Updated through Saturday night. On the field, there were no upsets and not even any real close calls either, especially for No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco. Off the field, wildfires became a factor for the first time this season as several games were postponed and a matchup for No. 15 Alemany (Mission Hills) ended up being canceled and will not be played.
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(Rankings based on last week’s State Top 50 released last Monday)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Oct. 11)
THANKS TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CORRESPONDENT DANIEL POULTER FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THIS POST.
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 7-0
Several early turnovers, including Dean Neeley grabbing a loose ball on a 40-yard fumble return TD, plus Bryce Young being magnificent (14-for-14 in the first quarter for 138 yards and one TD) all contributed to the Monarchs crushing Servite of Anaheim 56-11 one week after the Friars only lost to No. 2 St. John Bosco by one point.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 7-0
D.J. Uigalelei ran for a 73-yard TD to get the Braves rolling in a 49-10 bombardment of No. 4 JSerra. The Clemson recruit ran for two more scores and threw for three as Bosco wanted to make a statement that last week was just a blip. We have two more weeks until the state’s big two play for what will likely be two meetings this season.
3. De La Salle (Concord) 7-1
Previously unbeaten California (San Ramon) was no match for the DLS machine in a 70-7 final score. The Spartans led 56-7 at halftime. The coaches probably wish they could face off again vs. St. Thomas Aquinas of Florida to get ready for likely matchup vs. Mater Dei or St. John Bosco in CIF Open Division state final.
4. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 4-3
Despite the lopsided score of 49-10 in loss to St. John Bosco, the Lions probably aren’t going to drop very far in the next rankings. The JSerra offense never did find the end zone as the only TD came on Sammy Green’s 86-yard kickoff return to start the game. Looks like all that did was piss off the Braves.
5. Mission Viejo 8-0
The Diablos blanked Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) in the second half and rolled to a 63-13 victory.
6. Folsom 6-1
Whitney (Rocklin) hung around with the top team from the Sac-Joaquin Section, but the Bulldogs breezed to a 51-24 rout in Sierra Foothill League play. DeShawn Lynch, Folsom’s all-state D-lineman, scored on a fumble return.
7. Narbonne (Harbor City) 6-1
Did not play on Friday. The Gauchos are taking a one-week break in their schedule with a bye. When they play again, it may be known whether the infractions committed that were reported earlier this week from the L.A. Unified School District will result in team being removed from the playoffs.
8. Centennial (Corona) 5-2
After winning in their first Big VIII League game 63-0 over Santiago of Corona, the Huskies won on Thursday night in their second 69-6 against Corona High. Norco is next.
9. Helix (La Mesa) 6-1
The Highlanders had little troubles with Valhalla of El Cajon, as Helix cruised to a 49-2 victory.
10. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) 7-0
Grace Brethren races past Moorpark 56-14. And because Pacifica (Oxnard) lost to Oxnard on Friday, there will be no tie between the Lancers and Pacifica atop the Ventura Star’s local rankings.
11. Serra (San Mateo) 6-0
The Padres received an early Halloween scare from Archbishop Mitty (San Jose), as the Monarchs took a 21-7 lead early. Serra rallied behind QB Daylin McLemore and wins an ugly 35-29 contest.
12. Central (Fresno) 7-0
Quali Conley scored on a 63-yard run in the first quarter to get the party started as the Grizzlies beat Clovis on Thursday night 56-14. Clovis was a team thought by some that might have been able to give Central a good game. One of Clovis’ wins was against one-loss Salinas, a solid bunch from the CCS.
13. Servite (Anaheim) 4-3
LOST to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 56-11. Noah Fifita threw and 8-yard TD pass to Tetairon McMillan for the Friars’ only points. The good news is that they’ve now played the big two and may not have to play them again if they fall out of the top eight for the CIFSS D1/2 playoff grouping.
14. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 7-1
The Dons made quick work of Madison (San Diego) 41-0. Emiliano Martinez had a big interception return for a touchdown for Cathedral Catholic.
15. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 6-1
The Lancers had their Mission League contest scheduled for Friday against Chaminade of West Hills moved to Saturday due to wildfires and smoke. They beat the Eagles 34-24 behind Damien Moore with three more rushing TDs.
16. (15) Calabasas 5-2
With all of the fires in the L.A. County region, it ended up being a good week for the Coyotes to be on a bye. They will return next week to play Newbury Park at home.
17. Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 7-0
Another Top 50 opponent went down to the Sea Kings, as Corona del Mar dealt with No. 41 Edison (Huntington Beach) 42-7 at Newport Harbor High. University of Washington commit Ethan Garbers went 20-of-29 passing for 279 yards and four touchdowns.
