State TOP 25 Weekend Scoreboard

In one of the top games in the state on the night, Warren of Downey topped previous 10-0 Tustin, 34-33, and on this play Eimesse Essis of Tustin is running the ball against the Warren defense. QB Madden Iamaleava of Warren was reported with 443 yards passing and four TDs. Photo: Fernando M. Donado / For OC Sports Zone.

Key Saturday scores added. Most common result this weekend is “Bye” or “Did Not Play.” There were some huge matchups in the CIF Southern Section D2 playoffs since the losing team is going home for the season and all 16 teams in the bracket (due to competitive equity seeding) are all top 50 teams or close to it in the state. Winners included Long Beach Poly, Mission Viejo, and Los Alamitos. Biggest upset may have been Pacifica of Oxnard going down to Cajon (San Bernardino) in CIFSS D3 playoffs.

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(Rankings based on previous State Top 50)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Nov. 4)
(Thanks to Northern California correspondent Daniel Poulter for contributions)

1. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 9-1
All eight teams in the CIF Southern Section D1 playoffs are off this week since it’s an eight-team bracket while the CIFSS had 16-team brackets in every other division. The Braves, who are the top seed, have a 28-0 win over No. 2 Mater Dei, are the defending champion, but with a loss to Kahuku of Hawaii, play No. 20 San Clemente next Friday at home.

2. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 9-1
First-year head coach Frank McManus will have to wait another week to make his postseason debut at the helm of the Monarchs. MD, which has a win over the Kahuku team of Hawaii that beat St. John Bosco, but then lost to Bosco 28-0 in the teams’ regular season showdown, will play state No. 9 JSerra next Friday at home.

3. Centennial (Corona) 8-2
These rankings do not exactly match the CIFSS pairings as we have Centennial higher than Sierra Canyon for a couple of reasons. It doesn’t matter much, though, as either one will have a hard game next week and either one will have to beat both Mater Dei and Bosco to win the CIFSS D1 title (just in a different order). The Huskies will come off of their week off to play state No. 10 Lutheran of Orange next Friday.

4. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 10-0
The fourth of next week’s CIFSS D1 quarterfinals will be the No. 3 seed Trailblazers hosting state No. 15 Santa Margarita. This is the first time that head coach Jon Ellinghouse’s program has been in the top division. And if you look over the group of young players on the roster, it’s not going to be the last.

Current Serra of San Mateo head football coach Patrick Walsh is shown in the middle of this magazine cover photo not long after senior season of 1992 at De La Salle of Concord.. Photo: Jay Stallman / Student Sports.

5. Serra (San Mateo) 10-0
Head coach Patrick Walsh’s squad played a St. Ignatius of San Francisco squad at home on senior night on Friday and dominated the Wildcats, 43-10. Serra led 36-3 at halftime. SI is a team with wins over Jesuit of Carmichael and Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) so the big margin was a rebound from Serra’s previous win (24-13) vs Valley Christian (San Jose).

6. Lincoln (San Diego) 10-0
Just like the CIFSS D1 playoffs with eight teams, there’s no byes for the four teams in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division playoffs. All of them are off this week while the other divisions in the section get going. Lincoln, the defending CIF D1-AA state champion and basically now defending that title again since it would be D1-AA again if it wins in the next two games, will playing No. 4 seed and state No. 16 Helix of La Mesa (9-1) in next week’s semifinals.

7. Carlsbad 10-0
It will be a matchup of two 10-0 teams in the other CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinal next week when the Lancers are playing state No. 12 Granite Hills of El Cajon. Carlsbad is looking for a return trip to the title game where it lost last season to Lincoln.

8. Clovis North (Fresno) 10-0
There’s no game this week for the Broncos, either. They do have a bye in the CIF Central Section D1 playoffs. Clovis North took the top seed by going unbeaten in the super-tough Tri-River Athletic Conference and for posting a non-league victory over JSerra. The Broncos play next Thursday against either Clovis West quarterfinals. The Golden Eagles won on Friday, 42-30, over Hanford.

9. JSerra (SJ Capistrano) 5-5
That 49-0 win from last week over Servite jumped the Lions up to third among teams in the Trinity League (also because they have a head-to-head win over Orange Lutheran). They were seeded seventh, however, in the CIFSS playoffs behind both Orange Lutheran and Santa Margarita and will have to play Mater Dei in next week’s CIFSS D1 quarterfinals.

10. Lutheran (Orange) 5-5
The Lancers are in a 4-5 game in the CIFSS D1 quarterfinals next week and therefore will be playing at state No. 3 Corona Centennial. We also have them still higher than De La Salle in the state rankings (head-to-head win).

11. De La Salle (Concord) 8-2
Clayton Valley of Concord came to Owen Owens Field on Friday after a big win last week against California of San Ramon. DLS looked in prime playoff form and routed the Ugly Eagles, 48-0. The Spartans were ahead 41-0 at halftime. Up next is the CIF North Coast Section Open/D1 playoffs where the team will be the top seed (pairings out Sunday).

