Los Angeles Preps: Marc Evans

No. 7 Oaks Chr. 27, No. 8 St. Bona. 24

December, 3, 2011

VENTURA – Oaks Christian quarterback Brandon Dawkins said his team was flustered, a little surprised and came out cocky against St. Bonaventure in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs on Friday night.

The Seraphs jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first half, but Oaks Christian scored two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the third quarter and eliminated St. Bonaventure from the playoffs, 27-24, at Ventura High School.

Dawkins passed for 195 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 74 yards and scored two more on the ground. Dawkins peppered St. Bonaventure with an array of screens and quick-outs to chew up the clock and engineered two long drives that produced key touchdowns against a stingy St. Bonaventure defense.

Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell agreed with Dawkins that his team didn’t play well in the first half of the game.

“I don’t have an answer for it,” Redell said. “We have been playing well in the playoffs. We didn’t play like we should have.”

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L.A. North: Pick six games of the week

December, 1, 2011
No. 7 Oaks Christian (10-2) vs. No. 8 St. Bonaventure (10-2) at Ventura High School, Friday (7 p.m.) – Oaks Christian is on the road for its Northern Division semifinal game against St. Bonaventure and coach Bill Redell probably prefers it that way. The two teams met in the second week of Marmonte League play at Oaks Christian and the game was delayed nearly 30 minutes when the lights went out at the football stadium in the middle of a punt in the second half. Redell said if his team faced St. Bonaventure again in the playoffs, he would like to play the game during the day and anywhere but at Oaks Christian. Even though Oaks Christian won by 12 points, the game was much closer than that. St. Bonaventure cut Oaks Christian’s lead to three points, 27-24, in the fourth quarter before the lights went out. Oaks Christian scored the last nine points of the game on a safety and a 59-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Dawkins to Chris Davis. Oaks Christian had 400 yards of total offense to St. Bonaventure’s 401. Dawkins passed for 177 yards. St. Bonaventure quarterback Marc Evans had 156 yards passing. Oaks Christian gained 223 yards on the ground to St. Bonaventure’s 245. Oaks Christian running back Ishmael Adams had a big game with two rushing touchdowns and 77 yards on 11 carries.

No. 18 Chaminade (10-2) vs. No. 19 Arroyo Grande (11-1), Friday (7 p.m.) – Arroyo Grande eliminated Chaminade, 52-19, in the semifinals of the Western Division playoffs last year. Chaminade coach Ed Croson is not looking forward to a second long road trip in a row in the playoffs. His Eagles had to rally in the fourth quarter to beat San Luis Obispo in the quarterfinals. Arroyo Grande, on the other hand, is home for the third week in a row in the playoffs. Arroyo Grande is coming off a 49-28 win over St. Francis in the quarterfinals, but the game was much closer than the final score indicated. Arroyo Grande scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to turn a four-point deficit into a 21-point blowout. Two of the touchdowns Arroyo Grande scored were of the defensive variety. Garrett Owens intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. Seth Jacobs returned a fumble 55 yards for another touchdown. Chaminade running back Terrell Newby is closing in on 2,000 yards rushing for the season. He has 1,885 yards and 30 touchdowns and is coming off a 282-yard, three-touchdown performance against San Luis Obispo.

Canoga Park (8-4) vs. South East (11-1), Friday (7 p.m.) – Canoga Park, the fifth-seeded team in the City Section Division II playoffs, needed double overtime to eliminate Bell in the quarterfinals. Running back Khyree Morgan leads Canoga Park with 1,179 yards and 14 touchdowns, but was held to 39 yards in 16 carries against Bell. South East, the top-seeded team in the Division II playoffs, blew out Fremont, 42-19, in the quarterfinals. Running back Robert Lewis gained 157 yards and scored two touchdowns for South East against Fremont.

Granada Hills (7-5) vs. Marshall of Los Angeles (10-2), Friday (7 p.m.) – Granada Hills turned it on in the second half against Van Nuys in the quarterfinals of the City Section Division II playoffs. The Highlanders outscored Van Nuys 20-0 en route to a 44-22 win. Granada Hills had 290 rushing yards against Van Nuys. Brian Sanchez was the leading rusher with 181 yards and three touchdowns. Marshall was actually down 10-6 in the first quarter against Lincoln in its quarterfinal game before rattling off 43 unanswered points and winning 49-10. Marshall quarterback Anthony Benitez threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns, two to Jonathan Mina. He caught five passes for 113 yards.

