Los Angeles Preps: Shaun Wick

St. Bonaventure running back Shaun Wick has committed to Wyoming, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Wick rushed for 1.015 yards and scored a team-high 14 touchdowns in 12 games in his senior season at St. Bonaventure. He also caught 14 passes for 115 yards.

Sam Hardy, a linebacker at Chaminade, is also headed to Wyoming, according to the Daily News. Hardy had 69 tackles and averaged 5.8 tackles per game for Chaminade in his senior season.

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

December, 3, 2011
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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: Five things from the weekend

November, 28, 2011
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1. After a shaky first-round playoff game against Redondo, St. Bonaventure left no doubt in the quarterfinals against Canyon. The Seraphs, the third-seeded team in the Southern Section Northern Division playoffs, eliminated Canyon from the playoffs for the second year in a row and will face Oaks Christian, the reigning Northern Division champion, in the semifinals. The last time St. Bonaventure and Oaks Christian met was in the second week of Marmonte League play. Oaks Christian won 36-24, but the game was not without controversy. The lights went out at the Oaks Christian football stadium during a punt in the second half. St. Bonaventure was rallying and was about to take over possession. The lights went out at the stadium while the punt was in the air and the ball was downed on the St. Bonaventure one-yard line. Not only did St. Bonaventure have terrible field position to start its next drive, the game was delayed for nearly 30 minutes to restore the lights. St. Bonaventure’s Montre Lee and Patrick Kenney, who each scored key touchdowns against Canyon, said a rematch with Oaks Christian has been a motivating factor for the team. But St. Bonaventure might not be at 100 percent. Running back Shaun Wick has been limited because of a calf injury in the two playoff games. He was the team’s leading rusher after the first 10 games but has only carried the ball four times in the last two games. He did not have a carry against Redondo and gained 57 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, in four carries against Canyon. While Wick has been sidelined, freshman Marcus Chambers has emerged as an effective back in the playoffs. He rushed for 47 yards and scored a touchdown against Redondo. He had 41 yards in eight carries against Canyon. He’s also a player that Oaks Christian hasn’t seen, so St. Bonaventure might have a bit of a surprise factor in the rematch.

2. On the other side of the Northern Division playoff bracket is Westlake, the newly dubbed No. 1 team in the ESPN Los Angeles Top 25 rankings, against a depleted Thousand Oaks team. It’s an all-Marmonte League final four. Westlake is undefeated and has outscored its two playoff opponents, Eastside and Hart, 101-26. Thousand Oaks coach Mike Leibin said only 38 players dressed for last week’s playoff game against Moorpark. The Lancers have won three games in a row, but the two playoff games have been challenging. Thousand Oaks traveled to Quartz Hill in the first round and beat the Rebels, 20-7. Against Moorpark, the Lancers needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat the Musketeers, 21-14. If Thousand Oaks is to have any chance of pulling an upset over Westlake, the team will need big games out of Blake Howell and Nathan DeBeikes. Howell caught four passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns against Moorpark. DeBeikes rushed for 106 yards, taking all 26 carries for Thousand Oaks, and scored a touuchdown. Westlake, on the other hand, has a multitude of offensive weapons. The Warriors scored 28 points in the second quarter against Hart en route to a 42-14 win. Running back Dashon Hunt scored three touchdowns against Hart. Receiver Connor Cook caught two touchdown passes. Jarius Bishop scored a touchdown and rushed for 30 yards.

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L.A. North: The Top 10

November, 27, 2011
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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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No. 11 St. Bonny 38, Canyon 17

November, 26, 2011
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VENTURA -- St. Bonaventure scored two lightning-quick touchdowns against Canyon in the quarterfinals of their CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoff game. One was on a punt return by speedy Montre Lee. The other was on an interception return by lumbering defensive tackle Patrick Kenney.

Both third-quarter scores came in a 10-second span and St. Bonaventure eliminated Canyon, 38-17, from the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Lee scored on a 45-yard punt return and Kenney returned an interception 26 yards 10 second later at Ventura High School on Friday night.

