AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Former running back Manuel White is a Valencia High legend, but he wasn’t the school’s first running back to receive All-Southern Section honors. That distinction belongs to the late Donovan Calhoun, who was an All-Div. II selection in 1995. Calhoun died at 24 in a Newhall car accident in July 2002. SPOTLIGHT Golden Valley is trudging through a difficult debut season – the seniorless Grizzlies (0-7) have lost by an average of 41 points per game. They have a couple of promising 6-foot, 210-pound two-way starters: sophomores Mike Spagnola (defensive end/tight end) and Aaron Olivas (defensive tackle/offensive tackle). “They’re our two leading tacklers, and they never get a break,” coach Rob Swartz said. “They’re on the field playing both ways all the time.” OFFBEAT HE SAID “He’s only about 50 percent this week, but there’s no way we’re keeping him off the field against Valencia.” _ Hart coach Mike Herrington, on all-purpose standout Robbie Casselberry, who has been bothered by a bruised foot. DID YOU KNOW? Hart has been forced to play without promising linebacker Patrick Larrimore, whose baffling nerve injury in his lower leg hasn’t healed. After more than a month of constant therapy and false hope, it’s been decided Larrimore won’t return this season as doctors continue to try to figure out what’s wrong. Larrimore, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound sophomore starter, is among the Foothill League’s most physically gifted young prospects. He’s been replaced by junior Chris Hickok, who has averaged 8.8 tackles in five starts. “They keep testing the nerve, and it’s inconclusive,” coach Mike Herrington said. “I’ve been around football for 30 years and have never seen anything like it.” OFF THE CHART Canyon, which plays host tonight to Burroughs of Burbank, is 10-3 in the series since they became Golden League rivals in 1992, with three decisive victories the past three years: 2004_Canyon 28, Burroughs 13 2003_Canyon 44, Burroughs 7 2002_Canyon 34, Burroughs 0 2001_Burroughs 34, Canyon 10 2000_Burroughs 32, Canyon 7 1999_Canyon 23, Burroughs 20 1998_Canyon 27, Burroughs 24 1997_Canyon 33, Burroughs 21 1996_Burroughs 28, Canyon 26 1995_Canyon 21, Burroughs 7 1994_Canyon 25, Burroughs 16 1993_Canyon 27, Burroughs 7 1992_Canyon 33, Burroughs 3 Note: In 1991, Canyon defeated Burroughs 40-8 in the first round of the playoffs. NUMBERS GAME 13 Number of current Golden Valley varsity players who were on last year’s 40-player JV roster. The remaining 27 aren’t playing for personal reasons or because of injuries or academic ineligibility. THIS WEEKEND’S GAMES (Friday unless noted) GAME OF THE WEEK HART (6-1) at VALENCIA (6-1), 7 p.m. Player to watch: Jackson Smith, OL, Hart. Hart surrendered eight sacks in a 29-10 loss to Valencia last year, and it’s Smith’s job to help make sure such inefficient blocking doesn’t happen again. Outlook: In an anticipated showdown that will all but decide the Foothill League championship, Hart seeks to reaffirm its dominance after last year’s loss ended a 65-game league winning streak through 13 seasons. Both teams still need to play Canyon, but this is the game everyone has been waiting for. Both teams rely on a wide-open passing offense. Valencia’s Michael Herrick (2,023 yards, 10 TDs) is closing in on California’s career yardage record. Hart’s Tyler Lyon (844 yards, 7 TDs in four-plus games) has been hampered by injuries but is coming off his best performance of the season – 17 of 23, 261 yards, five TDs vs. Burroughs of Burbank – and is among the nation’s top recruits. Valencia also features dominant RB Shane Vereen. He’s rushed for 1,000 yards, caught 