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As Pirates rest, SoCal regional football playoffs take shape

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Under usual circumstances, a bye week for the final week of the regular season would just mean the Ventura College football season ending seven days early.

But this has been no ordinary season for the Pirates, who have finished 10-0 for the first time in school history, won the SCFA Northern Conference and clinched a berth in next weekend's Southern California semifinals.

"It's a three-game season right now," Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian said this week. "You're in the tournament. There's only six teams that get to do this throughout the state of California and we're one of them."

Mooshagian's team practiced Tuesday and Wednesday, spent Thursday in the gym and took the weekend off, ahead of Sunday's playoff pairings announcement.

"We should know who we're going to play at some point on Sunday," said the third-year Ventura head coach.

The SoCal playoff field will consist of the National Division's three conference champions, plus a wildcard team, and be seeded by the final regional poll.

No. 2 Ventura (10-0) has clinched the Northern Conference.

No. 1 Mount San Antonio (9-0) and No. 3 Riverside City (8-1) -- both 5-0 in conference play -- will determine the Central Conference champion Saturday at 6 p.m. with their showdown in Walnut, which will be broadcast by http://www.SoCalCollegeSports.com.

The Southern Conference is a mess. No. 6 Santa Ana (7-2), No. 7 Saddleback (5-4) and No. 9 Fullerton (5-4) are tied atop the standings at 4-1. Santa Ana, which owns the tiebreaker, can clinch the berth by beating Fullerton Saturday. Should Fullerton triumph, Saddleback can clinch the berth by beating Golden West. Fullerton will advance with a win and a Saddleback loss.

While much of the Pirates' coaching staff is schedule to scout the Mt. SAC-Riverside showdown Saturday, Mooshagian is planning on taking in Santa Ana-Fullerton in person.

"It'll be interesting to see how it plays out," Mooshagian said. "There are about six scenarios in play... We can't control it. I just hope there's no shenanigans involved."

The Mt. SAC-Riverside loser seems to have the inside track on the wild card berth, which is goes to the highest ranked non-champion in the final regional poll. But No. 4 Bakersfield (7-2) and No. 5 Citrus (7-2) could force their way into the discussion by beating Pasadena City (1-8) and No. 8 Los Angeles Harbor (5-4) Saturday.

An 8-2 Riverside and an 8-2 Bakersfield could make for a heck of a wild-card debate Sunday morning, considering, in that scenario, both teams would have lost to the same two teams -- Ventura and Mt. SAC.

Mooshagian is more concerned with what the bracket would look like if Mt. SAC loses to Riverside for the second straight year. Ventura would, most likely, ascend to the top seed, but might not get the benefit of facing the bottom seed.

SCFA bylaws say the seeding committee "may" reseed the field to avoid matching up two conference opponents. In that scenario, five-time defending SoCal champion Mt. SAC would visit VC next week, rather than a potential four-loss team.

"That's my only concern," Mooshagian said. "If we happen to be fortunate to make it through undefeated, then we should play the fourth seed. It shouldn't have to be manipulated so that Mt. Sac and Riverside don't play again."

Today's CC football preview, capsules

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Here's "Healthier VC hopes to go 4-0," the preview of today's community college football games -- No. 11 Bakersfield at No. 2 Ventura and Moorpark at No. 7 Hancock.

Here's the preview capsules:

COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No. 11 Bakersfield (2-1) at No. 2 Ventura (3-0)
VC Sportsplex, 6 p.m.
WEBCAST: http://www.SoCalCollegeSports.com
LAST WEEK: Bakersfield 31, Fullerton 17; Ventura 39, Los Angeles Harbor 35.
SERIES HISTORY: Bakersfield leads the series, 24-6-1, in a series
dating back to 1932. Ventura won 13-0 last year at home.
GAME FACTS: Tonight is a rare opportunity for Ventura, which hasn't beaten Bakersfield in back-to-back seasons in 71 years. Ventura QB Ebahn Feathers (70-for-107 passing, 703 yards, 8 TDs, 4 ints.) is coming off a SCFA Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Week performance. WR Dylan McDaniel (17 rec., 221 yards, 3 TDs) has been his main target, but nine other WRs have caught passes. The Renegades are capable of pounding the ball on the ground with RBs Jalen Sykes, who had 157 yards and a TD last week, and Curtis McGregor, or letting quarterback Brian Burrell, who had 370 yards and 4 TDs passing against Santa Ana, throw it up. A playmaking defense has six sacks and five interceptions through three games.

