Friday night’s biggest clash was at Folsom where the host Bulldogs ran into a De La Salle buzz-saw that will reshape the race for the CIF NorCal Open Division berth. On Saturday, No. 7 Serra of San Mateo rolled over Archbishop Riordan. More updates through Saturday also have been added.
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(Rankings based on State Top 50 released last Monday)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Oct. 9)
(Thanks to Northern California correspondent Daniel Poulter for contributions)
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 5-0
Defeated No. 19 Orange Lutheran 55-16. There were some penalties and three turnovers, but the Monarchs still had way too much firepower for the Lancers. Quincy Craig had one of the best games of his career with a 92-yard kickoff return TD, a 15-yard TD catch and a 11-yard TD run.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 6-1
No. 33 JSerra Catholic was no match for Bosco, as the Braves breezed to a 44-7 victory. They came in after last week’s 42-21 loss to Mater Dei and will now build toward a final regular season meeting with No. 3 Servite, although the Friars will face Mater Dei first (in two weeks).
3. Servite (Anaheim) 7-0
Defeated No. 12 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 48-21 on Thursday. Some now do have the Friars ranked ahead of St. John Bosco, but we don’t since they have lost 10 in a row to the Braves. Still, this was another impressive win for them. Noah Fifita passed for two TDs and 217 yards. Houston Thomas rushed for 193 yards and three TDs.
4. Centennial (Corona) 7-0
Defeated Santiago (Corona) 69-14 on Thursday. After winning in their first league game 84-0 vs. M.L. King, the Huskies led in this one 55-7 at halftime. They play No. 11 Norco next.
5. Folsom 6-1
LOST to No. 10 De La Salle (Concord) 31-10. Once again, the Bulldogs couldn’t match De La Salle’s physicality, but the version of the Spartans that came to Folsom was more similar to their norm than the team that played in its first three games. A shoulder injury to QB Tyler Tremaine is a bigger concern moving forward and Folsom has a local showdown next with No. 16 Rocklin.
6. Mission Viejo 6-1
The Diablos held off Helix (La Mesa), 38-21, in a matchup that was closer than most would have thought. Regardless, with just the loss to Servite and with a win over over Sierra Canyon, head coach Chad Johnson’s team is going to move up into the top five of next week’s rankings.
7. Serra (San Mateo) 4-0
Defeated Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco) 36-6 on Saturday. A pick six by LB Andrew Stewart helped the Padres to the easy win. With De La Salle beating Folsom but having a loss to St. Francis, the Padres & Lancers will now take center stage for the top ranking in Northern California and for the NorCal berth into the CIF Open Division state final.
8. St. Francis (Mountain View) 5-0
The first test of the West Catholic Athletic League passed by the Lancers, as St. Francis outlasted No. 31 Valley Christian (San Jose) 41-27. Valley Christian was leading 14-13 at halftime.
9. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 4-3
Defense was the name of the game for the Trailblazers. They blanked Westlake (Westlake Village) 35-0. Their losses are to Servite, Centennial and Mission Viejo.
10. De La Salle (Concord) 4-2
Defeated No. 5 Folsom 31-10. Luke Dermon ran for a 56-yard touchdown and threw a 75-yard scoring pass to tight end Cooper Flanagan as the Spartans flexed their muscles before a throng of Sacramento TV media with an impressive win over the Bulldogs. Special teams play also was huge for DLS as Zeke Berry took the opening kickoff back for a score, there was a blocked punt by Chase Toefaeono that set up a score and kicker Jordan Kennedy made a 43-yard field goal and put four straight kickoffs into the end zone.
11. Norco 6-1
The Cougars continue to blowout teams, this week with a 55-13 victory over Corona High. We’ll see if they are ready next week for No. 4 Centennial.
12. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 5-2
LOST to No. 3 Servite (Anaheim) 48-21 on Thursday. The Eagles made it a one score game at 21-14 in the second quarter, but gave up three TDs in the third quarter. They have to play No. 1 Mater Dei next, but win over Los Alamitos is probably going to keep them ranked high all the way through to the CIFSS playoffs.
13. Carlsbad 7-0
The CIF San Diego Section’s No. 1 team continues to roll with a 42-17 victory over San Marcos.
14. Los Alamitos 6-1
Defeated No. 24 Edison (Huntington Beach) 35-28 on Thursday. Malachi Nelson passed for three TDs as the Griffins have now gotten past both Corona del Mar and Edison in the Sunset League. Barring anything like a key injury, they should be good to go for the rest of the regular season. Unless the computer being used by the CIFSS for its playoff divisions doesn’t go by head-to-head results, this seems like it could be the top seed for D2 with an eight-team D1 bracket.
