Monday, October 4, 2010
LA North: Five things from the weekend
By Tim Haddock
1. The Westlake football team is the only undefeated team in the Marmonte League. After a 31-12 win over Oaks Christian on Friday night, Westlake improved to 4-0 overall, 3-0 in league. Four teams are tied for second place in the Marmonte League standings. Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks each have 2-1 records in league play. Oaks Christian and Moorpark suffered their first league losses of the season on Friday night. Moorpark lost on a 35-yard touchdown catch by St. Bonaventure’s Jeremy Sanchez in the fourth quarter. Thousand Oaks shut out Royal, 48-0. Receiver Richard Mullaney caught 10 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns for Thousand Oaks.
2. Pretty much everybody knows that Trey Smith, the son of actor Will Smith, plays for the Oaks Christian football team. Oaks Christian has its share of star power with NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky walking the sidelines when his son Trevor is playing and Jay Schroeder, former Raiders and Redskins quarterback, as an assistant offensive coach. What’s not so well known is that Westlake has its own Hollywood following. Kirstie Alley of “Cheers” fame was in the stands rooting for the Westlake football team on Friday night at Oaks Christian High School. She is a friend of quarterback Nick Isham’s family. After the game, after Isham did his television interviews and guided Westlake to a win over Oaks Christian, Alley was on field telling Isham that he made it look so easy. It took almost three quarters for Westlake to start pulling away, but, yes, in the end, Isham made easy work of Oaks Christian.
3. Another quarterback who’s making it look easy these days is Crespi quarterback Kenny Stenhouse. The senior quarterback broke his own school record by passing for 493 yards in his team’s 45-31 road win over Vista Murrieta, the seventh-ranked team in the ESPNLA.com poll, on Friday night. Stenhouse threw five touchdown passes and rushed for a sixth. He broke the Crespi record for passing yards and completions two games ago in a 33-32 win over Clovis West. Crespi plays Woodland Hills Taft on Friday night. Taft is giving up 33.5 points and 246 passing yards per game this season. It looks like the San Fernando Valley passing record of 511 yards by Erie Eddy of Canoga Park in 2006 might be in jeopardy. Crespi, the 23rd-ranked team by ESPNLA.com, should be making a major move up in the poll.
4. The Canyon football team is 4-0 after a 31-21 win over Beverly Hills on Friday night. Valencia is the class of the Foothill League with its own 4-0 record and as the reigning league champions. But Canyon looks like it might be the only team to challenge Valencia for the league title this year. Darius Rudolph rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns against Beverly Hills, which features one of the top defensive end college prospects in the country in Greg Townsend Jr. Canyon has an effective quarterback in Jonathan Jerozal, who threw for 199 yards and a touchdown against Beverly Hills. He also scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter. Oh, by the way, Valencia running back Steven Manfro scored another five touchdowns in his team’s 63-28 win over Santa Monica. That would be 19 touchdowns in four games for Manfro.
5. The Alemany football team improved to 5-0 with a 49-17 win over Harvard-Westlake. Alemany quarterback Vernon Adams threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns. He has the Alemany offense clicking. The Indians have scored an average of 38.2 points per game in five games this season. They have scored 42.7 points per game in their past four games. Granted their toughest opponent has been Woodland Hills Taft in those four games, but seven touchdowns per game is still seven touchdowns per game. Beverly Hills, which suffered its first loss of the season to Canyon, is up next for Alemany.