18. Valley Christian (San Jose) 6-0
For the second straight week, the Warriors had a Saturday game. This time it was against Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco at home and it was over quickly. Final score: 61-0.
19. Alemany (Mission Hills) 5-1
Did not play. A scheduled Mission League game vs. Loyola of Los Angeles was called off due to fires in L.A. County. The schools then couldn’t agree to play either on Saturday or Monday so it won’t be played at all.
20. Liberty (Brentwood) 7-0
It hasn’t always been easy, but the Lions are on their bye weekend sitting at 7-0. They will play next on Friday of next week against state No. 32 Pittsburg.
21. St. Augustine (San Diego) 6-1
St. Augustine had all it could handle from Lincoln (San Diego) on Friday, as the Saints avoided the trap game with a 48-31 victory. The win sets up a showdown next week with No. 14 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego).
22. La Habra 5-2
The Highlanders were only up 13-7 at the end of the first quarter against Fullerton, but cruised to a 42-20 victory.
23. San Clemente 7-1
Head coach Jaime Ortiz’s club put the hurt on El Toro (Lake Forest), as it pulled away for a 42-3 victory over the 1-6 Chargers.
24. Upland 5-2 (3-4*)
The Highlanders scored 28 points in the first quarter against Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga and finished with a 35-7 victory. However, the school self reported infractions of playing an ineligible player early in the season and will forfeit their non-league victory over Crenshaw of Los Angeles and their Baseline League victory over Damien of La Verne.
25. Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) 6-1
A.J. Duffy threw for 339 yards on 18-of-23 passing and grabbed five touchdown passes in 55-7 win over Elsinore of Lake Elsinore. The 2022 signal caller also recently picked up an offer from LSU.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
Buchanan (Clovis) 4-3
Five-star Georgia running back commit Kendall Milton had a big game for the Bears, as Buchanan took care of Clovis West (Fresno) 45-21. Milton had three total touchdowns, with two coming on the ground and one from a pass.
Added the Scorpions to the bubble after Saturday 34-0 win over Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara). Their earlier win over Oxnard also picked up more strength due to Oxnard’s win on Friday vs. previously unbeaten Pacifica (Oxnard).
Squeezed out a 22-20 close victory over Oceanside. A safety in the second quarter was the difference. Oside scored with 1:29 left in the fourth quarter, but the two-point-conversion failed.
Chaparral (Temecula) 6-1
LOST to Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 37-17. Chaparral could never start up its running game against the Broncos.
Culver City 7-0
Centaurs held on to take out No. 34 Lawndale 32-27 in a close contest. Stat machine Zevi Eckhaus was slowed down, but sure he doesn’t care with team getting huge win.
Inderkum (Sacramento) 7-0
Tigers kept on rolling with 42-20 triumph against River Valley (Yuba City).
QB Jalon Daniels (injured a couple of weeks ago) did play and played well, but state No. 34 Cards still lost to unbeaten, state No. 39 Culver City 32-27.
Liberty (Bakersfield) 6-1
The Patriots suffocated Frontier (Bakersfield) and grabbed themselves a 42-0 victory. Liberty scored twice in the first four minutes and was able to hold Frontier to only 59-yards of total offense. Haden Mann grabbed 207 passing yards and added 94-yards on the ground.
Lutheran (Orange) 4-3
Defeated Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 28-14 on Thursday. This was team’s third quality win of season. Others vs. Edison (Huntington Beach) and Vista Murrieta.
Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 6-1
Jeremy Aranda hit 22-yard field goal as time expired to help Nighthawks escape with a wild 51-49 victory over Temecula Valley (Temecula). Taliq Brown had 14 catches for 252 yards and three scores. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Rose was 26-of-38 for 414 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Cougars had little trouble with Santiago of Corona, as the Cougars ran away with a 53-14 victory.
Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 3-4
Defeated Newbury Park 56-16.
Bye. Did not play. Liberty (Brentwood) next.
Rancho Cucamonga 5-2
C.J. Stroud helped Rancho Cucamonga blast Etiwanda 54-3. The highly recruited four-star quarterback, who was offered by Ohio State this week, threw for five touchdowns.
Serra (Gardena) 4-3
Injury-riddled Cavs were No. 11 in state two weeks ago. Lost second straight game, this one 17-6 to Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks).
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 6-1
Did not play. Bye.
Wilcox (Santa Clara) 5-2
The Chargers jumped on Mountain View and finished the rout with a 42-3 score line.
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