Fall Notebook : Ventura-Onxard Fans in Fighting Mood


School officials and Oxnard Police Dept. officers acted quickly to avert a potential riot Friday when a fight involving 25 to 30 people broke out following the Ventura-Oxnard football game.

Four people, including three teen-agers, were arrested and charged with fighting on school grounds. No injuries were reported.

“It started out with two people fighting in the parking lot and it got carried away,” Detective Michael Williamson of the Oxnard Police Dept. said. “People were standing around trying to see the action and more people got involved.


Six patrol cars were called to the scene before order was restored.

Coaches sound off: Coaches whose teams were on the losing end of Channel League openers last week had plenty to gripe about.

“We don’t have a very goal-oriented team,” Ventura Coach Harvey Kochel said after the Cougars lost to Oxnard, 32-20. “We don’t pay attention to details. I admit we’re playing with a bunch of young kids. They try hard. But they don’t always pay attention.”

Meanwhile, Dos Pueblos found a soft spot in Hueneme’s interior and ran away with a 28-6 victory.

“This league is like a street fight and our line doesn’t have any hard hitters,” Hueneme Coach George Machado said. “If you get hit in the mouth, you should be able to get up on two feet and swing back. We need more Mr. T’s and fewer Pee Wee Hermans.

“We don’t even have quiche eaters on our team. The crust is too tough for them to chew through.”

Buena Coach Rick Scott said he was embarrassed as a coach for the first time during the Bulldogs’ 6-3 loss to San Marcos.

“We were a much better team than they were, but we didn’t come to play,” Scott said. “On the first play, our quarterback forgot to send a player in motion. We had to call timeouts because we didn’t have enough men on the field.

“There wasn’t school on Friday because of a district in-service program. I guess it threw us out of sync.”

Outruns linemen: Oxnard High quarterback Johnel Turner rushed 22 times for 228 yards and the Yellowjackets, as a team, had 392 yards rushing against Ventura last week.

“Turner may be the best athlete in the league,” Kochel said. “If we didn’t have Chris Thomas out there making tackles, Turner would have had 400 yards and Oxnard would have scored 85 points.”

Press for record: Santa Clara didn’t know it had a potential Ventura County record-setter on the field against St. Bonaventure last week until a newspaper reporter informed Coach Steve Dann.

Wide receiver Matt Young had 9 receptions in the first half and needed 5 more to break the record of 13 set by Santa Paula receiver Dennis Carney in 1985.

With Santa Clara leading, 28-0, Dann decided to go for the record.

“I was told at halftime he was close to a record,” said Dann, whose team won, 42-14. “We didn’t mean to pick on them, but I wanted Matt to get the record.”

Young finished with a record 15 catches for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Short changed: Carney is the cousin of Santa Paula quarterback Rick Carpenter, who is on a pace to set county and school records of his own.

Carpenter, the leading passer in the county, needs 50 yards to surpass 1,000. Carpenter completed 16 of 25 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown in a 41-0 victory over Bishop Diego.

Football miscellany: Buena had zero yards rushing against San Marcos. . . . Hueneme running back Freddie Bradley rushed for a career-low 42 yards in 15 carries against Dos Pueblos. His past low was 58 yards as a sophomore against Camarillo. . . . Hueneme wide receiver Carlos Cardenas caught a school-record 7 passes against Dos Pueblos. Gabe Diaz held the previous mark of 6, which was also set against Dos Pueblos, in 1987. . . . Machado will celebrate his 39th birthday Friday. . . . Fillmore tailback David Sherrell, who replaced an injured Anthony Chessani, carried 10 times for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns in Fillmore’s 35-0 victory over Paraclete. . . . Santa Paula running back Dustin Magdaleno had touchdown runs of 49 and 50 yards. . . . Santa Clara needed only 41 plays to score 42 points against St. Bonaventure. The Saints (4-0) ran only 4 offensive plays in the third quarter.

More turnovers: Ventura College, which has committed 10 turnovers in the past 2 games, had 4 in a 17-7 loss to Santa Monica City College last week.

The Corsairs converted 2 Ventura turnovers into touchdowns in the second half. Ventura’s only score came on quarterback Juan Moreno’s 26-yard pass to wide receiver Robert Worsley in the second quarter.

Running back Terrell Smith led Ventura in rushing with 59 yards in 14 carries. The Pirates (1-2) had 268 total yards, including 110 yards rushing and 158 yards passing.

Moreno completed 12 of 21 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Ventura held Santa Monica to 46 yards passing and allowed 148 yards on the ground.

The Pirates play host to West Los Angeles on Saturday.

Mr. Roberts: Larry Roberts, a sophomore fullback at Moorpark College, had his best game of the season against Compton College on Saturday. He rushed for 157 yards in 28 carries to lead Moorpark to a 17-7 victory.

Roberts has gained 383 yards in 61 carries and scored 4 touchdowns in 3 games. Moorpark had 351 total yards against Compton, while the Raider defense held Compton to 124 yards.

Quarterback Jayson Merrill threw his second touchdown of the season and completed 6 of 11 passes for 86 yards.

Moorpark (3-0) plays host to Pierce Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Staff writer Ralph Nichols contributed to this notebook.