Week 9 Thursday games provide some surprises

Santa Fe 19, Pioneer 7
A surprise here only because of the 12-point differential. Was Pioneer’s defense that much improved (RB Aaron Turner got only 68 yards on 16 carries, well below his season yardage averages of 180 a game and 9 per carry), or is the Chiefs’ offense considerably less than rated without him? It appears the defense turned in another impressive effort against a team averaging 23 points a game.

La Mirada 28, Artesia 20
Kudos all ’round to the Matadores (3-6, 3-2) who put themselves in position for another trip to the postseason playoffs. QB Daniel Poncedeleon led the way with 12 for 19 for 233 yards and two touchdowns. Artesia was 7-2 overall, 4-1 in the Suburban League and ranked No. 6 in this week’s Southern Division poll.

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