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Northern Division’s ranked teams were dominant in eighth week of season

Posted: November 2, 2009 11:15 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia's Brock Vereen (21) and Hart's Blake Borland (80) go up for a jump ball Friday at Cougar Stadium. Like eight other teams in the Northern Division top 10, Valencia won comfortably last Friday.

By nature, high school football rankings are mostly subjective.

But if last week is any indication, the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division voters are spot-on.

There’s only one new team in the latest poll after the incumbents crushed the opposition Friday.

Hart is the only team that fell out of the top 10 following a 56-7 loss to Valencia, which held steady at No. 2.

The only ranked team that didn’t beat its opponent by 10 or more points is top-ranked Moorpark, which ground out a 28-21 overtime victory against a talented Thousand Oaks squad.

Righetti took Hart’s place in the top 10 after defeating San Luis Obispo 13-3 — an ironic twist considering the Indians dominated Righetti 27-13 in week three.

Here’s how the Northern Division’s top 10 fared last week.

No. 1 Moorpark

Running back Austin Edmonson scored on a 25-yard touchdown run on the first play of overtime and the Musketeers’ defense held in a 28-21 victory over Thousand Oaks last Friday. Edmonson had 123 yards and two touchdowns rushing, but he could do nothing to stop Lancers quarterback Avondre Bollar from leading his team on two long scoring drives in the fourth quarter to erase a 21-7 deficit. Moorpark quarterback Brody Rohach was 12-of-19 for 130 yards and a touchdown, but the Musketeers (8-0, 5-0 Marmonte League) turned the ball over three times. Moorpark will travel to 2-6 Agoura on Friday.

No. 2 Valencia

The Vikings improved to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the Foothill League with a 56-7 win over rival Hart. Valencia will face 3-5 Saugus Friday at Cougar Stadium.

No. 3 St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure (7-1, 3-0) extended its Channel League unbeaten streak to 62 games with a 35-7 win over Ventura last Friday. The Seraphs’ defense held Ventura to just 122 yards, while quarterback Logan Meyer threw for 208 yards and three touchdowns and running back Devon Blackledge had 119 rushing yards. St. Bonaventure will host 0-8 Santa Barbara this Friday.

No. 4 Westlake

A week after a thrilling victory over Marmonte League rival Newbury Park, Westlake had an easier time dominating Royal 38-0 Friday night. Warriors tailback Tavior Mowry had 17 carries for 112 yards before sitting out the fourth quarter, quarterback Nick Isham tossed three touchdown passes and defensive back Michael Tack returned an interception for a touchdown. The Warriors (8-0, 5-0) will face 1-7 Simi Valley this Friday before a monumental showdown with Moorpark in the last week of the season.

No. 5 Arroyo Grande

Running back Russell Perkins had 134 yards on 35 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Eagles past Paso Robles 26-10 Friday. Arroyo Grande held Paso Robles to 241 total yards and forced a pair of turnovers. The Eagles (7-1, 3-0) will travel to ninth-ranked Atascadero on Friday in a big Pac-7 League game.

No. 6 Newbury Park

The Panthers bounced back from a loss to Westlake with a 38-10 win over Agoura on Friday. Notre Dame commitment Cameron Roberson had 156 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, and quarterback Jake Geringer threw for 132 yards and two scores on just 10 passing attempts. Newbury Park (6-2, 3-2) will hit the road to play 1-7 Calabasas this Friday.

No. 7 Adolfo Camarillo

The Scorpions lit up Channel Islands 68-14 to record the biggest margin of victory by a top-10 team last week. Camarillo quarterback Jeff Matthews threw for 315 yards and six touchdown passes, and his team was up 61-0 before giving up a point to Channel Islands, which had reached as high as No. 6 in the Northern Division rankings earlier this season. The Scorpions (7-1, 3-0 Pacific View) face a huge road test this week at 6-2 Hueneme.

No. 8 Buena

Buena improved to 6-2 and 2-1 in the Channel League following a 41-0 rout of winless Santa Barbara last Friday. The Bulldogs’ defense held Santa Barbara to 53 total yards, and Buena quarterback Robert Munoz threw for two touchdowns while running back Kendrick Mathis ran for two more. Buena will host 2-6 San Marcos Friday.

No. 9 Atascadero

Led by running back Sterling Bullard’s 135 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Atascadero beat Lompoc 49-35 in a shootout Friday night. The Greyhounds racked up 419 yards of total offense and punted just once. Atascadero (6-2, 2-1) will host Arroyo Grande this week in a game that will have Pac-7 championship implications.

No. 10 Righetti

Righetti put on a defensive clinic in holding San Luis Obispo to just 212 total yards and one field goal in a 13-3 victory Friday. The Warriors (6-2, 3-0 Pac-7) are at 0-8 Lompoc this week.

Some information from this story was gathered from the Ventura County Star, and the San Luis Obispo Tribune.


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