(After games of Saturday, Oct. 11)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 5-0
The national record winning streak is now up to 143 as the Spartans downed La Costa Canyon, 28-7, last Saturday in San Diego County with Terrance Kelly scoring all four touchdowns. Coach Bob Ladouceur was quoted as calling his team's first half effort as "horrible." Even so, De La Salle outgained the Mavericks by 410 yards to 130. This week, the Spartans play Freedom of Oakley, their first opponent among four this year from the Bay Valley Athletic League. The nationally-televised matchup vs. Louisiana's Evangel Christian is now in the on deck circle.
2. (2) Los Alamitos 5-0
The Griffins utilized big plays in a 31-6 triumph over Carson as Los Al extented its win streak to 18 games and its unbeaten streak to 18-0-1. Quarterback Jimmy Barnes found fellow junior Jeremy Childs for a 13-yard TD pass on the team's opening drive of the game. Later, Orlando Scandrick scampered for TDs on runs of 57 and 37 yards. On Thursday, the Griffins begin Sunset League play with a matchup vs. Edison of Huntington Beach, which started 3-0 but has lost 6-0 and 7-0 in the last two weeks to Mater Dei and Servite.
3. (3) Mission Viejo 5-0
With Chane Moline and Mark Sanchez leading the way, the Diablos rolled over Tustin, 35-14, for consecutive win No. 33. Moline, who had a 65-yard run against Long Beach Poly, broke one even longer for 94 yards against the Tillers. He finished with six carries for 135 yards. Sanchez completed 10 of 21 passes for 238 yards and two TDs. Up next for Mission Viejo is a game this week against Trabuco Hills of Mission Viejo.
4. (4) J.W. North (Riverside) 5-0
Josh Barnett scored three first-half TDs as the Huskies built up a 35-0 lead on the way to a 42-19 win over Alta Loma. The team's next game is Friday vs. city rival Poly of Riverside at Riverside Community College.
5. (5) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 5-0
The Seraphs will turn their focus toward the Channel League this week with their first opponent being Buena of Ventura. St. Bonnie wrapped up the nonleague portion of its schedule last Friday with a closer-than-expected 27-20 triumph over Burroughs of Ridgecrest. By far, the biggest win of the season so far was the second one against Hart of Newhall. It's interesting to note that all of the Hart players we talked to after its win over Loyola last Friday seemed to think that that game was more about Hart playing poorly than St. Bonnie being that good. One local sportswriter, however, who saw Hart play both Los Alamitos and St. Bonnie, told us: "St. Bonaventure was awesome. They would kill Los Al."
6. (6) Westlake (Westlake Village) 5-0
Coach Jim Benkert's team blanked Agoura of Agoura Hills, 24-0, in a Marmonte League showdown game as Agoura also had a 4-0 season record going in and had scored 42 points the week before. The Warriors play Calabasas in this week's game and now look like a lock to be a 10-0 team for the regular season.
7. (7) Lutheran (Orange) 4-0
It's not true that Bishop's of La Jolla switched to eight-man football to avoid having to play the Lancers last week, although it was probably a good thing. Bishop's didn't have the required number of players for 11-man football this season. Lutheran therefore drew a bye. The Lancers are scheduled to play Valencia in their first Empire League game this week.
8. (9) Clovis West (Fresno) 5-0-1
It was West over East as Clovis West defeated the new kid on the block, previously unbeaten Clovis East, 27-7, in the two state-ranked teams' showdown last Friday at Buchanan Stadium. It was the first, but certainly not the last, showdown between these two schools. The Golden Eagles now face the old man of the neighborhood, if you will, in another big game against Clovis High. If the Cougars hadn't taken an upset loss in September to Stockdale of Bakersfield, it would be another battle of teams slotted high in the state rankings.
9. (10) Venice 5-0
Beau Davis tossed six TD passes, three to Ryan Graves, as the Gondoliers routed Franklin of Los Angeles, 50-0. Davis completed 11 of 15 passes for 211 yards. Franklin isn't quite the power it was when it was coached by Armando Gonzalez, who is now building the program at new school JSerra of Irvine. Venice should continue its winning ways this week with a game against Hamilton of Los Angeles.
10. (12) Hart (Newhall) 2-3
Even with the 2-3 record, you can make a case that the Indians should be even higher in the rankings, now that they also have a win over Loyola. Comparing Hart and Venice's games against the Cubs, it looks just a touch more convincing in Hart's favor. If it weren't for just a few plays here and there vs. Los Alamitos and Westlake, Hart is a 4-1 team and sitting at No. 4 in the state behind No. 2 Mission Viejo and No. 3 St. Bonaventure.
