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Around the divisions: No major changes

Posted: October 21, 2013 6:20 p.m.
Updated: October 21, 2013 6:20 p.m.
 

Can you spot the difference? You’ll have to look closely.

There’s essentially only one change between last week’s CIF-Southern Section Northern Division football poll and this week’s, and it’s not a major one.

The top eight teams are all in exactly the same place, including three Foothill League squads in the top five (Hart first, Valencia fourth, Canyon fifth).

Seven of those eight teams won and another had a bye week.

No top 10 team from last week dropped off the poll and only one was added — St. Joseph of Santa Maria — which moved into a three-way tie for ninth place with Mira Costa and Paso Robles.

Those looking for more variety can take pleasure in the fact that something has to give this week with multiple top 10 teams facing each other.

The biggest one for the Santa Clarita Valley is No. 4 Valencia taking on No. 5 Canyon on Friday at Valencia High.
But before diving into that marquee matchup, let’s review last week’s action.

No. 1 Hart (7-0); Last Week: Beat Golden Valley 61-13; Last week’s ranking: No. 1

In two Foothill League games, Hart has won two games that it was supposed to win. Hart did most of its damage in the first half of its win over Golden Valley, leading 55-7 at the break. Next up are three difficult tests in successive weeks, beginning with a matchup against a scrappy Saugus team on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

No. 2 Palos Verdes (5-2); Last Week: Beat Mira Costa 35-0; LWR: No. 2

The Palos Verdes Sea Kings seem to be finding their form as the season goes on. By scoring 28 points in the second half of a shutout against No. 9 Mira Costa, the Sea Kings won their fourth straight and improved to 2-0 in the Bay League. Next up is a key contest at No. 8 West Torrance on Friday.

No. 3 Atascadero (5-2); Last Week: Bye; LWR: No. 3
Despite not playing last week, Atascadero maintained its spot in the rankings as well as its position atop the Pac-7 League standings. Atascadero takes its 3-0 league record on the road to face St. Joseph on Friday.

No. 4 Valencia (5-2); Last Week: Beat West Ranch 42-6; LWR: No. 4

Valencia’s offense made a big statement with a convincing win over West Ranch last week. Vikings quarterback Jake Wallace tossed for 398 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Malik Townsend. Coming up on Friday, Valencia hosts Canyon in the Foothill League’s game of the week.

No. 5 Canyon (6-1); Last Week: Beat Saugus 23-20; LWR: No. 5

Though it has hardly been perfect through two league games, Canyon has done enough to win both games. That included a come-from-behind win over Saugus last week. Now, the focus turns to a Valencia team that Canyon hasn’t beat since 2006.

No. 6 Palmdale (5-2); Last Week: Beat Quartz Hill 49-7; LWR: No. 6

In what was possibly the matchup of the year in the Golden League, defending league champion Palmdale dominated Quartz Hill. Both teams came into the game 3-0 in league play. Palmdale, after allowing Quartz Hill to gain just 90 yards of offense, now owns sole possession of first place. Next up for Palmdale is a clash with crosstown rival Pete Knight High.

No. 7 Arroyo Grande (5-2); Last Week: Beat Pioneer Valley 45-0; LWR: No. 7

For the second straight week, Arroyo Grande shut out a Pac-7 League opponent. In last week’s win over Pioneer Valley, Arroyo Grande yielded 112 total offensive yards and intercepted Pioneer Valley three times. Arroyo Grande hosts Righetti this Friday.

No. 8 West Torrance (6-1); Last Week: Beat Redondo Union 37-7; LWR: No. 8

West High bounced back from its first loss of the season the previous week to beat Redondo Union handily last week. West defensive end J.J. Allen played well on the defensive line and also returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown in the game. Coming up on Friday, West plays a key home game against No. 2-ranked Palos Verdes.

Tied-No. 9 Paso Robles (5-2); Last Week: Lost to St. Joseph 17-10 (2 OT); LWR: No. 9

In what was probably the game of the week in the Northern Division, Paso Robles suffered its first Pac-7 League loss of the season after St. Joseph rallied to tie the score in regulation and eventually win in the second overtime period. Paso Robles led 10-0 in the game until St. Joseph got on the board with 2:17 left in the fourth quarter. Paso Robes plays a road game against Pioneer Valley on Friday.

Tied-No. 9 Mira Costa (4-2): Last Week: Lost to Palos Verdes 35-0; LWR: No. 10
A big loss to Palos Verdes still wasn’t enough to knock Mira Costa off the top 10. This week, Mira Costa travels to play Palos Verdes Peninsula in another Bay League affair.

Tied-No. 9 St. Joseph (5-2); Last Week: Beat Paso Robles 17-10 (2 OT); LWR: Not ranked
St. Joseph reappears in the top 10 this week after pulling off the come-from-behind win over Paso Robles. Mateo Becerra scored the game-winning touchdown for St. Joseph in the second overtime before the team picked off Paso Robles quarterback Gunnar Griffin to seal it. St. Joseph hosts Pac-7 League first-place Atascadero on Friday.

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

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