WHO WON STATE GAMES OF THE WEEK

No. 13 St. John Bosco loses to Mater Dei, but it would be hard to find too many who viewed it as an upset.....No. 15 Oak Ridge stunned on final play by Cordova....Dos Palos loses on 99-yard fumble return....Servite impresses in Saturday win over Loyola....

1. Mater Dei of Santa Ana 24, No. 13 in the state St. John Bosco of Bellflower 17. Game reports indicate that it may have taken the Braves a quarter or two to uplift their level of play to Mater Dei's. The Monarchs led by 14-0, but Bosco did come back to score twice for a 14-14 tie. One of those TDs came on a 60-yard interception return by Brandon Johnson. Mater Dei, which played a much tougher preleague schedule than St. John Bosco, led by 17-14 at halftime and its defense proved to be too strong for the Braves in the second half. The Monarchs ended the game with 11 tackles for loss against the Bosco offense. For the Mater Dei offense, QB Jason Forcier wound up with 10 carries for 60 yards and one TD plus 12 of 18 through the air for 124 yards. Mater Dei won its third straight after an 0-3 start. St. John Bosco fell to 5-1. Also in the Serra League on Friday, Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita improved to 6-0 with an impressive 27-3 victory over Bishop Amat of La Puente.

2. Unbeaten Cordova of Rancho Cordova 29, No. 15 in the state Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills 28. There will be a new No. 1 team in the Sacramento metro area next week (probably Nevada Union) as the Lancers pulled off a shocker over the host Trojans. Given one last play due to a roughing the passer penalty. Cordova QB Mike Williford threw a Hail Mary pass down the right sidelines. The tipped ball was grabbed by Coy Francies of the Lancers, who then ran into the end zone for a stunning touchdown. Other long TDs in the game included a 57-yard TD run by Oak Ridge's Austin Collie off a fake punt, Cordova's Dywane Brown going 65 yards for a TD run and Oak Ridge's Chandler Clemons throwing a 53-yard TD pass to J.T. Tomasi. Since at least one other state-ranked Div. II team has already lost this week, look for Cordova to probably make a return to the rankings next week for the first time in Max Miller's current stint as head coach. The foothills above Sacramento also were shaking on Friday due to Colfax's 28-18 loss to Oakmont of Roseville. Colfax entered No. 1 in the state for Div. III. One team that could move up is Foothill of Sacramento, which has a 35-7 win over Oakmont.

3. No. 8 in the state Clovis West of Fresno 17, No. 12 in NorCal Clovis 7. Clovis was reported to have several starters on the shelf with injuries, so for the Cougars to stay within striking distance of the Golden Eagles in this game can be viewed as at least something positive. Jeff Schott continued to emerge as an effective QB for Clovis West. He finished with 11 completions in 15 attempts for 177 yards and ran for one of his team's two touchdowns. Adam O'Daniel led Clovis with 142 yards through the air plus 75 more on the ground. The Clovis West defense stopped the last three offensive series for Clovis, playing like it did when it held Edison to just one score. Also in the Central Section on Friday, state-ranked Fresno Edison downed McLane of Fresno, 50-3, and state-ranked Clovis East breezed past Buchanan of Clovis, 42-21.

4. Unbeaten Servite of Anaheim 35, No. 15 in SoCal Loyola of Angeles 32. This win on Saturday night probably will get the undefeated Friars into the state top 20. They led 35-12 before the host Cubs finally got their home crowd at Glendale High going with a late rally. Leading Servite's charges to more than 400 yards of total offense was sophomore running back Ken Ashley, who carried 32 times for 150 yards and a pair of TDs. beat the Friars, it might be good for both QB Scott Deke and RB Trason Bragg to have strong games for Loyola.

5. Oceanside 34, El Camino of Oceanside 13. The Pirates looked a lot more like the preseason No. 1 team in San Diego in this game than they have perhaps in any other game. They definitely showed no soft heart toward retiring El Camino coach Herb Meyer, the local legend who's been part of this city rivalry since 1959. The Pirates were led by Derek Shaw's three touchdown passes plus 205 yards rushing from Nick Kok. Among Kok's runs wa a 55-yarder for a score. Also in the San Diego Section on Friday, Division IV state No. 1 Marian Catholic crushed Mar Vista of Imperial Beach, 64-6, state No. 20 Torrey Pines of San Diego beat San Marcos, 49-0, and Fallbrook knocked off Carlsbad, 27-13.

6. No. 19 in the state Canyon of Canyon Country 52, Valencia 45. In a wild game on Thursday at College of the Canyons in which both quarterbacks passed for more than 350 yards, the Cowboys finally prevailed with just over two minutes left on a 25-yard rushing touchdown by Louis Montano. Canyon, which plays Hart of Newhall in an even bigger game next week, was led by QB Nate Longshore, who was 23 of 41 for 359 yards and five TDs, according to the L.A. Times' Martin Henderson. Canyon wideout Sean Coen continued to make a name for himself with 13 catches for 190 yards and three TDs. For Valencia, sophomore Michael Herrick tried to keep pace and had prolific numbers, although he also threw four picks. Herrick wound up 32 of 42 for 376 yards and four scores.

7. No. 2 in the state Los Alamitos 28, Edison of Huntington Beach 21. The debate after this game seemed to be whether Los Alamitos might be highly-overrated this season. The Griffins were playing a 3-2 team and they had to come back from a 21-14 deficit. The tying TD came early in the fourth quarter on an interception return by Nathan Quinn. Los Al finally went ahead to stay with about six minutes left on a eight-yard pass from Jimmy Barnes to Bryan Gordon. The other side of this debate is that Edison is a strong team as well. If not for two or three plays that went against the Chargers in 6-0 and 7-0 losses to Mater Dei and Servite they would have come into this game unbeaten and also ranked among the state's top teams.

8. Unbeaten Washington of Easton 20, No. 7 in state Div. IV Dos Palos 16. Central Section historian and correspondent Bob Barnett said this win was "huge" for the Panthers. They were on the road, they were down 16-14 in the fourth quarter and the Broncos were about to score a clinching touchdown. That's when the ball popped loose and Washington's Terrell Clark scooped it up. Clark rambled the other way for a 99-yard fumble return touchdown. The stunned Broncos weren't able to come back and the result way turn out to be the one that gives Washington the North Sequoia League title. In another key Central Section Sequoia Division game, No. 1 Yosemite of Oakhurst defeated Selma, 24-10.

9. Palmdale 17, Antelope Valley of Lancaster 14. In a game matching regional rivals and two teams that both made it to last year's CIF Southern Section Div. III semifinals, Palmdale's dominant first half was too much for the Antelopes to overcome. The Falcons, who led 10-0 at the break, were led by running back Adrian Jenkins' 22 carries for 124 yards and one TD. The Palmdale defense also did a nice job against AV's Kreig Peters, who was held to 40 yards on 16 carries.

10. Oak Grove of San Jose 41, previously unbeaten Pioneer of San Jose 36. This would be our third game in the top 10 for this week that was terrific until the end. Pioneer was down 35-21, but took a 36-35 lead in the late moments, thanks partly to recovering an onside kick.Oak Grove still had time to drive back down the field, though, and with 22 seconds left the Eagles won it on a six-yard sweep into the end zone by Burton Iosefa. He finished with 154 yards rushing for the game. Oak Grove's Arvelle Thompson returned a punt 55 yards for a score and had a 74-yard TD on a pass reception. This was a matchup between two of the top 20 ranked teams in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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