Los Angeles Preps: Julian Brooks

L.A. North: The Top 10

October, 30, 2011
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. (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. (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. (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.
  4. (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.
  5. (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.

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L.A. North: The Top 10

October, 23, 2011
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.

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East Valley Division championship: Paraclete 14, Sierra Canyon 7

December, 12, 2010

GRANADA HILLS – Paraclete’s Braydon Maish made two game-changing plays in the fourth quarter to lead his team to a 14-7 win over Sierra Canyon in the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division championship.

He scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 13-yard reception from quarterback Cameron Carvalho midway through the fourth quarter at Granada Hills High School on Saturday night.

Maish then intercepted Sierra Canyon quarterback Tyler Stewart on the ensuing drive. Both plays came after three quarters of turnover football by both teams.

Paraclete committed four turnovers, two in the end zone. Stewart threw two interceptions for Sierra Canyon as neither team could find much of a rhythm on offense.

“My kudos to Sierra Canyon,” Paraclete coach Norm Dahlia said. “That’s a great defense. They’re a hell of a football team.”

Sierra Canyon took the lead early in the game, scoring a touchdown in the second quarter on an 8-yard catch by Julian Brooks.

Paraclete tied the score, 7-7, on a 2-yard touchdown run by Ryan Davis with 4:50 to play in the first half.

That’s when the turnovers started piling up. Sierra Canyon drove 83 yards and had a first-and-goal on the 2-yard line with less than a minute to play in the first half.

Paraclete’s Roosevelt Davis intercepted Stewart on a floater in the end zone. Paraclete took over on its own 20-yard line and stopped Sierra Canyon’s drive.

On the ensuing drive, Sierra Canyon’s Danny Jordan intercepted Carvalho near midfield with three seconds to play in the half.

On the opening drive of the second half, Sierra Canyon forced another turnover. Roosevelt Davis caught a screen pass and fumbled at midfield. Jackson Bates pounced on the loose ball and Sierra Canyon took over on its own 44-yard line.

Sierra Canyon couldn’t move the ball and Paraclete’s Will Pretty came up with a 20-yard sack of Stewart that sent Sierra Canyon to its own 13-yard line.

Later in the third quarter, Paraclete drove 65 yards and had a first-and-goal on the 2-yard line. Ryan Davis plunged up the middle on the goal line for what looked like his second touchdown of the game. But he fumbled on the 1-yard line and Sierra Canyon recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

Again, Sierra Canyon couldn’t move the ball and punted the ball away from its own end zone, setting up Paraclete’s game-winning drive.

Paraclete took over on the Sierra Canyon 28-yard line and drove to the 13-yard line on three plays. On second-and-6 from the 13, Carvalho hit Maish with the pass over the middle at the goal line. Maish dove for the end zone and scored with 7:22 remaining in the game.

Maish caught three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown.

Ryan Davis rushed for 114 yards on 27 carries and scored a touchdown for Paraclete (13-1).

“Ryan Davis tonight was just huge,” Dahlia said. “They’ve been a team since Day One. It was a 100 percent team effort.”

Stewart threw for 198 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Brooks caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown for Sierra Canyon (13-2).

It was the eighth CIF championship for Paraclete and the second in the past three seasons. Paraclete has won seven CIF championships in the past 12 seasons.