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PREVIEW: Lakewood vs. Orange Vista

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It will be a memorable Friday night in Lakewood as the Lancers play their first true home game at the rededicated John Ford Stadium. Kickoff against Orange Vista is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Lakewood hasn’t played a game on campus since 2019.

“We are excited to be home and to play in from of our family, friends and the Lakewood community,” Lakewood coach Justin Utupo said. “It’s important that we honor the past and se the tone for the future of the Lakewood football program.”

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Orange Vista is coming off a 6-5 season that ended in a first-round playoff loss in Division 8. The Coyotes have a dangerous game breaker in receiver and defensive back Sire Gaines. He averaged 26 yards per catch and had nine touchdown receptions last year.

Football Preview: Lakewood Lancers
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JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.