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Around the Divisions: Palmdale leaps to No. 1 in division, Canyon falls

Posted: September 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Valencia's Stone Jackson (36) runs to the end zone for a score against Righetti on Friday at Valencia High.

 

Despite being idle last week, Palmdale High School jumped five spots in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll this week.

As expected, Canyon fell from the top spot following an upset loss to Quartz Hill, while Hart remains locked into the second spot despite its blowout win over Ridgeview this past week.

After beginning the season 0-2 against quality opponents, the Vikings gathered their first win of the season, and in the process jumped three spots in this week’s rankings.

No. 1 Palmdale (3-0); Last Friday: Bye: Last Week’s Ranking: 6

Despite not playing this past Friday, the Falcons claimed the top spot in this week’s polls.

Thus far, Palmdale has outscored its opponents 123-21, including a 35-21 win over no. 7 Valencia earlier this year.
Palmdale will open Golden League play on Friday against Highland.

No. 2 Hart (2-1); Last Friday: Beat Ridgeview of Bakersfield 49-27, LWR: 2

Junior Connor Wingenroth scored four rushing touchdowns as the Indians drummed Ridgeview to a tune of 49-27.

Since falling 10-7 to Tesoro during the opening week, Hart’s offense has put up 100 points in the past two games.

Next up, Hart faces Birmingham, which is looking to rebound following a 44-0 loss at the hands of highly ranked Notre Dame last week.

No. 3 West High of Torrance (3-0); Last Friday: Beat El Segundo 54-24, LWR: 7

The Warriors vaunted air attack took a back seat to its defensive line play on Friday, recording 11 sacks in a 30-point non-league win over El Segundo.

The Warriors take on South High, which is 2-1 this season.

No. 4 Arroyo Grande (3-1); Last Friday: Beat Cabrillo 35-7, LWR: 4

The Eagles again place fourth in the rankings. This past Friday, Arroyo Grande’s defense was stout in a 35-7 win over Cabrillo in a non-league contest.

Running back Elijah Holt was the centerpiece of the Eagles strong run game, accounting for 126 yards and tallying two of the team’s four ground scores.

Arroyo Grande enjoys a bye this week before opening league play against Atascadero on Sept. 28.

No. 5 Canyon (3-1); Last Friday: Lost at Quartz Hill 56-49, LWR: 1

Approaching the Foothill League season, Canyon had more defensive shortcomings than offensive explosiveness in its 56-49 loss at Quartz Hill.

The loss to the previously 0-2 Rebels has had immediate effects on Canyon’s standing in the polls, falling four spots in the CIF polls and 89 spots in the Maxpreps.com state rankings.

The Cowboys have a bye this week.

No. 6 Valencia (1-2); Last Friday: Beat Righetti 48-9, LWR: 9

The Vikings picked up their first win of the season with a 48-9 beating of Righetti on Friday.

After going 0-2 against Palmdale and highly ranked Chaminade, the Vikings rebounded and got their offense going with seven touchdowns of 19 yards or more against the Warriors.

Valencia hopes to continue its winning ways when it travels to Santa Monica this Friday.

No. 7 Mira Costa (2-1); Last Friday: Beat South of Torrance 35-14, LWR: NR

Mira Costa vaulted to the No. 7 spot after defeating South High 35-14 on Friday.

Despite heavy resistance from a pesky South team, the Mustangs scored 28 unanswered in the second half to eventually cruise to a victory.

Mira Costa’s only loss of the season was a 27-20 battle with state No. 10 Serra of Gardena.

No. 8 Quartz Hill (1-2); Last Friday: Beat Canyon 56-49, LWR: NR

Previously 0-2 Quartz Hill jumped into the rankings following a significant 56-49 upset of Canyon last Friday.

For the Rebels, the upset began with the play of running back Osirius Burke, who torched the Cowboys for 257 yards and six touchdowns on 31 carries.

Quartz Hill will look to get back to .500 when it opens Golden League play against Littlerock on Friday.

No. 9 Eastside (3-0); Last Friday: Bye, LWR: NR

Eastside slips into the poll after being unranked last week.

Eastside faces Knight of Palmdale this Friday.

No. 10  Antelope Valley (3-0); Last Friday: Beat Burroughs 48-17, LWR: 5

Despite defeating Burroughs in a convincing 48-17 win, the Antelopes moved back five spots in the poll.

Antelope Valley has outscored its opponents 98-41 this season, and faces Lancaster this Friday.

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