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Around the Division: The new No. 1

Canyon leaps ahead of Hart in divisional poll

Posted: September 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Canyon wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky runs against Morningside High on Aug. 23 at Canyon High. Canyon wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky runs against Morningside High on Aug. 23 at Canyon High.
Canyon wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky runs against Morningside High on Aug. 23 at Canyon High.

There was plenty of shake-up in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division rankings this week, but one thing stayed the same: the Foothill League sits at the top.

Which Foothill League team, though, is a different matter.

On the strength of a 56-48 shootout victory with Central Section opponent Clovis West on Saturday, Canyon climbed to the top spot in the rankings, jumping ahead of rival Hart.

The Indians, who fell 10-7 in a tough road loss at Tesoro (ranked No. 4 in the Pac-5 Division), didn’t fall far.

Hart is No. 2 in the division rankings, one of three Foothill League teams ranked in the top 10.

Arroyo Grande made the week’s biggest jump, climbing three spots to No. 3 on the heels of a 50-7 victory over Nipomo.

Palos Verdes and Valencia each dropped a spot and currently sit at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, after week one losses.
The Vikings, who had beaten Palmdale High five consecutive seasons dating back to 2007, fell to the Falcons on Friday night.

Northern Division newcomer San Luis Obispo, of the Pac-7 league, dropped just one spot to No. 6, despite starting the season at 0-2 with consecutive losses to Garces of Bakersfield and Dos Pueblos of Goleta.

Antelope Valley climbed two spots to No. 8, while Palmdale made its first appearance in the polls at No. 9, along with West High of Torrance, which sits at No. 10.

Making room for the Falcons and Warriors were Highland and Quartz Hill, which both dropped their season openers Friday.

No. 1 Canyon (2-0). Last Saturday: Beat Clovis West 56-48. Last week’s ranking: No. 2

After consecutive weeks at No. 2 in the Northern Division poll, the Cowboys moved to the top spot on the back’s of its offense. Quarterback Cade Apsay showed skeptics that he is more than capable of running the Cowboys’ high-powered offense, throwing for 331 yards on 24-of-34 pass attempts with four touchdowns to one interception. The junior also added a rushing touchdown, his third of the season. The Cowboys posted 14 points in each quarter, and the defense did just enough to come up with a stop as the Golden Eagles threatened to score late in the game. This week, Canyon will travel to face Knight at 7 p.m. on Friday.

No. 2 Hart (0-1). Last Friday: Lost to Tesoro 10-7. Last week’s ranking: No. 1

The Indians held their own against a strong Tesoro team, ranked No. 4 in the current Pac-5 Division poll, but fell to the Titans on a late touchdown, after missing a short field goal attempt that would have given them a 10-3 lead late in the fourth quarter. The Indians remain loaded with talent, though, as sophomore quarterback Brady White started the season opener, with junior Connor Wingenroth getting the start at running back and occasionally seeing time at quarterback. This week, Hart will travel to face Kennedy of La Palma at Western High School at 7 p.m. Thursday.

No. 3 Arroyo Grande (1-1). Last Friday: Beat Nipomo 50-7. Last week’s ranking: No. 6

The Eagles made the biggest jump of the week in the rankings, climbing from sixth to third after a convincing win over Nipomo. After being blown out by Lompoc 31-0 in its first game of the season, Arroyo Grande rebounded and dominated the game on the ground. The Eagles managed 306 yards rushing with 12 players rushing at least once, and quarterback Matt Willkomm still managing to go 6-of-9 through the air with 63 yards and two touchdowns. This week, Arroyo Grande faces Santa Barbara on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

No. 4 Palos Verdes (0-1). Last Saturday: Did not play. Last week’s ranking: No. 3

The Sea Kings had the week off after falling 41-0 to Narbonne in their season opener. Despite not playing, Palos Verdes fell a spot to No. 4 and will try to get its first win of the season on Saturday when it travels to Fresno to face Central at 7 p.m.

No. 5 Valencia (0-1). Last Friday: Lost to Palmdale 35-21. Last week’s ranking: No. 4

The Vikings continued their annual rivalry with Golden League foe Palmdale last week, a team they had defeated five times since 2007. Things were a little different this time, with the Falcons winning 35-21. The Vikings defense had trouble stopping the Falcons’ running game, with Dameon Barber rushing 22 times for 199 yards and two rushing and one receiving touchdown. Valencia’s rushing attack stalled for most of the night, as Valencia managed -19 yards. This week, life doesn’t get any easier for the Vikings, who will have to adjust both to opponent Chaminade of West Hills’ play, and its field, which feature a Boise State-like blue field.

No. 6 San Luis Obispo (0-2). Last Friday: Lost 21-20. Last week’s ranking: No. 5

The tough-luck Tigers have lost back-to-back games by an identical score of 21-20, first to Garces of Bakersfield and then to Dos Pueblos of Goleta. San Luis Obispo quarterback Garrett Giovannelli struggled, throwing 8-of-15 for 87 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. This week, the Tigers will look to pick up their first win of the season when they travel to take on Oxnard on Friday at 7 p.m.

No. 7  Righetti (1-1). Last Friday Beat Cabrillo 55-15. Last week’s ranking: No. 7

Righetti picked up its first win of the season last week in convincing fashion, easily dispatching Cabrillo to even its record at 1-1. This week, Righetti will take on St. Francis at home at 7 p.m.

No. 8 Antelope Valley (1-0). Last Friday: Did not play. Last week’s ranking: No. 10

The Antelopes jumped two spots in the rankings, despite not playing on Friday, thanks to losses by fellow Golden League teams Highland and Quartz Hill. This week, Antelope Valley will take on Barstow at 7 p.m. on Friday.

No. 9 Palmdale (2-0). Last Friday: Beat Valencia 35-21. Last week’s ranking: Unranked

The Falcons made their first appearance in the Northern Division rankings by dispatching Valencia for the first time in school history. Palmdale will look to improve to 3-0 on Friday when it faces Kennedy of Granada Hills at 7 p.m.

No. 10 West (1-0). Last Friday: Beat Culver City 30-25. Last week’s ranking: Unranked

West of Torrance is also making its first appearance in the 2012 rankings after a tight victory over Culver City. The Warriors will take on Torrance High on Friday at 7 p.m.


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