Saturday, September 16, 2006

Game 2 *** SIMI VALLEY vs PACIFICA ***

Press Prediction: Pacifica 20, Simi Valley 17: Pacifica's sophomore QB Vincent Moraga was solid in first varsity start. Simi Valley's speed makes this an intriguing game.

Real Score:
Simi Valley 20 Pacifica 14

Whadda 'bout Langston Jackson?

....Three Touchdowns and a whole lotta yards! Up, Up and away!

Simi Valley 20, Pacifica 14
By Mike Johnson
Adam Hernandez picked off a pass at Simi Valley's 15-yard line with 1:18 left to play to secure the win for the host Pioneers (1-1). A 10-yard scoring pass from Vince Moraga to Herman Young gave Pacifica of Oxnard (0-2) a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. Simi Valley's Langston Jackson scored on a 6-yard run just before halftime to tie the score.
Jackson, who rushed for 117 yards on 25 carries, scored on a 4-yard run on the first possession of the fourth quarter added a 12-yard touchdown run on the next series as the Pioneers took command.,1375,VCS_136_4998953,00.html

Simi Valley has right attitude to beat Pacifica By Loren Ledin, September 16, 2006
After the Simi Valley High football team finally wrapped up its first victory Friday night in its newly renovated stadium, coach Todd Borowski liked his team's win, but loved his players' attitudes.
"We're such a young team, and you never know how they are going to react," said Borowski after the Pioneers' 20-14 non-league victory over Pacifica High. "But looking at their faces in our postgame huddle, they were sullen. Here they were, they had won the first home game in our renovated stadium, and they looked like they had lost.

"That showed me they care. They made some mistakes at the end, and they weren't happy about that. That's a sign they want to get better."
Langston Jackson rushed for 98 yards and three touchdowns, including scoring runs of 4 and 13 yards in the fourth quarter, and Simi Valley survived two late fumbles and a determined comeback by Pacifica to inaugurate its refurbished stadium with the six-point victory.
Pacifica wide receiver Raynard Pamilton hauled in two scoring passes from sophomore quarterback Vince Moraga, including a 69-yard catch-and-run with 2:26 remaining that made Simi Valley sweat out the win.
In the end, it was a outcome both sides could build upon. Youngish Simi Valley leveled its record at 1-1, got solid games from Jackson, quarterback Brandon Fricke (9 for 16, 94 yards) and its defense and built a 20-7 lead in the final period before preserving the victory on Adam Hernandez's interception inside the final 1:30.

Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior, said the Pioneers were motivated to win the first game played on the new synthetic surface at Bob Jacob Memorial Stadium.
"It was a big deal for us," he said. "We're pretty much a new team in our new stadium. It definitely feels good to win this one."
Pacifica, playing sound defense behind linebacker Masi Tuitama, also evened its season record at 1-1. But it may have taken a notable step forward.

Coach Donnie Rea lauded his team's tenacity in hanging tough, then scratching out a chance to win in the waning minutes. First the Tritons turned a fumbled punt by Simi Valley into a clutch pass play by Pamilton and Moraga. On fourth-and-22 from the Pacifica 35, Moraga hit Pamilton near the 50-yard-line, and the receiver sped into the end zone with 2:26 remaining.
On Simi Valley's next series, Pacifica recovered a fumble pitch at the Simi Valley 45 with 1:29 remaining. On the next play, Hernandez intercepted the pace to ice the win.
"We're turning the corner," said Rea. "Our guys battled to the end and gave us a chance to win. We hit the home run, and we fall on the loose football. We're one play away from winning this game."
Locked in a 7-7 tie after three periods, Simi Valley ultimately seized control with two short scoring drives.
Jackson finished off a six-play, 45-yard drive with a 4-yard off-tackle burst with 7:58 remaining. After recovering a Pacific fumble at the 28, Simi Valley converted five plays later on Jackson's 13-yard scoring run.

" I told ya!"

Friday's Stars
By Star staff September 16, 2006

--MICHAEL LEE, St. Bonaventure: Rushes for 211 yards on 26 carries to lead the Seraphs to their close win over Canyon.
-- DOUG SHUMWAY, Agoura: Backup quarterback completes 22 of 35 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-26 win over Camarillo.
LANGSTON JACKSON, Simi Valley: Runs for 98 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a victory over Pacifica.
-- DARRELL SCOTT, Moorpark: Rushes for 260 yards and three touchdowns to spark the victory over Ventura.
-- MARCUS HUNT, Royal: Keys the defensive effort that garners six sacks in a shutout win over Hueneme.
-- TYLER BEVIN, Buena: Piles up 117 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries in a victory over Channel Islands.

Even he says, "Don't sleep on Simi!"