After building a 21-3 lead at halftime, St. Bonaventure’s two quick strikes from a pair of unlikely sources put the game out of reach for visiting Canyon (9-3).

Lee said he told his coaches before the game he was going to return a kick for a touchdown. He has been hurt the last few weeks and not playing at 100 percent health.

“This whole game I was hungry,” Lee said. “I told my coaches I was going to take back a return, I was going to take back a punt or a kick return and I was ready for that one.”

Kenney scored his first career touchdown on the interception return. It was only his third career high school interception.

What little hope Canyon had of rallying in the second half was squashed by the touchdowns by Lee and Kenney.

“We already had a commanding lead,” St. Bonaventure coach Todd Threrrien said. “That kind of put it out of reach.”

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

November, 23, 2011
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No. 2 Westlake (11-0) vs. Hart (8-3) at College of the Canyons, Friday (7 p.m.)
Hart is back in the quarterfinals of the playoffs, but the Indians are about to get a taste of what it will take to start winning CIF championships again. Westlake hasn’t really been tested since Week 1, an overtime win over Del Oro in Loomis in Northern California. This game could be over by halftime and a feast of sacks for Justin Solis and Johnny Stuart. Westlake will be able to rest up its starters before the Northern Division semifinals.

No. 9 Oaks Christian (9-2) vs. Highland (9-1), Friday (7:30 p.m.)
Oaks Christian has rattled some of the top quarterbacks in the Marmonte League, but Highland has a special one in Christian Tago. The senior has thrown for 2,323 yards and 25 touchdowns. He is headed to San Jose State next fall. Oaks Christian has a good quarterback in sophomore Brandon Dawkins, who has thrown for 1,927 yards and 21 touchdowns in addition to rushing for 176 yards and three touchdowns. There should be lots of scoring in this one.

Canyon (9-2) vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure (9-2) at Ventura High School, Friday (7 p.m.)
This is a rematch of last year’s Northern Division quarterfinals. St. Bonaventure won, 45-21, before losing in the semifinals. Canyon is coming off a 21-0 shutout over Palmdale in the first round. Junior receiver Drew Wolitarsky had a nice game with four catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. St. Bonaventure escaped a first-round scare, 19-10, over Redondo. It took nearly a half before the Seraphs woke up and erased a 10-0 deficit. Running back Zack Green rushed for 137 yards and Marcus Chambers gained 47 yards in 10 carries, scoring the first touchdown for St. Bonaventure in the second quarter. Shaun Wick, St. Bonaventure’s leading rusher with 885 yards and 11 touchdowns, did not play against Redondo.

Birmingham (9-2) vs. No. 16 Dorsey (10-1), Friday (7 p.m.)
Birmingham needed a fourth-quarter touchdown to beat Arleta, 21-18, in the first round of the City Section Division I playoffs. Quarterback Trae Smith passed for 115 yards and two touchdowns and scored the winning touchdown on a three-yard run with a little over a minute to play. Dorsey is the third-seeded team in the City Section playoffs and clobbered Fairfax, 35-13, in the first round.

No. 22 Chaminade (9-2) vs. San Luis Obispo (8-3), Friday (7:30 p.m.)
Chaminade receiver Elijah Dunston caught two passes for 74 yards and scored two touchdowns in his team’s 45-15 win over Inglewood in the first round of the Western Division playoffs. He wasn’t the only Chaminade player who made the most of his touches. Running back Terrell Newby scored three touchdowns in 12 carries and gained 70 yards. San Luis Obispo won a shootout, 54-28, against Camarillo in the first round of the playoffs. The Tigers exploded for 28 points in the third quarter and extended a 13-point halftime lead to 41 points in the fourth quarter.