Bishop Diego (11-1) vs. Sierra Canyon (12-0) at Granada Hills High School, Friday (7 p.m.) – Sierra Canyon eliminated Bishop Diego, 48-17, in the first round of the East Valley Division playoffs last year. They meet again in the East Valley Division semifinals. No. 1 seeded Sierra Canyon is coming off a 38-0 shutout over Ontario Christian. Bishop Diego has won 11 games in a row, including 21-14 over Twentynine Palms in the East Valley Division quarterfinals.

Paraclete (10-2) vs. Rim of the World (7-5), Friday (7 p.m.) – Fortune is smiling on Rim of the World in the East Valley Division playoffs. The Fighting Scots knocked third-seeded St. Margaret’s out of the playoffs, 23-13, in the quarterfinals. They are home for their semifinal game against Paraclete, the reigning East Valley Division champion. Rim of the World running back Jacob Taylor is coming off a monster game. He rushed for 264 yards on 47 carries and scored three touchdowns. The Spirits eliminated Aquinas, 42-7, in the quarterfinals last week. Paraclete running back Ryan Davis scored two touchdowns and rushed for 73 yards. James Holland returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and Joshua Adams returned a fumble for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

L.A. North: The Top 10

November, 27, 2011
It’s that time of year when only the strong survive. Westlake has been the strongest of the strong and continued its undefeated season. The Sierra Canyon football team moved another step closer to its first CIF championship and also stayed undefeated.

Ventura picked the wrong time to lose its first game and was eliminated from the Western Division playoffs.

Highland, Moorpark and Canyon, all ranked in the L.A. North top 10 last week, lost and were eliminated from the Northern Division playoffs.

Here’s a look at how this week's L.A. North top 10 and how they fared:
  1. (1) Westlake (12-0) – The Westlake scoring machine keeps rolling, this time to the tune of 42-14 against an overmatched Hart team in the Northern Division quarterfinals. Receiver Connor Cook caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Justin Moore. The junior quarterback also rushed for 125 yards in five carries. Running back Dashon Hunt scored three touchdowns and gained 99 yards in nine carries.
  2. (2) Oaks Christian (10-2) – The Lions trounced Highland, 55-21, behind a record-breaking night from sophomore quarterback Brandon Dawkins. He threw a school record seven touchdowns against Highland. That’s a pretty impressive record considering Jimmy Clausen and Nick Montana were quarterbacks at Oaks Christian.
  3. (4) St. Bonaventure (9-3) – The Seraphs ended Canyon’s playoff run for the second year in a row, 38-17, at Ventura High School. St. Bonaventure won impressively, but there are two areas of concern. Quarterback Marc Evans threw three interceptions against Canyon and running back Shaun Wick had only four carries. Wick, the team’s leading rusher for the first 10 games of the season, is nursing a calf injury from the Marmonte League season finale against Westlake.
  4. (5) Chaminade (10-2) – If the Eagles want to win the Western Division championship, they’ll have to play like road warriors. Chaminade has its second tough road game in the playoffs against second-seeded Arroyo Grande on Friday night. Chaminade had to rally by scoring a touchdown in the final two minutes of the game to beat San Luis Obispo on the road in the quarterfinals. Running back Terrell Newby is putting on his best Mad Max impersonation, carrying the ball 28 times for 251 yards and three touchdowns against San Luis Obispo.