Moorpark (1-2) at No. 7 Hancock (2-1)
Righetti High, 4 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Santa Ana 45, Moorpark 16; Golden West 35, Hancock 32.
SERIES HISTORY: Moorpark leads, 14-13, in a series dating back to 1971. Hancock won 44-17 last year.
GAME FACTS: Moorpark's defensive front will be tested by Hancock RB Curtis Artis-Payne, who leads the state in both rushing (546 yards) and touchdowns (7). Hancock is very efficient, thanks to QB Brandon Jeffries (37-for-61 passing, 699 yards, 7 TDs, 1 int.), WR Nicko Shellow (12 rec., 262 yards, 4 TDs) and TE Connor Allen (8 rec., 152 yards, 2 TDs). Moorpark QB Ben Conlin (16-for-28 passing, 166 yards, TD) is expected to return after missing two weeks with a concussion. That could see Brent Stevens (27-for-51 passing, 214 yards, 2 TDs) shift back to receiver. That may be enough to spark a Raiders offense that has relied on RBs Jordan Nunnery (237 yards from scrimmage) and Ronny Camacho.

VC women power through tough start

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When the California Community College Athletic Association released its initial state and regional women's soccer polls earlier this week, the Ventura College women's soccer team was conspicuous by its absence.

Perhaps at any other moment in its history, Ventura, which has won more than 80 percent of its matches since first kicking a ball in 1996, would belong among the ranked elite.

But, when the poll was released Tuesday, the Pirates were mired in the longest losing streak in school history.

"It's been a reality check," sophomore midfielder Shayna Pettersen said.

Although the four-match losing streak, which ended with a 4-1 win over Santa Monica on Tuesday night, didn't necessarily incite panic.

"We were in every one of those games," coach Steve Hoffman said. "We should have probably got a draw in several of them."

The competition has been of the highest caliber. Four of VC's five losses have come against unbeaten teams ranked in the top 10 of the NSCAA national coaches poll. No. 1 Santiago Canyon, No. 3 Cerritos, No. 8 Cypress and No. 9 Canyons entered the week a combined 20-0-3.

"The kids have got to cut themselves a little bit of slack," Hoffman said. "It's not your normal schedule because of the quality of the teams we've played. It's been a good challenge and the kids have actually done quite well."

Which isn't to say there hasn't been issues. Problems at the back have meant Hoffman has yet to start the same lineup twice. Goalkeeper Katelyn White (Camarillo High) was out with a shoulder injury for most of the streak and the back four has been musical chairs.

Freshman Shayne Wells (Oxnard High) is the only settled member of the defense. Fullback Dakota Thompson (Ventura) is out with a broken hand and, recently, Hoffman has moved freshman forward Taylor C'debaca (Agoura) to fullback and sophomore midfielder Danielle Cook (Ventura) to central defender in an effort to stop the bleeding.

The rest of the team has been steady. The attacking trident of Daisy Cardona (Buena), Breanna Naranjo (Pacifica), and Yasmin Lepez (Pacifica) has combined for 11 goals and six assists. Playmaker Lupita Magana (Santa Paula) already has three goals and four assists and the rest of midfield, wingers Stephanie Hernandez (Ventura) and A.J. Tewes (Buena) and organizer Pettersen (Oxnard), has been solid.

Knowing there is no more room for error, Ventura (4-5) hosts Bakersfield tonight before opening Western State Conference play Sept. 28 against Hancock.

The Pirates have never lost more than six matches in a season.

Packing 'em in

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A full house is expected Saturday night at the VC Sportsplex, when No. 2 Ventura (3-0) opens Northern Conference play by hosting No. 11 Bakersfield (2-1) in a matchup of perhaps the two SCFA schools with the biggest followings.

Bakersfield (3,052) and Ventura (2,326) finished 1-2 in Southern California in paid attendance last fall.

There will certainly be a packed house in the Sportsplex press boxes. SoCalCollegeSports.com is webcasting the game. KERN (1180 AM) Bakersfield is broadcasting the game.

The unbeaten start pushed Ventura to No. 5 and No. 9 in the CCCFCA state and JCFootball.com national polls this week.

VC volleyball starting over

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The Ventura College women's volleyball team has already opened the season under first-year coach Jon Roberts, falling at Bakersfield and Long Beach City.

The new-look Pirates have been led the first week of the season by freshman middle blocker Gemma Stoll (Ventura), sophomore libero Delaney Fautt (Rio Mesa) and freshman outside hitter Inga McManus (Oak Park).

