The order at the top is reshuffled following De La Salle’s 28-27 win over Servite of Anaheim. It’s now Centennial at No. 1 with St. John Bosco at No. 2, Mater Dei at No. 3 and DLS falling to fourth.
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(After games of Saturday, Sept. 10)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
1. (2) Centennial (Corona) 2-1
We’re going with the Huskies on top in deference to their two straight wins over St. John Bosco in the CIF Southern Section’s top division plus having just a one-point loss to an IMG Academy team from Florida that may be the top team in the nation.
2. (3) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 2-1
Sure, we wish the Braves could have been closer than 35-20 to Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, but you also still have to credit them for playing perhaps the No. 1 team in the nation.
3. (4) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 3-0
While there’s plenty of proof to move up the Monarchs ahead of De La Salle, their schedule so far still isn’t enough to warrant being ahead of a St. John Bosco team that has beaten them six straight times.
4. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 3-0
Winning by one point over a Servite team that had lost 14-10 to Bishop Amat the week before demands that the Spartans drop in the rankings. Amat also is a team that lost in its first game to Mater Dei 63-14.
5. (5) Mission Viejo 3-0
De La Salle’s six CIF state titles in seven years and being a back-to-back Open Division champion is still enough to keep the Spartans in front of the Diablos.
6. (6) Narbonne (Harbor City) 3-0
There’s also no change for the Gauchos, who added a solid win last week over Palos Verdes after the first two over Serra of Gardena and Long Beach Poly.
7. (7) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 3-0
We’ll find out a lot more about the Broncos this week with their game against Trinity League member JSerra Catholic.
8. (8) Folsom 3-0
We wish the Bulldogs had a tougher non-league schedule, but we know that’s going to change once Sierra Foothill League games start.
9. (9) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 3-0
Putting an asterisk next to the Rams’ 49-0 win over Central Catholic of Modesto because Central Catholic didn’t use 19 players in the first half isn’t fair. They were impressive and proved they are one of the top teams in NorCal.
10. (10) Del Oro (Loomis) 3-0
Unless St. Mary’s pulls off a shocker in two weeks against St. John Bosco, it probably will be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section once the Golden Eagles play Folsom.