In the only matchup on the night of two state top 10 teams, No. 3 Servite gets another big win, this time over No. 8 Sierra Canyon. De La Salle also bounces back from its first loss in 30 years to a Bay Area opponent with an impressive home win vs. Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Saturday updates added & three new teams put on the bubble.
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(Rankings based on State Top 50 released last Tuesday)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Sept. 18)
(Thanks to Northern California correspondent Daniel Poulter for contributions)
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 2-0
Did not play. Head coach Bruce Rollinson’s team is in another bye week due to scheduling challenges this season with one non-league game left (next week vs. La Mirada) before starting the Trinity League on Oct. 1 with a monster matchup vs. No. 2 St. John Bosco.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 5-0
The top team in the state of Virginia, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake), had little answer for the Bosco machine, as the Braves rolled to a 49-0 victory on the East Coast. St. John Bosco has outscored non-league opponents 197-48. Matayo Uiagalelei had two receiving touchdowns.
3. Servite (Anaheim) 4-0
The Friars continued to showcase that they are worthy of top 3 status with a resounding 44-22 victory over No. 8 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) at L.A. Pierce College.
4. Centennial (Corona) 4-0
Head coach Matt Logan’s squad made quick work of Long Beach Poly in a 52-7 rout. The picture is getting clearer that they may have to beat three straight Trinity League teams in order to win the CIF Southern Section D1 title.
5. Folsom 4-0
The Bulldogs opened Sierra Foothill League play on Friday with a 54-7 blasting of Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills). It was their 53rd consecutive league win.
6. Norco 4-0
After holding on for a thrilling 35-34 victory over Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) on Friday, some might think the Cougars will drop in the next rankings. Not so fast. The next two teams in last week’s top 10 also lost and the team in line after that had a bye. With 1:03 left in the ball game, Murrieta Valley scored and went for the two-point-conversion, but was stopped. Recent Cal Berkeley decommit Jaydn Ott had the game-winning touchdown on a long run in the fourth quarter for Norco.
7. Los Alamitos 4-1
The Griffins are unbeaten no more, as No. 22 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to pull off the 42-21 triumph.
8. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 2-2
The Trailblazers were only down 28-16 at halftime to No. 3 Servite (Anaheim), but too much Noah Fifita in the second half powered Servite to 44-22 victory.
9. Serra (San Mateo) 2-0
Did not play. Tom Brady’s alma mater was supposed to have three non-league games before starting West Catholic Athletic League competition but the game on Aug. 27 vs No. 18 Pittsburg was cancelled. Serra has a bye this week and plays next the following week vs. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose).
10. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 3-2
LOST to No. 12 De La Salle (Concord) 49-21. It’s the second lopsided road loss for the Dons to a top-ranked opponent (the first was Corona Centennial). In this one, Cathedral Catholic was ahead 14-0 after the first quarter, surrendered the lead quickly with the help of two interceptions and a short punt and couldn’t come any closer than 28-21 in the third quarter.
11. St. Francis (Mountain View) 2-0
Did not play. It will be another week before the Lancers can show themselves off again after their historic win last Friday over De La Salle. They have a bye and will start WCAL play next week vs. St. Ignatius (San Francisco).
12. De La Salle (Concord) 3-1
Defeated No. 10 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 49-21. Head coach Justin Alumbaugh lamented the fact that his team spotted 14 points to another strong opponent (previously last week in the 31-28 loss to St. Francis) but this time he loved the response. Charles Greer’s 80-yard TD run just after the Dons had cut the lead to 28-21 in the third quarter was a back-breaker.
13. Carlsbad 5-0
The Lancers jumped out to a 13-0 advantage at the halftime break over No. 25 Mission Hills (San Marcos) and held on for the 13-7 victory. They should be a solid No. 1 in the next San Diego Section rankings.
14. Alemany (Mission Hills) 1-3
LOST to No. 15 Mission Viejo, 30-7. It was a tough night for the Warriors, who didn’t score until the fourth quarter on a run by Floyd Chalk. By that time, the Diablos were leading 30-0.
15. Mission Viejo 3-1
Defeated No. 14 Alemany (Mission Hills) 30-7. The only loss for Mission has been to No. 3 Servite. Junior QB Kadin Semonza passed for four touchdowns.
16. Lincoln (San Diego) 3-1
The Hornets dealt with Steele Canyon (Spring Valley) in a 43-10 triumph.
