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Monday, September 5, 2011
LA North: Top 10 football teams

By Tim Haddock

Week 0 produced some surprises, probably none bigger than Sherman Oaks Notre Dame's 35-13 win over No. 25 Gardena Serra. It looks like the Serra League is going to be a battle. All five teams in the Serra League won their season openers. The Marmonte League had its share of close calls and near misses. Westlake and Moorpark won, but both games were far from convincing wins. Oaks Christian lost to Bellevue from Washington, a formidable opponent that gave the Lions defense fits. Here's a look at the LA North top 10 after Week 0:
  1. Oaks Christian (0-1) – The Lions lost to Bellevue from Washington, 31-21, at Mission Viejo on Saturday night. If there is such a good thing as a good loss, this would be it. Oaks Christian won’t see a team like Bellevue and its Wing-T offense again this season. Too much Tyler Hasty, who not only ran the offense at quarterback, but intercepted two passes at cornerback for Bellevue. Next game: Oaks Christian at Agoura on Sept. 16.
  2. St. Bonaventure (0-0) – The Seraphs have a tough opener against Corona Centennial. St. Bonaventure and Chaminade matched each other touchdown for touchdown in a scrimmage last week. The Seraphs can score and they can hit. Next game: St. Bonaventure at Corona Centennial on Friday.
  3. Alemany (1-0) – The Warriors pounded Pasadena, 55-0, in their season opener. Alemany quarterback Devon Dunn threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth TD in his debut. The Alemany defense recovered a fumble for a touchdown, intercepted three passes and forced seven punts. Next game: Alemany vs. Eastside at Alemany on Friday.
  4. Crespi (1-0) – The Celts destroyed a good Dominguez team, 48-6, in their season opener. No one likes to look ahead, but circle the game against Alemany on Oct. 28. Next game: Crespi vs. Jordan at Crespi on Friday.
  5. Westlake (1-0) – The Warriors narrowly escaped Del Oro with a 30-27 win in overtime. Alex Ball kicked the game-winner in OT and the Westlake defense completed a goalline stand, turning back Del Oro on the 1-yard line in overtime. Confidence builders on two fronts. Next game: Westlake vs. Calabasas at Westlake on Sept. 16.
  6. Moorpark (1-0) – The Musketeers opened with a 21-10 win over Palos Verdes. The Moorpark defense shined, forcing three turnovers, including a 21-yard interception for a touchdown by Bobby Eckert. Next game: Moorpark vs. Thousand Oaks at Moorpark on Sept. 16.
  7. Canyon (0-0) – The season opener for Canyon against Burroughs of Burbank will be challenging. Burroughs running back Zander Anding rushed for 277 yards against Saugus on Thursday night. He also had a 84-yard kick-off return for a touchdown. Next game: Canyon vs. Burroughs at Canyon on Friday.
  8. Quartz Hill (0-0) – The Rebels open against Oxnard, the reigning Pacific View League champs. Oxnard lost in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs last season. Quartz Hill went 8-3 and won a share of the Golden League championship in 2010. Next game: Quartz Hill vs. Oxnard at Quartz Hill on Friday.
  9. Chaminade (0-0) – The Eagles have an experienced quarterback in Logan Scott and a seasoned running back in Terrell Newby. In a scrimmage against a tough St. Bonaventure defense, both Scott and Newby found holes and made plays. The Mission League is in for a rude awakening. Next game: Chaminade vs. Venice at Chaminade on Friday.
  10. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (1-0) – Notre Dame opened with an impressive, 35-13, win over No. 25 Gardena Serra. Khalfani Muhammad and Kelly Hilinski look like a dynamic duo for Notre Dame. Next game: Notre Dame vs. Valencia at Notre Dame on Friday.