Camarillo ends football team’s playoff hopes

Michael Aronson

The best season the varsity football team has had since joining the Mission League came to an end Friday, Nov. 7 at the hands of the Camarillo Scorpions. The Wolverines lost to Camarillo 48-21 in the opening round of playoffs, ending the team’s first postseason run since 2009.

The Wolverines, who came into the matchup ranked as the fourth best team in the Division by, were expected to beat fifth-ranked Camarillo. However, the boys’ playoff run and season ended four wins shy of a CIF championship. The Wolverines struggled with turnovers throughout the game, losing a total of five fumbles on a chilly night in Camarillo. They trailed 27-10 at the half, and the deficit grew worse as the game went on.

The team end its season 6-5 overall and 2-3 in league. The Wolverines, who left the Del Rey League to join the Mission League after the team’s last playoff run in 2009, made the playoffs this season after not qualifying the last two years. While the boys did not earn an automatic bid for finishing high enough in league standings, they received an at-large bid to the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs.

Thirteen of the 36 players on the regular season varsity roster played their last football game in red and black last night. While the team graduates over one third of the roster, Athletic Director Vince Orlando expects first-year Head Coach Scot Ruggles to return. Ruggles served as the Wolverines’ offensive coordinator for one season in 2011 before leading the team to the playoffs in his first year at the helm.