33 passes for 514 yards and scored 17 TDs. Hart counters with sophomore Delano Howell (440 yards, seven TDs), who has rushed for more than 100 yards the past two games. Valencia’s key defensive players are LBs Travis Marziani, Travis Quesada and Keith Klemens, and DBs Vereen, Chris Koshak, M.J. Robotham and Rickie Crouch. Hart’s top hitters are LBs Patrick Sarkissian, Chris Hickok and Griffin Cannon, DL Wilfred Aka, and DBs Adam Reyes, Brandon Arndt, Anthony Luna and James Wheeler. Both teams have excellent PKs who usually reach the end zone on kickoffs. Valencia’s Ricky Drake and Hart’s Paul Weinstein have four FGs, and Weinstein averages 35.8 yards on punts. The game is expected to sell out. It’s being broadcast on 1220-AM in Santa Clarita and on the Web at valenciavikingfootball.com. SAUGUS (2-5) vs. BURBANK (3-4) at Burroughs of Burbank HS, 7 p.m. Player to watch: Jason McNeil, WR, Burbank. McNeil does a little of everything. He has 34 receptions (15 against Canyon two weeks ago) for 533 yards and four TDs, and he’s rushed for 292 yards on 21 carries – an average of 13.9 yards – and two TDs. He also starts at DB and returns kicks. Outlook: Saugus, in its third rebuilding season since coach Jason Bornn took over, is running out of excuses. After two easy victories over cupcake opponents, the senior-heavy Centurions have lost five in a row, including an embarrassing 55-7 homecoming loss last week to Canyon. Despite the presence of experienced senior QB Zach Summers, a group of proven RBs, dependable WR Casey Stevenson (28 receptions, three TDs) and a line that Bornn has touted as the team’s strength, Saugus has managed just three TDs the past four games. Last week, Saugus’ defense allowed 419 yards through three quarters, including five TDs of 34 yards or longer, before Canyon called off the dogs. Burbank is no pushover, despite the absence of starting QB Jason Barbic (thumb), who has missed four games. Replacement Robert Linda has thrown just one TD pass – Burbank has relied heavily on RB Marcus Hood (766 yards, eight TDs). After getting mashed by Canyon and Valencia the past two weeks, Burbank is hungry for a victory. Saugus cannot lose and expect to make the playoffs. BURROUGHS of Burbank (4-3) at CANYON (6-1), 7 p.m. Player to watch: Josh Balderas, LB, Burroughs. Balderas has the difficult task of trying to contain Canyon RB J.J. DiLuigi, who scored six TDs last week and is among California’s most productive offensive players. Balderas leads Burroughs with 68 tackles, with a season-best 14 against Valencia two weeks ago. Outlook: Expect another easy victory for Canyon, which is coming off a 55-7 romp over Saugus and faces its toughest league opponents – Valencia and Hart – in the final two weeks of the season. DiLuigi, a junior, is off to an incredible start. He has rushed for 956 yards, caught 10 passes for 261 yards and scored 26 TDs. He’s also averaging 43.5 yards on eight kickoff returns. Canyon is further bolstered by the return of WR/DB Richie Wirthlin, who missed three games with a broken hand. He scored on 42-yard TD pass and had an INT last week. In three-plus games, Wirthlin has 14 receptions for 319 yards, four TDs and three INTs. Canyon’s Austin Civita has passed for 1,179 yards and 10 TDs. Chris Kingsbury has 21 receptions for 440 yards and three TDs, and he’s averaging 18.2 yards on punt returns. Burroughs’ Thomas Kyle is among the league’s top players. He has rushed for 825 yards, caught 15 passes for 280 yards and scored nine TDs. A returning all-league DB, Kyle has two INTs, 36 tackles and a fumble recovery, and he’s averaging 19.7 yards on kickoff returns. GOLDEN VALLEY (0-7) vs. SALESIAN of Los Angeles (4-3), Saturday, 7 