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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

September, 26, 2011
  1. The games between Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure are quickly becoming classics. The latest contest included a power outage that only knocked out the stadium lights but not the scoreboards, and interrupted the game for nearly 30 minutes. It took 15 minutes for the lights to be restored and another 15 minutes for players to stretch and return to the game. When the lights went out, Oaks Christian was ahead, 27-24, with 6:52 to play in the fourth quarter. St. Bonaventure was down 20-3 at halftime and scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to trim the lead to three points. St. Bonaventure receiver Montre Lee scored the second touchdown of the quarter on a 55-yard pass from quarterback Marc Evans. The Seraphs were about the get the ball back after forcing Oaks Christian to punt. But with the football in the air, the lights went out. The ball was downed on the St. Bonaventure 1-yard line. The delay seemed to sap all the momentum from St. Bonaventure. Oaks Christian scored a safety when the game resumed after St. Bonaventure was called for holding in the end zone. Oaks Christian’s Marcus Jones forced his second fumble of the game and St. Bonaventure turned the ball over for the third time, ending a drive inside the Oaks Christian 20-yard line in the final minutes. St. Bonaventure coach Todd Therrien told the LA Times that Oaks Christian must have a hundred of rabbits' feet with the way the last couple of games have ended between the two teams. Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell insists the lights didn’t go out on purpose, but he didn’t know why they went out at all. Suspicions linger, but the end result is another dramatic win for Oaks Christian.
  2. The final tally on Camarillo’s Jake Maulhardt’s record-setting receiving game against Canyon Country Canyon is 28 catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns. His 28 receptions are a state record, breaking the mark of 26 catches set by David Sepulveda for Fullerton in a game against Buena Park in 1984. Maulhardt’s 28 receptions are fourth in the national record books. He broke the Ventura County record of 19 catches by Richard Mullaney of Thousand Oaks last year. His 347 receiving yards are No. 3 on the state list, behind Ramon Nevarez of Bolsa Grande (377 yards in 1996) and Keith Poole of Clovis (373 yards in 1991). Maulhardt scored on catches of 21, 25 and 37 yards. Camarillo coach Dennis Reidmiller told the Ventura County Star that if he knew Maulhardt had 28 catches during the game, he would have thrown to him a couple more times to try to get him an even 30. For good measure, Camarillo sophomore quarterback Michael Marin was 41-of-54 passing for 416 yards and four touchdowns.

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Football: No. 8 Oaks Christian 36, No. 5 St. Bonaventure 24

September, 24, 2011

WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- The Oaks Christian football team has a pair of super sophomores who had breakout performances against a tough St. Bonaventure team on Friday night.

In more ways than one, quarterback Brandon Dawkins and receiver Chris Davis played lights out.

Dawkins and Davis each scored a touchdown in Oaks Christian’s 36-24 win over St. Bonaventure to help the Lions take early control of the race for the Marmonte League title. Dawkins gave the Lions a 13-3 lead in the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Davis caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Dawkins to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.

But the game wasn’t without drama. Oaks Christian (2-1), the No. 8 team in the ESPLNA prep football rankings, was ahead, 20-3, at halftime before St. Bonaventure mounted a second-half comeback. It was much like the game between the two teams last year when Oaks Christian had a 19-0 lead before St. Bonaventure rallied to tie the score and send the game into overtime.

St. Bonaventure (2-1), the No. 6 team in the ESPNLA rankings, scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cut the Oaks Christian lead to three points, 27-24. After forcing Oaks Christian to punt with a little less than seven minutes to play in the game, the stadium lights went out.

While the ball was in the air after the punt, the lights in the stadium dimmed. The ball ended up on the St. Bonaventure 1-yard line. After a 15-minute delay to restore the lights, the game resumed. St. Bonaventure started its drive from its own 1-yard line.

When asked if he knew why the lights went out, Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell said, “I have no idea.”

After the game, St. Bonaventure coach Todd Therrien had only one thing to say, “No comment.”

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L.A. North: The Top 10

September, 19, 2011
Alemany blew a 14-point lead in the second half and lost a tough road game to J.W. North in Riverside. As a result, the Warriors dropped a couple of spots in the area top 10 rankings.

Westlake and Crespi posted impressive wins and moved up a couple of notches.

Thousand Oaks pulled out a thrilling, 27-24, last-second win over Moorpark and knocked the Musketeers out of the top 10.

Quartz Hill is barely hanging on to a top-10 spot after an embarrassing, 35-7, loss on the road to Bakersfield.

