Two of the L.A. areas most successful high school football programs will meet Saturday for the SIF Southern Section championship.
Max Wittek ably followed Matt Barkley's footsteps at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei High School. He hopes to position himself this spring to do it again at USC.
UNLV started fall practice on Monday, but it was the presence of quarterback Rocky Hinds -- a transfer from USC that won't be eligible to play until 2006 -- that made the biggest splash.
John David Booty, who graduated a year early from Evangel High School to sign with Southern California, may be about to see more than limited action.
Matt Leinart made a strong pitch for the Heisman Trophy, and Southern California overcame a sluggish start to move within one win of a perfect regular season.
The Trojans possess too much talent for the Irish, and will move one step closer to the BCS Championship game.