Note: The top 10 teams that would be ranked by CalHiSports.com for the CIF Open Division in Southern California would be:
1. Narbonne (Harbor City); 2. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta); 3. St. John Bosco (Bellflower); 4. St. Bonaventure (Ventura); 5. Mater Dei (Santa Ana); 6. Centennial (Corona); 7. Upland; 8. Crenshaw (Los Angeles); 9. Oceanside; 10. Edison (Huntington Beach).
With assistance from Harold Abend and Paul Muyskens, here are the Week 13 rankings for each of Southern California’s CIF bowl game divisions (previous ranking in parentheses; after games of Saturday, Nov. 17):
DIVISION I SOUTH
1. (1) Narbonne (Harbor City) 12-0
2. (2) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 12-0
3. (4) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 12-0*
4. (5) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 11-1
5. (6) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 10-2
6. (7) Centennial (Corona) 11-1
7. (8) Upland 12-0
8. (10) Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 10-1**
9. (NR) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 9-3
10. (3) Mission Viejo 11-1
11. (9) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 9-3
12. (11) Alemany (Mission Hills) 9-3
13. (12) Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 8-4
14. (NR) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 8-3
15. (NR) Clovis North (Clovis) 10-1
*Does not include forfeit losses.
**Does not include default win.
Drops: Previous No. 13 Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) lost to Centennial (Corona) 72-35; No. 14 Clovis lost to Liberty (Bakersfield) 25-23; No. 15 Mission Hills (San Marcos) 9-2 was placed 16th this week.
Bubble Teams: Bishop Amat (La Puente) 7-3-1*, Central (Fresno) 10-2, Clovis 9-2*, Chaparral (Temecula) 7-4*, Charter Oak (Covina) 10-2*, Crespi (Encino) 8-2*, Edison (Fresno) 9-3, El Toro (Lake Forest) 9-2*, Liberty (Bakersfield) 8-4, Mission Hills (San Marcos) 9-2, Moorpark 8-3*, Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 10-2*, Rancho Cucamonga 10-2, Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita) 7-4*, Westlake (Westlake Village) 6-5*.
*Indicates season complete.
No. 1 Team Result: Narbonne defeated Garfield (Los Angeles) 45-0.
Race for No. 1: It wasn’t the win over Garfield that further cemented Narbonne’s status as the No. 1 team in this division. It was more that Long Beach Poly beat Mission Viejo, that Mater Dei beat Alemany and that Gardena Serra advanced to a showdown against Lompoc. All three of those teams have lost to the Gauchos, including Poly by 56-0. Those wins can only get stronger, too. Narbonne, of course, has to keep winning and it looks like a possible L.A. City final against Crenshaw may be difficult…..
*Perhaps the most intriguing choice that the CIF commissioners will be making on Selection Sunday would be if St. John Bosco wins the CIFSS Pac-Five crown and if Vista Murrieta were to win the CIFSS Inland Division. Would the vote for the Open Division actually go to Bosco with four forfeit losses over a Vista team that at that point would be 14-0 with 28 straight wins on the field and led by Su’a Cravens, one of the best players in the nation? Yes, we could see that happening and while the Broncos would still get to keep playing in Division I the negative reaction from the Inland Empire might even be stronger than last year when they were snubbed for two-loss Santa Margarita…..
*The easiest scenario for Selection Sunday involving these top teams would be if St. Bonaventure won the Pac-Five crown in combination with Corona Centennial taking it all in the Inland Division. If that were to happen, St. Bonaventure’s earlier 40-35 win over the Huskies would take precedent and that would put the Seraphs in the Open Division and Centennial in Division I……
*Another impact of Long Beach Poly’s upset of Mission Viejo is that it should help the CIF Central Section Division I champ have an edge over the CIF San Diego Section Division I champ for that last Division I bowl berth in the south. That’s because one of Poly’s losses was to Bakersfield of the Central Section while one of Mission Hills’ losses was to Mission Viejo. Mission Hills looks like the favorite in that San Diego bracket but now doesn’t look like a favorite if it’s going up against Clovis North for a vote. Clovis North does have a loss to Clovis in a close game, but beat Central of Fresno 50-7 and Central is the team that just knocked out Bakersfield…..
DIVISION II SOUTH
1. (1) Oceanside 10-1
2. (2) Edison (Huntington Beach) 11-1
3. (3) Chaminade (West Hills) 11-1
4. (4) Lompoc 12-0
5. (5) Serra (Gardena) 10-2
6. (6) Tustin 12-0
7. (7) Citrus Hill (Perris) 12-0
8. (9) Serrano (Phelan) 12-0
9. (10) Helix (La Mesa) 9-1*
10. (11) La Serna (Whittier) 11-1
11. (15) Carter (Rialto) 12-0
12. (14) Olympian (Chula Vista) 11-0
13. (13) Garces (Bakersfield) 10-1
14. (NR) Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 9-3
15. (NR) Poway 9-2
*Win by forfeit not included.
Drops: Previous No. 8 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) forfeited all wins due to use of ineligible player; No. 12 La Mirada lost to Santa Fe (Santa Fe Springs) 27-26.
Bubble Teams: Cathedral (Los Angeles) 10-2, Foothill (Tustin) 10-2, Heritage (Menifee) 11-1, Sanger 9-2, Santa Fe (Santa Fe Springs) 8-4*, Valencia 9-3, Villa Park 11-1, West (Torrance) 9-3.
*Win by forfeit not included.
No. 1 Result: Oceanside defeated Hilltop (Chula Vista) 50-0 in CIF San Diego Section Division II quarterfinals.