St. Francis (9-2) vs. Arroyo Grande (10-1), Friday (7:30 p.m.)
Arroyo Grande is the team no one wants to face in the Western Division playoffs. The Eagles made it to the championship game and lost to Serra last season. Arroyo Grande has won 10 games in a row and hasn’t lost since opening night against Lompoc. The Eagles won convincingly, 41-6, over Dos Pueblos in the first round of the playoffs. St. Francis is a tough team too. The Golden Knights have won three games in a row, including, 45-28, over Paramount in the first round of the playoffs. Quarterback Jared Lebowitz threw for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Luke Anderson rushed for 44 yards in nine carries and scored three touchdowns.

L.A. North: The Top 10

November, 13, 2011
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Two of the undefeated teams in the L.A. North Top 10 earned No. 1 seeds in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. Westlake, as expected, is the top seed in the Northern Division playoffs. Sierra Canyon is No. 1 in the East Valley Division playoffs.

Ventura, the other undefeated team in the L.A. North top 10, is the No. 4 seed in the Western Division playoffs.

It was a rough end to the regular season for a few teams in the top 10. Crespi lost to Loyola in the Serra League season finale, then lost coin flips to determine the third and final team from the Serra League to advance to the Pac-5 Division playoffs.

Chaminade lost to Gardena Serra in the Mission League season finale and dropped from the No. 1 to the No. 3 seed in the Western Division playoffs.

Simi Valley cracked the top 10 for the first time this season and proceeded to lose to Moorpark in the Marmonte League finale and ultimately was eliminated from playoff contention in the Northern Division on coin flips.

Here is a look at the L.A. North top 10:
  1. (1) Westlake (10-0) – Coach Jim Benkert will never admit it, but his team comfortably beat St. Bonaventure, 35-14, in the Marmonte League championship game. Quarterback Justin Moore picked apart the St. Bonaventure defense throwing for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 69 yards and scored the last touchdown of the game on a quarterback sneak.
  2. (2) Alemany (8-2) – Receiver Steven Mitchell had a huge game, catching nine passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, in Alemany’s 21-14 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the Serra League finale. Maybe a little too close for comfort for coach Dean Herrington, but Alemany earned the No. 4 seed in the Pac-5 Division playoffs with the Serra League championship and an undefeated record in league play.
  3. (5) Oaks Christian (8-2) – With a 42-7 win over Newbury Park and a St. Bonaventure loss to Westlake in the Marmonte League finales, Oaks Christian earned the No. 2 seed in the Northern Division playoffs. The reigning Northern Division champs went up 42-0 at halftime behind four touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Brandon Dawkins.
  4. (6) Ventura (10-0) – The Cougars didn’t play last week, polishing off the Channel League championship with a 41-0 shutout over San Marcos two weeks ago. The Cougars have had two weeks to prepare for the start of the Western Division playoffs. They will look to extend a perfect season and make a run at a CIF championship.
  5. (3) St. Bonaventure (7-3) – The 1-2 punch of Shaun Wick and Zack Green wasn’t as effective as anticipated against Westlake. Green rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns, but Wick was a little nicked up and only gained 22 yards on 10 carries. If St. Bonaventure faces Westlake again with a healthier Wick, it might be a different outcome.

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Westlake's Cook has the hot hands

November, 9, 2011
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Westlake coach Jim Benkert didn’t know quite what to do with Connor Cook when he arrived on campus.

Over the summer, the senior wide receiver and defensive back transferred from the posh, private confines of Oaks Christian to the public powerhouse of Westlake. He was small and skinny, listed at 5 feet 10 and 165 pounds. For the first game of the season against Del Oro in Loomis in Northern California, Benkert had Cook on the field for one play.

“He has gone from there to really being a two-way guy,” Benkert said. “On the field, on offense and defense, and being a special guy on special teams, too.”

Cook, the son of Toi Cook, who played in the NFL for 11 seasons mostly with the New Orleans Saints, leads the team in receiving yards and touchdowns, despite playing in only six of Westlake’s nine games on offense. He has 318 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game.

“He has worked his way into a position where he is a big part of the game plan on both sides of the ball,” Benkert said. “What he brings is some outstanding speed. His speed really sets himself apart. He’s also a really good athlete. He’s not overly big, but he really can stretch a defense.”

