With Northern California getting back to normal after the impacts of the deadly North Bay wildfires, it was not a good night for the Serras. JSerra of San Juan Capistrano (No. 6 in state) had no chance in lopsided loss to No. 1 Mater Dei while No. 21 Serra of Gardena was knocked off by Bishop Amat of La Puente. Many other teams in the state seem to be simply building toward major showdowns in two weeks.
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(Rankings based on last week’s State Top 50 released last Monday)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Oct. 21)
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 8-0
Defeated No. 6 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 45-3. Considering JSerra also was 7-0 and coming off of a huge win over Orange Lutheran, this might have been MD’s most complete outing of the season. QB JT Daniels had two TD passes and two TD runs while superstar WR-KR Amon-Ra St. Brown had an 89-yard punt return. The Monarchs have Orange Lutheran and Servite remaining on their regular season schedule.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 6-2
Defeated No. 12 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 40-38. The Braves had to hold on to win this one but recovered an onside kick to do just that. Sophomore D.J. Uiagaleilei completed 22 of 37 passes for 357 yards and two TDs.
3. Centennial (Corona) 6-1
Defeated Corona 65-0. This figured to be one of the more uglier games in recent years for the Huskies against a struggling program and it was. Still, QB Tanner McKee was reported 7-for-7 for more than 180 yards passing. Norco is up next and while the Huskies are big favorites they won’t be unfocused because the Cougars also are unbeaten in the Big VIII League so a league title is on the line.
4. Mission Viejo 9-0
Defeated Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo) 63-0. Amon-Ra didn’t have the only spectacular punt return TD of the night. We actually saw the one that Olaijah Griffin had for Mission in this game. Check it out on Mission’s twitter feed. Just spectacular.
5. De La Salle (Concord) 8-1
Defeated Monte Vista (Danville) 45-7. The Mustangs were 9-0 when they played and lost to the Spartans to end the regular season in 2016. This time, they’re not the same. DLS led 45-7 at halftime and went easy afterward. The Spartans have a bye next week and then play No. 15 San Ramon Valley after that.
6. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 7-1
LOST to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 45-3. The Lions lost four players to injury in the early going vs. the Monarchs, but it might not have mattered much. MD just playing on another level.
7. Folsom 8-0
Did not play. The Bulldogs were on their bye week. They return next Friday to play Rocklin.
8. Chaminade (West Hills) 7-1
Defeated Alemany (Mission Hills) 45-0. The bigger news in the Mission League was No. 21 Serra of Gardena losing to Bishop Amat because now the Lancers and the Eagles are likely both going to be unbeaten in league when they play in two weeks.
9. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 7-1
Defeated Jordan (Long Beach) 81-0. See photo for info on freshman female kicker. QB Matt Corral also reported 10 of 13 for 320 yards and five TDs in this game.
10. Upland 8-0
Defeated Chino Hills 56-0. The Highlanders continued in their likely quest to be the No. 1 seed for the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs.
11. Rancho Cucamonga 7-1
Defeated Etiwanda 48-7. Head coach Nick Baiz’s club, which has lost only to Upland and has wins over Bishop Amat, Norco and Citrus Hill, figures to be dangerous in CIFSS D1 bracket.
12. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 5-3
LOST to No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 40-38. QB Josiah Norwood reportedly had more than 300 yards in rushing and passing in helping Eagles come back from 30-13 deficit.
13. San Clemente 8-0
Defeated San Juan Hills 31-13. You could say there’s a good chance the Tritons also will be 9-0 when they play No. 4 Mission Viejo in two weeks. With the Diablos on a bye next week, San Clemente is playing Trabuco Hills (which Mission just beat 63-0).
14. Mission Hills (San Marcos) 8-0
Defeated El Camino (Oceanside) 56-20. It’s another impressive win for a team that seems destined to win San Diego Open Division title, then face the CIFSS D2 champion in CIF SoCal D1-AA bowl game. It appears that WR Chris Olave has now been offered by Ohio State and we already know from the Elite 11 that QB Jack Tuttle is one of the best at his position nationally as well.
