The only State Top 25 team to fall to a lower-ranked opponent happened to be the game we went to as Antioch held on to edge host and No. 21 Clayton Valley of Concord 35-34. One of the nights other big winners was No. 8 Folsom, which led 35-0 in the early going and went on to blow past No. 17 Chaminade of West Hills 70-34.
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(Rankings based on State Top 50 released last week)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Sept. 8)
(Contributing: Daniel Poulter)
*Indicates forfeit result not included.
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 4-0*
Defeated St. Mary’s (Stockton) 56-0. It was another running clock victory for the Monarchs, who have a monster matchup at the Santa Ana Bowl in two weeks against IMG Academy of Florida with national title implications.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 4-0
Defeated Paramount 56-12. Yes, we know Bosco fans aren’t always fans of Mater Dei, but we’re sure most of them are hoping the Monarchs beat IMG to further distance both of the California squads above really the rest of the nation.
3. De La Salle (Concord) 4-0
Defeated No. 18 St. Francis (Mountain View) 33-15. Junior standout Shamar Garrett had 148 rushing yards alongside two rushing touchdowns. Garrett also had an 84-yard pick six. Spartans hosting Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) next Friday.
4. Centennial (Corona) 4-0
Defeated Narbonne (Harbor City) 42-23. The Huskies had some early woes in their road game at Narbonne, but had a strong second half. If they are hoping not to potentially have to beat both Mater Dei and St. John Bosco in back-to-backs of the CIF Southern Section D1 playoffs, they need to go 10-0, have MD beat Bosco in October and have the CIFSS actually count Mater Dei’s forfeit loss. That would give Centennial the top seed and then would mean MD and Bosco’s second game might be a 2 vs. 3 in the semifinals.
5. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 4-0
Defeated No. 34 Alemany (Mission Hills) 56-14. Alemany was 3-0 coming in under new head coach Casey Clausen (a former assistant at Oaks), but wasn’t able to come close to the Lions. It was 35-0 in the first half at roughly the same time Folsom was leading Chaminade at the same time. If Oaks also goes 10-0 in regular season, Mater Dei’s forfeit loss also could push the Lions to a higher seed in the CIFSS D1 playoffs as well. It could be Centennial 1, Oaks 2, MD 3 and Bosco 4 which would reflect the forfeit loss and also still keep MD and Bosco from playing each other again until the final.
6. Lutheran (Orange) 2-1
Did not play. Bye. Up next week is a trip to play Heritage (Menifee).
7. Mission Viejo 4-0
Defeated Villa Park 28-13. The Spartans came into this matchup at 2-0 and have some D1 players, including QB (Paul Piferi) going to Purdue. Certainly another solid win for the Diablos.
8. Folsom 3-1
Defeated No. 17 Chaminade (West Hills) 70-34. Quarterback Kaiden Bennett unofficially went 16 of 23 for 339 passing and six passing touchdowns. He also had two rushing touchdowns. The Bulldogs moved up last week from No. 9 and good chance they’ll go up one or two more this week.
9. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 4-0
Defeated Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.) 42-35 on Saturday at Brother in Arms Classic played at Moorpark. Pinnacle was 3-0 and was No. 2 in Arizona in at least one ranking.
10. Cajon (San Bernardino) 3-0
Did not play. Bye. The Cowboys play Oak Hills (Hesperia) next week.
11. Upland 3-0
Defeated La Mirada 25-7. Head coach Tim Salter’s team was coming off of its bye week. Still No. 1 team from CIFSS in Division 2.
12. Central (Fresno) 4-0
Defeated Paso Robles 62-0. Quarterback Trent Tompkins connected for eight touchdown passes for the game, which is the total it takes to get a listing in the state record book.
13. Servite (Anaheim) 3-0
Defeated Roosevelt (Eastvale) 32-13. The Friars also were coming off of a bye, but they will have one more this season and will only have nine games for the regular season.
14. Liberty (Brentwood) 4-0
Defeated Rocklin 51-9. The Lions’ schedule hasn’t been that great thus far, but the Bay Valley Athletic League with Pittsburg and Antioch is looking as loaded as ever.
15. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 4-0
Defeated San Pasqual (Escondido) 35-0. San Diego Section’s top-ranked teams won by this same score last week vs. Olympian of Chula Vista.
16. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 4-0
Defeated El Camino (Oceanside) 41-21. If you’re curious, LCC and Torrey Pines are in the same league and could be 9-0 when they eventually face each other.
