2. No. 10 in the state Hart of Newhall 56, No. 16 in the state Canyon of Canyon Country 21. Anybody who ranked Canyon ahead of Hart before this game looked foolish and that thankfully wasn't us. Hart, with a league winning streak that now stands at 60 games, just has to be ahead of anybody else in the Santa Clarita Valley until somebody else actually beats the Indians on the field. It was quickly apparent that wasn't going to happen on Thursday at Canyon as the Indians scored on their first two drives before the lights blacked out. After a delay of more than 30 minutes, Hart recovered the ensuing kickoff and converted for a third score. Then it wasn't much longer before the score ballooned to 28-0 on a 66-yard scoring bomb from Sean Norton to Norris Whitmore. Norton finished with 17 completions in 27 attempts for 324 yards and four TDs. He also rushed for 88 yards on 19 carries and scored twice. Norton told the L.A. Times that: "We've been doubted all year. Nobody gave us respect and we're all about gaining respect." Huh? Hart has been perhaps the highest-ranked team ever with an 0-3 record, so it's hard to see where the "nobody gave us respect" comment comes from. Perhaps that has more to do with Norton not getting the respect from college recruiters that he probably deserves. Canyon QB Nate Longshore has been more of a hot target on that front and recently committed to Cal. Norton clearly had the better game on this night.
3. No. 17 in the state Los Altos of Hacienda Heights 42, No. 9 in state Div. II South Hills of West Covina 13. With a score like this, it's hard to imagine that South Hills actually led by 13-0 and it was 13-7 at halftime. The Conquerors simply put it all together in the second half. The explosion included a 98-yard touchdown pass from Jason Estrada to Travis Brown as well as numerous big plays from All-American DE Brigham Harwell. With Harwell providing the pressure, South Hills QB Phillip Guerrero threw three second-half interceptions after starting off with two TD passes in the first half. Harwell finished with two sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a TD catch and a TD run. Estrada, who usually plays one half of Los Altos games with Daniel Sandello playing the other half, wound up 5 of 9 for 202 yards and four TDs. If Los Altos keeps playing like this and Orange Lutheran keeps up what it's been doing, the interest in this year's CIF Southern Section Div. VI playoffs could be higher than ever. Will it be 13-0 vs. 13-0 in the final?
4. No. 12 in NorCal Serra of San Mateo 31, No. 9 in NorCal Bellarmine of San Jose 28. This game was much like Los Altos-South Hills in that one team really got it going in the second half. Unlike South Hills, though, Bellarmine kept on making big plays and actually had a chance to go ahead in the last two minutes, but Juan Gamboa missed a 44-yard field goal. Serra then got its chance to drive back down the field and thanks to two long runs by Antonio Fobbs-Valentino was able to set up for a much shorter field goal. Jimmy Parque did the honors with 15 seconds left on a 21-yard chip shot. Serra rallied from a 28-7 deficit in the third quarter to pull out the win. The Bells almost made it 35-7, too, but a diving interception by Drew Peterson prevented a touchdown. Daniel Bocanegra completed 13 of 19 passes for 193 yards for the Padres. Bellarmine QB Darrin Bragg was 10 of 15 for 283 yards. This result puts St. Francis of Mountain View in first-place by itself in the West Catholic Athletic League, but the Lancers still have to play both Serra and Bellarmine.
5. No. 14 in NorCal Grant of Sacramento 40, No. 15 in NorCal Woodland 0. The rest of the Sac-Joaquin Section in Division I should have taken notice over this one as it shows just what the Pacers are capable of. The team that was preseason No. 1 in the section obliterated the previously unbeaten Wolves even though standout junior Syd Thompson didn't play due to the lingering effects of oral surgery. Grant only punted one time in the dominant outing and prevented Woodland from advancing into its own side of the field at all until the fourth quarter. Gerwin Williams led the Pacers with 24 carries for 201 yards and had a 52-yard TD catch from brother Worrell. The Williams brothers accounted for four TDs overall. The other two came on TD passes from Marquise Jackson to Don Shay Warren. Woodland now gets state-ranked and unbeaten Nevada Union in this week's game.
6. Vista 17, No. 18 in the state Torrey Pines of San Diego 10. Just when it looked like the Falcons were starting to strengthen their case to be the No. 1 team in the San Diego Section, along comes Vista. The Panthers revved up their running game and toughened up their defense. QB Matt Altieri ran for 110 yards and Nick Coppedge had 82 yards, including two TDs. Jon Rubin rushed for 137 yards for Torrey Pines and scored the team's only TD. Vista, which outlasted the Falcons 36-28 in three overtimes in a 2002 playoff game, has now beaten Rancho Bernardo, Carlsbad and Torrey Pines in successive weeks. The loss also clears the way for Div. III Marian Catholic to move up to a more unanimous pick as the section's overall No. 1 team. Marian won its game this week, 77-0, over Hilltop of Chula Vista.
