Woodside, Aragon football teams in the thick of extremely competitive title race 

click to enlarge Woodside quarterback Ricki Hoffer has had a solid season thus far and looks to keep it up in a showdown against Aragon on Friday. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner) - WOODSIDE QUARTERBACK RICKI HOFFER HAS HAD A SOLID SEASON THUS FAR AND LOOKS TO KEEP IT UP IN A SHOWDOWN AGAINST ARAGON ON FRIDAY. (JOSEPH SCHELL/SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER)
  • Woodside quarterback Ricki Hoffer has had a solid season thus far and looks to keep it up in a showdown against Aragon on Friday. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)
  • Woodside quarterback Ricki Hoffer has had a solid season thus far and looks to keep it up in a showdown against Aragon on Friday. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)

The combined record for Aragon and Woodside last season was 5-15.

After last week’s games, the two teams stand at 9-2-1 and meet Friday as both teams jockey for position in the competitive Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division.

“[The team] knows the margin for error is so thin,” Aragon coach Steve Sell said. “Nobody in our league can play poorly and win a game.”

Woodside (4-1-1, 1-1 PAL Ocean) and Aragon (5-1, 1-1) are tied for second in the Ocean with Sequoia and South City.

“The Ocean is the league of no upsets,” Sell said. “There is complete parity.”

Woodside scored 21 points in the fourth quarter last week, including the go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute remaining, to come away with a 42-35 win against Sequoia.

“They’re re-energized by their win last week,” Sell said. “I’m expecting to see a super fired-up Woodside team.”

Woodside won two games in the previous two seasons and fell out of the Bay Division following the 2009 season.

Sell said this Woodside team reminds him of the powerhouse Woodside teams of the past.

“If you focus on any one thing they can beat you with the other,” Sell said. “They’re tough to defend.”

Aragon bounced back against South City 32-22 last week after dropping its first league game to Sequoia.

“We’re kind of confident after the Sequoia game,” Sell said.

Sell said his offensive line has continued to improve, but it is defensively where they will need to hold firm if they are to beat Woodside.

“You got to make them earn it,” Sell said. “That requires your guys doing what they’re supposed to do.”

Part of that will be the production of defensive back Kevin Durhan.

The senior had a huge game against South City with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

“He keeps putting himself into position,” Sell said.

Fullback Victor Jimenez has also had a very good year for Aragon, Sell said.

Sell questioned whether Jimenez could be part of the team because of his responsibilities at home. Jimenez, along with playing football, works to help support his family.

Aragon’s nonleague schedule ended up more impressive than originally thought, Sell said.

Capuchino, Carlmont and Lincoln have a combined league record of 5-1.

The Wildcats’ only league loss is to first place Half Moon Bay, but they can help their own fortunes in the next two weeks with their matchups against Aragon and South City.

Woodside last made the Central Coast Section playoffs in 2008 when they went 8-4 and made it to the semifinals of the Large School Division.

Aragon is hoping to make its first CCS appearance since its run to the Division II semifinals in 2009.

The last time the two teams met was during the 2009 season when Woodside and Aragon were still in the Bay

Division. Aragon won that game 26-13.

 

GAME DAY

Aragon vs. Woodside

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Woodside High School

LAST WEEK: Aragon defeated South City 32-22; Woodside defeated Sequoia 42-35

LAST MEETING: Aragon beat Woodside 26-13 in 2009

RECORDS: Woodside (4-1-1, 1-1); Aragon (5-1, 1-1)

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