The Acorn’s Marmonte League Game of the Year

Moorpark Musketeers (9-0) at Westlake Warriors (9-0) Tonight, 7 p.m.

This is what everyone’s been waiting for. Moorpark vs. Westlake. The battle between undefeated Marmonte League heavyweights in the regular-season finale is more than a big game—it’s the most anticipated matchup in the county this week, and perhaps all of Southern California as well. That’s no exaggeration, at least for the players. “This is the biggest regularseason game of the […]

Players to Watch

Moorpark Westlake QB Brian Blechen QB/DB Nick Isham QB Brody Rohach WR/DB Nelson Spruce RB/CB Austin Edmonson RB Tavior Mowry OT Joe Frank DL Justin Solis LB Marc Palacios LB Adrian Muguerza Outlook Big names, big game. This is a matchup between two of the premier high school football programs in Ventura County. Winner takes the Marmonte League championship and […]

Tonight’s schedule

Newbury Park at Thousand Oaks 7 p.m. Agoura at Calabasas 7 p.m. Royal at Simi Valley 7 p.m. Oaks Christian at Nordhoff 7:30 p.m. Santa Paula vs. Grace Brethren 7:30 p.m. (at Moorpark College)

Marmonte standings

Tri-Valley standings

Other local football matchups

Newbury Park (7-2) at Thousand Oaks (5-4)

Outlook: Sure, third place in the final Marmonte League standing is at stake, as is a slightly better postseason seeding. But let’s be honest here, folks, this rivalry game is all about bragging rights, be it now or 15 years down the line. Top-level talent is on display. Newbury Park tailback Cameron Roberson is a bruising ball-carrier, and wideout Phillip […]

OCHS (9-0) at Nordhoff (8-1)

Outlook: The victor of this contest goes home with the TriValley League crown. Nordhoff was extremely impressive in shutting out Oak Park 28-0 during last week’s OPHS homecoming game. The Rangers held Oak Park’s offense to 107 total yards in Week 9 but face an entirely different test against vaunted Oaks Christian on Friday. The OCHS offense continues to pile […]

Last week’s top performers

Richard Mullaney and Cameron Schneider, DBs, Thousand Oaks: In a must-win game against Royal, Mullaney and Schneider both picked off two Highlander passes to help lead the Lancers to a 35-14 victory. Dallas Clayton, RB, Westlake: The Chicago native, in his first year at Westlake, rushed eight times for 113 yards and a pair of scores as the Warriors pummeled […]

Big as a bear, but cool as a cat

Moorpark’s 6-foot-3 senior Danny Lorch is the heart and soul of boys’ water polo team

Danny Lorch and Shaquille O’Neal have a few things in common. Lorch, an imposing 6-foot-3, 260-pound senior whole set for the Moorpark High boys’ water polo team, is like the NBA center in many ways. Just like Shaq, Lorch occupies the middle—of the pool, not the hardwood—and takes a physical beating while notching plenty of goals. Lorch has a big […]

Musketeer girls’ tennis squad wins wild-card match

The Moorpark High girls’ tennis team opened the CIFSouthern Section Division 1 playoffs with a 14-4 wild-card round victory Tuesday afternoon at Estancia. With the win, the Musketeers improved to 14-7 on the season. Moorpark finished fourth in the Marmonte League standings behind Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Westlake. MHS played at Pacific Coast League champion Corona del Mar in […]