2011-10-06 / Sports

Other local football matchups


SHOWDOWN IN SIMI—Quarterback Brandon Marin, right, and the Calabasas Coyotes travel to Simi Valley to take on the Pioneers. 
WENDY PIERRO/Acorn Newspapers SHOWDOWN IN SIMI—Quarterback Brandon Marin, right, and the Calabasas Coyotes travel to Simi Valley to take on the Pioneers. WENDY PIERRO/Acorn Newspapers Oak Park (1-4) at Camarillo (1-3)

Outlook: Oak Park showed guts in bouncing back from a 17-0 first-half deficit last weekend at El Segundo.

The Eagle defense held El Segundo off the scoreboard in the second half, while OPHS’ offense came to life under the direction of quarterback Jack Gerstenberger and wideout Aaron Lacombe, who tallied four catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Aki Zapata had a 28-yard game-winning field goal for Oak Park with less than four minutes on the clock.

The Eagles’ biggest test against Camarillo will be trying to contain Scorpion wideout Jake Maulhardt, a 6-foot-7 passcatcher who has 60 receptions through four games.

Calabasas (1-3) at Simi Valley (3-1)

Outlook: In winning three of their first four games, the Simi Valley Pioneers have been one of Ventura County’s surprise teams during the first half of the season.

Calabasas, meanwhile, is at a crossroads.

The Coyotes have been outscored 150-17 in consecutive defeats to Westlake, Royal and Oaks Christian.

To get their season back on track, the Coyotes need to step up and stun Simi Valley on the road.

Moving the ball on the Pioneers isn’t easy—St. Bonaventure struggled at times in Week 4—but Calabasas’ ground game is effective enough to get the job done.

The Coyotes average more than five yards per carry. They need to move the ball and milk the clock.

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