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SCV Football Week 2: Time to bounce back

Four of six Foothill teams are coming off losses and looking for redemption this week

Posted: September 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 6, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley quarterback Chase Lewis (1) runs the ball against Royal High during Friday night's game at Canyon High School.

 

A few questions were answered last week as all six Foothill League teams were in action for the first time this season.
Many more were presented.

We learned that Canyon’s offense is still high powered, and it hasn’t lost a beat under first-year varsity quarterback Cade Apsay.

Two other varsity rookies made their debuts on Friday, Hart’s Brady White and Golden Valley’s Chase Lewis. Both had impressive performances, but both teams also lost narrowly.

Overall, it was a tough week for local teams, as Canyon and West Ranch were the only Foothill teams to win.

Among the tougher, and more surprising losses was Valencia’s 35-21 defeat at the hands of Palmdale.

Valencia struggled mightily to run the ball and found it equally difficult to slow down the running game led by Palmdale tailback Dameon Barber.

The Vikings (0-1) will have to bounce back

quickly this week when they take on Chaminade High of West Hills, ranked third in the CIF-Southern Section Western Division.

Once again, a lot of pressure will be placed on Valencia’s rush defense against senior returning All-CIF running back Terrell Newby when the game kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday at Chaminade High.

In two games so far, Newby has collected 316 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in 55 carries for the Eagles (2-0).

This game will be a rematch of last year’s grind-it-out contest at Valencia High, which ended up in a 14-10 Chaminade victory.

Valencia isn’t the only team looking to get its young season back on track.

Canyon (2-0) at Knight (1-1), Friday at 7 p.m.

It’s been two games and two big numbers for the Canyon offense, which has lifted the team to two straight victories.

The Cowboys are averaging 52.5 points in their first two games, but they also allowed a lot of the other end last week in a 56-48 win over Clovis West of the CIF-Central Section.

In the process, Apsay proved he was plenty capable of running the offense and distributing the ball to the talented wide receiver corps that consists of seniors Drew Wolitarsky and Brenden Stach and sophomore newcomer Liam Cabrera.

So far, Cabrera leads the team with 196 receiving yards.

Canyon returns to the Southern Section this week against Knight, which failed to produce any points last week in a 30-0 loss to Oak Hills.

When these teams met last year, Canyon won 56-7.

Hart (0-1) at Kennedy (0-2), at Western High today at 7 p.m.

Though Hart head coach Mike Herrington was hesitant to name a starting quarterback coming into the season, sophomore Brady White earned the job in the team’s opener last week against Pac-5 power Tesoro.

In his first varsity game, White was solid, completing 11-of-19 passes for 129 yards and an interception, but he was under a lot of pressure in the game.

He and the offense will walk into a different situation this week against a Kennedy team that has allowed 65 points in two games so far.

It will be a quick turnaround for Hart playing just six days after the Tesoro matchup.

The Indians will try to get their array of offensive weapons going this week, including do-everything Connor Wingenroth, who is coming off a 79-yard, one-touchdown performance as a running back a week ago.

Wingenroth also played some snaps at quarterback, and he could again today as Hart looks for its first win of the season.

Saugus (1-1) at Buena (0-2), Friday at 7 p.m.

Coming off a tough loss to Simi Valley, Saugus is another team looking to rebound as it hits the road to face Buena.

In two games, the Bulldogs have been outscored 59-7 and have struggled to get much offensive production.

Buena has a combined 49 rushing yards so far this season and just 257 yards of total offense.

It will be another opportunity for the Centurions’ sophomore starting quarterback Chris Hamilton to get used to a more pass-oriented offense.

So far, Hamilton is 30-for-60 with 401 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions through the air.

Golden Valley (0-1) vs. Highland (0-1), at Canyon High on Friday at 7 p.m.

After a last-minute heartbreaking loss to open its season, Golden Valley has to pick itself back up against the Golden League’s Highland Bulldogs.

Both teams are coming off season-opening losses, but the Grizzlies had to watch an 11-point lead slip away in the fourth quarter against Royal in their game.

In the game, Golden Valley quarterback Chase Lewis displayed his running ability with 164 yards on 13 rushes, while he also completed 5-of-7 passes for 55 yards.

Lewis found the end zone once on a 68-yard run.

Last week, Highland fell 45-13 to Yucaipa. The biggest offensive threat was junior wide receiver Jamire Jordan, who caught eight passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

West Ranch (1-1) vs. Eastside (2-0), at Valencia High on Friday at 7 p.m.

In yet another matchup between the Foothill and Golden leagues, West Ranch hosts Eastside in its home opener.

After suffering a 31-0 blowout loss to Moorpark in its season opener two weeks ago, West Ranch bounced back in a big way with a 28-7 road win over Burbank.

The game was a coming-out party for senior quarterback Gerrit Mouw, who went 20-for-23 with 180 yards and a touchdown.

Even better, the Wildcats’ run game excelled as tailbacks Zahr Lyttle and Mark Collins combined for 129 yards.

The Lions have a weapon of their own however, and his name is Jaykwon Jones, a running back who has averaged more than nine yards per carry through two games.

He’s gone for 218 yards and two touchdowns on the ground so far.

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