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Around the Divisions: Valencia No. 2, Hart falls to fourth

Posted: November 4, 2013 6:48 p.m.
Updated: November 4, 2013 6:48 p.m.

Valencia leapfrogged Hart in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division top 10 this week.

 

All Valencia does is win big football games. Still, the Vikings must be wondering what it will take for the poll voters to give them the No. 1 overall ranking in the division.

After defeating then-No. 1 ranked Hart 24-19 on Friday night, Valencia enters this week’s poll ranked second behind Palos Verdes of the Bay League.

This season, the Vikings have defeated three teams currently ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division’s top 10, dispatching No. 5 Palmdale early in the season before beating Canyon and Hart back-to-back the past two weeks.

For the first time this season, the Indians fall off the No. 1 spot, but they remain in the top 5 despite the loss. And Canyon’s 28-6 defeat of West Ranch enabled the Cowboys to move up a spot to No. 6.

Here’s a recap of the week that was in high school football’s CIF-SS Northern Division:

No. 1 Palos Verdes (7-2); Last Week: Beat Redondo Union 24-14; Last Week’s Ranking: No. 2

Palos Verdes extended its dominance in Bay League play last Friday, defeating a tough Redondo Union squad to capture at least a share of the Bay League title. The Sea Kings have not lost a league contest since Oct. 22, 2010, and have given up just 21 points through four league contests.

No. 2 Valencia (7-2); Last Week: Beat Hart 24-19; LWR: No. 4

The Vikings made life miserable for Hart quarterback Brady White on Friday, recording nine sacks and two interceptions en route to a win. Valencia entered halftime with a 21-7 lead, holding a Hart comeback attempt in check to close out the victory. Now, all that stands between Valencia and sole possession of the Foothill League title is a 2-7 Golden Valley team.

No. 3 Atascadero (7-2); Last Week: Beat San Luis Obispo 28-7; LWR: No. 3

Atascadero cruised to a three-touchdown victory over San Luis Obispo on Friday. Greyhounds senior running back Izaiah Cooks had a monster game for the second consecutive week, this time amassing 234 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

No. 4 Hart (8-1); Last Week: Lost to Valencia 24-19; LWR: No. 1

The Indians can likely say goodbye to any hopes of winning a share of the Foothill League title after Friday night’s loss. Additionally, the team’s ranking in the Division II South state bowl rankings dropped three spots from second to fifth. Given that only the top two teams get to play the end-of-the year bowl game, Hart is likely on the outside looking in. None of this is something a good playoff run can’t cure though, and the Indians still have bragging rights and possibly a No. 2 finish in league to play for against rival Canyon this Friday.

No. 5 Palmdale (7-2) Last Week: Beat Antelope Valley 35-21; LWR: No. 5

The Falcons stay put in the polls following their 35-21 victory over Antelope Valley. Senior running back phenom Demario Richard has rushed for 1,003 yards and 21 touchdowns on 7.4 yards per carry this year.

No. 6 Canyon (7-2) Last Week: Beat West Ranch 28-6; LWR: No. 7

The Cowboys move up a slot after overcoming a slow start to down the Wildcats 28-6 last Friday. Canyon senior receiver Zach Cuha had a big game, reeling in nine balls for 114 yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys get Hart at home to end the regular season.

No. 7 Mira Costa (6-3) Last Week: Beat Leuzinger 42-0; LWR: No. 8

Mira Costa moves up a spot in the rankings after defeating Bay League doormat Leuzinger in shutout fashion.

No. 8 Paso Robles (7-2) Last Week: Beat Arroyo Grande 20-10; LWR: No. 9

The Bearcats defeated then-No. 6 Arroyo Grande last Friday to move up a spot in the rankings and set up a high-stakes contest against No. 3 Atascadero. If Paso Robles wins it will secure a share of the PAC-7 title.

No. 9 Arroyo Grande (6-3) Last Week: Lost to Paso Robles 20-10; LWR: No. 6
The Eagles fell against PAC-7 rival Paso Robles last week. The team sits at 6-3 heading into its season finale against a struggling San Luis Obispo team. Arroyo Grande has held opposing offenses to 81 points through nine games this season.

No. 10 West Torrance (7-2) Last Week: Beat Peninsula 42-13; LWR: Unranked
After falling from the rankings for a short time, West Torrance is back in the top ten following a convincing 42-13 victory over Peninsula. The Warriors conclude the season against a subpar Leuzinger squad.

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

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