Week 8: SoCal CIF Bowl Rankings

Narbonne goes to the top in D1 South, but ranking may not hold if unbeaten CIFSS Pac-Five champ emerges. Go to our Twitter page @CalHiSports for game reports and check our Facebook page for more highlights.

Tylan McBride stars at running back for D3 South No. 1 Paraclete of Lancaster.

Note: The top 10 teams that would be ranked by CalHiSportsFootball for the CIF Open Division in Southern California would be:

1. Narbonne (Harbor City); 2. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta); 3. Mission Viejo; 4. Mater Dei (Santa Ana); 5. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM); 6. St. Bonaventure (Ventura); 7. Centennial (Corona); 8. Alemany (Mission Hills); 9. St. John Bosco (Bellflower); 10. El Toro (Lake Forest).

With assistance from Harold Abend and Paul Muyskens, here are the Week 8 rankings for each of Southern California’s CIF bowl game divisions (previous ranking in parentheses; after games of Saturday, Oct. 13):

1. (3) Narbonne (Harbor City) 7-0
2. (2) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 7-0
3. (4) Mission Viejo 7-0
4. (11) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 6-1
5. (1) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 6-1
6. (5) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 6-1
7. (7) Centennial (Corona) 6-1
8. (8) Alemany (Mission Hills) 7-1
9. (9) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 7-0*
10. (15) El Toro (Lake Forest) 8-0
11. (10) Upland 7-0
12. (6) Tesoro (Rancho SM) 6-1
13. (12) Chaparral (Temecula) 6-1
14. (NR) Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 6-1
15. (NR) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 6-1
*Does not include forfeit losses.
Drops: Previous No. 13 Crespi (Encino) lost to Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 40-34 in 4 OTs; No. 14 Central (Fresno) lost to Clovis 15-12.
Bubble Teams: Bakersfield 6-1, Bishop Amat (La Puente) 5-1-1, Central (Fresno) 6-1, Charter Oak (Covina) 6-1, Clovis 6-1, Clovis North (Clovis) 7-0, Crespi (Encino) 7-1, Lutheran (Orange) 6-1, Mission Hills (San Marcos) 5-2, Moorpark 6-1, Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 7-0, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 5-3, Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 4-3, Westlake (Westlake Village) 5-3.
No. 1 Team Result: Narbonne defeated Banning (Wilmington) 54-7.
Race for No. 1: Yes, as explained in this week’s State Top 25, Narbonne has a slightly better case at this point of the season to be in front of Vista Murrieta. The aftermath of Mater Dei’s 24-7 win over previous No. 1 Santa Margarita does not, however, alter the still very real possibility that whichever team wins the CIFSS Pac-Five title is going to get one of the two Open Division South bowl berths. The precedent for that was set last year when Santa Margarita (with two losses) was chosen for the D1 bowl game instead of Vista Murrieta even though the CIF insists that Vista Murrieta’s forfeit losses had nothing to do with it. If Mission Viejo, El Toro or potentially St. John Bosco (also ironically with forfeit losses) win the Pac-Five with no losses on the field, that makes that champion’s selection to the Open Division that much more likely. So for now, Narbonne is on top and Vista Murrieta is No. 2. At the conclusion of the section playoffs, it still could be one of those two teams vs. the Pac-Five champ with the other team going to the D1 SoCal bowl game to play either the San Diego or Central Section champ.

