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. Mission Viejo; 4. St. John Bosco (Bellflower); 5. St. Bonaventure (Ventura); 6. Mater Dei (Santa Ana); 7. Centennial (Corona); 8. Upland; 9. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM); 10. Oceanside.
With assistance from Harold Abend and Paul Muyskens, here are the Week 12 rankings for each of Southern California’s CIF bowl game divisions (previous ranking in parentheses; after games of Saturday, Nov. 3):
DIVISION I SOUTH
1. (1) Narbonne (Harbor City) 11-0
2. (2) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 11-0
3. (3) Mission Viejo 11-0
4. (4) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 11-0*
5. (5) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 10-1
6. (6) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 9-2
7. (7) Centennial (Corona) 10-1
8. (8) Upland 11-0
9. (9) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 9-2
10. (10) Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 9-1**
11. (11) Alemany (Mission Hills) 9-2
12. (15) Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 8-3
13. (NR) Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 10-1
14. (14) Clovis 9-1
15. (NR) Mission Hills (San Marcos) 8-2
*Does not include forfeit losses.
**Does not include default win.
Drops: Previous No. 12 Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) lost to Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 28-27; No. 13 El Toro (Lake Forest) lost to Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 38-13.
Bubble Teams: Bishop Amat (La Puente) 7-3-1, Central (Fresno) 9-2, Chaparral (Temecula) 7-4, Charter Oak (Covina) 10-1, Clovis North (Clovis) 9-1, Crespi (Encino) 8-2 (season complete), El Toro (Lake Forest) 9-2 (season complete), Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 8-3, Moorpark 8-3, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 8-3 (season complete), Rancho Cucamonga 9-2, Redlands 8-3, Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita) 7-4, Westlake (Westlake Village) 6-5.
No. 1 Team Result: Narbonne defeated Locke (Los Angeles) 57-14.
Race for No. 1: This is the week when the real races for the D1 South and D1 Open Division bowl berths get going seriously. That’s because unlike any other section playoff in the state, when the CIF Southern Section Pac-Five reaches the quarterfinals you can throw everything that’s happened so far this season into the trash can.
•While No. 3 Mission Viejo doesn’t play another ranked team with a matchup against Long Beach Poly, all of the other quarterfinals – No. 5 St. John Bosco vs. No. 12 Notre Dame, No. 5 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 9 Santa Margarita and No. 6 Mater Dei vs. No. 11 Alemany – are games in which both teams are ranked and have been ranked for most of the season. Corona Centennial is not in the Pac-Five, but the No. 7 Huskies could have a tough test against No. 13 Murrieta Valley in the Inland Division…..
•Dropping Oaks Christian and El Toro out of the top 15 this week may be too harsh, but this also the time of the season when teams that are done just have to take a back seat to those still going with the possibility of beating higher-ranked teams. Once all playoff and bowl game results are in, teams like Oaks Christian and El Toro get to go back up…..
DIVISION II SOUTH
1. (1) Oceanside 9-1
2. (2) Edison (Huntington Beach) 10-1
3. (3) Chaminade (West Hills) 10-1
4. (4) Lompoc 11-0
5. (5) Serra (Gardena) 9-2
6. (6) Tustin 11-0
7. (7) Citrus Hill (Perris) 11-0
8. (8) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 8-2
9. (9) Serrano (Phelan) 11-0
10. (10) Helix (La Mesa) 8-1
11. (12) La Serna (Whittier) 10-1
12. (14) La Mirada 10-1
13. (13) Garces (Bakersfield) 9-1
14. (15) Olympian (Chula Vista) 10-0
15. (NR) Carter (Rialto) 11-0
Drops: Previous No. 11 Palmdale lost to Atascadero 26-7.
Bubble Teams: Camarillo 10-1, Heritage (Menifee) 10-1, Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 8-3, Palos Verdes (PV Peninsula) 8-3, Poway 8-2, Sanger 8-2, Valencia 8-3, Villa Park 10-1.
No. 1 Result: Oceanside did not play; had bye in opening-round of CIF San Diego Section Division II playoffs.
Race for No. 1: Nothing has changed in the last week in this division and doesn’t look like it will until the semifinal round of the various section playoffs. That’s when it could be Chaminade vs. Serra in the CIFSS Western Division and when other top-ranked teams might play strong opponents as well…..
