Updated State Football Rankings

If recent history is an indication, there will be very little debate or suspense regarding the No. 1 state football ranking for the rest of the season. Following its 29-15 victory over No. 2 Long Beach Poly last Saturday at Veterans Stadium, No. 1 De La Salle is expected to continue rolling toward its 10th straight undefeated season and 10th straight CIF North Coast Section title.

But there are some tricky picks still to be determined among the top five in the rankings. Assuming Long Beach Poly bounces back from its loss to De La Salle and wins its fifth CIF Southern Section Div. I title in the past six years, the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 positions among the top 20 could turn out to be very debatable.
  

If the Jackrabbits get upset or win a close game in the finals, whoever that team is (probably Loyola) would have a solid claim at No. 3 or No. 2. But there's also Mission Viejo and Hart of Newhall. Those two compete in different divisions of the Southern Section (the Diablos are Div. II and the Indians Div. III)and both look capable as they start league play of running the table and finishing 14-0.

Mission Viejo moved up to No. 4 in this week's top 20, displacing Hart, which dropped from No. 4 to No. 5. That move was more as a result of a positive reflection of Mission Viejo's impressive 35-13 victory over Esperanza than as a negative one for anything Hart has done. The Diablos also have a 28-14 victory over Mater Dei. Hart opened with a 34-0 win over defending L.A. City champ Banning, which looked good at the time but Banning has gone on to lose three more games. Hart does have a stronger recent tradition than Mission Viejo so don't be surprised to see further shifting among these two teams throughout the rest of the season.
 

This week's full state rankings package follows:

STATE FOOTBALL TOP 20
Compiled by Mark & Nelson Tennis for CalHiSports.com
Preseason rank in parentheses; after games of Oct. 6

  1.      (1)    De La Salle (Concord) 4-0
  2.      (2)    Poly (Long Beach) 3-1
  3.      (3)    Loyola (Los Angeles) 4-0
  4.      (5)    Mission Viejo 5-0
  5.      (4)    Hart (Newhall) 4-0
  6.      (7)    Helix (La Mesa) 5-0
  7.      (6)    Bakersfield 4-0
  8.      (8)    Clovis 4-1
  9.      (9)    Centennial (Corona) 4-0
10.    (10)    Elk Grove 5-0
11.    (11)    Eisenhower (Rialto) 4-1
12.    (12)    Edison (Huntington Beach) 4-0
13.    (13)    Carson 4-0
14.    (16)    Johnson (Sacramento) 5-0
15.    (15)    Chino 4-0
16.    (17)    Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 4-0
17.    (18)    Redlands 5-0
18.    (19)    Bishop Amat (La Puente) 4-0
19.    (20)    San Leandro 4-0
20.     (nr)    Torrey Pines (San Diego) 5-0

Notes & Highlights
In the first night game ever played at Carson, the Colts rolled over Locke of Los Angeles 36-18 behind two TD runs from LeMar McQueen. The evening featured halftime speeches, fireworks and a salute to former coaches, including Gene Vollnogle, one of the winningest coaches in state history.......One of the reasons for Chino's success has been the emergence of running back Kes Expre-Olomo. The Kes Express churned out 201 yards on 18 carries and scored twice in a 41-21 victory last week over Corona......... New No. 20 Torrey Pines, playing at home for the first time this season, pulled out a game in the fourth quarter once again with late heroics to best highly regarded and previous San Diego No. 4 Carlsbad 21-14.  This time it was a 12 play 74 yard drive that ended with junior running back Randall Aquilina plunging across from the 1 yard line with 1:30 remaining......Torrey Pines replaced Santa Margarita in this week's top 20. The Eagles lost to Tustin, 36-33, to drop to 3-1-1. Their tie came in week one against Ayala, but that didn't stop good Œol USA Today from having Santa Margarita at No. 17 in the nation last week.......One week after Burbank of Sacramento recorded its first win ever over traditional power Jesuit of Carmichael, the Titans weren't as successful against state-ranked Johnson. The Warriors ripped Burbank 56-12 behind Vince Mays' five touchdowns.........

