COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No. 18 Cerritos (2-3) at No. 12 Ventura (3-2)
VC Sportsplex, 6 p.m.
TWO WEEKS AGO: Ventura 31, Pasadena City 19; Saddleback 56, Cerritos 21.
SERIES HISTORY: Cerritos leads 3-1, but Ventura won 28-21 last year.
GAME FACTS: Ventura opens SCFA Northern Conference play by hosting a defending Southern California finalist. Although Cerritos has been inconsistent with a younger roster, sophomores QB Brandon Denker (43-of-80 passing, 705 yards, 11 TDs, 3 ints.) and RB Thomas Gray (81 att., 430 yards, 3 TDs) have been effective behind a big offensive line. Ventura is No. 3 in Southern California in total defense (238.8 ypg), leading the state against the run (38.0 ypg) and in sacks (27). It starts up front, where both DE Daniel Miller (5.5 sacks) and DE Kalvin Cruz (4.5 sacks) are in the Top 6 in sacks and DT Bennie Theysen and Miller are among the Top 10 in tackles for losses. The offense (297.8 ypg), conversely, has struggled, ranking near the bottom in first downs (16.6 per game), pass efficiency (84.6 rating), third down efficiency (14.0 percent), and red zone efficiency (63.2 percent). But the Pirates did show signs of improving last time out under QB Chase Smith (24-of-51 passing, 270 yards, 2 TDs), who is expected to make his first college start. WR Tim Vizzi (34 rec., 341 yards, 3 TDs) is No. 5 in receiving. RBs Victor Caro (32 att., 218 yards), Jalen Craver (56 att., 216 yards), Dezerick Reed (29 att., 100 yards) and Cleavon Barnes (15 att., 89 yards) have contributed to a busy backfield.
No. 18 Antelope Valley (2-3) at No. 17 Moorpark (3-2)
Griffin Stadium, 6 p.m.
TWO WEEKS AGO: Moorpark 39, Compton 7; Antelope Valley 31, East L.A. 17.
SERIES HISTORY: Moorpark leads 7-2 dating back to 1968, winning 26-12 a year ago.
GAME FACTS: Moorpark opens what looks like a difficult SCFA Western Division race against its first-ever football opponent. The Raiders lead Southern California in total defense (218.2 ypg) and have been especially good against the pass, leading in both pass defense (110.8 ypg) and defensive pass efficiency (74.3 rating). Opposing teams have converted a region-low 21.2 percent of their third downs. LB Connor Bernado leads the team with 31 tackles, 7.5 for losses. DL Mason Huether has four sacks. FS Joey Eckert has three interceptions. Moorpark is in the Top 8 in both scoring offense (33.8 ppg) and defense (19.6 ppg). QB Nick Owens (76-of-144 passing, 1,031 yards, 13 YDs, 4 ints.) and WR Donnel Robinson (28 rec., 566 yards, 8 TDs) have connected for more touchdowns than any other combination in the state. RBs William Franklin (68 att., 267 yards, 1 TD) and Langston Jackson (30 att., 127 yards, 3 TDs) have done the work on the ground. WR Jeremy Evans (27 rec., 318 yards, 1 TD) is Antelope Valley's all-purpose threat. QBs Cameron Coon (70-of-119 passing, 735 yards, 4 TDs) and Derrick Dison (30-of-48, 314 yards, 3 TDs) have taken turns getting him the ball, but have also combined for nine interceptions.