Tough call continues in San Diego; Elk Grove and Johnson eyeing each other in Sacramento; Bakersfield and Clovis doing the same in the valley. One thing's for sure: some potentially great playoff matchups could be on the horizon.



Compiled by Staff

1. Poly (Long Beach) 7-1

Jackrabbits still look way too explosive for the rest of the CIF Southern Section.

2. Mission Viejo 9-0

Only close call was 21-18 against San Clemente.

3. Hart (Newhall) 8-0

Only close call was 42-35 against Westlake.

4. Centennial (Corona) 8-0

Huskies have won 20 in a row and seem to have achieved that run-pass balance coaches crave.

5. Redlands 9-0

A win Friday over Rialto might be enough to give Terriers No. 2 seed in CIFSS Div. I playoffs.

6. Chino 8-0

We're dreamin' of a Saturday afternoon at the Ed with 13-0 Cowboys vs. 13-0 Mission Viejo.

7. Edison (Huntington Beach) 7-0-1

Chargers can finish 8-0-1 and still might have to win dreaded coin flip to earn top seed into the playoffs from Sunset League.

8. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 7-1-1

Eagles have looked like their preseason No. 22 national FAB 50 ranking in last few weeks.

9. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 8-0

Judging from last week's close win over St. Francis, this ranking might be too high. But we won't drop Irish too much if they keep winning.

10. Eisenhower (Rialto) 7-2

Both losses are to teams ahead (Centennial & Redlands) and the Redlands game was a tossup until the final seconds.

11. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 5-4

We don't care what other rankings say about four losses. Those four were to De La Salle, Mission Viejo, Edison (close) and Santa Margarita (all in the top eight). Plus, Monarchs have a win over Bishop Amat.

12. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 7-1

Wonder how much last year's success in baseball with players like Mike Lange and Adam Simon has carried over into the fall.

13. Arroyo Grande 9-0

Eagles always seem to get better as the year goes along. An unbeaten year and a CIFSS Div. IV title would assure high ranking.

14. Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 9-0

It's true that Falcons haven't really played anybody yet, but you have to love the season that 5-9 QB Hudson Gossard has had so far.

15. St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 9-0

The Seraphs might get a test in the postseason after all once and if they meet Orange Lutheran.

16. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 9-0

Mustangs have win over Leuzinger, which has win over Los Alamitos.

17. Loyola (Los Angeles) 6-2

Yes, the Cubs are probably better than this ranking, but who have they beaten?

18. Jordan (Long Beach) 6-2

Strong showing by the Panthers in 41-20 loss to Poly keeps them in the top 20.

19. Fremont (Los Angeles) 7-0

Pathfinders win showdown over unbeaten Crenshaw to take over top spot for the L.A. City Section.

20. Los Alamitos 6-2-1

Griffins lost to Santa Margarita and Leuzinger, but their the only ones to beat El Modena and they have a tie against highly-ranked Edison.



1. Elk Grove 9-0

You can basically flip a coin between Herd and Johnson, but Herd does have a much better track record of success in the playoffs.

2. Johnson (Sacramento) 8-0

Coach Mike Dimino's club closes regular season with tough nonleague matchup against Oak Ridge.

3. Grant (Sacramento) 7-1-1

Pacers tied Davis last week to go with earlier loss to Johnson. They have a win over Nevada Union and have played all three tough opponents on the road.

4. Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 7-2

Coach Dave Humphers' won 100th game last week. Miners hoping for Del Campo win over Grant on Saturday, which would give them outright league title. If Grant wins, it takes CAL crown.

5. Lincoln (Stockton) 8-1

Throw out first game against Granite Bay, which appeared at the time to be meaningless to the Trojans. Since then, they've looked more and more like defending Div. I section champs.

6. Del Campo (Fair Oaks) 7-2

Cougars' losses are to Johnson and Nevada Union.

7. Del Oro (Loomis) 8-1

After first game loss to Oak Ridge, Eagles have soared, including recent 27-14 win over Granite Bay.

8. Granite Bay 7-2

Losses are to Del Oro and Nevada Union. Has key win over Lincoln of Stockton.

9. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 8-1

Yes, they do play some good football in the foothills.

10. Manteca 8-0-1

Buffaloes are top-ranked team in Modesto Bee coverage area, ahead of CCC schools.

Others: Burbank (Sacramento) 8-1 (not including forfeits), Merced 8-1, Grace Davis (Modesto) 7-2, Vallejo 8-1, Fairfield 7-2, Rocklin 7-1-1, Natomas (Sacramento) 8-1.



By Central Section historian Bob Barnett

Large Schools

1. Bakersfield 8-0

2. Clovis 8-1

3. Edison (Fresno) 7-0-1

4. Golden West (Visalia) 7-1

5. Centennial (Bakersfield) 6-2-1

6. Central (Fresno) 5-3

7. Sanger 6-2

8. Bullard (Fresno) 5-2-1

9. Clovis West (Fresno) 4-2-1

10. Mt. Whitney (Visalia) 5-3

Small Schools

1. Dos Palos 7-1

2. Tehachapi 6-1

3. Yosemite (Oakhurst) 7-1

4. Kingsburg 6-2

5. S.J. Memorial (Fresno) 7-1

6. Washington (Easton) 7-1

7. Liberty (Bakersfield) 6-2

8. Garces (Bakersfield) 6-2

9. Caruthers 7-1

10. Immanuel (Reedley) 7-1



Compiled by Harold Abend


1. Helix (La Mesa) 8-1

The Highlanders rebounded from last weeks disheartening setback to Monte Vista with a thorough 41-5 thrashing of visiting El Capitan. 

2. (tie) Oceanside 8-1

Pirates crushed Escondido at home 41-7 as coach John Carroll recorded 100th win at school.

2. (tie) Vista 7-2

Panthers played host to previous #1 Rancho Bernardo in what many thought would be a close and possibly low scoring game.  Vista came into the game with two straight shutouts and was giving up only 5.6 points per game.  They came out of it with three straight in a 52-0 mauling of the visiting Broncos.

4. Mira Mesa (San Diego) 8-1

Reggie Ross ran for 210 yards and two TDs in latest game.

5. Fallbrook 6-3

Losses to Helix, Mater Dei, Esperanza of Anaheim. Has win over Vista.

6. Ramona 8-0

Big showdown Friday at Bulldogs play Oceanside for league title.

7. Carlsbad 7-3

Lancers came back from loss to Fallbrook to beat San Marcos 28-14.

8. Mission Bay 8-1

Swamped Kearny last weekend 47-6 behind Lateef Azziz' 120 yards rushing.

9. Monte Vista (Spring Valley) 8-1

Union-Tribune and N.C. Times don't rank MV that high despite their big upset win two weeks ago over Helix.

10. (tie) Rancho Bernardo 7-2

What happened against Vista? Broncos better find out in a hurry.

10. (tie) El Camino (Oceanside) 5-3

Coach Herb Meyer's club won last weekend, 36-3, over La Costa Canyon.

Note: San Diego rankings based on combination of the two major newspaper rankings and observations of correspondent.

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