No. 3 De La Salle avenges big loss from last season to Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas with a 27-21 win that got very scary in the final minutes. The biggest upset of the night was in Orange County where unranked Villa Park (won’t be unranked next week) knocked off No. 13 Servite of Anaheim. Narbonne and Gardena Serra, meanwhile, need two overtimes to settle another great clash between those two talent-laden squads.
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(Rankings based on State Top 50 released last week)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Sept. 15)
*Indicates forfeit result not included.
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 4-0*
Did not play. The Monarchs have a bye this week and will take a streak of three straight shutouts into their showdown next Friday at home vs. nationally ranked IMG Academy of Florida. Their recent shutout streak includes one of 42-0 vs. Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 5-0
Defeated No. 41 Chaminade (West Hills) 56-20. This is the same team that lost to No. 6 Folsom 70-34 in its previous game. That one also was 35-0 in the second quarter. The Braves were ahead 42-6 in the first half. As they say, a rout is a rout.
3. De La Salle (Concord) 5-0
Defeated Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 27-21. The Spartans broke a 14-14 tie in the second half on a 53-yard run by Henry To’oto’o and a scoring pass from Dorian Hale to Richard Fahiua. They couldn’t quite put away the Gaels, though, who lost 42-0 to No. 1 Mater Dei a few weeks ago. They got a key fourth down stop, scored with less than three minutes left and got the ball back with a chance to steal it at the end. The clock ran out as Gorman players were frantically trying to get one last possible game-winning play.
4. Centennial (Corona) 5-0
Defeated Valley View (Moreno Valley) 77-7. It will be a shock if the Huskies are not 10-0 heading into the CIFSS D1 playoffs. They are off next week, then open league play vs. Corona Santiago.
5. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 5-0
Defeated Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 49-14. Another impressive outing for the Lions who rolled over team that had beaten San Clemente in its previous outing.
6. Folsom 4-1
Defeated No. 30 Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 62-6. Although both Oak Ridge and No. 29 Del Oro (Loomis) have been impressive this season, the Bulldogs are just playing at a different level than any other team in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. Folsom led 55-6 at halftime behind QB Kaiden Bennett, who accounted for six TDs.
7. Lutheran (Orange) 3-1
Defeated Heritage (Menifee) 35-16. Ryan Hilinski led the Lancers with five TD passes. Their only loss is to No. 4 Corona Centennial.
8. Mission Viejo 5-0
Defeated No. 11 Upland 41-8. Akili Arnold raced for a 49-yard punt return TD and Joey Yellen passed for 238 yards as the Diablos rolled over a team many thought would get much closer.
9. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 5-0
Defeated Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas, Nev.) 50-10. Caden Bell tossed four TD passes for the Lions. They also displayed great special teams play that helped set up some of the scores.
10. (10) Cajon (San Bernardino) 5-0
Defeated Oak Hills (Hesperia) 42-22. First game win over Helix also is looking better and the debate between the Cowboys and Upland about which should be No. 2 in the IE behind Centennial will likely subside since Upland lost to Mission Viejo.
11. Upland 3-1
LOST to No. 8 Mission Viejo 41-8. The Highlanders can still look at themselves as a favorite in the CIFSS D2 playoffs because the difference between the top teams in CIFSS D1 and D2 is rather large.
12. Central (Fresno) 5-0
Defeated Turlock 54-14. That makes it three CIF Sac-Joaquin Section teams that the Grizzlies have routed. The easy games will finally end in two weeks when state-ranked Buchanan of Clovis visits Koligian Stadium. We will be there and will do a book signing the next day in Fresno.
13. Servite (Anaheim) 3-1
LOST to Villa Park 28-14. This was the upset of the night. Villa Park, though, actually played Mission Viejo a lot closer than Upland so maybe it’s not that shocking if you look at it that way. Still, for a Trinity League team to lose to Villa Park means an 0-5 Trinity League record may be hard to avoid.
14. Liberty (Brentwood) 5-0
Defeated No. 49 Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 31-14. A 79-yard fumble return TD and a 54-yard TD pass by Jay Butterfield helped the Lions get out to a 24-14 halftime lead. The defense took it from the there.
15. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 5-0
Defeated El Camino of Oceanside 36-14. The votes will probably stay close between the Falcons and La Costa Canyon for No. 1 in San Diego, but it doesn’t matter since the two will end the regular season going aganst each other.
16. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 4-0
Defeated Oceanside 31-20. The real debate in San Diego may not be at No. 1 and No. 2 but between No. 4 and No. 5 since the section is going to only four teams in its Open Division this season.
17. St. Francis (Mountain View) 2-1
Did not play. The Lancers, like the rest of the teams in the West Catholic Athletic League, took a bye week before the start of league games. They play next on Sept. 21 at home vs. St. Ignatius of San Francisco.
18. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 2-3
LOST on Saturday night to Orem of Utah 51-46. It was a back-and-forth matchup all evening, including 35-35 tie in third quarter. Orem lost in its previous game 31-21 to Bishop Gorman of Utah, which just lost to De La Salle 27-21. Not that bad of a loss.
19. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 3-1
Did not play. The Dons do have a bye this week. They’ll be back next Friday and shouldn’t have much trouble with Olympian of Chula Vista. Their only loss is to No. 16 La Costa Canyon and they have a win over No. 24 Serra of Gardena.
20. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 2-2*
Defeated No. 50 Cathedral (Los Angeles) 42-21. The Lancers, who have a one-point loss to No. 9 JSerra, should move up after this week. A pick six by Deven Jarvis and a 52-yard punt return TD by Jaden Allen sparked the win.
21. Buchanan (Clovis) 4-0
Did not play. We don’t know if any of the Bear coaches or players made the trek to see No. 3 De La Salle in person on Friday, but they were on a bye and the Spartans were playing at home against Bishop Gorman.
22. Westlake (Westlake Village) 5-0
Defeated No. 47 Moorpark 34-0. Many of the Warriors’ earlier wins over quality opponents were much closer. This one wasn’t and the Musketeers were unbeaten.
23. Norco 4-1
Defeated Redlands East Valley (Redlands) 52-37. Although Servite losing doesn’t help with their ranking, the Cougars showed explosiveness in another win.
24. Serra (Gardena) 2-2
LOST to No. 39 Narbonne (Harbor City) 27-26 (20Ts). Doug Brumfield passed for 373 yards and three TDs, but also had a pair of interceptions. Serra just had a win over Long Beach Poly while Poly had a win over Narbonne so naturally Narbonne got this win.
25. Pittsburg 3-2
Defeated Vacaville 40-7. The Pirates only had to travel to Solano County for this game and not Riverside County (like the previous week at Corona centennial). A solid bounce-back win.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
(Taken from the next group of teams we had in our State Top 50)
Defeated Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 47-28 Saturday.
Bye. Did not play.
Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 3-1*
Defeated Monte Vista (Danville) 17-16.
Defeated Rancho Cucamonga 42-13.
Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 5-0
Defeated Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo) 55-7.
Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 3-1
LOST to No. 14 Liberty (Brentwood) 31-14.
Central Catholic (Modesto) 4-1
Defeated Manteca 35-28.
Clayton Valley (Concord) 3-1
Bye. Did not play.
Corona del Mar (Newport Harbor) 4-1
Defeated San Clemente 21-20.
Del Oro (Loomis) 5-0
Defeated Granite Bay 42-7.
Eastlake (Chula Vista) 4-1
Defeated Valhalla (El Cajon) 52-0.
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 3-2
Defeated Millikan (Long Beach) 46-15.
Los Alamitos 3-1
Defeated Carson 21-14.
Madison (San Diego) 4-1
LOST to Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 34-6.
Monterey Trail (Elk Grove) 4-0
Bye. Did not play.
LOST to No. 22 Westlake (Westlake Village) 34-0.
Narbonne (Harbor City) 2-3
Defeated No. 24 Serra (Gardena) 27-26 (2 OTs).
Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 3-1
LOST to No. 6 Folsom 62-6.
Palma (Salinas) 3-0
Bye. Did not play.
Serra (San Mateo) 1-2
Bye. Did not play.
Tesoro (Las Flores) 4-1
LOST to San Juan Hills (SJ Capistrano) 7-6.
Villa Park 3-1
Defeated No. 13 Servite (Anaheim) 28-14.
Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 2-2
Defeated Madison (San Diego) 34-6.
Wilcox (Santa Clara) 4-0
Defeated Santa Clara 63-7.
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