Here's this week's community college football capsules, as usual, a day before they are in print:
COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No. 13 Canyons (5-2, 2-1) at No. 12 Ventura (5-1, 2-0)
VC Sportsplex, 7 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Canyons 14, Glendale 6; Ventura, bye.
SERIES HISTORY: Canyons leads, 13-6, having won the past eight meetings since 1999. Canyons won 52-29 last year.
GAME FACTS: Ventura opens a three-game stretch to decide the Northern Conference against the program that has dominated the area for a decade. It may come down to which dominant defense plays better. The teams are No. 1 (Canyons, 13.7 ppg) and No. 11 (Ventura, 16.7 ppg) in the state in scoring defense. Ventura is No. 2 in rushing defense (40.5 ypg) and No. 3 (206.7 ypg) in total defensel, led S Travaun Nixon (37 tackles, 6 ints.), LB Brendan Daley (36 tackles) and DLs Derrick Clune and Tommy Stuart (3.5 sacks each). The Cougars have been a bend-but-don't-break defense, but have piled up 10 interceptions and 22 sacks behind LB Evan Harrington (4.5 sacks) and S Kalen Powell (4 ints.). Behind QB Antavius Sims (76 att., 300 yards, 8 TDs) and a stable of four RBs, including Dominic Morris (63 att., 336 yards, 2 TDs) and RB Gabriel Bostic (52 att., 234 yards, 1 TD), Ventura is No. 6 in SoCal in rushing (193.8 ypg). Ventura has dominated the first half, 99-41, while Canyons has taken the second half, 92-41. Canyons has its typical playmaker in WR D.J. Stephens (35 rec., 571 yards, 5 TDs). QB Justin Morales (89-of-140 passing, 1,006 yards, 7 TDs) has been inconsistent, alongside mobile QB Eric Brown (41 att., 170 yards, 1 TDs). RB Nick Hale (75 att., 328 yards, 5 TDs), BJ Iverson (66 att., 252 yards, 2 TDs), and Ryan Zirbel (35 att., 156 yards, 2 TDs) have given Canyons a backfield by committee.
No. 8 Hancock (6-1, 2-1) at Moorpark (0-6, 0-2)
Griffin Stadium, 6 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Hancock 38, Pasadena City 23; Bakersfield 52, Moorpark 14.
SERIES HISTORY: Moorpark leads, 13-11, in a series dating back to 1971. Hancock won 40-22 last year.
GAME FACTS: There is no secret where this game could be determined. Behind RB Ryan Anglin (98 att., 566 yards, 3 TDs) and RB Thomas Sua (64 att., 339 yards, 9 TDs), Hancock features the No. 2 rushing attack (220.6 ypg) in SoCal. Moorpark sits dead last against the rush (37th, 281.0 ypg) in SoCal and 70th among 71 teams statewide. Hancock was just overtaken atop the rankings by Bakersfield, which piled up 404 yards rushing last week against the Raiders. Moorpark will be without RB/LB Jerrell Holland (knee) for the second straight week, but it hopes WR Justin Bradley (leg) will return in time to contribute to its productive passing offense. QB Ian Shultis (86-for-183 passing, 956 yards, 10 TDs, 8 ints.) has WR Chris Gant (25 rec., 390 yards, 8 TDs), Bradley (20 rec., 338 yards, 1 TD), TE Chris Hussey (14 rec., 111 yards), WR Andre Garcia (11 rec., 156 yards, 1 TD) and WR Darren McGee (10 rec., 89 yards) as solid targets. Gritty RB Evan Yabu (49 att., 227 yards, 1 TD) has held things together in the backfield.