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Hart, Canyon football atop Northern Division

Valencia and West Ranch not far behind in polls

Posted: September 16, 2013 5:33 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2013 5:33 p.m.

By simply not playing Hart and Canyon survived what was an otherwise tough week for some of the top football teams in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division.

The Southern Section polls, released Monday, kept Hart at No. 1 for the fourth straight week and Canyon right behind and No. 2.

Both teams were off this week after starting 2-0.

Canyon replaced Valencia at the No. 2 spot this week after Valencia lost 56-34 to Chaminade at home. That loss dropped it to No. 5 with a 1-1 record, just ahead of No. 6 West Ranch.

Following a 20-13 win over Pete Knight High, West Ranch is one of two 3-0 teams in the Northern Division.

Other notable movements in the top 10 included last season’s No. 1 seed Palmdale and defending Northern Division champion Palos Verdes, which both lost last week to fall to 1-2.

Last week, Palmdale was ranked fifth and Palos Verdes was eighth. Both are now tied for 10th.

Both the Foothill League and Pac-7 League lead the division with four teams each represented in the top 10.

No. 1 Hart (2-0); Last Week: Bye; Last week’s ranking: No. 1
No team did enough to uproot Hart in the top spot, regardless of the fact that Hart was idle for the week.

No. 2 Canyon (2-0); Last Week: Bye; LWR: No. 3
By default, Canyon had to leap ahead of Valencia in the polls after Valencia’s loss to Chaminade.

No. 3 West Torrance (2-0); Last Thursday: Beat Torrance 46-7; LWR: No. 4
The West Torrance Warriors continue the creep up the top 10, this time with a blowout win over crosstown Torrance High. The Warriors jumped out to a 39-0 halftime lead behind strong performances from quarterback Craig Knaus and running back Brett Ojiyi. Knaus was 16-for-19 passing with 225 yards and two touchdowns while Ojiyi ran for 101 yards and a pair of scores.

No. 4 St. Joseph (2-0); Last Week: Bye; LWR: No. 6
Though it didn’t play last week, St. Joseph remains the top-ranked team from the Pac-7 League following two lopsided wins to start the season.

No. 5 Valencia (1-1); Last Thursday: Lost to Chaminade 56-34; LWR: No. 2
Despite a school-record 232 receiving yards for Valencia’s Nick Jones, the Vikings couldn’t keep up with the offensive juggernaut Chaminade Eagles. Naturally, the Vikings took a hit in the polls.

No. 6 West Ranch (3-0); Last Thursday: Beat Knight 20-13; LWR: No. 7
A fast start was enough for West Ranch to hang on Thursday as the Wildcats quietly won their third straight game to start the season. West Ranch led 20-0 at halftime, but ended up needing a defensive stop in the final minutes of the game to win. The Wildcats have a big test coming up this week with a matchup against Thousand Oaks of the tough CIF-SS Pac-5 Division.

No. 7 Arroyo Grande (2-1); Last Friday: Beat Templeton 49-0; LWR: No. 10
It was another solid win for Arroyo Grande, which didn’t allow Templeton’s offense to cross midfield in Friday’s game. Arroyo Grande forced four turnovers and got two touchdowns from running back Jordan Harrigan in the game.

No. 8 San Luis Obispo (3-0); Last Friday: Beat Oxnard 21-0; LWR: Not ranked
The San Luis Obispo Tigers make their first appearance on the division’s top 10 after recording a second consecutive shutout victory. Nate Greenelsh ran for 125 yards and a touchdown while also nabbing an interception for the Tigers, who also beat Dos Pueblos 17-0 the previous week.

No. 9 Atasacdero (2-1); Last Friday: Beat Santa Barbara 35-7; LWR: Not ranked
Atascadero reappears on the top 10 this week after quarterback Robbie Berwick threw a 4-yard touchdown pass and added an 18-yard scoring run in an easy win over Santa Barbara.

Tied for No. 10 Palmdale (1-2); Last Friday: Lost to Orange Lutheran 21-6; LWR: No. 5
A 75-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game from scrimmage was the only score Palmdale managed against a CIF-SS Pac-5 Division power. In two week’s time, Palmdale has fallen from second in the division to a tie for 10th.

Tied for No. 10 Palos Verdes (1-2); Last Thursday: Lost to Newport Harbor 34-33; LWR: No. 8
A tough schedule has stung Palos Verdes early in the season as the Sea Kings dropped another close contest. In a game that featured seven lead changes, Newport Harbor scored the go-ahead touchdown with 45 seconds remaining to hand the Sea Kings another last-second loss of the year. Two weeks earlier, the Sea Kings fell 27-23 to defending CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I champion Narbonne High on a score in the final seconds.

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


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