Narbonne and De La Salle are now up to No. 4 and No. 5 after the CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals. There’s a good chance, though, that Rancho Cucamonga will come back up and get back into the top five for the final rankings.
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(After games of Saturday, Nov. 26)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 13-0
if teams play too many defenders to stop the pass, the Monarchs proved they’re happy to run it in their 48-21 win over previous No. 4 Rancho Cucamonga in CIFSS D1 semifinals.
2. (3) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 11-2
In another epic classic with Corona Centennial, this time Braves prevailed 49-47 after getting fourth down stop late in the game at midfield. Up next: Mater Dei in CIFSS D1 final at Angels Stadium.
3. (2) Centennial (Corona) 11-2
Junior QB Tanner McKee will be one of the state’s top players next season and had more than 300 yards of passing and rushing in the tough loss to Bosco.
4. (5) Narbonne (Harbor City) 13-0
Kameron Denmark and Qadir Dean both rushed for two TDs as Gauchos blasted El Camino Real 54-20 in L.A. City D1 semifinals. They play Dorsey next in final.
5. (6) De La Salle (Concord) 10-1
Spartans still waiting to play No. 7 Freedom in NCS Open Division final. If they win, they’d then meet CIFSS D1 champion in CIF Open Division title game on Dec. 17.
6. (7) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 12-0
Rushing attack for the Dons went for nearly 350 yards in 44-21 win vs. Mission Hills in San Diego Open Division semis. They’re playing defending champion Helix in the final.
7. (8) Freedom (Oakley) 11-0
Falcons also move up one spot prior to their game against De La Salle for the NCS Open Division title. A win would snap the Spartans’ streak of winning NCS titles at 24 years.
8. (4) Rancho Cucamonga 12-1*
An early 14-0 lead was not enough in 48-21 loss to Mater Dei in CIFSS D1 semifinals. The Cougars just have to drop behind some other teams still playing in this week’s rankings.
9. (9) Mission Viejo 11-1*
It’s hard to see any other scenario in which the Diablos are any lower than ninth for the final rankings. Most likely scenario will have them back up to fifth or sixth.
10. (10) Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 11-2
This team sure is giving up a lot of points, but hasn’t mattered so far in CIFSS D2 playoffs. The Nighthawks are playing San Clemente in Friday’s final.