TONIGHT'S FOOTBALL GAMES

Los Alamitos (6-2, 1-2) vs. Esperanza (4-4, 1-2)

at Veterans Stadium,

7p.m.

Preview: This is a must-win game for the Griffins, especially with unbeaten Fountain Valley looming in the regular-season finale, if they are to secure one of the Sunset League's guaranteed spots in the CIF playoffs and not have to rely on an at-large berth. Even then, they still might have to beat Fountain Valley, depending on how the other games pan out. Ranked No. 7 in the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division, Los Al shouldn't be too hard-

pressed to pick up this win, at least on paper. The Griffins own one of the best defenses in the area, allowing just 69 points over eight games, and their offense, led by league-

leading rusher RB Nick Richardson (1,398 yards, 13 TDs), could put up quite a few points against the Aztecs, who have given up 200 this season. Like Los Al, Esperanza's only league win has come against bottom-dwelling Marina.

Cerritos (1-8, 1-4) vs.

Glenn (4-4, 0-4)

at Gahr High, 7p.m.

Preview: Glenn has been the tough-luck team of the Suburban League, where it has come up short despite playing competitively in just about every game. However, the Eagles still are mathematically in the CIF playoff hunt, needing two wins and a little help if they are to sneak into that fourth and final playoff spot. If Glenn can get past Cerritos, which is out of the playoff race, it would set up a likely win-and-in game with Bellflower next week.

- Dave Werstine

SCHEDULE

Week 8

Kickoffs are at 7p.m., unless indicated

Today

Los Alamitos vs. Esperanza* at Vets Stadium

Cerritos vs. Glenn* at Gahr HS

Friday

Cabrillo vs. Poly* at Veterans Stadium

Compton at Millikan*

Wilson at Jordan*

Artesia vs. Norwalk* at Excelsior HS

Bellflower at La Mirada*

Dominguez at Paramount*

Lynwood at Downey*

Warren at Gahr*

St. Anthony at St. Monica*

St. John Bosco vs. JSerra* at Saddleback College, 7:30p.m.

Centennial vs. Torrance*

Saturday

Downey Calvary Chapel at Brentwood*, 2p.m.

Valley Christian vs. Village Christian* at L.A. Kennedy

Avalon at Southlands Christian*, 1 p.m.

* - league games

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