Only one of the big regular season finale showdowns was close and that was in Modesto where No. 23 Oakdale edged No. 24 Central Catholic. For No. 4 Mission Viejo, No. 5 De La Salle and No. 6 Folsom it was smooth sailing over opponents that were all 9-0. No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco also racked up two more easy wins over Trinity League opponents that may still move up in next week’s rankings because of all the others that lost.
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(Rankings based on last week’s State Top 50 released last Monday)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Nov. 4)
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 10-0
Defeated No. 20 Servite (Anaheim) 51-7. JT Daniels passed for 346 yards and five TDs as Monarchs wrapped up second straight perfect run through all six Trinity League opponents. Now headed for No. 1 seed in CIF Southern Section D1 playoffs.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 8-2
Defeated No. 14 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 51-10. After narrow 40-38 win from previous week over Santa Margarita, this was more like it for the Braves. JSerra earlier lost by just one point to Santa Margarita.
3. Centennial (Corona) 8-1
Defeated M.L. King (Riverside) 62-0. Huskies finished up regular season on Thursday night by claiming eighth straight league title and 16th in 18 years.
4. Mission Viejo 10-0
Defeated No. 12 San Clemente 49-21. Matchup of two 9-0 teams wasn’t as lopsided as last year (Mission won 41-3) but still not much doubt. Austin Osborne’s TD catch and then a TD run off of a reverse blew it open in second half.
5. De La Salle (Concord) 9-1
Defeated No. 13 San Ramon Valley (Danville) 49-14. They stopped counting league titles several years ago at DLS (which is now independent for league purposes) but if they did the consecutive years streak probably would be in the 30s.
6. Folsom 10-0
Defeated No. 15 Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 42-28. Kaiden Bennett accounted for five TDs rushing and passing as Bulldogs led 42-14 before two late scores by the Trojans. On Saturday, it became official as Folsom was seeded No. 1 in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
7. Chaminade (West Hills) 9-1
Defeated No. 26 Bishop Amat (La Puente) 57-33. Andrew Van Buren rushed for four TDs as the Eagles put on a show after last week’s five-point win over Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks). It sure does look like Chaminade and Mission Viejo (or vice versa) will be the 4, 5 seeds in the CIFSS D1 playoffs, meaning they’d play in the quarterfinals in two weeks.
8. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 8-2
LOST to Serra (Gardena) 24-20. Kejuan Markham gave the Jackrabbits a chance for the comeback win with a late interception but the offense couldn’t come through. Serra has loss to Narbonne and Poly has win over Narbonne so those three essentially are in a three-way tie. We dropped Serra below the top 25 after it lost to Bishop Amat but was No. 34 in the Top 50.
9. Upland 10-0
Defeated Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga) 56-7. Head coach Tim Salter’s team will now look at being top seed for CIFSS D2 playoffs. If team goes all the way, then wins CIF D1AA SoCal game, can see a trip to play Folsom at Sac State for state title.
10. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 7-3
Defeated No. 21 Lutheran (Orange) 38-31. The Eagles overcame 24-10 deficit behind running of QB Jonah Norwood and RB Chad Magyar. They ended regular season with league wins against JSerra, Orange Lutheran and Servite with only regular season losses to Mater Dei, St. John Bosco and Mission Viejo.
11. Rancho Cucamonga 9-1
Defeated Chino Hills 62-14. Cougars’ only loss is to Upland but still will be hard for them to get past CIFSS D1 quarterfinals since they’ll have to probably play one of the big three.
12. San Clemente 9-1
LOST to No. 4 Mission Viejo 49-28. The Tritons also are going to have to deal with being in the CIFSS D1 playoffs this year as opposed to D2 last year, a title they won that also launched them toward winning CIF D1-A state crown.
13. San Ramon Valley (Danville) 9-1
LOST to No. 5 De La Salle (Concord) 49-14. Three defensive TDs made the rout unavoidable, but with Pittsburg struggling to beat Antioch it wouldn’t be that much of a shock if the Wolves beat Pitt in expected NCS Open Division semifinal and earned another shot at Sparta.
14. JSerra (SJ Capistrano) 7-3
LOST to No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 51-10. It wasn’t that long ago that the Lions were 7-0 and up to No. 6, but then came Mater Dei, a last-second loss to Santa Margarita and finally the Braves.
15. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 9-1
LOST to No. 6 Folsom 42-28. A great fake by QB Marco Baldacchino helped him throw a TD pass to Austin Jarrad for the first TD of the game, but the Bulldogs have big-time SoCal-style speed and skill on offense and were just too much. Regardless, Oak Ridge was seeded second on Saturday in SJS D1 bracket behind Folsom and in front of defending champion Stockton St. Mary’s.