Here’s a look at the LA North top 10:
  1. (1) Oaks Christian (1-1) – The Lions won their first game in a big way. Oaks Christian beat Agoura, 50-11, in the Marmonte League opener. Running back Ishmael Adams rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
  2. (2) St. Bonaventure (2-0) – The Seraphs shut out Royal, 59-0, behind quarterback Marc Evans. He threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns in the Marmonte League opener for both teams. Next up for St. Bonaventure is Oaks Christian on Friday night. Oaks Christian beat St. Bonaventure, 33-32, last season.
  3. (4) Crespi (2-0) – The Celts traveled to Fresno for a tough game against Clovis West and won, 42-28. Quarterback Cody Cordell threw five touchdown passes for Crespi.
  4. (5) Westlake (2-0) – The Warriors shut out Calabasas, 63-0, in their Marmonte League opener. Justin Moore threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth touchdown.
  5. (3) Alemany (2-1) – The Warriors lost for the first time this season, a surprising, 36-35, setback to J.W. North in Riverside. Alemany had its 15-game regular-season winning streak snapped.
  6. (6) Chaminade (2-0) – The Eagles beat Valencia, 14-10, but had to rally with two touchdowns in the second half to do it. Terrell Newby scored both touchdowns but was held to 73 yards in 24 carries.
  7. (7) Canyon (2-0) – The Cowboys showed no mercy against Knight in a 56-7 win. Quarterback Joanathan Jerozal threw four touchdown passes, three to receiver Drew Wolitarsky.
  8. (10) Sheman Oaks Notre Dame (3-0) – The Knights had little trouble against Woodland Hills Taft, 35-0. Running back Khalfani Muhammad rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown.
  9. (NR) Thousand Oaks (2-0) – Jamie Sutcliffe hit a 40-yard field goal with no time left in regulation to give Thousand Oaks a 27-24 win over Moorpark. Sutcliffe was 2-for-5 in field-goal attempts, but hit the game-winner.
  10. (9) Quartz Hill (1-1) – The Rebels lost, 35-7, to Bakersfield. Quartz Hill gave up three second-half touchdowns. Osirius Burke scored the only touchdown for Quartz Hill in the second quarter.

Football: No. 9 St. Bonaventure 29, No. 2 Corona Centennial 27

September, 10, 2011

CORONA — Before the St. Bonaventure football team could begin thinking about a CIF state bowl bid, the Seraphs had to figure out a way to beat Corona Centennial.

The Huskies have been to the state finals the last three seasons and seem to own the formula on what it takes to get there.

But the Seraphs put a big dent in Centennial’s chances for a fourth straight trip to Home Depot Center and likely boosted their own hopes of getting back with a 29-27 victory Friday night at Centennial.

“We’ve got the upper hand,” said junior running back Zack Green. “We’re probably going to state now.”

Green and Shaun Wick each ran for more than 100 yards against a defensive front led by Arizona State-bound tackle Milo Jordan.

“They pretty much ran the ball down our throats,” said Centennial coach Matt Logan.

Wick also had a key red-zone interception as Centennial looked to expand its lead on the opening drive of the second half. The Huskies came out of halftime owning a 20-14 advantage and marched inside the St. Bonaventure 20 on a 33-yard reception by Isaac Crandall and a roughing-the-passer penalty on the same play.

But Wick read the eyes of Centennial quarterback Hayden Gavett and snatched the ball out of the air inside the five-yard line.

“I was taking a run blitz, but then I saw pass and dropped back,” Wick said of his interception. “I jumped up and got it.”

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IE: Games of the week

September, 7, 2011
Welcome to Week 1 of the high school football season. Some big games on the docket Friday, several featuring inter-section and inter-county matchups that could go a long way toward determining regional bragging rights.

Let’s take a look at some of the best.


No. 9 Ventura St. Bonaventure (0-0) at No. 2 Corona Centennial (0-0), Friday (7:30 p.m) – Back in January, when this game was officially put to ink, folks were already talking about a clash of potential state bowl contenders. St. Bonaventure returns 13 starters from a team that reached the Northern Division semifinals, including 2,400-yard passer Marc Evans and 1,200-yard rusher Shaun Wick, but it’s the player who didn’t start last season that might have the biggest impact. Backup quarterback Nick Arbuckle drew immense praise while attending eight football camps across the country over the summer and he has been pushing Evans for the starting job. If he doesn’t start at quarterback, you can bet Arbuckle will be in the mix somewhere on offense. The Huskies, meanwhile, could be vulnerable at quarterback early on, as Hayden Gavett is scheduled make his varsity debut. Until he gets his feet wet, the defending Inland Division champions will have to depend on their experienced defense to keep the score close.

