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(Rankings based on State Top 50 released last week)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Oct. 27)
*Indicates forfeit result not included.
1. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 10-0
Defeated No. 23 Servite (Anaheim) 56-0. After finishing behind Mater Dei the last two years in the Trinity League standings, the Braves wrapped up that monster league crown by cruising past the Friars. Up next will be getting the top seed for the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs.
2. Centennial (Corona) 10-0
Defeated Roosevelt (Eastvale) 84-14 on Thursday. It’s not a category, but we would guess that the Huskies have set a national record for most points scored by one team during a league schedule. They were ahead in this game with 77 points in the first half. Still, we don’t know how good they are since the rest of the Big VII League has fallen off in recent years and we won’t probably know until the CIFSS D1 semifinals.
3. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 9-1*
Defeated No. 17 Lutheran (Orange) 45-7. Domani Jackson, a freshman (they keep them coming at MD & Bosco with no end in sight), grabbed an interception and returned it for a TD for the game’s first touchdown. The Monarchs will be the No. 3 seed for CIFSS D1 playoffs behind only Bosco & Centennial.
4. De La Salle (Concord) 10-0
Defeated California (San Ramon) 49-0. Sophomore Dorian Hale hooked up with junior Grant Daley for three first-half scoring passes to spark the Spartans to a 42-0 halftime lead. They will now head into the CIF North Coast Section Open Division playoffs as the top seed and will have a week off next week.
5. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 10-0
Defeated No. 42 Westlake (Westlake Village) 13-7. The Lions were behind 7-0 in this game into the fourth quarter when they finally tied it on a Josh Calvert TD pass and then went ahead with two minutes left on a 17-yard interception return TD by Jack Lenthall.
6. Folsom 9-1
Defeated No. 22 Del Oro (Loomis) 40-0. Although Del Oro was unbeaten, this margin isn’t a surprise based on two recent close calls by the Golden Eagles. Folsom, which has lost its only game to De La Salle in a game it had five turnovers (compared to one for DLS), was awarded the top seed for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 playoffs on Saturday and will have a bye next week.
7. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 8-2
Defeated No. 41 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 42-7. The last-place team in the Trinity League last year, Orange Lutheran, got into the CIFSS D1 playoffs and won its first game. Santa Margarita can’t do that this season since it only won two games overall. JSerra, meanwhile, could be looking at No. 5 or No. 6 seed in that bracket.
8. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 8-2*
Defeated Alemany (Mission Hills) 24-19. The Lancers capped a perfect run through the Mission League by defeating the Warriors. They also have a forfeit win against Mater Dei and a one-point loss to JSerra.
9. Central (Fresno) 10-0
Defeated Clovis East (Clovis) 54-38 on Thursday. After not really looking vulnerable in any game earlier this season, the Timberwolves’ running attack made this a concerning result. Trent Tompkins also ended regular season with 47 TD passes. Central gained the top seed on Saturday in the CIF Central Section D1 bracket.
10. Liberty (Brentwood) 10-0
Defeated Heritage (Brentwood) 49-0. In what they call the Brentwood Bowl rivalry, the Lions showed no hangover from their big win in their previous game against Pittsburg and rolled past the Patriots.
11. St. Francis (Mountain View) 8-1
Defeated Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 28-7. The Lancers haven’t finished their regular season yet and still have to get past Serra of San Mateo to win an outright league title. A loss would put them in a three-way tie with Valley Christian.
12. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 10-0
Defeated La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 38-0. QB Jason Heine had another top-notch outing for the Falcons, who followed up last week’s 71-41 win against Oceanside with a rout of the Mavericks. They were announced as the top seed for the San Diego Open Division on Saturday and will face No. 4 seed San Marcos in the next game. That was the team Torrey Pines was playing when a recent game was stopped and eventually called a “no contest” two weeks ago.
13. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 8-1*
Defeated Point Loma (San Diego) 59-7. Officially, counting a forfeit win against Lincoln of San Diego from last week, the Dons are 9-1 heading into the CIF San Diego Section Open Division playoffs. They are the No. 2 seed and found out Saturday they’re playing No. 3 Carlsbad in two weeks.
14. Narbonne (Harbor City) 7-3
Defeated Carson 41-7. It was only a 7-0 lead for the Gauchos but they blew it open in the second half, partly due to a punt return TD by Ja’Maree Boone.
15. Calabasas 8-2
Defeated St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 44-16. Yes, we know the Coyotes probably aren’t going to be the top seed for the CIFSS D2 playoffs in favor of unbeaten Rancho Verde but we’ll continue to rank them higher with losses only to D1 teams Oaks Christian and JSerra and with wins against Lawndale and Sierra Canyon. Calabasas’ earlier win over Rancho Cucamonga also picked up some strength on Friday night with how the Cougars did in their win over Upland.
