Rankings Gone Local

Valencia up to No. 15 in Southern California; Del Oro now No. 4 for Sac-Joaquin Section; Bakersfield still No. 1 for Central Section; and Helix just ahead of Vista in consensus-type San Diego Section list.



1. Poly (Long Beach) 10-1

Based on comparative scores involving Santa Margarita and Loyola, the Jackrabbits are facing a Los Alamitos squad this week that is very capable of pulling off the upset.

2. Mission Viejo 12-0

The easy playoff games should end this week against Alta Loma, which has only lost once on the field this season.

3. Hart (Newhall) 11-0

Indians are in SoCal's only matchup this week involving two unbeatens and they'll have to win on the road, too, as Saturday's game against Mira Costa will be played at El Camino College.

4. Edison (Huntington Beach) 10-0-1

State Athlete of the Week A.J. Martinez just one of many weapons for the Chargers, who are favored to play Poly next week for CIFSS Div. I championship.

5. Chino 11-0

If it's Poly vs. Edison and Chino vs. Mission Viejo in the CIFSS championship doubleheader next Saturday, who could ask for anything more?

6. Los Alamitos 9-2-1

Griffins avenged one of their two losses with CIFSS Div. I playoff win last week over Santa Margarita. And it wasn't that long ago when they tied Edison.

7. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 8-2-2

Here's where the rankings get screwy no matter how you slice it, but Eagles get nod for wins over Mater Dei and Loyola with close loss to Los Al.

8. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 8-4

Monarchs lost 20-14 the first time they played Edison in October. A win on Friday would put the capper on a great comeback season no matter what were to happen in the finals.

9. St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 12-0

Seraphs are averaging more than 50 points per game and should easily top 700 points overall.

10. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 9-2

It's strange that the Lancers could move up after losing 47-14 to Edison, but Loyola (a team they beat) did well against Poly and three other teams ahead of them last week lost, too.

11. Loyola (Los Angeles) 7-3-1

The playoff win over Eisenhower and the close loss to Poly should keep the Cubs in the final state and SoCal top 20.

12. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 12-0

Mustangs don't usually face the passing attack of a team like Hart, but their overall game should be enough to make things interesting in Saturday's CIFSS Div. III showdown.

13. Redlands 11-1

The 44-28 loss to Mater Dei could result in the Terriers being even lower in the final rankings depending on how the Monarchs do against Edison.

14. Vista 9-2

This week's CIF San Diego Section playoff foe, Carlsbad, might need a trick play or two to find the end zone against the Panthers' stellar defense. 15. Valencia 10-2

Vikings have lost only to Hart and Bishop Amat and their win last week over Crescenta Valley makes it easy to move them up in the rankings.

16. Monte Vista (Spring Valley) 10-1

Coach Ed Carberry's club hoping for similar result in this week's CIF San Diego Div. II showdown with Vista.

17. Helix (La Mesa) 10-1

Reggie Bush now over 2,000 yards rushing for the season. And he's just a junior.

18. Centennial (Corona) 10-1

Loss to J.W. North in CIFSS Div. V playoffs really hurt, but it was in two overtimes and it broke a 22-game win streak, so some kind of ranking still seems justified.

19. Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 10-1*

The L.A. City Championship division playoffs are wide open, but the Cougars are the highest ranked team from the regular season still going.

20. Alta Loma 11-1

Braves might still be jumpy after their wild 41-40 win in four overtimes last Friday vs. Ayala.



1. Elk Grove 12-0

Going into the playoffs it looked like the Herd was a strong favorite to again play in the Div. I section finals, but wins of 22-15 over Bethel and 28-27 vs. Nevada Union almost makes them look like the underdog in Friday's Sacramento city title game vs. Johnson.

2. Lincoln (Stockton) 11-1

Justin Belcher caught three more TD passes against Vallejo as Trojans led early 21-0, then held on for 21-14 victory.

3. Johnson (Sacramento) 10-1

With Vince Mays and Tremayne Kirkland now firing on all cylinders, the 40-6 win last week against Grant could be a sign of great things to come in the next two weeks.

4. Del Oro (Loomis) 10-1

If the Golden Eagles don't fumble it or throw picks, they should win in Saturday's Div. II final against Manteca.

5. Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 9-3

You have to hand it to the Miners for leading Elk Grove 27-7 early in the fourth quarter and nearly getting the upset, especially the way in which the Herd manhandled them in September.

6. Grant (Sacramento) 9-2-1

The two losses to Johnson were so lopsided that the Pacers go behind NU in the rankings even though they won a close game in Grass Valley.

7. Manteca 11-0-1

Coach Joe Miller hoping to end strong career with a Div. II section crown on Saturday at UOP.

8. Granite Bay 9-3

Run of Div. II section titles ends at two as an interception return TD and a fumble return TD lifted Manteca to improbable 14-0 win last Friday.

9. Vallejo 10-2

Apaches were Monticello Empire League champs, which keeps them above Fairfield until the Falcons do something great.....like beat Lincoln and make it to the Div. I finals.

10. Fairfield 10-2

Desmond Bishop has been one of the major reasons for the Falcons' resurgence, which continued last week in 35-13 win over Franklin of Stockton.



Compiled by section historian Bob Barnett


1. Bakersfield 11-0

2. Edison (Fresno) 10-0-1

3. Golden West (Visalia) 10-1

4. Centennial (Bakersfield) 9-2-1

5. Central (Fresno) 8-3

6. Clovis West (Fresno) 7-2-1

7. Clovis 9-2

8. Sanger 8-3

9. Redwood (Visalia) 7-4

10. Bullard (Fresno) 6-4-1


1. Dos Palos 10-1

2. S.J. Memorial (Fresno) 10-1

3. Washington (Easton) 9-2

4. Garces (Bakersfield) 8-2

5. Yosemite (Oakhurst) 9-2



Compiled by Harold Abend

1. Helix (La Mesa) 10-1 97 pts

2. Vista 9-2 96 pts

3. Oceanside 10-1 92 pts

4t. Monte Vista (Spring Valley) 10-1 75 pts

4t. Mira Mesa (San Diego) 10-1 75 pts

6. Carlsbad 8-3 59 pts

7. Mission Bay (San Diego) 10-1 58 pts

8. Fallbrook 7-4 53 pts

10t. Marian Catholic (San Diego) 11-0 39 pts

10t. El Camino (Oceanside) 7-4 39 pts

10t. Ramona 10-2 39 pts

10. Ramona 10-1 22 pts

10. Rancho Bernardo (SD) 8-2 22 pts

Notes: San Diego rankings based on combination of the two major newspaper rankings and on rankings of correspondent......In Vista's 45-0 drubbing of Poway, Randy Jordensen took the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and ended with the Panther defense allowing only three first downs and 62 total yards while recovering a fumble for a touchdown and recording a safety.....Carlsbad went on the road to play Torrey Pines and came away with a hard-fought 20-14 decision. Quarterback Bryan Lee-Lauduski was impressive in the victory completing 14 of 20 passes for 231 yards and two TDs, including the game-winning 71-yard slant pattern to wide receiver Brett Swain with 4:21 left. Swain was equally impressive with six catches for 172 yards and both TDs, the other being a 69-yarder in the second quarter.....

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