Prediction: Centennial 21, St. Bonaventure 20.


L.A. Crenshaw (0-1) at No. 18 Norco (0-0), Friday (7:30 p.m.) – Some would say the advantage in this type of evenly matched game would go to the team that has already played. Normally that would be true, but Crenshaw's confidence may have taken a step back in its 45-14 loss to Alta (Utah) last weekend, the Cougars worst defeat since a 36-point drubbing against Lake Balboa Birmingham in the 2007 City Section semifinals. Not only that, but Crenshaw was humbled by the Cougars last season, losing 25-21 on the same field. Throw in the bright lights of regional television coverage and this could be another long night for the Cougars.

Prediction: Norco 30, Crenshaw 18.

No. 21 Vista Murrieta (0-0) vs. Etiwanda (1-0) at Colony HS, Friday (7 p.m.) – Etiwanda had one of the more impressive victories last week, at least on paper, knocking off the Eastern Division’s top-ranked team heading into the season, Fontana Summit. The truth is, the Eagles really didn’t play all that great in the 49-36 victory. Etiwanda quarterback Larry Cutbirth managed to avoid the sticky fingers of Boise State-bound cornerback Donte Deayon, let’s see how he does dodging the pass rush of junior strong safety Su’a Cravens and defensive lineman Jeremy Castro (Washington).

Prediction: Vista Murrieta 31, Etiwanda 24.

Compton Dominguez (0-1) vs. Redlands East Valley (0-0) at Citrus Valley HS, Friday (7 p.m.) – Another LA-area team that’s licking its wounds after a Week 0 thrashing. Dominguez couldn’t keep up with Encino Crespi on defense and couldn’t move the ball on offense, adding up to a 48-6 romp. The big question now is, which Dominguez team is this, the one that finished 10-2 last season or 2-8 in 2008? Redlands East Valley, meanwhile, has some lofty predictions to live up to. Some publications have anointed the Wildcats as the second-best team in the Inland Empire, even though they’ve yet to prove they can win a big game outside of Citrus Belt League play.

Predication: Dominguez 27, Redlands East Valley 21.

Football: No. 10 St. Bonaventure

August, 26, 2011
Shaun WickJohn Lazar/Special to ESPNLosAngeles.comShaun Wick was a key component for St. Bonaventure in 2010 and now he's back for his senior year.

St. Bonaventure has made the CIF Southern Section Northern Division semifinals the past two seasons. For any other program, those would be pretty successful years. For St. Bonaventure, they were disappointments.

When asked what goals he has set for his team, coach Todd Therrien said, “Championship.” Short and to the point. That looks like the approach this team will take this year. Make quick work of opponents and move on.

This is a focused and experienced team with something to prove.

Here's a closer look at the Seraphs:

Team: St. Bonaventure

Coach: Todd Therrien, fifth year.

2010 Record: 11-2, lost to Westlake, 37-27, in the semifinals of CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs.

Returning starters: 13. Seven on offense, six on defense.

Key players on offense: QB Marc Evans, OG David Barajas, RB Shaun Wick, QB Nick Arbuckle, OG AJ Bennett, WR Jordan Farris, RB Zach Green.

Key players on defense: DB Paul Thompson, CB Bobby Marquez, CB Cameron Penny, LB Dalton Rocha, LB Patrick Kenny.

Difference makers: Wick and Arbuckle. Wick rushed for 1,095 yards and scored 15 touchdowns in his junior season. He also caught five passes for 54 yards and scored a receiving touchdown. Arbuckle was the back-up quarterback to Evans last season and was 21-for-27 passing for 184 yards and a touchdown. Arbuckle is expected to be more involved in the offense and on special teams this season.

Newcomers: RB Zach Green, WR Jordan Farris, WR Elijah Henderson.

Not to be missed: St. Bonaventure at Oaks Christian, Sept. 23. This game has quickly become one of the most anitcipated match-ups in the Marmonte League. The two teams have been in the league for only a year, but both teams have established themselves as the two of the top programs in the league.

