Sunday, October 30, 2011
L.A. North: The Top 10
By Tim Haddock
Three teams in the L.A. North top 10 stayed undefeated. The Westlake football team made quick work of Newbury Park. Ventura and Sierra Canyon also rolled to easy victories to stay unbeaten.
Two teams in the L.A. North top 10 lost and it cost one of them a spot. Thousand Oaks was no match for St. Bonaventure. Just when it looked as if Valencia had things figured out, the Vikings lost to Foothill League rival Hart.
The Foothill League is a mess with four teams with 2-1 records and tied for first place. Valencia beat Canyon. Hart beat Valencia. Saugus beat Hart. Canyon clobbered Saugus to open league play.
Exit Valencia. Enter Highland, winners of three games in a row and tied for first place in the Golden League.
(1) Westlake (8-0) – Quarterback Justin Moore threw three touchdown passes and rushed for a touchdown in a 49-3 win over Newbury Park. Any chance the Warriors look past Agoura in preparation for St. Bonaventure in two weeks? Don’t count on it.
(2) Alemany (6-2) – Alemany finally won a close game, 30-28, over Serra League rival Crespi. And it was an important Serra League win. Alemany improved to 2-0 in league. Crespi dropped to 1-2. Alemany coach Dean Herrington said quarterback Devon Dunn had his best game of the season. He passed for a touchdown, ran in two more and continually made plays to keep his team in the game.
(3) Chaminade (7-1) – The Eagles started slow, but came on strong in the end and beat St. Francis, 31-13. It was the second loss in a row for St. Francis, winner of its first six games. Chaminade has won five games in a row, including its first three Mission League games.
(5) St. Bonaventure (7-1) – Running backs Shaun Wick and Zack Green combined for four touchdowns and 256 rushing yards in a 50-8 win over Thousand Oaks. Any chance St. Bonaventure looks past Calabasas in preparation for Westlake in two weeks? See Westlake above.
(6) Oaks Christian (6-2) – The Lions easily disposed of Simi Valley, 38-7. The Oaks Christian defense forced and recovered four fumbles, returning one for a touchdown. Oaks Christian racked up 242 rushing yards led by Jordan Payton’s 80-yard reverse for a touchdown. Chris Davis led the Lions with 65 yards on six carries.
(4) Crespi (4-3) – After a thrilling, 28-26, win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame to start Serra League play, Crespi has lost two games in a row. In the loss to Alemany, Crespi quarterback Cody Cordell injured his ankle in the first quarter and did not return. It might have been a different outcome if Cordell played the entire game.
(7) Ventura (8-0) – The Cougars have won at least a share of the Channel League championship, their first since 1996. A win over San Marcos on Friday night and Ventura will win the Channel League championship outright.
(9) Sierra Canyon (8-0) – Even without Arizona-bound receiver Julian Brooks, Sierra Canyon beat Brentwood, 42-8. It’ll be a different story if the Trailblazers face Paraclete, the reigning East Valley Division champions, without Brooks. He sat out the game against Brentwood because of an injured big toe and might not be fully healed in time for the game against Paraclete.
(8) Thousand Oaks (5-3) – The difference between the third-place team and the fourth-place team in the Marmonte League is 42 points. Quite a dropoff, but Thousand Oaks might be the fourth-best team in the Marmonte League and the Northern Division.
(NR) Highland (6-1) – The Bulldogs have won three games in a row. Perhaps more impressive is that the Bulldogs have won three Golden League games in a row by a combined score of 116-14. Highland is in a three-way tie for first place in the Golden League, but the Bulldogs are playing a notch better than Quartz Hill and Eastside of late.