Cajon of San Bernardino joins the top 10 after rolling past Murrieta Valley in matchup of 10,000-yard quarterbacks. Cathedral Catholic’s big win over Serra of Gardena also causes a lot of changes, including the Dons’ own rise up to No. 20 plus Torrey Pines going up to No. 15 and La Costa Canyon to No. 16. This week’s other new team in the first 25 is Bishop Amat of La Puente, which actually moved up a few spots even though the Lancers lost.
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(Last week’s ranking in parentheses)
(After games of Saturday, Sept. 1)
(Contributing: Chuck Nan for Orange County, Daniel Poulter for Northern California, Todd Cataldi for L.A. & Ventura counties & Bill Hutton for CIF Central Coast Section)
*Forfeit wins/losses not included
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 3-0*
For the second straight week, Mater Dei blanked an opponent on the road. This time, the Monarchs suffocated unranked La Mirada, 49-0. These are the first back-to-back shutout games by the Monarchs since 2016 and the first pair on the road since 2013. The Monarchs cruised to an early lead and lifted their starters by halftime. With McClymonds (Oakland) losing this week, MD also is now tied with small school Strathmore for having the longest winning-streak in the state at 18. The defense was absolutely stellar with five quarterback sacks and just 10 offensive yards allowed to the Matadores. Horace “Bru” McCoy enjoyed a solid, but brief night, as he had two receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown offensively and a sack on defense. Bryce Young threw four touchdown passes. This week, the Monarchs return to the Santa Ana Bowl and host disappointing St. Mary’s (Stockton), which is 0-2 thus far. The game with IMG Academy looms September 21.