In addition, Candace Sakuda, a forward for the women's basketball team the last two seasons, has made an impact on the front line.

LIVE -- SCFA football (final)

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You can follow the games along with live updates on Twitter. You can read the Star's weekly preview here.

Ventura 13, Bakersfield 0
Bakersfield 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Ventura 10 3 0 0 -- 13
First quarter
VC -- FG Luna 22, 11:35.
VC -- Trueblood 1 (Luna kick), 5:46.
Second quarter
VC -- FG Luna 33, 4:50.

Long Beach City 35, Moorpark 12
Moorpark 3 9 0 0 -- 12
Long Beach City 7 0 0 28 -- 35
First quarter
MC -- FG 42 Ruhnke, 2:58.
LBCC -- Jackson 1 run (kick good), 2:00.
Second quarter
MC -- FG 27 Ruhnke, 12:51.
MC -- FG 24 Ruhnke, 5:59.
MC -- FG 29 Ruhnke, 0:00.
Fourth quarter
LBCC -- Jackson 1 run (kick good), 13:54.
LBCC -- Morris 91 pass from Craighead (kick good), 11:26.
LBCC -- Panteau 1 run (kick good), 5:40.
LBCC -- Agamegwa 4 run (kick good), 0:03.

Today's SCFA football preview capsules

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No. 8 Bakersfield (3-3) at No. 19 Ventura (3-3)
VC Sportsplex, 6 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Hancock 35, Bakersfield 28; Cerritos 31, Ventura 24
INTERNET RADIO: http://www.HomefieldSports.com
SERIES HISTORY: Bakersfield leads the series, 24-5-1, in a series
dating back to 1932. Last year, the Renegades won 27-24 in overtime at
home.
GAME FACTS: This may serve as an elimination game after both teams dropped their Northern Conference openers last week. Ventura remains
No. 5 in total defense (284.3 ypg), No. 3 against the run (75.0 ypg)
and leads Southern California with 28 sacks. Meanwhile, Bakersfield
has struggled protecting its passers, allowing 22 sacks. LB P.J.
Gremaud is averaging 10.2 tackles per game, placing him in the Top 5
regionally. DE Daniel Miller and LB Donovan Brownlee have combined for
10.5 sacks. Bakersfield QB Brian Duboski (46-for-96 passing, 669
yards, 6 TDs, 5 ints.) has been inefficient since taking over the
starting job after Brian Burrell suffered a shoulder injury Sept. 17.
But RB Jalen Sykes (111 att., 509 yards, 2 TDs) and WR Brandon Hobdy
(26 rec., 423 yards, 4 TDs) are powerful weapons. The red zone will be
a concern for VC. Bakersfield is one of the best in Southern
California, having scored on 15 of 17 red-zone possessions, including
13 TDs, while only allowing 10 TDs in 21 chances, defensively. Ventura
has scored just 10 TDs in 20 red-zone possessions while allowing
points on 15 of 16 trips, defensively. Both teams are among the Top 10
in turnover margin, having forced 13 takeaways each. Ventura CB Jordan
Howard has been a weapon on special teams, averaging 13.0 yards per
punt return and 32.6 yards per kickoff return.

No. 9 Moorpark (4-2) at Long Beach City (2-4)
Veterans Stadium, 1 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Long Beach 31, L.A. Harbor 28; Moorpark 31, Antelope Valley 24
SERIES HISTORY: Moorpark leads the series, 3-2. The Raiders won 34-0 last year.
GAME FACTS: This could develop into a quarterback shootout between Long Beach's Ryan Craighead and Moorpark's Nick Owens. Craighead
(148-of-263 passing, 2,066 yards, 20 TDs, 9 ints.) leads Southern
California in passing and is No. 2 in total offense (335.7 ypg). WR
Travon Payne (34 rec., 574 yards) has scored seven times in four games
and WR Willie Bobbitt (43 rec., 519 yards, 6 TDs) is averaging a TD
per game. QB Nick Owens (93-of-174 passing, 1,279 yards, 15 TDs, 4
ints.) has been near flawless in Moorpark's three-game winning streak
and has his own dynamic WR duo in Donnel Robinson (32 rec., 654 yards,
8 TDs) and DeAndre Hutchins (23 rec., 329, 5 TDs). Craighead will have
to deal with a Moorpark defense that is tops in Southern California
against the pass (132.2 ypg) and on third down (22.3 percent). The
Raiders are No. 3 in total defense (251.3 ypg) and No. 6 in scoring
defense (20.3 ppg). While Long Beach has attempted the least amount of
running plays in the region, Moorpark RB William Franklin (83 att.,
354 yards, 3 TDs) heads up a four-pronged ground attack. Moorpark P
David Sandler (40.3 ypp) is No. 4 in punting.