Race for No. 1: As the last few weeks have gone by, even as Oceanside is crushing opponents with ease, it’s as if the Pirates’ lead over the others in this field has been whittled down to a hair. And next week the on-rushing tide just may not be able to be stopped….
The continuing source of Oceanside’s problem is its 40-30 loss from early in the season to Chaparral of Temecula. At the time, Chaparral was placed higher in the state top 25 and the Pirates were not dropped out. Since then, Chaparral has finished on a downer, losing in its first CIFSS Inland Division game to Charter Oak…..
*As of this week’s rankings, Edison, Chaminade, Lompoc, Gardena Serra and Tustin are all behind Oceanside. Next week, if Edison keeps winning and if Mater Dei (only team that Edison has lost to) beats St. Bonaventure, there’s no doubt that Edison goes in front of Oceanside. The eventual winner of the CIFSS Western Division (either Chaminade, Lompoc or Serra) also may have to go higher as well, especially since Serra has a win over Long Beach Poly. Keep in mind that Tustin could be Edison’s opponent in the CIFSS Southwest Division final and could end up 14-0. Oceanside definitely needs Mission Hills (a team it beat) to win the San Diego D1 title and also needs to post decisive wins in its last two games even to have a chance at holding off the others….
*One CIFSS division that also deserves attention is the Eastern. This is the bracket that will feature 12-0 Serrano vs. 12-0 Carter in one semifinal this weekend with 12-0 Citrus Hill in the other against 9-3 Tahquitz of Hemet. The only reason that a potential 14-0 from that division probably won’t get a bowl game is strength of schedule, especially compared to teams from the Western Division and Southwest…..
DIVISION III SOUTH
1. (1) Paraclete (Lancaster) 11-1
2. (2) St. Augustine (San Diego) 9-2*
3. (3) Monrovia 10-2
4. (4) Wasco 11-0
5. (5) Madison (San Diego) 10-1
6. (6) Nordhoff (Ojai) 11-1
7. (7) Laguna Beach 11-0-1
8. (8) San Dimas 11-1
9. (9) Mission Oak (Tulare) 9-2
10. (10) Brawley 10-1
*Forfeit win not included.
Bubble Teams: Banning 11-1, Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 9-3*, Garden Grove 10-2, Jurupa Hills (Fontana) 8-4, North (Torrance) 10-2, San Marino 10-2**, Rim of the World (Lake Arrowhead) 10-2, Salesian (Los Angeles) 11-1, Valley Center 7-4.
*Forfeit win not included. **Indicates season complete.
No. 1 Team Result: Paraclete defeated El Monte 56-16 in CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division quarterfinals.
Race for No. 1: An amazing thing that happened for teams in this division last weekend is that every ranked team won (all in section playoff games) and that the only team even on the bubble that lost was San Marino and its loss was to higher-ranked San Dimas…..
*Paraclete will play San Dimas in this week’s CIFSS Mid-Valley Division semis and then would face either Monrovia or Sierra Canyon (ranked No. 2 in D4 South) in the championship game….
*If Paraclete does win its section title, we think the other CIF D3 South bowl bid will likely come down to the San Diego D4 winner or the Central Section D4 winner. The fact that one of St. Augustine’s losses (the one to arch-rival Cathedral Catholic) has become a forfeit win could be important. Wasco continuing to blow out every team in its path also will be telling. And while Wasco doesn’t have strength of schedule, those who have seen the Tigers play say they are on par with many of the top large school teams in the section. Madison of San Diego and Brawley are two other ranked teams in St. Augustine’s section playoff while Wasco may be playing No. 9 Mission Oak in its section final…..
DIVISION IV SOUTH
1. (1) Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 12-0
2. (2) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 11-1
3. (3) Ontario Christian 12-0
4. (4) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 10-1
5. (5) Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia) 10-1
6. (7) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 8-3
7. (9) Francis Parker (San Diego) 7-4
8. (10) Horizon (San Diego) 8-3
9. (NR) Christian (El Cajon) 8-3
10. (NR) Bakersfield Christian 9-2
Drops: Previous No. 6 St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) lost to Rim of the World (Lake Arrowhead) 28-14; No. 8 La Jolla Country Day lost to Horizon (San Diego) 40-24.
Bubble Teams: Boron 10-2*, Calipatria 9-3*, Flintridge Prep (La Canada) 6-5*, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 7-4*, St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 10-2*, Windward (Los Angeles) 5-4*.
*Indicates season complete. **Win by forfeit not included.
No. 1 Team Result: Bishop Diego defeated Village Christian (Sun Valley) 28-14.
Race for No. 1: St. Margaret’s loss to Rim of the World normally isn’t enough to drop a team out of the top 10, but all of the other ranked teams this week in this division are still going….
*Ontario Christian is still going in that CIFSS East Valley Division (the one that had St. Margaret’s) and could strengthen its case for a bowl bid by topping Jurupa Hills of Fontana in this week’s semis and then either Rim of the World or Banning in the final. All three of those other teams are D3 South for the bowl games due to enrollment…..
*Bishop Diego, however, is going to have to play bigger schools the rest of the way as well. The Cardinals play North of Torrance in the CIFSS Northwest Division semis and would then play either Nordhoff of Ojai or Centennial of Compton in the final…..
*For defending CIF D4 state champ Sierra Canyon, which has lost only to Paraclete of Lancaster, its dream of being able to play in more bowl games will be put a huge test in this week’s CIFSS Mid-Valley semis against Monrovia. If the Trailblazers win, they might get Paraclete again in the final and if both of those things happen it’s going to be pretty tough for the boys not to get one of those two bowl berths…..
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