

Valley Mission League

Canoga Park at Kennedy

Sylmar at San Fernando

Van Nuys at Reseda


Birmingham at Westlake Village Oaks Christian

Granada Hills at Pacific Palisades

Los Angeles Jefferson at Chatsworth

Taft at Los Angeles Fairfax

Village Christian at Verdugo Hills

Wilmington Banning at El Camino Real

Saturday, Sept. 27


Cleveland vs. Canyon Country Santa Clarita Christian, Canyon High

Heritage Christian vs. Huntington Beach Brethren Christian, Ocean View High

All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.