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Football: 24-team Saugus tourney begins

June 17, 2011 | 11:41 am

The 24-team Saugus passing tournament gets under way Friday afternoon and evening, following by championship action Saturday night at Central Park.

Pool A: Saugus, Long Beach Poly, Agoura, Sierra Canyon. Pool B: Valencia, Westlake, San Fernando, Campbell Hall. Pool C: Canyon, Newbury Park, Loyola, Nordhoff. Pool D: Golden Valley, Royal, Notre Dame, Palmdale. Pool E: Hart, Oaks Christian, Pioneer Valley, Crescenta Valley. Pool F: West Ranch, Chaminade, Thousand Oaks, Eastside.

Oaks Christian plays Hart at 2 p.m. Valencia faces Westlake at 6 p.m. Notre Dame plays Palmdale at 6 p.m. Those look like the best opening games. Teams play three games on Friday.

Poly, coming off a championship in the Dana Hills tournament, should be the favorite, with Oaks Christian and Westlake right behind. Notre Dame is a team that could be a surprise. Loyola's Kodi Whitfield injured his ankle Wednesday, and it's uncertain whether he'll be playing.

-- Eric Sondheimer