Mission Viejo moves up from No. 5 to No. 4 after topping Long Beach Poly, but the Orange County team coming up even more is new No. 8 Santa Margarita. The Eagles, who were No. 13 last week, are playing Mission Viejo in one of this week’s top games. Others coming up this week include Valencia (up from No. 18 to No. 15) and Mission Hills of San Marcos (up from No. 21 to No. 18).
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(Last week’s ranking in parentheses)
(After games of Saturday, Sept. 16)
(Special thanks to Harold Abend for providing many writeups this week)
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 4-0
Head coach Bruce Rollinson told the Orange County Register he didn’t see it coming, referring to the Monarchs’ 62-14 win over Bergen Catholic of New Jersey last Saturday at Mission Viejo. But if anyone saw that Bergen had lost 27-21 to Archbishop Wood of Pennsylvania in its previous game, then yeah you probably did this coming. For MD, the highlight of the night was the return of All-America candidate receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. He missed the first three games with a finger injury, but returned to catch nine passes for 147 yards and three TDs. All three TDs were from junior phenom J.T. Daniels, who ended with 300 yards in the air and five TDs. Mase Funa also shined with a 20-yard interception return TD and three tackles for loss. The fun part of the upcoming week will be playing Saturday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as part of a doubleheader promoted by the San Francisco 49ers. Rollinson likely will be able to give a lot of players the experience of being able to play on that field, too. Mater Dei opponent St. Mary’s of Stockton is the defending CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 champion, but had its starting quarterback hurt in the first game and lost recently 20-7 to Central Catholic of Modesto.