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Poll largely stands pat

Only one new team enters the Northern Division top 10 after last week

Posted: October 12, 2009 11:05 p.m.
Updated: October 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.
As Foothill League play begins, the intensity is going to increase. Every play and possession will be magnified.

Things are about to change considerably for the local teams.

But in the latest CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll, not much has changed at all.

A series of non-competitive blowouts dominated the action last week, and as a result, only one new team entered this week’s rankings.

Oxnard High, previously No. 6 in the poll, suffered its first loss of the season against lowly Ventura and was sent out of the top 10.

Valencia is still the only Foothill League team ranked in the poll, maintaining the No. 2 spot after its 35-14 road victory over Loyola on Saturday.

In last week’s intradivision matchup, top-ranked Moorpark had little trouble disposing of then-No. 5 Newbury Park.

Here’s a look at how the Northern Division’s top 10 fared:

No. 1 Moorpark

The Musketeers completed just one pass last Friday, but they ran for 316 yards and stonewalled Newbury Park’s rushing attack in a 35-14 victory over their Marmonte League rival. Austin Edmonson led the way with 124 yards and three touchdowns, and Moorpark limited the Panthers to just eight yards on the ground. The Musketeers improve to 5-0 and will visit 0-5 Simi Valley this Friday.

No. 2 Valencia

The 5-0 Vikings dispatched traditional power Loyola and will open Foothill League play by hosting 0-5 Canyon on Friday.

No. 3 St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure had a bye last week, and the 4-1 Seraphs will travel to face 1-4 San Marcos Friday.

No. 4 Westlake

The Warriors improved to 5-0 by making quick work of Agoura in a 51-7 victory last Friday. Westlake was up 34-0 by halftime, and quarterback Nick Isham threw for 155 yards and three touchdowns. Tailback Tavior Mowry scored three total touchdowns, all by the middle of the second quarter. The Warriors will host 1-4 Calabasas on Friday.

No. 5 Atascadero

Atascadero had a bye week, and the 4-1 Greyhounds will host 3-2 Righetti this Friday.

No. 6 Channel Islands

The Raiders improved to 5-0 with a 23-12 win over Santa Paula last Friday. Quarterback Bobby Diaz was an efficient 13-of-19 for 162 yards and a touchdown, while tailback Albert Leon ran for 137 yards on 17 carries. He also scored three touchdowns, including a 63-yard run and a 58-yard kickoff return. Channel Islands will host 4-1 Oxnard on Friday.

No. 7 Newbury Park

The Panthers lost their first game of the season against Moorpark, falling to 4-1. Newbury Park will hit the road Friday to face 3-2 Royal of Simi Valley.

No. 8 Hueneme

Hueneme is 4-1 and had a bye last week. The Vikings will travel to play 3-2 Rio Mesa Friday.

No. 9 Arroyo Grande

The Eagles scored 24 points in the third quarter to blow out San Marcos 38-7 last Friday. Running back Russell Perkins topped the 100-yard mark with 103 yards on 14 carries, and Matt McAustin and Seth Jacobs each threw a touchdown pass. Arroyo Grande is now 4-1 and will host 3-2 San Luis Obispo on Friday.

No. 10 Buena

Buena overcame a slow start last Friday to defeat Canyon 34-12 at Harry Welch Stadium. The Bulldogs scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, and Kendrick Mathis rushed 16 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns, while Chase Smith had two touchdown receptions from quarterback Robert Munoz. Buena is now 4-1 and welcomes 2-3 Dos Pueblos this Friday.

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


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