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For sixth straight week, four Foothill teams ranked

Hart leads way at No. 1

Posted: October 1, 2013 9:25 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2013 9:25 p.m.

Hart remains at No. 1 in the CIF-SS Northern Division poll for the sixth straight week. Valencia, Canyon and West Ranch join them.

 

The Foothill League continues to have a significant impression on the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll.

Division coaches voted Hart No. 1 for the sixth straight week after a convincing victory over Birmingham.

Valencia moved up to No. 3, while Canyon and West Ranch make appearances in the bottom half.

Canyon had the biggest drop of the week, falling from No. 2 to No. 8 after a 45-21 loss to Notre Dame.

West Ranch hung on to the No. 10 spot after a narrow victory over Oxnard.

Hart, Valencia and Canyon will take the field this week in their final tuneups before league play, but for now, let’s take a look around the Northern Division.

No. 1 Hart (4-0); Last Week: Beat Birmingham 42-13; Last week’s ranking: No. 1

Another week and another offensive onslaught by the Indians, who won on the strength of Connor Wingenroth’s five touchdowns — four rushing and one receiving. The game actually lowered Hart’s average score this season to 52 points per game. The Indians will try to complete an undefeated preleague season on Friday at 7 p.m. when it travels to face Santa Monica.

No. 2 West Torrance (4-0); Last Week: Beat South Torrance 48-13; LWR: No. 3

West High performed well a week after its star receiver Craig Knaus suffered a season-ending broken leg. This week, it was running back Brett Ojiyi who stepped up to score four touchdowns and rush for 154 yards on 16 carries in West’s win. In its final game before Bay League play begins, West High host the crosstown North High of Torrance on Friday night.

No. 3 Valencia (3-1); Last Week: Beat Santa Monica 42-21; LWR: No. 5

The Vikings moved back up the list this week after scoring 28 straight second-half points to upend visiting Santa Monica. Penalties hurt Valencia and allowed Santa Monica to stick around in the first half, but Valencia woke up in the second half — a trend the Vikings have shown through their first four games of the year. Jay Jay Wilson hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown.

No. 4 St. Joseph (4-0); Last Week: Beat San Luis Obispo 16-6; LWR: No. 4

The St. Joseph Knights remained undefeated on Friday, defeating San Luis Obispo in their Pac-7 League opener. St. Joseph struggled some on offense, scoring just 16 points. Quarterback Curry Parham was kept out of the end zone through the air, but was able to get in on a 5-yard run late in the second quarter. The game was tied at 6 midway through the third quarter, but the Knights scored the game’s final 10 points.

No. 5 Arroyo Grande (3-1); Last Week: Bye; LWR: No. 6

The Eagles, winners of three straight, enjoyed a week off, while moving up one spot. Arroyo Grande will be on the road at Atascadero on Friday.

No. 6 Palos Verdes (2-2); Last Week: Bye; LWR: No. 7

Palos Verdes joined Arroyo Grande, moving up one spot despite not playing. They’ll travel to Dominguez this week.

No. 7 Atascadero (3-2); Last Week: Beat Pioneer Valley 56-6; LWR: No. 8

Atascadero ran all over Pioneer Valley on Friday, scoring eight touchdowns on the ground. Atascadero allowed six points on the game’s opening drive to Pioneer Valley, and then outscored their opponent 56-0 the rest of the way to climb to No. 7 in the rankings.

No. 8 Canyon (3-1); Last Week: Lost 45-21 to Notre Dame; LWR: No. 2

Canyon faced its toughest test of the young season on Friday and struggled in a loss to Notre Dame. Cade Apsay continued his strong season, throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns, but the defense couldn’t slow down Knights running back Chris Colarossi, who ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns.

No. 9 Palmdale (2-2); Last Week: Beat Eastside 35-10; LWR: No. 9

The Falcons bounced back from a blowout loss to Orange Luthern to easily beat Eastside. Palmdale led most of the way, and took a 23-point advantage into the fourth quarter. Running back Demario Richard led the way with two rushing touchdowns.

No. 10 West Ranch (4-1); Last Week: Beat Oxnard 7-3; LWR: No. 10

West Ranch trailed 3-0 into the third quarter against Oxnard, but the Wildcats found a way to win thanks to a strong defensive effort and a touchdown pass from Chase Killingsworth to the always reliable Christian Parrish. West Ranch now goes into its bye week before facing No. 1 Hart.

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

Signal Staff Writer Dan Agnew contributed to this story.

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