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Around the Divisions: The original No. 1

Preseason Northern Division No. 1 Hart is back on top

Posted: September 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Hart High defensive end Max Kramer (50) hits Birmingham’s Emanuel Castro after he throws the ball during Friday night’s game at College of the Canyons. Hart High defensive end Max Kramer (50) hits Birmingham’s Emanuel Castro after he throws the ball during Friday night’s game at College of the Canyons.
Hart High defensive end Max Kramer (50) hits Birmingham’s Emanuel Castro after he throws the ball during Friday night’s game at College of the Canyons.

Hart football came into the 2012 season as one of the most respected teams in the Northern Division.

The Indians got another show of respect this week.

The team that started the season as the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division No. 1 team is once again the No. 1 team, one week after being leapfrogged by Palmdale.

The Indians’ 55-14 beating of Birmingham apparently impressed pollsters more than Palmdale’s 27-6 win over Highland.

There are three Santa Clarita Valley teams in the Northern Division top 10 — Hart moving up one spot, Valencia climbing two and Canyon dropping one in a bye week.

Palos Verdes is back in the top 10 after a one-week absence and Atascadero is in for the first time this season.

Here’s how the Northern Division shakes out.

No. 1 Hart (3-1); Last Friday: Beat Birmingham 55-14; Last week’s ranking: No. 2

Hart is getting results from both sides of the ball.

The Indians are averaging 51.7 points per game in their last three games — all wins, and are surrendering just 13.5 points per contest.

Receiver Wes Fitzpatrick scored two touchdowns in the game.

The Indians host (2-2) Santa Monica High on Friday at College of the Canyons at 7:30 p.m.

No. 2 Palmdale (4-0); Last Friday: Beat Highland 27-6; LWR: No. 1

The Falcons opened their 27-6 win against 1-3 Highland with a 14-0 first-quarter lead. They closed out their opponent by outscoring them 13-0 in the final quarter.

Demario Richard put on another show with 25 carries for 234 yards and two touchdowns.

Thus far, he has 672 rushing yards on 76 carries and 11 total touchdowns.

Palmdale plays at 0-4 Lancaster on Friday.

No. 3 West Torrance (4-0); Last Friday: Beat South Torrance 49-20; LWR: No. 3

The Warriors got busy quick, building a 47-7 lead by halftime.

Their high-octane offense tallied 585 total yards.

Quarterback Joey Notch threw three touchdown passes and amassed 279 yards.

Running back Barry Thomas added 191 yards on 20 carries with four scores.

No. 4 Valencia (2-2); Last Friday: Beat Santa Monica 41-13; LWR: No. 6

Valencia had a great balance of offense and defense on Friday night in a 41-13 win over Santa Monica at Santa Monica College.

Starting on the defensive side of the ball, the Vikings allowed 212 yards on 52 plays, surrendering just 75 yards on 31 runs.

Justin Son recorded 1 1/2 sacks and Jourdan Nguyen, Josh Stanton and Alex Tapia each chimed in with 1/2 a sack.

Quarterback Sean Murphy had a huge game, going 24-of-34 for 374 yards and five touchdowns with an interception, but five receivers had at least 45 receiving yards — Nick Jones (120), Malik Townsend (85), Jay Jay Wilson (67), Tedric Thompson (46) and Ethan Yoo (46).

Valencia hosts Loyola on Friday at 7 p.m.

No. 5 Arroyo Grande (3-1); Last Friday: Beat Cabrillo 35-7; LWR: No. 4

The Eagles have won their last three games by a combined score of 119-28.

They had little trouble with 2-3 Cabrillo.

Running back Elijah Holt was a key guy on offense with three touchdowns and 126 yards on eight carries.

Pac-7 League play kicks off for the Eagles as they play 3-2 Atascadero on Friday.

No. 6 Canyon (3-1); Last week: Bye; LWR: No. 5

Canyon had the week off and wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky took advantage of it by taking a recruiting trip to the University of Minnesota.

Wolitarsky’s host for the trip was none other than 2010 Valencia graduate and Minnesota junior defensive back Brock Vereen, who, according to a source, insisted on being the Canyon senior’s host.

Canyon hosts Steele Canyon of the CIF-San Diego Section on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Mira Costa (2-2); Last Friday: Lost to Loyola 35-14; LWR: No. 7

Mira Costa surrendered 21 unanswered points in its loss to 4-1 Loyola.

Running back Raphael Lawson-Gayle rushed 17 times for 159 yards with touchdown runs of 35 and 60 yards.

Mira Costa quarterback Ryan Sweigart sprained his right ankle in the game.

Sweigart got the start for Khalil McClain, who was recovering from a concussion.

The Mustangs face 2-2 Newport Harbor on Friday.

No. 8 Quartz Hill (2-2); Last Friday: Beat Littlerock 50-3 ; LWR: No. 8

The offensive explosion continued for the Rebels in their 50-3 win over 0-4 Littlerock.

That’s 106 points in the last two weeks, including a 56-48 upset win over Canyon on Sept. 14.

Quartz Hill faces 1-3 Highland on Friday.

No. 9 Palos Verdes (1-3); Last Friday: Beat Moorpark 35-34; LWR: Not ranked

Palos Verdes started the season at 0-3 and was not impressive until Friday’s shocker — a 35-34 overtime win over 3-1 Moorpark.

Returning from a shoulder injury, Matt Lopes ran the ball 26 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns.

The Sea Kings play 0-4 Dominguez on Friday.

No. 10 Atascadero (3-2); Last Friday: Beat Pioneer Valley 22-16; LWR: NR

In their Pac-7 league opener, the Greyhounds outlasted Pioneer Valley with the help of a last-minute interception by Hunter Stemper.

Atascadero gets Arroyo Grande on Friday.

Some information for this story was gathered from, The Daily Breeze and The Santa Maria Times.



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