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Top 10 shuffles as fall winds down

No new teams enter Northern Division poll; some big finishes are in store

Posted: November 9, 2009 11:05 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Some league races in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division are basically over heading into the final week of the regular season.

At least two, however, are still very alive.

Valencia remained No. 2 in this week’s poll after clinching at least a share of the 2009 Foothill League title by shutting out Saugus 49-0 last Friday.

Adolfo Camarillo won the Pacific View League outright last week, while St. Bonaventure clinched at least a share of the Channel League title.

The Marmonte League, however, has yet to be decided.

The biggest showdown of the year in the Northern Division will take place this Friday when top-ranked Moorpark visits No. 4 Westlake.

Both teams are undefeated, and both teams roll into the season finale at 6-0 in the Marmonte League.

In the Pac-7, three teams have a shot at winning a share of the league title.

No. 10 Righetti is undefeated in the Pac-7 and travels to face No. 9 Arroyo Grande this Friday. With a win, Righetti will win the league championship outright.

Arroyo Grande is 3-1 in league after falling to No. 7 Atascadero last week, and if the Eagles upset Righetti, they will force at least a two-way tie for the league title.

Atascadero, however, also sits at 3-1 in league and will host Paso Robles, which has a losing record. So if Arroyo Grande can pull the upset, there’s a good chance that all three teams will finish 4-1 in the Pac-7 League.

Hart was knocked out of the top 10 after losing to Valencia on Oct. 30, but the Indians are one of three teams on the outside looking in after dispatching West Ranch Friday.

The top 10 includes the same teams as last week, although several teams moved up after the loss by Arroyo Grande, which moved down.

Santa Clarita Christian climbed to No. 3 in the CIF-SS Division I 8-Man poll after Saturday’s triumph against Faith Baptist.

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

No. 1 Moorpark

The Musketeers remained at No. 1 for the sixth week in a row after a 28-0 rout over Agoura. Moorpark won on the strength of its defense, which came up with eight sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Tailback Austin Edmonson ran 13 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns before sitting out the second half. Moorpark will travel to 9-0 Westlake this Friday in a game that will decide the Marmonte League title.

No. 2 Valencia

The Vikings made several big plays to beat Saugus 49-0 and improve to 4-0 in the Foothill League. Valencia can clinch the league championship outright by beating 5-4 West Ranch on Friday.

No. 3 St. Bonaventure

Running back Diamond Schouder scored three touchdowns and St. Bonaventure racked up 185 rushing yards in a 56-0 victory over winless Santa Barbara. Seraphs quarterback Logan Meyer completed 7-of-11 passes. St. Bonaventure will try to claim its 14th consecutive outright league title by hosting 3-6 Dos Pueblos this Friday.

No. 4 Westlake

Westlake’s offense racked up 470 total yards and the Warriors easily handled Simi Valley 56-13 Friday. Quarterback Nick Isham completed 8-of-9 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns, while wide receiver Michael Tack had 120 yards on just three receptions and scored once. Westlake will welcome 9-0 Moorpark in Friday’s regular season finale.

No. 5 Newbury Park

Quarterback Jake Geringer threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns last Friday as the Panthers blew out Calabasas 45-20. Newbury Park overcame 10 penalties for 112 yards to build a 35-7 halftime lead, and wide receiver Phillip Muscarella wound up with 113 yards of total offense. The Panthers will hit the road to face 5-4 Thousand Oaks on Friday in a matchup of Marmonte League teams that have already clinched postseason berths.

No. 6 Adolfo Camarillo

The Scorpions scored 68 or more points for the third time this season in a 69-20 win over Hueneme Friday to clinch the Pacific View League championship. Camarillo is now 4-0 in league while four other teams are 2-2, and Jeff Matthews threw for 588 yards and six touchdowns. Three different players had more than 130 receiving yards for the Scorpions, who close out the season at home against 5-4 Rio Mesa.

No. 7 Atascadero

Atascadero pummeled Arroyo Grande 37-14 Friday behind 216 rushing yards and four touchdowns from running back Sterling Bullard. The Greyhounds scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away for good. Atascadero will host 4-5 Paso Robles on Friday.

No. 8 Buena

Quarterback Robert Munoz completed 20-of-27 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns as Buena turned an 18-13 halftime lead into a 38-13 rout over San Marcos last Friday. Touchdown receptions by Bulldog receivers Kendrick Mathis and Logan Norris sandwiched a touchdown run by tailback Matt Arve to fuel the second-half push. Buena will travel to face 5-4 Ventura this week.

No. 9 Arroyo Grande

The Eagles fell four spots from No. 5 last week following the loss to Atascadero. Quarterback Matt McAustin passed for 253 yards and a touchdown, but Arroyo Grande was without injured running back Christian Crichton. The Eagles will host league-leading 7-2 Righetti this Friday.

No. 10 Righetti

Righetti beat winless Lompoc 45-3 behind running back Michael Hale’s 150 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. The Warriors ran for 361 of their 466 yards of total offense, and can win the Pac-7 outright by defeating 7-2 Arroyo Grande on the road Friday.

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


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