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Hearty band of Raiders

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With a bye week followed by a trip to two-time defending SoCal finalist Cerritos, November was never going to be easy for the Moorpark College football team.

After starting the season with 65 players, the 2-7 Raiders will travel south for the season finale Saturday with a hearty group of less than 40.

"In all honestly, I think the guys that are with the program have a lot of enthusiasm," coach Will Thurston said. "Everyone is rested up and ready."

Moorpark needs a win to avoid the fourth season in school history with less than three wins.

"Everybody is disappointed that we're at this point of the year, obviously," Thurston said. "Each and every one of us had a hope that we'd have a real positive season. The record obviously doesn't indicate it."

The Raiders have had two weeks to mull over the 21-20 loss to Canyons Oct. 27, when it failed to convert a game-tying extra point in the final seconds.

Thurston called the moment "uncharacteristic," considering special teams has been such a strength for the Raiders this fall.

SCFA Northern Conference update, Week 10

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Southern California Football Association
Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L PF PA
Ventura 6-0 10-0 330 211
Bakersfield 4-1 7-2 288 164
Cerritos 2-3 4-5 273 200
Hancock 2-3 5-4 316 311
Canyons 3-2 4-5 282 339
Moorpark 1-4 2-7 194 292
Pasadena City 0-5 1-8 167 330

Last week's results
Bakersfield 56, Hancock 27
Canyons 38, Cerritos 36
Ventura 27, Pasadena City 14

This week's schedule
Moorpark at Cerritos, 7 p.m.
Hancock at Canyons, 4 p.m.
Pasadena City at Bakersfield, 4 p.m.

Gremaud, Lester named Players of the Week

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Ventura linebacker P.J. Gremaud has earned SCFA Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks.

The sophomore from St. Bonaventure High had 15 tackles, including 10 unassisted, a half sack and also threw the key block on DeMaryae Williams' fourth-and-goal touchdown run for the game-winning points in the 31-24 win at Hancock.

Moorpark College earned the Special Teams Player of the Week award for the fourth time this season as Jeremy Lester joined kicker Derek Kirk and punter Alex Nelson.
The freshman from Simi Valley High blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown in Moorpark's 21-20 loss to Canyons.

SCFA Northern Conference update, Week 9

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Southern California Football Association

Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L PF PA
Ventura 5-0 9-0 303 197
Bakersfield 3-1 6-2 232 137
Cerritos 2-2 4-4 237 162
Hancock 2-2 5-3 279 255
Canyons 2-2 3-5 246 303
Moorpark 1-4 2-7 194 292
Pasadena City 0-4 1-7 153 303

Last week's results
Ventura 31, Hancock 24
Canyons 21, Moorpark 20
Bakersfield 21, Cerritos 14

This week's schedule
Pasadena at Ventura, 6 p.m.
Bakersfield at Hancock, 4 p.m.
Canyons at Cerritos, 7 p.m.

SCFA Northern Conference update, Week 8

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Southern California Football Association
Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L PF PA
Ventura 4-0 8-0 272 173
Cerritos 2-1 4-3 237 162
Bakersfield 2-1 5-2 211 123
Hancock 2-1 5-2 279 255
Canyons 1-2 2-5 225 283
Moorpark 1-3 2-6 174 271
Pasadena City 0-4 1-7 153 303

Last week's results
Ventura 18, Cerritos 13
Bakersfield 31, Moorpark 3
Hancock 49, Pasadena City 42

This week's schedule
Canyons at Moorpark, 1 p.m.
Ventura at Hancock, 4 p.m.
Cerritos at Bakersfield, 4 p.m.

SCFA Northern Conference update, Week 7

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Southern California Football Association
Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L PF PA
Ventura 3-0 7-0 254 160
Cerritos 2-0 4-2 224 144
Bakersfield 1-1 4-2 180 120
Hancock 1-1 4-2 230 213
Moorpark 1-2 2-5 171 240
Canyons 1-2 2-5 225 283
Pasadena City 0-3 1-6 111 254

Last week's results
Ventura 44, Canyons 37
Moorpark 36, Pasadena City 15
Cerritos 55, Hancock 25

This week's schedule
Bakersfield at Moorpark, 4 p.m.
Cerritos at Ventura, 6 p.m.

