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Cleveland High’s football team has been one of the surprises of the season, and may have solidified itself as a real contender with a convincing 34-14 win over Palisades Friday night.
Palisades beat Cleveland 39-0 last season en route to a City Section Open Division playoff berth. Clearly, things are different this year.
Senior quarterback Emiliano Lopez threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns, Kory Hall had three catches for 91 yards with a touchdown, and Donovan Powell rushed for 92 yards and two scores to make the Cavs 4-0 and give the Dolphins (3-1) its first loss of the season.
Cleveland’s defense forced six turnovers, including three interceptions (one by Hall). Daniel Guzman, Christopher Garcia and Sebastian Contreras each had 13 tackles.
Eagle Rock (5-0) is also still unbeaten in the City Section after handing Granada Hills Charter (3-1) its first loss of the season, 37-22.
St. Genevieve’s William Parra had a big night Friday, tallying six catches for 101 yards with a touchdown. He also had two rushes for 92 yards, a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown, and two interceptions in the team’s 27-21 win over Burbank.
Parra is a senior wideout and defensive back who plays for his father, Billy Parra, who is the team’s head coach.
Thousand Oaks (4-0) beat Oak Park (3-1) in Friday night’s Canyon League opener 28-14. Chase Martin scored two touchdowns and quarterback Travis Endicott threw two touchdowns in the win.
Newbury Park freshman QB Brady Smigiel continues to impress. He threw for 245 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of the Panthers 55-0 win over Royal at home in the team’s Canyon League opener. He also ran for a touchdown.
Saugus (4-1) had a come-from-behind victory over Valencia (2-3), thanks to TJ Cataldi’s efficient throwing night, going 12 of 17 for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Jake Viger ran the ball 10 times for 84 yards with a receiving touchdown. The Centurions were down 21-14 at halftime before rallying to win 28-21.
St. Francis (2-3) got back into the win column in a 41-0 win over Muir thanks to efforts from quarterback Jack Jacobs, who threw for 230 yards and five touchdowns and Devyn Turner, who rushed for 79 yards had another 50 yards on three receptions and scored a touchdown. Wideout Jett McCullough had two touchdown receptions and an interception.
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West Ranch (5-0) stays unbeaten with a 45-0 win over Canyon in its Foothill League opener. Ryan Staub threw for four touchdowns, which makes his total for the year 21 with no interceptions. Brady Van Bennekum had his second pick-six of the year in the win.
Sierra Canyon (2-3) took down Westlake on the road, 49-6, outgaining the Warriors 478 to 108 in total offense. Sophomore running back Dane Dunn had 18 carries for 134 yards and two scores. The Trailblazers will have a bye week to prepare for its Mission League opener against Bishop Amat on September 30.
Moorpark (3-1) defeated Nordhoff 48-0. Luke Cochran had 13 carries for 158 yards and a touchdown. Connor Smith threw for three touchdowns on his six passing attempts.