The Royal High boys turned a showdown into a showcase on Thursday.
Thor English scored two goals, and the Highlanders won a first-place matchup
in the Marmonte League with host Newbury Park, 5-0.
Sean Upton, Cole McWhirter and Oren Roples each scored one goal as Royal
improves to 8-2-2 in league (14-3-5 overall). Royal remains tied for first
in the Marmonte League chase with Simi Valley.
Newbury Park moves to 5-1-6 in league and 7-4-9 overall.
Senior Jordan Brower made two 3-pointers in the final 25 seconds of overtime, including the buzzer-beating winner from midcourt, as the visiting Newbury Park High boys' basketball team shocked Royal Monday night, 65-62.
"It was crazy," said Newbury Park head coach Jeff Perrault. "What a game.
"We put Jordan in the corner. Thankfully, he stayed there."
Brower stroked a 3 from the corner to tie the score with 25 seconds to play. After a Royal miss with less than five seconds to play, Brower took a dribble past his own 3-point arc and banked home the game-winning shot from inside the midcourt stripe.
The senior forward finished with 22 points, including five 3-pointers.
"The Royal crowd was crazy loud," said Newbury Park assistant Jason Townsley. "Then dead silent while the Newbury Park people stormed the floor."
The Panthers (10-8, 3-2), who were coming off a 2-point home loss to Simi Valley Saturday, improved to 3-2 in Marmonte League play.
Cameron Roberson's 55-yard screen pass from Jake Geringer gave Newbury Park a 26-7 lead over host Righetti with 8:15 left third quarter.
But Righetti has scored on its next two possessions to pull within 26-21 with 9:32 to play.
T.J. Jordan's scrambling 35-yard pass to Eric Wilson picks up a fourth and 25 to the Newbury Park 1, setting up the Righetti quarterback's 1-yard TD sneak.
Uso Taua, the
Warriors' wildcat QB, runs for a 8-yard touchdown next play to
pull Righetti within 26-21 with 9:32 to play. The score came one play after a pass interference flag on fourth extended the drive.
Cameron Roberson's second 32-yard touchdown run of the half pushes the Newbury Park lead to 20-7 with 4:56 left in the half.
Down 13 points at the half, Righetti's seven-game winning streak is in jeopardy.
Newbury Park (8-2) has outgained Righetti (8-2) 272 to 135. Geringer has completed 10 of 17 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. Roberson has 96 yards and two scores on nine carries.
Gary Fabricus must agree with Bill Belichick. On his first possession of the postseason, the Newbury Park head coach elects to go for it on fourth and 1 from the Panthers 29.
Running back Cameron Roberson gets a yard and the first down and six plays later, Newbury Park takes a 7-0 lead on Jake Geringer's 16-yard scoring strike to Fadi Nassar with 6:12 left in the first quarter.
Righetti, which went three and out on the opening possession of the game, immediately answers with Michael Hale's 64-yard touchdown run, pulling even 7-7 with 5:17 left in the quarter.
Newbury Park needs just four plays to reclaim the lead, 14-7, on Roberson's 32-yard touchdown run with 3:25 left first quarter.
Geringer has completed 7 of his first 9 passes for 108 yards, three and 60 of which to Nassar. The
Panthers have 153 yards of total offense on its first 15 plays from scrimmage.
It's chilly and drizzly tonight in Santa Maria, which means perfect weather for a CIF-SS Northern Division football game between two ends of the Northern Division.
Cameron Roberson, Phillip Muscarella and the Newbury Park High football team have their work cut out for them against a Righetti team that has won seven straight games behind 1,000-yard rusher Michael Hale and quarterback Dylan Jones.
"They are definitely a big and physical group of kids," said Newbury Park coach Gary Fabricus.
The Warriors swept through the Pac-7 League for the first time since 1984.
Newbury Park (8-2) only suffered losses to Westlake and Moorpark
Friday's Moorpark-Newbury Park game was delayed by nearly a half hour as Justin Southon laid near motionless on the ground after sustaining an injury with 10:11 left in the first half. He was taken from the field on a stretcher.
Thanks to the Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah, which begins tonight at sundown - we get two nights of high school football this week.
Here are the news, notes and highlights from last night's games:
Buena 27, Thousand Oaks 20: It was only a matter of time before Cliff Farrar turned the Buena program into a winner again. But this quick? Wow. In Farrar's second season at the helm, the Bulldogs recorded their biggest win in several years. Buena QB Robert Munoz completed 15 of 19 passes for 218 yards as Buena improved to 2-0 against a Thousand Oaks team that played Valencia down to the wire last week. The Lancers were without the services of RB Richard Minyard.