Darius Curry showed how he could bounce back from mistakes in latest win by Long Beach Poly. Photo: Mark Tennis.

12. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 10-1
Despite allowing a pick six, the Jackrabbits still prevailed over Vista Murrieta of Murrieta, 30-22, on Friday in the CIFSS D2 playoffs. Darius Curry threw the pick six and two other interceptions, but still led Poly with 290 yards passing (two TDs) plus he scored on a run. Up next in the semifinals will be Servite (Anaheim).

13. Folsom 8-2
Winners of the last two CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 championships, the Bulldogs will start their quest for three in a row as the top seed next week in the quarterfinals. They received a first-round bye this week and will be playing Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove), which won on Friday 37-34 over Lincoln (Stockton).

14. Granite Hills (El Cajon) 10-0
The last postseason game that the Eagles played was winning the CIF D2-A state championship at Saddleback College over San Ramon Valley of Danville in overtime. Their next one will be next week against 10-0 Carlsbad in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinals. All four teams in those playoffs didn’t play this week.

15. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 5-5
Here’s the seventh of the eight teams in our top 25/50 rankings that isn’t playing this week in the CIFSS D1 playoffs. The Eagles are headed to state No. 4 Sierra Canyon. They only lost by 35-19 in their last outing to No. 2 Mater Dei.

16. Helix (La Mesa) 9-1
A matchup with 10-0 Lincoln of San Diego awaits the Scotties next week in the four-team CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinals. Helix suffered its only loss in overtime to league rival Granite Hills (El Cajon).

17. San Ramon Valley (Danville) 9-1
It was rivalry week for the Wolves and Monte Vista (Danville). This time on Friday, it wasn’t close as SRV rolled, 34-7. It still looks likely that the Wolves will get the No. 2 seed behind De La Salle in the NCS Open/D1 playoffs since they were involved in such a great game (lost 33-27 in OT) with the Spartans a few weeks ago.

18. Serra (Gardena) 8-3
League rival Bishop Amat (La Puente) made it close for a bit in the third quarter, but getting out to a 21-0 lead helped the Cavaliers beat the Lancers, 48-14, in the CIFSS D2 playoffs. Zacharyus Williams returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a score and caught a 57-yard TD pass from Jimmy Butler to account for two of the early TDs. Serra is hosting Los Alamitos next in the quarterfinals.

19. Pittsburg 10-0
The Pirates and their fans were in a celebration mood on Saturday after their 55-6 win over Antioch in the Little Big Game. Antioch was short-handed with three players, including the QB, out on suspensions, but it wouldn’t have mattered. Pitt was looking to make a statement. History was set regardless of the NCS pairings coming out on Sunday and regardless the team is going to be a threat to win a CIF state title (whether that’s in D1-AA or D1-A). The history made is the first 10-0 regular season in school history (since 1924). We were able to determine that based on all of the records we have in our archives for every school in California dating to the 1890s. Seeing the coaches and kids fired up about setting a record like they did is one of the main reasons we still do the work we do.

20. San Clemente 9-1
This is the eighth team out of eight in the CIFSS D1 playoffs. As one can tell from above, we do have Long Beach Poly and Serra (Gardena) ranked higher (both are D2). The Tritons won the South Coast League title and did it by topping Mission Viejo (a CIFSS D1 semifinalist last season).

21 St. Mary’s (Stockton) 9-1
The Rams, who have only lost to De La Salle, have a bye this week in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D2 playoffs. They are the top seed and will play Vacaville next week in the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs won in their game on Friday, 31-19, over Elk Grove.

Junior DB C.J. Lee of Mission Viejo is one of the top recruits in the nation for the Class of 2025, regardless of position. Photo:

22. Rancho Cucamonga 10-1
Emiliano Villareal and Jonah Dawson hooked up for a pair of touchdowns as the Cougars downed Edison of Huntington Beach, 35-14, in the CIFSS D2 playoffs. Rancho advanced to a quarterfinal matchup vs Murrieta Valley of Murrieta, a team it defeated in a 29-27 contest to start the season.

23. Mission Viejo 8-3
Palos Verdes of PV Estates may have been 10-0, but it clearly was a step up in competition for the Sea Kings, who couldn’t stop the Diablos all night long in a 59-35 defeat in the CIFSS D2 playoffs. Mission alternating QBs Luke Fahey and Draden Trudeau both threw for three TDs. Up next will be Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) in the semifinals.

24. Servite (Anaheim) 6-5
Last week’s 49-0 loss to JSerra was made to look like an aberration the way that the Friars rolled past Valencia of Valencia, 48-24, on Friday night at Cerritos College in the CIFSS D2 playoffs. Both QB Leon Hannan and RB Quaid Carr accounted for three touchdowns. Valencia is a team that came in with just a two-point loss to Rancho Cucamonga. In other words, a real good win. Servite is hosting Long Beach Poly next Friday at Cerritos College.

25. Los Alamitos 9-2
The Griffins scored twice on defense — Isaiah Rubin with a pick six and Jackson Bennett with a scoop and score — in a 56-34 victory in the CIFSS D2 playoffs over Upland. Los Al plays Serra (Gardena) next week in the quarterfinals.