16. Mission Viejo 9-1*
Defeated Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo) 37-7. Jacob Nowland scored on a blocked punt return to help break the game open for the Diablos, who bounced back from their loss in their previous game to San Clemente. Both Mission Viejo & San Clemente will be in CIFSS D1 playoffs.
17. Lutheran (Orange) 5-5
LOST to No. 3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 45-7. Ryan Hilinski threw a touchdown pass to account for the only Lancers’ points in this game. They gained the fourth spot from the Trinity League for the CIFSS D1 playoffs.
18. Pittsburg 7-3
Defeated Antioch 42-10 on Saturday in 100th Big Little Game annual rivalry series that is one of the best in Northern California. Pitt head coach Vic Galli lobbied for his team to be the No. 3 seed for the NCS Open Division. Our rankings have had the Pirates in that position for several weeks despite a head-to-head loss to Clayton Valley in the season-opener since Clayton Valley later lost 35-34 to Antioch and Pitt’s strength of schedule is so much better. It’s just been expected that Clayton Valley would get that third slot since in the NCS head-to-head results have tended to carry the most weight.
19. Villa Park 9-1*
Defeated Canyon (Anaheim) 41-8. This win gave the CIFSS D4 playoff favorites their ninth straight league championship. The Spartans, who have lost only to Mission Viejo (on-the-field) but who also have a win over Trinity League member Servite of Anaheim, also have now won 38 straight league games.
20. Buchanan (Clovis) 8-2
Defeated Clovis North (Fresno) 49-21. This completed the Bears’ sweep of the other Clovis schools and secured No. 2 seed in CIF Central Section D1 playoffs, especially due to having a win over Liberty (Bakersfield).
21. Servite (Anaheim) 4-5*
LOST to No. 1 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 56-0. Despite having a Trinity League win against Santa Margarita and owning a win over Norco, the Friars are being projected to not be making it into the CIFSS D1 playoffs.
22. Del Oro (Loomis) 9-1
LOST to No. 6 Folsom 40-0. By not winning the Sierra Foothill League title (a D1 league), the Golden Eagles fall to the D2 bracket for the SJS playoffs (because of enrollment) and on Saturday were announced as the No. 1 seed.
23. Upland 8-2
LOST to Rancho Cucamonga 34-20. This one was for the Baseline League title and the Highlanders suffered. The winning Cougars played a tough preseason schedule and were 0-4 but are now 6-4. Upland still is a team to watch for the CIFSS D2 playoffs. Rancho Cucamonga is D1.
24. Norco 8-2
Defeated Corona 63-0 on Thursday. Two rushing TDs by Jadyn Ott and two TD passes by Shane Illingworth helped the Cougars to a big early lead.
25. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 8-2
Defeated Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 35-21 on Thursday. The Broncos, who have a win over Los Alamitos with losses to Norco and Orange Lutheran, captured the Southwestern League title despite QB Hank Bachmeier of the Nighthawks setting the CIFSS career TD pass record.
Cajon (San Bernardino) 8-1
Defeated Carter (Rialto) 46-14.
Central Catholic (Modesto) 9-1
Defeated Oakdale 54-14.
Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 7-1-1
Defeated Huntington Beach 41-7.
Clayton Valley (Concord) 9-1
Defeated Northgate (Walnut Creek) 62-6.
Eastlake (Chula Vista) 9-1
Defeated Otay Ranch (Chula Vista) 14-0.
Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) 8-2
Defeated Camarillo 42-21.
Helix (La Mesa) 6-4
LOST to Steele Canyon (Spring Valley) 22-21.
Heritage (Menifee) 7-3
LOST to Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) 17-10.
Defeated Hawthorne 55-6.
Los Alamitos 7-1-1
Defeated Edison (Huntington Beach) 17-10.
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 8-2
Did not play. Bye.
Monterey Trail (Elk Grove) 10-0
Defeated McClatchy (Sacramento) 55-0. Outscored league foes 284-6 and probable No. 2 seed for SJS D1 playoffs.
Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 6-4
LOST to No. 25 Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 35-21.
Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 7-3
Defeated Chaminade (West Hills) 52-24. Will be D2 for CIFSS playoffs.
Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) 10-0
Defeated Heritage (Menifee) 17-10. Decided league title and likely a top seed for CIFSS D2 bracket.
San Clemente 6-4
Did not play. Bye.
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 7-3
Defeated Paraclete (Lancaster) 49-14.
South Hills (West Covina) 10-0
Defeated Charter Oak (Covina) 23-6.
Valley Christian (San Jose) 8-2
Defeated Bellarmine Prep (San Jose) 35-0.
Westlake (Westlake Village) 6-3
LOST to No. 5 Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 13-7.
Wilcox (Santa Clara) 9-0
Defeated Milpitas 28-7.
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