There’s not a longer, or more evenly-matched rivalry in this part of Orange County, and once again when Garden Grove and Rancho Alamitos clash Friday night at the Argonaut field, a league title will be on the line.
The series began in 1958 and continued every year since then. In 54 meetings, each team has won 26 times and there have been two ties.
In Friday’s clash, the Argonauts have to be considered the favorites. Grove has a 6-2 record overall and is 3-0 in Garden Grove League play. The Argonauts are ranked third in the CIF Southern Division and could be a contender for the school’s second CIF section football crown.
More to the point, the Argos own a 56-14 win over Los Amigos, which thumped Rancho earlier in the season 38-14.
Rancho is 6-2 and 2-1. If Grove wins, that will lock up at least a tie for the GGL crown, with only last-place Bolsa Grande still to play. But if the Vaqueros can pull off an upset, it will likely create a three-way deadlock for the title among Grove, Rancho and Los Amigos.
Other Week Nine games involving teams serving the Garden Grove-Stanton-Westminster area are:
• Thursday: Los Amigos at Santiago (Garden Grove Stadium), Western at Tustin, Magnolia at Katella (Glover Field).
• Friday: La Quinta at Bolsa Grande, Loara at Westminster, Pacifica at Cypress (Handel Field, Western High).
Saturday: Ocean View at Orange (Fred Kelly Stadium, El Modena High).