Can Chavez Turn Arleta Matchup into a Rivalry?

With league play now underway, games where opponents face each other every year are now emerging on the schedule. And one of those annual scrums is popping up this week in the East Valley League with Chavez High playing Arleta High on Friday, Sept. 27.

The host Eagles (3-2) have only beaten the Mustangs once in the seven previous years Chavez has been playing varsity football. That was in 2016; in the other years, Chavez’s grind-it-out power running game has looked overwhelmed by Arleta’s more balanced offensive explosiveness. It could also be a matter of talent, the Mustangs simply having more, better players.

Chavez is entering this year’s game after a 50-21 victory last week against Verdugo Hills High, meaning the Eagles should be feeling confident in their ability to score points. A win over Arleta (4-1) — which had the bad luck of being placed in City Section’s Division I this season — would give Chavez a boost in its scramble for potential playoff positioning in Division II.

And if the Mustangs come into the game feeling complacent about their domination of the Eagles, it could make for a very interesting encounter — something that helps to breed a rivalry.

The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Chavez High School.

Other games involving Valley area teams include:

Friday, Sept. 27

East Valley League

Poly at Grant

Verdugo Hills at North Hollywood


Valley Mission League

Kennedy at Van Nuys

Panorama at Canoga Park

San Fernando at Reseda



Bakersfield vs. Sierra Canyon, Granada Hills High School

Campbell Hall at Oak Park

Chatsworth at Sylmar

Cleveland at San Pedro

Crespi vs. St. Bonaventure, Ventura College

Harvard-Westlake at St. Francis

Servite at Notre Dame

Village Christian vs. Mary Star of the Sea, Daniels Field in  San Pedro


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