Resilient Pacifica ready for playoff opener

The game is in full swing.

Not to suggest that Donnie Rea has been around awhile, but his high school football uniform as a senior at Villanova Prep in 1964 featured an interesting adornment. “We wore leather helmets,” he said. “That’s the truth. I think we were the last team in the county to wear them. That was part of our […]

Channel Islands tops Hueneme 24-20

Channel Islands High School Logo.

The 2012 version of the South Oxnard rivalry would determine whether it was Channel Islands or Hueneme Vikings that ended its season with its first and only Pacific View League win. Channel Islands came out the winner, as running back Richard Gray returned to action after being out for about a month and rushed the […]

Oxnard gamble pays off in OT

Interception of a player with ball.

After his team scored the tying touchdown in the first overtime period in its game with Pacifica, Oxnard High coach Mark Beckham rolled the dice. Beckham called for a two-point conversion rather than playing for another overtime period and the strategy worked. Running back Oscar Garcia snuck over the goal line just before a host […]

Rio Mesa routs Hueneme, 62-6

Rio Mesa High School Logo.

If Rio Mesa High was looking to build momentum for next Friday’s rivalry matchup against Camarillo, the Spartans got themselves off to a good start Friday night by defeating hos Hueneme 62-6. “What we get out of this game is some momentum and we got some pride back,” said Rio Mesa head coach Bob Gregorchuk. […]

Oxnard beats Channel Islands, 40-7

Oxnard Union High School District Logo.

The 1-2 rushing attack of Adam Espinosa and Andrew Valenzuela is tough for any team to slow down. When the Oxnard High football team is able to complement its running game with an efficient passing attack, the Yellowjackets become that much tougher to beat. Oxnard continued its resurgence in Pacific View League play with a […]

Camarillo takes control of PVL race

Boy is running with a ball.

The two heavyweights of the Pacific View League slugged it out Friday night. Call it the Thrilla in Camarilla. Corbin Covey caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Travis Valdez with 2:18 left to give host Camarillo High a 31-26 victory over Pacifica and at least a share of the league championship. The winning reception came […]

Scorpions wreak havoc on gridiron

Interception of a player.

Great defenses justify great nicknames. There’s the Steel Curtain. Purple People Eaters. New York Sack Exchange. Monsters of the Midway. Camarillo High football’s ferocious defense doesn’t have a clever moniker yet, but the Scorpion D is a wrecking ball. The Scorpions (6-1 overall, 2-0 in the Pacific View League) posted a 48-0 shutout Oct. 5 […]

Pacifica surges past Channel Islands, 42-28

Pacifica High School Logo, cropped.

It’s not too often Pacifica High generates more total offense through the air than on the ground. That’s what happened during the Tritons’ game against Channel Islands and it turned out a big problem for the host Raiders. Nick Davis threw five touchdown passes, three of them to senior Tauran Nixon, as surging Pacifica defeated […]

Camarillo routs Hueneme, 70-19

Adolfo Camarillo High School Logo.

The clock had just hit 0:00 and already the Camarillo High football team was looking ahead to next week. Camarillo had delivered a 70-19 thrashing of visiting Hueneme to improve to 3-0 in Pacific View League play and set up a showdown with Pacifica. The Tritons matched Camarillo’s 3-0 league record Friday night with a […]

Oxnard rushes past Rio Mesa, 28-14

Oxnard Union High School District Logo.

In recent meetings between Oxnard and Rio Mesa, the Yellowjackets fullbacks have had plenty of success running the ball. All week, Oxnard head coach Mark Beckham kept telling fullback Andrew Valenzuela that his team was expecting big things out of him Friday night. The 5-foot-10 junior didn’t disappoint, rushing for 146 yards, including a 23-yard […]