AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week KNIGHT (2-6) at ANTELOPE VALLEY (5-3), 7 p.m. Key stat: 6. Sacks by Antelope Valley DE Randy Burton this year. He also has 67 tackles. Outlook: Knight (0-4) is coming off a bye week that followed four consecutive losses. Antelope Valley (3-1) isn’t the opponent the Hawks want to see right now. A.V. needs to get back on track after a 21-14 loss last week to Lancaster put its Golden League title hopes in jeopardy. The Antelopes need to win their last two games, with Lancaster losing tonight to Palmdale, to win its first title in three years. QUARTZ HILL (5-3) at HIGHLAND (3-5), 7 p.m. Key stat: 248. Rushing yards given up by Highland last week in a 41-14 loss to Palmdale. Outlook: Both teams need to win their final two regular-season games to make the playoffs, so this essentially is an elimination game. Highland (2-2), which upset Lancaster 28-27 two weeks ago, has the best chance. The Bulldogs can make the playoffs with victories over Quartz Hill (tonight) and last-place Knight (Nov. 10) and a Lancaster loss to Palmdale. Quartz Hill must beat Highland (tonight) and defending champion Palmdale (Nov. 10). BISHOP (7-1) at ROSAMOND (6-2), 7 p.m. Outlook: Rosamond (3-0) rides a five-game winning streak into its biggest game since it won its last High Desert League title in 1999. The Roadrunners, ranked No. 4 in Div. XII, will need to find a way to get past No. 1 Bishop’s defense, which has surrendered just 8.5 points per game. Rosamond is led by tight end Eric Leon (31 receptions, 571 yards, 12 touchdowns) and running back Spencer Rodney (75.6 yards per game, five touchdowns). Bishop also is 3-0 in league play. KERN VALLEY (5-3) at DESERT (2-6), 7 p.m. Outlook: Desert (1-2) can greatly improve its playoff chances. The Scorpions, coming off a 36-0 loss to Bishop, will count on senior quarterback/linebacker Ryan Gava (28 for 63, 436 yards passing; 63 tackles) against Kern Valley (1-2), which lost 46-13 to Mojave last week. LUCERNE VALLEY (5-3) vs. DESERT CHRISTIAN (4-4) at Rosamond HS, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Outlook: Buoyed by last week’s decisive 46-20 Desert Mountain League victory over Silver Valley of Yermo, Desert Christian (2-1) finds itself playing for sole possession in second place. The Knights are second-year program seeking their first playoff berth. Lucerne Valley (2-0) is coming off a 24-0 nonleague victory over Lakeside of Lake Elsinore. HE SAID “We’d rather just win tonight and not have to think about it.” – Lancaster RB Josh Gaines, on the Golden League playoff picture. SPOTLIGHT Antelope Valley WR Brandon Scott has the talent to be a college prospect, he just hasn’t been on the field enough to show it. Scott didn’t play as a freshman, played only half of his sophomore season, and as a junior sat the bench because A.V.’s new coaching staff didn’t know much about him. This year, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior is trying to make up for lost time. “He’s a good kid,” Antelope Valley star RB Andre Crenshaw said. “He got lost a little bit, but he’s trying to make it now. I think he will, too, because he’s a hard worker, and he’s very coachable.” Scott caught his first touchdown pass last week against Lancaster. TRIVIA QUESTION What was the last Golden League team, other than Palmdale, Lancaster or Antelope Valley, to reach the playoffs? OFF THE CHARTS Lancaster has had a difficult time with Palmdale in recent years, but it hasn’t always been that way. The all-time series results: Year, Winner 2004 Palmdale 19-13 2003 Palmdale 38-0 2002 Palmdale 31-7 2001 Palmdale 33-0 2000 Palmdale 17-6 1999 Lancaster 28-8 1998 Lancaster 24-7 1997 Palmdale 41-11 OFFBEAT Quartz Hill backup QB Kyle Mallett hadn’t played in anything but garbage time until last week. Star QB Calvin Culver missed practice earlier in the week, so he had to sit out the first quarter. Mallett, starting for the first time, guided the Rebels to two touchdowns and graded out at 95 percent for the game. “Calvin hasn’t graded out higher than 70 percent all year, but when he sees Mallett seizing the opportunity, all of a sudden he becomes the consummate QB,” Quartz Hill coach Pat Degnan said. “(Culver) was faking, running, throwing, making reads he hasn’t made all year, and (he) graded out at 82 percent. “It’s amazing what motivation a little competition can be.” TRIVIA ANSWER Highland was a playoff participant in 2002, finishing third, behind A.V. and Palmdale.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GAME OF THE WEEK LANCASTER (7-2) at PALMDALE (3-5), 7 p.m. Key stat: 4. Lancaster turnovers in a 29-13 loss last season to Palmdale. The Falcons also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. Outlook: Lancaster (4-1 league) can clinch the Golden League title with a victory over Palmdale (3-1). That was the situation the past two years, and the Eagles failed to win either. Palmdale has had a difficult season, losing 58-14 to Oaks Christian of Westlake Village two weeks ago, then rallying last week for a 41-14 victory over Highland, the only Golden League team to beat Lancaster this year. Big plays will be crucial. Both offenses are balanced and move the ball well. Palmdale is led by WR Tyreace House (22 catches, 547 yards, 6 TDs) and RB Dominic Blood (758 yards, 10 TDs). Lancaster’s key players include RBs Tony Jackson (944 yards, 12 TDs) and Josh Gaines (647 yards, 6 TDs).