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LOCAL COLLEGES: VALLEY WILL TRY TO MAKE AMENDS.

Byline: Patrick Hipes Daily News Staff Writer

Valley College hopes to rebound tonight at 7 when it travels to face Western State Conference opponent Allan Hancock at Righetti High School in Santa Maria.

The Monarchs (2-1) are recovering from last week's 25-7 loss to top-ranked Bakersfield, which limited the best offense in the WSC to 61 total yards. They dropped from No. 4 to No. 7 in the JC Athletic Bureau regional coaches' poll.

Hancock (3-0), which jumped past Valley to No. 5 in Southern California after a 27-23 victory over Moorpark, features running back/kick returner Delray Pointer, who averages 33.3 yards per kick return and has six touchdowns.

In other area games:

Santa Barbara (2-2) at Moorpark (1-2), 7 p.m.: This might be the best game between teams with mediocre records. The Vaqueros were highly regarded in the preseason but lost close games to Valley (30-17) and last week to underrated Santa Monica (26-25). The Raiders fumbled away an upset victory at Hancock last week, and had to play Bakersfield and tough Antelope Valley as part of a rugged early-season schedule.

West L.A. (2-1) vs. Glendale (0-4) at Glendale High School, 1 p.m.: The Vaqs haven't started 0-4 since 1987 but might need to think about 0-5 as they face the Oilers in their homecoming game at Moyse Field. Freshman quarterback Chris Cervantes is doubtful (bruised knee) so John Carnevali should start for injury-plagued Glendale. The Oilers are coming off a bye last week after wins over Pierce and Ventura on the strength of their offense, which averages a conference-high 407 yards per game. Glendale is 10th in the WSC in team defense.

Harbor (3-1) at Ventura (0-3), 1 p.m.: After averaging just 15 points per game, Pirates coach Terry Morris is expected to shake up his lineup. Running back Ricardo Diaz is second in the WSC in rushing (424 yards, three TDs) and quarterback Jack Hawley completes 65 percent of his passes for the Seahawks, who have won three straight.

Southwest (2-2) at Pierce (0-3), 7 p.m.: If the Brahmas hope to end their 21-game losing streak they better hurry. After this week's game they host Valley, with Bakersfield and Santa Barbara looming down the road. They are last in team defense, allowing 391 yards per game. Southwest is last in team offense and struggled to beat Glendale 20-14 last week.

Cal Lutheran (1-3, 0-1) at La Verne (2-2, 2-1), 1 p.m.: The Kingsmen had more than one chance in the final quarter of last week's loss to defending SCIAC champ Redlands, but it gets no easier with La Verne this week and upstart Whittier next week. The Leopards don't have Anthony Rice any more but have won two in a row, beating Claremont-Mudd 17-6 last Saturday.

Azusa Pacific (1-3) at Occidental (0-3, 0-1), 7 p.m.: The Tigers are young and struggling, just what the Cougars need. Oxy lost 41-7 to Menlo last week. APU back Elijah Raphael (knee) is healthy for the first time this season and that is not good for the Tigers. He's rushed for 283 yards in three games against tough tough opponents, including Cal State Northridge and NAIA power Hardin Simmons.
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Title Annotation:SPORTS
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Oct 11, 1997
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