The following are previews of the area's upcoming high school football games this week.
Through the years, the spotlight on the second week of the season focused on the Crescenta Valley High and St. Francis football teams getting together to participate in the "Battle for Foothill Boulevard." It led to Friedman Field and Moyse Field being jammed with thousands of spectators and a chance for the schools to also play for bragging rights.
Things have changed for the time being, as the Falcons and Golden Knights will not meet this season.
"We are just looking for a different challenge and changing things up," said Crescenta Valley Coach Paul Schilling, whose team will instead meet host San Marino at 7 p.m. Friday in a nonleague contest. "The kids always want to play St. Francis, but we wanted to try something different and we have this connection with teams from the Rio Hondo League."
Crescenta Valley received 260 yards in 31 carries and a touchdown from William Wang to record a season-opening 26-21 nonleague road victory against Santa Paula on Friday. San Marino, ranked No. 7 in the latest CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division poll, kicked things off with a 30-14 intersectional road win against Eagle Rock on Aug. 30.
The Falcons begin a stretch of two games in a row facing teams from the Rio Hondo League. Crescenta Valley will battle La Cañada on Sept. 14 before starting Pacific League action Sept. 21 at Muir.
"I think we match up well against San Marino," said Schilling, whose team forced four turnovers against Santa Paula. "We expect another tough game.
"They like to run the ball about 90% of the time and they're big up front on the line. I liked the way we moved the ball against Santa Paula, but we just have to keep working at punching it in and putting teams away."
The Titans got a sparkling performance from running back Ryan Wood, who rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns against Eagle Rock.
San Marino Coach Mike Hobbie said the Titans' defense clamped down on Eagle Rock. San Marino held Eagle Rock without a first down on 10 of its 15 possessions.
"We executed our game plan defensively," Hobbie said. "Now, we have to find a way to stop [Wang].
"I like Crescenta Valley's lines. They are very aggressive and good sized. We missed some blocks [against Eagle Rock], and that's something we've got to fix."
St. Francis at Righetti, 7 p.m. Friday: The Golden Knights ran through visiting Arcadia Friday, 49-10, to begin their season in resounding fashion.
Now the Golden Knights will take their show on the road to Santa Maria to take on what figures to be stiffer competition in Righetti High, which is ranked seventh in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division and is a member of the Los Padres League.
"The Los Padres League up there is good," Bonds said. "I like the idea of taking a three-hour bus ride up there in the preseason to get an idea of what that's like in case we have to go up there again in the playoffs. Chances are you're going to have make one of these trips in the postseason."
Bonds said it's also just a good test to see how his new-look Golden Knights will fare on the road after they took advantage of an Arcadia team, which graduated most of its talent in 2011, at Friedman Field.
"It's hard for us to really figure out where we are and I think this week will be a much better indication of what kind of team we have and give us an idea of what we need to fix and work on," Bonds said.
The Warriors picked up their first win of the season Friday with a 55-15 win over Cabrillo after falling to Villa Park, 28-21, in their season opener. They have given up 425 rushing yards so far this season — 254 to Villa Park and 171 to Cabrillo, which could be a good sign for St. Francis.
The Golden Knights, who are fourth in the Western Division polls, ran for 348 yards against Arcadia, as Daniel Kawamura had 108 and Joe Mudie added 101 in the win.
"We were pleasantly surprised with our running game and we definitely want to continue to do that if the opportunity presents itself," said Bonds, who will also look to senior quarterback Jared Lebowitz, who completed eight of 14 passes for 128 yards and a score against the Apaches. "We also want to be a balanced team and really just take what they give us."