GOODWILL—Thousand Oaks High football players and coaches embrace Saugus players before their Sept. 7 game at College of the Canyons. Saugus junior Christian Nsubuga died days before the game. Courtesy of Paulette Worthy


1. Thousand Oaks (0-4)

In a heartwarming gesture, Thousand Oaks players walked to the Saugus sideline to give white roses, shake hands and hug their opponents before last week’s game. The tribute was for Christian Nsubuga, a Saugus junior football player who died earlier in the week. The Lancers lost the game 42-6 at College of the Canyons. Trevor Howarth (15 tackles, one sack), Andrew Lichtenstein (13 tackles, one fumble recovery) and Colton Ledford (one interception) led Thousand Oaks’ defense. One Saugus parent wrote to a T.O. coach: “It brought tears to several eyes and lumps in a lot of throats for the people in the stands. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a high school sporting event in a while.” Thousand Oaks’ act of sportsmanship is one few Acorn football fans will forget.

2. Oaks Christian (4-0)
3. Camarillo (4-0)
4. Moorpark (3-0)
5. Westlake (4-0)
6. Calabasas (2-1)
7. Simi Valley (3-1)
8. Grace Brethren (3-1)
9. Newbury Park (2-1)
10. Rio Mesa (2-2)

—Eliav Appelbaum