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VC gets another crack at No. 4 Antelope Valley

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The Ventura College men's basketball team (7-7) will face Antelope Valley (9-2), the No. 4-ranked team in Southern California, in the first round of the Cougar Holiday Classic at College of the Canyons today at 1 p.m.

The host Pirates, who remain unranked but are No. 16 in the state in RPI, lost to Antelope Valley, 83-78, Nov. 11. In its last game, Dec. 18, VC routed 2009 state champion Riverside, 92-63.

The Western State Conference season opens Jan. 4.

Saturday's SCFA box scores

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Community College football
Moorpark 27, Citrus 21
SCFA Western Conference
Moorpark 0 27 0 0 --27

Citrus 7 7 7 0 --21

First Quarter

CC -- Vargas 1 run (Kepley kick), 3:04. 

Second Quarter

MC -- Hutchins 1 pass form Owens (kick blocked), 14:42.

MC -- Robinson 23 pass form Owens (Ruhnke kick), 14:26.

MC -- Robinson 4 pass form Owens (Ruhnke kick), 8:29.

MC -- Robinson 22 pass form Owens (Ruhnke kick), 3:49.

CC --Ball 48 run (Kepley kick), 3:03.

Third Quarter

CC -- Dooley 9 pass from Moore (Kepley kick), 1:33.
Team stats MC CC
First downs 23 21
Rushes-Yards 40-93 32-135
Passing Yards 279 235
Comp-Att-Int 27-45-0 19-37-3
Punts-avg. 7-38.9 5-40.8
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 4-3
Penalties-Yards 10-95 5-50
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Moorpark -- Franklin 16-49, Jackson 13-49, Sandler 1-29, Looney 3-4, Team 2-(--2), Owens 5-(--36). Citrus -- Ball 4-59, Johnson 9-41, Tauiliili 3-23, Sainz 6-17, Counts 2-17, Vargas 5-16, Clark 1-1, Moore 1-(--10), Team 1-(--19).
PASSING: Moorpark -- Owens 27-44-0-279, Stevents 0-1-0-0. Citrus -- Moore 19-36-3-235, Ball 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Moorpark -- Hutchins 10-126, Robinson 9-97, West 5-32, Elmore 3-24. Citrus -- Chatham 4-70, Dooley 4-31, Ball 3-47, Oyefeso 3-33, Sainz 1-30, Moore 1-8, Johnson 1-3
RECORDS: Moorpark 6-3, 3-1; Citrus 6-3, 3-1.

Canyons 36, Ventura 34
SCFA Northern Conference
Canyons 7 0 12 17 -- 36
Ventura 0 7 14 13 -- 34
First quarter
COC -- Wilson 8 pass from Rini (Flores kick), 4:06.
Second quarter
VC -- Reed 1 run (Luna kick), 2:46.
Third quarter
COC -- Safety, kick return tackled in end zone, 14:59.
COC -- FG 43 Flores, 13:13.
COC -- Wilson 1 run (Flores kick), 5:02.
VC -- Caro 39 run (Luna kick), 3:55.
VC -- Smith 20 run (Luna kick), 0:31.
Fourth quarter
COC -- Gipson 5 pass from Rini (Flores kick), 13:05.
VC -- Vizzi 5 pass from Smith (Luna kick), 9:21.
COC -- Gipson 4 pass from Rini (Flores kick), 7:27.
VC -- Wong 22 interceptoin return (Smith pass failed), 5:28.
COC -- FG 23 Flores, 0:00.
Team stats COC VC
First downs 29 17
Rushes-Yards 30-54 46-286
Passing Yards 470 47
Comp-Att-Int 37-57-2 6-18-3
Punts-avg. 3-36.0 5-33.8
Fumbles-Lost 4-3 0-0
Penalties-Yards 7-55 14-99
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Canyons -- Wilson 8-22, Schechter 3-11, Rini 11-10, Bowen 1-6, Szymanski 2-5, Jordan 1-4, D'Amore 3-2, Stenhouse 1-(--6). Ventura -- Reed 22-140, Caro 15-108, Smith 8-31, Craver 1-7.
PASSING: Canyons -- Rini 33-49-1-433, D'Amore 3-6-1-33, Owens 1-2-0-4. Ventura -- Smith 6-18-3-47.
RECEIVING: Canyons -- Gipson 10-160, Szymanski 5-44, Wilson 5-41, Graves 4-57, Neilson 3-44, Stenhouse 3-34, Jordan 2-42, Brown 2-27, Madero 2-11, Rivas 1-10. Ventura -- Vizzi 4-26, Reed 1-16, Rodarte 1-5.
RECORDS: Canyons 4-5, 1-3; Ventura 5-4, 2-2.

