Simi Valley, Buena must wait one more day
By Loren Ledin Saturday, September 8, 2007
When it was official Friday night, head football coaches Todd Borowski of Simi Valley and Justin Berenson of Buena met near midfield, all smiles.
"How many times do you see both coaches walk away at the end looking happy?" said Berenson.
On this weird night, what else to do?
A blown transformer cut the power to Simi Valley High on Friday, forcing postponement of the season-opening football game between Simi Valley and Buena.
The good news? There will be a kickoff to the season after all, with the game rescheduled for tonight at 7:30 at Simi Valley High.
The power outage began at 2:40 p.m., said Simi Valley athletic director Matt LaBelle.
"The power flickered, and everyone began having problems," LaBelle said.
Southern California Edison power crews soon traced the problems off-campus, but were unable to replace the broken equipment. Instead, repairs are expected to be completed today.
"It's disappointing," said Berenson. "You're ready to play. You make the long bus ride here. But we'll get another chance (today)."
The Marmonte is a tough call this year. There doesn't appear to be a clear pre-season favorite like we had in Moorpark last year. Westlake appears in SoCal rankings based primarily on reputation and coaching. At this point, I'm not sure a team will come out of the Marmonte that will be a plausible threat to St. Bonnie or Hart for the Northern Division title. All this being said, here are my rankings, pulled directly from my a$$:
1. Westlake (They won league last year and have the skill positions covered, so Coach Benkert gets the nod.)
2. Thousand Oaks (Junior class has dominated their age group for many years, their defense should be much improved with the new coach, and their running back is a horse.)
3. Newbury Park (They have the skill position players to execute their pass crazy offense and should score a lot of points. Their offensive line has been getting a lot of buzz as well - as ususal, defense is the question.)
4. Agoura (Huge offensive line and returning solid QB. Question as to whether they have the skill players to run their spread)
5. Simi Valley (Could be the surprise team in the Marmonte. Best RB in the league in Langston Jackson along with a lot of speedy defensive players and receivers returning. Questions at QB and up front)
6. Moorpark (Best QB and coaching in the league, but what else? Very small on defense.)
7. Royal (Usually a strong ball control team, not sure if they have the beef this year. Great LB returning, but skill positions are unknown).
8. Calabasas (This is my most confident pick. This is just a case of a team being in the wrong league. They may win a non-league game this year to break the losing streak.)
Simi Valley 28, Buena 14
Buena 7 7 0 0—14
Simi Valley 7 7 0 0—28
SV — Barona 11 pass from Zahorik (Castro kick). 5:11.
Bue — McCowan 3 run (Mietzner kick), 0:55.
SV — Dowling 5 run (Castro kick), 9:59.
Bue — McCowan 1 run (Mietzner kick), 4:10.
SV — Green 95 fumble recovery (Castro kick), 11:47.
SV — Williams 49 pass from Zahorik (Castro kick), 5:57.
@FB Teams Stats:First downs 8 15
Rushes-yards 24-167 37-188
Passing 81 96
Total yards 229 276
Comp-Att-Int 7-14-1 6-15-3
Sacks-yards lost 3-19 1-8
Punts-Avg. 5-35.2 5.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards 7-65 4-45
RUSHING — Buena: McCowan 18-138, Winslow 4-24, Rosales , Pelupessy 1-2. Simi Valley: Jackson 25-147, Dowling 9-43, Zahorik 3-(—3).
PASSING — Buena: Winslow 7-14-1-81. Simi Valley: Zahorik 6-15-3-96.
RECEIVING — Buena: Beeson 1, Perry 1-23, McCowan 2-17, Selvey 2-15, Rosales 1-5. Simi Valley: Williams 2-50, Jackson 2-23, Swayze 1-12, Barona 1-11.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
TEAM RECORDS: Buena 0-1, Simi Valley 1-0.
