The high school football season opens tonight with four teams from the Foothill League in action.
Hart plays El Camino Real at Birmingham High School. Hart will be relying on a veteran defense to stop a strong El Camino running game. Senior defensive end Justyn Eddins and senior linebacker John Cornelius lead an experienced defensive unit. Cornelius led the team with 10.2 tackles per game last season. Eddins led the team in sacks with six.
El Camino Real beat Hart last year, 33-28, As a sophomore, running back Kawan Rally rushed for 84 yards and three touchdowns for El Camino in the game against Hart.
Eddins said El Camino will be one of the toughest rushing teams Hart will face this year.
“Basically, Hart’s defense is going to have to step up this year,” Eddins said. “Defense is going to be a great thing this year for Hart High School. We’re going to do everything we can to try and stop anybody who comes our way.”
In other games, Saugus plays Burroughs at College of the Canyons, Golden Valley is on the road against Simi Valley and West Ranch travels to face Nordhoff.
Valencia and Canyon open their seasons next week.
In girls golf, Valencia sophomore Alison Lee tied the course record at Rustic Canyon in Moorpark, shooting a 4-under par, 32, in a nine-hole match against La Reina.
Valencia came up a little short as a team though, losing by 11 strokes to La Reina.
Alyssa Green came in with a 12-over par 48 for Valencia. Allie Jin was 13-over at 49.
In auto racing, Bryan Herta Autosport heads to Kentucky Speedway for Saturday’s Firestone Indy Light races with Sebastian Saavedra and Stefan Wilson behind the wheels of his cars.
Saavedra is fifth in the Indy Lights standings with two races remaining on the schedule. He is coming off a disappointing 11th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Illinois. He was the runner-up in the Indy Lights race at Kentucky Speedway last year.
Wilson finished sixth and has a string of three straight top-10 finishes on ovals. He has finished no worse than seventh in his past three oval races in the Indy Lights series.
In college football, the 14th ranked USC Trojans look like they have a potent combo in quarterback Matt Barkely and receiver Ronald Johnson.
Barkley tied a school record with five touchdown passes in USC’s 49-36 win over Hawaii in the season opener for both teams.
Johnson scored four touchdowns. He caught three touchdown passes from Barkley and scored his fourth on an 89-yard punt return in the third quarter.
In other games, No. 15 Pittsburgh lost to Utah, 27-24, in overtime. Utah freshman Brian Blechen intercepted a pass in the first overtime to set up a game-winning field goal. Joe Phillips knocked through a 21-yard field goal for Utah.
No. 2 Ohio State clobbered Marshall, 45-7. No. 13 Miami shut out Florida A&M, 45-0.
The Dodgers and Giants begin a three-game weekend series tonight at Dodger Stadium. It will be Chad Billingsley for the Dodgers against Barry Zito for the Giants. Pregame starts at 6:30 on AM 1220, KHTS.