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L.A. South: The Top 10

The south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into Week 9:

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (7-1)

The Jackrabbits earned their first shutout of the season, showing no signs of rust following a bye week. Nick Pope was impressive in place of quarterback the injured Chaiyse Hales (concussion). Last week: Beat Millikan, 54-0. Next: at Long Beach Wilson, Friday.

2. (2) Loyola (7-1)

The defense came up big, helping the Cubs earn a crucial Serra League win on the road. They benefited from the return of Chaz Anderson, a versatile athlete who had been down because of a knee injury. Last week: Beat Bishop Amat, 14-3. Next: at Alemany, Friday.

3. (3) St. John Bosco (6-2)

The Braves played Servite close, proving that they’re good and, perhaps most important, a serious threat if they reach the Pac-5 Division playoffs. Another tough test awaits. Last week: Lost to Servite, 35-27. Next: vs. Santa Margarita at Saddleback College, Friday.

4. (5) Charter Oak (7-1)

Naturally, it’s difficult not to look toward next week’s highly anticipated contest against defending Sierra League champion Chino Hills. The Chargers, though, have no cakewalk this week. Last week: Beat Claremont, 49-12. Next: vs. Damien, Friday.

5. (4) Bishop Amat (6-3)

The Lancers were doomed when quarterback Rio Ruiz left Friday’s game because of a knee injury. He’s as important a player as there is in the area and the offense couldn’t get it rolling without him. Last week: Lost to Loyola, 14-3. Next: vs. S.O. Notre Dame, Friday.

6. (6) Narbonne (6-2)

Senior receiver Antoine Anderson has emerged as a key weapon for the Gauchos. He hauled in six passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns Friday. The league crown is now at stake. Last week: Beat Banning, 36-3. Next: at San Pedro, Friday.

7. (7) Lakewood (6-3)

The Lancers pulled away after a slow start Friday. They won’t win the Moore League, but they’re doing all they can to gain steam heading into the Pac-5 playoffs. Last week: Beat Long Beach Jordan, 46-24. Next: vs. Millikan, Friday.

8. (9) San Pedro (8-0)

Who could have predicted that the Pirates would go into Carson and shut out a solid offense? Yeah, they’re undefeated, but now they’re really on the radar in the City Section. Last week: Beat Carson, 21-0. Next: vs. Narbonne, Friday.

9. (8) Dorsey (7-1)

You expect a letdown sooner or later, but the Dons keep playing sound defense. They figure to get a test against Coliseum League rival Crenshaw. This one will be for all the marbles. Last week: Beat Fremont, 43-6. Next: at Crenshaw, Thursday.

10. (10) Serra (6-2)

The Cavaliers appear headed for a monster matchup against Chaminade that will likely decide the Mission League winner. It comes as a surprise given their youth but not their talent. Last week: Beat St. Paul, 21-14. Next: at Harvard-Westlake, Friday.

Dropped out: None.

Newcomer: None.

Ten more, in alphabetic order: Arroyo (7-1), Covina (8-1), Crenshaw (5-2), Damien (6-2), Dominguez (6-2), La Puente (8-0), Palos Verdes (6-2), St. Paul (6-2), San Dimas (6-2), West Covina (8-1).

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Following him on Twitter.