All of the hoopla surrounding No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco playing each other can begin after both teams won on Friday with the Braves coming on strong in the second half after they were tied 21-21 in the second quarter with No. 9 Orange Lutheran. It’s also going to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup for teams in just about every national ranking (although the order is different in some). There were no upsets involving State Top 25 teams on Friday, although No. 7 Mission Viejo had to survive an upset bid by Capistrano Valley.
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(Rankings based on State Top 50 released last week)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Oct. 6)
*Indicates forfeit result not included.
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 7-0*
Defeated No. 19 Santa Margarita Catholic (Rancho SM) 49-7. Monarchs did their part to set up next week’s monster clash against No. 2 St. John Bosco with easy win. They broke it open in second quarter on 45-yard TD pass from Bryce Young to Bru McCoy. The Bosco game is a No. 1 vs. No. 2 in nation matchup (some have Braves No. 1) but it’s not as big as first-ever national No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown, which was in 2001 between De La Salle and Long Beach Poly. That one was bigger because DLS had the national win streak record going and the two teams weren’t also going to play later in the season (like MD and Bosco probably will).
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 6-0
Defeated No. 9 Lutheran of Orange 63-28. Kris Hutson starred for the Braves with a pair of kickoff returns, one of which happened right before halftime after the Lancers had tied the score 21-21. Bosco pulled away in the second half.
3. Centennial (Corona) 7-0
Defeated Corona 78-0. So far in Big XIII League play, the Huskies have won 77-7, 59-6 and now 78-0. With the Mater Dei forfeit loss situation, hard to know whether it will be better for Centennial’s eventual CIF Southern Section D1 playoff seed if Bosco wins that game next week or if Monarchs win.
4. De La Salle (Concord) 7-0
Defeated Monte Vista (Danville) 55-0. The visiting Mustangs entered Friday’s game at 5-1, but were not close as the Spartans led 48-0 at halftime. Sophomore Dorian Hale threw three TD passes, two to big-time TE recruit Isaiah Foskey.
5. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 7-0
Defeated Newbury Park 55-0. It wasn’t 83-0 like the previous game against Bakersfield Christian, but the Lions came off of their bye week focused and determined to keep getting better.
6. Folsom 6-1
Defeated Whitney (Rocklin) 63-7. Amidst some controversy after a Sacramento Bee story quoted a couple coaches from rival schools in the Sierra Foothill League that the Bulldogs should be independent, it was just business as usual. Team’s only loss to De La Salle and it will likely stay that way through the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 playoffs.
7. Mission Viejo 8-0
Defeated No. 41 Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 31-24. The visiting Cougars, who were unbeaten but new to the South Coast League this season, were ahead 14-0 in the first half and nearly upset the Diablos.
8. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 6-1
Defeated No. 24 Servite (Anaheim) 49-6. Caden Bell threw for five TDs for the Lions, who kept up some momentum from their more than respectable 35-28 loss from the week before to St. John Bosco.
9. Lutheran (Orange) 4-3
LOST to No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 63-28. A Ryan Hilinski TD pass made it 21-21 in the second quarter, but the depth of talent of the Braves in the second half became overwhelming.
10. Central (Fresno) 7-0
Defeated Clovis 53-14. There was no letdown for head coach Kyle Biggs’ squad following the big win from the previous week against No. 23 Buchanan of Clovis.
11. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 5-2*
Defeated Serra (Gardena) 35-14. Kenny Collins rushed for three TDs as the Lancers have now beaten both Chaminade (Mission Hills) and Serra in the Mission League. At the beginning of the season, those probably were regarded by most as the top three teams in the league.
12. Liberty (Brentwood) 8-0
Defeated Antioch 52-0. We saw Antioch get a win over Clayton Valley of Concord earlier this season, so this was about as impressive a win as the Lions could get. Sione Vaki got the night going by returning the opening kickoff for a score and later caught two TD passes from junior QB Jay Butterfield.
13. St. Francis (Mountain View) 5-1
Defeated No. 50 Valley Christian (San Jose) 7-3. The defensive slugfest was preserved by big plays by DE Josh Pakola and DB Maurice Wilmer. Both of those players committed earlier in the week — Pakola to Stanford and Wilmer to Colorado.
14. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 7-0
Defeated Mission Hills (San Marcos) 13-7. It was 0-0 at halftime but the Falcons got through without the upset. Mission Hills is the defending Avocado League champion and beat the Falcons twice last year so no matter the score it was a good win.
15. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 6-1
Defeated St. Augustine (San Diego) 34-14. According to Twitter reports, junior QB D.J. Ralph led the Dons with 243 yards passing and a pair of TDs.
