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Monday, September 26, 2011
L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

By Tim Haddock

  1. The games between Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure are quickly becoming classics. The latest contest included a power outage that only knocked out the stadium lights but not the scoreboards, and interrupted the game for nearly 30 minutes. It took 15 minutes for the lights to be restored and another 15 minutes for players to stretch and return to the game. When the lights went out, Oaks Christian was ahead, 27-24, with 6:52 to play in the fourth quarter. St. Bonaventure was down 20-3 at halftime and scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to trim the lead to three points. St. Bonaventure receiver Montre Lee scored the second touchdown of the quarter on a 55-yard pass from quarterback Marc Evans. The Seraphs were about the get the ball back after forcing Oaks Christian to punt. But with the football in the air, the lights went out. The ball was downed on the St. Bonaventure 1-yard line. The delay seemed to sap all the momentum from St. Bonaventure. Oaks Christian scored a safety when the game resumed after St. Bonaventure was called for holding in the end zone. Oaks Christian’s Marcus Jones forced his second fumble of the game and St. Bonaventure turned the ball over for the third time, ending a drive inside the Oaks Christian 20-yard line in the final minutes. St. Bonaventure coach Todd Therrien told the LA Times that Oaks Christian must have a hundred of rabbits' feet with the way the last couple of games have ended between the two teams. Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell insists the lights didn’t go out on purpose, but he didn’t know why they went out at all. Suspicions linger, but the end result is another dramatic win for Oaks Christian.
  2. The final tally on Camarillo’s Jake Maulhardt’s record-setting receiving game against Canyon Country Canyon is 28 catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns. His 28 receptions are a state record, breaking the mark of 26 catches set by David Sepulveda for Fullerton in a game against Buena Park in 1984. Maulhardt’s 28 receptions are fourth in the national record books. He broke the Ventura County record of 19 catches by Richard Mullaney of Thousand Oaks last year. His 347 receiving yards are No. 3 on the state list, behind Ramon Nevarez of Bolsa Grande (377 yards in 1996) and Keith Poole of Clovis (373 yards in 1991). Maulhardt scored on catches of 21, 25 and 37 yards. Camarillo coach Dennis Reidmiller told the Ventura County Star that if he knew Maulhardt had 28 catches during the game, he would have thrown to him a couple more times to try to get him an even 30. For good measure, Camarillo sophomore quarterback Michael Marin was 41-of-54 passing for 416 yards and four touchdowns.
  3. The football game between El Camino Real and Canoga Park ended with a last-second field goal and a fight. El Camino won the game, 36-34, on a 30-yard field goal by Ericson Penate. Canoga Park took the lead in the game on a touchdown by Anthony Bell and a two-point conversion with 20 seconds left. A pair of penalties, a pass interference and roughing the kicker, put El Camino in field-goal range. El Camino lined up for a 45-yard field-goal attempt after the pass interference call, but the kick was blocked. However, Canoga Park was penalized for roughing the kicker, giving El Camino another shot at a winning field goal, this time from 30 yards. After the game, an El Camino player said he was hit in the face by a Canoga Park assistant coach. El Camino coach Kevin Williams told the Daily News one of his assistants was hit in the face by a Canoga Park player. Both coaches, Williams and Canoga Park’s Ivan Moreno, told the Daily News that the officiating during the game was horrible. KTLA had video of the fight after the game.
  4. Running back Dejon Coleman had another six-touchdown game for Arleta in a 68-23 win over Reseda Cleveland. He gained 254 yards in 12 carries and scored on runs of 1, 50, 14, 70, 5 and 36 yards. He scored six touchdowns in a 56-42 win over Marshall in the season opener two weeks ago. Coleman has scored 13 touchdowns in three games this season.
  5. The Saugus girls' volleyball team won its own tournament, downing Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the championship match, 25-22, 25-21. Saugus setter Ashley Guthrie, who recorded 24 assists against Notre Dame, earned MVP of the tournament. Her teammate Ashley Pagan was also selected to the all-tournament team. The El Camino Real girls' volleyball  team won the Van Nuys tournament, going 11-0 and defeating Van Nuys, 25-19, in the championship match.