Vista on the upward swing in San Diego; Johnson drops only a little in Sac-Joaquin after losing nonleague game; Top 10 stays the same in Fresno & Bakersfield.


1. Poly (Long Beach) 8-1 How many times will Brandon Brooks and Derek Jones go for the bomb to start a game?

2. Mission Viejo 10-0 Tremendous balance of offense, defense, running game, passing game should carry Diablos deep into CIF Southern Section Div. II playoffs.

3. Hart (Newhall) 8-0 Closeness of last week's game vs. Saugus could show that Indians are vulnerable to the upset in CIFSS Div. III playoffs.

4. Centennial (Corona) 9-0 It'll take a major effort for the Huskies to lose in the CIFSS Div. V playoffs.

5. Redlands 10-0 A CBL titleless streak of 27 years is over after last week's win over Rialto.

6. Chino 8-0 Ryan Parks (6-5, 295) is one of SoCal's top linemen. Cedric Ellis (6-2, 245) is one of SoCal top junior defensive linemen.

7. Edison (Huntington Beach) 7-0-1 Losing coin flip to Los Al not that bad after all as Chargers got placed in the opposite end of the bracket from LB Poly.

8. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 9-0 Irish win regular season finale 51-0 vs. Crespi and are given top seed in CIFSS Div. III playoffs in front of Hart.

9. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 7-1-2 Ashton White didn't play in tie vs. Servite, which only cost the Eagles slightly in state and regional rankings.

10. Eisenhower (Rialto) 8-2 Coach Tom Hoak hopes his last game won't be this week against Loyola.

11. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 6-4 Monarchs open CIFSS Div. I playoffs on the road against Jordan of Long Beach. If MD wins, which would not be a surprise, second playoff game might be at home vs. Redlands.

12. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 8-1 Only loss in huge turnaround season for Lancers was in close game to Mater Dei.

13. Arroyo Grande 9-0 Eagles hope week off gets them sharp for CIFSS Div. IV playoff opener Friday vs. Royal.

14. Jordan (Long Beach) 7-2 A win at home Friday vs. Mater Dei would be as huge for the entire Moore League as it would be for the Panthers.

15. Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 10-0 Falcon running game starting to click just in time for the postseason.

16. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 10-0 Michael Okwo (6-1, 230) one of the top junior FB-LBs in SoCal.

17. St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 10-0 Lorenzo Booker probably will break state career rushing record this week vs. Calabasas.

18. Los Alamitos 7-2-1 Griffins finish 4-0-1 run in tough Sunset League; might get chance to avenge one of two losses next week vs. Santa Margarita.

19. Carson 8-1 Defense looks more than ready for the postseason; offense still needs tinkering.

20. Vista 8-2 The hottest team in the CIF San Diego Section has only allowed one field goal in last five games.


1. Elk Grove 10-0 Herd's path to Sacramento area title game looks fairly easy.

2. Lincoln (Stockton) 9-1 Coach Mike Johnson's club manhandled its opposition after first game loss to Granite Bay. Looking more and more like team very capable of defending Div. I title.

3. Johnson (Sacramento) 8-1 Since Oak Ridge game was nonleaguer that had no bearing on seedings, playoffs, etc., we think the Warriors should stay ranked ahead of Grant until things change in the playoffs.

4. Grant (Sacramento) 8-1-1 As sophomore QB Tommie Hall continues to improve, so does the chances of the Pacers' making a big impact in the Div. I playoffs.

5. Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 8-2 We really like Phil Costanza, the Miners' 6-5, 260-pound tight end. Just a junior.

6. Del Oro (Loomis) 8-1 The threesome of Del Oro, Granite Bay and Oak Ridge are basically tied. Golden Eagles' open Div. II playoffs at home vs. Oakdale.

7. Granite Bay 8-2 QB Mark Palmer and his mates will try to avenge one of their two losses this week at Oak Ridge.

8. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 9-1 James Keeler rushed for 202 yards and three TDs in 35-28 win over Johnson.

9. Del Campo (Fair Oaks) 7-3 Once again, Cougars played well in loss, last Saturday to Grant. Watch for upset special this week against Johnson, especially if QB Tremayne Kirkland is out.

10. Manteca 9-0-1 Coach Joe Miller's team won 67-6 last week over city rival East Union.

Others: Burbank (Sacramento) 8-1 (not including forfeits), Merced 8-2, Grace Davis (Modesto) 8-2, Vallejo 9-1, Fairfield 8-2, Natomas (Sacramento) 9-1.

CIF CENTRAL SECTION FOOTBALL RATINGS By Central Section historian Bob Barnett

Large Schools 1. Bakersfield 9-0 2. Clovis 8-1 3. Edison (Fresno) 8-0-1 4. Golden West (Visalia) 8-1 5. Centennial (Bakersfield) 7-2-1 6. Central (Fresno) 6-3 7. Sanger 7-2 8. Bullard (Fresno) 6-2-1 9. Clovis West (Fresno) 5-2-1 10. Mt. Whitney (Visalia) 6-3

Small Schools 1. Dos Palos 8-1 2. Tehachapi 7-1 3. Yosemite (Oakhurst) 8-1 4. S.J. Memorial (Fresno) 8-1 5. Liberty (Bakersfield) 7-2 6. Washington (Easton) 7-2 7. Garces (Bakersfield) 6-2 8. Kingsburg 6-3 9. Caruthers 8-1 10. Immanuel (Reedley) 8-1


1) Helix (9-1)                    67 points

2) Vista (8-2)                    62 points

3) Oceanside (9-1)            60 points

4) Monte Vista (9-1)          45 points

5) Mira Mesa (9-1)            42 points

6) El Camino (6-3)            29 points

7) Carlsbad (7-3)               28 points

8) Mission Bay (9-1)          27 points

9) Fallbrook (6-4)               23 points

10t) Ramona (9-1)             22 points

10t) Rancho Bernardo (8-2)       22 points

 On the Bubble

Marian Catholic (10-0) 7 points

Torrey Pines (8-2) 7 points

Santa Fe Christian (10-0) 1 point

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

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