13. (14) MATER DEI (SANTA ANA) 5-1
Why This Ranking: The Monarchs move up a spot after rebounding from their one-point loss to No. 4 Narbonne by routing previously unbeaten JSerra of San Juan Capistrano 42-10. The Monarchs will obviously have a chance to move up again next week if they can defeat No. 2 Santa Margarita.
Weekend Result: Mater Dei’s Thomas Duarte dominated on both sides of the ball, catching two touchdown passes from Ryan McMahon and returning an interception 52 yards for a score in the win over JSerra. Duarte’s defensive play came in the final seconds of the first period to give Mater Dei a 21-0 lead. With the victory,
Mater Dei upped its all-time record against JSerra to 7-0.
Up Next: Mater Dei will look to keep pace in the tough Trinity League against No. 2 Santa Margarita. The Monarchs are not terribly explosive on the outside and neither are the Eagles, but coach Bruce Rollinson feels his defense is where Mater Dei may have an advantage.
14. (16) CHAPARRAL (TEMECULA) 5-1
Why This Ranking: The Pumas have now moved up five spots in the last two weeks as they have picked up wins while teams ahead of them have suffered loses. Their lone loss was to No. 7 Tesoro of Rancho Santa Margarita and by just 17-14. Their big win over No. 15 Oceanside also has continued to gain in importance.
Weekend Result: After a 46-0 win over Santa Fe of Santa Fe Springs, Chaparral put up 46 points again in their Southwestern League opener. The 46-20 defeat of Murrieta Mesa of Murrieta featured Justin Harris rushing for 122 yards while Skyler Seibold rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Stratton also showed he could make an impact more than just as a wide receiver as he returned a punt 61 yards for a score and intercepted a pass and returned it 27 yards for six points.
Up Next: The Pumas should remain undefeated as they host a Temecula Valley of Temecula squad that has lost four straight while allowing an average of 51.5 points during that span.
15. (17) OCEANSIDE 5-1
Why This Ranking: With a two-spot bump this week, the top team from the CIF San Diego Section has now moved up seven spots the last two weeks. The lone loss to Chaparral with starters out continues to drag the Pirates along for the ride upward with Chaparral.
Weekend Result: As predicted, and unfortunately for the Carlsbad faithful, it was more of the same as the past two years in a 54-3 drubbing of the Lancers. In the last three games, the Pirates have outscored the Lancers 122-5. This past Friday junior running back Thai Cottrell scored on runs of 29 and 11 yards, and added an 80-yard kickoff return for a third touchdown. The Pirates also got rushing TDs from William Gulley and Jace Whittaker. Despite pulling most of the starters at halftime and with a 38-3 lead, the defense still held Carlsbad to 168 total yards.
Up Next: The Pirates face a 1-4* (*not including forfeits) Vista team whose only win was 2-0, that’s correct, 2-0 three weeks ago over San Diego Torrey Pines. This could be another very ugly Avocado West League contest.
16. (18) FRANKLIN (ELK GROVE) 6-0
Why This Ranking: Like several other teams, the Wildcats get a two-spot bump thanks to Bakersfield and Serra of Gardena losing while they picked up a nice road win over Grant of Sacramento.
Weekend Result: While Grant has struggled this season, it’s still a feat to go to Grant and return home with a 34-26 win. Leading 28-26, the Pacers lined up for a potential game-winning field goal but the Wildcats blocked it and returned it for a touchdown and the 34-26 win. Kyran Harris rushed for 147 yards on 21 carries while scoring four touchdowns.
Up Next: Trying not to get caught looking ahead to their road game at No. 8 Elk Grove, Franklin will host Davis on Friday. Davis has won its last two games by 40-0 and 42-7 scores and has scored at least 40 points in four of its six games this season.
17. (19) CRESPI (ENCINO) 7-0
Why This Ranking: After a solid win over a Loyola of Los Angeles team that was unbeaten officially (but lost on the field to St. John Bosco 45-0), the Celts move up naturally by two positions this week due to other teams losing. They will certainly be tested during the rest of their Serra League schedule as well.
Weekend Result: With the Crespi defense holding Loyola to just 145 yards and also coming up with six turnovers, the offense didn’t have to be spectacular in a 20-7 win against the Cubs. Still, head coach Jon Mack probably would have wished for a couple more touchdowns than field goals. Leading the way was quarterback Cody Cordell, who was 20 of 30 passing for 166 yards and one score. Ja’Brian Blackwell also caught nine balls for 90 yards and the one TD while Patrick Cassley was solid by nailing the two field goals.