17. Clovis 4-1
There was a big shocker out of the Central Section, as 2-3 Bullard (Fresno) routed previously unbeaten Clovis, 35-12. The Knights were easily beaten by No. 21 Central (Fresno) and No. 24 Buchanan (Clovis) to open the season so this will send the Cougars tumbling.
18. Pittsburg 2-1
A quality Wilcox (Santa Clara) side had a 13-7 lead over the Pirates early on in the second quarter, but Pittsburg surged after that and went on for a 31-26 victory.
19. Lutheran (Orange) 4-0
Defeated Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 42-24. The Lancers capped an impressive non-league schedule and should move up in the next rankings also because two of the teams they’ve beaten, Edison of Huntington Beach and Damien of La Verne, both won big games this week.
20. Rocklin 4-0
The Thunder had little trouble in the Quarry Bowl matchup with arch-rival Whitney (Rocklin), as they cruised to a 33-0 shutout. One-time Rocklin quarterback and current San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb shouted out the victory in his media session Friday evening.
21. Central (Fresno) 4-0
The 2019 CIF D1-AA state champions will now move back to No. 1 in the Central Section. The team took care of business in a 56-0 drubbing of Ridgeview (Bakersfield).
22. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 4-1
After No. 7 Los Alamitos barely escaped Clovis with a victory over No. 24 Buchanan (Clovis) it couldn’t work that magic two weeks in a row. Santa Margarita scored 21 unanswered late in the contest for the 42-21 victory over five-star Oklahoma quarterback commit Malachi Nelson and company.
23. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 3-1
Did not play. The Broncos have a Saturday contest next week against state rank bubble team Villa Park.
24. Buchanan (Clovis) 3-1
Did not play. The Bears have a bye this week and play next on Sept. 24 at Edison (Fresno). Their loss was 34-31 to Los Alamitos.
25. Mission Hills (San Marcos) 3-2
In a matchup of top five San Diego Section schools, the Grizzlies couldn’t overcome a 13-0 halftime deficit in a 13-7 loss to No. 13 Carlsbad.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
Bellarmine Prep (San Jose) 3-0
The West Catholic Athletic League shows its might, as Bellarmine intercepted a Central Catholic pass in the end zone to pull off a 28-21 victory over the Raiders in Modesto. Both teams were in last week’s State Top 50.
Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 4-0
Defeated Liberty (Bakersfield) 28-21 on Saturday. This was a game set up after Liberty’s scheduled matchup vs. Chaminade (West Hills) was cancelled.
Chaminade (West Hills) 3-1
Did not play. Team with a loss to Cathedral Catholic (SD) had its scheduled game this week vs. Liberty of Bakersfield called off due to COVID protocols.
Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 5-0
The Sea Kings stayed undefeated with a 45-27 victory over 0-5 San Juan Hills (SJ Capistrano).
Damien (La Verne) 2-2
Defeated Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 28-23 on Thursday. Sent the Lions to 0-5 and set up big local game next week vs. Bishop Amat.
Del Oro (Loomis) 4-1
Each team below No. 5 Folsom in the Sierra Foothill League can beat each other on any given night and Granite Bay used two fourth quarter scores to upend Del Oro 28-14. An 80-yard interception return clinched the contest.
Edison (Huntington Beach) 3-2
Defeated San Clemente 42-0. The margin of victory was surprising since the Tritons have been in the State Top 50 since the preseason. Losses to Orange Lutheran & Servite.
The Eagles rolled over Colony (Ontario) in a 42-13 blasting.
Did not play. This was the team’s scheduled bye week but it didn’t prevent it earlier from moving to No. 1 in the South Bay Daily Breeze rankings.
Loyola (Los Angeles) 4-1
It wasn’t easy, but the Cubs pulled off a 42-20 victory over Mira Mesa (San Diego).
McClymonds (Oakland) 3-0
Defeated Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 33-22. Next two for Warriors will be at Menlo-Atherton and then at home vs Pittsburg.
Serra (Gardena) 2-3
Defeated Carson 54-0. The Cavs’ other win was against Long Beach Poly. The losses are to Orange Lutheran, American Fork (Utah) and Warren (Downey).
St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 4-0
Defeated Hart (Newhall) 41-3 on Thursday. Game vs. Bishop Diego coming up fast on Oct. 1.
Warren (Downey) 4-0
Did not play. Warren vs Culver City was cancelled because of COVID protocols for Warren.
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