15. San Ramon Valley (Danville) 8-0
Defeated Dublin 63-24. The Wolves are playing arch-rivals from Monte Vista (Danville) next week and should be 9-0 when they face De La Salle in two weeks.
16. Lutheran (Orange) 5-3
LOST to No. 22 Servite (Anaheim) 29-28. The Lancers were stunned on a last-second field goal. They still have No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 12 Santa Margarita left to play in the regular season.
17. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 8-0
Defeated Del Oro (Loomis) 32-14. The Trojans still have Folsom to play in the regular season and that one will be for the Sierra Foothill League title.
18. Narbonne (Harbor City) 5-3
Defeated San Pedro 57-7. It’s sure looking like the Gauchos will just steamroll from here to the CIF L.A. CIty Open Division title, which means their next big, close game may not be until the CIF SoCal bowl games.
19. Central (Fresno) 7-1
Defeated Clovis North (Fresno) 53-7. It will be a short week coming up for the Grizzlies, who are facing CIF Central Section No. 2 Clovis West on Thursday.
20. Pittsburg 5-1
Defeated Heritage (Brentwood) 42-6. The Pirates came back after having to miss last week due to the dangerous smoky conditions from the week before in the Bay Area.
21. Serra (Gardena) 4-4Seth
LOST to No. 42 Bishop Amat (La Puente) 21-14. The Cavaliers were hoping to get big TD at the finish, but Amat’s Seth Cloud came up with an interception with 1:18 left to seal the win.
22. Servite (Anaheim) 6-2
Defeated No. 16 Lutheran (Orange) 29-28. Servite’s student section, known as The Asylum, went crazy when Zachary Grisotti made a 19-yard field goal with no time left to give the Friars the win.
23. Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 6-2
Defeated Temecula Valley (Temecula) 42-14. Since the Nighthawks already have defeated Vista Murrieta, they’re in good shape to win the Southwestern League title. They’ll just have to be D1 in this year’s CIFSS playoffs, however, instead of staying in D2.
24. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 6-2
Defeated Camarillo 23-21. This almost became one of the biggest upsets of the season in the state, but the Lions got the win on a short field goal by A.J. Culhane with 1:18 left.
25. Oakdale 7-1
Defeated Kimball (Tracy) 42-0. The Mustangs, who have lost only to Folsom, are playing Central Catholic of Modesto in two weeks. Central Catholic should be 9-0 and is right behind Oakdale in our state rankings (No. 26 last week).
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 4-4
Defeated No. 21 Serra (Gardena) 21-14.
Defeated Newbury Park 45-24.
Central Catholic (Modesto) 7-0
Defeated Lathrop 42-6.
Clovis West (Fresno) 7-1
Defeated Clovis East (Clovis) 35-6.
Citrus Hill (Perris) 7-1
Defeated San Jacinto 48-14.
Granite Bay 6-2
Defeated Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 23-0.
Helix (La Mesa) 7-1
Defeated West Hills (Santee) 59-0.
Heritage (Menifee) 7-1
Defeated Perris 62-0.
Inderkum (Sacramento) 9-0
Defeated River Valley (Yuba City) 25-20.
La Habra 6-2
Defeated Sonora (La Habra) 40-0.
Defeated El Segundo 49-14.
Defeated Santa Ynez 17-7.
Los Alamitos 5-3
Defeated No. 36 Edison (Huntington Beach) 17-7 on Thursday.
Defeated Los Gatos 49-0.
Defeated Santiago (Corona) 56-42.
Paraclete (Lancaster) 6-1*
Did not play. Bye.
Defeated Johnson (Sacramento) 49-0.
Serra (San Mateo) 5-2
Defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 51-21 on Saturday.
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 7-1
Defeated Brentwood (Los Angeles) 51-7.
St. Francis (Mountain View) 5-2
Defeated Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 42-21.
St. Mary’s (Stockton) 6-2
Defeated Tracy 42-14.
Defeated Saugus 50-3.
Valley Christian (San Jose) 6-1
Defeated Bellarmine Prep (San Jose) 28-10.
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