Monday, October 3, 2011
L.A. North: Five things from the weekend
By Tim Haddock
The Ventura football team ran its record to 5-0 with a convincing 27-0 win over Camarillo in one of the longest rivalries in Ventura County. The two teams met for the 30th time on Friday night. The game didn’t quite live up to expectations, though. Camarillo receiver Jake Maulhardt was coming off a state-record performance against Canyon. He caught 28 passes to set the new state mark with 347 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns. Against Ventura, he caught only eight passes for 72 yards. Still a good night, but it pales in comparison to the previous game. Ventura receiver Hunter Winans outplayed Maulhardt with seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. He has 30 catches for 438 yards and two touchdowns in five games. Nobody expected Ventura to shut out Camarillo, which came into the game averaging 23 points. Ventura moved up to No. 7 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Western Division polls The Cougars were ranked 10th last week. St. Paul from the Mission League is ranked No. 1 in the Western Division, followed by Mission League rival Chaminade at No. 2.
The Paraclete football team set a school record with 86 points against Pasadena Marshall. The Spirits won the game, 86-0, playing second and third stringers in the second half. There is a CIF rule to use a running clock when a team is up by more than 30 points, but the Paraclete coaches said Marshall refused to use a running clock. “We asked for it after the first half,” the Paraclete coaches said on Twitter. “We have nothing but respect for Coach [James] Zall and his squad. He’s building something special.” Paraclete was up 37-0 after the first quarter and 65-0 at halftime. The Spirits gained 547 yards of total offense and Anton Hutcherson scored three touchdowns. The Spirits forced five turnovers and held Marshall to minus-9 yards of offense.
Arleta’s Dejon Coleman recorded his first seven-touchdown game and third six-touchdown game of the season in a 68-0 win over Monroe in the East Valley League opener. What is more impressive is that he scored his six rushing touchdowns in only nine carries in the game. He scored on runs of 73, 60, 35, 72, 47 and 19 yards and gained 320 yards in nine carries. For those keeping score at home, that’s 35.5 yards per carry. He also scored on a 72-yard kickoff return in the second half. That gives him 20 touchdowns in four games.
Canyon receiver Drew Wolitarsky caught two touchdown passes in his team’s 56-6 win over Beverly Hills. He set the school record with 26 career receiving touchdowns on Friday night. For good measure, he scored a touchdown on a 66-yard punt return in the second quarter. Wolitarsky caught five passes for 101 yards and had scoring catches of 33 and 29 yards from quarterback Jonathan Jerozal. Wolitarsky has caught 24 passes for 491 yards and six touchdowns in four games. He is averaging 20.4 yards per catch and 122.8 receiving yards per game.
The Downey girls' volleyball team was the surprise winner in the 28-team Royal Classic over the weekend in Simi Valley. Downey beat Ayala, 25-22, in the championship match and knocked off reigning Royal Classic champion Notre Dame Academy, 25-23, 29-27, in the semifinals. Host Royal lost in the quarterfinals of the gold division playoffs to Downey, 25-23, 25-22. El Camino Real won the silver division championship, 25-23, 25-18, over Granada Hills.