New State Rankings

They were No. 3 in the state in the preseason, but were tied in their first game. Another wild game on October 5 resulted in a three-point loss. But once the Santa Margarita High football team of Rancho Santa Margarita started playing fellow Catholic schools it's been a series of impressive performances. The latest came last Friday at the Santa Ana Bowl as the Eagles stormed past Mater Dei of Santa Ana, 33-19, and put themselves in line to win their second straight Serra League title.

Junior standout Ashton White followed up a 283-yard outing against St. John Bosco of Bellflower with another sizzler against Mater Dei: 33 carries for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Santa Margarita quarterback Marshall Tharpe added a pair of touchdown passes, one covering 42 yards to Brandon Clark and one of 33 yards to Renny Jackson.

Combined with a victory two weeks ago over Loyola of Angeles (which was nationally ranked at the time), the Eagles have now moved back up to No. 13 in this week's state top 20. The tie against Ayala and the loss to Tustin has hurt the team in the rankings, but in the big picture Santa Margarita is still in line to do all that it was possibly forecast to do in the preseason. Of course, last year's team also was flying high after a victory over Mater Dei only to stumble in a first-round CIF Southern Section Div. I playoff game to A.B. Miller of Fontana. It is therefore no surprise that many Div. I followers in Southern California will not be convinced of Santa Margarita's strength until it wins a playoff game.

Despite the loss, Mater Dei remained in the top 20. The Monarchs were helped in that regard by Bishop Amat of La Puente, a team they beat, which defeated Loyola, 20-14, behind Donnie McCleskey's 22 carries for 150 yards and three touchdowns. Three of Mater Dei's four losses are to unbeaten teams and the fourth also is to a team the Monarchs are ranked behind.

The only other new team in this week's top 20 besides Bishop Amat is Palma of Salinas. The Chieftains are defending CIF Central Coast Section Div. I champions and have a powerful group of linemen, led by 6-8, 300-pound Rene Vallejo.

State and national No. 1 De La Salle of Concord won its 121st consecutive game by dominating Ygnacio Valley of Concord, 31-13. Two late fourth quarter touchdowns against non-starters made the score respectable for Ygnacio Valley. In a game De La Salle led 31-0 midway through the third quarter, big plays were the story as Maurice Drew scored on a 55-yard run, Nate Kenion scored on a 65-yard punt return and Alijah Bradley scored on a 68-yard run. The Spartans face Deer Valley of Antioch this week and will likely complete their 12th straight unbeaten regular season.

STATE FOOTBALL TOP 20
Compiled by Mark & Nelson Tennis for CalHiSports.com
Preseason rank in parentheses; after games of Nov. 3

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

Notes & Highlights
No. 2 Long Beach Poly went to work in the final 16 minutes of a game against Long Beach Jordan after Jordan cut the lead to 27-20. The Jackrabbits wound up winning comfortably, 41-20, thanks to the running of Hershel Dennis and Rory Carrington. Dennis had a seven-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter and finished with 20 carries for 208 yards and three TDs. Carrington had a 14-yard run later in the fourth quarter and ended with 15 carries for 119 yards. Jordan entered the game at 6-1 and was No. 19 in the Cal-Hi Sports statewide top 20. Poly closes its regular season Friday against Long Beach Millikan.......No. 6 Clovis (Calif.) won its eighth straight after a season-opening loss to nationally-ranked Tulsa Union (Okla.) with a 28-6 victory over Buchanan. The Cougars meet arch-rival Clovis West this week, which was hoping to be on a roll, too, but stumbled in a 24-22 loss to Central of Fresno........

STATE RANKINGS BY DIVISION & REGION

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

DIVISION II
 1. (1) Arroyo Grande 9-0
 2. (2) Edison (Fresno) 7-0-1
 3. (3) Monte Vista (Spr. Vall.) 7-1
 4. (4) Helix (La Mesa) 8-1
 5. (6) Foothill (Pleasanton) 7-0-1
 6. (8) Golden West (Visalia) 7-1
 7. (nr) Oceanside 8-1
 8. (9) El Modena (Orange) 7-1
 9. (nr) Del Oro (Loomis) 8-1
10. (10) La Mirada 7-1

DIVISION III
 1. (1) Los Gatos 9-0
 2. (2) Miramonte (Orinda) 9-0
 3. (3) Brea-Olinda (Brea) 8-0
 4. (4) La Quinta 8-0-1
 5. (5) Inglewood 8-1
 6. (6) San Lorenzo V. (Felton) 9-0
 7. (7) Lassen (Susanville) 10-0
 8. (8) Burroughs (Ridgecrest) 9-0
 9. (9) Temple City 9-0
10. (10) North (Torrance) 8-1

DIVISION IV
 
1. (1) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 9-0
 2. (2) Dos Palos 7-1
 3. (3) Paraclete (Lancaster) 7-0
 4. (4) Lutheran (Orange) 6-1-2
 5. (5) Vanden (Travis AFB) 8-1
 6. (6) Sutter 10-0
 7. (7) Marian Catholic (San Diego) 9-0
 8. (8) Central Catholic (Modesto) 8-1
 9. (9) Corning 9-1
10. (10) Cathedral (Los Angeles) 6-2

DIVISION V
 1. (1) Santa Fe Chr. (Solana Bch.) 9-0
 2. (2) Caruthers 7-1
 3. (5) Immanuel (Reedley) 7-1
 4. (4) Arrowhead Chr. (Redlands) 8-1
 5. (6) Middletown 8-0
 6. (8) Oaks Christian (Westl. Vill.) 9-0-1
 7. (7) Campbell Hall (N. Hollywood) 8-0-1
 8. (nr) Modesto Christian 7-1
 9. (nr) Ferndale 7-2
10. (nr) Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 9-0

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

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OVERALL TOP 10
 
1. (1) Poly (Long Beach) 7-1
 2. (2) Mission Viejo 9-0
 3. (3) Hart (Newhall) 8-0
 4. (4) Centennial (Corona) 8-0
 5. (5) Redlands 9-0
 6. (6) Chino 8-0
 7. (7) Edison (Hunt.Bch.) 7-0-1
 8. (nr) Santa Margarita (RSM) 6-1-1
 9. (9) Notre Dame (Sh. Oaks) 8-0
10. (nr) Eisenhower (Rialto) 7-2

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