16. Mission Hills (San Marcos) 10-0
Defeated San Marcos 49-27. Head coach Chris Hauser’s club recaptured the Discovery Bowl title, won the Avocado League title and wrapped up top seed for CIF San Diego Section Open Division. The Grizzlies will open playoffs against No. 8 seed Grossmont.
17. Narbonne (Harbor City) 7-3
Defeated Gardena 76-0. For a few minutes on Twitter on Friday there was a report that the Gauchos actually won this game 99-0. Glad it was only 76-0. Gauchos were indeed rewarded with top seed on Saturday in first L.A. City Section Open Division playoffs. Crenshaw was seeded second.
18. Central (Fresno) 9-1
Defeated Clovis East (Clovis) 55-7. Remember, this team’s only loss is 49-30 to De La Salle, which is now looking a lot better after DLS just routed San Ramon Valley.
19. Pittsburg 7-1
Defeated Antioch 14-12. The Pirates were down 12-0 at halftime to their longtime Big Little Game rivals. They still will likely get No. 2 seed for NCS Open Division due to San Ramon Valley’s margin of defeat to De La Salle and still won Bay Valley Athletic League title.
20. Servite (Anaheim) 6-4
LOST to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 51-7. Again, when you look at other teams that are in this range of the rankings, playing the Monarchs, or St. John Bosco or Centennial and getting clobbered is just par for the course.
21. Lutheran (Orange) 5-5
LOST to No. 10 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 38-31. Junior QB Ryan Hilinski and junior WR Kyle Ford hooked up for three TDs that gave the Lancers a great shot at winning their first Trinity League game. Even at 0-5 in league, though, they probably won’t drop in our rankings.
22. Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 8-2
Defeated Murrieta Mesa (Murrieta) 45-28. Senior WR Marquise Spiker tied state career TD catch record at 66 set in 2000 by Earvin Johnson of L.A. Cathedral.
23. Oakdale 9-1
Defeated Central Catholic (Modesto) 28-21. The Mustangs won the game of the year in the southern part of the Sac-Joaquin Section and will now be favored to win D3 section title. Only loss is 45-29 to No. 6 Folsom. League rival Manteca was seeded second in that D3 bracket.
24. Central Catholic (Modesto) 8-1
LOST to No. 23 Oakdale 28-21. Dauson Booker had some early success as the Raiders led 14-0. They still could have been top seed in SJS D2 playoffs but section committee on Saturday had Granite Bay (8-2) in that position.
25. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 8-2
Defeated Westlake (Westlake Village) 42-7. The Lions won Marmonte League title behind Josh Calvert, who threw for three TDs and scored on a 45-yard interception return on defense. Their earlier win over Paraclete also gained some extra points on Friday with the Spirits beating Sierra Canyon.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 5-5
LOST to No. 7 Chaminade (West Hills) 57-33.
Defeated Moorpark 33-21.
Citrus Hill (Perris) 9-1
Defeated Hemet 63-21.
Granite Bay 8-2
Defeated Rocklin 27-12.
Helix (La Mesa) 9-1
Defeated Valhalla (El Cajon) 49-0.
Heritage (Menifee) 9-1
Defeated Paloma Valley (Menifee) 41-38.
Inderkum (Sacramento) 10-0
Defeated Rio Linda 28-14.
La Habra 8-2*
Defeated Fullerton 17-0.
Defeated Hawthorne 76-6.
Defeated Cabrillo (Lompoc) 71-13.
Los Alamitos 7-3
Defeated Fountain Valley 42-6.
Defeated Homestead (Cupertino) 45-7.
Defeated Roosevelt (Eastvale) 83-42 on Thursday.
Paraclete (Lancaster) 8-1*
Defeated Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 26-7.
Defeated McClatchy (Sacramento) 49-0.
Serra (Gardena) 6-4
Defeated No. 8 Long Beach Poly 24-20.
Serra (San Mateo) 7-2
Defeated St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 47-14 on Saturday.
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 8-2
LOST to Paraclete (Lancaster) 26-7.
St. Francis (Mountain View) 7-2
Defeated Bellarmine Prep (San Jose) 31-6.
St. Mary’s (Stockton) 8-2
Defeated Lincoln (Stockton) 42-14.
Defeated Tulare Western 61-42.
Defeated Canyon (Canyon Country) 59-7.
Valley Christian (San Jose) 7-1
Defeated Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 31-28.
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