It’s a bonanza for new teams this week with six, led by new No. 40 St. Francis of Mountain View. The other five are Jesuit of Carmichael, Del Campo of Fair Oaks, Clovis West, Paramount and Torrey Pines. We also have huge rises this week for Cajon of San Bernardino (+11), Charter Oak of Covina (+10) and Capistrano Valley (+9).
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(Last week’s ranking in parentheses)
(After games of Saturday, Nov. 18)
26. (25) Helix (La Mesa) 10-1
Instead of being the last team in the first part of our weekly package, this week the Highlanders are leading off the second part. Next week, they’ll likely just go back up. Their problem in the rankings is that they continue to have to be behind Paraclete of Lancaster (head-to-head loss). Many in San Diego are now thinking Helix may win the Open Division title instead of top seed Mission Hills due to recent results (especially the two games involving Grossmont of La Mesa). Head coach Robbie Owens’ club moved into this week’s semifinals against San Marcos by downing 2016 CIF D2-AA state champ Madison of San Diego 19-11. Isaiah Wooden had the big play of the game with a 64-yard kick return TD following a safety. Sophomore RB Elelyon Noa also rushed 30 times for 160 yards and basically killed the clock in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.