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Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976.

Backups step up to lead Gardena Serra to 38-21 victory over Alemany — Injuries are piling up in the physically demanding Mission League, requiring backups to step in and coaches to come up with new strategies and revised lineups to survive the physical play. Coach Scott Altenberg of Gardena Serra has lost six players for the rest of the season because of injuries and illness over the course of eight weeks.

Stars and surprises among bumper crop of high school quarterbacks — A call to arms among high school football quarterbacks in the Southland: The stars Josh Rosen, St. John Bosco, Sr. Sets the standard for excellence. Blake Barnett, Corona Santiago, Sr.; Passed for 498 yards vs. Riverside King. Travis Waller, Servite, Sr.; Has 1,300 yards passing, 600 yards rushing. K.J.

This weekend's top prep football games — Top high school football games on Friday night: Gardena Serra (5-2, 2-1) at Mission Hills Alemany (6-1, 2-1), 7:30 p.m. The winner of this Mission League game is in position to battle Bishop Amat and Crespi for the league title. Alemany gets running back Dominic Davis returning from an ankle injury.

Basketball: Bosco Tech and Palisades are sites for clinic, camp — Bosco Tech will be the site on Nov. 5 for a basketball coaches clinic for elementary, middle school and high school coaches. Representatives from the Lakers, Cal State Fullerton, Pepperdine and East Los Angeles College will participate.

High school football: Year of the quarterbacks — For fans who live in Southern California, there never has been a high school football season quite like 2014. Buy a ticket, turn on a TV, click on a computer, because you will get to witness perhaps the greatest collection of teenage quarterbacks ever.

The Times' high school football rankings — A look at the top 25 high school football teams in the Southland. Rk. School (W-L) Result; Next game (last week's ranking) 1. ST. JOHN BOSCO (6-1) def. JSerra, 49-44; vs. Orange Lutheran, Friday (1) 2. MATER DEI (6-1) def. Servite, 20-17; vs. JSerra, Friday (2) 3. CORONA CENTENNIAL (5-2) def.

Mission Hills Alemany defender is also a one-man band — During a high school season in which passing a football for more than 400 yards has become almost routine and scoring five touchdowns in a single game gets you a pat on the back but no special award, let's take a moment to single out someone who doesn't get much attention -- a defensive player.

Crespi is well-grounded in 56-21 win over Notre Dame — Troy Thomas calls his Crespi High football team "The Mighty 30." "Basically, our whole team is playing both ways," he said. "I'm proud of my guys. They're battling." When the going gets tough, that's when the Celts are most dangerous, such as Friday night against neighborhood rival Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Top prep football games for Friday — Top prep football games on Friday night: Encino Crespi (5-1, 2-1) at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (5-1, 1-1), 7 p.m. This annual neighborhood rivalry matchup usually produces a dramatic finish, and both teams are coming in ready for peak performances.

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Oct 25, 2014

Nov. 7 is looking pretty important: Alemany vs. Crespi, Notre Dame vs. Bishop Amat, Servite vs. JSerra, St. John Bosco vs. Santa Margarita.

Oct 25, 2014

St. John Bosco, Corona Centennial, JSerra, Bishop Amat, Crespi, LB Poly. The hot teams in Pac-5 Division.

Oct 25, 2014

Best game of the night: Riverside Poly 59, Rancho Verde 45.

Oct 25, 2014

Loyola and Chaminade eliminated from Pac-5 playoffs. Now playing for 2015 preparation.

Oct 25, 2014

A rising team in City Section is South East. Loaded with young players. Knocked off Roosevelt. Getting better.

Oct 25, 2014

It's going to be a great Halloween eve. I'll be at Westlake High for Westlake-St. Bonaventure.

Oct 25, 2014

Eight of the nine Trinity League games played so far have been decided by 7 points or less.

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