L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

  1. The most glaring stat from Westlake’s 43-21 win over Oaks Christian is the rushing yard comparison. Westlake rushed for 444 yards to Oaks Christian’s 156. Westlake had two players with more than 100 yards rushing. Quarterback Justin Moore gained 226 yards and scored a touchdown. Jarrius Bishop had 104 yards and scored a touchdown. For good measure, Dashon Hunt had 80 yards and scored a touchdown. Oaks Christian had only five runs of 12 yards or more and only two rushes of more than 20 yards. Perhaps the more telling stat from the game was the turnover ratio. Westlake forced four turnovers and did not commit any. All of Oaks Christian’s turnovers came at key moments. With Westlake up 20-14 in the second quarter, Oaks Christian drove to the Warriors 13-yard line. But Bradley Wellman picked off Brandon Dawkins and ended the Oaks Christian scoring threat. Westlake proceeded to drive 77 yards in eight plays to take a 27-14 lead on a touchdown run by Bishop. On the ensuing drive, Oaks Christian running back Ishmael Adams broke off the biggest rush of the game, a 43-yarder that gave the Lions a first-and-10 on the Westlake 37-yard line. But Westlake defensive end Johnny Stuart sacked Dawkins on the next play, forced a fumble and recovered the football to end the first half. With Westlake up 37-21 in the fourth quarter, Moore, playing defensive back, picked off Dawkins and set up one of Alex Ball’s five field goals. Jordie Hannel forced the fourth turnover by sacking Dawkins late in the fourth quarter and causing him to fumble on the Oaks Christian 22-yard line. It led to Ball’s last field goal of the game. Westlake sacked Dawkins five times in the game. Ball tied the school record with 29 field goals in his career. Jordan Mannisto, a senior at the University of Houston, kicked 29 field goals for Westlake from 2005 to '07. Ball, a senior, has kicked 12 field goals in five games this season.

  2. It was expected the game between Loyola and Valencia would be a defensive battle. Valencia came into the game with a 6.7 points against average, shutting out its previous two opponents and holding high-powered Chaminade to 14 points. Loyola was giving up 14.6 points per game, but played much tougher competition, including Upland, Mira Costa and St. John Bosco. Upland has been the only team to score more than 14 points against Loyola, and won 38-23. Valencia scored only one touchdown in a 28-10 loss to Loyola on Saturday night. But the Vikings outgained Loyola in total offense, 310 yards to 158 yards. The Valencia rushing attack was most effective with 180 yards on the ground. Loyola had only 38 rushing yards. The difference in the game was the special teams for Loyola. Eamon McOsker had two kickoff returns that gave the Cubs short fields. Loyola had to go only 33 yards to score its first touchdown after the opening kickoff and a 66-yard return by McOsker. Valencia cut the Loyola lead to 7-3 with a field goal early in the second quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, McOsker returned it 69 yards to the Valencia 26-yard line setting up a 40-yard field goal attempt. Valencia’s Ryan Gorman blocked the kick and kept the game close. Loyola used a 44-yard punt return midway through the second quarter to set up its second touchdown. The Cubs went 36 yards in six plays to take a 14-3 lead with a one-yard touchdown run by Cameron Walker.

  3. Golden Valley running back Earl Johnson set a school record with 345 rushing yards against San Marino, returning the mark to a true Grizzly. Jeff Coprich had the unusual distinction of holding two rushing records at the same time for different schools. Now at West Ranch, Coprich set the school record for rushing with 213 yards against Nordhoff in the season opener for the Wildcats. He also held the school record at Golden Valley, rushing for 202 yards as a junior, coincidentally, against West Ranch last year. Johnson scored all three of his team’s touchdowns in a 38-20 loss to San Marino. He scored on runs of 61, 84 and 43 yards. Golden Valley had a 20-10 lead against San Marino but committed seven turnovers. San Marino scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to win the game.

  4. Glendale quarterback Evan Norton broke the school record for passing, but it wasn’t enough to beat Pasadena in a Pacific League game. Norton threw for 465 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-46 loss to Pasadena. Glendale receiver Mike Davis caught 12 passes for 236 yards and all three touchdowns. Norton completed 24 of 39 passes.

  5. The Magnolia Park Optimist Club girls golf tournament at DeBell Golf Course in Burbank ended in a four-player tie. La Canada’s Jennifer Kim won in a card-off with a birdie on the par-4, 253-yard ninth hole. Kim finished at 2-under par 34 and in a tie with Crescenta Valley’s Jocelyn Chia, Mackenzie Perez from Palos Verdes and Sophia Chen from Thousand Oaks. Kim was the only player to record a birdie on the ninth and final hole. Palos Verdes won the team portion of the tournament, shooting 152. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame was second, one stroke behind Palos Verdes at 153.