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L.A. North: The Top 10

11/21/2011

One team in the L.A. North Top 10 lost in the first round of the CIF football playoffs. Another team in the top 10 didn’t even make the playoffs.

Alemany, the No. 4-seeded team in the Southern Section Pac 5 Division playoffs, lost to St. John Bosco, 33-28.

Crespi, which ended up in a three-way tie with Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Bishop Amat for third place in the Serra League, lost a spot in the Pac-5 Division playoffs on coin flips.

It was probably just as well. The three teams from the Serra League in the Pac-5 Division playoffs lost in the first round. Loyola was upset by Huntington Beach and Bishop Amat lost to Santa Margarita.

Here’s a look at this week’s L.A. North top 10:

  1. (1) Westlake (11-0) – The Warriors easily eliminated Eastside, 59-12, in the first round of the Northern Division playoffs. Kicker Alex Ball set the Southern Section record for field goals with a 24-yarder in the second quarter. Westlake was up 52-6 at halftime. The good news for Eastside is that the Lions almost outscored Westlake’s second stringers in the second half.

  2. (3) Oaks Christian (9-2) – Mira Costa was no challenge for the reigning Northern Division champion. Oaks Christian scored on its first six possessions and rolled to a 43-10 win in the first round. Running back Ishmael Adams had quite a night, rushing for 98 yards on three carries and scored two touchdowns.

  3. (4) Ventura (11-0) – The Cougars are putting on their best DJ Khaled impression. All they do is win, win, win no matter what. Ventura jumped out to a 21-0 lead and won convincingly, 41-14, over visiting Dominguez in the first round of the Western Division playoffs. After top-seeded Gardena Serra was upset by Culver City, Ventura is now the highest remaining seeded team in its half of the playoff bracket.

  4. (5) St. Bonaventure (8-3) – It wasn’t pretty, but St. Bonaventure won its first round Northern Division playoff game, 19-10, over Redondo. The Serpahs were down 10-0 in the second quarter and 10-8 at halftime. They finally took the lead on a 40-yard field goal by Brandon Rominger in the third quarter and held Redondo scoreless in the second half. St. Bonaventure certainly won no style points for this one.

  5. (6) Chaminade (9-2) – Third-seeded Chaminade won its first round Western Division playoff game in a 45-15 blowout over Inglewood. But one of coach Ed Croson’s biggest fears was realized. His team has to travel to San Luis Obispo for its second-round game. A long road trip in the playoffs is exactly what Croson was trying to avoid. With teams from the Pac-7 League on the central coast in the Western Division, it’s almost impossible to avoid.

  6. (7) Sierra Canyon (11-0) – The top-seeded team in the East Valley Division playoffs clobbered Desert Hot Springs, 56-21. Running back Xavier Menfield rushed for 102 yards and scored three touchdowns. Danny Jordan scored two touchdowns, one on a 50-yard interception return and the other on a 97-yard kick-off return.

  7. (8) Highland (9-1) – Highland quarterback Christian Tago, who’s bound for San Jose State, passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-0 shutout over Saugus in the first round of the Northern Division playoffs.

  8. (10) Moorpark (7-4) – For the third time in the past four seasons, Moorpark eliminated Valencia in the Northern Division playoffs. Moorpark needed a fourth quarter touchdown to beat Valencia, 17-10, at Valencia High School. Now the Musketeers will play Marmonte League rival Thousand Oaks in the second round.

  9. (2) Alemany (8-3) – The fourth-seeded team in the Pac 5 Division playoffs gave up a touchdown to St. John Bosco with 45 seconds left in the fourth quarter and lost, 33-28, in the first round. The Warriors were up 21-20 at halftime, but were outscored 13-7 in the second half. Quarterback Devon Dunn passed for 274 yards and a touchdown. But he threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.

  10. (NR) Canyon (9-2) – What a week for the Cowboys. After having to forfeit a Foothill League game for using an ineligible player and thus sacrificing their share of the Foothill League championship, Canyon shut out Palmdale, 21-0, in the first round of the Northern Division playoffs. The Cowboys scored all their points in the second quarter. They have won four games in a row and haven’t lost since Oct. 21 to Valencia. Take away the forfeit to Saugus and the loss to Valencia is the only loss on the field for Canyon.