PREP NOTES WITH A TWIST

Let's hear it for CSDF's big win over its Texas counterpart.....We'll let you in on a little secret how Harvard-Westlake received a No. 16 preseason national ranking in boys hoops.....An update on the most amazing winning streak in the state this side of De La Salle and more from the best prep notes column in the state. Photo at left by Kirby Lee / The Sporting Image.

HARVARD-WESTLAKE HOOP RANKING: The No. 16 preseason national ranking for the Harvard-Westlake boys basketball team of North Hollywood has raised some eyebrows around the state. The Warriors were given that number in the annual Street & Smith's preview. That might seem high to some, considering they lost in last year's Div. III state final to Foothill of Sacramento, even though four starters are back, including high-flying Bryce Taylor.
But here's a little insight into how that ranking came about. It was done last spring after Doug Huff, who has authored the Street & Smith's preseason All-American teams for many years, gave the magazine a list of his teams to watch for the coming season. It was done before anybody had transferred, like Arron Afflalo from Centennial of Compton, which is one reason at the time we told him as well that the Apache would be one of this year's top teams.
Huff and ourselves work together closely each week on the Student Sports FAB 50 national rankings and he doesn't give his basketball teams to watch to Street & Smith's in any particular order. It was a Street & Smith's editor who actually assembled the teams into positions. Harvard-Westlake may indeed turn out to be the No. 16 team in the nation and we can say for sure that it will be among the top six or seven in our own preseason state rankings. But starting that team out in so high a position does seem out of place and now you know why.

CALIFORNIA VS. THE WORLD: California School for the Deaf at Fremont defeated Texas School for the Deaf of Austin, 48-0, last week in the Lone Star State capital. Last year's CSDF starting quarterback, Clint Dickinson, returned for the first time this year and senior running back Carlton Williams scored three TDs. The win gives CSDF a 4-0 season mark and raises California's all-time record vs. Texas to 3-2.
In other games last week, California went 2-0 vs. Oregon, 4-2 vs. Nevada and 0-1 vs. Arizona for a 7-3 week. Unbeaten Clayton Valley of Concord contributed with a 17-6 win at Reno. One highlight for the Eagles was kicker Tommy McDevitt, who boomed through a 52-yard field goal. McDevitt also put all four of his kickoffs into the end zone.
Season records are now 1-0 vs. Texas, 8-4 vs. Oregon, 20-18 vs. Nevada, 3-8 vs. Arizona and 39-33 overall.

FERNDALE DOES IT AGAIN: The amazing Wildcats, with just a 20-man football squad, visited 1200 enrollment Del Norte of Crescent City and came home with a 20-7 victory. This time, Ferndale, with an enrollmewnt of under 200, was paced by junior Ian Renner, who starred on offense and defense. Late in the game, with the outcome still in doubt, Renner recovered a fumbled punt and shortly after, raced 42 yds from scrimmage for the game's final touchdown. The people up there, by the way, pronounce Del Norte "Del Nort." Well, they are a long way from Mexico.

AYALA PASS CATCHERS: Catching touchdown passes for Ayala of Chino Hills faster than one can say their names are Ekenemchuck Asiodu and Nnamdi Gwacham. That's what they did last week, one each, in a 44-13 loss to powerhouse Los Altos of Hacienda Heights. On the other side, Los Altos got four touchdons by three Browns. Two by Randall and one each by Chapelle and Travis. That's why the UPS slogan "What can Brown do for you?" would also work so well for the Conquerors.

WINLESS STREAKS: Washington of Los Angeles ended an 18-game losing streak with a 13-9 win over Locke of Los Angeles. The L.A. Times reported 19, but game-by-game results total 18. Something might give this week when Kearny of San Diego, with a 0-18-1 streak, takes on Hoover of San Diego, with a 0-17-1 streak. But then again, maybe not. The two teams tied last year.
Bolsa Grande of Garden Grove lost for the 38th consecutive time last week, 55-0, to Los Amigos of Fountain Valley. The Matadors, though, should be favored when they take on La Quinta of Westminster on November 14, not "October 14" as erroneously first reported. This means that Bolsa will probably have 43 consecutive losses before meeting La Quinta, not enough for a state record. That "honor" belongs to Moorpark at 46 consecutive losses from 1972 to 1982.

STILL NO MORSE-MIRA MESA GAME: Even though the schools are only six miles apart, the Morse of San Diego and Mt. Miguel of Lemon Grove football teams have only played once in the last 40-plus years and that was in the playoffs. The two schools were supposed to play last Friday at Mt. Miguel, but the game was canceled when Morse principal Rocio Weiss would not allow her school's varsity and junior varsity teams to go. Weiss cited safety concerns due to threats that were called in to her school. Mt. Miguel officials appeared to be upset by Weiss' decision and told the San Diego Union-Tribune they were pursuing a forfeit victory through the San Diego Section office.

LATE GAME ROMP PRODUCES RECORD-TYING EFFORT: You just never know what might happen in the closing stages of a lopsided game, when mostly second-string players are being utilized by the team with the huge lead. In last week's 50-7 romp by Moorpark over Calabasas, one of the final scores for the Musketeers came on a 99-yard run from scrimmage by Greg Dettore. It was reported by the Ventura County Star as a school record. Of course, Dettore's effort also goes into the state record book with about 50 to 60 others who've done the 99-yard run thing. We're still looking for some old-timer who may have a run from scrimmage of more than 99 yards when the fields were reportedly longer.

DAVIS GIRLS WATER POLO STREAK: At the First NorCal Top 16 Girls High School Water Polo Invitational, held last week at Logan of Union City, Davis of the Sac-Joaquin Section won the tournament with a 7-3 win over Clovis West of Fresno in the final and extended its win streak to 88 games. The tournament included all five Northern California section champions from a year ago. The tournament MVP was Christi Raycraft of Davis, who scored four goals in the final against Clovis West.

PEYTON MANNING AWARD: In honor of the Indianapolis Colts' QB who engineeered one of the greatest fourth-quarter comebacks in NFL history on Monday at Tampa Bay, we present Joe Felix of Fontana High. The Steelers were behind by 26-7 in the fourth-quarter of their game last week against Moreno Valley, but rallied for a 27-26 win. Felix threw for three TDs in the final quarter -- all to Mike Ephraim -- and the last hookup came with just five seconds left for the game-winning points.


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