Thanks, Monte Vista

Scrambled eggs might be an appropriate breakfast this week for CIF San Diego Section football fans. That's what the local rankings resemble following last weekend's stunning 37-28 victory by Monte Vista of Spring Valley over season long No. 1 Helix of La Mesa.

The unranked Monarchs (7-1) upended the Highlanders on the strength of 287 yards rushing and five touchdowns from running back Gary Franklin. He scored on runs of 5, 20, 74, 12 and 1 yards and two of his scores came right after Helix had scored to cut the margin to one touchdown.

Monte Vista jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the Highlanders, which came into the game averaging 53 points per game and won their first seven games by an average of 38 points. Helix countered with junior runningback Reggie Bush, who dashed for 316 yards on 25 carries and scored two TDs. But Bush also fumbled four times and the Helix defense was simply unable to stop Monte Vista's pounding ground attack.

The loss dropped Helix completely out of this week's top 20 state rankings. The Highlanders and also fell from No. 1 to No. 4 in the Div. II state rankings. Monte Vista leaped from unranked to No. 3 in the same poll. Other San Diego teams who would figure to now receive No. 1 votes from various sportswriters would include Oceanside (7-1), Fallbrook (5-3) and Mira Mesa (7-1).

Helix, the defending section Div. II champs which had climbed all the way to the state's No. 5 overall ranking with impressive outing after impressive outing after a season-opening 54-20 romp past defending section Div. I champ Fallbrook, also had a 20-game winning streak snapped.

Replacing Helix as the No. 1 team in the Div. II rankings is Southern Section powerhouse Arroyo Grande. The Eagles (8-0) remained unbeaten with a 48-20 win over Santa Maria. AG's Andrew Walkup rushed for 190 yards on 14 carries and scored twice, while Cameron Walton completed 6 of 6 passes for 138 yards and rushed for 31 yards and one TD on eight carries. 

Helix also was the only top 20 team from last week's rankings that lost, so the only new team in this week's top 20 is Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita. The Eagles do have a loss and a tie, but they also defeated Loyola of Los Angeles (which was No. 3 at the time) and this week they take on Mater Dei of Santa Ana. Santa Margarita won last week 35-17 over St. John Bosco of Bellflower behind junior Ashton White's 32 carries for 283 yards and four TDs. Mater Dei won its fourth in a row by blanking Servite of Anaheim, 19-0. 

Other than Santa Margarita vs. Mater Dei, the only other game in the state this week matching two top 20 teams takes place in Long Beach where No. 2 Long Beach Poly hosts No. 19 Jordan of Long Beach. Jordan has won six straight since a season-opening loss to Carson, including wins over Ayala of Chino Hills and Esperanza of Anaheim. It still will be a very tall order for the Panthers to upset the Jackrabbits. Poly is still the heavy favorite to win its third straight Southern Section Div. I title and won last week 68-14 over Long Beach Wilson. Hershel Dennis piled up 176 yards on just 14 carries and scored four times for Poly, which led 49-0 at halftime.

Compiled by Mark & Nelson Tennis for
Preseason rank in parentheses; after games of Oct. 27

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

Notes & Highlights
Matt Gutierrez completed 7 of 8 passes for 160 yards and three TDs as No. 1 De La Salle rolled past Liberty of Brentwood 65-0. Juniors Maurice Drew and Gino Ottoboni both scored two TDs for the Spartans. It was 37-0 in the second quarter when the first stringers began to be taken out. De La Salle should extend its national record win streak to 121 games on Friday in a homecoming matchup against Ygnacio Valley of Concord.......Mission Viejo's defense gave up just 59 yards in posting a 43-0 shutout of Capistrano Valley. Linebacker Ryan Powdrell led the defense with a 58-yard interception return for a score plus numerous tackles. Robbie Dubois led the offense with 121 yards rushing on 21 carries and two TDs. He also went over the 5,000-yard mark for career rushing. Mission Viejo meets Trabuco Hills Friday in this week's game..........Edison dropped from No. 8 to No. 11 in this week's rankings after a 14-14 tie against Los Alamitos. The goofy game featured three fumbles that were exchanged by the two teams near the Edison goal line in the last two and a half minutes. Los Al finally tied it with 11 seconds left on a 13-yard pass from Jeff Kline to Travis Brody and a PAT kick by Kevin Gamarnik........

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