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Hart football sits atop CIF-SS Northern Division poll

Valencia, Canyon, West Ranch also ranked

Posted: October 7, 2013 6:47 p.m.
Updated: October 7, 2013 6:47 p.m.
Hart retains No. 1 ranking after completing first 5-0 run through the preleague season since 2007. Hart retains No. 1 ranking after completing first 5-0 run through the preleague season since 2007.
Hart retains No. 1 ranking after completing first 5-0 run through the preleague season since 2007.

For both the Foothill and Bay leagues, last week’s games were the final tuneup before league play, and the leagues’ two top teams sit at the top of the latest CIF-Southern Section Northern Division rankings.

Hart is at No. 1 for the seventh straight week after finishing preleague competition undefeated.

West Torrance, which finished 2012 as the CIF-SS Northern Division runners-up, stays at No. 2 for the second straight week.

After those two, though, there were plenty of shake ups around the division.

No. 1 Hart (5-0); Last Week: Beat Santa Monica 26-14; Last week’s ranking: No. 1

The Indians got off to a slow start and were hampered by a game-ending injury to running back Connor Wingenroth in the first quarter against Santa Monica. But the team responded with a come-from-behind victory to finish the preleague season undefeated for the first time since 2007.

No. 2 West Torrance (5-0); Last Week: Beat North Torrance 35-6; Last Week’s ranking: No. 2

West running back Brett Ojiyi ran for over 100 yards (149 yards on 25 carries) in his fifth straight game as West trumped crosstown rival North on Friday to retain its No. 2 ranking. This is the second year the defending CIF-SS Northern Division runners-up finished 5-0 in the preleague.

No. 3 Palos Verdes (3-2); Last Week: Beat Dominguez 34-13; Last Week’s ranking: No. 6

Palos Verdes was another slow starter on Friday, falling behind early before riding running back Tyler Moore to victory. Moore finished with 179 yards and three touchdowns for the defending CIF-SS Northern Division champions, helping the Sea Kings rise three spots in this week’s rankings.

No. 4 Atascadero (4-2); Last Week: Beat Arroyo Grande 14-10; Last Week’s ranking: No. 7

Atascadero jumped three spots this week with a tight win over Pac 7 league rival Arroyo Grande. The Greyhounds forced a fumble late in the fourth to hang on for the four-point victory. Running back Izaiah Cooks  tallied 64 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns.

No. 5 Valencia (3-2); Last Week: Lost to Loyola 39-20; Last Week’s ranking: No. 3

The Vikings stayed with Loyola for three quarters, taking a 20-19 lead on a 78-yard touchdown pass from Jake Wallace to Nick Jones. But three turnovers were too much to overcome, as Loyola took the lead for good on back to back touchdowns in a 32 second span. Cubs’ running back Nico Evans carried the ball 28 times for 167 yards and five touchdowns.

No. 6 Canyon (4-1); Beat Steele Canyon 28-0; Last Week’s ranking: No. 8

Canyon took the long road trip to San Diego Section opponent Steele Canyon and came out on top to move up two spots in this week’s rankings. The defense pitched its second shutout of the year, recorded six sacks and benefitted from an interception by senior defensive back Tevon Priestley. Quarterback Cade Apsay threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-37 pass attempts.

No. 7 Palmdale (3-2); Beat Highland 34-13; Last Week’s ranking: No. 9

The Falcons climb two spots in this week’s rankings thanks to their Golden League victory over Highland on Friday. The Falcons jumped out to an early lead, and held a 14-7 advantage at the half before opening things up offensively in the second.

No. 8 St. Joseph (4-1); Beat Righetti 20-13; Last Week’s ranking: No. 4

St. Joseph suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of Righetti on Friday to tumble four spots down the rankings. Righetti took the 20-13 lead on a 91-yard kickoff return by Deandre Thomas. Friday’s loss was the third time in the last four attempts that St. Joseph has fallen to its rival.

No. 9 Arroyo Grande (3-2); Lost to Atascadero 14-10; Last Week’s ranking: No. 5

Arroyo Grande fell four spots this week after a close lose to Atascadero. Quarterback Mike Gutierrez was 12-for-17 for 148 yards, but threw two costly interceptions.

No. 10 West Ranch (4-1): Bye; Last Week’s ranking: No. 10

West Ranch had a week off and stayed put at No. 10 in the rankings. Next up for the Wildcats is their Foothill League opener against No. 1 ranked Hart.

Information from the Daily Breeze,,, was used in this report.


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