15. Lincoln (San Diego) 6-1
The buildup for a regular season concluding showdown with No. 20 Cathedral Catholic continued as the Hornets cruised to a 41-6 victory at La Jolla.
16. Rocklin 7-0
Thunder grad Logan Webb wasn’t the only person from the school part of a shutout on Friday. The defense stood tall with a 21-0 shutout of Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) in Sierra Foothill League play. Rocklin will take on No. 5 Folsom next week for the league title.
17. Central (Fresno) 5-0
LOST to No. 23 Buchanan (Clovis) 24-17 on Thursday night. The Grizzlies were stopped on a fourth-and-goal play near the 5-yard line in the second half that turned out to be huge in the game’s outcome. It was a matchup of the top two ranked teams in the CIF Central Section.
18. Pittsburg 3-1
Pitt used five passing touchdowns from four-star quarterback prospect Jaden Rashada to power past Heritage (Brentwood) 49-14 this week. Khai Taylor also had three touchdown receptions for the Pirates.
19. Lutheran (Orange) 5-2
LOST to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 55-16. Jaylen Lynch had a solid outing against the mighty Monarchs with 149 yards receiving and two TDs. Logan Gonzalez had both TD passes. OLu still has St. John Bosco to play in the Trinity League, but is done with MD and Servite.
20. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 5-2
Did not play. The Dons have a bye this week. They’ll come back next Friday to face their arch-rivals from St. Augustine.
21. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 6-1
Head coach Eric Peterson’s squad used 21 points in the first quarter to breeze past Temecula Valley of Temecula by a score of 51-0.
22. Alemany (Mission Hills) 3-3
Floyd Chalk III had 194 rushing yards and four touchdowns in helping Alemany push past Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 47-20 after a close first half.
23. Buchanan (Clovis) 5-1
Defeated No. 17 Central (Fresno) 24-17 on Thursday night. This will put the Bears at No. 1 among CIF Central Section teams and could move them up in next week’s rankings close but obviously behind Los Alamitos (which handed them their only loss). Jayden Mandal’s bootleg TD run in the third quarter wound up being a game-winner.
24. Edison (Huntington Beach) 4-2
LOST to No. 14 Los Alamitos 35-28 on Thursday. Troy Fletcher scored his third TD of the game with a little more than two minutes left, but Los Al then recovered an onside kick that iced the win.
25. Mission Hills (San Marcos) 5-2
The Grizzlies powered their way to a 35-10 victory over Rancho Bernardo of San Diego.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
Bellarmine Prep (San Jose) 5-1
The Bells only had a four-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter Friday evening at Archbishop Mitty, but then they scored three times to grab a 42-24 victory over the Monarchs.
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 5-2
RB Aiden Ramos dashed for four TDs as Amat made quick and easy work of Cathedral (Los Angeles), romping to a 47-0 victory.
Chaminade (West Hills) 4-3
LOST to Serra (Gardena) 16-12. Noah Elliott scored both TDs for the Eagles.
Defeated Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga) 41-14 on Thursday. Baseline League tests still await vs. Rancho Cucamonga and Upland.
The Sentinels stay perfect with a 50 beatdown of Hawthorne.
Jesuit (Carmichael) 5-1
Defeated Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) 41-6 on Saturday. The Marauders’ rushing attack was too much for the Wolfpack.
JSerra (SJ Capistrano) 3-4
No. 2 St. John Bosco too much for JSerra in a 44-7 victory.
Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista) 6-0
Defeated Otay Ranch (Chula Vista) 41-7. This avenged a loss from last spring.
Serra (Gardena) 3-3
Defeated Chaminade (West Hills) 16-12. The Cavaliers ran it 40 times in matchup of two top 35 teams as QB Maalik Murphy is still limited due to a shoulder injury.
Simi Valley 8-0
Freshman Steele Pizzella made his first start under center for the injured Travis Throckmorton, but the result was the same for Simi Valley. The Pioneers had little trouble in a 42-7 victory over Royal (Simi Valley).
St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 6-0
Did not play. The Seraphs have a bye this week after last week’s big win over Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara).
Torrey Pines (San Diego) 4-2
Head coach Ron Gladnick’s group edged El Camino (Oceanside) 35-7 one week after losing by one point to Carlsbad.
Valley Christian (San Jose) 4-2
The Warriors took their second loss of the season, as Valley Christian fell to No. 8 St. Francis (Mountain View) 41-27 after a strong first quarter. The other loss was to Pittsburg with Serra (SM) coming up next.
Warren (Downey) 6-0
Lynwood was no match for Warren on Friday, as the Bears scored 41 first half points en route to a 61-6 blowout. With Serra of Gardena beating Chaminade and Warren having a win against Serra, this is perhaps the most likely team to move up into the top 25 next week.
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