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Around the Division: The Foothill runs the Gamut

Hart stays on top, Valencia, Canyon fall

Posted: October 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Hart's Connor Wingenroth runs against Birminghmam on Sept. 21 at COC. In the Indians' last game, against Santa Monica, the senior ran for 97 yards.

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The three ranked Foothill League teams in action last week ran through all the possible outcomes, with a convincing win, a close loss, and an odd tie.

Hart easily held on to the top spot in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll with a dominate 41-7 victory over Santa Monica.

Things didn’t go so well for Valencia, which fell three spots in the poll after blowing a fourth-quarter lead in a loss to Loyola.

For Canyon, who sits at No. 10, things were a bit odd. As the Cowboys stormed back to tie its game with Steele Canyon with 45 seconds to play before the Cougars reneged on their earlier decision to play overtime and ended the game in a tie.

All three will get a chance to open League play this week, as Hart faces West Ranch, Valencia takes on Saugus and Canyon plays Golden Valley.
Around the division, the top three are identical, with Hart, Palmdale and West of Torrance holding on to the top three spots. Arroyo Grande moved up a spot and Mira Costa moved up two spots to round out the top five.

Here’s how the Northern Division shakes out in this week’s poll.

No. 1 Hart (4-1); Last Friday: Beat Santa Monica 41-7; Last week’s ranking: No. 1

The Indians held on to the top spot this week after a convincing win over Santa Monica High at College of the Canyons.

For the fourth straight game Hart scored over 40 points and is winning by a margin of just over 36 points.

Senior running back Connor Wingenroth continued to torch defenders, rushing nine times for 97 yards and two touchdowns to bring his season total to 513 yards and nine touchdowns.

This week, Hart opens Foothill League play when it hosts West Ranch (1-4) at College of the Canyons at 7:30 p.m.

No. 2 Palmdale (5-0); Last Friday: Beat Lancaster 61-6; LWR: No. 2

After dropping out of the top spot last week, the Falcons proved their worth on this week, easily dispatching Lancaster on the road.

Quarterback Jake Dashnaw led the way for Palmdale, throwing for four touchdowns, including three that helped the Falcons open up the game with a 33-point second quarter.

This week, Palmdale will host Golden League rival Quartz Hill at 7 p.m.

No. 3 West (5-0); Last Friday: Beat North 30-27; LWR: No. 3

The Warriors held on to the No. 3 spot in the rankings this week after edging out North 30-27 in its Bay League opener on Friday.

West relied heavily on running back Barry Thomas, who rushed for 187 yards on 32 carries and three touchdowns.

After a sloppy start West came from behind, tying the score at 20 on a 1-yard run by Thomas and a field goal by Dan Silverlake.

This week, West takes on Mira Costa (3-2) at home at 7 p.m.

No. 4 Arroyo Grande (4-1); Last Friday: Beat Atascadero 41-27; LWR: No. 5

Arroyo Grande moved up one spot in this weeks rankings after pulling away from Atascadero in the fourth quarter of its contest on Friday.

Running back Elija Holt returned a kick off 90 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 34-27 fourth-quarter lead.

Running back Michael Jordano scored three touchdowns and quarterback Matt Willkomm three for 184 yards.

The Eagles will play at St. Joseph on Friday at 7 p.m.

No. 5 Mira Costa (3-2); Last Friday: Beat Newport Harbor 26-14; LWR: No. 7

Running back Raphael Lawson-Gayle ran for 217 yards on 21 carries to push the Mustangs to a 26-14 victory over visiting Newport Harbor.

Trailing 7-3 at halftime, the Mustangs defense settled down in the second half, allowing only 12 rushing yards to Newport Harbor’s Tala Teaupa.

Lawson Gayle was simply dominate, though, accounting for 334 yards and adding 48 yards on four receptions.

This week, Mira Costa will Bay League play against No. 3 West at 7 p.m. at West High School.

No. 6 Quartz Hill (3-2): Last Friday: Beat Highland 31-6; LWR: No. 8

Running back Osirius Burke continued to excel on the ground, scoring three touchdowns for Quartz Hill in a victory over Highland (1-4) on Friday in a Golden League contest. He now has 10 touchdowns on the season.

Quartz Hill led 14-0 at halftime and by 28 points after three quarters.

The Rebels have now won three straight games and will travel to play No. 2 Palmdale on Friday at 7 p.m.

No. 7 Valencia (2-3); Last Friday: Lost to Loyola 24-14; LWR: No. 4

Valencia has struggled with Loyola for the last two seasons, and Friday was no different, as the Vikings allowed 14 unanswered, fourth-quarter points to fall to the Cubs 24-14.

Valencia defensive back Michael Carter returned a kickoff 99 yards to give the Vikings a 14-7 lead before things turned south.

With the loss, the Vikings tumbled three spots in the Northern Division poll to No. 7 and will open up Foothill League play this Friday against Saturday at Valencia High at 7 p.m., in a matchup of the Foothill League defending champions.

No. 8 St. Joseph (4-1); Last Friday: Beat Righetti 22-10; Last week’s ranking: Not ranked

In its annual game for the “Shield”, St. Joseph defeated Righetti for the first time in three years, 22-10.

The defense stepped up when it had to, forcing Righetti quarterback Troy Prober to throw two interceptions at the goal line.

Knights quarterback Curry Parham threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-17 pass attempts.

St. Joseph now turns its attention to a league contest against no. 4 Arroyo Grande at home at 7 p.m.

No. 9 Palos Verdes (2-3); Last Friday: Beat Dominguez 44-0; Last week’s ranking: No. 9

The Sea Kings bounced back from a rough start to the season to rattle off their second straight when on Friday, shutting out Dominguez 44-0.

Running back Matt Lopes carried the ball 14 times for 144 yards and three touchdowns, in the first half.

Anthony Collins caught two passes for 95 yards and a touchdown and Dean Alessi had two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown.

This week, Palos Verdes travels to take on Leuzinger at 7 p.m.

No. 10 Canyon (3-1-1); Last Friday: Tied Steele Canyon 49-49; Last week’s ranking: No. 6

After blowing a 20-point second half lead, Canyon’s Cade Apsay found Liam Cabrera for a 14-yard touchdown and a successful 2-point conversion to tie the game with 45 seconds left.

Despite previously agreeing to play overtime in the event of a tie, though, Steele Canyon elected to end the game after regulation.

Apsay finished the game with 333 yards passing with five touchdowns on 19-of-35 pass attempts, as the offense again clicked on all cylinders while the defense struggled.

Canyon will open Foothill League play this week against Golden Valley at Canyon High School at 7:30 p.m.

Informatiwas from, the Daily Breeze and the Santa Maria Times was used in this story.


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