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
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.