COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No. 11 Ventura (4-3) at No. 5 Hancock (6-1)
Righetti High, 6 p.m.
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LAST WEEK: Ventura 13, Bakersfield 0; Hancock 34, Canyons 27
SERIES HISTORY: Hancock leads, 16-15, dating back to 1954. Ventura won 48-19
GAME FACTS: A pivotal game in the SCFA Northern Conference should be decided when Hancock has the ball. The Bulldogs rank No. 4 in scoring (37.4 ppg), No. 2 in rushing (215.9 ypg) and No. 1 in passing efficiency (159.0 rating) in Southern California. The key figures are bulldozing RB Cameron Artis-Payne, who is No. 2 in rushing (145 att., 890 yards) and No. 4 in scoring (13 TDs) and downfield playmaker Shane Henderson (35 rec., 691 yards, 9 TDs). Meanwhile, Ventura, coming off its first shutout of Bakersfield in 71 years, is No. 3 in scoring defense (19.7 ppg), No. 4 in total defense (274.9 ypg), No. 2 against the run (67.9 ypg) and No. 1 in sacks (33). LB P.J. Gremaud (9.0 tackles per game), DL Daniel Miller (7.5 sacks), DT Bennie Theysen (11.5 tackles for losses) and CB Drek Reed (10 passes defended) are all among the Top 10 in their statistical categories. The teams are both in the Top 5 in turnover margin. Hancock is plus 13 and Ventura is plus 7. Ventura's Jordan Howard leads Southern California in kickoff returning with a 32.6-yard average, while Hancock's Bobby Collins (16 ret., 480 yards, 2 TDs) is No. 5. Ventura's offensive numbers remain dull, but the unit has been much more effective since the coaches turned to QB Chase Smith (48-of-90 passing, 566 yards, 4 TDs) and backfield committee earlier this month.
No. 13 Chaffey (4-3) at No. 16 Moorpark (4-3)
Griffin Stadium, 6 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Long Beach City 35, Moorpark 12; Chaffey 16, Los Angeles Harbor 13 (OT)
SERIES HISTORY: Moorpark leads, 3-1, after winning two dramatic games last year, 24-21 in conference play and 21-14 in the Western State Bowl.
GAME FACTS: After two dramatic wins over Chaffey last year, both on last minute Zach Shultis touchdown passes, who knows what these two teams have in store for fans tonight. Half of Chaffey's wins have come in overtime against Ventura and Los Angeles Harbor. Moorpark was bound for first place last weekend before allowing 28 points in the fourth quarter at Long Beach. Despite the meltdown, Moorpark remains No. 3 in total defense (273.1 ypg), No. 1 against the pass (159.3 ypg) and No. 2 in defensive passing efficiency (94.0 rating). Moorpark opponents have only converted 22.9 percent of third downs, the best figure in the region. S Shane Toth and LB Niall Padden are averaging 7.4 and 7.2 tackles per game, respectively. DLs Quen Kantaris and Mason Huether have four sacks each. S Joey Eckert has three interceptions. QB Nick Owens (117-of-213 pasing, 1,536 yards, 15 TDs, 5 ints.) and WR Donnel Robinson (39 rec., 722 yards, 8 TDs) remain the focal point of the offense. Moorpark PK Ed Ruhnke has converted 7 of 8 field goals. Chaffey's offense revolves around running QB Charles King (43-of-83 passing, 518 yards, 2 TDs, 2 ints.), who has returned from injury.