Elsenbaumer a team player

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Since becoming Southern California's decathlon champion April 13, Ventura College's Teddy Elsenbaumer hasn't felt like his fellow competitors have paid him any more attention.

"I haven't noticed anything," said Elsenbaumer. "Decathlon is so close. It's quite an experience. All the athletes who are there are on the same boat."

As the Ventura College men's track and field team enters the Western State Conference finals today at Bakersfield College, Elsenbaumer's teammates can feel confident knowing their newest champion is a team player.

The Ventura High product, who will also compete in the 110-meter hurdles, the 4x400- meter relay and the javelin, picked up the 400-meter hurdles in the middle of a meet earlier this year.

"I told coach," said Elsenbaumer, "if you need me to run that one for some points, I'll try it."
Elsenbaumer is the No. 6 seed in his new event.

"I actually kind of like it," said Elsenbaumer. "It goes by really fast. There's a rhythm to it."

Ventura's Tirrel Brooks and Derrell Brooks are the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the long jump.

"If we can all take care of our own thing and score the most points as possible, who knows," said Elsenbaumer. "We just have to put ourselves in the best position."

Spring has sprung

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The spring season arrived last week with the first softball games of the year. Baseball arrives today as the defending WSC champion Oxnard College baseball team visits East Los Angeles, Ventura travels to Porterville and Moorpark is at Bakersfield.

Solid start to Mooshagian era

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The final record is deceiving.

After three losses in its final four games, the Ventura College football team finished its season 5-5, tied for fourth place in the Northern Conference and will not be playing in a bowl this weekend.

Yet, considering the Pirates legitimately competed for a playoff berth against probably the toughest schedule in school history, it's difficult to nitpick Steve Mooshagian's first season as head coach.

"I thought it was s successful year because people didn't think we'd win two games," said Mooshagian. "I think we surprised almost everybody, including everyone in our league... We're two plays from being 7-3."

Eight of the 10 teams the Pirates played were ranked in the final coaches' poll Sunday and a ninth also received votes.

"A dozen kids are going to get scholarships out of those group," said Mooshagian. "I'm proud of what they accomplished."

Ventura performed well against two of the Southern California semifinalists, beating No. 3 Cerritos in Norwalk 28-21 on Oct. 16 and taking a two-touchdown lead into the fourth quarter at No. 4 Bakersfield Oct. 23, before falling in overtime 27-24.

"Our first two league games were against the two playoff teams and we should have won them both," said Mooshagian.

In fact, the Pirates were in all five of their losses. They were tied 27-27 with Fullerton with three minutes left in the third quarter, leading Chaffey 10-6 with three minutes to play, leading Bakersfield 24-10 with 11 minutes to play, tied 24-24 with Canyons entering the fourth quarter and trailing El Camino 35-31 entering the fourth quarter.

"The No. 1 thing is we didn't protect the football down the stretch, late in the fourth quarter," said Mooshagian. "A lot of it was just crazy bounces."

The season came undone in the fourth quarter, when Ventura outscored 63-7 in its five losses, which included backbreaking defensive touchdowns in its final three losses.

Pirates showing strength

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Saturday night, the Ventura College football team bounced back from the devastating loss at Bakersfield with its biggest win over Hancock in 25 years.

One week after letting a 14-point lead with 11 minutes to play slip at the No. 7-ranked team in the country, the Pirates showed poise in pounding its neighbors from Santa Maria 48-19.

"We have a 24-hour rule to either enjoy a win or be upset with a loss," said Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian. "You have to get it out of your system."

Ventura had only beaten Hancock three times in 16 meetings since a 42-0 win in 1985.

Now 2-1 in Northern Conference play with this weekend's trip to Canyons (5-3, 2-1) and a home visit by El Camino (0-8, 0-3), the Pirates (5-3) are still alive for one of Southern California's four playoff berths.

"I try really hard not to think ahead or talk ahead," said Mooshagian. "I try to take care of business in the moment."

The first-year coach did hint at optimism by saying, "I have enough energy for at least five more games."

Such a run would only be possible if the Pirates reach the state title game Dec. 11.

