With Mater Dei more solid at the top after beating Bishop Gorman, St. John Bosco and Centennial swap spots at No. 2 and No. 3 again and De La Salle also doesn’t move up to No. 3. We also now have all six Trinity League teams from the CIFSS at least in the top 20, Folsom going up from No. 14 to No. 11 and Mission Hills going up from No. 41 to No. 23 and to the top of teams we have ranked from the CIF San Diego Section.
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(Last week’s ranking in parentheses)
(After games of Saturday, Sept. 2)
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 2-0
Going into the Monarchs’ massive showdown with Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas with national No. 1 implications, one of the team’s supposed weaknesses was its young secondary. On this night anyway, the test was passed with high grades. Dorian Green, a sophomore, returned one of two interceptions for a touchdown as Mater Dei beat the Gaels and ended their 55-game win streak. Even without All-American wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown (finger injury), the Monarchs’ offense was great, too. QB J.T. Daniels hit on 19 of 32 for 315 yards and two TDs while Shakobe Harper rushed for 116 yards and two TDs. Mater Dei’s best teams over the years have been balanced on offense and that’s a trend to follow in upcoming games. The Monarchs should have little difficulty in their next game Friday at home against rebuilding La Mirada.