The Palisades High football team hits the road for the first time in Western League play on Friday when it faces Fairfax in a game both teams need to win to stay in first place in the standings.
“We’ve played there twice before in my five years and both were incredibly tough games,” Pali High Coach Tim Hyde said. “The first time we lost by a point and the second time we won by three points, so I expect another close, physical game.”
Fairfax has one of the most versatile athletes in the league in quarterback Scott Harris, who has thrown for 947 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed 31 times for 110 yards and two scores. The Lions’ rushing attack is headed by Keivon Johnwell (531 yards, three TDs) and leading the receiving corps is Andrew Cox (33 catches, 341 yards, three TDs). Kendrell Ross has 66 tackles and one interception and Darryl Carrington is, according to Hyde, the league’s best inside linebacker.
“It’s the fastest team we’ve faced, with the best quarterback and a huge and athletic offensive line,” Hyde said. “We’re two Top 10 Division I teams fighting for a spot in the Open Division.”
The JV game will kick off at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by the varsity at 7 at Fairfax High (7850 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles).