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Posted: September 14, 2009 9:57 p.m.
Updated: September 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Is it too early to declare a CIF-Southern Section Northern Division champion?

People aren’t going to like that statement, but the truth is St. Bonaventure is good — very good.

And close behind is Moorpark.

Both Ventura County teams scored victories against top-ranked teams in the state last Friday.

Sure, the postseason is so far in the future that some would argue it’s futile to even talk about what these teams are doing, but we should be informed in the Santa Clarita Valley.

After all, the Santa Clarita Valley prides itself on having some of the best football in Southern California.

And it doesn’t want to give Ventura County the leg up.

Patience is what the Santa Clarita Valley teams are asking for.

Valencia would say don’t judge it on its come-from-behind victory over a very game Thousand Oaks team.

Forgive Hart for slipping up in its season-opening loss to El Camino Real. The Indians did knock off the Western Division’s No. 1 team in Palmdale last Friday.

Saugus clearly didn’t play its best game in a victory over Pasadena last Friday.

Hey, West Ranch got on the board with a victory against Lancaster.

Maybe Canyon was just getting its feet wet in a loss to Bakersfield.

And Golden Valley was just working out the kinks.

So now that all the teams have a game under their belt, we’ll see what they’ve got.

At this point, they’re playing catch-up, as others (St. Bonaventure and Moorpark) have played twice.

Here’s a look at how the Northern Division’s new top 10, as released by the CIF-SS Monday, fared.

Canyon, which was No. 8, dropped out of the top 10 and Arroyo Grande entered in at No. 10.

Valencia flip-flopped with Moorpark from the previous week.

No. 1 St. Bonaventure
Look out. St. Bonaventure is very much for real, having disposed of the state’s No. 10 team Long Beach Poly last Friday 27-7. According to the high school sports Web site, the Seraphs are the No. 8 team in the country. Poly scored on a 75-yard kickoff return 25 seconds into the game. The Seraphs then outscored the Jackrabbits 27-0. Seraphs running back Devon Blackledge continued his early season tear by rushing for 291 yards and three touchdowns. St. Bonaventure faces 1-1 Los Angeles Jordan High on Friday.

No. 2 Moorpark
The Musketeers have now delivered the knockout punch to two of the state’s top teams. First it was Eastlake of Chula Vista, now it’s Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Moorpark defeated Notre Dame 27-14 on Saturday, thanks to 132 rushing yards from running back Austin Edmonson, a solid day from quarterback Brody Rohach and a defense that forced three turnovers off former Canyon High quarterback Ryan Kasdorf. Moorpark plays 0-1 Ventura this Friday.

No. 3 Valencia
The Vikings had to come back from a 10-point deficit late in its game against Thousand Oaks last Friday. The Vikings won 39-36, but slipped in the poll. Valencia hosts 0-2 Birmingham on Thursday.

No. 4 Saugus
Saugus defeated Pasadena 17-7, but struggled with turnovers and penalties in the game. Saugus hosts Westlake on Thursday.

No. 5 Westlake
Westlake jumped up a spot in the poll. It was idle last week.

No. 6 Newbury Park
Newbury Park opened the season with a 30-17 victory over Adolfo Camarillo. The sixth-ranked Panthers were led by an efficient Jake Geringer at quarterback. He completed 11-of-14 passes for 168 yards. Newbury Park plays 1-0 Rio Mesa on Thursday.

No. 7 Oxnard
In Oxnard’s first game of the season, the Yellowjackets defeated Santa Barbara 28-0. Oxnard nearly had two rushers cross the 100-yard mark (Alex Gavin had 147 yards and Henry Fernandez had 98 yards). The Yellowjackets ran the ball 43 times for 293 yards. Oxnard plays 1-0 San Luis Obispo on Friday.

No. 8 Atascadero
The Greyhounds tumbled from the No. 5 spot after a 14-7 loss to Clovis. Atascadero struggled to get its offense going, rushing for 122 yards in the game and passing for another 105. The Greyhounds turned the ball over four times in the game. Atascadero plays 1-1 Gilroy of Central California Friday.

No. 9 Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks impressed pollsters in its loss to Valencia, actually moving up one spot in the poll to No. 9. Thousand Oaks plays 1-0 Buena on Thursday.

No. 10 Arroyo Grande
Two wins to open up the season has the Eagles cracking the top 10. Their most recent win, a 7-0 victory over Nipomo featured a 101-yard rushing effort out of junior running back Christian Chrichton. Arroyo Grande plays 2-0 Pioneer Valley on Friday.

Some of the information for this story was gathered from and the Ventura County Star.


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