Patriots, Conquistadors Get West Valley League Play off to Rousing Start

Whenever Birmingham Community Charter High and El Camino Real Charter High line up for their annual pigskin party, the easy part is dismissing whatever the teams’ records are because neither team has any difficulty being motivated for the confrontation.

But it’s also been a truism the past several seasons that the winner has had the inside track to winning the West Valley League, and the often excellent City Section playoff berth that can come along with it — even when it’s the first league game for both as this one is on Friday, Oct. 4.

What has to make ECR (2-3) a bit nervous: the Patriots (1-4) will have several  players available who were sitting out the transfer period and may not be the same team the Conquistadors have been game-planning for while both teams were on their bye weeks. Both teams, however, should also feel refreshed from not having to play on Sept. 27.

The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at El Camino Real Charter High School.

Other games involving Valley area teams include:


Friday, Oct. 4

Del Rey League

Harvard-Westlake vs. St. Anthony, Clark Field, Long Beach


East Valley League

Chavez at Poly

Monroe at Verdugo Hills

North Hollywood at Arleta, 3:30 p.m.


Mission League

Bishop Amat at Alemany

Notre Dame at Chaminade


Valley Mission League

Canoga Park at San Fernando

Panorama at Sylmar

Reseda at Kennedy


West Valley

Chatsworth at Cleveland

Taft at Granada Hills



Sierra Canyon at Crespi

St. Genevieve at Agoura

Village Christian vs. Pioneer, Burbank High School


Saturday, Oct. 5


Vasquez vs. Campbell Hall, 6 p.m.


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