1. Is there a team in the Marmonte League that can beat Westlake? Moorpark had the right idea with a ball-control offense and a game plan that included keeping the Westlake offense off the field as much as possible. That worked for about a quarter. Then Westlake got the ball and before Moorpark knew it, it was 35-0 in the third quarter. Westlake running back Tavior Mowry scored two touchdowns. Receiver Nelson Spruce caught two touchdown passes. As it stands, Westlake is undefeated at 5-0 in league after its 35-14 win over Moorpark. Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure are tied for second place with 4-1 league records. The surprise score of the weekend in the Marmonte League was Calabasas 34, Newbury Park 28. Newbury Park plays Westlake on Friday night. Westlake coach Jim Benkert didn’t seem too pleased to find out his team’s next game was going to be against a Newbury Park team coming off a loss to Calabasas.
2. Valencia running back Steven Manfro is back to his touchdown binge. He scored five touchdowns against West Ranch in his team’s 55-28 win in the Foothill League opener on Friday night. That gives him 26 touchdowns in six games. Perhaps more significant is that Manfro broke the school rushing record in the win over West Ranch. Manfro racked up 418 rushing yards, and not only broke the record set by Shane Vereen, now at California, but he shattered it. Vereen rushed for 352 yards in a game in 2006 against Golden Valley – a bad Golden Valley team. Valencia will have its hands full against Canyon on Friday night. Canyon has the better overall record, undefeated at 6-0 after a 21-14 win over Saugus. Valencia, the reigning Foothill League champs, will have to beat Canyon if it wants to repeat as champions.
3. That resurgent Canyon football team needed almost every second of the game against Saugus to record its sixth win of the season and stay undefeated. Canyon quarterback Jonathan Jerozal scored the winning touchdown with nine seconds to play. The Cowboys had to rally with two touchdowns in the second half. It was a nice win, but maybe too close for comfort. The Cowboys will have a tough time playing from behind if that happens against Valencia.
4. It looks as if times are changing in the Golden League. Eastside and Knight are tied for first place in league with undefeated 3-0 records. Eastside has posted two straight shutouts and is coming off a 46-0 blowout over once mighty Antelope Valley. Knight’s wins have not been that impressive. The most recent was 3-0 over Palmdale. It was only the third loss in the previous 44 league games for Palmdale. The week before, Knight beat Highland, 31-29. The winner of the Golden League might come down to the last game of the season. Knight hosts Eastside on Nov. 12 in the Golden League finale.
5. The Crespi-Bishop Amat game lived up to the hype. Crespi erased a 17-point deficit and took a four-point lead in the third quarter, only to lose 31-28 in the Serra League opener for both teams. Crespi quarterback Kenny Stenhouse engineered three scoring drives after his team was down 17-0. His 1-yard touchdown sneak in the third quarter gave his team a 21-17 lead. But Bishop Amat scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, two touchdowns from running back Jalen Moore, and posted its 21st win in a row at home. After Sherman Oaks Notre Dame beat Loyola for only its second win of the season, the Serra League standings are a mess. Bishop Amat and Notre Dame are tied for first place with 1-0 records. Crespi and Loyola are tied for last place with 0-1 records. Undefeated Alemany plays its first league game against Crespi on Friday night.