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L.A. North: The Top 10

11/7/2011

Westlake, Ventura and Sierra Canyon, the three undefeated teams in the L.A. North top 10, had impressive wins over the weekend.

Westlake won big, as expected, over an Agoura team that has won only one game all season.

Ventura completed its first undefeated regular season since 1984 and won its first Channel League championship since 1996.

Sierra Canyon added a touch of legitimacy to its undefeated record with a 10-point win over Alpha League rival Paraclete, the reigning Southern Section East Valley Division champion.

Here's a look at how the L.A. North top 10 fared:

  1. (1) Westlake (9-0) – The Warriors dismantled Agoura, 45-9, behind a nearly perfect game from quarterback Justin Moore. He completed 12-of-13 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran in a touchdown in Westlake's prep game for the Marmonte League finale with St. Bonaventure.

  2. (2) Alemany (7-2) – Maybe those two one-point losses are producing some dividends. Tied 14-14 in the fourth quarter, Alemany scored two touchdowns in the final minute to beat Loyola, 28-14, and improve to 3-0 in the Serra League. The Warriors are guaranteed at least a share of the league title. A win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Friday night, by no means a gimme in the eyes of Warriors quarterback Devon Dunn, and Alemany will win its second Serra League title in a row.

  3. (4) St. Bonaventure (8-1) – The Seraphs didn’t mess around against Calabasas. St. Bonaventure was up 29-0 after the first quarter and 53-7 at halftime en route to a 60-7 win. Shaun Wick carried the ball four times, scored two touchdowns and gained 125 yards. That’s 31.2 yards per carry if you're keeping score at home. It's safe to say the Seraphs are ready for their game against Westlake on Thursday night.

  4. (3) Chaminade (8-1) – No disrespect to Chaminade, 33-0 winners over Cathedral, but the Mission League has been anything but challenging for the Eagles. Chaminade was up 30-0 at halftime, cruised to its sixth win in a row and has outscored its Mission League opponents 150-19. Chaminade travels to play Gardena Serra, also 4-0 in the Mission League, on Friday night.

  5. (5) Oaks Christian (7-2) – Two close calls in a row, but Oaks Christian keeps on winning. This time the Lions needed a last-minute field goal to beat Moorpark, 17-14, and keep pace with St. Bonaventure in the Marmonte League standings. Oaks Christian wraps up Marmonte League action against Newbury Park on Thursday night.

  6. (7) Ventura (10-0) – Not only did Ventura shut out San Marcos, 41-0, to win its first Channel League championship in five years, the Cougars completed their first undefeated regular season in 27 years. The 1984 Ventura football team went 9-0-1. The only other Ventura football team that was undefeated after 10 games was the 1951 team that went 10-0-2. Ventura awaits the Southern Section Western Division playoff pairings and perhaps an eventual showdown with Chaminade.

  7. (8) Sierra Canyon (9-0) – The Trailblazers have lost only two games in the last two seasons. Both times it was to Paraclete. Sierra Canyon was tested but came away with a 36-26 win over its Alpha League nemesis. The two teams will most likely meet again in the Southern Section East Valley Division playoffs in a rematch of the championship game from a year ago.

  8. (6) Crespi (4-3) – The Celts could only sit back and wait for the Serra League drama to unfold Friday night. Crespi was on a bye and awaiting Loyola in the league finale. Alemany, meanwhile, knocked Loyola into second place in the league standings. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame pulled off the upset of the night with a dramatic, 17-12, win over Bishop Amat. Now Crespi actually has a shot at the playoffs, despite a 1-2 record in league. A Crespi win over Loyola, combined with an Alemany win over Notre Dame, will put Crespi, Alemany and Loyola in the Pac-5 Division playoffs. It will be coin flipapalooza if Loyola and Notre Dame win.

  9. (9) Highland (7-1) – The Bulldogs won their fourth game in a row and scored a season-high 53 points against Antelope Valley. Quarterback Christian Tago threw three touchdown passes and running back Leonard Meriweather scored three rushing touchdowns. Highland is tied with Quartz Hill with 5-1 records atop the Golden League standings. The Bulldogs wrap up Golden League play against a 1-8 Lancaster team on Thursday night.

  10. (NR) Simi Valley (6-3) – After a 33-9 win over Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley is in position to make the playoffs. The Pioneers defense came up big against the Lancers, forcing six turnovers and returning two interceptions for touchdowns. Simi Valley recorded five sacks and scored a safety. The Pioneers are on the road against Moorpark in their Marmonte League finale on Thursday night.