The first full week of high school area football starts this week.
The most interesting matchups pit Pacifica (preseason number eight in the CIF Southwest Division) against El Dorado (10th) and Westminster (fifth in the Southern Division) against Garden Grove (first).
WEEK ONE SCHEDULE: Thursday: Bolsa Grande at Estancia, Rancho Alamitos at Saddleback (Santa Ana Stadium). Friday: Westminster at Garden Grove, Los Amigos at Godinez (Segerstom High), El Dorado at Pacifica (Bolsa Grande Stadium), Western at Paramount, Magnolia at Sonora (La Habra Stadium), La Quinta at Buena Park.
RANKINGS: Garden Grove High is ranked number one in the CIF Southern Division preseason football poll.
The Argonauts, who were 13-1 last season and advanced to the finals game against La Mirada, are one of three local teams in the division top 10.
Ranked fifth is Westminster, with Santiago seventh. Unranked but receiving votes is Rancho Alamitos.
In the Southwest Division, Pacifica is rated eighth.
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:
Pacifica 15, Murrieta Valley 7: The Mariners opened their 2010 campaign with a non-league win Friday night at Bolsa Grande Stadium. The M’s got 148 yards passing from Mario Nava and 72 yards rushing from Michael Cervantes in the win.
Alex Gladden contributed three field goals in the victory.
El Modena 17, Orange 13: The Panthers scored first and last in the battle Friday for the championship of the City of Orange, but it wasn’t enough.
Alex Sanchez’ 10-yard TD run gave OHS an early lead, and a 25-yard scoring pass from Tony Torres to Gabe Salcido cut the margin to four, but in between, the Vanguards scored 17 points and the second half was scoreless.
Sanchez finished with 104 yards rushing and Torres with 119 through the air.
Western 34, Ocean View 19: At Handel Stadium Friday, the host Pioneers rolled up a 34-0 halftime lead and coasted to the win over the Seahawks.
Marcus Hays had scoring runs of 6 and 57 yards and finished with 77 yards; Timmy Robinson and Gabor Fusick ran for 111 and 91 yards each and added a touchdown. The Pioneers kept the ball almost exclusively on the ground, attempting only two passes.