The fifth week of the 2012 prep football season has three local teams closing out the nonleague portion of their respective schedules.
The highlight of the week is arguably the Mater Dei-Edison showdown.
"It's a big one, for sure," Edison Coach Dave White said. "Any time you play Mater Dei, it's special. It should be a good game."
In the previous 13 games between the schools, Mater Dei owns an 8-5 series edge.
Mater Dei (3-0) vs. Edison (3-0), 7 p.m., Orange Coast College: The Monarchs and Chargers put their undefeated seasons on the line when the teams meet for the 13th consecutive year.
Mater Dei, ranked fifth in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division, has been rolling on offense. The Monarchs come in averaging 44 points per game, and are coming off a 51-0 victory against Santa Monica. Quarterback Ryan McMahon has thrown for 369 yards and five touchdowns, and the Monarchs' ground game is led by Justin Allen, who has 234 yards and averages nearly seven yards per rush.
The Monarchs' defense also has been formidable, giving up just 23 points in three games.
"They are putting up 40 pints a game, their defense is flying around, and they are tough," White said. "This is our toughest game yet, and we will have to play with more consistency if we want to be successful Friday."
Edison, the new No. 1 team in the Southwest Division, blanked Servite, 6-0, last week. Elijah Herrera rushed for 119 yards and scored the game's lone touchdown in the third quarter. Donald Rice also racked up 119 rushing yards.
The Chargers' defense didn't allow the Friars to penetrate beyond the Edison 35-yard line the entire game.
"I thought we outplayed (Servite) all game," White said. "Our first team-defense has played real well for three weeks in a row. We got our run game going and it's the first time, in a long time, that we've had two running backs go over 100 yards in the same game. Offensively, though, we still need to be more consistent."
Brethren Christian (3-0) vs. St. Anthony (3-1), 7 p.m., St. Anthony High: Brethren Christian returns to the playing field with a road game against a St. Anthony team that is on a three-game win streak.
BC had a bye week last week. The Warriors have scored three lopsided victories to start the season. In those three wins, junior quarterback Jack McInally has completed 42 of 67 passes (62%) for 762 yards with 18 touchdowns and just one interception. The Warriors have a solid receiving corps, led by Guy Demazeliere (eight TDs), Austin Gorrell (five TDs), Brandon Bryson (four TDs) and Anthony Moore (three TDs).
"We are blessed with a great group of receivers," BC Coach Pat McInally said. "Our O-line is providing excellent protection and the running backs are picking up blitzers and running well when they get the ball. Offensive coordinator Ryan O'Hara's schemes are very advanced, and his play-calling has been uncanny."
First-year Coach Mario Morales has St. Anthony on a three-game roll following a season-opening defeat to Winward. The Saints have defeated Crean Lutheran (33-12), Fairmont Prep (40-0) and Mary Star of the Sea (21-15) over the last three weeks.
"They're very athletic and will present a big challenge for us both defensively and offensively," Pat McInally said. "This will be a real test for our team. It'll take our best effort of the season to win it."
Fountain Valley (3-1) vs. Trabuco Hills (3-1), 7 p.m., Trabuco Hills High: Fountain Valley concludes nonleague play with a tough road assignment at Trabuco Hills.
The Barons won their third straight game Friday by taking down Downey, 24-10. Chris d'Entremont threw two touchdown passes to Jason Baker and one to Jacob Church.