Coach’s comment: “We need to figure out who we are on defense the first couple of weeks. We’re going to go as far as our seniors will take us.”

Final analysis: St. Bonaventure has a tremendous senior class and the most experienced team in the Marmonte League. Two weeks before the start of the season, the starting quarterback position was up for grabs. Marc Evans started at quarterback as a junior, but a bout with strep throat cost him five days of practice. Nick Arbuckle is challenging Evans for the starting job. If Arbuckle doesn’t start at QB, he will be in the offensive mix at tight end and on special teams. With a backfield that includes Shaun Wick and Zach Green, plus David Barajas and AJ Bennett on the offensive line, the Seraphs have quite an arsenal on offense.

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LA North: Perseverance paying off for Arbuckle

April, 30, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- What would the game of football be, regardless of the level, without one of those good ol' fashioned quarterback controversies?

Rest assured, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Nick Arbuckle desires a starter's role, similar to most of his peers. However, it appears as if the 2012 prospect is destined to begin his senior season as the backup to teammate Marc Evans.

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National Underclassmen CombineNick Arbuckle, the backup QB at St. Bonaventure, took home MVP honors for his position at the recent National Underclassmen Combine in Pasadena.
It's a quandary, there's no doubt about it. But for those who actually think Arbuckle is completely content with his current situation, think again.

Suppose that best explains why he was diligently working toward improving at the recent National Underclassmen Combine in Pasadena. Arbuckle performed so well, in fact, the 6-foot, 200-pound signal caller took home MVP honors for his position.

“It doesn't matter where I'm at, it can be a combine or at my high school, my goal is to get on the field and separate myself from the other quarterbacks,'' Arbuckle said. “Taking advantage of an opportunity when you have one has always been important to me.''

When given the chance to step to the forefront during the NUC Combine at Pasadena High, Arbuckle did not hesitate. He rose to the challenge. He thrived.

In the early morning session, players such as Troy Rose (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), Jordan Thiel (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley) and Mitchell Shelby (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) were considered as the main attractions during timed drills.

Arbuckle managed to hold his own.

Shortly thereafter, the strength testing portion of the combine started up and all eyes were on Brandon Carter (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga), Orion Awa-DuBose (Oxnard, Calif./Rio Mesa) and Ryan McDaniel (Torrance, Calif./North Torrance).

Still, Arbuckle proved to be no slouch.

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Northern Division: Westlake 37, St. Bonaventure 27

December, 3, 2010
WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- Revenge is sweet. And no one understands this better than the members of the Westlake High football team.

All signs pointed to the Warriors finishing up regular-season play with an undefeated record. Ventura St. Bonaventure, however, had other ideas and the Seraphs ended up playing the role of spoiler earlier this year with an unexpected victory over Westlake.

On Friday night, at long last, the Warriors earned a bit of redemption with a 37-27 victory over visiting St. Bonaventure in a Southern Section Northern Division semifinal playoff game.

"Oh yeah, we remember when they beat us, that was a tough loss, you don't get over something like that, it sticks with you for a while,'' Westlake senior Nick Isham said about the Seraphs' 32-31 double overtime victory over the host Warriors in a Marmonte League back in early November.

"We came into this game confident, there was no way we were going to let St. Bonaventure get the best of us again, at our place. We wanted this win and nothing was going to stop us from getting it. We got our revenge.''

With the victory over the Seraphs (11-2), the Warriors (12-1) advance to next week's title game against Westlake Village Oaks Christian, a 42-33 winner over Valencia in the other Northern Division semifinal.

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Northern: St. Bonaventure 45, Canyon 21

November, 26, 2010

VENTURA – St. Bonaventure coach Todd Therrien can’t wait for the next game of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. He wants to play on Wednesday. Make it a best-of-three series.

His team’s next opponent is a familiar one: Westlake. The two teams will meet in the semifinals of the Northern Division playoffs next week, which can’t come soon enough for Therrien.

St. Bonaventure, the No. 6 team in the ESPNLA.com rankings, advanced with a 45-21 win over Canyon in the quarterfinals of the Northern Division playoffs at Ventura High School on Friday night. When asked what it means to move on in the playoffs, Therrien said, “It means we get to play another week.”

