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Football: It's McMahon vs. McMahon

August 28, 2011 |  7:43 am

The high school football season begins this weekend with zero-week games, and Friday's openers include a interesting quarterback battle between two players named McMahon.

It will be Ryan McMahon of Santa Ana Mater Dei taking on Kevin McMahon of Carson at Carson. Both will be making their varsity debuts for their respective teams. Ryan, a standout junior baseball player, was impressive in summer passing tournaments for the Monarchs. Kevin is a senior transfer from South Torrance.

Carson Coach Elijah Asante has spent all summer preparing for the Monarchs. He has attended passing tournaments and was at Mater Dei's scrimmage against Loyola. The Colts upset Mater Dei last season in his first game as Carson coach.

Mater Dei deserves the favorite's role, but Carson will be unveiling its new all-weather field, and Asante is certain to have some surprises for the Monarchs.

I traveled on the Carson bus last season for their upset. Here's a video look back.

-- Eric Sondheimer