His best game of the season came against Royal. He scored five touchdowns, three on touchdown catches and two on kick-off returns. He leads the team with nine touchdowns. But his contributions to the team extend far beyond the offense and special teams.

“On defense, in the cover corner, he has a lot of confidence in his abilities that allow him to play with reckless abandon,” Benkert said. “He’s really helped us a great deal.”

When Westlake plays St. Bonaventure in the Marmonte League season finale on Thursday night at Ventura High School, Benkert and his coaching staff will fully utilize the skills of Cook.

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L.A. North: The Top 10

November, 6, 2011
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Westlake, Ventura and Sierra Canyon, the three undefeated teams in the L.A. North top 10, had impressive wins over the weekend.

Westlake won big, as expected, over an Agoura team that has won only one game all season.

Ventura completed its first undefeated regular season since 1984 and won its first Channel League championship since 1996.

Sierra Canyon added a touch of legitimacy to its undefeated record with a 10-point win over Alpha League rival Paraclete, the reigning Southern Section East Valley Division champion.

Here's a look at how the L.A. North top 10 fared:
  1. (1) Westlake (9-0) – The Warriors dismantled Agoura, 45-9, behind a nearly perfect game from quarterback Justin Moore. He completed 12-of-13 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran in a touchdown in Westlake's prep game for the Marmonte League finale with St. Bonaventure.
  2. (2) Alemany (7-2) – Maybe those two one-point losses are producing some dividends. Tied 14-14 in the fourth quarter, Alemany scored two touchdowns in the final minute to beat Loyola, 28-14, and improve to 3-0 in the Serra League. The Warriors are guaranteed at least a share of the league title. A win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Friday night, by no means a gimme in the eyes of Warriors quarterback Devon Dunn, and Alemany will win its second Serra League title in a row.
  3. (4) St. Bonaventure (8-1) – The Seraphs didn’t mess around against Calabasas. St. Bonaventure was up 29-0 after the first quarter and 53-7 at halftime en route to a 60-7 win. Shaun Wick carried the ball four times, scored two touchdowns and gained 125 yards. That’s 31.2 yards per carry if you're keeping score at home. It's safe to say the Seraphs are ready for their game against Westlake on Thursday night.
  4. (3) Chaminade (8-1) – No disrespect to Chaminade, 33-0 winners over Cathedral, but the Mission League has been anything but challenging for the Eagles. Chaminade was up 30-0 at halftime, cruised to its sixth win in a row and has outscored its Mission League opponents 150-19. Chaminade travels to play Gardena Serra, also 4-0 in the Mission League, on Friday night.
  5. (5) Oaks Christian (7-2) – Two close calls in a row, but Oaks Christian keeps on winning. This time the Lions needed a last-minute field goal to beat Moorpark, 17-14, and keep pace with St. Bonaventure in the Marmonte League standings. Oaks Christian wraps up Marmonte League action against Newbury Park on Thursday night.

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

November, 3, 2011
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Agoura (1-7) vs. No. 2 Westlake (8-0), Friday (7 p.m.) – Westlake running back Dashon Hunt has been tough to stop in recent games. He is averaging 94 yards rushing and has scored six touchdowns in the past three games. He gained 99 yards and scored two touchdowns in Westlake’s 49-3 win over Newbury Park last week. One of his touchdowns came on a 42-yard punt return. He also returned an interception for a touchdown against Simi Valley three weeks ago. Agoura is coming off its first win of the season, 24-17, over Calabasas. The Chargers go from playing one of the worst teams in the Marmonte League to one of the best teams in the state. It could be a long night for Agoura.

No. 3 St. Bonaventure (7-1) vs. Calabasas (1-7), Friday (7 p.m.) – The Seraphs have surrendered only 31 points in their past five Marmonte League games, including shutouts over Agoura and Simi Valley. Shaun Wick and Zack Green combined for 256 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 50-8 win over Thousand Oaks last week. Calabasas has lost all seven of its Marmonte League games. It could be a long night for Calabasas.

