Thursday, October 27, 2011
L.A. North: Pick six games of the week
By Tim Haddock
Newbury Park (3-4) vs. No. 2 Westlake (7-0), Friday (7 p.m.) – Westlake quarterback Justin Moore spread the ball around in the Warriors’ 34-13 win over Moorpark. He threw touchdown passes to Brad Wellman, Cody Tuttle and Connor Cook. Newbury Park won its second Marmonte League game, 37-13, over Calabasas. It could be a long night for the Panthers.
Thousand Oaks (5-2) vs. No. 3 St. Bonaventure (6-1), Friday (7 p.m.) – The Seraphs recorded their third shutout of the season, 56-0, over Agoura. The Lancers put a scare into Oaks Christian, losing 24-17. Thousand Oaks is making a habit of playing close games and winning a few of them.
Simi Valley (5-2) vs. No. 12 Oaks Christian (5-2), Friday (7 p.m.) – Seniors Jordan Payton and Carlos Mendoza stepped up for the Lions against Thousand Oaks. But senior running back Ishmael Adams is expected to miss one more game with a sprained ankle. Surprising Simi Valley is navigating the Marmonte League with some degree of success. The Pioneers are coming off a 37-3 win over crosstown rival Royal, snapping a seven-year losing streak to the Highlanders.
No. 18 Crespi (6-2) vs. No. 14 Alemany (5-2), Friday (7 p.m.) – Alemany had two weeks to prepare for its Serra League game against Crespi. The Warriors are 1-0 in league and tied for first place with Loyola. Crespi is coming off a 28-14 loss to Bishop Amat and is tied for second place in league with a 1-1 record. It’s a must win for both teams, but all the games in the Serra League are turning into must wins.
St. Francis (6-1) vs. No. 19 Chaminade (6-1), Friday (7:30 p.m.) – St. Francis losts its first game of the season, 44-30, to Gardena Serra. Chaminade whacked Harvard-Westlake, 55-0, to win its fourth game in a row. The Eagles have won both of their Mission League games by a combined scored of 86-6.
Burbank Burroughs (4-3) vs. Pasadena Muir (4-3), Friday (7 p.m.) – Burroughs running back Zander Anding has four 300-yard rushing games in a row. With one more, he'll become the second player from the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County to have five in a row. The first player to do it was Ventura’s Tyler Ebell in 2000. Standing in Anding’s way is Muir. Anding rushed for 358 yards and three touchdowns against Crescenta Valley last week.