No margin for error for OC men's soccer

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Once again, every point counts in the Western State Conference men's soccer race.

One year after leaders Santa Barbara City dropped points in the final week to allow chasing Oxnard to snatch the title with an 11-game unbeaten streak, the tables have turned.

Oxnard (12-1-4, 9-0-2), by virtue of taking four points in the teams' two matchups, is the leader, holding tight to a slim one-point lead over Santa Barbara City (12-1-4, 9-1-1) into the final fortnight of the season.

The Condors began its final four matches Tuesday with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Citrus, while Santa Barbara grabbed a second half goal to hold off Canyons, 1-0.

"The challenges are coming from different types of fields, different types of drives and different types of rests," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney. "We're doing well for the soccer part. If we can focus on playing well, then everything will be OK."

The title may hinge on Friday's difficult trip to Hancock followed by Canyons' visit on Tuesday. Oxnard will be rooting for county rivals Moorpark Friday at Santa Barbara.

WSC football player drafted No. 15 overall Thursday

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Jason Pierre-Paul, the South Florida defensive lineman drafted No. 15 overall by the New York Giants Thursday night in the first round of the NFL Draft, starred in the final year of the Western State Conference for College of the Canyons.

Considering the WSC schools now play football in the SCFA, Pierre-Paul could be the final NFL Draft pick in the more than 50 years of WSC football history.

Pierre-Paul, a Jacksonville, Fla. native, was a first-team All-WSC selection in 2007.

This feature by the COC Sports Information staff chronicles his year in Santa Clarita.

OC men's soccer faced SoCal's Final 5

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The Oxnard College men's soccer team played quite a schedule this fall.

It turns out that the Condors faced the final five teams left in the Southern California regional playoffs.

"They beat us up a little, but it was a great eye opener on how college teams should function," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney.

Oxnard opened its season with losses to No. 3 Cerritos and No. 2 Mount San Antonio, who played each other a year ago in the state final. Saturday, they play for a state Final Four berth.

Oxnard drew with No. 1 Rio Hondo 4-4 on Sept. 8 -- meaning the Condors opened their season against what would become the Top 3 seeds in the Southern California regional playoffs -- and beat No. 4 Santa Ana 5-1 on Sept. 22.

The regional semifinal between Rio Hondo and No. 8 Canyons, which swept Oxnard in WSC play, was postponed until Wednesday, when COC beat the top seed 4-2 to earn a regional final trip to Santa Ana.

Garett Tujague on VC/Canyons football showdown

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College of the Canyons football coach Garett Tujague on Saturday's Ventura College-Canyons football showdown:

"I've been here since we brought football back in 1998. Our first year in 1998, Ventura handed it to us. In 1999, that's when they were pretty good, they handed it to us at home. One of the turning points for our program was in 2000, when we went to play at (Nordhoff) High and got the better of them," said Tujague. "It was the first time when we hadn't been physically outmatched by Ventura College."

"There's a lot of respect from our standpoint for Ventura College. I have a lot of respect for coach (Jon) Mack.

(on potential bulletin board material)

"Whenever COC goes to play somebody, we're going to get their best... They're all over their Twitters saying they're going to beat our (butts). They're a good football team and I'm fired up that they feel good about themselves."

"There's a little blood in the water."

(on Ventura College's defense)
"VC has been working hard, you can see that. There's a handful of players on their defense that are kids that we recruited.

"They run to the football very well. They adjust very well and they let their players play. No. 5 (cornerback Travaun Nixon) is a stud. No. 7, 17 and 27 (linebackers Ryan Panapa, Loren Powers and Brenden Daily) move real well to the ball. They've got some creatures at end.

"You just have to look at what you can take and what mismatches you can create. I just think whatever defense has a better night is going to help their defense win."

(on Ventura College's offense)

"I see a big, physical, offensive line. No. 6 (Antavius Sims) at quarterback is a threat to run and pass. I like their receivers. Their tight end, what a good looking kid. He run blocks well and finds his way into space well

(on VC offensive coordinator TIm Gutierrez)

"You run into some guys who bang their head into a wall and other guys who manipulate a defense. I like what he does."

(on Canyons)

"I'm really excited about where we've been playing defensively, they've been keeping us in the game."

(on Saturday night)
"This is a pretty good football team, it might be the best team that we'll have faced to this point of the season. I'm not underestimating this. I've been hearing for a year now how Ventura wants a piece of us. My guys are ready. We're coming into a hostile environment. We better be ready to go."


Jon Mack on the VC/Canyons football showdown

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Ventura College head coach Jon Mack on the Pirates' showdown tomorrow night with College of the Canyons:

"They have a very good staff and they're very well-coached. Their kids train year round.
They do the things that you need to do to be successful. They're a very, very talented team.

