Mitty Gridders Gaining Glory in Football Top 20

Archbishop Mitty High is no stranger to athletic success as teams from the school in the past have seen themselves repeatedly ranked on both the state and national levels in sports like girls volleyball, girls soccer, softball and baseball. But it's been a different story in football....

The Monarchs haven't won a league title since 1974 and usually play in the shadow of West Catholic League rivals St. Francis (Mountain View) and Bellarmine (San Jose). Mitty still has work to do toward that elusive league title, but has been No. 1 in the San Jose Mercury-News overall top 15 for three weeks and last week won another big game with a 47-14 victory over previously unbeaten Serra of San Mateo. Jason Oliver led the Monarchs by scoring five touchdowns on short runs and finishing with 130 yards rushing.

The win over Serra, taken into consideration along with an earlier win over perennial CCS power Oak Grove, put Mitty into this week's overall state top 20.

Also going into this week's top 20 as a newcomer from last week is 4-1 Jordan of Long Beach. Jordan's only loss was in its opener to No. 15 Carson and the Panthers also have wins over Esperanza (Anaheim) and Ayala (Chino Hills).

Mitty and Jordan went in as replacements for previous No. 18 Bishop Amat of La Puente, which fell 28-21 to Mater Dei of Santa Ana, and previous No. 20 Torrey Pines of San Diego, which got blanked 14-0 by Vista.

Maurice Drew was at it again for top-ranked De La Salle with four touchdowns in a 42-14 victory last Friday over Pittsburg. One week after scoring four times against No. 4 Long Beach Poly, Drew scored on a three-yard reception late in the first half to give De La Salle a 21-7 lead. He had a 25-yard fumble return for a score in the third quarter. The Spartans were banged up a bit as starting tackle John Chan missed the game with a knee injury and kicker James Bloomsburgh is now out for the season with a broken leg. Bloomsburgh suffered the injury in an off-the-field accident. De La Salle goes up against Antioch in this week1s game and should push its national record win streak to 119 games.

Here are this week's complete divisional and regional rankings:

STATE FOOTBALL TOP 20 Compiled by Mark & Nelson Tennis for Preseason rank in parentheses; after games of Oct. 13

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

Notes & Highlights Hart knocked off Burbank 49-21. The Indians won their 49th consecutive league game at home against the 1-5 Bulldogs in a game they led 42-7 at halftime. Matt Moore completed 13-of-16 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns, one a 26-yard strike to running back Tim Gregory. The speedy senior back also scored twice on the ground en route to 122 yards rushing on 10 carries.............Reggie Bush, who could be one of the top junior running backs in the nation, has led Helix to its dominant position this year in the CIF San Diego Section. A 53-22 win last week over Valhalla of El Cajon kept Helix1s season scoring average above the 50-point mark. Bush had 12 carries for 229 yards and two TDs. Quarterback Alex Smith came up big once again by completing 9 of 13 for 177 yards and four TDs. Helix had 706 yards total offense. This Friday it1s homecoming against Granite Hills of El Cajon.........Bakersfield may finally be untracked offensively. The Drillers won last week 20-7 over previously unbeaten Golden West of Visalia, which also is among the top 10 teams this season in the CIF Central Section......

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