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Around the Divisions: Top Foothill teams stay put in polls

Posted: October 14, 2013 9:54 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2013 9:54 p.m.

The entire CIF-Southern Section Northern Division is now into league play. This is when we should start seeing some significant movement in the polls.

And it’s also typically when the cream rises to the top.

In last week’s Foothill League openers, the top three teams held serve as Hart retained its No. 1 ranking and Valencia and Canyon shifted up to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

After spending the first seven weeks of the season ranked in the top 10, previous No. 10 West Ranch dropped off this week following a 38-24 setback against Hart.

Outside of Foothill teams, defending Northern Division champion Palos Verdes jumped into the No. 2 spot and two additional teams — Palos Verdes and Mira Costa — appeared on the top 10 for the first time this season.

No. 1 Hart (6-0); Last Week: Beat West Ranch 38-24; Last week’s ranking: No. 1

After West Ranch went ahead by a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, Hart answered back in a big way by rattling off 38 straight points to effectively put the game away. The offense appears to be just fine even with star running back Connor Wingenroth out with an injury. Even after allowing a few late scores to make the score closer, the Indians remain the team to beat in the Foothill League and the Northern Division. On Friday, Hart takes on Golden Valley this Friday.

No. 2 Palos Verdes (4-2); Last Week: Beat Leuzinger 61-0; LWR: No. 3

Quarterback Bryan Scott and running back Matt Lopes collectively helped the Palos Verdes offense run all over Luezinger in each team’s Bay League opener. The Sea Kings didn’t allow Leuzinger to cross the midfield the entire game. Palos Verdes, which started the year 1-2, now carries a three-game win streak into Friday’s matchup against No. 10 Mira Costa.

No. 3 Atascadero (5-2); Last Week: Beat Righetti 41-21; LWR: No. 4

With Friday’s win, Atascadero improved to 3-0 in Pac-7 League play. Senior Izaiah Cooks was the primary weapon for the Greyhounds, as he ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 47 yards and another score through the air. Atascadero is off this week before returning to face St. Joseph on Oct. 25 in another league matchup.

No. 4 Valencia (4-2); Last Week: Beat Saugus 38-24; LWR: No. 5

Though it wasn’t perfect, Valencia got Foothill League win No. 1 against Saugus in a game that was still very much in doubt until midway through the third quarter. The Vikings pulled away with three straight touchdowns. This Friday, Valencia faces West Ranch as Foothill play continues.

No. 5 Canyon (5-1); Last Week: Beat Golden Valley 48-7; LWR: No. 6

Despite trailing 7-6 after the first quarter, this game was mostly controlled by Canyon, which overcame 230 yards in penalties for the win. Quarterback Cade Apsay led a strong offensive performance by finishing 18-for-25 with 334 yards and three touchdown passes to three different receivers. Canyon hosts Saugus on Friday in a league matchup.

No. 6 Palmdale (4-2); Last Week: Beat Lancaster 64-0; LWR: No. 7

Palmdale took care of business in a matchup where it came in as a heavy favorite against Lancaster team that is now 1-5. Meanwhile, Palmdale improves to 3-0 in Golden League play and will face the league’s only other 3-0 team in Quartz Hill on Friday. The winner of that matchup will have the inside track to a league championship.

No. 7 Arroyo Grande (4-2); Last Week: Beat St. Joseph 27-0; LWR: No. 8

In a matchup of two teams that shared a Pac-7 League title a year ago, Arroyo Grande clearly took the upper hand with an impressive shutout win over a St. Joseph team that came into the game ranked eighth in the division. St. Joseph was held to 105 total yards in the game and it was intercepted twice by Tyler Auerbach, who ran one of them back 47 yards for a touchdown. Pac-7 play resumes on Friday for Arroyo Grande in a road game against Pioneer Valley.

No. 8 West Torrance (5-1); Last Week: Lost to Mira Costa 28-21; LWR: No. 2

West Torrance suffered its first loss of the season in its Bay League opener, losing in overtime to Mira Costa. West had to scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but a Brett Ojiyi run was fumbled on fourth down in West’s overtime try to end the game. West Torrance can try to rebound in another Bay League game against Redondo Union on Friday.

No. 9 Paso Robles (5-1); Last Week: Beat Kingsburg 28-21; LWR: Not ranked

In a non-league game against an undefeated CIF-Central Section Division II team, Paso Robles won in overtime to make its first appearance on the Northern Division top 10 this season. Paso Robles running back Nathaniel Harris scored the game-winning 5-yard touchdown in the extra period. It was his second score of the game as he ended up with 209 yards on 28 carries. Paso Robles faces St. Joseph on Friday in a Pac-7 matchup.

No. 10 Mira Costa (4-2): Last Week: Beat West Torrance 28-21 Bye; Last Week’s ranking: Not ranked

A big overtime win over previously undefeated West Torrance put Mira Costa into the top 10 for the first time in 2013. Mira Costa rode running back Sebastian Franck-Love and his 218 yards and three touchdowns on 31 touches. It was Franck-Love who took in the game-winning score from 12 yards out in overtime. Mira Costa has another touch matchup against No. 2 Palos Verdes on Friday.

Some information for this story was gathered from, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Daily Breeze, San Luis Obispo Tribune and The Santa Maria Times.


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