(on the bye week)

"We came out of bye week real good. Physically, we probably needed a break and it's interesting. I really opposed the moving bye week. For us, it was midseason, right about the time when you need it. Do I have a reason to complain, not this year. Do I believe that the rotating bye is a good thing? Absolutely not.

"I think it worked out real good for us. We came out real good. We're healthy. Everybody is ready to go."

(on Canyons)

"They're very good defensively. They run to the ball really well. They pursue hard. They're very sound in what they're doing. They don't take a lot of risks.

"They do a nice job of changing things and moving around and being multiple in their fronts, which creates mental errors on the offensive side. They do a very good job in being multiple in their defenses.

"I think it's a mistake is to look at Canyons' scores from the previous weeks and assume they're down. You look at film and study plays and schemes and figure out if you have a chance.

"I think they have a lot of freshman playing this year, so the games have been closer. But it's a huge error to come into this game and say this is not the same Canyons team."

"If not for one interception would have one loss right now in a game that was definitely due to freshmen inexperience. They had the ball on the 5-yard line and threw a pick against Hancock."

Gary Anglin on VC/Canyons football showdown

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Ventura College defensive coordinator Gary Anglin on the Pirates' key visit of College of the Canyons Saturday night:

"To be in the hunt, to be in this position towards November. That's the excitement of college football."

(on Canyons)

"They're still very powerful. They have some opportunities that we don't have here yet. But they seem to get top athletes that have fallen short of going to a four-year school.

"Looking at them on film, they look like another Canyons team."

(on the VC defense)

"It makes it fun to be a defensive coach. We're healthy going into this game. Our defense is excited. I'm confident that our offense will go out and play well.

"Travaun Nixon has been everything we've asked him to be. Ryan Panapa and Brenden Daily are right there atop our tackle chart. Derrick Clune has done a tremendous job on the defensive line.

"Those are just guys that are very, very active and they're very sound in their assignments.

"Brenden Daily is a freshman, but if he continues to grow in the game, he's going to be something special at the end of his sophomore season. He reminds me of a linebacker of the name of Jerry Haflich, who I had here in 1980, who's now head football coach of American River College.

This weekend's CC football capsules

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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.

This weekend's CC football capsules

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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.

Tackling history

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The No. 11-ranked Ventura College football team (5-1, 2-0) is a win away from creating a first-place showdown at No. 3 Bakersfield College's impressive Memorial Stadium Halloween night.

But to get there, the Pirates are going to have to do something they haven't done in a decade, defeat No. 13 College of the Canyons (5-2, 2-1) Saturday night at the VC Sportsplex.

The Cougars have handled Ventura in eight straight games since 1999 by an average margin of 48-14.

"For the last decade, they've kind of been the gold standard in this area," said Ventura assistant coach Tom Lawrence. "We've wanted to work hard and improve every year to get to the point where we can compete with them.

"They're a very compete program. They have a very large coaching staff. They have a great support system on campus. They've had great players, a lot of talent."

Resting and readying

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Having won its first two SCFA Northern Conference games, the Ventura College football team (6-1) sits atop the standings with Bakersfield (6-1, 2-0).

Yet before the two teams meet in a potential showdown at Memorial Stadium on Halloween night, the Pirates, who are on a bye week, must prove they are title contenders by beating College of the Canyons. Oct. 24.

"You can't look ahead," said Ventura coach Jon Mack. "Obviously, College of the Canyons is very talented. We've got to find a way to beat them."

The Cougars have handled Ventura in eight straight games since 1999 by an average margin of 48-14.

"We've got to relax this week and beat Canyons next week," said Mack. "I think this conference is going to be a dogfight."

Canyons takes control

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One play after Moorpark fumbles the ball back to Canyons, Morales finds C.J. Atkins for a 37-yard scoring strike for a 24-10 Cougars lead with 13:08 to play.

The two scoring strikes were 66 seconds apart.

UPDATE: Chris Gant reels in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Shultis to pull Moorpark within 24-17 with 7:47 to play.

But Canyons clinched a 31-17 win with a 80-yard, seven-minute drive capped off by Nick Hale's 4-yard touchdown run.

Defense, Hale stymies Canyons

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Canyons looked certain to take a halftime lead after an interception set the Cougars up on the Moorpark 16.

But a goal line stand was followed by Jonathan Mesa's third big play on special teams of the half, blocking James Rodriguez's 21-yard field goal.

Taking over, Moorpark nearly sprang a big play as it was running out the clock. Freshman tailback Evan Yabu exploded down the left sideline, only to be taken down on the Canyons' 10 after a 54-yard run.