Pirates bouncing back

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The Ventura College football team was 11 minutes from one of the biggest wins in school history Saturday when the roof caved in at No. 2-ranked Bakersfield, which scored the final 17 points of a 27-24 overtime win.

Canyons also beat Hancock in overtime, 30-27. If the two overtime games in the Northern Conference had gone the other way Saturday, Ventura (4-3, 1-1) would be atop the standings alone this week.

Back-to-back road wins at the No. 11 and No. 7-ranked teams in the nation might have been one of best two-game stretches in school history. Ventura has only beaten Bakersfield in there of 30 meetings all-time since 1932.

But perhaps the most heartening aspect of the postgame for Pirates fans wasn't how close the team had come to greatness. It was how sure the coaching staff was of eventually reaching it.

"We will bounce back," said Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian.

VC at Bakersfield box score

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Bakersfield 24, Ventura 21 (OT)
SCFA Northern Conference
Ventura 14 3 00 00--00
Bakersfield 0 7 00 00--00
First quarter
VC -- Sims 7 run (Brown kick), 1:38.
VC -- Sims 38 run (Brown kick), 0:00.
Second quarter
BC -- Kolb 12 pass from Negron (Gallington kick), 3:23.
VC -- FG 30 Brown, 0:00.
Third quarter
BC -- FG 21 Gallington, 9:06.
VC -- Sims 7 run (Brown kick), 2:14.
Fourth quarter
BC -- Kolb 55 pass from Negron (Gallington kick), 10:16.
BC -- Oglesby 54 fumble return (Gallington kick), 4:56.
Overtime
BC -- FG 35 Gallington.
VC BC
First downs 18 12
Rushes-yards 36-117 36-36
Passing yards 242 181
Comp-Att-Int 22-39-1 14-25-1
Sacked-yards lost 9-49 4-32
Punts-avg. 8-41.8 6-42.5
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 15-120 6-54
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING -- Ventura: Sims 34-121, Davis 2-(--4). Bakersfield: Dean-Johnson 12-32, Smith 9-25, Robbins 1-3, Negron 12-(--5), Campbell 2-(--8).
PASSING -- Ventura: Sims 22-39-1-242. Bakersfield: Negron 13-24-1-144, Campbell 1-1-0-37.
RECEIVING -- Ventura: Scissom 6-89, Rice 5-32, Anderson 3-51, Head 3-24, Brooks 3-23, Davis 2-23. Bakersfield: Kolb 7-162, Smith 2-7, Huge 2-(--3), Dean-Johnson 1-10, Negron 1-0.
MISSED FIELD GOALS -- Ventura: Brown 38.
TEAM RECORDS -- Ventura 4-3, 1-1; Bakersfield 6-1, 2-0.

LIVE -- VC at Bakersfield, Long Beach at MC

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Game preview is here.

Ventura 14 3 7 0 0 -- 24
Bakersfield 0 7 3 14 3 -- 27
FINAL IN OT
VC -- Sims 7 run (Brown kick), 1:38 Q1.
VC -- Sims 38 run (Brown kick), 0:00 Q1.
BC -- Kolb 12 pass from Negron (Gallington kick), 3:23 Q2.
VC -- FG 30 Brown, 0:00 Q2.
BC -- FG 21 Gallington, 9:06 Q3.
VC -- Sims 6 run (Brown kick), 2:14 Q3.
BC -- Kolb 55 pass from Negron (Gallington kick), 10:16 Q4.
BC -- Oglesby 56 fumble return (Gallington kick), 4:56, Q4.
BC -- FG 35 Gallington, OT.

Long Beach City 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Moorpark 0 14 6 14 -- 34
FINAL
MC -- Matt Gentle 19 run
MC -- Frankie Estanol 65 punt return.
MC -- Gant pass from Shultis
MC -- Gant
MC -- Henderson

VC football debuts in national poll

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The 28-21 win over Cerritos Saturday was enough to make the pollsters sit up and take notice. The Ventura College football made its season debut in the JC Grid-wire national poll this week at No. 23

On week after winning at the then-No. 11-ranked team in the poll, the newly-minted No. 23-ranked Pirates (4-2) visit No. 7 Bakersfield (5-1) Saturday night.

Cerritos (4-2) slipped to No. 21 in the poll. Another Northern Conference team, Canyons, is ranked No. 20.

Click the jump for the full poll.

Second straight rivalry test for MC football

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The Moorpark College football team has lost 12 straight games and 16 of 17 and it's going to tough to halt the streak in tonight's rivalry game against Los Angeles Pierce.