Moorpark (5-3) vs. No. 11 Oaks Christian (6-2), Friday (7 p.m.) – Oaks Christian running back Ishmael Adams is expected to make his first start in three games after spraining his ankle in practice. He missed the past two games. While the return of Adams is good news, Oaks Christian might be without Arizona State-bound linebacker and running back Carlos Mendoza. He injured his shoulder in the 38-7 win over Simi Valley last week. Redell said he might roll the dice and rest Mendoza the next two weeks until the playoffs start. Wide receiver Jordan Payton is also nursing an injured ankle, but Redell said he looked pretty good on his 80-yard touchdown run against Simi. Moorpark needs a win to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. The Musketeers, 4-3 in Marmonte League play, are in a three-way tie for fourth place in league with Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Only the top five teams in league are guaranteed playoff spots.

No. 17 Bishop Amat (6-3) vs. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (5-3), Friday (7 p.m.) – Notre Dame is slowly seeing its season slip away. After a promising 5-0 start, the Knights have lost three games in a row, including its two Serra League games. They had a bye last week and two weeks to prepare for Bishop Amat. But Notre Dame lost to Loyola, 27-14, in its last game. Bishop Amat is seeing its season spiral away too. The Lancers have lost two of their past three games and are 1-2 in league. Bishop Amat is coming off a 14-3 loss to Loyola last week.

No. 18 Chaminade (7-1) vs. Cathedral (3-5) , Friday (7 p.m.) – Chaminade is on a roll with a five-game winning streak including three straight Mission League games. The Eagles have outscored their Mission League opponents 117-19. They beat St. Francis, 31-13 last week. Cathedral has lost all three of its Mission League games and were shut out by Gardena Serra and St. Paul. The Phantoms lost to Harvard-Westlake, 34-26, last week.

Paraclete (7-1) vs. Sierra Canyon (8-0) at Granada Hills High School, Saturday (7 p.m.) – Paraclete is the reigning Southern Section East Valley Division champion and has won seven games in a row since losing, 7-6, to Serrano on opening night. Sierra Canyon is undefeated and coming off a 42-8 win over Brentwood. Paraclete is the No. 2 team in the East Valley Division poll after a 49-0 shutout over Calvary Chapel. Sierra Canyon is the top-ranked team in the East Valley Division. This game is about as big as it gets for small schools.

L.A. North: The Top 10

October, 30, 2011
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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
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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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L.A. North: Games of the Week

October, 12, 2011
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DavidsonAlex Gallardo for ESPNLosAngeles.comCrespi's Mike Davidson is one of several players Notre Dame will need to contain in their Serra League opener Friday.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney used an odd word choice to describe his team’s game against Crespi of Encino on Friday night.

The two teams open Serra League play with championship aspirations. All five teams in the Serra League appear in the ESPNLA top-25 prep football rankings. Rooney takes his No. 24 Notre Dame team on the road to play No. 16 Crespi and said it will be a “fun” way to open Serra League play.

“In our league, every game is critical,” Rooney said. “Crespi is a top team and our rival. It will be a tremendous challenge. It’s kind of fun it starts this way. It’s critical that each team wins every game they can.”

Notre Dame (4-1) lost its first game of the season to Chaminade, 36-32, last week. The Knights erased an 18-point, first-half deficit and took an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. But Chaminade scored 14 points in the final two minutes to win it.

The winning drive started when Chaminade recovered an onside kick. Running back Terrell Newby scored the winning touchdown with 15 seconds left.

“It was a tough loss,” Rooney said. “There were a lot of good things we did in the game. We’re past that and getting ready for Crespi.”

Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad has emerged as one of the top running backs in the San Fernando Valley. He rushed for 84 yards and scored two touchdowns against Chaminade.

Quarterback Kelly Hilinski threw for 225 yards, completing 14 of 18 passes, and scored on a one-yard run in the second half.

