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Prep football: Final Foothill League tuneups

Vikings face tough test with Loyola, Wolitarsky goes for state record

Posted: September 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Valencia quarterback Sean Murphy throws against Righetti on Sept. 14 at Valencia High School.

 

Loyola has been a thorn in the Vikings’ side the last two seasons.

In 2010 and 2011, the Cubs beat the Vikings in their last preleague game.

That’s the sort of thing that could be a momentum killer going into the Foothill League.

But it hasn’t for the Vikings.

Valencia bounced back after each loss to Loyola to win its Foothill League opener.

“You always want to end the non(league) season on an upbeat,” said Vikings head coach Larry Muir. “After the Palmdale game (a season opening 35-21 loss), we took a step forward. It didn’t show as much in the (Week 2 Chaminade loss), but we took a step forward in the (Week 3) Righetti win. We took a step forward then last week. As long as we take a step forward, we’re heading in the right direction.”

Loyola is 5-0, benefitting from a forfeit win over St. John Bosco from Sept. 14 — a game that Bosco originally won 45-0.

Through their first four games, the Cubs rushed for 955 yards with their key guy being senior Wyatt Bradford.

“They’re physical up front,” Muir said. “They like to run the football a lot so we’re going to have to do a really good job of stopping the run.”

Canyon vs. Steele Canyon, at Canyon High 7:30 p.m.

Canyon’s unique schedule takes another turn as the Cowboys face CIF-San Diego Section team Steele Canyon tonight.

Steele Canyon is 1-3 this season, having been outscored 134-87.

Last season, the Cougars went 8-4, losing in the quarterfinals of the San Diego Section playoffs.

Over the last five seasons coming into 2012, Steele Canyon has a .633 winning percentage, so they have to be seen as a quality opponent.

Canyon is coming off its bye week.

The Cowboys were upset on Sept. 14 by Quartz Hill 56-49, a game where Canyon’s struggling defense finally let its guard down too much.

Canyon is averaging a Foothill League-high 52.5 points per game, but is surrendering a league-high 35.8 points per game.

This could be the game where Canyon senior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky breaks the state’s all-time receiving yardage record, held by current St. Louis Ram and former Taft High star Steve Smith.

Wolitarsky is 157 yards shy of Smith’s 4,486 career yards.

He’s also 47 receptions short of Smith’s other record.

Golden Valley at Simi Valley, at Simi Valley High, 7 p.m.

The Grizzlies are coming off of a 49-6 defeat against state power Notre Dame and are winless in four tries.

They face a Simi Valley squad that is 3-1 and opened up the season with a 49-12 victory over Saugus on Aug. 31.

The Pioneers are giving up 18.8 points per game and have a couple of stellar performers on defense.

Senior linebacker Kevin Qose, at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, has 62 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions (one for a touchdown), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Fellow senior linebacker Dylan Barlow, at 6 feet tall and 235 pounds, has 50 tackles, two forced fumbles and two sacks.

Quarterback Cody Daste is completing 55 percent of his passes for 838 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions.

For Golden Valley, running back Leon Jacobs has been a breakout star with 399 yards on 72 carries with two touchdowns.

Hart vs. Santa Monica, at College of the Canyons 7:30 p.m.

The Indians face a Santa Monica team coming off of a 41-13 beating by Valencia.

In the game, Santa Monica struggled to find a rhythm on offense and fell behind big early as the Vikings’ passing game was able to take advantage of the SaMoHi defense.

Hart’s a team that can pass the ball and mixes it up well, which doesn’t bode well for the Santa Monica Vikings.

A couple of guys on offense showed flashes of their big-play ability, but couldn’t bust any big plays.

USC-bound senior wide receiver Sebastian LaRue caught five passes for 55 yards with a touchdown and ran the ball six times for 44 yards with a score.

Junior running back Ryan Camberlain added 52 yards on 15 carries.

Hart’s defense is surrendering a league low 13.5 points per game and the offense has scored 51.7 points per game and its last three contests.

Garrett Updegraft leads the team with 36 tackles and he has also forced a fumble.

Max Kramer has two sacks to lead the team.

Trinity at Liberty Christian at Murdy Field in Huntington Beach, 7 p.m.

Trinity stands at 3-1 and is coming off its 48-8 victory over Fulton, a game in which Dakota Prochnow was 10-for-12 for 143 yards with four touchdown passes.

He also ran for 103 yards and two scores.

Spencer Klehn added three touchdowns.

Liberty Christian enters the game at 1-3 and has been outscored 178-58.

Saturday

SCCS vs. Southlands Christian, 7 p.m. at Canyon High

Santa Clarita Christian is on a hot streak with three straight wins.

Their last two games have resulted in a combined 69-0 score.

In last Friday’s 27-0 win over Keppel, Derek Lewis ran the ball 17 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Southlands is 2-1, but lost 48-6 Sept. 15 against Calvary Murrieta.

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