LANCASTER – Canyon High is a Southland football Goliath that as recently as two weeks ago was ranked No. 22 in the nation by USA Today. Lancaster is an emerging Golden League power that along with the rest of the league is experiencing growing pains as a result of expansion and heavy graduation losses. Lancaster (1-2) looks for its biggest upset in any sport tonight when it plays host to Canyon (1-2) at 7:30. Canyon, a defending Southern Section Div. II champion, is led by BYU-bound running back J.J. DiLuigi, who came out of nowhere last season in a breakout junior year, rushing for 1,870 and scoring 43 touchdowns. Unfortunately from a Lancaster standpoint, tonight’s opponent is unlikely to be in an upset-type state of mind. The Cowboys are coming off gut-wrenching losses to St. Bonaventure of Ventura and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. “It’s going to be a mighty challenge, but that shouldn’t diffuse us or give us reason to not really play hard. The point is show your character and strive for that big upset,” Cortez said. “Upsets happen.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802 WHAT: Canyon vs. Lancaster nonleague football game WHERE: Lancaster High, 44701 32nd St. W., Lancaster WHEN: 7:30 tonight PLAYER TO WATCH: Canyon RB J.J. DiLuigi. The BYU-bound DiLuigi has scored three touchdowns and is averaging 99 yards. OUTLOOK: Heavily favored Canyon (1-2) was ranked in USA Today’s top 25 as recently as two weeks ago before losing to perennial state powers Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and St. Bonaventure of Ventura. Lancaster is coming off a 10-7 upset loss to Chatsworth.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsTo hear Lancaster Eagles coach Jeff Cortez tell it, the Cowboys are talented and deep at virtually every position. “They’re just fantastic,” Cortez said. “What really sets them apart from most teams is their offensive and defensive lines. They do such a great job of getting off the ball, and they have a running back (DiLuigi) who’s quick and has great vision.” Cortez acknowledged that his team will need to be nearly perfect in all phases of its game. Especially crucial for Lancaster is the play of linebackers Mike Nicholas, Gino Monaco, Davieon Stephenson and Chris Williams, and its lines on both sides of the ball. Lancaster is coming off a tough 10-7 upset loss to Chatsworth.
Strong Santa Ana winds exacerbated a 2-week-old wildfire that has burned more than 83,000 acres and prompted Ventura County officials on Sunday to warn some residents of Fillmore, Santa Paula and Ojai to voluntarily evacuate. The fire was 15 percent contained by Sunday afternoon, said Steve Swindle, spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department. The National Weather Service has issued a red-flag warning for most of Southern California, including for the Santa Clarita Valley, as a dry offshore flow blows in. “A red-flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly,” according to a written statement from weather experts. The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and high temperatures “will create explosive fire growth potential,” the statement says. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe warm and dry Santa Anas and the abundance of dry chaparral fueled the Day Fire, which scorched 10 miles in two hours on Saturday, Swindle said. The Day Fire was named after Labor Day, when it began. “It went through an area that hasn’t burned in a long time,” Swindle said Sunday. “We have voluntary evacuations in northwestern Fillmore and Ojai (and Santa Paula).” As of Sunday afternoon, only a handful of homeowners had evacuated from areas under fire threat, Ventura County fire officials said. Nearly 1,800 firefighters and personnel were out battling the blaze, which had been burning mainly in an area southwest of Pyramid Lake. Fire officials say it’s unusual for a wildfire in Southern California to last longer than a week, but because of the steep and rugged terrain, controlling the Day Fire is a struggle. While no structures have been threatened yet, Interstate 5 was shut down on two days last week as firefighters battled to keep flames from crossing the freeway. Swindle said if the fire continues spreading it could threaten about 345 structures. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but authorities have said they believe someone had been burning trash in the forest. [email protected] (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!