Up Next: Crespi’s offense will likely have to score more than 20 points this week to match up against the explosive offense of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. The Knights just lost 49-42 to No. 10 Alemany and have been in the State Top 25 themselves earlier in the season.
18. (20) CENTRAL (FRESNO) 6-0
Why This Ranking: While previous No. 5 Bakersfield was falling 28-17 to a Bakersfield Liberty team the Grizzlies defeated 10-9 in Week Two, the new top team from the CIF Central Section was taking care of business with a win over Buchanan of Clovis.
Weekend Result: As expected, the Grizzlies put up big numbers in the 50-22 victory over a Buchanan squad that had given up huge points in three straight previous losses.
Up Next: Tri-River Athletic Conference play continues and it doesn’t get any easier in the Valley’s toughest league. To hold onto the Valley’s top spot and stay in the rankings, coach Justin Garza will have to have his boys ready this Friday against a 5-1 Clovis team whose lone loss was at home to No. 21 El Toro.
19. (25) FOLSOM 6-0
Why This Ranking: A 49-21 romp past previous No. 24 and previously unbeaten Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills warrants a strong jolt up the ladder for the Bulldogs. They look pretty certain to be 9-0 heading into a league matchup on Nov. 2 against Pleasant Grove and could end up being the biggest threat to No. 8 Elk Grove in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs. In fact, Folsom was the team that knocked out Elk Grove in last year’s playoffs.
Weekend Result: We asked co-coach Kris Richardson after the Oak Ridge game if it was a fair comparison to look at this group as similar to the 2009 Bulldogs that had junior Dano Graves at the controls plus many other underclassmen. He agreed quickly. Whether this group can be as good as Graves and the rest of the Bulldogs were in 2010 remains to be seen, but they have a chance. Sophomore QB Jake Browning completed 37 of 48 in the win for 353 yards and six TDs. Junior Troy Knox caught 13 passes for 147 yards and one score, sophomore Bailey Laolagi had 95 yards rushing plus six catches for 44 yards while Harry Lipnosky (2 TD catches) and Phillip Carter (2 TD catches) also had solid outings.
Up Next: Folsom plays a rare Saturday afternoon game at Jesuit of Carmichael. The Marauders are 4-2, but just lost to Ponderosa of Shingle Springs 17-3.
20. (21) LOMPOC 6-0
Why This Ranking: The Braves continue to move up in the rankings after blasting Templeton 42-3. It was supposed to be perhaps Lompoc’s toughest Los Padres League test, but don’t look for Lompoc to make big jumps in the rankings until the CIFSS Western Division playoffs when the competition will
get tougher. Other teams, such as No. 21 El Toro or even a current bubble team like Bishop Amat, also could make major moves higher due to beating higher-ranked teams.
Weekend Result: Standout senior RB Lavon Coleman sat out another game with his thigh injury, but it made no difference as Nikko Hayes and Taylor Cornejo combined for 144 yards rushing in the Braves’ easy win. Templeton was the last team to defeat Lompoc in 2010, but the Eagles couldn’t compete with Lompoc’s powerful offensive line.
Up Next: Lompoc will look to extend the state’s longest winning streak (26 and counting) against 1-5 Santa Maria.
21. (22) EL TORO (LAKE FOREST) 7-0
Why This Ranking: We said last week that the Chargers will have to continue to put up big numbers on the board to keep on winning and they did just that against San Clemente to help set the stage for one of the state’s biggest games this weekend.
Weekend Result: Conner Manning completed 28 of his 40 pass attempts for 367 yards and three touchdowns as El Toro remained undefeated with a 49-37 win over San Clemente to kick off the team’s quest for top honors in the South Coast League. Also earning himself a spot later this week in our state stat stars was senior running back Jacob Furnari. He rushed for 195 yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries while also catching five passes for 40 yards. Alec Shoffeitt had nine catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Up Next: In the final home game of the regular season, coach Rob Firth’s bunch will host undefeated and No. 7 ranked in the state Tesoro of Rancho Santa Margarita. The two squads didn’t face each other last year as the Chargers were in the Sea View League.
22. (23) BELLARMINE (SAN JOSE) 4-1
Why This Ranking: The No. 2 team from the Bay Area inches upward again but their hold on this spot is becoming something that looks like it might be threatened after a less than stellar performance in a come-from-behind win at crosstown West Catholic Athletic League rival Archbishop Mitty.
