Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, CA)

Nickname: Lions
Colors: Cardinal/Gold
Coach: Bill Redell
League: Tri-Valley
Section: Southern
Playoff Division: Northwest (X)
Playoff Division Rank: #1
CA Bowl Division: South 3 (not yet official)
CA Bowl Division Rank: #1

Returning Offensive Starters: 8
Returning Defensive Starters: 7
2007 JV Record: 9-1
Starting Quarterback Returning: no
Top Running Back Returning: yes

2007 Final Power Rating: 45.2
2007 National Rank: #301
2007 State Rank: #28
Off-Season Rating Adjustment: +8.5
2008 Starting Power Rating: 53.7
2008 National Rank: #92
2008 State Rank: #9
Dynasty Rating (Average 2003-2007 Rating): 40.9
Dynasty National Rank: #115
2008 Rating vs. Dynasty Rating Comparison: better by 12.8
Dynasty Record: 65-5 (24-3 in league)

2007 Overall Record: 11-3
2007 League Record/Finish: 4-1 (tied for 1st)
2007 Points For Average: 41.4
2007 Points Against Average: 16.5
2007 Differential: +24.9
2007 Wins: #1554 Diamond Ranch (Pomona) (34-21), #1742 Serra (Gardena) (44-7), #1831 Oak Park (34-0), #2324 Nordhoff (Ojai) (42-6), #2324 Nordhoff (Ojai) (52-7), #3698 San Dimas (56-27), #3771 Muir (Pasadena) (36-20), #5227 Carpinteria (42-14), #5299 Lompoc (49-14), #7484 Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) (48-0), #10204 Santa Paula (55-8)
2007 Losses: #70 St. Bonaventure (Ventura) (41-33), #1311 Venice (Los Angeles) (41-35), #1831 Oak Park (25-20)
2007 Opponents W-L: 105-58-2
Recent Section/State Championships: 2007, 2006, 2006 (Bowl III), 2005 (XI), 2004 (XI), 2003 (XI)
Recent League Championships: 2007 (tied for 1st), 2006, 2005, 2004
Winning Streak Entering 2008 Season: 7
Streak List: 10/26/07 Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) (48-0), 11/2/07 Nordhoff (Ojai) (42-6), 11/9/07 Santa Paula (55-8), 11/16/07 San Dimas (56-27), 11/23/07 Serra (Gardena) (44-7), 11/30/07 Oak Park (34-0), 12/7/07 Nordhoff (Ojai) (52-7)

2008 Schedule: 9/5 at Bakersfield Christian (Bakersfield), 9/12 at Muir (Pasadena), 9/19 Diamond Ranch (Pomona), 9/26 at Chaminade (West Hills), 10/3 Venice (Los Angeles), 10/17 vs Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara), 10/24 Carpinteria, 10/31 at Oak Park, 11/7 Santa Clara (Oxnard), 11/14 Nordhoff (Ojai)
Highest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Bakersfield Christian (Bakersfield) (36.3), Santa Clara (Oxnard) (34.8), Oak Park (24.2)
Lowest-Rated 2008 Regular Season Opponents: Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) (14.7), Carpinteria (16.3), Nordhoff (Ojai) (16.5)
2007 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 16.4 (21.8 overall)
2008 Regular Season Schedule Strength: 22.5
2008 vs. 2007 Schedule Strength Comparison: +6.1
2008 Projected Regular Season Record: 10-0
2008 Projected League Finish: 1st
2008 Undefeated Regular Season Probability: 80%
Opener: 9/5 at Bakersfield Christian (Bakersfield) [projection: 41-26 win]

Outlook: Defending Southern Section Northwest Division champion Oaks Christian would like to not only add another SS divisional title to their trophy case, but also another CIF State title (winners in 2006). As if last year's team wasn't tough enough (at least when at full strength), 15 starters will be returning for the 2008 campaign. To further demonstrate the problems this program will be delivering to others, many of those returners are only going to be juniors. On any other team, a 2000-yard rusher would be the biggest news and the focus of the team, especially when he did that as a sophomore. Well, this isn't just any team. Two high-profile transfers at the QB position have made their way over to the Westlake Village campus. Tony Macarena transferred from nearby powerhouse St. Bonaventure and, if you can believe it, some guy named Montana thinks he can also play the position. Yes, the son of Joe, Nick Montana and his family have moved from the Bay Area, where he was attending another national powerhouse and defending state champion, De La Salle. TE Christopher Coyle (Arizona St. commit) will lead yet another talented group of targets for whomever wins that QB battle. Again, continuing the theme of youth, the defense will be a solid blend of seniors and juniors who have seen extensive play time already, including junior LB Zach Stout (the team's leading tackler in '07) and senior DB Nick Nugwynne. Many of the stars mentioned from the offense are also standouts on the Lion D. This team will be tested by an upgraded non-league schedule (including Bakersfield Christian, Diamond Ranch, Chaminade, and Venice, who won last year's contest). Whether or not there is anyone in the division good enough to prevent Oaks Christian from being a major factor in the CIF D-III Bowl selection meeting remains to be seen, but an interesting game will take place on November 7th, against divisional newcomer and defending Mid-Valley division champion, Santa Clara of Oxnard.