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Monday, November 29, 2010
LA North: Five things from the weekend

By Tim Haddock



1.       The Marmonte League tri-champions are in the final four of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. Oaks Christian, the top-seeded team in the Northern Division playoffs, left no doubt in a 57-34 win over Marmonte League rival Thousand Oaks. The outcome was much different than the previous meeting, which ended 28-26 in favor of Oaks Christian. St. Bonaventure, the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, clamped down on an explosive Canyon offense and won 45-21. Westlake, the third seed, pounded Palos Verdes, 49-28. The other semifinalist is Valencia, a 40-21 winner over Moorpark, another team from the Marmonte League. Valencia, the No. 4 seed in the division, plays Oaks Christian on Friday night. St. Bonaventure plays Westlake. St. Bonaventure, from coach Todd Therrien to the ball boys, seems to be  ready for Westlake. Valencia is the only hope of breaking up an all-Marmonte League final.

2.       Thousand Oaks receiver Richard Mullaney caught a school record 19 passes for 303 yards in his team’s playoff loss to Oaks Christian. He caught three touchdown passes to boot. The Oregon State-bound senior ended his high school career with a number of records. His 120 receptions this season is a CIF Southern Section record. He ended his career with an even 200 receptions, a school record. He scored 20 receiving touchdowns in his senior season, another school record. His 29 career touchdown receptions are also the most in school history. He is the school record holder in receiving yards for a season with 1,668 and ends his career with 2,665 yards receiving. He also tied a school record with 14 interceptions over his high school career.

3.       Speaking of records, running back Steven Manfro is on the verge of breaking a couple of Foothill League marks. He has rushed for 2,434 yards and scored 40 touchdowns in his senior season. Manuel White from Valencia, who went on to play at UCLA and for the Washington Redskins, rushed for a Foothill League record 2,514 yards in 1999. J.J. DiLuigi from Canyon, now a junior at Brigham Young, scored a league record 43 touchdowns in 2005. Manfro is coming off a 346-yard rushing game against Moorpark. He scored only one touchdown, his lowest touchdown output of the season, but averaged 12.3 yards per carry. He is averaging nearly 203 rushing yards per game. He needs only 81 yards against Oaks Christian to break White’s record.

4.       The Chaminade football team is in rare territory. After a 37-19 win over Atascadero in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs, Chaminade has reached the semifinals for only the third time in the past 23 years. Chaminade running back Terrell Newby has been on a roll since the playoffs started. He gained 154 yards and scored four touchdowns against Atascadero. He has scored six touchdowns in the past two playoffs games. Arroyo Grande awaits Chaminade in the semifinals and is coming off a 17-7 win over Dominguez.

5.       The City Section playoffs are down to their final fours. Woodland Hills Taft is on the road to play Carson in the semifinals of the Division I playoffs. Arleta is home for its Division II semifinal game against Fairfax. Chatsworth, perhaps the biggest surprise of the City Section playoffs, is home for its Division II semifinal game against Palisades. Chatsworth is 10-2 and has won six games in a row. Last year, Chatsworth was 2-8 and had a six-game losing streak. Chatsworth is coming off a 35-28 win over Panorama in the quarterfinals. Palisades beat Sun Valley Poly, 50-40, to reach the Division II quarterfinals.