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Nordhoff proves to be a Royal pain for San Marcos

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
NHS linebacker Torrey Nicholson (center) defends against a pass intended for Royals receiver Luis Mesino (left).
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
After defeating the San Marcos Royals, 35-13, Sept. 29, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team is just one of three Ventura County football teams to remain undefeated. The others yet to lose a game this season are Calabasas (5-0) and Rio Mesa (6-0).
Nordhoff wasted little time getting on the board against the Royals. In the opening drive of the game, NHS quarterback Parker Johnsen connected with Colby Stevens on back-to-back plays for big gains. Junior running back Brayden Rogers also was picking up chunks of yards behind Nordhoff’s big offensive line.
Facing a fourth-and-four play, Johnsen threw to Rogers who plowed his way to the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown. Jesse Kuehn kicked the point after and the Rangers took an early 7-0 lead.
When San Marcos took possession of the football, the Nordhoff defense got into the act when sophomore Korey Stevens intercepted a pass and zipped 25 yards for a touchdown. Before San Marcos knew what hit them, they trailed 14-0 and it looked like NHS was on its way to a blowout.

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