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(Rankings based on preseason State Top 50 released nearly two weeks ago)
(Through reported results of Friday, Aug. 23)
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1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 1-0
Defeated No. 4 Centennial (Corona) 42-12. To check out a recap of this game, CLICK HERE.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 1-0
Nationally ranked Braves started at home on national TV on Saturday against DeMatha of Hyattsville, Md., and rolled to 35-7 win. Transfer WR Logan Loya (from Orange Lutheran) shined with nine catches for 162 yards. QB D.J. Uigalelei passed for more than 300 yards and two scores.
3. De La Salle (Concord) 0-1
LOST to national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 24-14. James Coby scored both TDs for the Spartans, but teammate Jamar Garrett shined even more with 187 yards on 17 carries (according to San Jose Mercury-News). The game was on ESPN and in attendance was Oakland Raiders’ receiver Antonio Brown (who is from Florida but spent time in the DLS rooting section).
4. Centennial (Corona) 0-1
LOST to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 42-12. To check out a recap of this game, CLICK HERE.
5. Narbonne (Harbor City) 1-0
Opened on Saturday on the road with 32-7 win over No. 12 Buchanan (Clovis). To check out a recap of this game, CLICK HERE.
6. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 1-0
San Diego power makes statement with 42-9 victory over La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad).
7. JSerra (SJ Capistrano) 1-0
The Lions hold on for a 24-14 victory over East (Salt Lake City, Utah). Remember, this was a team that a couple of years ago got a win ovr De La Salle. Jaden Genova had a blocked punt and returned it for a TD for JSerra. The L.A. Times has the Lions one spot in front of Narbonne in its rankings. We didn’t have it that way in our preseason order, but once the season starts we have been known to switch. See our first regular season rankings to find out.
8. Folsom 0-0
Didn’t play. Bulldogs don’t get going until next week against Jesuit of Carmichael. New head coach Paul Doherty told the Sacramento Bee this week that he plans to use two quarterbacks, the transfer from Washington (Ari Patu) and the returning player (Jacob Reithmeier).
9. Rancho Cucamonga 1-0
QB C.J. Stroud and the boys fall behind early 9-0, but storms back for 50-31 victory over Roosevelt (Eastvale).
10. Upland 0-1
LOST to preseason No. 40 La Habra 21-14. The Highlanders got down early 14-0 and essentially couldn’t come back. They were stopped on a late fourth down play and an interception that prevented a tying touchdown.
11. Calabasas 1-0
Coyotes entered the fourth quarter with a 22-point lead and hold off Bakersfield, 29-14.
12. Buchanan (Clovis) 0-1
Head coach Matt Giordano’s team opend on Saturday at home against No. 5 Narbonne and lost 32-7. For a recap of this game, CLICK HERE.
13. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 1-0
A late defensive hold gives Oaks Christian a 13-7 victory over Chaminade (West Hills).
14. Liberty (Brentwood) 1-0
Oregon commit Jay Butterfield made quick work of the Bulldogs, as Liberty dispatched Vacaville 49-24 on the road. Butterfield reported 310 passing yards on 14 of 25 passing.
15. Serra (Gardena) 0-0
Plays Garfield (Los Angeles) next Friday in first game.
16. Mission Viejo 1-0
Head coach Chad Johnson’s club had little trouble with its foe from Hawaii, as the Diablos cruised to a 38-14 over Konawaena (Hawaii). The Diablos led 35-0 at halftime.
17. Valley Christian (San Jose) 0-0
Didn’t play. None of the teams in the CIF Central Coast Section are starting this weekend. The Warriors will start next Friday at preseason No. 36 Wilcox (Santa Clara). Wilcox won 10-6 in a season-opener last season that at the time was thought to be a big upset. The Chargers ended up making the CCS Open D1 final and won the CIF D3-A state title.
18. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 1-0
Defeated Westlake (Westlake Village) 26-7. JD Sumlin ends evening with 168 rushing yards and had 100 in the third alone.
19. Norco 1-0
The Cougars had a successful trip to Arizona, as they handled Williams Field (Arizona) 52-27. Williams Field head coach Steve Campbell is a former Norco QB and son of winningest head coach in Norco history (Gary Campbell).
20. Central (Fresno) 1-0
The Grizzlies’ offense doesn’t slow down from last season. They buried Edison (Fresno) 47-12. Good chance this team gets a nice jump in next rankings. Saturday update: We’ll match local ranking and will go back to Central being in front of Buchanan.
21. St. Augustine (San Diego) 1-0
The San Diego power deals with Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 37-7 on opening night.
22. Servite (Anaheim) 0-0
Didn’t play. The Friars, who it turns out were picked by many others as well to be the fourth best team in the Trinity League this season, get going with their season next Friday at J.W. North (Riverside).
23. Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 1-0
University of Washington commit Ethan Garbers throws for eight touchdowns on 23-of 27 passing for 480 yards in 47-20 victory over Downey. We’re pumped up to see him and teammates next week at St. Francis (Mountain View).
24. St. Mary’s (Stockton) 0-1
Fell to No. 47 Pittsburg 42-35. Pittsburg’s Jerry Johnson had a school record tying six touchdown passes in the victory over the Rams.
25. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) 1-0
Defeated Aquinas (San Bernardino) 42-18. Former school of Lancers’ head coach Josh Henderson.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
Alemany (Mission Hills) 1-0
Defeated Jordan of Sandy, Utah, 62-36, last week and added 55-16 win vs Higley of Arizona on Saturday.
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 1-0
Defeated Diamond Ranch (Pomona) 17-0. Damien Moore with both scores for Bishop Amat.
Central Catholic (Modesto) 0-1
Could the Raiders have been looking ahead to No. 3 De La Salle (Concord), as Clovis West (Fresno) stuns Central Catholic 26-22. Eagles scored with 6.6 left on the clock to pull of the victory.
Helix (La Mesa) 1-0
Jeremiah Fletcher grabs an interception to help Helix clinch 28-22 victory over Cajon (San Bernardino).
La Habra 1-0
Defeated No. 10 Upland 21-14.
Didn’t play. First game next Friday vs. No. 17 Sierra Canyon.
Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 0-0
Didn’t play. First game next Friday vs. Bellarmine (San Jose).
Mission Hills (San Marcos) 0-1
Fall to Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 28-15
Monte Vista (Danville) 1-0
Mustangs grab solid 27-22 win over Granite Bay. Nate Rutchena had game winning touchdown catch with less than two minutes remaining. It was his third of the game.
Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 0-0
Didn’t play. First game next Saturday vs. Desert Vista (Ariz.) at Honor Bowl in San Diego.
Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 1-0
Trojans handle Lincoln (of Lincoln) 41-6. Quarterback Justin Lamson had 322 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) 1-0
Jumped out to a 42-0 lead by halftime and cruises to 49-0 victory over Quartz Hill.
San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) 0-1
Brian Jimenez kicks a 33-yaed field goal with less than two minutes remaining to help Kingsburg stun the Panthers.
Serra (San Mateo) 0-0
Didn’t play. First game next Saturday vs. Pittsburg (which just got a lot more interesting).
Torrey Pines (San Diego) 1-0
Defeated No. 46 Los Alamitos 36-10.
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