October 2, 2010

Friday: Rivalry games rule out West

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The outcome shouldn't be a surprise. After all, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton has now won all 14 games with its cross-town rival.

But the ease in which Hamilton controlled the second half and Chandler (Ariz.) High quarterback Brett Hundley was indeed a surprise.

Hamilton, No. 12 in the RivalsHigh Top 100 rankings, rolled to a 38-20 victory on national television.

Hamilton, ahead 17-14 after two quarters, used two third-quarter scores to put the game away.

Hamilton quarterback Kyren Poe completed 11-of-17 passes for 172 yards and three TDs.

  • RivalsHigh take: The Huskies took a half to corral Brett Hundley, but once they were able to bottle up the UCLA commit, it was a much easier game. Hamilton has bounced in and out of the Top 10 all season; this should put the team back in.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in The Arizona Republic.

    A look at some of other top games involving Top 100 teams in the West:

    No. 3 Grant 55, Merced 7

    Sacramento (Calif.) Grant lost top running back Shaquille Thompson and top lineman Vei Moala. It didn't come close, however, to losing the game.

    Grant quarterback Terry Shine picked up the slack, going 10-for-14 for 211 yards. Running back Ference Lang took over for Thompson, rushing for 88 yards.

    Both players likely could have returned; they just weren't needed.

    "We all had a little scare," Alberghini said. "But they both should be fine for next week."

  • RivalsHigh take: Grant is in a tough spot nationally. It has nothing left to prove until the playoffs, but anything other than convincing wins could hurt its perception. This week, it took care of business.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in The Sacramento Bee.

    No. 10 Mission Viejo 42, Carson 21

    Mission Viejo (Calif.) High rushed for 279 yards, scored more than 40 points for the fourth time in five games and remained undefeated at 5-0.

    But head coach Bob Johnson isn't happy. Four turnovers tend to dampen your spirits.

    "We are certainly happy with the win, but we made a lot of mistakes with the turnovers," Johnson told the Orange County Register. "We have a lot of things to clean up and need to go work."

    Senior running back Dallas Kessman led the way with 175 yards and two scores.

  • RivalsHigh take: Mission Viejo and Grant meeting in an Open Division CIF Bowl would be a fantastic game. Hopefully both can continue to look this good and make that game happen.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the Orange County Register.

    No. 23 Kahuku 16, Farrington 0

    Hawaii may be a tropical paradise for tourists, but a few days of rain can make it a mud pit for the locals.

    Such was the case Friday night when Kahuku (Hawaii) High carefully stepped its way to its fifth-straight win, 16-0.

    Running back Aofaga Wily did most of the damage, going for 125 yards and a TD on 22 carries.

    "I'm thanking my offensive line. They did a good job," Wily told the Star-Advertiser. "I had to adjust my footwork. I was more lighter and I didn't plant."

    Kahuku's defense may have been the difference. It held Farrington to 96 total yards and produced the only points of the first half on a safety.

  • RivalsHigh take: The best from Hawaii is nearing the playoffs with an unblemished record. Assuming it completes the season without a loss, a finish inside the Top 50 nationally is fairly certain to happen.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in The Star-Advertiser.

    No. 43 Jesuit 10, Sunset 7

    Ryan Cope's 39-yard field goal in the fourth quarter helped Portland (Ore.) Jesuit escape with a surprisingly-closer-than-expected victory.

    How surprising was it? Sunset hasn't beaten Jesuit since 1993 - and had only been within 10 points twice since then.

    Friday night, however, the game was scoreless at halftime.

    Jesuit got on the board first on Jordan Talley's 7-yard run in the third quarter but Sunset answered when Alan Bell hit Dillion Tuhy on a 90-yard scoring pass.

  • RivalsHigh take: Jesuit has been in the middle of the Oregon gauntlet playing three Top 10 teams each of the last three weeks. The toughness it has developed in the victories should help come playoff time.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in The Oregonian.

    No. 48 Westlake 31, Oaks Christian 12

    It took 11 years for the game to come together - far less for it to be decided. Westlake used a big second half to triumph before more than 6,000.

    Westlake (Calif.) High quarterback Nick Isham was the star, completing 20 of 26 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for a third score. Tavior Mowry added 107 yards rushing on 18 carries.

    "This is very special. Oaks Christian is right down the street from us and we've been waiting a while to play them," Isham told the L.A. Daily News. "With seats all around the field, it felt like a college atmosphere."

    Oaks Christian's Richie Harrington made his first start at quarterback in place of the injured Trevor Gretzky, and he completed 19-of-27 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns to Blair Holliday.

  • RivalsHigh take: Westlake has waited a long time to play Oaks Christian and it did not disappoint. The public school put one on the private-school power. The win will likely elevate Westlake in the national rankings.
  • For complete coverage, read this game story in the L.A. Daily News.

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