Both teams are 0-1, but the Brahmas are coming off an impressive 52-41 loss to powerhouse Bakersfield in which they outgained the Renegades, 601-308, and enjoyed a massive 33-14 gulf in first downs.

"They actually beat Bakersfield," said Moorpark coach Jim Bittner. "Bakersfield ran two kickoffs back for touchdowns and took a ball out of a kid's hands for another score. That's 21 points right there.

"Offensively, they moved the ball against Bakersfield as well as I've seen anyone move the ball against Bakersfield."

That means the Moorpark defense is under pressure this week to improve by leaps and bounds after allowing 37 points in a 44-21 loss to Ventura last week.

"I think we'll play a lot better," said Bittner. "We were making a lot of mental mistakes that we'll probably be able to fix and we weren't tackling very well."

What's worse, an offense that showed some promise has been hurt by injuries in two key positions, quarterback and left tackle.

"It hasn't been as good as we'd like it to be," said Bittner. "It's been hectic to say the least."

VC football headed to Orange County

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Earning its second bowl berth in three seasons, the Ventura College football team (7-3) will play Golden West (6-4) in the Orange County Bowl.

Kickoff at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa is Saturday night at 5.

"It's a huge accomplishment for these guys," said Ventura coach Jon Mack. "We're excited. It's a great reward for a great season."

The Pirates were proud of a solid third-place finish in the difficult Northern Conference and were back to work Sunday, 12 hours after beating rival Moorpark in consecutive seasons for the first time in 23 years.

"We're flexing," said Mack. "We lost three games to three 9-1 teams."

All three of Ventura's losses came against Top 5 seeds in the Southern California regional playoffs. The Pirates finished tied for No. 9 in the final Southern California coaches' poll.

Golden West finished 6-1 in the American Division's Mountain Conference. It was kept out of the playoffs by a 35-32 loss to Los Angeles Harbor on Sept. 26.

The postseason pairings are No. 8 Los Angeles Pierce (7-3) at No. 1 Mount San Antonio (9-1), No. 5 Hancock (9-1) at No. 4 Bakersfield (9-1), No. 7 L.A. Harbor (9-1) at No. 2 Fullerton (9-1) and No. 6 Palomar (8-2) at No. 3 Cerritos (9-1).

The Southern California champion advances to play the winner of the Nov. 21 Northern California title game between San Mateo (9-1) and Reedley (6-4) in the Dec. 12 state championship game.

The postseason structure put in place during the Southern California Football Association's creation in 2008 includes berths for the three Northern Division conference champions (Mount SAC, Fullerton and Bakersfield), three Northern Division conference runners up (Cerritos, Hancock and Palomar) and the two conference champions from the lesser American Division (L.A. Harbor and L.A. Pierce).

In the other two non-playoff bowl, Saddleback (8-2) will play College of the Canyons (6-4) in the Western State Bowl and El Camino (8-2) will play Grossmont (7-3) in the Beach Bowl.

Making its first bowl appearance in eight years, Ventura scored 15 points during a three-minute span in the fourth quarter to upend host Palomar, 39-35, and confirm a 8-3 season in the 2007 Southern California Bowl.

VC football at Bakersfield box

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Click the jump for the official box score.

Bakersfield leads 6-0 after one quarter

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Bakersfield quarterback Logan Kilgore's 27-yard scramble and his 7-yard pass to Montreal Harris on fourth and 4 from the VC 44 set up Bakersfield on the Ventura 26.

But the Pirates hold and force Gallington's season-best 46-yard field goal.

Bakersfield leads 6-0 with seven seconds to go in the first quarter.

Pregame notes from Bakersfield

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From Ventura's perspective, there's good and bad news from the pregame warmups at Memorial Stadium.

Quarterback Antavius Sims (ankle) is in uniform and is expected to start. He looked pretty good, if a little stiff, in warmups.

"He'll be fine," said offensive coordinator Tim Gutierrez.

Gutierrez feels Bakersfield may have the best defense on Ventura's schedule.

"They remind me of Cerritos," said Gutierrez. "Big and fast."

I was not able to locate cornerback Travaun Nixon. It's not official, but I've been told Nixon has broken his foot, had surgery Friday and hopes to heal fast enough to play in the postseason, should Ventura qualify.

Defensive coordinator Gary Anglin, who missed much of the week with bronchitis, said the Pirates will fill the hole left by Nixon's absence with a rotation of up to six players.

Although I expect safety Valtray Jackson to play a lot more.

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