The Southland’s top Catholic school football teams won their games over the weekend, but the fires in the north San Fernando Valley plus smoke and traffic conditions resulting from the fires forced postponements and even cancellations of several contests in the CIF-Southern Section and L.A. City Section.
In the Trinity League, No. 1-ranked Mater Dei ran its record to 7-0, trouncing Servite 56-11. No. 2 St. John Bosco, which beat Servite by a single point the prior week, came back strongly to dominate No. 5 J.Serra 49-10 and reach 7-0 on the season, as DJ Uigaleilei threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more.
Orange Lutheran stopped Santa Margarita 28-14 in the other game. This week’s contests feature J.Serra at Servite (Oct. 17), Orange Lutheran at St. John Bosco (Oct. 18) and Mater Dei at Santa Margarita (Oct. 18).
In the Mission League, Alemany’s game at Loyola was cancelled due to “poor and unsafe traveling conditions for the away team,” said an Oct. 11 statement on Loyola’s website, adding, “The game will NOT be made up.”
The two other league games took place, with Bishop Amat beating Chaminade 31-21 in La Puente (in a game delayed one day by the fires), and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks defeating Serra 17-6 in Gardena. On Oct. 18, Bishop Amat (leading the league at 2-0) is at Serra, Alemany is at Chaminade, and Loyola is at Notre Dame.
St. Anthony took over the Del Rey League lead at 2-0 with a 27-21 win over La Salle, while St. Genevieve lost 27-21 to Harvard-Westlake. This week St. Paul, idle last weekend and 1-0 in league play, hosts Harvard-Westlake, and St. Genevieve plays St. Anthony; La Salle hosts Victor Valley in a non-league game.
In other league action last weekend, St. Bonaventure lost 34-7 to Westlake (Marmonte); Damien was edged by Chino Hills 28-25 (Baseline); and Bishop Diego was blanked 34-0 by Camarillo (Camino). This week, St. Bonaventure is at Oaks Christian, Damien hosts Rancho Cucamonga, and Bishop Diego hosts Paraclete in a non-league game.
Paraclete prevailed 38-33 over St. Francis at Palmdale in one of last weekend’s most exciting contests. St. Francis (5-2 overall) open Angelus League play this week at Crespi, while Cathedral hosts Salesian which lost 28-6 at Rancho Christian of Temecula last week.
In other Non-League games last week, St. Pius X-St. Matthias stayed unbeaten (6-0) by overwhelming Godinez Fundamental 40-8; Mary Star beat Verbum Dei 35-0; and Bishop Montgomery won its first game of the year, 33-28 over Pioneer.
Santa Fe League play starts this week, with St. Bernard at St. Pius X-St. Matthias, and Verbum Dei at Don Bosco Tech.
And in the first week of Camino Real League play, Cantwell-Sacred Heart hosts Bishop Montgomery, while St. Monica (6-0) is at Mary Star (6-1).
In Eight-Man Football, Santa Clara blanked Noli Indian 39-0, and St. Michael’s Prep downed Faith Lutheran (La Verne) 49-6. This week, St. Michael’s (6-1) hosts Sage Hill (5-1) in an Express League game Oct. 17, and Villanova is at Cate Oct. 19.