Crespi (5-1) is coming off a 56-7 drubbing of Woodland Hills Taft. Quarterback Cody Cordell threw for three touchdowns and 155 yards in limited action. Receiver Christopher Harper caught two touchdown passes and finished the game with three catches for 64 yards.

Crespi won its first four games of the season and had outscored its opponents, 194-34. The Celts’ only loss came against Vista Murrieta, 38-20, two weeks ago.

“You always learn more from a loss. I feel they outprepared us,” Crespi coach Jon Mack said. “The boys are playing well. We’re pleased how the season is going.”

Notre Dame went 2-8 and won only one league game last year. The team has made quite a turnaround, winning its first five games of the 2011 season and entering Serra League play as a championship contender.

“They’re a year older,” Rooney said. “Most of them played last year. Experience helps keep them on the right path. We’re trying to learn from everything that has happened.”

Here’s a look at some of the other top games in the L.A. North:

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L.A. North: The Top 10

October, 10, 2011
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There’s a new No. 1 football team in the L.A. North area. Westlake knocked off Oaks Christian in impressive fashion with a 22-point win on Thursday night on national television. The Warriors dominated on the offensive line, defensive line and with its rushing attack.

Westlake moves up to No. 1. Oaks Christian drops to No. 5. Chaminade jumps three spots to No. 4 after a thrilling, come-from-behind win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Four top-10 teams, Westlake, Canyon, St. Francis and Ventura, are undefeated.

Here’s a look at the top 10 teams in the region:
  1. (2) Westlake (5-0) – Westlake quarterback Justin Moore threw the ball only 13 times in his team’s 43-21 over previously top-ranked Oaks Christian. He didn’t need to throw the football that many times as Oaks Christian couldn’t stop the Westlake running attack.
  2. (4) Crespi (5-1) – The Celts easily took care of Woodland Hills Taft, 56-7. Now Crespi begins its Serra League schedule against a stunned Sherman Oaks Notre Dame team on Friday night.
  3. (5) Alemany (4-2) – Alemany wide receiver Steven Mitchell had a big game against Beverly Hills. He caught five passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s 48-12 win.
  4. (7) Chaminade (4-1) – It wasn’t the prettiest game against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, but Chaminade ended the roller-coaster night on the upswing and won 36-32. That never-say-die mentality will be hard to beat.
  5. (1) Oaks Christian (3-2) – Westlake found a weakness in the Oaks Christian defense: Run straight up the middle. The good news for Oaks Christian is that the Lions probably won’t face a team as tough as Westlake until the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs.

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No. 5 St. Bonaventure 28, Moorpark 17

October, 6, 2011
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MOORPARK -- Pick your poison: Shaun Wick or Zack Green.

It did not matter Thursday night as neither could be stopped.

The running back tandem for Ventura St. Bonaventure did just about whatever it wanted to against Moorpark. When all was said and done, Wick and Green combined for 170 yards on the ground in 33 carries in a 28-17 Marmonte League victory on the road.

“Our goal was to grind it out, wear them down, we did that,'' Wick said. “We feel like we can pick up yards any time. We showed everyone we can get the job done.''

The Seraphs (4-1, 3-1) were impressive from start top finish, no question about it. Their recent No. 5 spot in the ESPNLosAngeles.com rankings was a worthy selection.

The Musketeers (3-2, 2-2) were overmatched, plain and simple.

Tony Mack picked off Marc Evans' pass in the fourth quarter and Moorpark capitalized on the turnover. Grant Rohach directed a nice drive and Aaron Stanton capped things off with a 14-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to 28-17 with 6:15 left in the game.

The Musketeers, however, would not get any closer.

Wick and Green were instrumental in directing a 13-play drive that took the final 6:08 off the clock in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

"Our defense was in a hole the night,'' Moorpark coach Tim Lins said.

Wick, a senior, is the featured back. He finished with 110 yards in 19 carries. Green is the backup. Nevertheless, the junior had 60 yards in 14 rushes.

“I know my role on this team,'' Green said. “Shaun is the man this year. I respect him and he helps me out. Hopefully, next year, it will be time to shine.''

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