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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
LA North: Games of the week

By Tim Haddock

The Chaminade and Valencia football teams are working on improving the same things in preparation for Friday night’s game at Valencia High School.

Both teams are focusing on their special-teams play after some miscues in last Friday night’s games.

Valencia (0-1) missed a field-goal and an extra-point attempt in a 17-14 overtime loss to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Chaminade (1-0) missed three 50-yard field goals in its 41-21 win over Venice.

The missed kicks for Valencia could have made a big difference against Notre Dame. The Vikings could have won the game in regulation if they made the field-goal try.

Chaminade, the No. 18 team in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football poll, missed two field goals in the first half and went into halftime with a slim, 13-7, lead. The Eagles scored four touchdowns in the second half to extend their lead, but the field goals might have given Chaminade a little extra confidence after a tight first half.

Valencia lost a heartbreaker against Notre Dame. The Vikings shut out the Knights for three quarters and didn’t give up a touchdown until seven minutes into the fourth quarter.

“It was a real tough loss,” Valencia coach Larry Muir said. “The kids have responded well. We’ve had a good week of practice.”

Despite the slow start, Chaminade had a nice game statistically against Venice. Running back Terrell Newby rushed for 269 yards and scored five touchdowns. The Eagles racked up 441 yards rushing as a team.

Chaminade coach Ed Croson said the offense ran 89 plays. Newby carried the ball 27 times and broke off some big runs. His last carry of the game went for a 63-yard touchdown. He also had a 13-yard touchdown run in the first half and a crucial 27-yard run just before halftime.

“He had some big runs,” Croson said. “We’re certainly OK with that.”

Here’s a look at some of the other top games in the L.A. North area this weekend:

No. 3 Alemany (2-0) vs.  JW North (1-0) at Riverside City College, Friday, 7 p.m. – Alemany has scored 101 points in its first two games. The Alemany defense has given up only seven points in those two games. The Warriors look as if they have the perfect balance: explosive offense and stingy defense. JW North opened with a 48-10 win over Colton.

No. 6 St. Bonaventure (1-0) at Royal (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m. – St. Bonaventure opened with an impressive 29-27 win over Corona Centennial, ranked No. 7 in the ESPN LA top 25 rankings. Royal beat Golden Valley, 27-14, in its season opener last week.

No. 8 Crespi (2-0) vs. Clovis West (0-2) at Buchanan High School in Fresno, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – Crespi is averaging 56.0 points per game and is coming off a 64-0 shutout against LA Jordan. Clovis West is off to a rare 0-2 start. The Golden Eagles opened with a 31-30 loss to Merced and followed with a 52-18 loss to Del Oro from Loomis.

No. 9 Oaks Christian (0-1) at Agoura (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m. – Oaks Christian should be well rested and ready for Agoura. The Lions had a bye last week after a 31-21 opening night loss to Bellevue (Wash.). Agoura shut out Ventura, 38-0, last week.

No. 13 Westlake (1-0) vs. Calabasas (1-0), Friday, 7 p.m. – Westlake had a bye last week after a 30-27 overtime win over Del Oro from Loomis on Sept. 3. Calabasas scored 13 points in the second half and ralied to beat Granada Hills, 16-12, last week.

No.  22 Canyon (1-0) vs. Knight (1-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m. – The Cowboys scored 35 points in the first half against Burroughs of Burbank last week and cruised to their first win of the season. Knight beat Boron 37-26 in its opening night game.

No. 23 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (2-0) vs. Woodland Hills Taft (0-1), Friday, 7 p.m. – Notre Dame looked great against Gardena Serra in Week 1. The Knights looked a little shaky against Valencia in Week 2. Taft is coming off a 10-3 loss to Dorsey last week.