The game between Taft and Chatsworth on Friday, Oct. 17, will not eliminate either from the West Valley League race. But it can eliminate any lingering doubts of how worthy each team is as a contender in the upcoming City Section Division I and II playoffs.

The Chancellors (5-1) have been impressive early; their latest victory was against previously unbeaten Cleveland, and the only loss was to a strong Golden Valley team out of Santa Clarita. Chatsworth likes the physical game with lots of running behind a strong, veteran line. But there is also a new quarterback, sophomore Tyger Goslin, who figures to expand the Chancellor’s ability to pass.

Taft (3-3) appears to be coming on strong after wins against Fairfax of Los Angeles, and Granada Hills. Quarterback Chris Duncan, a junior, continues to grow in confidence and has a talented group of receivers to throw to, including Jahlil Lipkin, Jerrick Corley and Dalton Oronoz. The Toreadors’ collective speed has to counter the Chancellors’ brawn.

The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Chatsworth. 

Other games this week involving Valley-area teams:

Friday, Oct. 17

East Valley League

Chavez at Monroe

Grant at Verdugo Hills

Poly at Arleta, 2:15 p.m.

Mission League

Crespi at Notre Dame

Chaminade at La Puente Bishop Amat

Los Angeles Loyola at Alemany

Olympic League

Pasadena Maranatha vs. Village Christian, Occidental College

Valley Mission League

Canoga Park at Panorama

Kennedy at Van Nuys

Reseda at San Fernando

West Valley League

Birmingham at Cleveland

El Camino Real at Granada Hills


Sierra Canyon at Bishop

Saturday, Oct. 18

Santa Fe League

San Pedro Mary Star of the Sea at St. Genevieve

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