Before No. 1 Mater Dei topped No. 3 Servite on Saturday night in Santa Ana, there were a couple of Friday upsets. In San Diego, No. 15 Lincoln was felled by Madison. And in Murrieta, No. 16 Vista Murrieta faked a PAT kick with 42 seconds left that didn’t work for a two-point conversion and lost 49-48 to Murrieta Valley. No. 2 St. John Bosco and No. 7 St. Francis (MV) also had big wins on Friday.
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(Rankings based on State Top 50 released last Monday)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Oct. 23)
(Thanks to Northern California correspondent Daniel Poulter for contributions)
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 7-0
Defeated No. 3 Servite (Anaheim) 46-37 on Saturday. In a game with incredible talent on both sides, the biggest play was by holder/punter Ryan DiDodo, who picked up a bad snap on a PAT attempt and wound up throwing for a two-point conversion to Malaki Te’o. Head coach Bruce Rollinson said afterward that DiDodo broke his wrist while being hit on that pass. Servite went for two after its next score, failed to convert and was in more trouble after Mater Dei got a nine-point lead following its next score.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 8-1
Defeated No. 12 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 41-16. Rayshon Luke had another big game at RB for the Braves with three TDs. Despite the win, if Servite were to upset Mater Dei on Saturday, Bosco would drop to third in next week’s rankings.
3. Servite (Anaheim) 8-1
LOST to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 46-37. Looking at the two games against the Monarchs involving the Friars and St. John Bosco, one would favor Servite. Bosco didn’t score at all in the second half of its 42-21 loss to MD, while the Friars kept pace until midway in the fourth quarter. Servite travels to Bosco next Friday.
4. Centennial (Corona) 9-0
Defeated Roosevelt (Eastvale) 54-0. It was another league blowout for the Huskies. DB Jaden Mickey left after the game for his official visit to Notre Dame where he’ll watch Saturday’s game against USC.
5. Mission Viejo 8-1
The Diablos took a 42-22 victory over San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano). San Clemente is next.
6. Serra (San Mateo) 7-0
NorCal’s No. 1 team continues to chug along, as the Padres breezed to a 38-19 victory over St. Ignatius (San Francisco).
7. St. Francis (Mountain View) 8-0
The Holy War goes to St. Francis, as the Lancers defeated Bellarmine of San Jose 44-24. Viliami Teu dominated on the ground with 21 carries for 276 and four touchdowns.
8. De La Salle (Concord) 6-2
Still the kings of the CIF North Coast Section, the Spartans march on with a 48-14 victory over San Ramon Valley (Danville).
9. Rocklin 8-0
One week after snapping Folsom’s 10-year league win streak, Rocklin claimed the Sierra Foothill League title with a 29-7 victory over Grant of Sacramento.
10. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 4-4
Did not play. It was an open date on the schedule for the Trailblazers, who are higher ranked by many than teams like Norco, Santa Margarita and Los Alamitos due to head-to-head win scenarios but are lower by the computer. They play next Friday against Paraclete (Lancaster).
11. Norco 7-2
Defeated M.L. King (Riverside) 55-0. As expected, the Cougars bounced back from last week’s loss to Centennial behind new San Diego State committed QB Kyle Crum.
12. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 5-4
LOST to No. 2 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 41-16. Jaxon Potter threw for two TDs for the Eagles, who are now done with the big three in the Trinity League and have Orange Lutheran next week.
13. Los Alamitos 8-1
QB Malachi Nelson and the rest of the Griffins took a 49-14 victory over Huntington Beach.
14. Carlsbad 9-0
After scoring 21 points in the first quarter, the Lancers rolled to a 56-28 victory over La Costa Canyon.
15. Lincoln (San Diego) 6-2
There was a massive upset in the San Diego Section, as Lincoln fell to 14-10 to Madison. The Warhawks held Lincoln scoreless in the second half and scored 14 unanswered for the victory.
16. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 7-2
LOST to Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 49-48. The Broncos and Nighthawks were tied at 35-35 and 42-42 and with 42 seconds left it could have been tied at 49-49. That’s when Vista Murrieta went for a fake off the PAT try. It was an incomplete pass, hence the 49-48 final score loss.
17. Alemany (Mission Hills) 4-3
Did not play. COVID struck the Warriors once again as Cathedral (Los Angeles) couldn’t go this week. They play Chaminade (West Hills) next Friday in what will be an eight-game regular season.
18. Buchanan (Clovis) 8-1
The Bears had little issue with Clovis North (Fresno) in a 33-14 victory in Tri-River Athletic Conference play.
19. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 6-2
Head coach Sean Doyle’s team blew out La Jolla 45-13 and will take on Lincoln next. The Hornets won’t be ranked nearly as high next week after they lost to Madison.
20. Folsom 7-2
The Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak with a blowout 54-14 victory over Whitney (Rocklin).
21. Pittsburg 5-1
Jaden Rashada threw for five touchdowns to help Pittsburg past Deer Valley (Antioch) 50-6.
22. Mission Hills (San Marcos) 6-2
After a close victory over Torrey Pines last week, Mission Hills picked up a 27-6 victory over El Camino of Oceanside.
23. Warren (Downey) 7-0
Did not play. It does look like the Bears are getting a forfeit win against Gahr (Cerritos).
24. Lutheran (Orange) 5-3
Down for most of the game, OLu converted a field goal in the fourth quarter for a 9-7 victory over JSerra Catholic. Sophomore Ryan Yonkers made the 27-yard field goal with 5:30 left.
25. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 6-3
Defeated Chaminade (West Hills) 29-18. Tobin O’Dell hit for three TD passes to lead the Lancers, who clinched a CIFSS playoff berth.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
Central (Fresno) 7-1
Defeated Clovis West (Fresno) 35-14 on Thursday. Ah’marion Gaines-Smith sparked the Grizzlies with 176 yards rushing and two TDs on 22 carries.
Central Catholic (Modesto) 8-1
The Raiders were down 21-20 to East Union (Manteca), but avoided the upset with a 38-27 victory.
Edison (Huntington Beach) 6-3
The annual Bell Game was another rout for the Chargers as they defeated Fountain Valley, 51-0.
Edison (Stockton) 8-1
Defeated McNair (Stockton) 65-7. It will be one more league rout for the Vikings next week.
Defeated Rancho Cucamonga 15-14. The Eagles still need to beat Upland next week to take on the outright Baseline League title.
Defeated Leuzinger (Lawndale) 31-0. The Sentinels won the Ocean League title against a team that was not shut out in similar losses to Long Beach Poly and Mission Viejo. We were there at North (Torrance) and will have no problem moving up head coach Mil’Von James’ club into the top 25 of our rankings next week.
Jesuit (Carmichael) 8-1
The Marauders, No. 3 or No. 4 in the Sac-Joaquin Section with Edison of Stockton, took down Davis 41-15 in Delta League play.
Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista) 8-0
Hilltop of Chula Vista got munched 45-3 by the Crusaders, who clinched the Metro Mesa League title and finishes the regular season next week against Olympian (Chula Vista).
Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 6-3
Defeated No. 16 Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 49-48. According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Brandon Rose passed for 435 yards and six TDs. Four of those were caught by junior Tiger Bachmeier.
Serra (Gardena) 5-3
The Cavaliers outlasted Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 30-10.
Simi Valley 9-0
Did not play. Head coach Jim Benkert’s team is on a bye this week. The regular season finale next week will be against Agoura.
St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 7-0
It might have been a harder than expected game, as St. Bonaventure squeezed out a 27-17 victory over Westlake of Westlake Village.
Torrey Pines (San Diego) 5-3
The Falcons avoided the upset to 1-8 San Marcos and took a 32-28 victory.
Valley Christian (San Jose) 6-3
Defeated Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 42-20 on Saturday. Jurrion Dickey scored the team’s third TD on a 92-yard interception return.
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