•Another CIFSS playoff division that seems likely to produce a 14-0 champion is the Eastern. Citrus Hill has been ranked in this division since the preseason while Serrano went in pretty quickly as well due to wins against Paraclete (No. 1 in D3 South) and Quartz Hill (which turned around and beat Canyon of Canyon Country). Now those two at 11-0 have been joined in the top 15 by Carter of Rialto, which also is 11-0 after the Lions defeated La Sierra of Riverside 35-13 in their first-round Eastern Division game……
•La Serna and La Mirada, the top two teams in the CIFSS Southeast Division, both moved up this week in the aftermath of previously unbeaten Palmdale’s loss to Atascadero. With Palmdale dropping out, there are now no ranked teams in this division from the CIFSS Northern Division, which given its history from teams like Valencia, Canyon, Hart, etc. is hard to believe, especially for Division II. If the CIFSS wanted to strengthen it, a quick fix would be to move the Mission League from the Western Division into the Northern Division and swap it with the Bay League, which would then align that league closer to other schools in the region…..
DIVISION III SOUTH
1. (1) Paraclete (Lancaster) 10-1
2. (2) St. Augustine (San Diego) 8-2
3. (3) Monrovia 9-2
4. (4) Wasco 10-0
5. (5) Madison (San Diego) 9-1
6. (6) Nordhoff (Ojai) 10-1
7. (7) Laguna Beach 10-0-1
8. (8) San Dimas 10-1
9. (9) Mission Oak (Tulare) 8-2
10. (10) Brawley 9-1
Bubble Teams: Banning 10-1, Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 8-3*, Garden Grove 9-2, North (Torrance) 9-2, San Marino 10-1, Rim of the World (Lake Arrowhead) 9-2, Salesian (Los Angeles) 10-1, Valley Center 6-4.
*Forfeit win not included.
No. 1 Team Result: Paraclete defeated Temple City 49-7.
Race for No. 1: This was the one division last week in which literally nothing happened. We had five of the top 10 teams taking playoff byes (St. Augustine, Wasco, Madison, Mission Oak, Brawley) and the other five winning first-round games 49-7, 50-0, 44-0, 42-14 and 42-0…..
•There is a game to watch this week, though, when No. 8 San Dimas takes on bubble team San Marino (10-1) in the CIFSS Mid-Valley Division. That’s the same division as No. 1 Paraclete and No. 3 Monrovia and shows the strength of the division as well. We wouldn’t say the eventual winner is guaranteed a SoCal bowl game, but if it’s Paraclete or Sierra Canyon we would. Sierra Canyon, of course, would be in a D4 bowl game and if it gets that far again will be knocking out a lot of possible D3 bowl teams….
DIVISION IV SOUTH
1. (1) Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 11-0
2. (2) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 10-1
3. (3) Ontario Christian 11-0
4. (4) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 9-1
5. (5) Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia) 9-1
6. (6) St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 10-1
7. (7) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 7-3
8. (8) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 7-3
9. (9) Francis Parker (San Diego) 6-4
10. (10) Horizon (San Diego) 7-3
Bubble Teams: Bakersfield Christian 8-2, Boron 10-1, Calipatria 9-2*, Christian (El Cajon) 7-3, Flintridge Prep (La Canada) 6-4, Windward (Los Angeles) 5-3.
No. 1 Team Result: Bishop Diego defeated South (Torrance) 43-9.
Race for No. 1: Just like in Division III South, this division was extremely quiet last week. Sierra Canyon and Ontario Christian were in competitive games but advanced in their respective divisions by beating Northview of Covina 20-7 and Rubidoux of Riverside 59-36. Both Northview and Rubidoux are much larger schools, though, so the wins were still impressive….
The way it looks to us here is that Bishop Diego would get one of the two SoCal bowl berths by finishing 14-0 and winning the CIFSS Northwest Division crown. If Sierra Canyon (the defending D4 state champ) comes back in its division and avenges its loss to Paraclete, then we also don’t see how the Trailblazers wouldn’t be given the other slot…..
If Sierra Canyon loses, then it looks to us like Ontario Christian would perhaps be next in line. This wouldn’t just be because the Knights would be 14-0 but also because Bishop Diego has already defeated No. 4 Mission Prep. If rematches can be avoided in these regional bowl games, our guess is that the commissioners will indeed vote to avoid them….
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