CAMARILLO -- The game between Ventura and Camarillo was supposed to be a matchup of two of the best receivers in the state.
But it was an unheralded receiver from Ventura who stole the show.
Hunter Winans caught seven passes for 107 yards and scored a touchdown in Ventura’s 27-0 nonleague shutout against Camarillo on Friday night.
While Winans shined against Camarillo, Ventura coach Brad Steward was not surprised by his performance.
“It was another good game for Hunter,” Steward said.
The senior receiver has been playing in the shadow of Nick Rudolph, who was selected to the MaxPreps preseason All-American team as a tight end. But Rudolph missed the last two games because of a separated shoulder.
Rudolph made his return against Camarillo (1-3) and caught five passes for 51 yards. He caught two critical passes on Ventura’s second scoring drive and helped set up a Conner Armstrong touchdown run in the first quarter.
On the other side of the field, Camarillo receiver Jake Maulhardt was coming off a state-record performance against Canyon last week. He caught 28 passes to break the state record and scored three touchdowns.
Maulhardt wasn’t nearly as effective against Ventura, catching eight passes for 72 yards and no touchdowns. Six of his catches came in the second half.
Ventura (5-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter after Cougars defensive end Kevin Krall intercepted a screen pass on the second play of the game. He returned it to the Ventura 24-yard line. Three plays later, Patrick Kim scored the first touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run.
“There is no way we can make turnovers and expect to beat these guys,” Camarillo coach Dennis Reidmiller said. “You just can’t do that against a team like Ventura.”
Camarillo quarterback Michael Marin threw two interceptions and was 10-for-20 for 84 yards.
Ventura took a 14-0 lead capping an 11-play, 59-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Armstrong with 3:42 to play in the first quarter.
Armstrong rushed for 145 yards and scored two touchdowns. His second touchdown came in the third quarter and gave Ventua a 20-0 lead.
“As the game wore on, Conner got better,” Steward said.
Winans caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Rodney Stanley in the fourth quarter. Stanley was 20-for-34 passing for 190 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
“All we can do is be positive,” Reidmiller said. “The defense played well. We need to fix a few other things and we will be OK.”