Freedom of Oakley and Chaminade of West Hills lead a group of six newcomers to this week’s rankings. The season is going to become one in which we’ll be comparing rout losses inflicted by the top four teams and it’s now that time of the season in which some teams are going to be ranked higher than a team it has lost to.
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(Previous ranking in parentheses)
(After games of Saturday, Oct. 8)
1. (1) Centennial (Corona) 5-1
Head coach Matt Logan’s squad should be settling into its Big VIII League routine for the next few weeks that will likely conclude each week with a lopsided win. The Huskies continue to sit at No. 1 in the state with a one-point loss to the No. 2 team in the nation (IMG Academy of Florida) and due to being the two-time defending champion in the top CIF Southern Section division. They won last Friday 77-20 over Roosevelt of Eastvale after leading 60-14 at halftime. Junior QB Tanner McKee got rested up from a concussion during the bye week and returned to hit on 8 of 15 for 243 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for 81 yards and two TDs on five carries. In addition, Miles Reed gobbled up 204 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored three times. The Huskies, who play at Santiago of Corona this week, will likely stay at No. 1 until St. John Bosco and Mater Dei meet in two weeks. If Bosco wins, Centennial would continue to have the edge (at least in our rankings). If Mater Dei wins and wins big, it would likely then move to No. 1 (which also would match most other rankings).