“Westlake to boot. We haven’t changed much since the last time we played,” Therrien said. “They haven’t changed much. Maybe we can play this on Wednesday.”

Tanner Souza scored three touchdowns for St. Bonaventure (11-1) against Canyon (10-2). He caught four passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter. He also intercepted a pass on Canyon’s first play from scrimmage.

Therrien compared Souza to New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker. Only Souza is still learning the St. Bonaventure offense. He normally plays linebacker but has been taking more snaps on the offensive side of the ball. Therrien said Souza hasn’t played offense on a regular basis since the eighth grade.

“He’s a phenomenal player,” Therrien said. “He might be a Division I-A guy.”

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LA North: No. 13 St. Bonaventure 28, No. 16 Moorpark 25

October, 1, 2010
VENTURA, Calif. --- Imagine how surprised Jeremy Sanchez must’ve been when the Ventura St. Bonaventure receiver caught the football in the waning moments of Friday night’s game against Moorpark and there wasn’t a defensive back within 10 yards of him.

Accordingly, he did what any intelligent wideout would do: take off running.

Sanchez gained possession of a Marc Evans pass near midfield with 2:26 left and sprinted to the end zone for the game-winning 46-yard touchdown catch in the Seraphs 28-25 Marmonte League victory over the Musketeers at Buena High.

“Dude, I couldn’t believe it, I looked around and didn’t see anyone, so I started booking and I wasn’t going to stop until I scored six,‘’ Sanchez said. “Everything was in slow motion. A touchdown like that, to win the game, is something you dream about.’’

St. Bonaventure (3-1, 2-1) played extremely well in the first half and took a 21-8 lead at the break. However, the Seraphs, No. 13 in ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Top 25 rankings, struggled thereafter. And Moorpark (2-2, 2-1), ranked No. 16, nearly made them pay.

Grant Rohach took over in the fourth quarter for the Musketeers. He mixed in several timely runs and numerous well-placed passes to direct his team on a pressure packed 92-yard scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter. Moorpark ended up taking a 25-21 lead on Rohach’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Shumway with 5:12 left.

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LA North: No. 24 Oaks Christian 33, No. 16 St. Bonaventure 32 (OT)

September, 18, 2010

VENTURA – Oaks Christian quarterback Richie Harrington threw four touchdowns and rallied his team to a 33-32 overtime win over St. Bonaventure in the Marmonte League opener for both teams at Ventura High School on Friday night.

Harrington came in the game in the third quarter with his team down 19-0. He threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Blair Holliday to get his team on the scoreboard. Harrington scored on a 1-yard run to cut St. Bonaventure’s lead to five.

Harrington tied the score, 26-26, on a 29-yard screen pass to running back Ishmael Adams with 41 seconds left in the game.

Harrington’s 16-yard pass to Holliday in the first overtime period wound up being the game-winner.

Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell put in Harrington after starting quarterback Trevor Gretzky struggled in the first half. Gretzky threw three interceptions. His third came on the first drive of the third quarter.

But Redell isn’t quite ready to start the Richie Harrington era at Oaks Christian just yet.

“Gretzky’s still our starter,” Redell said. “It’s nice to know we have two quarterbacks we can depend on.”

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LA North & LA South: St. Bonaventure 32, Long Beach Poly 7

September, 11, 2010
LONG BEACH -- So much for that.

No. 5 Long Beach Poly entered Friday night's matchup with No. 25 St. Bonaventure at Veterans Stadium as the clear favorite to earn a key nonleague victory, but those thoughts were quickly erased as the Seraphs unloaded a surprise walloping on the host Jackrabbits from the early going, toppling Poly 32-7.

Junior quarterback Marc Evans, making his first career varsity start, completed 17-of-25 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown to lead the Seraphs. Receiver/cornerback Tanner Souza added two receptions of 35 yards or more, an interception and a fumble recovery for a touchdown and defensive back Bobby Marquez had two interceptions.

From the start, it was clear that the Seraphs -- projected to fall off in the tough-as-nails Marmonte League this season -- had something to prove.

"It meant the world to us," Evans said of the victory. "Just all the rivalry, coming out, putting up that score -- it felt great."

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