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Around the Divisions: Smooth thus far

Ranked Foothill teams all take care of business

Posted: October 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 16, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Hart running back Travis Rehard runs the ball against West Ranch on Oct. 5 at College of the Canyons. Hart running back Travis Rehard runs the ball against West Ranch on Oct. 5 at College of the Canyons.
Hart running back Travis Rehard runs the ball against West Ranch on Oct. 5 at College of the Canyons.
Valencia’s Malik Townsend (8) finds room along the sideline during a punt return against West Ranch on Friday at Valencia High School. Valencia’s Malik Townsend (8) finds room along the sideline during a punt return against West Ranch on Friday at Valencia High School.
Valencia’s Malik Townsend (8) finds room along the sideline during a punt return against West Ranch on Friday at Valencia High School.

As far as the Foothill League was concerned, last week wasn’t much of an opportunity for major movement in the polls.

The CIF voters reflected that by keeping Hart at No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division after its beating of Golden Valley while shifting Canyon and Valencia each up a single spot after their league victories.

Foothill teams are getting plenty of respect, as Valencia is the highest ranked three-loss team and the Indians remain above undefeated Palmdale in the polls.

Palmdale may have a chance to leapfrog Hart this week as the Falcons prepare to take on seventh-ranked Antelope Valley, the division’s only other unbeaten, on Friday.

The biggest movement of the week occurred in the Bay League, where previously unranked Palos Verdes knocked off Mira Costa, which was fourth last week and fell to 10th this week.

Palos Verdes jumped up to fifth in the process.

No. 1 Hart (6-1); Last Friday: Beat Golden Valley 56-14; Last week’s ranking: No. 1

The division’s top team did everything expected of its standing on Friday in a 56-14 rout of winless Golden Valley.

Hart got its usual weapons involved on offense, Brady White, Connor Wingenroth and Trent Irwin, while the defense aided the Indians to an easy 2-0 start to Foothill League play and a sixth straight victory.

Counting the previous week’s win over West Ranch, Hart has won its two league games by a combined 105-20.

Hart will try to stay unbeaten in league when it takes on 1-6 Saugus on Friday at College of the Canyons.

No. 2 Palmdale (7-0); Last Friday: Beat Knight 33-21; LWR: No. 2

Palmdale proved it could survive a bit of adversity this week when it had to pull away late to knock off 2-5 crosstown rival Knight of Palmdale on Friday.

The Falcons trailed 14-13 at halftime and went into the fourth quarter with the scored tied 21-21, but a pair of rushing touchdowns from Demario Richard and Baber Dameon put the game away and helped Palmdale keep its record unblemished.

Quarterback Jake Dashnaw threw for two scores in the game on plays of 80 and 22 yards.

Palmdale will have perhaps its biggest challenge yet this Friday when it faces Antelope Valley, the only other undefeated team in the division and the one tied with the Falcons for fist place in the Golden League.

No. 3 St. Joseph (6-1); Last Friday: Beat Paso Robles 31-14; LWR: No. 3

The Knights came back to win 31-14 against Paso Robles.

St. Joseph trailed 14-7 after the first quarter before notching 17 straight points in the second. Cary Parham completed 14-of-16 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 106 yards with a 48-yard touchdown.

Parham worked with tight end Ryan Mediano, who caught six balls for 85 yards, including a 28-yard score.

St. Joseph will face off against Atascadero this Friday.

No. 4 Valencia (4-3); Last Friday: Beat West Ranch 55-7; LWR: No. 5

The Vikings inflicted a crushing defeat upon the Wildcat, 55-7.

Sean Murphy took six plays before hitting a 26-yard touchdown, beginning an onslaught that would yield a 35-0 Valencia lead in the first half.

West Ranch failed to match the Vikings’ prowess on offense led by Murphy, who finished the game with 297 yards and four touchdowns.

Valencia hopes to continue with the momentum this Friday against Canyon, which is also off to a 2-0 start in league play.

No. 5 Palos Verdes (4-3); Last Friday: Beat Mira Costa 48-13; LWR: Not Ranked

The Sea Kings scored a major victory over the Mustangs and raced up to No. 5 after starting the week unranked.

Palos Verdes slowed down and in some cases, completely stopped the Mustangs’ offense in a 48-13 victory. The Sea Kings held Mira Costa to 112 yards and one touchdown on 42 carries.

Matt Lopes ran 44 yards to set up Bryan Scott’s 20-yard touchdown pass in the early second half, which gave Palos Verdes a 35-6 lead.

The Sea Kings will encounter West High of Torrance on Friday. The Warriors are 0-2 in the Bay League.

No. 6 Arroyo Grande (5-2); Last Friday: Beat Pioneer Valley 42-16; LWR: No. 7

The Eagles scored a sizeable 42-16 victory over the Panthers on Friday.

Eagles quarterback Matt Willkomm connected on 15 passes, which included three touchdowns from 28, 20 and 19 yards out. Over the course of the game, several players were taken off the field due to injury, while Panther senior Esteban Garcia was taken to a nearby hospital. His condition is unknown at this time, but it was reported that he was able to move all his limbs. At halftime, the Eagles led 21-6.

On Friday, Arroyo Grande will take their 5-2 record and face off against Righetti, which stands at 2-6 overall.

No. 7 Antelope Valley (7-0); Last Friday: Beat Eastside 10-6; LWR: No. 8

The Antelopes defeated the Lions 10-6 on Friday.

Antelope Valley’s Cameron French tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Bernard with just under one minute left in the game to help secure the victory.

Antelope Valley will play against Palmdale in a matchup of two undefeated teams on Friday.

No. 8 Canyon (5-1-1); Last Friday: Beat Saugus 41-14; LWR: No. 9

The Cowboys beat a struggling Saugus team 41-14 on Friday.

Cowboys quarterback Cade Apsay was 19-of-23 for 318 yards and four touchdowns, an interception and two rushing touchdowns. Canyon sophomore Liam Cabrera caught six passes for 102 yards with three touchdowns. Canyon will head into this week with a few key injuries, including one to star wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky.

Canyon prepares to play Valencia on Friday.

No. 9 Quartz Hill (4-3); Last Friday: Beat Lancaster 65-14; LWR: No. 10

The Rebels bounced back from a big loss to Palmdale the previous week and beat Lancaster 65-14, putting Quartz Hill at 3-1 in the Golden League.

Quartz Hill now faces league 1-3 Knight on Friday.

No. 10 Mira Costa (4-3); Last Friday: Lost against Palos Verdes 48-13; LWR: No. 4

In a stunning defeat, the Mustangs’ offense couldn’t get off the ground as Palos Verdes relentlessly came at them on Friday.

Raphael Lawson-Gayle led the Mustangs with 50 yards on 13 carries and also caught a 47-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter. Mira Costa lost a chance to regain its lead after falling behind 35-6 in the second quarter.

Mira Costa went on a 20-play, 67-yard drive, converting three fourth downs along the way. Yet on the fourth attempt, it was stopped by the Sea Kings’ rigid defense.

Mira Costa will try to recover from the loss on Friday against Palos Verdes Peninsula, which is 1-1 in the Bay League.   
Some information for this story was gathered from, The Daily Breeze, The Santa Maria Times and


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