17. Chaminade (West Hills) 2-2
LOST 70-34 to No. 8 Folsom. Chaminade’s other loss was 31-13 to No. 5 Oaks Christian.
18. St. Francis (Mountain View) 2-1
LOST 33-15 to No. 3 De La Salle (Concord). Evan Williams had two TD catches for the Lancers, further demonstrating why he’s one of the top pass-catchers in the state. DLS had some turnovers the helped St. Francis, but still a solid outing and probably only enhances the Lancers’ status as the top team in the CIF Central Coast Section.
19. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 2-2
Defeated Mayfair (Lakewood) 55-7. Mayfair was 3-0, but this was a huge step up in competition for the Monsoons.
20. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 3-1
Defeated No. 47 Helix (La Mesa) 30-21. This wasn’t as convincing as the win over Gardena Serra from the previous game, but Helix is the defending San Diego Section Open Division champion.
21. Clayton Valley (Concord) 3-1
LOST 35-34 to No. 45 Antioch. Looks like we went to the game of the night for teams that were in the top 25 of our State Top 50 from last week. The Ugly Eagles, who beat Pittsburg in their first game of the season, came back from a 27-6 deficit to cut the score to 35-34 with four minutes left, but missed a two-point conversion. By the time Clayton Valley got the ball back, it was just too much of a scramble for them to do anything. Three turnovers, including a kickoff return fumble for a touchdown, really hurt head coach Tim Murphy’s squad in the first half.
22. Westlake (Westlake Village) 4-0
Defeated St. Francis (La Canada) 35-21. The Warriors will have very challenging Marmonte League games against Oaks Christian and Calabasas.
23. Buchanan (Clovis) 4-0
Defeated Liberty (Bakersfield) 28-13. The Bears have De La Salle coming up in two weeks and won this game on the road against another team from the CIF Central Section that has been in our State Top 50 this season.
24. Pittsburg 2-2
Defeated No. 30 Serra (San Mateo) 45-35. The Pirates used a 24-0 third quarter to power to victory. Their two losses are to Centennial of Corona and Clayton Valley.
25. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 2-2*
Defeated Rancho Cucamonga 45-14. There was some bad news for the Lancers, however, as they lost junior running back Damien Moore for the season.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
(Taken from the next group of teams we had in our State Top 50)
Alemany (Mission Hills) 3-1
LOST 56-14 to No. 4 Oaks Christian (Westlake Village).
Defeated No. 21 Clayton Valley (Concord) 35-34. Major impact on NCS Open.
Defeated Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 41-14.
Defeated La Habra 43-27. Jayden Casey passed for 371 yards and six touchdowns.
Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 4-0
Defeated Yorba Linda 28-14.
Central Catholic (Modesto) 3-1
Defeated Lincoln (Stockton) 47-7.
Corona del Mar (Newport Harbor) 3-1
Defeated Lakewood 35-0.
Del Oro (Loomis) 4-0
Defeated Sacramento 45-18.
Eastlake (Chula Vista) 3-1
Defeated Grossmont (La Mesa) 35-0.
Helix (La Mesa) 1-3
LOST 30-21 to No. 20 Cathedral Catholic.
Liberty (Bakersfield) 2-2
LOST 28-13 to No. 23 Buchanan (Clovis).
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 2-2
LOST 29-25 to Serra (Gardena).
Los Alamitos 2-1
Defeated Banning (Wilmington) 49-13 on Thursday.
Madison (San Diego) 4-0
Defeated Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 21-10.
Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 2-1
LOST 26-20 to Palma (Salinas) in overtime.
Monterey Trail (Elk Grove) 4-0
Defeated Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) 63-28.
Narbonne (Harbor City) 1-3
LOST 42-23 to No. 4 Centennial (Corona).
Defeated Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 30-23.
Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 3-0
BYE. Plays Folsom next.
Palma (Salinas) 3-0
Defeated Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 26-20 in OT.
San Clemente 1-3
LOST 55-38 to Murrieta Valley (Murrieta).
Serra (Gardena) 2-1
Defeated Long Beach Poly 29-25. Melquan Stovall with game-winning touchdown.
Serra (San Mateo) 1-2
LOST 45-35 to No. 24 Pittsburg.
Tesoro (Las Flores) 4-0
Defeated West (Torrance) 24-13.
Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 1-2
LOST 30-23 to Norco.
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