p.m., at Canyon HS Outlook: Golden Valley, a seniorless program in its first varsity season, has taken its lumps but might have a decent chance to win here. Div. XII Salesian’s record is misleading: Its four victories have come against opponents with a 2-24 combined record. Golden Valley’s Martel Hammond has 31 receptions for 354 yards. Corey Bryant, a converted punter, makes his debut at QB. SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (4-2) vs. HILLCREST CHRISTIAN of Granada Hills (3-4), Saturday 7 p.m., at Valencia HS Outlook: Eight-man competitor Santa Clarita Christian relies heavily on QB Jared Dennis, who has passed for 922 yards, rushed for 878 and accounted for 29 TDs. The strength of the defense is the DL, led by John Grayem (51 tackles, three sacks), Micah Thorsell (40 tackles) and Brian Virga (43 tackles, seven sacks). STANDINGS FOOTHILL LEAGUE TeamLeagueOverall Valencia2-06-1 Hart2-06-1 Canyon2-06-1 Burroughs0-23-4 Burbank0-23-4 Saugus0-22-5 Others: Golden Valley 0-7 (freelance); West Ranch 1-1 (freelance); Santa Clarita Christian (Heritage League/Eight-man) 4-2. SEASON LOGS CANYON (6-1, 2-0) 55at Leuzinger0 42Burroughs/R21 27Simi Valley34 42South Torrance6 21Crespi0 45Burbank10 55Saugus at COC7 TonightBurroughs/B Nov. 4Valencia Nov. 10at Hart GOLDEN VALLEY (0-7) Home: Canyon HS 0Burbank66 14Knight24 14Pioneer Valley67 7dtpostAlemany38 14Palos Verdes62 14Quartz Hill51 7at Ontario Christian56 SaturdaySalesian Nov. 4at Carpinteria Nov. 11St. Genevieve HART (6-1, 2-0) Home: College of the Canyons 7Moorpark6 21at St. Bonaventure33 38Westlake7 23at Birmingham13 34Loyola27 14Saugus7 55at Burroughs21 Tonightat Valencia Nov. 4at Burbank Nov. 10Canyon SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (4-2, 2-1) Home: Canyon HS 46Discovery52 48Hillcrest (TO)30 61Accelerated6 60Avalon22 12at Thacher20 60L.A. Lutheran20 Saturday#Hillcrest (GH) Nov. 5Faith Baptist *at L.A. Baptist #at Valencia SAUGUS (2-5, 0-2) Home: College of the Canyons 57at Blair0 48Pasadena7 21Chino48 7Notre Dame21 0at St. Francis20 7at Hart14 7Canyon55 Tonightat Burbank Nov. 4Burroughs Nov. 11Valencia VALENCIA (6-1, 2-0) 35at Bishop Amat21 51Birmingham30 48El Toro20 30St. John Bosco3 28at Notre Dame35 36at Burroughs/B21 42dtpost!3 TonightHart Nov. 4at Canyon Nov. 11at Saugus 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Watching Brazilian striker Ronaldo score a Champions League hat-trick for Real Madrid against Manchester United 14 years ago provided a lasting inspiration for Marcus Rashford, the England forward said on Monday.Speaking before England host Brazil in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday, Rashford said he was a five-year-old spectator at Old Trafford when Real knocked United out 6-5 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.After the game, he and his brother Dwaine began scouring YouTube for clips of the Brazilian.”It’s all those clips …and my first ever game that I saw live, he was playing in it. I always remember it. It was in 2003 and he scored a hat-trick,” Rashford, who has netted seven times for United in all competitions this season, told British media.”Rashford came in for high praise from Ronaldo in the build-up to last year’s European championships, when the Brazilian World Cup winner said the 20-year-old Englishman reminded him of his younger self.”He was my brother’s favourite player — that’s why I’ve grown up watching so much of him and his games… So when you know he’s saying good things about you then it really stands out,” Rashford said.England, who won eight of their 10 World Cup qualifying games and were unbeaten in Group F, held world champions Germany to a goalless draw in a friendly on Friday.