Camarillo 49, Agoura 14: On the same day the school conducted tryouts for its loudest students, Camarillo gave them plenty to scream about. Ossie Toc - could there be much better of a name? - rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Molesworth caught three touchdown passes from Jeff Mathews in the route. If you espouse the Kevin Bacon theory, Ventura might be in
for a handfull tonight against Moorpark. The Cougars lost to Agoura
12-0 in the opener last week.
Newbury Park 34, Rio Mesa 6: The Panthers scored 34 unanswered points and held Rio Mesa to just 37 yards of total offense in the second half. Newbury Park QB Jake Geringer threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more.
Westlake 42, Saugus 20: Nick Isham knows what perfection feels like. The Westlake QB finished an eye-popping 16 of 16 for 153 yards and four touchdowns. If that wasn't enough, Isham also caught four passes for 27 yards and returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown as the Warriors posted 42 points for the second straight game. Tavior Mowry rushed 13 times for 103 yards.
Pacifica 56, Simi Valley 27: This game was over by halftime as QB transfer Max Mondol completed 9 of his first 10 passes, including four touchdowns. Mondol finished the game 13 of 15 for 190 yards and his second incompletion of the game didn't come until less than 10 minutes remained in the fourth quarter.
Chaminade 33, Royal 14: Chaminade led 33-0 before Royal finally put together a few scoring drives. Royal QB Zach Collins completed 24 of 43 passes for 270 yards and Connor Wolcott had 11 receptions for 166 yards.
Hueneme 33, Calabasas 0: Sure the Vikings haven't played the toughest schedule, but 3-0 sure feels good after not winning a single game last season. Speaking of that, Calabasas can relate to losing streak. The Coyotes have had a few of their own over the years. Senior RB Trashaun Nixon had a stellar performance for Hueneme, rushing for 269 yards on 16 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Nixon broke off TD runs of 76 and 93 yards in the fourth quarter.
Morro Bay 28, Oak Park 13: The Eagles had to dig deep to find a starting QB last night. Brad Taylor was out with headaches and his backup Connor Hill was out with a hernia. Oak Park turned to WR-turned-QB Dereck Deakin, who completed 3 of 8 passes, including a 66-yard touchdown pass to Aiki Zapati (another classic name for the vault).
Santa Paula 23, Golden Valley 13: Santa Paula registered its first win behind Ivan Ledesma. The senior returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and went 69 yards on a screen pass thrown by sophomore Kameron Klein for another touchdown. Ledesma finished with five catches for 125 yards.
After dominating play in the first half on the ground, Rio Mesa fell behind midway through the third quarter at Newbury Park because of a turnover and some poor punting.
The Spartans fumbled on third and four from their own 10 yard line. Senior linebacker Drake Exstrom recovered and, three plays later, the Panthers scored on Jake Geringer's 1-yard quarterback sneak.
Kevin Kircher's point after kick gave the Panthers a surprise 7-6 lead with 8:25 left in the third quarter.
Rio Mesa went three and out on its subsequent possession and, following a 9-yard punt, Geringer immediately went down the seam for a 37-yard touchdown pass to Sean Garry for a 14-6 lead.
Four plays following a 10-yard Rio Mesa punt, Geringer broke free for a 16-yard touchdown run and a 21-6 Newbury Park lead.
Rio Mesa's option offense piled up 16 carries through the first 15 minutes at Newbury Park High. But the Spartans took the lead on their fourth pass of the game.
Quarterback Enrique Thomas, who had piled up 72 yards rushing on four carries, completed his first pass of the season on third and 16 down the left sideline for a 32-yard scoring strike to senior Steven Cristobal.
Rio Mesa leads 6-0 at the half.
We're here for Rio Mesa at Newbury Park. Kickoff is immenent, and so are updates.
The Marmonte League held its league meeting today and decided to extend an invitation to Oaks Christian School to participate in its league while leaving Calabasas to find another league pending CIF-SS approval. This was the official press release issued a few minutes ago:
"The Marmonte League has extended an invitation to Oaks Christian High School to join the members of the Marmonte League which include: Agoura High School, Moorpark High School, Newbury Park High School, Royal High School, Thousand Oaks High School and Westlake High School to participate fully in all league sports.
