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Ventura County schools dominate the latest Northern Division rankings

Posted: September 28, 2009 9:35 p.m.
Updated: September 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Hart High running back Jake Stephens (43) is tackled by a host of Westlake defenders during last Friday’s game at Cougar Stadium on the COC campus. Hart High running back Jake Stephens (43) is tackled by a host of Westlake defenders during last Friday’s game at Cougar Stadium on the COC campus.
Hart High running back Jake Stephens (43) is tackled by a host of Westlake defenders during last Friday’s game at Cougar Stadium on the COC campus.
The Foothill League’s football teams are 9-11.

Only one squad is in this week’s CIF-Southern Section Northern Division top 10 — Valencia at No. 3.

This is officially the worst combined start that the six local teams have ever had.

The only season that compares to it is last season, when the six started 10-10.

After three weeks, and four for Hart and West Ranch, things are starting to crystallize in the Northern Division.

Valencia, as widely predicted, has been the class of Santa Clarita.

The Vikings, other than a fumble on their first possession last Friday, played a great game against Palmdale in a 35-14 victory.

Valencia showed what its efficient offense was capable of in a first half in which the Vikings went up 27-7.

Another thing is pretty clear — Ventura County is ruling the division.

Five of the top six teams in the division are from Ventura County, including Westlake, which now owns two victories over Santa Clarita teams after a 48-21 win over Hart last Friday.

There’s more bad news for Santa Clarita teams in the polls as Santa Clarita Christian fell a spot to No. 5 in the Division I 8-Man Football poll. They were the No. 1 team in the division two weeks ago.

With the Cardinals’ 50-38 loss to Maranatha Christian on Saturday, Santa Clarita football teams are 10-13.

Here’s how the rest of the Northern Division fared last week:

No. 1 St. Bonaventure
Are they human? St. Bonaventure needed overtime to defeat Crespi 42-41 last Friday. Crespi, now 2-2, is the No. 8 team in a tough Pac-5 Division. Nonetheless, it showed that the Seraphs aren’t exempt from hiccups. St. Bonaventure’s Devon Blackledge ran the ball 29 times for 144 yards. Crespi will play Saugus on Oct. 9. As for 4-0 St. Bonaventure, it gets 3-0 Bishop Amat on Friday.

No. 2 Moorpark
Moorpark, 3-0, had a bye and faces 1-2 Calabasas on Friday.

No. 3 Valencia
The Vikings, 3-0, defeated Palmdale 35-14 and will host 1-2 Santa Monica on Friday.

No. 4 Westlake
Westlake, 3-0, defeated Hart 48-21 last Friday and gets 1-2 Thousand Oaks this Friday.

No. 5 Newbury Park
Newbury Park, now 3-0, beat Saugus 41-21 and plays 0-3 Simi Valley this Friday.

No. 6 Oxnard
Oxnard moved to 3-0 with a 42-21 win over 2-1 Buena. Running back Alex Gavin ran for 193 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Yellowjackets, who held Buena to just five rushing yards in the game. Next up, Oxnard gets 1-2 San Marcos.

No. 7 Atascadero
Atascadero took care of Redwood 35-21 last Friday. The Greyhounds continue to be defined by their running game as they rushed for 381 yards in the game, including 143 by Adam Lopez and 107 from Sterling Bullard. In four games, they have 1,141 rushing yards. Atascadero, 3-1, gets 4-0 Hueneme this Friday.

No. 8 Channel Islands
After a 28-21 win over Calabasas last Friday, the Raiders are 4-0. The defense recovered three fumbles and sacked Calabasas’ quarterback 5.5 times. Channel Islands scored the winning touchdown with 1:02 left in the game. The Raiders get a bye this week.

No. 9 Hueneme
After an 0-10 2008 season, Hueneme is now 4-0. One of those victories was a season-opening win over West Ranch. The Vikings defeated San Marcos 21-10 last Friday. Quarterback Jonathan Barnfather was 24-of-36 for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Hueneme plays Atascadero on Friday.

No. 10 Arroyo Grande
The Eagles pounded Santa Maria 65-14 last Friday to move to 3-1. Matt McAustin passed for 168 yards and three touchdowns and Mykel Blair added 134 yards on the ground. Arroyo Grande has a bye this week.


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