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Rankings reflect up-and-down week

Saugus and Santa Clarita Christian tumble in polls, Valencia and Hart rise

Posted: September 21, 2009 10:45 p.m.
Updated: September 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.
So far, so average.

The Foothill League’s football teams are break even after 14 games — 7-7.

There have been ups and there have been downs.

The Foothill League took a hit Thursday, though, with the 42-20 loss Saugus suffered to Westlake.

Coming into the game, the Centurions were ranked No. 4 in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division.

Westlake was No. 5.

The game wasn’t close.

Afterward, Westlake head coach Jim Benkert told his players that they should be proud because they knocked off the No. 4 team in the division.

Do rankings mean anything?

Yes, they do.

They mean bragging rights and now, most importantly, they carry weight for teams in the running for the CIF state championship game.

High school sports Web site puts out a state championship game ranking.

Saugus is now 75th in its division — Division I South.

But the Centurions scheduled a series of tough opponents and can make up for Thursday’s rough game.

As for the newest CIF polls, Saugus tumbled four spots to No. 8.

Hart entered the fray at No. 10 and Valencia moved up to No. 3.

In the 8-Man football poll, Santa Clarita Christian, which had been the No. 1 team in Division I, fell to No. 4 after a 22-6 loss to Joshua Springs.

Here’s how the Northern Division’s Top 10 fared:

No. 1 St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure moved to 3-0 with a 42-21 victory over Los Angeles Jordan on Friday night. Seraphs quarterback Logan Meyer was 18-of-25 for 312 yards with three touchdowns. St. Bonaventure went up 28-0 in the second quarter. The Seraphs play 2-1 Crespi of the Los Angeles City Section this Friday.

No. 2 Moorpark

Moorpark, now 3-0, defeated Ventura 31-7 last Friday. Musketeers quarterback Brody Rohach tossed three touchdown passes and two interceptions to go along with 177 yards. Moorpark has a bye this week.

No. 3 Valencia

The Vikings defeated Birmingham 56-31 last Thursday. They face 1-1 Palmdale on the road this Friday.

No. 4 Westlake

Westlake (2-0) defeated Saugus 42-20 last Thursday. The Warriors face Hart at Cougar Stadium this Friday.

No. 5 Newbury Park

The Panthers are 2-0 after a 34-6 win over Rio Mesa last Thursday. Newbury Park forced five turnovers in the game and limited Rio Mesa to only 37 yards of total offense in the second half. Quarterback Jake Geringer threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores. Newbury Park hosts Saugus on Friday.

No. 6 Oxnard

Oxnard is also 2-0 after defeating San Luis Obispo 30-14 last Friday. The Yellowjackets’ ground game was the story as the team rushed for 315 yards on 48 carries. Alex Gavin ran for 102 yards on 22 carries and Henry Fernandez went for 166 yards on 17 rushes. Senior defensive lineman Cary Martinez made three sacks. In just two games, Oxnard has rushed for 608 yards. The Yellowjackets get 2-0 Buena on Friday.

No. 7 Atascadero

The Greyhounds, now 2-1, bounced back from a loss Sept. 11 to defeat Gilroy 48-34. Atascadero ran for 439 yards in the game, with three of its rushers crossing the 100-yard mark — Sterling Bullard (180), Tanner Thompson (124) and Tanner Kuhnle (112). In three games, the Greyounds have 760 rushing yards. They stick with a Central California foe in 0-2 Redwood of Visalia on Friday.

No. 8 Saugus

Saugus lost to Westlake 42-20 last Thursday and travels to Newbury Park on Friday.

No. 9 Buena

Buena (2-0) defeated Thousand Oaks 27-20 last Thursday. Thousand Oaks opened the season with a 39-36 loss to Valencia. Buena got a solid performance out of quarterback Robert Munoz, who was 14-of-19 for 213 yards and a touchdown. Buena is at Oxnard on Friday.

No. 10 Hart

Hart defeated Righetti 27-13 on Thursday night and hosts Westlake in a big test on Friday.


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