"While the Marmonte League recognizes Calabasas High School and the contributions it has brought to the league it regrets the affects this decision will have on them; however, it is in the best interest of the League to extend this invitation to Oaks Christian High School to have full participation in all sports."
All game second round.
No. 5 Ventura 56, No. 12 Murrieta Valley 44: Maddie Fahan had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Amy
Pupa and Kristen Wilson added 12. Ventura plays at Ayala, the No. 4
seed, in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
No. 2 Buena 42, No. 15 Katella 41: Keani Albanez had 14 points, including the game-winning 8-footer with 32 seconds left. Buena moved on despite shooting 13 of 65 (20 percent) from the field and 10 of 27 (37 percent) from the line.
No. 5 Thousand Oaks 54, No. 12 El Toro 43: Jannesa Martinez had 14 points and six
assists. Karina Alofaituli had 12 points. Jenna Bandy had seven points,
eight rebounds and four steals. Thousand Oaks (24-4) made 17 of 23 free throws.
No. 6 Newbury Park 69, No. 11 Saugus 53: Doris Park-Sherman had 23
points and 13 rebounds. Sidney Dobner scored 14 points and Jasmine Polk
had 13. Newbury Park outscored Saugus 42-30 in the second half.
No. 8 Laguna Hills 59, No. 9 Rio Mesa 52: Julisa Devad scored 13 points, including three
3-pointers. Britni Vargas-Hardy and Stephanie Ramirez each had 11
points and Imani Dixon added 10.
No. 2 Agoura 64, No. 15 South Hills 42: Kylie Cunningham and Sasha Borenstein each scored
15 points for Agoura (25-3). Cunningham and Borenstein each buried three 3-pointers.
Borenstein also grabbed 11 rebounds. Brittany Oster scored 12 points
and made six steals. Camille Mahlknecht scored 10 points and grabbed 10
No. 7 Fillmore 44, No. 10 Chaminade 38: Rebecca Herrera had 20 points, six rebounds, six
steals and four assists. With the game tied 38-38 with less than a
minute left, Herrera made four straight free throws. Jill Wilber added
two free throws with 18 seconds left. Jazmin Galvez had eight points
and eight rebounds.
No. 5 Oaks Christian 58, Maranatha 40: Katie Brooks led Oaks Christian (23-1) with 23 points
and 10 rebounds. She scored 21 of her points and collected all of her
rebounds in the first half. Brianna Barrett scored 14 points and had
No. 6 St. Bonaventure 45, No. 9 St. Monica 42: Erica Whitley had 23 points, 10 rebounds
and six assists to propel the Seraphs into Wednesday's quarterfinals at
Campbell Hall. Monique Roberson added 10 points and eight rebounds.
No. 3 Santa Clara 71, No. 11 Mojave 28: Dajyanah Vines had 21 points and eight
rebounds. Sharene Dunham added 13. Cynthia Hernandez and Daija
Whittington scored 10. Santa Clara (22-3) outscored Mojave 25-3 in the third
quarter. Santa Clara plays at Pasadena Poly on Wednesday.
No. 6 Santa Clara 59, No. 11 Valley Christian 43: Tom Torres scored 16 points. James Wilder had
16 points and nine rebounds. Cierre Wood added 12 points. Santa Clara
outscored Valley Christian 19-6 in the fourth quarter. Santa Clara will
be on the road against Crespi on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.
All matches first round.
Newbury Park 1, Los Alamitos 0: Steven Trujillo scored the game¹s only goal in the
77th minute off an assist by Julian Laria. Nick Harrison had a key pass to
set up Laria¹s assist.
Ventura 3, Palos Verdes 2: Adrew Creightion,James Greider and Able Tadeo scored.
No. 1 Channel Islands 5, Burbank 2: Jesus Landeros and David
Torres had a goal and an assist apiece. Miguel Rico, Salvador Mendoza
and Josh Vasquez rounded out the scoring.
Rio Mesa 3, Pasadena 1: Jerry Ponce scored in the 16th and 75th minutes and Javier Marquez scored the game winner, off an assist from Dustin Figueroa, in the 60th minute.
North Torrance 3, Oxnard 1: Hugo Rosales scored in the first half off an assist by
Edson Flores. North Torrance scored all of its goals in the second half.
Nordhoff 3, Shalhevet 0: Moustafa Ismail scored two goals and Keiko David had
two assists. Bruce Vargas scored a goal and Jorge Reyes had an assist.