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CIF shakes up bottom of the Northern Division

Posted: September 24, 2013 8:23 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 2013 8:23 p.m.

West Ranch quarterback Chase Killingsworth, left, looks to pass as he outruns Thousand Oaks defender at Valencia High on Friday.

 

The biggest change in this week’s CIF-Southern section Northern Division poll was a result of West Ranch’s 20-9 loss to Thousand Oaks.

The Wildcats tumbled four spots from No. 10 to No. 6 because of the loss, which caused some movement at the bottom of the poll.

From the Nos. 6 to 10, things have completely changed, with no new teams entering the poll.

However, Saugus is knocking at the door, having received consideration at 3-1 after a 20-17 win over Ventura last Friday.

No. 1 Hart (3-0); Last Week: Beat Ridgeview of Bakersfield 56-7; Last week’s ranking: No. 1

The game was over quickly as the Indians took a 21-0 lead a little over five minutes into the game and never looked back. By the second half, Hart had its second string in against the defending CIF-Central Section Division III champions. This Friday, Hart goes to Lake Balboa to face a Birmingham team that lost 28-5 to Notre Dame last week.

No. 2 Canyon (3-0); Last Week: Beat Quartz Hill 55-14; LWR: No. 2

Canyon crushed Quartz Hill last Friday. Just 42 seconds into the game, the Cowboys were up 21-0. Running back Myron McAfee ran for 175 yards, including 96-yard touchdown run. Canyon plays at 3-1 Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks on Friday.

No. 3 West Torrance (3-0); Last Week: Beat El Segundo 49-0; LWR: No. 3

West Torrance was up big at halftime, 36-0. Quarterback Zach Heeger was 19-of-24 for 206 yards and two touchdown passes. Brett Ojiyi ran the ball 13 times for 104 yards and three touchdowns. However, the school’s all-time leader in receptions and total yardage, receiver Craig Knaus, will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg. West plays 0-3 South Torrance on Friday.

No. 4 St. Joseph (3-0); Last Week: Beat Palma 13-7; LWR: No. 4

It took a goal-line stand at the end of the game, but St. Joseph beat Palma last Friday. The defending Pac-7 League champions open up league play Friday against San Luis Obispo.

No. 5 Valencia (2-1); Last Friday: Beat Righetti 34-19; LWR: No. 5

Valencia trailed 13-0 early and struggled out of the gate. But the Vikings scored the game’s next 34 points to seize control of the game. John Sayre scored two touchdowns in the contest. Now the Vikings turn their attention to Santa Monica, who they host on Friday.

No. 6 Arroyo Grande (3-1); Last Thursday: Beat Cabrillo 35-7; LWR: No. 7

Joey De La Rosa ran for second-half touchdowns of 6 and 22 yards in the game. Arroyo Grande has a bye this week before facing Pac-7 League rival Atascadero on Oct. 4.

No. 7 Palos Verdes (2-2); Last Friday: Beat El Toro 50-28; LWR: No. 10

Palos Verdes rode running back Tyler Moore to victory, as he ran the ball 24 times for 191 yards and three touchdowns. Lucas Cooper intercepted a pass with El Toro driving deep into PV territory with the game still very much up for grabs in the third quarter. The Sea Kings get 2-1 Dominguez of the Los Angeles City Section Friday.

No. 8 Atasacdero (2-2) (3-0); Last Friday: Lost 35-24 to St. Bonaventure; LWR: No. 9

Atascadero fell to perennial state power St. Bonaventure last Friday, despite big games from running back Izaiah Cooks (29 carries for 152 yards) and quarterback Rob Berwick (19-of-28 for 294 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions). Atascadero gets 2-2 Pioneer Valley on Friday.

No. 9 Palmdale (1-2); Last Week: Bye; LWR: No. 10

Palmdale was off last week, giving super senior running back Demario Richard a change to heal more from bangs and bruises suffered in week one against Valencia. The Falcons get 2-1 Eastside in the Golden League opener for both teams.

No. 10 West Ranch (3-1) Last Week: Lost to Thousand Oaks 20-9; LWR: No. 6

West Ranch was leading 9-7 going into the fourth quarter against its toughest competition of the season yet before things started to fall apart. Christian Parrish ran for 103 yards in the game for the Wildcats in his third straight 100-yard plus rushing game. The Wildcats play at Oxnard on Friday.

Some information for this story was gathered from Maxpreps.com, Patch.com, SanLuisObispo.com, The Daily Breeze and The Santa Maria Times.

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