1. (1) Oceanside 6-1
2. (2) Lompoc 7-0
3. (4) Edison (Huntington Beach) 6-1
4. (5) Chaminade (West Hills) 6-1
5. (3) Hart (Newhall) 6-1
6. (6) Tustin 8-0
7. (7) Serra (Gardena) 5-2
8. (8) Citrus Hill (Perris) 7-0
9. (9) Serrano (Phelan) 7-0
10. (10) Garces (Bakersfield) 6-1
11. (11) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 6-1
12. (12) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 5-2
13. (14) La Serna (Whittier) 6-1
14. (13) Helix (La Mesa) 5-1
15. (15) La Mirada 7-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: California (Whittier) 7-0, Carter (Rialto) 7-0, El Diamante (Visalia) 5-2, Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) 6-1, Los Alamitos 5-2, Olympian (Chula Vista) 7-0, Palmdale 7-0, Poway 5-2, St. Joseph (Santa Maria) 6-1, Summit (Fontana) 6-1, Villa Park 6-1.
No. 1 Result: Oceanside defeated Vista 44-0.
Race for No. 1: We had to do some shuffling among the top five in this division to match what was done earlier in the week for the State Top 25. That involved moving up both Edison of Huntington Beach and Chaminade with Hart sliding down to No. 5. Although we have Oceanside in the No. 1 slot, the team that looks like it would be most likely to earn a SoCal bowl berth in this division is the one that ends up as champion of the CIFSS Western Division. That’s the divisional playoff bracket that will include No. 2 Lompoc, No. 4 Chaminade and No. 7 Gardena Serra. Edison’s chances also are going to continue to improve as long as the Chargers keep winning and Mater Dei does the same in the Pac-Five. If, for example, at the end of the playoffs, Edison can point to its only loss being by six points to a Mater Dei team that just won the Pac-Five title then it might even be harder to deny the Chargers than the Western Division winner.

1. (1) Paraclete (Lancaster) 6-1
2. (2) Nordhoff (Ojai) 7-0
3. (3) Segerstrom (Santa Ana) 7-0
4. (4) Mission Oak (Tulare) 6-1
5. (5) St. Augustine (San Diego) 6-1
6. (6) Monrovia 5-2
7. (7) Wasco 7-0
8. (8) Valley Center 5-2
9. (9) Madison (San Diego) 6-1
10. (10) Laguna Beach 6-0-1
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Brawley 6-1, Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 4-3*, Gladstone (Covina) 7-0, La Salle (Pasadena) 7-0, Rim of the World (Lake Arrowhead) 7-0, San Dimas 6-1, San Marino 7-0.
*Forfeit win not included.
No. 1 Team Result: Paraclete did not play.
Race for No. 1: For the second straight week, there was no movement in the top 10 in this division. A team to watch for next week is St. Augustine because the Saints are playing D2 South-ranked Cathedral Catholic this week in one of the best rivalry games in Southern California. If St. Augustine wins, that would clearly be enough for the team to get a boost of at least one and perhaps two positions next week no matter what other teams do. The Saints, who have lost only to D1 Otay Ranch and by just two points, won last week 41-7 against Mira Mesa of San Diego.

1. (1) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 7-0
2. (2) Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 7-0
3. (3) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 7-0
4. (4) Ontario Christian 7-0
5. (5) Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia) 6-1
6. (6) St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 6-1
7. (7) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 4-3
8. (NR) Horizon (San Diego) 5-2
9. (8) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 4-2
10. (9) Francis Parker (San Diego) 4-3
Drops: Previous No. 10 Christian (El Cajon) lost to Madison (San Diego) 45-28.
Bubble Teams: Aquinas (San Bernardino) 5-2, Bakersfield Christian 5-2, Boron 7-1, Calvary Murrieta (Murrieta) 6-1, Christian (El Cajon) 5-2, St. Anthony (Long Beach) 5-2, Windward (Los Angeles) 4-2.
No. 1 Team Result: Sierra Canyon defeated Viewpoint (Calabasas) 45-20.
Race for No. 1: We’re in a little bit of a holding pattern for this group until next week when No. 2 Bishop Diego plays host to D3 South No. 2 Nordhoff of Ojai to decide the Tri-Valley League title. Then the next week, on Nov. 2, No. 1 Sierra Canyon plays D3 South No. 1 Paraclete while Bishop Diego will come back to play No. 3 Mission Prep. The only change in this week’s rankings was to move up San Diego Horizon after it knocked off previous No. 8 La Jolla Country Day 44-34. One of Horizon’s two losses was to Santa Fe Christian so it was easy to slot the Panthers right behind the Eagles with La Jolla Country Day next because it has a win over No. 10 Francis Parker.

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