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STATWATCH : In Passing, Westervelt Continues Hart Tradition

What can you say about Rob Westervelt that hasn’t already been said about Darren Renfro and Jim Bonds?

If the Hart quarterback continues at his current pace, Westervelt--as did Renfro and Bonds in each of the past 2 years--will finish the season as the Valley’s leading passer.

With his 226-yard performance in the Indians’ 21-10 win over Burroughs, Westervelt moved ahead of Alemany’s Joey Rosselli among Valley passers. Westervelt, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 195-pound junior, has completed 98 of 171 passes for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns.

First-year Hart Coach Dave Carson likens Westervelt to Renfro and Bonds--quarterbacks he tried to contain while coaching at Burbank. “I think Bonds had a stronger arm,” Carson said. “And Renfro had much better feet. But Robby is so competitive--he makes things happen. He’s damn good, and if he keeps progressing, he’s going to be awesome.”

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Rushing: Channel Islands running back John Johnson passed Ventura’s Lamont Fields to move into third place on the Ventura County career rushing list. Johnson, who has been hampered by a pair of sprained ankles and arthroscopic knee surgery this season, has 2,941 career yards. Marc Monestime of Thousand Oaks heads the list with 4,054 yards, followed by Johnson’s brother Hilria, who rushed for 3,709 yards.

Canyon running backs Chris Peery and Robert Leary twice have rushed for more than 100 yards in the same game. Peery, who has 667 yards and 10 touchdowns, rushed for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns in 21 carries last week. Leary, who has 369 yards, gained 106 yards in 13 carries.

Canyon rolled up 500 yards--the most any Valley team has gained this season--in a 58-6 win over Burroughs of Ridgecrest.

Passing: After throwing 5 interceptions in a season-opening loss to Redlands, Crespi’s Ron Redell has completed 51 of 75 passes (68%) for 697 yards and 7 touchdowns and thrown 4 interceptions in 5 games. Against Alemany last week, he completed 11 of 14 for 139 yards despite a separated shoulder he suffered on his throwing arm in Crespi’s previous game.

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Defense: In 1986, Kennedy had the Valley-area’s best defense, allowing opponents an average of 80.8 yards a game and giving up only 86 points all season. This year, the Golden Cougars are allowing an average of 300.3 yards a game--nearly 80 a quarter--and already have surrendered 110 points. . . . Linebacker Steve Zamora leads Royal with 49 unassisted tackles and has assisted in 19.

Streaks: Curtis Scott of Monroe has rushed for more than 100 yards in 6 consecutive games. Scott, who rushed for a season-high 208 yards against Sylmar, has gained 1,003 yards in 150 carries and scored 9 touchdowns during the streak.

FOOTBALL TOP 10 Selected by sportswriters of The Times

Last Rk Wk Team League Record 1 1 Channel Islands Marmonte 5-1 2 3 Granada Hills North Valley 5-1 3 4 Hart Foothill 4-2 4 5 Reseda Mid-Valley 5-0 5 6 Canyon Golden 4-2 6 7 Crespi Del Rey 3-3 7 2 San Fernando North Valley 3-3 8 9 Thousand Oaks Marmonte 4-2 9 10 Chaminade S.F. Valley 5-1 10 NR Cleveland West Valley 3-2

NR--Not ranked.


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