16. Narbonne (Harbor City) 5-3
Defeated San Pedro 62-7. In the first half alone, the Gauchos held the Pirates to just 17 yards and three total first downs.
17. Pittsburg 6-2
Defeated Freedom (Oakley) 54-14. Freedom was actually in the State Top 50 a few weeks ago so the ease of the Pirates’ win was impressive. The Pirates’ upcoming matchup vs. a Liberty of Brentwood team that also has been surging in recent weeks on Oct. 19 should be something to see.
18. Calabasas 6-1
Defeated No. 36 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 42-35. Coyote defenders batted away a Hail Mary pass in the end zone to preserve the win. Jaden Casey led the offense with five TD passes and one TD run.
19. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 2-5
LOST to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 49-7. Unlike the team’s other four losses, which were all to highly-ranked foes by close scores, this one wouldn’t fall into that category.
20. Upland 5-1
Defeated Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga 45-23. The Highlanders’ only loss is to Mission Viejo and they remain a top team in the CIFSS in D2.
21. Villa Park 5-1
Defeated El Dorado (Placentia) 49-3. Since their win against Servite of Anaheim, Villa Park has won by scores of 56-6, 57-0 and now 49-3.
22. Del Oro (Loomis) 7-0
Defeated No. 48 Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 56-21. Johnny “Rocket” Guzman brought back not one but two kickoffs for scores to lift the Golden Eagles. They should move up a few spots in next week’s rankings and may be in the 15-17 range by the time they face Folsom to end the regular season.
23. Buchanan (Clovis) 5-2
Defeated Clovis West (Fresno) 35-7. Head coach Matt Giordano probably liked the way his team’s defense held the Golden Eagles to just one score in a bounce-back effort following a loss to No. 10 Central of Fresno.
24. (24) Servite (Anaheim) 3-3
LOST to No. 8 JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano) 49-6. The Friars still have Orange Lutheran, St. John Bosco and Santa Margarita still to play in the Trinity League.
25. Norco 6-1
Defeated Santiago (Corona) 33-22. D.J. Ford returned as the primary ball carrier and had two long TDs in the second half to spark the win. Santiago lost in its previous game 59-6 to Corona Centennial, but gave Norco a scare.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
(Taken from the next group of teams we had in our State Top 50)
Alemany (Mission Hills) 6-1
Defeated Chaminade (West Hills) 31-14.
Cajon (San Bernardino) 6-1
Defeated Redlands 57-7.
Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 6-1
LOST to No. 7 Mission Viejo 31-24.
Central Catholic (Modesto) 7-1
Defeated Weston Ranch (Stockton) 60-13.
Clayton Valley (Concord) 6-1
Defeated Campolindo (Moraga) 35-7.
Corona del Mar (Newport Harbor) 6-1
Defeated Fountain Valley 49-21.
Eastlake (Chula Vista) 6-1
Defeated Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista) 56-21.
Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) 6-2
Defeated Moorpark 39-7.
Helix (La Mesa) 4-3
Defeated Valhalla (El Cajon) 56-6.
Heritage (Menifee) 5-2
Defeated Temescal Canyon (Lake Elsinore) 28-0.
Defeated Culver City 34-27.
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 6-2
Defeated Compton 35-0.
Los Alamitos 6-1
Defeated Newport Harbor (Newport Beach) 42-7. Extended reported national record streak of scoring in a game to 400 games.
Monterey Trail (Elk Grove) 7-0
Defeated Kennedy (Sacramento) 50-0.
Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 5-2
Defeated Loyola (Los Angeles) 28-7.
Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 5-2
LOST to No. 22 Del Oro (Loomis) 56-21.
Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) 7-0
Defeated Elsinore (Lake Elsinore) 63-13.
Serra (Gardena) 3-4
LOST to No. 11 Bishop Amat (La Puente) 35-14.
Serra (San Mateo) 4-2
Defeated Archbishop Riordan (SF) 57-6 on Saturday.
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 5-3
LOST to No. 18 Calabasas 42-35.
South Hills (West Covina) 7-0
Defeated West Covina 35-0.
St. Mary’s (Stockton) 3-4
Defeated Lodi 42-8.
Valley Christian (San Jose) 4-2
LOST to No. 15 St. Francis (Mountain View) 7-3.
Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 5-2
Defeated Chaparral (Temecula) 55-7.
Westlake (Westlake Village) 3-3
Bye. Did not play.
Wilcox (Santa Clara) 7-0
Defeated Los Gatos 25-19.
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