High school coaches like their guys

Los Angeles Times - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Eric Sond­heimer eric.sond­heimer@la­times.com Twit­ter: @lat­sond­heimer

USC and UCLA ros­ters are filled with lo­cally pro­duced play­ers, so in re­cent years The Times has asked a cross-sec­tion of area high school coaches to pre­dict the out­come of the an­nual game.

In many cases, the coach’s loy­alty is be­ing tested by the ques­tion, whether be­cause they’re an alum­nus or have play­ers on the teams. Cren­shaw’s Robert Gar­rett has Ajene Har­ris play­ing for USC and Mossi John­son play­ing for UCLA, caus­ing him to say, “I refuse to an­swer” when asked for a score.

This year, there seems to be a lot of agree­ment on one topic: the num­ber of points USC is ex­pected to score in vic­tory, 35. Here are the pre­dic­tions: Scott Al­tenberg, Gar­dena Serra: UCLA 3, USC 0. “Dur­ing USC’s first of­fen­sive pos­ses­sion, [of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor] Tee Martin is named head coach of Ten­nessee and leaves. Tro­jans of­fense never re­cov­ers.”

Nick Baiz, Ran­cho Cu­ca­monga: USC 34, UCLA 21. “I’m tak­ing USC be­cause they have a Ran­cho Cu­ca­monga Cougar, Chris Hawkins.”

Jim Benkert, West­lake Vil­lage Oaks Chris­tian: USC 38, UCLA 31. “Michael Pittman will be the dif­fer­ence.”

Jim Bonds, La Cañada St. Fran­cis: UCLA 45, USC 42. “Jim Mora car­ries Rosen off the field af­ter last-sec­ond TD pass to win the game.”

Ed Cro­son, West Hills Cham­i­nade: USC 35, UCLA 31. “USC has been more con­sis­tent but UCLA will make it close.”

Manuel Dou­glas, Har­bor City Nar­bonne: USC 35, UCLA 14. “Uchenna Nwosu will sack Josh Rosen three times.”

Lou Far­rar, West Cov­ina Char­ter Oak: USC 28, UCLA 21. “Right now USC’s de­fense is play­ing stronger.”

Robert Gar­cia, San Fer­nando: UCLA 24, USC 21. “UCLA is go­ing to be tougher than USC.”

Pat Har­low, San Juan Capis­trano JSerra: USC 35, UCLA 17. “I’m a USC alum and our run game is rolling and I love Sam Darnold.”

Lorenzo Her­nan­dez, Garfield: USC 35, UCLA 17. “UCLA is play­ing with young play­ers and doesn’t have the man­power of the Tro­jans.”

Dean Her­ring­ton, Lan­caster Par­a­clete: USC 35, UCLA 24. “Th­ese are the dan­ger­ous ones. UCLA is the big un­der­dog and crazy things hap­pen. But USC is run­ning the ball well and I can’t go against Steven Mitchell.”

Bob John­son, Mis­sion Viejo: USC 35, UCLA 20. “I think USC has too much power and is a lot bet­ter at the quar­ter­back po­si­tion.”

Matt Lo­gan, Corona Cen­ten­nial: USC 45, UCLA 35: “USC’s de­fense has been a lit­tle bet­ter, but I ex­pect a wild game.”

Charles Mincy, Dorsey: USC 35, UCLA 17. “USC can run the ball and UCLA has been strug­gling against the run.”

Larry Muir, Va­len­cia: UCLA 35, USC 27. “In Rosen we trust.”

Jason Ne­gro, Bellflower St. John Bosco: UCLA 21, USC 17. “They carry Josh Rosen off on the shoul­ders of Bosco grads Ja­cob Tui­otiMariner and Jaleel Wadood.”

Kevin Pear­son, L.A. Cathe­dral: USC 49, UCLA 35. “Gotta go with my boys down the street in car­di­nal and gold. Ron­ald Jones vs. Bruin de­fense and Josh Rosen vs. Tro­jan pass de­fense equals a lot of points.”

Bruce Rollinson, Santa Ana Mater Dei: USC 36, UCLA 17. “What will hap­pen is, in the sec­ond half, the emo­tions will set­tle down and the Tro­jans have more fire­power than the Bruins.”

Tim Sal­ter, Up­land: USC 42, UCLA 21: “USC has a lit­tle too much fire­power.”

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