COC knots it at 10-10

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Canyons needs just six plays to go 65 yards and knot the score at 10-10 with 14:14 left in the first half.

QB Justin Morales completes three passes for first downs before D.J. Stephens drags a few would-be tacklers into the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown reception.

Penalties keep MC football from a quick start

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The Moorpark College football team was off to a quick start against Canyons this evening at Griffin Stadium before some whistles got in the way.

What looked like Jonathan Mesa's 96-yard return of the opening kickoff for a touchdown was adjusted out of bounds at the Canyons 6.

What looked like Jarell Holland's 6-yard touchdown run was nullified by a holding call.

Other penalties forced Moorpark to settle on a 21-yard Zach Shultis field goal and prolonged Canyons' opened drive, which also ended with a field goal.

This week's CC football capsules

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL

No. 12 Ventura (4-1, 1-0) at No. 15 Pasadena City (3-2, 0-1)
Robinson Stadium, 1 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Ventura 20, Glendale 13; Bakersfield 34, Pasadena 13
SERIES HISTORY: Pasadena leads, 24-8-2, since 1931. Pasadena won 38-21 last year.
GAME FACTS: Ranked No. 20 in the state and No. 25 in the nation this week, VC will see its Northern Conference hopes challenged by the aerial attack of Pasadena City, which averages 301.6 yards per game. VC is third in the state in total defense (203.4 ypg), including sixth against the run (55.8 ypg) and 10th against the pass (147.6 ypg). PCC is sixth in passing offense, but its hasn't so much been Notre Dame transfer Nate Montana (10-of-35 passing, 135 yards, 2 ints.) as 6-foot-5 Arcadia High product Nick Ponce (85-of-128 passing, 1,171 yards, 13 TDs, 5 ints.), who is second in SoCal in passing and total offense. His explosive WR corps includes Sean Carraway (33 rec., 418 yards, 4 TDs) and Kemonte Bateman (21 rec., 326 yards, 4 TDs). VC has outgained opponents by 657 yards on the ground. The VC offense clearly revolves around QB Antavius Sims (36-of-74 passing, 500 yards, 3 TDs, 5 ints.), who also leads the Pirates in rushing (61 att., 255 yards, 7 TDs), following by RBs Dominic Morris (49 att., 236 yards, 1 TD), Gabriel Bostic (32 att., 167 yards, 1 TD) and Kraig McPherson (32 att., 124 yards, 1 TD). Only four players in the state have rushed for more TDs than Sims. PK Tyler Stampler, who is second in the state in kicking scoring (44 points), is 9 of 9 on field goals and 17 of 17 on extra points. He is the only perfect kicker in the state with more than three FGs. P Joe Reynoso is No. 7 in the state (40.8 ypp). VC CB Travaun Nixon leads the state with six interceptions, while PCC's Taurus D'Antignac has five. PCC's Kevin Ayers and Ahkeem McKinney are tied for fourth in SoCal with 5.0 sacks each. PCC is last in SoCal in penalties (125.2 ypg).

No. 13 Canyons (3-2, 0-1) at Moorpark (0-4, 0-0)
Griffin Stadium, 6 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Hancock 19, Canyons 16 (OT); Moorpark, bye.
SERIES HISTORY: Canyons leads, 14-4, since 1972. Canyons won 48-3 last year.
GAME FACTS: A year ago, Moorpark and Canyons were a combined 8-1 and both ranked nationally. This week, the Raiders are the last winless team in the National Division and Canyons are already a loss away from only its second three-loss season in a decade. Moorpark has been outscored by an average of 46-21 per game and the Raiders have yet to score in the third quarter. Canyons is fifth in scoring defense (14.6 ppg) and fifth against the run (47.0 ypg), but hasn't been good against the pass (24th, 216.0 ypg). Moorpark QB Ian Shultis (40-of-81 passing, 567 yards, 7 TDs) earned the starting job with a school record 432-yard, 5-TD performance against Santa Ana. Former starter Darren McGee has been moved to WR, joining Justin Bradley (20 rec., 338 yards, 1 TD) and Chris Gant (16 rec., 278 yards, 5 TDs). Moorpark needs more production from RBs Evan Yabu (24 att., 117 yards, 1 TD), Jonathan Mesa (14 att., 31 yards) and Isaac Torres (18 att., 26 yards). RB Nick Hale (59 att., 294 yards, 4 TDs) and WR D.J. Stephens (23 rec., 406 yards, 4 TDs) have taken over the COC RB mantle from the graduated Fred Winborn and Hayo Carpenter. COC LB Evan Harrington has four sacks.

National CC football poll

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JC Gridwire has released its national two-year college football preseason poll.

Neither of the two local schools received a vote, but SCFA Northern Division foe College of the Canyons is No. 16.

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