Patriots, Toreadors Renew West Valley Wars

This Friday, Oct. 23, should feel like old times in the West Valley League when Birmingham and Taft have their annual gridiron battle.

It’s been awhile when both teams felt or actually were about equal going into the game. Taft (6-1, 2-0) may have the better record but Birmingham (4-3, 2-0) has played the tougher schedule. More important, both teams are unbeaten in league play. The outcome of this game will go a long way in determining who wins the league.

Taft, whose only loss was to unbeaten Sierra Canyon on Sept. 11, has won four straight including last week’s 57-38 demolition of El Camino Real. Toreadors quarterback Chris Duncan is having an outstanding season, with 1,750 passing yards and 24 touchdowns against four interceptions. Five receivers have at least 100 receiving yards on the year.

Birmingham, on a two-game winning streak, depends equally on the passing of quarterback Gabriel Cruz and legwork of running back Sterling Salguero.

The kickoff is scheduled at 7:15 p.m. at Taft High.

Other games involving Valley-area teams include:

Friday, Oct. 23

East Valley League

Chavez (1-6, 0-3) at Verdugo Hills (0-7, 0-3)

Grant (7-1, 4-0) at Arleta (7-0, 3-0)

North Hollywood (4-3, 1-2) at Monroe (4-4, 2-2)

Gold Coast-Valley

Sierra Canyon (7-0, 0-0) at Brentwood (4-2, 0-0), Los Angeles, 2:30 p.m.

Mission League

Bishop Amat (6-2, 3-1) at Chaminade (5-2, 2-1)

Notre Dame (1-6, 0-3) at Crespi (1-7, 0-4)

Loyola (6-1, 2-1) at Alemany (5-2, 1-2)

Olympic League

Whittier Christian (3-5, 0-2) vs. Village Christian (4-3, 0-1), Occidental College

Valley Mission League

Canoga Park (5-3, 4-0) at San Fernando (2-5, 2-1)

Panorama (1-6, 0-3) at Sylmar (5-2, 3-0)

Reseda (3-4, 1-2) at Kennedy (3-5, 2-2)

West Valley League

El Camino Real (3-4, 1-1) at Cleveland (4-3, 0-2)

Granada Hills (2-5, 1-1) at Chatsworth (5-2, 0-2)

Saturday, Oct. 24

Olympic League

Valley Christian (6-2, 2-0) vs. Heritage Christian (3-4, 0-1), Granada Hills High

Santa Fe League

St. Monica (5-1, 1-0) vs. St. Genevieve (2-6, 0-2), Poly High

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

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