L.A. North: Games of the Week

Camarillo receiver Jake Maulhardt had one of the greatest performances in state history against Canyon High School last week. He set a state record with 28 receptions and scored three touchdowns.

But his team lost, 52-28, to Canyon and dropped to 1-2 on the season. Camarillo’s offense has been able to put points on the scoreboard, averaging 23 a game. Its defense, on the other hand, is giving up 30.6 points per game.

Camarillo coach Dennis Reidmiller says he is hoping his defense can increase its intensity against undefeated Ventura (4-0) on Friday night at Camarillo High School.

“We’re scoring points,” Reidmiller said. “We’re not doing a real good job of tackling. We got to do a much better job of tackling.”

Ventura is coming off a 35-20 win over Nordhoff and has been scoring at a rapid clip, 37.7 points per game. Running back Conner Armstrong has rushed for 466 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in four games. Quarterback Rodney Stanley has thrown for 816 yards and eight touchdowns.

Stanley has been posting those numbers without one of the team’s best receivers, tight end Nick Rudolph. He was selected to the MaxPreps preseason All-American team, but has missed the last two games and has only eight catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns. He is expected to make his first start since Sept. 9 against Agoura.

“He’s a little banged up and sat out the last two weeks,” Ventura coach Brad Steward said.

Steward added that receiver Hunter Winans has played well in Rudolph’s absence and is a big reason why the team is undefeated.

“We like to point toward an undefeated season,” Steward said. “We want to be as good as we can when league starts.”

Camarillo presents problems for Ventura, and every other team it faces, with the 6-foot-7 Maulhardt at receiver. One of the nice surprises on the Camarillo side is the play of sophomore quarterback Michael Marin. He has passed for 922 yards, completing 68 percent of his passes, and nine touchdowns in three games. He has only thrown one interception in 124 pass attempts. Steward said his team will have to score to keep up with Camarillo.

“I think they’re very, very dangerous,” Steward said. “We’re hoping to get a few stops. We’re trying to disguise coverages. We can’t let them sit on one thing. Keep it varied and keep them off-balance.”

Here’s a look at some of the other top games in the region:

Calabasas (1-2) vs. No. 5 Oaks Christian (2-1), Friday (7 p.m.) – Oaks Christian is coming off a 36-24 win over St. Bonaventure, a game that was suspiciously delayed 30 minutes because the stadium lights went out in the fourth quarter. Calabasas opened Marmonte League play with a rough stretch, losing to Westlake and Royal and getting outscored 94-10.

Simi Valley (3-0) vs. No. 6 St. Bonaventure (2-1), Friday (7 p.m.) – St. Bonaventure will probably being playing merciless football for the rest of the season the way it lost to Oaks Christian last week. Too bad for Simi Valley, which hasn’t given up a point against Marmonte League opponents and is coming off a 35-0 shutout over Agoura.

Dorsey (3-1) vs. No. 9 Alemany (3-1), Friday (7 p.m.) – Alemany’s Steven Mitchell caught nine passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-14 win over Chaminade last week. Dorsey lost its first game of the season, 14-12, on the road to a good Redlands East Valley team. The Dons won their first three games of the season, including a 40-0 shutout over L.A. Jordan on opening night.

No. 11 Westlake (3-0) vs. Royal (2-1), Friday (7 p.m.) – Westlake plays its second road game in a row. The Warriors had no problem disposing of a good Thousand Oaks team, 38-6, last week. An underrated Royal team beat Calabasas, 31-10, to win its first Marmonte League game of the season. Royal running back Codey Mann has rushed for 365 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 7.4 yards per carry, in the first three games.

Golden Valley (1-2) vs. No. 20 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (4-0), Friday (7 p.m.) – Notre Dame should have an easy time against a Golden Valley team that ended a seven-game losing streak and won for the first time in more than a year. Then again, Golden Valley might still be riding high after beating Channel Islands, 17-10, with a goalline stand in the fourth quarter.

West Ranch (4-0) vs. St. Francis (3-0), Friday (7 p.m.) – Someone is going to lose on Friday night. West Ranch gets its toughest test to date against St. Francis. The Wildcats narrowly escaped with a 28-25 over Silverado last week and have wins over Nordhoff, Burbank and Lancaster Eastside, not exactly the juggernauts of high school football. St. Francis won a tough road game, 27-17, over Venice to keep its undefeated record in tact.