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Sunday, October 23, 2011
L.A. North: The Top 10

By Tim Haddock

Crespi, St. Francis and Canyon lost last week. Crespi was the only team to stay in the L.A. North top 10. The Celts lost a crucial Serra League game, 28-14, to Bishop Amat. St. Francis lost its first game of the season, 44-30, to Gardena Serra.

But Canyon might have suffered the most embarassing setback, losing 34-7 to Foothill League rival Valencia. Canyon lost its first game of the season and let a golden opportunity to unseat Valencia as the Foothill League champ slip away.

Westlake and Ventura won to stay undefeated. Sierra Canyon enters the top 10 with an undefeated 7-0 record. Valencia comes in at No. 10, despite a 4-3 record.

Here’s a look at the L.A. North top 10:
  1. (1) Westlake (7-0) – The Warriors easily took care of Moorpark, erasing a 7-0 first-quarter deficit and rolling to a 34-13 Marmonte League win. Quarterback Justin Moore threw three touchdown passes and running back Dashon Hunt rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown.
  2. (3) Alemany (5-2) – The Warriors from Mission Hills had a bye last week. But at least they didn’t lose. They’ve had two weeks to prepare for a Serra League showdown with Crespi on Friday night.
  3. (4) Chaminade (6-1) – The Eagles showed Harvard-Westlake no mercy in a 55-0 shutout. They were up 49-0 at halftime and the game ended with a running clock. Running back Terrell Newby scored three touchdowns and had 120 rushing yards.
  4. (2) Crespi (4-2) – The Celts committed four turnovers and lost their first Serra League game of the season to Bishop Amat, 28-14. The Lancers scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to break a 7-7 tie at halftime.
  5. (6) St. Bonaventure (6-1) – The Seraphs crushed Agoura, 56-0. Shaun Wick scored three touchdowns for St. Bonaventure, one on a 58-yard punt return. He scored his other two touchdowns on runs of 41 and 47 yards.
  6. (5) Oaks Christian (5-2) – The Lions are counting their blessings after a too-close-for-comfort 24-17 win over Thousand Oaks. The Lancers rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit scoring 10 points in the third quarter. Oaks Christian running back Carlos Mendoza shouldered the load for his team with 239 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
  7. (9) Ventura (8-0) – The Cougars are winning ugly these days. Nick Januska had two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, in Ventura’s 20-6 win over Buena. Receiver Leo Camacho caught six passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.
  8. (10) Thousand Oaks (5-2) – The Lancers’ second-half rally came up eight yards short against Oaks Christian. Thousand Oaks running back Nathan De Beikes rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown.
  9. (NR) Sierra Canyon (7-0) – The Trailblazers shut out Campbell Hall, 33-0, but lost two players to injuries. Receiver Julian Brooks, who committed to Arizona, injured his right big toe in the first quarter and did not return to the game. Kick returner Kieran Yancy broke his leg and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
  10. (NR) Valencia (4-3) – The Vikings didn’t waste any time showing who’s the cream of the Foothill League crop. Valencia jumped out to a 14-0 lead and was up 24-7 at halftime against previoulsy undefeated Canyon. Valencia’s three losses are against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Chaminade and Loyola, all teams that have been ranked in the ESPNLA.com top 25.