SCFA Northern Conference update, Week 6

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Southern California Football Association
Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L PF PA

Ventura 2-0 6-0 210 123
Hancock 1-0 4-1 205 158
Cerritos 1-0 3-2 174 119
Bakersfield 1-1 4-2 180 120
Canyons 1-1 2-4 188 239
Moorpark 0-2 1-5 135 225
Pasadena City 0-2 1-5 96 218

Last week's results
Ventura 21, Saddleback 14
L.A. Pierce 41, Moorpark 31
Cerritos 35, Palomar 20
Bakersfield 40, El Camino 13
Hancock 50, LA Harbor 44
Canyons 62, Antelope Valley 61 (OT)
Pasadena 17, Golden West 9

This week's schedule
Moorpark at Pasadena City, 6 p.m.
Ventura at Canyons, 7 p.m.
Hancock at Cerritos, 7 p.m.

Today's CC football preview caps

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No. 19 Saddleback (1-3) at No. 2 Ventura (5-0)
WHEN/WHERE: Today, 6 p.m., VC Sportsplex
LAST WEEK: Santa Ana 33, Saddleback 20; Ventura 41, Moorpark 9.
SERIES HISTORY: Saddleback leads, 7-0.
GAME FACTS: Ventura is a win from its best start in 23 years, but it has never beaten Saddleback. Ventura is No. 6 in scoring offense (37.8 ppg). QB Ebahn Feathers (96-of-167 passing, 1,050 yards, 11 TDs, 5 ints.) is carrying a foot injury but is expected to play. WR Dylan McDaniel has caught 26 passes for 402 yards and 4 TDs. After last week's eight-turnover, seven-interception performance against Moorpark, Ventura now leads Southern California in both interceptions (12) and fumble recoveries (9). It is now plus-10 in turnover margin. RB Anthony Cade is Saddleback's leading rusher (60 att., 381 yard, 2 TDs) and receiver (31 rec., 234 yards).

Moorpark (1-4) at Los Angeles Pierce (3-1)
WHEN/WHERE: Today, 7 p.m., Sheppard Stadium, Woodland Hills
LAST WEEK: Ventura 41, Moorpark 9; L.A. Pierce 52, West L.A. 35
SERIES HISTORY: Moorpark leads, 16-11.
GAME FACTS: Moorpark hopes to go from licking its wounds after last week's loss to Ventura to licking its other regional rival. Yet Pierce, featuring St. Bonaventure product Nick Arbuckle, is the top passing offense in SoCal (454.7 ypg). The Fermin brothers, cornerbacks Victor (4) and Cesar (1), have combined for five interceptions. Ben Conlin (62-of-121 passing, 647 yards, 5 TDs) remains the Moorpark QB. Moorpark's four leading rushers are out injured and two defensive players have been moved into the backfield. WRs Cheldon West (16 rec., 166 yards, 2 TDs), Dominick Markham (15 rec., 195 yards) and Brent Stevens (15 rec., 225 yards, 4 TDs) are now the top offensive options.

Nelson honored with special teams award

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Moorpark College punter Alex Nelson earned SCFA Northern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors this week.

The Moorpark High product averaged 47 yards for six punts in Saturday's 41-9 loss to Ventura, including a 62-yarder and three punts inside the 20-yard line.

Ventura cornerback Drek Reid, who tied a school record with three interceptions, surprisingly lost out to Bakersfield safety Chris Hannible for the defensive award.

SCFA Northern Conference update, Week 5

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Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L PF PA

Ventura 2-0 5-0 189 109
Hancock 1-0 3-1 155 114
Cerritos 1-0 2-2 139 99
Bakersfield 1-1 3-2 140 107
Canyons 1-1 1-4 126 182
Moorpark 0-2 1-4 104 184
Pasadena City 0-2 0-5 79 209

Last week's results
Ventura 41, Moorpark 9
Cerritos 65, Pasadena City 14
Bakersfield 45, Canyons 7

This week's schedule
Saddleback at Ventura, 6 p.m.
Moorpark at Los Angeles Pierce, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles Harbor at Hancock, 4 p.m.
Bakersfield at El Camino, 6 p.m.
Cerritos at Palomar 6 p.m.
Canyons at Antelope Valley, 7 p.m.
Pasadena City at Golden West, 7 p.m.

