Saturday, October 11, 2014

Week six highlights: St. Bonaventure makes its own statement in Camarillo

Tight end John McGill and the big St. Bonaventure-Ventura front line helped open up the running game against Camarillo in a huge Ventura County contest on Oct. 10, with the Seraphs winning 28-10 (photo by Lorenzo J. Reyna)
Camarillo High had aspirations of knocking off a traditional Ventura County powerhouse on Oct. 10, and solidify its case as the new top team in the region as they entered Carl Thompson Field.

But St. Bonaventure-Ventura proved its not ready to give up its supremacy in the 805 just yet.

After a rocky first quarter, the Seraphs (4-3) turned to their big offensive line and backup running back Chris Santoyo, who responded with 286 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown, as St. Bonaventure defeated the feisty Scorpions 28-10.

St. Bonaventure lost two turnovers in the first half, including a fumble that fell inside the Camarillo 10-yard line. Ricky Town - the USC quarterback commit - also was held in check and dealt with an array of blitzes and mixed coverages from the Scorpions.

The Seraphs, though, turned to its big offensive line and wore down Camarillo (4-2) with their blocking and inside running attack. Senior tight end John McGill was one Seraph who used his bullish 6-foot-3, 237-pound frame to create running lanes for Santoyo and St. Bonaventure.

"We struggled in the beginning. It was a lot of mental mistakes, but then we got going," McGill said. "In the second quarter, we found a rhythm with running the ball. We realized that we could run it and we got going."

LaDell Atkins added two scores for the Seraphs. He gashed through the Scorpion defense on a 45-yard touchdown run, then defeated the CHS secondary on a post route for a 14-yard score.

Cristian Hernandez scored the only touchdown for Camarillo on a 17-yard slant route. The score was previously set up by tight end Nico Lima, who caught a short pass from quarterback Jake Constantine but rumbled his way to a 31-yard pickup.

The St. Bonaventure-Camarillo contest was heavily hyped before the game, with local newspapers making it the game of the week and the Scorpions getting the chance to upset the traditional Ventura County boss, who's won 10 Southern Section championships and five state titles. Camarillo's resume before the showdown included five straight Pacific View League championships and winners of 49 of its last 64 games.

The Seraphs have a bye on Friday, Oct. 17. Their next opponent is Oaks Christian-Westlake Village at Ventura College on Oct. 24. Camarillo returns home against Calabasas on Oct. 17.


Edison-Fresno, labeled by many Central Valley high school football fans as the Central Section Division I favorite, rolled to a 44-14 rout of previously undefeated San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno on Oct. 9 to open County Metro Athletic Conference play.

The Tigers - deep in talent with nearly 10 players getting courted by NCAA Division I programs - was led by one of its under-the-radar stars: inside linebacker Vance Sams.

Nicknamed "Area 51" by his teammates because of his ability to prevent ball carriers from trespassing him, Sams finished with 12 tackles, an interception, one forced fumble and a recovery for the 6-0 Tigers. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Sams holds an Eastern Washington offer and has heard from schools in the PAC-12, Mountain West and Big 10.

Sams also made his plays against powerhouse running back Stevan Johnson, who was limited to 32 yards rushing on 14 carries.

Offensively, Edison punished the Panthers with its ground attack. Senior Khai Williams - who, like Sams, holds an Eastern Washington offer - finished with 126 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. Rising junior DeAndre "Black Mamba" Lockhart added 125 yards on 15 carries with three scores.

Edison travels to Sanger on Friday, Oct. 17.


Madera High - once considered a laughingstock in the CMAC and entered this season with seven consecutive sub. 500 seasons - finally put the Central Section on notice by ending a 10-game losing streak against CMAC juggernaut Bullard-Fresno, upsetting the Knights 32-31.

The league contest came down to a final kick from Evan Rios, who nailed his 37-yard try to put the Coyotes at 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the CMAC. Rios finished with four field goals made, including a 51-yard boot.

The Coyotes not only haven't beaten Bullard in the last 10 meetings, but Madera's last win against the Knights came 20 years ago, which was a 20-6 Coyote victory in 1994.

Madera brought a balanced offensive attack against Bullard, as the Coyotes racked up 394 total yards, including 248 through the air. Kris Bueno had a breakout night with seven receptions, 138 yards and a 46-yard touchdown.

Lead running back Jesus Jimenez finished with 112 yards on 18 carries.

Madera will host San Joaquin Memorial (5-1) on Oct. 17.

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