11. (11) Poly (Long Beach) 3-2
Coach Raul Lara's team opened Moore League competition with a 67-13 victory over Long Beach Millikan as Derrick Jones caught three TD passes. The Jackrabbits figure to win by similar scores in the coming weeks against Cabrillo, Compton and Jordan. Their toughest two league foes, Lakewood and Wilson, also will be their final two league foes.
12. (16) St. Francis (Mountain View) 5-1
The Lancers blanked St. Ignatius of San Francisco, 24-0, as the defense held the host Wildcats to just 78 total yards, mainly on the strength of seven quarterback sacks. The next game for St. Francis is Friday at home vs. Riordan of San Francisco. Key WCAL games remain against Serra of San Mateo and Bellarmine of San Jose.
13. (13) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 5-0
What was expected to be an easy game last week against Narbonne of Harbor City turned out to be a difficult 10-6 triumph. Based on that result, will anybody be surprised if the 5-0 Braves get upended this week by 2-3 Mater Dei of Santa Ana in their first game against a really powerful opponent?
14. (17) Lincoln (Stockton) 5-0
With St. Mary's losing to Edison, there now isn't much doubt about which team should be No. 1 overall for the southern part of the Sac-Joaquin Section. Lincoln also left no doubt with a 48-0 rout of Tracy. Pete Boggs' 64-yard run and Bryan Parker's 10-yard run got the scoring going for the Trojans, but the bulk of the team's 400-plus rushing yards came from junior Billy Smith. He finished with 18 carries for 244 yards and three TDs. Lincoln plays Stagg of Stockton on Friday at UOP and in two weeks will get Edison.
15. (18) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 5-0
The list of legitimate Division I schools from the Sac-Joaquin Section that would have a case to be ahead of Oak Ridge in the rankings should they win the rest of their games is dwindling. In last week's game, sophomore Chandler Clemons threw for four TDs, two to Austin Collie, who also scored an additional TD and kicked a 24-yard field goal, in a 53-6 win over Christian Brothers of Sacramento. The Trojans host 5-0 Cordova of Rancho Cordova in this week's game in a test to see just how far the Lancers have come in the latest coaching stint of the one and only Max Miller.
16. (19) Edison (Fresno) 5-0-1
Brandon Breazell hauled in a pair of touchdown passes from Arkelon Hall as the Tigers won another tough game on the road, 20-10, over Reedley. Breazell's 15-yard and 28-yard TDs gave the Tigers a 14-3 lead and the defense made it stand up, although Reedley wound up with more yards. Edison also benefitted from Clovis West beating Clovis East because it has a tie with the same team and therefore should logically be placed in the rankings ahead of Clovis East. This week, Edison has a home game at McLane Stadium against Fresno High.
17. (8) Clovis East (Clovis) 5-1
Although coach Tim Murphy's team dropped the 27-7 game to Clovis West, it still has that win over Long Beach Poly, which keeps the Timberwolves in the top 20. They can't wallow in their sorrow too long, however, as another tough game is tap this week vs. Buchanan of Clovis.
18. (20) Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) 5-0
The Conquerors defeated Western of Anaheim, 23-0, as Randall Brown scored two TDs. It was the defense, though, that once again shined brightest with a dominant shutout. Los Altos faces Bonita of La Verne in this week's game.
19. (nr) Canyon (Canyon Country) 5-0
With Harry Welch back at the helm, the resurgent Cowboys rolled over Alemany of Mission Hills, 50-21. QB Nate Longshore, who committed to Cal earlier in the week, hit on 13 of 23 passes for 248 yards and two TDs. RB Louis Montano added 91 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored three times. The Cowboys have scored at least 42 points in every game this season, although Canyon's first five opponents haven't exactly been in the same class as the five that Foothill League rivals Hart and Valencia faced. Speaking of Valencia, that's who the Cowboys will meet in this week's game.
20. (nr) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 5-0
Coach Ed Burke's team drew a bye last week, but will still play 10 regular season games due to an early start. Burke needed the extra rest, too, as he's still recovering from knee surgery. He coached from a golf cart in Torrey Pines' last game. The relative closeness of La Costa Canyon's 28-7 loss to national No. 1 De La Salle was a big bonus for Torrey Pines, which beat the Mavericks by even more of a margin, 23-0. Nobody is saying Torrey Pines could beat De La Salle, but maybe the two scores gives more strength to the argument that the Falcons should be No. 1 for San Diego County, particularly as long as there's a chance they could finish as an unbeaten Division I champion. Torrey Pines meets San Marcos this week in a Palomar League game.