Citrus Cup preview capsule

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No. 2 Ventura (4-0) at Moorpark (1-3)
45th Citrus Cup game
Griffin Stadium, 7 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Ventura 30, Bakersfield 24 (4OT); Hancock 49, Moorpark 40
SERIES HISTORY: After winning just three of the previous 21 meetings from 1986 to 2008 to cede Moorpark the series lead, Ventura has won the last four to retake the edge, 23-21.Ventura won 31-26 last year.
GAME FACTS: Behind QB Ebahn Feathers (88-of-154 passing, 958 yards, 10 TDs, 5 ints.) and an army of backs (seven) and receivers (10), Ventura is No. 6 in scoring (37.0 ppg). But a defense that has allowed 25.0 points per game and leads SoCal with eight fumble recoveries has been the steadiest aspect of the team. DL Tyshon Lee-Hodges has four sacks and Matt Arve has two interceptions. Moorpark has been twice as productive with Ben Conlin (46-of-81 passing, 441 yards, 5 TDs, 3 ints.) at QB and Brent Stevens (13 rec., 180 yards, 4 TDs) at WR. RB Jordan Nunnery has 322 yards from scrimmage. Moorpark LB Travis Key leads the team with 33 tackles and seven for losses and CB Victor Fermin has three interceptions. Both teams can score on special teams. Moorpark PK Derek Kirk leads the state in field goals (9 for 9 with an average of 41.2 yards). Ventura is No. 6 in kickoff returns (26.5 ypr), featuring Jordan Howard, who returned a kick 93 yards for a TD last week.

Moorpark College feels Packers' pain

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The Green Bay Packers weren't the only burned by a referee's double-catch ruling this past weekend.

The Moorpark College football team's wild, back-and-forth 49-40 loss at Hancock Saturday hinged on a fourth-and-3 play with little more than two minutes left.

Quarterback Ben Conlin had just hit Brent Stevens with a 38-yard scoring strike to bring the Raiders within 42-40. The Moorpark defense was fighting to get the ball back to set up kicker Derek Kirk for a potential game-winning kick.

Hancock quarterback Brandon Jeffries' fourth-down pass was deflected into the air by Moorpark safety Steven Townsley and came down into a crowd of players.

"I timed my jump perfectly," Townsley said. "I hit the ball with my elbow pretty much. I saw the ball bounce off (a Hancock) shoulder pad and hit (Moorpark linebacker) Travis (Key).

"I saw him grab it and fall to the ground, so I laid on top of him. When he was on the bottom, he had the ball on his chest."

Yet the two teams combined to fight for the ball. Possession was not only awarded to Hancock, the spot of the ball was adjudged to have gained first-down yardage, despite it being a 3-yard gain on fourth and 3.

"The umpire wouldn't even give us the benefit of the doubt with a measurement," Moorpark coach Will Thurston said.

"We asked for a measurement," Townsley said. "It was a frustrating call."

Kicking games

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The decision was even more frustrating for the Raiders because they were essentially 40 yards from field-goal range and a win, considering Derek Kirk has been nothing short of automatic as a freshman.

"It was set up perfectly," Moorpark quarterback Ben Conlin said. "I trust Derek anywhere on the field and the wind was at our back, too."

The St. Bonaventure High product leads the state in field goal kicking, with nine makes in nine attempts, including kicks of 46, 47 and 48 yards.

The kicking game is one place where 1-3 Moorpark has an advantage over unbeaten Ventura College in Saturday night 's 45th Citrus Cup game.

Ventura kickers Carlos Luna and Kevin Kircher combined to miss five field goals in Saturday's wild quadruple-overtime win over Bakersfield, including three potential game-winners.

"They've been good... They're not bad kickers," Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian said. "They just had a bad game... It was just one those games when nobody could make a kick."

Two of the five misses were blocked. Kircher, the designated kicker from distance, saw his low 48-yarder on the final snap of regulation batted down at the line. Luna's 20-yarder on the final snap of the third overtime was tipped at the line.

"The guy came through," Mooshagian said. "That was on the protection... He just got his hand on it and changed the trajectory of the kick."

Mooshagian said the two would continue to compete in practice this week.

"They'll be fine, Mooshagian said. "They've been pretty good most of the year."

Payneful

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Going into Saturday's trip north, Moorpark knew it was facing a challenge with Hancock running back Curtis Artis-Payne. The state leader in rushing and touchdowns lived up to the hype with 235 yards rushing and four touchdowns

Thurston, who -- once upon a time -- was Jamal Anderson's running back coach, was impressed.

