Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Based on the recent performance of both teams, MaxPreps predicts on: 10/27/2006
Thousand Oaks (CA) will beat Simi Valley (CA) with a final score of 31 - 21.

Press Prediction:
Thousand Oaks 28, Simi Valley 24: The last four games in this series have been decided by a total of 16 points. Expect more of the same here as both teams jockey for chance at the postseason. By Derry Eads, October 27, 2006

Thousand Oaks 23, Simi Valley 15
By George Vranau
Ryan Cloney completed 14 of 24 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns to lead the visiting Lancers (5-3, 3-2) past Simi Valley (3-5, 1-4).
Albert Sheehan made eight receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns, a 29-yarder to cap an eight-play, 67-yard drive on Thousand Oaks' first possession and a 25-yarder in the second quarter.
John Lister rushed for 193 yards on 21 carries and scored on a 44-yard run to give the Lancers a 23-7 lead after three quarters. Langston Jackson ran for 125 yards on 24 carries and scored on runs of 11 and 4 yards for Simi Valley. The Pioneers had the ball on Thousand Oaks' 22 with 2:12 to play and an opportunity to tie the score, but a Brandon Fricke lateral to Chance Cross was fumbled away,1375,VCS_136_5101219,00.html
Defense saves Thousand Oaks
By Loren Ledin, October 28, 2006
Whenever adversity strikes, the Thousand Oaks High football team's defensive unit likes to call on togetherness.
"We all get in a circle and ask ourselves, ‘Do you believe? Do you believe,' " said junior safety Scott Luft. "We trust each other. We believe in each other. We count on that to get us through."
With a game and, perhaps, a season on the line, such faith proved crucial for the Lancers Friday night.
After three major penalties — including a pass interference ruling on fourth-and-nine — had pushed Simi Valley to within 23 yards of a touchdown and a possible tying two-point conversion, the Thousand Oaks defense produced a clinching play.
Simi Valley's Chance Cross grabbed a short pass, lost the football when tackled, and Thousand Oaks came up with the fumble recovery with just under two minutes remaining to preserve a 23-15 Marmonte League victory at Simi Valley High.
Ryan Cloney threw for two touchdowns and 159 yards in the first half, John Lister rushed for 182 yards and one touchdown and the Thousand Oaks defense held Simi Valley to two scores and 214 yards as the Lancers held firm in the league race at 3-2 (5-3 overall).
Simi Valley, despite 126 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Langston Jackson, drops to 1-4 in league and 3-5 overall.
Coming off back-to-back losses, including a 10-point defeat to archrival Westlake last week, Thousand Oaks was hit by more adversity against the Pioneers. The Lancers accumulated 12 penalties for 130 yards, including 30 yards on one play on Simi Valley's final possession, while the Pioneers were whistled for zero infractions.
Penalties for a personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct after Luft was called for knocking down Simi Valley receiver Sammy Scherr following an incomplete pass positioned Simi Valley at the Thousand Oaks 39-yard line in the final minutes. "You know what? You just have to keep playing," said Luft. "That's what we did. We kept playing and came up with the plays when we needed them."
Thousand Oaks coach Mike Sanders appreciated his team's character.
"I've been coaching football for a long time, since 1976, and this is the most resilient team I've ever had," he said. "Despite all the adversity they've been through, they came up with the effort to win this game."
Thousand Oaks scored on all three possessions in the first half, including touchdown passes of 29 and 25 yards from Cloney to Albert Sheehan, to grab a 16-7 lead at halftime. Lister, a sophomore, broke loose on a 44-yard run midway through the third period to up the advantage to 23-7. But Thousand Oaks wasn't the only resilient team on the field. Coming off a 52-23 loss to Newbury Park a week ago, Simi Valley was aching for a comeback.
Simi Valley engineered an 11-play, 84 yard drive that ended with Jackson's 4-yard scoring run at the top of the final quarter.
After twice forcing Thousand Oaks to punt, Simi Valley nearly made good with their last opportunity. Quarterbck Brandon Fricke (9 for 24, 77 yards) drove the Pioneers 57 yards to the Thousand Oaks 23, the last 15 yards covered by a pass interference call. The fumble on first-and-10 ended the last chance. "We're playing well enough to keep ourselves in the games, but we're not getting any breaks to put us over the hump," said Simi Valley coach Todd Borowski. "Most of the time, we shoot ourselves in the foot. We played them even, I know that. We just didn't make the plays to win the game."
Cloney finished 14 of 24, but was only 1 of 6 for 15 yards in the second half. Sheehan had eight receptions for 117 yards.
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