7. No. 9 in state Div. III Fullerton 35, No. 4 in state Div. III La Habra 3. This Freeway League showdown was surprisingly one-sided in favor of the host Indians. La Habra QB Daniel Morales was hounded throughout the game by an aggressive defense and his team was kept out of the end zone. The biggest play of the game was a 93-yard interception return for a score by Fullerton's Xavier Hicks. The standout junior also plays QB on offense and had a pair of TD passes. Another offensive standout for Fullerton was RB Brian Allen, who rushed for 147 yards and one score.
8. No. 2 in state Div. III Miramonte of Orinda 17, previously unbeaten Campolindo of Moraga 7. A fourth straight Diablo Foothill Athletic League title for Miramonte seems assured after this win over the rival Cougars. Defense was the story for the winners as Miramonte shut down an offense that was averaging nearly 40 points per game. The Matador offense ran the ball well -- Dominick Carrie rushing for 107 yards on 20 carries and scoring one TD -- but the passing game wasn't as sharp as Taylor Humphrey suffered three interceptions. Despite the loss, Campolindo receiver Alex Breaux had a monster game with 14 catches for 134 yards and one TD.
9. Diamond Bar 17, Chino Hills 14. The first of the many major fires in Southern California that blew up over the weekend caused this game to be moved from Chino Hills to Diamond Bar. Former Diamond Bar coach Terry Roche's team from Chino Hills played well in the first half and probably should have won were it not for a key turnover here and there. The biggest play of the game was a blocked punt by Diamond Bar sophomore Ikenna Nnamdi-Udoh, who wound up recovering the rolling ball himself in the end zone for a touchdown.
10. California School for the Deaf (Fremont) 44, California School for the Deaf (Riverside) 10. In the only annual NorCal vs. SoCal matchup in the state each year, the NorCals beat the SoCals, 44-10. The Fremont team dominated on the scoreboard with several big plays, including a 42-yard interception return TD by Carlton Williams, a 29-yard fumble return TD by Oscar Padilla and a 80-yard TD run by Chris Ivory. The Riverside school scored the last 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a 79-yard TD run by Jeremy Hawkins. CSDF improved to 5-2 and broke a two-game losing streak. CSDR fell to 4-3.
11. Arroyo Grande 23, previously unbeaten Righetti of Santa Maria 14. The first few minutes of the second half decided this one as the Eagles broke a 7-7 halftime deadlock by driving for a score on their first series of the third quarter. Then after Righetti was stopped on its ensuing series deep in Arroyo Grande territory, the game was blown open on a 83-yard scoring pass from Arroyo Grande's Kyle Pollock to Tommy Pace. Righetti came into the game averaging 44.6 points per game, but was stifled by the Arroyo Grande defense. Righetti RB Mark Malangko was held to 65 yards on 13 carries. Eagle QB Pollock, just a sophomore, finished 9 of 12 for 194 yards. He also scored one TD on a run.
12. No. 6 in Div. IV Sutter 37, Wheatland 7. Those comparative scores involving games against Orland proved to be a barometer of what would happen here as host Sutter remained unbeaten with an easy win over the Pirates (now 6-2). Sutter was led by Gary Collett with 13 carries for 131 yards and one TD plus a 35-yard TD catch. QB Tony Wagner also scored once on the ground for Sutter. Wheatland's RB duo of Adam McCleary and Chauncey Rampersant did get some yards, but the Sutter defense was especially sturdy playing on its side of the field. Rampersant scored Wheatland's only TD on a 15-yard run.
UPSET SPECIAL: State No. 2 Los Alamitos knocked off. All the sloppy plays that the Griffins got away with in close wins vs. Hart of Newhall, Brea-Olinda of Brea and Edison of Huntington Beach finally caught up with them on Friday against Fountain Valley. Los Al lost, 21-16, in a Sunset League game and will no doubt take a major tumble this week in the two major national rankings, although USA Today is notorious for leaving teams in its top 25 even if they lose. Fountain Valley, which opened eyes in its very first game when it lost by just 14-13 to Mission Viejo, forced seven turnovers, the biggest turning out to be an interception by Kevin Gerard that was returned 57 yards for a score. Los Al's final fumble with 2:25 left was recovered by Bryan Schutte and prevented a possible last-second go-ahead touchdown. Kyle Feiler scored two of Fountain Valley's TDs on runs of 16 and 6 yards, both in the third quarter.