"He's pretty talented," Thurston said. "I love the guy's lean. He hits the hole and he's got his shoulders over his toes. He keeps his legs going. Not a lot of spinning, just really sharp cuts.

"He's a dream for most coaches going north and south the way he does."

A Raider abroad

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Former Moorpark College star Conrad Meadows is still making big plays.

The Moorpark High and Northern Arizona product is playing in the German Football League for Berlin Adler, whose youth team produced promising Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner.

Meadows will play in the GFL semifinals Saturday at the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns. The winner advances to the German Bowl XXXVIII next week in Berlin.

SCFA Northern Conference update, Week 4

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Northern Conference Overall
Team W-L W-L PF PA

Ventura 1-0 4-0 148 100
Hancock 1-0 3-1 155 114
Canyons 1-0 1-3 119 137
Cerritos 0-0 1-2 74 85
Bakersfield 0-1 2-2 95 100
Moorpark 0-1 1-3 95 143
Pasadena City 0-1 0-4 65 144

Last week's results
Ventura 30, Bakersfield 24 (4OT)
Hancock 49, Moorpark 40
Canyons 36, Pasadena City 14

This week's schedule
Ventura at Moorpark, 7 p.m.
Canyons at Bakersfield, 6 p.m.
Cerritos at Pasadena City 6 p.m.

Citrus Cup kickoff pushed to 7 p.m.

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The kickoff for Saturday's 45th Citrus Cup game between the Ventura College and Moorpark College football teams at Griffin Stadium has been pushed back 7 p.m.
The game at Moorpark was originally scheduled to be an afternoon kickoff, like the Raiders' first two home games against Citrus Sept. 8 and Santa Ana Sept. 15.

"As heated as the rivalry is with our sister college, the most important outcome is that all student athletes leave the game as healthy as possible," Moorpark athletic director Howard Davis said in a release. "Our first game was warm, with a short period of extreme heat. But, the last home game was brutal throughout the game.

"There is no reason to risk anyone's safety when a simple game time change can make it more comfortable for all parties."

Moorpark's last two home dates Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 remain unchanged.

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.

Moorpark needs to regroup with road test ahead

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The Moorpark College football team may be standing at the crossroads of its season.

The Raiders are now 1-2 after Saturday's disappointing, 45-16 home loss to Santa Ana and, with a trip to No. 7 Hancock (2-1) followed by the Citrus Cup game against No. 2 Ventura (3-0), will open Northern Conference play with back-to-back games against two of the top teams in Southern California.

"We're hanging in there," defensive coordinator Mike Stuart said. "This team is going to break out soon. This isn't a bad team."

Moorpark struggled in all three phases Saturday.

The defense allowed Santa Ana to take the opening kickoff and put together a 10-play touchdown drive, which included a 14-yard pass on third-and-14.

After Moorpark took the lead, 10-6, on Ronny Camacho's 67-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, a special-teams blunder turned a rolling Santa Ana punt into a 78-yard boot to the Raiders' 1-yard line. Jordan Nunnery was stopped in the end zone for a safety on the next play.

Moorpark still would have reached the locker room with halftime lead had a blown coverage not gifted Santa Ana a 69-yard scoring strike with only 26 seconds left in the half.

"Really big mental mistakes," Stuart said. "Simple things."

The rest of the afternoon was no better. Moorpark received the second-half kickoff and lined up with 10 players, which forced an immediate timeout.

Even the lone bright spot of the second half, Victor Fermin's interception return for a touchdown, was spoiled by an unsportsmanlike-conduct flag on the talented cornerback as he approached the end zone.

"It was a frustrating game," Stuart said. "But they're back out there. Practice seemed a lot more alive (Tuesday)."

The Raiders have apparently shown some fight in practice this week with a couple skirmishes.

"That's what we need," Stuart said. "The intensity needs to build."

Injury report

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After missing two weeks with a mild concussion, Moorpark quarterback Ben Conlin has returned to practice. The Westlake High product led the Raiders to the 23-20 overtime win at Orange Coast on Sept. 1.

"I'm good to go," Conlin said.

Both Ventura stars missing in Saturday's dramatic win, running back Victor Caro Jr. (turf toe) and linebacker P.J. Gremaud (shoulder), returned to practice Monday.

"This is the healthiest we've been since Riverside," Mooshagian said.

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