Weekend Result: The Bells trailed 10-7 when Vanderbilt-committed quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels connected with Jared Vallner on a 46-yard touchdown pass on third-and-10 and with only 2:14 remaining. On a game played on grass and in the one time each year they roll out portable lights at Mitty, the Bells were outgained 182-12 in total yards but only trailed 7-0 at halftime thanks to a defense that bent but only broke once. Carta-Samuels also had a 1-yard keeper on fourth-and-goal that tied the score at 7-7 in the third quarter. “We have a lot of work to do,” Bells coach Mike Janda said. “We didn’t move the ball at all in the first half. For us to contend in this league we have to be more consistent.”
Up Next: The consistency Janda is talking about will be tested immediately and on the road in San Mateo on Saturday afternoon when the Bells travel to play new No. 25 Serra.
23. (NR) HART (NEWHALL) 5-1
Why This Ranking: We’re going against the L.A. Daily News on this one but the Indians’ lone loss is by just 10-7 to No. 7 Tesoro while other teams the paper has higher have losses to lower-ranked teams. Hart’s best win is the one by 49-27 to Ridgeview of Bakersfield, which then beat Liberty of Bakersfield. Liberty, of course, also is the team that just knocked out previous No. 5 Bakersfield.
Weekend Result: Hart’s resurgence this season has been fueled by a potent passing attack, which was the hallmark of the program in the 1990s and early 2000s. In a 49-6 defeat of Valencia West Ranch, Brady White connected on 18 of 19 passes for 221 yards and three TDs and scored on a 25-yard run. White also completed his last 16 pass attempts in a row. Super sophomore Trent Irwin caught one of the TD passes while Austin Murillo shined by getting an interception and setting up a score with a 77-yard kickoff return.
Up Next: Coach Mike Herrington’s club should have another easy outing Friday at Golden Valley of Santa Clarita. The team probably will face Canyon of Canyon Country on Nov. 2 for the Foothill League title.
24. (NR) EDISON (HUNTINGTON BEACH) 5-1
Why This Ranking: The second of three newcomers gets the nod for a spot based on a pretty solid non-league schedule with the lone setback a 20-14 home loss to No. 13 Mater Dei. It also doesn’t hurt that the Chargers would look to be the top team at this stage in the Sunset League after a shutout of visiting Newport Beach Newport Harbor in their league opener last week.
Weekend Result: Coach Dave White spread it around in a 35-0 blanking of Newport Harbor. Seven different running backs carried the ball 46 times for 266 yards with four of them scoring touchdowns. Donald Rice led the way with 95 yards rushing and two scores.
Up Next: We’ll find out right away if the Chargers will be the Sunset’s dominant team and whether they’ll stay ranked when the take a short trip north up the 405 freeway to face 5-1 Las Alamitos at Long Beach Veterans Stadium.
25. (NR) SERRA (SAN MATEO) 5-0
Why This Ranking: It makes perfect sense for what many in the Bay Area consider as the top team this year in the West Catholic Athletic League to crack the State Top 25 rankings, particularly since the Padres will come off a walloping of Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco) and take on No. 22 Bellarmine at home, in a game that could end up deciding the WCAL title.
Weekend Result: The Padres put the hurt on Riordan in a 56-0 shellacking. It’s the second time this year the powerful running game has put up 56 points for an offense that’s outscoring opponents 208-69 this season. Against Riordan, sophomore running back Kava Cassidy ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass, as seven different Serra players scored, and 12 different running backs combined for 43 carries and 319 yards rushing.
Up Next: Although Serra, Bellarmine, St. Ignatius and St. Francis (Mountain View) are all tied at 2-0 atop the WCAL, this Saturday’s matchup with Bellarmine could be the league’s game of the season. On paper, it looks like Serra in this one but anything can happen in the wild and wacky WCAL, and besides the Padres have dropped three straight to the Bells.
TEAMS THAT DROPPED OUT
Previous No. 5 Bakersfield; No. 15 Serra (Gardena); No. 24 Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills).
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 5-0-1
Chaminade (West Hills) 5-1
Charter Oak (Covina) 5-1
Citrus Hill (Perris) 6-0
Clovis North (Clovis) 6-0
Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 5-1
Deer Valley (Antioch) 5-1
Helix (La Mesa) 4-1
La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 5-1
La Serna (Whittier) 5-1
Luther Burbank (Sacramento) 6-0
Lutheran (Orange) 5-1
Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 6-1
Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 5-1
Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 6-1
Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 3-3
Placer (Auburn) 6-0
Rancho Cucamonga 4-2
Serra (Gardena) 5-1
Serrano (Phelan) 6-0
St. Mary’s (Stockton) 4-2
Westlake (Westlake Village) 4-3
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