STATE RANKINGS
BY DIVISION & REGION

DIVISION I
  1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 4-0
  2. (2) Poly (Long Beach) 3-1
  3. (3) Loyola (Los Angeles) 4-0
  4. (5) Mission Viejo 5-0
  5. (4) Hart (Newhall) 4-0
  6. (6) Bakersfield 4-0
  7. (7) Clovis 4-1
  8. (8) Centennial (Cor.) 4-0
  9. (9) Elk Grove 5-0
10. (10) Eisenhower (Rialto) 4-1

DIVISION II
 
1. (1) Helix (La Mesa) 5-0
  2. (2) Edison (Fresno) 4-0
  3. (3) Foothill (Pleasanton) 4-0
  4. (4) Arroyo Grande 5-0
  5. (5) Dos Pueblos (Goleta) 5-0
  6. (6) Golden West (Visalia) 4-0
  7. (7) Foothill (Tustin) 5-0
  8. (8) Redwood (Visalia) 3-1
  9. (9) Cerritos 4-0
10. (10) S.Ramon Valley (Danv.) 5-0

DIVISION III
  1. (1) Los Gatos 5-0
  2. (2) Miramonte (Orinda) 5-0
  3. (4) Brea-Olinda (Brea) 4-0
  4. (5) Serrano (Phelan) 5-0
  5. (6) La Quinta 4-0-1
  6. (7) North (Torrance) 5-0
  7. (3) Inglewood 4-1
  8. (9) Lassen (Susanville) 6-0
  9. (10) San Lorenzo V. (Felton) 5-0
10. (nr) S.J. Memorial (Fresno) 4-0

DIVISION IV
 
1. (1) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 5-0
  2. (2) Dos Palos 3-1
  3. (3) Paraclete (Lancaster) 4-0
  4. (4) Lutheran (Orange) 3-1-2
  5. (5) Vanden (Travis AFB) 4-1
  6. (6) Montclair Prep (Van Nuys) 4-0
  7. (7) Sutter 6-0
  8. (8) Calaveras (San Andreas) 5-0
  9. (10) Escalon 4-1
10. (nr) Corning 6-0

DIVISION V
  1. (1) Santa Fe Chr. (Solana Bch.) 5-0
  2. (2) Arrowhead Chr. (Redlands) 5-0
  3. (3) Horizon (San Diego) 3-1
  4. (nr) Caruthers 4-0
  5. (4) Immanuel (Reedley) 3-1
  6. (7) Middletown 5-0
  7. (8) Campbell Hall (N. Hollywood) 5-0
  8. (9) Denair 4-1
  9. (10) Tomales 4-0
10. (nr) East Nicolaus 6-0

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
OVERALL TOP 10
 
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 4-0
  2. (2) Bakersfield 4-0
  3. (3) Clovis 4-1
  4. (4) Elk Grove 5-0
  5. (5) Johnson (Sacramento) 5-0
  6. (6) San Leandro 4-0
  7. (7) Mitty (San Jose) 6-0
  8. (8) Palma (Salinas) 5-0
  9. (9) Edison (Fresno) 4-0
10. (10) Los Gatos 5-0

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
OVERALL TOP 10
 
1. (1) Poly (Long Beach) 3-1
  2. (2) Loyola (Los Angeles) 4-0
  3. (4) Mission Viejo 5-0
  4. (3) Hart (Newhall) 4-0
  5. (5) Helix (La Mesa) 5-0
  6. (7) Centennial (Corona) 4-0
  7. (8) Eisenhower (Rialto) 4-1
  8. (9) Edison (Hunt. Bch.) 4-0
  9. (nr) Carson 4-0
10. (nr) Chino 4-0

 


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