L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

  1. The Valencia football team handed Canyon its first loss of the season and emerged as the leader in the Foothill League standings. The Vikings have won the past two Foothill League championships, but Canyon came into the game with an undefeated record and a six-game winning streak. The future looks bright for Valencia, who had two underclassmen star in the win. Valencia junior quarterback Sean Murphy had one of his best games of the season. He passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another. He was 12-for-19 passing for 146 yards. Both of his touchdown throws went to sophomore Malik Townsend. He caught touchdown passes of 29 and 19 yards and finished with five catches for 74 yards. Valencia is 2-0 after the first two games of Foothill League play. Canyon, Saugus, Hart and West Ranch are 1-1 and tied for second place. Only two of those teams are guaranteed playoff spots. It should be an interesting next three weeks in the Foothill League.

  2. Another underclassman has been playing well in Ventura County. Camarillo junior Travis Valdez, making only the third start of his high school career, passed for 389 yards and seven touchdowns in his team’s 58-14 win over Hueneme. Valdez is 3-0 as the Camarillo starting quarterback and the Scorpions are 2-0 in Pacific View League play. Senior Conrad Kotake caught four touchdown passes and had 133 receiving yards. He was one of three receivers who had more than 100 yards in the game. Senior Jake Maulhardt caught nine passes for 133 yards and a touchdown. Corbin Covey had 106 yards receiving and scored a touchdown.

  3. Burroughs of Burbank running back Zander Anding recorded his fourth 300-yard rushing game in a row. He gained 358 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 35-22 win over Crescenta Valley. Anding scored on runs of 93, 23 and 65 yards. Behind Anding, Burroughs improved to 4-0 in Pacific League play. The Indians are on the road and play Muir in Pasadena on Friday night.

  4. A pair of City Section running backs combined to score nine touchdowns in crucial league wins. El Camino Real’s Kawan Rally scored five rushing touchdowns and gained 218 yards in his team’s 62-0 shutout on the road over Cleveland of Reseda. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman rushed for three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in his team’s 49-6 win over North Hollywood. He had touchdown runs of 4, 20 and 10 yards and had a 35-yard touchdown reception. He finished with 143 rushing yards and 64 receiving yards.

  5. The Thousand Oaks boys water polo team won the Anaheim Canyon tournament for the second year in a row. Thousand Oaks beat Long Beach Poly, 14-2, in the championship game of the two-day tournament. Ben Rogers scored 13 goals on the final day of the tournament.