Cougars, Highlanders in a Battle for Identities

Two teams still sorting their way through the 2019 season under first-year coaches find themselves hurtling in opposite directions.

Kennedy High, under Troy Cassidy, is off to a 2-0 start with victories against Verdugo Hills High and Monroe High. On the other hand Granada Hills High, under Bucky Brooks, is struggling, scoring just 18 points in three losses to Saugus High, West Ranch High of Valencia, and Palisades High of Pacific Palisades.

But the Highlanders should be getting more comfortable in their new offensive and defensive schemes, and are now facing an opponent that is closer to them in talent. A win on Friday, Sept. 13, would create some equilibrium in Granada Hills’ season.

Meanwhile, Kennedy is eager to continue building momentum toward the start of the Valley Mission League play next week.

The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Granada Hills Charter High School. 

Other games involving Valley area teams include:


Friday, Sept. 13


Agoura at El Camino Real

Arleta at Marshall, 3 p.m.

Burroughs at Harvard-Westlake

Campbell Hall at Maranatha

Cleveland at Hamilton, 3 p.m.

Contreras at Chavez

Crespi at Chaminade

Kennedy at Granada Hills

Lincoln at Monroe

North Hollywood at Chatsworth

Oaks Christian at Alemany, 7:30 p.m.

Panorama at Roybal

Paraclete at Notre Dame

Reseda at Palisades

San Fernando at Dorsey

St. Genevieve at Carpenteria

St. Paul at Birmingham, 7:30 p.m.

Sylmar at Grant

Taft at Simi Valley

Van Nuys at Valley Christian

Verdugo Hills at Canoga Park


Saturday, Sept. 14


Valencia vs. Sierra Canyon, Granada Hills Charter High School

All games begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed.

Mike Terry@fridaynitemike