With big game looming against IMG Academy of Florida at the Honor Bowl, Corona Centennial edges up to the No. 2 ranking this week with previous No. 2 St. John Bosco at No. 3. Major movers below the big three include St. Mary’s of Stockton (No. 15 to No. 11), Calabasas (No. 16 to No. 12) and Edison of Huntington Beach (No. 30 to No. 17). This is the 38th consecutive year of Cal-Hi Sports state football rankings.
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(Preseason ranking in parentheses)
(After games of Saturday, Aug. 26)
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 1-0
Playing without big-time WRs Amon-Ra St. Brown and C.J. Parks, the Monarchs played it more conservatively, using the ground game and a dominant defense to beat preseason No. 18 Bishop Amat of La Puente 31-7. Amat didn’t score until there were four seconds left and only had 107 total yards. Mater Dei QB J.T. Daniels scored on a 24-yard run, but possibly was saving some wrinkles in the passing game for the monster showdown at the Santa Ana Bowl against Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas. Gorman, last year’s No. 1 team in the nation by most, has won 55 straight games. Mater Dei didn’t have much luck trying to end Concord De La Salle’s win streak in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 but this is arguably a much better team (and one that if all goes well at the end with a CIF state title that would be up there with any of the best teams DLS has ever had).