California High School Football - Buena drops to Simi Valley (September 8, 2007: Simi Valley, CA 93063) In Saturday's non-league game, the Simi Valley Pioneers (Simi Valley, CA) football team knocked off the visiting Buena Bulldogs (Ventura, CA), by a score of 28-14. The Pioneers (1-0) will now prepare for their game against Pacifica (Oxnard, CA). The Tritons come into the non-league game with a 0-1 record. In their last game, Pacifica was knocked off by Cabrillo (Lompoc, CA), 44-7, in a non-league game. The Bulldogs now sport a 0-1 record. They take the field next when they host Channel Islands for a non-league game on Friday, September 14. Buena will battle a Raiders team coming off a 14-0 non-league loss to Santa Paula (Santa Paula, CA). The Raiders record now stands at 0-2.
Simi Valley beats Buena behind Jackson's 172 yards
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Article Last Updated:09/09/2007 02:16:30 AM PDT
Langston Jackson had 172 yards on 24 carries, including 106 yards that set up two first-half touchdowns, as host Simi Valley recorded a 28-14 nonleague football victory Saturday over Buena of Ventura.
Jarod Zahorik connected with James Barona on an 11-yard pass and Tommy Dowling added a 1-yard run in the second quarter for the Pioneers, who held Buena to two first-half first downs.
Evan Green recovered a fumble and returned it 96 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter and Zahorik connected with Keith Williams on a 54-yard touchdown pass with 5:51 left to cap the scoring for Simi Valley.
- Bret Taylor
Simi Valley hits the switch to beat Buena
By Loren Ledin Sunday, September 9, 2007
The power was restored to the Simi Valley High stadium early Saturday morning. The spark was supplied to the Pioneers football team right at the top of the fourth quarter.
With visiting Buena poised to unlock a 14-14 deadlock with a first-and-goal from the 5-yard line, Simi Valley cornerback Evan Green produced the game's electrifying moment.
The junior defensive back plucked a fumble by Buena running back Vince McCowan in midair, then dashed 95 yards to the go-ahead score that ultimately delivered Simi Valley's 28-14 victory in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.
"The ball popped out right in front of me, and I took it right out of the air," said Green, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior. "When I broke through the opening, I knew I had a chance.
"It's a great feeling. We really wanted this victory."
Simi Valley's Langston Jackson, demonstrating success in his switch to fullback, rushed for 147 yards on 25 carries, including 37 clutch yards in a fourth-quarter possession that took time off the clock and the last chance from the Bulldogs.
Buena running back Vince McCowan rushed for 138 yards on 18 carries, including an 86-yard burst in the second period that set up Buena's tying touchdown.
The Buena defense notched three interceptions, including a pair by Anthony Pelupessy.
At halftime, the game was tied at 14-14.
For both teams, it was a first game that, well, took awhile. Simi Valley and Buena were scheduled to play Friday night, but a power outage forced postponement until Saturday night.
Simi Valley had to sweat it out until the final quarter before finally putting the victory on ice.
First, the Bulldogs came up with their fourth turnover of the game, a muffed punt that gave them possession at the Simi Valley 19-yard-line.
Two penalties later, facing a first-and-30 from the 39-yard line, Buena quarterback Rex Winslow connected with Nick Beeson on a 34-yard completion to the 5-yard line.
On the first play of the fourth period, Evan turned around the game with his recovery and score. With 11:47 left in the final period, Simi Valley led, 21-14.
"It's a good game for us," said Simi Valley coach Todd Borowski. "We're so young, and we committed so many mistakes. We finally had a break go our way, and we capitalized on it. It's a good way for us to start the season."
Leading 21-14, Simi Valley all but cinched the win on their next possession. Pinned on their own 4-yard-line, Simi Valley turned to Jackson, who took the Pioneers to midfield on five carries.
On first down from the 49-yard line, Simi Valley quarterback Jared Zahorik hit Keith Williams on a streak pattern for a 49-yard touchdown and a 28-14 lead with 5:57 remaining.
_2007 Ventura County Star
Simi Valley running back Langston Jackson rushed for 172 yards on 24 carries, including 106 yards in the first half and 37-yards on a key fourth quarter possession to ice a 28-14 victory for the Pioneers over Buena. Jared Zahorik and James Barona hooked up for an 11-yard pass and Tommy Dowling added a 1-yard scoring run. Evan Green returned a fumble 96-yards on the first play of the fourth quarter.
By Brandon Huffman
Publisher/GoldenStatePreps.com Posted Aug 28, 2007