Updated State Football Rankings

There was some thought given to not compiling this week's state football rankings as the nation has been violently thrown into an emergency. After all, there isn't anything quite as trivial in a time like this than wide-ranging coverage of high school sports.

But since most Americans went back to work on Monday and since compiling rankings of high school sports teams is what our work involves, the rankings have been done. Another factor is that, unlike pro and college football teams, most high school squads in California actually played last week.
This week's overall top 20 was shaken up by Mission Viejo's 28-14 victory last Saturday night over Mater Dei of Santa Ana. Mission Viejo jumped up from No. 8 to No. 6 in this week's rankings. Mater Dei fell from No. 4 down to No. 9. The Monarchs might have fallen further, but they have a chance to come back in a major way with a matchup in Stockton this week against national and state No. 1 De La Salle.
Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita, which was No. 3 in the preseason, was moved back into this week's top 20 after downing previous No. 9 Los Alamitos. Joining the Eagles as newcomers into the top 20 this week is Chino.
The only divisional rankings this week that saw major movement was in Div. III where previous No. 2 Mission Bay of San Diego and previous No. 4 South Hills of West Covina are out and St. Augustine of San Diego and Analy of Sebastopol are in. La Quinta remained No. 1 in the division, but Los Gatos is now No. 2 and Miramonte of Orinda is now No. 3.
The complete rankings follow:

Compiled by Mark & Nelson Tennis for CalHiSports.com
Preseason rank in parentheses; after games of Sept. 15

 1.      (1)    De La Salle (Concord) 1-0
 2.      (2)    Poly (Long Beach) 1-0
 3.      (3)    Loyola (Los Angeles) 1-0
 4.      (5)    Hart (Newhall) 1-0
 5.      (6)    Bakersfield 1-0
 6.      (8)    Mission Viejo 2-0
 7.      (7)    Helix (La Mesa) 3-0
 8.      (4)    Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 1-1
 9.     (10)    Grant (Sacramento) 2-0
10.    (11)    Clovis 1-1
11.    (12)    Centennial (Corona) 1-0
12.    (14)    Carlsbad 3-0
13.    (13)    Esperanza (Anaheim) 2-0
14.    (16)    Eisenhower (Rialto) 1-1
15.    (17)    Elk Grove 2-0
16.    (15)    Oak Grove (San Jose) 2-0
17.     (nr)    Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 1-0-1
18.    (19)    Logan (Union City) 2-0
19.    (20)    Edison (Huntington Beach) 1-0
20.     (nr)    Chino 1-0

Notes & Highlights
Biggest games this week other than De La Salle vs. Mater Dei might be in the Sacramento area as NorCal ranked Nevada Union and Elk Grove will battle. In Fresno, cancellations from last weekend created openings at both Clovis West and Edison, so the two squads, both among the section's best according to rankings compiler Bob Barnett, will go against each other. If Edison wins, the Tigers could go on to an unbeaten season........The cancellation of St. Bonaventure's game against Hart also caused the Seraphs to drop out of the overall top 20. Playing that game was the primary reason for ranking St. Bonaventure that high this early in the season. This doesn't mean the Seraphs aren't a top 20 team, but it does mean they will have to wait until later in the season to receive that ranking....The top-ranked team in San Diego, Helix, cruised to a 63-7 victory over Point Loma. Reggie Bush carried 13 times for 130 yds and one TD and caught a 33-yd TD pass from QB Alex Smith. Helix has scored 55, 42 and 63 pts in its three games. Carlsbad, the section's No. 2 team, blanked Hoover 28-0...........Santa Margarita bounced back strongly after a season-opening 21-21 tie against Ayala of Chino Hills and last week downed Los Alamitos 21-14. Los Al entered the game at No. 9 in the overall top 20. The Eagles went back into the state top 20, but inexplicably also were put back into USA Today's national top 25. See the Student Sports FAB 50 for national rankings that at the minimum make a lot more sense than USA Today.....

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