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Football: Palos Verdes is back in its role as Northern Division spoiler

November 06, 2013|By Eric Sondheimer

 A year ago, Palos Verdes came on strong at the end of the regular season and dominated during the playoffs en route to winning the Northern Division championship.

The Sea Kings are doing it again. They could easily be 9-0 but final-minute losses to Narbonne and Newport Harbor have them at 7-2 and they are ranked No. 1 in this week's Northern Division rankings.

A win over Peninsula on Friday will give Palos Verdes another Bay League championship.

The team once again relies on a variety of players. Running back Tyler Moore is closing in on 1,000 yards rushing and has 15 touchdowns. Quarterback Dan DiRocco and receivers Joey Chenoweth and Lance Brown have been effective. Defensive players Lucas Cooper, Phillip Bernard and Hiro Yamamoto come through with big plays. And the team went five consecutive games scoring at least one touchdown on special teams.

Foothill League teams Valencia, Hart and Canyon should offer competition in the Northern Division, but Palos Verdes has already demonstrated it's the team to beat.

Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

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