Central Catholic (Modesto) 8-2
Did not play in first round of CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 playoffs with a bye. The Raiders are playing Edison of Stockton next week in quarterfinals. Edison routed Gregori of Modesto on Friday, 48-6.

Chaparral (Temecula) 7-4
LOST to higher ranked Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, 41-7, in CIFSS D2 playoffs. The Pumas were No. 39 in the state last week.

Frontier (Bakersfield) 10-0
Did not play in first round of CIF Central Section D1 playoffs with a bye. The Titans are playing Central of Fresno next Thursday in quarterfinals. Central defeated Arroyo Grande, 42-14, on Friday.

Grant (Sacramento) 8-2
Did not play in first round of CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D3 playoffs with a bye. The Pacers will play Linden next week in the quarterfinals. Linden won on Friday, 10-0, over Golden Valley of Merced.

Dylan Delgado has been one of the defensive leaders at Liberty the past two seasons. Photo:

Liberty (Bakersfield) 8-2
Did not play in first round of CIF Central Section D1 playoffs with a bye. The Patriots, who are two-time defending champions, are up against Clovis next Thursday in quarterfials. Clovis defeated St. Joseph of Santa Maria, 42-7, on Friday.

Monterey Trail (Elk Grove) 7-3
Did not play in first round of CIF Sac-Joaquin Section DI playoffs with a bye. The Mustangs will have a tough matchup next week in the quarterfinals vs Inderkum of Sacramento, which did play on Friday and blasted Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove, 62-17.

Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 8-3
Defeated Damien (La Verne) 43-40. This time the shootout result went in the way of the Nighthawks. Damien QB Isaiah Arriaza had 438 yards passing and four TDs. MV’s Dorian Hoze led the winners with 195 yards rushing.

Oak Hills (Hesperia) 10-1
Defeated Beaumont, 26-13, in CIFSS D3 playoffs. Team’s only loss is to St. Bonaventure (Ventura). Next game in quarterfinals vs Warren (Downey).

Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 8-2
Did not play in first round of CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 playoffs with a bye. The Trojans will play Turlock next week in the quarterfinals (same team they played last year in semifinals). Turlock won on Friday, 52-17, over Sheldon of Sacramento.

Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 8-3
It was a surprisingly one-sided 41-7 romp past Chaparral of Temecula on Friday for the Lions in the CIFSS D2 playoffs. They have Mission Viejo up next in the quarterfinals.

Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 10-1
LOST to higher-ranked Mission Viejo, 56-35, on Friday in CIFSS D2 playoffs. Season complete for PV, which perhaps should have been in a lower division.

Rocklin 9-1
Did not play in first round of CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D2 playoffs with a bye. The Thunder will play Downey of Modesto next week in the quarterfinals. Downey won on Friday, 29-10, over Tracy.

San Marin (Novato) 10-0
Welcome to the scoreboard bubble, Mustangs. They knocked off previous 9-0 Marin Catholic of Kentfield on Saturday in what turned out to be defensive slugfest, 10-6. Two key drives late in the game fueled the win. The first was aided by 45 yards in penalties and started at the 1-yard line. It ended with a 41-yard field goal by Charles Lewis. The second didn’t get points but QB Dominic Ingrassia went 5-for-5 passing as San Marin killed off the last 6:57 of the clock. It’s the first win by the Mustangs over Marin Catholic since 2006 and it’s the first time since 2008 that Marin Catholic didn’t win the Marin County Athletic League title (which is being split up after this season due to realignment).

St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 8-3
Defeated Etiwanda, 43-26, in CIFSS D3 playoffs. The shocker of the night perhaps in Southern California is that the Seraphs are not playing top seed Pacifica next week in the quarterfinals. The Tritons fell to 10-1 with a 27-17 loss to Cajon of San Bernardino.

St. Francis (Mountain View) 7-3
Defeated Bellarmine Prep (San Jose), 27-10, on Friday. The Lancers wrapped up the No. 2 spot from the WCAL for the CCS D1 playoffs. Their only league loss ended up being the one early in the season vs Serra (San Mateo).

Upland 8-3
LOST to higher-ranked Los Alamitos, 56-34, in the CIFSS D2 playoffs. The Highlanders were co-champions this season with Rancho Cucamonga in the Baseline League.

Villa Park 10-1
Defeated Millikan (Long Beach), 28-21, on Friday in CIFSS D3 playoffs. Dusan Ancich scored on a 2-yard run with 1:49 left to get the Spartans the lead. The defense then forced an incomplete pass from the 16-yard line in the final seconds. Team’s only loss by one point.

Warren (Downey) 9-2
Junior QB Madden Iamaleava passed for 443 yards and five TDs, according to the Orange County Register, in the Bears’ 34-33 victory over previously undefeated Tustin in the CIFSS D3 playoffs. We had the teams pretty close together at No. 43 and No. 46 entering the showdown with Tustin ranked highest.

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One Comment

  1. Pat Doherty
    Posted November 5, 2023 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Great Pitt story – thanks.

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