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The Signal takes a look at week 3 in the Foothill League

Posted: September 18, 2013 9:20 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2013 9:20 p.m.
 

 

Agoura (2-1) vs. Golden Valley (1-2) at Canyon, 7 p.m. today.

Last season: Agoura won 17-10

Outlook: After back-to-back tight contests, the Grizzlies were never in the game last week in a 44-6 loss to Highland last week.

The Grizzlies will continue to turn to running back Terry Tamura, but need quarterback Robert Phillips and the receiving corps to step up and put points on the board if Golden Valley is going to get win No. 2.

Agoura has shown an ability to be balanced on offense, with Jack Barmasse throwing for over 200 yards in each of the Chargers’ three games — including a 306-yard game in Agoura’s 13-0 win over Ventura,

Running back Sean Bar has had 124-yard, 150-yard and 122-yard performances.

 

Ridgeview of Bakersfield (2-1) vs. Hart (2-0) at COC, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last season: Hart won 49-27

Outlook: If the Hart defense wants a chance to show it’s capable of making defensive stops, a one-dimensional Ridgeview team might be just what the doctor ordered.

Ridgeview is no slouch, despite last season’s convincing Hart win, as the Wolf Pack did not lose another game en route to a CIF-Central Section Division III title in 2012.

The Wolf Pack has relied on running game in the last two games to improve to 2-1. Ridgeview lost Player of the Year quarterback Kamari Cotton-Moya to graduation, and is relying on sophomore quarterback Lawrence Wright to run the offense.

If the Indians can tackle well, they should be able to stack the box with little consequence and improve to 3-0.

 

Quartz Hill (1-1) at Canyon (2-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last season: Quartz Hill won 56-49.

Outlook: The former Golden League rivals reunite after a wild affair last season effectively ended with a Cade Apsay interception in the end zone.

Apsay and, more importantly, the defense are vastly improved in 2013 — but Quartz hill has also picked it up on defense, allowing just 10 points on the season.

The Rebels are another run-first team, but without last season’s start running back Osirius Burke, they might have trouble keeping up with the high-octane Cowboys’ offense.

Canyon has forced five turnovers in each of its first two games, and if the defense can continue that trend, the Cowboys will be just fine on Friday night.

 

Saugus (2-1) at Ventura (1-2), 7 p.m. Friday

Last year: Ventura won 10-7.

Outlook: In a 45-7 victory over Buena, the Centurions showed they can move the ball without running back Reid Rupe, who sat out the game with an injury.

Buena was no challenge for the Saugus defense, and quarterback Chris Hamilton and running back Blake Austin led the way,

Austin ran 13 times for 84 yards and a touchdown, while Hamilton threw for 148 yards and three scores, while running for another on 10 carries for 57 yards.

Ventura picked up its first win of the season last week, with Tyler Peralta rushing for 108 yards and two scores and quarterback Steve Ledesma going 11-for-19 with 191 yards and a touchdown.

The Centurions’ defense was strong last week, and if they can stop Ventura’s balanced offense they could improve to 3-1.

 

Valencia (1-1) at Righetti (2-1), 7 p.m. Friday

Last Season: Valencia won 48-9

Outlook: The Vikings have a long road trip to Santa Maria ahead of them as they face the Pac-7 League’s Righetti High. But judging from the stats, it should be well worth it.

Righetti has struggled offensively, despite its 2-1 record.

Quarterback Conor Regan completed just 4-of-11 passes for 65 yards in a loss to St. Francis last week, with running back Colin Cooper providing most of the offense (19 carries for 117 yards and one touchdown).

Despite a new offensive line and first-time starter Jake Wallace at quarterback, the Vikings showed it can move the ball, scoring 34 in a loss to Chaminade last week.

Valencia’s defense shut down Palmdale running back Demario Richard in the second half of its week one win, so the Vikings shouldn’t have much trouble with Cooper and the rest of the Warriors.

 

Thousand Oaks (2-1) vs. West Ranch (3-0) at Valencia, 7 p.m. Friday

Last season: Thousand Oaks won 28-10

Outlook: This is the Wildcats' biggest test of the early season.

They’ve shown an ability to beat lesser teams, but the Marmonte League’s Thousand Oaks should provide a significant challenge.

West Ranch hurt themselves last week with turnovers and penalties before escaping with a 20-13 victory over Knight High.

Chase Killingsworth’s ability to pass and Christian Parrish’s ability to run on the Thousand Oaks defense will tell a lot about how real the No. 6 ranked (CIF-SS Northern Division) Wildcats are.

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