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One left in Elite 8: Around the Northern Division

Valencia moves on, barely; other top teams cruise in the postseason’s first round

Posted: November 23, 2009 11:11 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Valencia's Brock Vereen (21) returns a kick in the first quarter of the Vikings' 28-27 win over Thousand Oaks last Friday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs.

 
The last time was 1997.

In 1997, only one Santa Clarita Valley team made it to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section postseason.

In every year since, an SCV team has at least made it to the second round.

Now 2009 joins 1997.

Valencia, barely, was the only team to win last Friday.

The Vikings’ 28-27 victory over Thousand Oaks would have been the most shocking score from Friday had Hart not lost 23-15 to Hueneme.

This marks the first time since the 1981 and 1982 seasons that Hart has not made the second round in back-to-back seasons.

Canyon’s first foray into the postseason since 2006, when the Cowboys won the Northern Division and Division I state titles, ended with a 30-0 loss at Moorpark.

Here’s how the Northern Division stacked up in the first round of the playoffs.


Buena 41, Atascadero 14

Buena was able to withstand a 220-yard rushing effort by Atascadero’s Sterling Bullard and scored touchdowns off two Greyhound turnovers last Friday.

It was a tight game in the third quarter, as the Bulldogs were leading 20-14 early.

Buena managed only 12 rushing yards in the game.

Quarterback Robert Munoz was 13-of-26 for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Buena hosts Valencia Friday night at 7 p.m.


Adolfo Camarillo 35, Arroyo Grande 7

Camarillo quarterback Jeff Mathews finished 24-of-33 for 342 yards and four touchdowns.

Receiver Chase Tackett caught seven passes for 112 yards with three touchdowns.

On top of that, running back Ossie Toc ran for 89 yards on 16 carries.

Now Camarillo travels to face Moorpark and its stout defense,

The Musketeers held Canyon in place for most of their game. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter where the Cowboys started to make a move, but they ended up turning the ball over three times in the frame.

Moorpark relied on a short-passing attack for the entire game and rested two-way starter and running back Austin Edmonson for the entire second half.


Westlake 49, Ventura 27

Westlake continues to make the argument that it is the best team in the Northern Division.

The Warriors built a 42-10 halftime lead, scoring on all six of its first-half possessions.

The big three had another big day as quarterback Nick Isham was 6-of-7 for 149 yards and three touchdowns passing, wide receiver Nelson Spruce caught five passes for 123 yards and running back Tavior Mowry rushed for 68 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

Isham also ran for 120 yards and two scores.

Westlake travels to Hueneme to face the team that knocked Hart out of the postseason.


Newbury Park 29, Righetti 27

If you want to call it an upset, Newbury Park, a team that has been one of the top squads in the Northern Division this season, defeated Righetti on the road.

The Panthers went up 26-7 midway through the fourth quarter before Righetti came back to take a 27-26 lead.

Newbury Park kicker Kevin Kirchner kicked a 43-yard field goal with 30 seconds to play to win the game.

Panthers running back Cameron Roberson ran for 168 yards and quarterback Jake Geringer was 16-of-26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

Newbury Park’s reward is a home game against St. Bonaventure.


St. Bonaventure 35, Oxnard 7


The two-time defending Northern Division champions, St. Bonaventure, had little trouble with Oxnard last Friday.

Running back Devon Blackledge ran for 106 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Logan Meyer was 19-of-25 for 264 yards.

Oxnard managed only 77 yards of total offense in the first half.

Some information from this story was gathered from the Maxpreps.com and the Ventura County Star.

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