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ESPNLA prep football Top 25: Week 10


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Spots one through 12 remain the same this week after the upper half of our top 25 rankings took care of business. Two season-long staples -- Bishop Amat and Orange Lutheran -- fell out completely following demoralizing league losses. San Pedro came away with a dramatic Marine League win and jumps into the top 20 for the first time. Our rankings heading into Week 10:

1. Servite (8-1)

A nice welcome back for Charlie Etiaki, who carried the ball 13 times for 150 yards and two scores in his return from a broken collarbone. The Friars beat their rivals for the third straight year. Last week: Beat Mater Dei, 35-28. Next: vs. Santa Margarita at Cerritos College, Friday.

2. Westlake (9-0)

The Warriors rolled through the latter part of their Marmonte League schedule, outscoring opponents 173-39 over the last month. And now, the big one is here. Last week: Beat Agoura, 45-9. Next: vs. St. Bonaventure at Moorpark College, Thursday.

3. St. Bonaventure (8-1)

Shaun Wick took the ball 65 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage Friday. He got only three more carries and finished with 125 yards and another score. Last week: Beat Calabasas, 60-7. Next: vs. Westlake at Moorpark College, Thursday.

4. Corona Centennial (8-1)

Senior running back Romello Goodman had his best game of the season Friday, rushing for 237 yards and three scores in 24 carries. He has 21 rushing touchdowns. Last week: Beat Eastvale Roosevelt, 45-24. Corona, 49-6. Next: at King, Thursday.

5. Long Beach Poly (8-1)

Expectations were high for the Jackrabbits’ air attack, with Arizona State commits Richard Smith, Josiah Blandin and Randall Goforth in tow. Instead, they've been most successful when running the ball. Last week: Beat L.B. Wilson, 65-13. Next: vs. Cabrillo at Veterans Stadium, Thursday.

6. Santa Margarita (8-1)

Johnny Stanton set new school records for single-game and season rushing yards by a quarterback with Friday night's 173-yard performance. The Eagles clinched a spot in the Pac-5 playoffs. Last week: Beat St. John Bosco, 28-20. Next: vs. Servite at Cerritos College, Friday.

7. Redlands East Valley (9-0)

A season-high 49 points and the year's fourth shutout made for a great combination during Friday night's tuneup game. Now, the Wildcats hit the road for a highly anticipated battle of unbeatens. Last week: Beat Fontana, 49-0. Next: at Yucaipa, Thursday.

8. Mission Viejo (7-2)

It wasn't pretty, but the Diablos pulled off the hard-fought victory against their neighboring rivals. Buzzy Yokoyama scored the go-ahead touchdown following a muffed punt in the third. Last week: Beat Tesoro, 14-7. Next: at Trabuco Hills, Thursday.

9. Vista Murrieta (4-5)

The Broncos, a team that is still an unbeaten 9-0 on the field, relied on their usual game plan Friday: Pursue, pursue, pursue. Opposing quarterbacks don't have much time when facing this bunch. Last week: Beat Murrieta Valley, 23-14. Next: vs. Murrieta Mesa, Thursday.

10. Upland (9-0)

Behind powerful blocking, Donta Abron Jr. ran for four touchdowns Friday to raise his total to 22 on the season. The Highlanders can run the ball with the best of them. Last week: Beat Los Osos, 48-21. Next: vs. Alta Loma, Thursday.

11. Oaks Christian (7-2)

A 75-yard drive in the final three minutes set up Steve Pelino's 19-yard winning field goal with 10 seconds left, and Lions fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief. Last week: Beat Moorpark, 17-14. Next: at Newbury Park, Thursday.

12. Alemany (7-2)

Two touchdowns in the final minute carried Alemany to a pivotal Serra League win and into the Pac-5 playoffs. Devon Dunn found Corey Sims with 46 seconds remaining for the go-ahead score. Last week: Beat Loyola, 28-14. Next: at S.O. Notre Dame, Friday.

13. San Clemente (8-1)

The Tritons have had two weeks to put their loss to Mission Viejo behind them. This week's opponent gave the Diablos all they could handle, so Travis Wilson and Co. will have to bring their A-game. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Tesoro, Thursday.

14. Rancho Cucamonga (8-1)

Dimitri Morales's 65-yard touchdown pass to Jermel Walker helped the Cougars pull away. Morales had 198 yards passing, 147 of those to Walker. Second place in the Baseline League at stake this week. Last week: Beat Glendora, 34-13. Next: at Los Osos, Thursday.

15. Chaminade (8-1)

Terrell Newby had two rushing touchdowns, Logan Scott and Donovan Lee added one each, and the defense blanked its second opponent. The Eagles travel south for the Mission League title game. Last week: Beat Cathedral, 33-0. Next: at Gardena Serra, Friday.

16. San Pedro (9-0)

And then there was one. A No. 1 seeding in the City Section playoffs appears to be in the Pirates’ future, thanks to Kenny Potter’s monster performance Friday. The quarterback rushed for 227 yards in the Marine League decider. Last week: Beat Narbonne, 49-42. Next: at Banning, Thursday.

17. Loyola (7-2)

Funny how the Serra League works. The Cubs gave up two touchdowns in the final minute Friday but are in the Pac-5 playoffs thanks to Bishop Amat’s loss at Notre Dame. Last week: Lost to Alemany, 28-14. Next: vs. Crespi at L.A. Valley College, Friday.

18. St. John Bosco (6-3)

It’s quite simple for the Braves this week: Win and they’re in. After talking about this exact moment for a year, they’ve finally got the chance to make a statement on the field. Last week: Lost to Santa Margarita, 28-20. Next: vs. Orange Lutheran, Friday.

19. Dorsey (8-1)

Players like Jeremiah Allison and Justin Johnson are putting the ‘D’ in Dorsey. The Dons were at their best against the crosstown rivals Friday, beating Crenshaw for the first time since 2006. Last week: Beat Crenshaw, 7-6. Next: at Locke, Thursday.

20. Charter Oak (8-1)

No road woes for this squad, which has put up an average of 54 points in road games this season. That means there shouldn’t be many wide eyes in the Sierra League title game Friday. Last week: Beat Damien, 41-28. Next: at Chino Hills, Thursday.

21. Narbonne (6-3)

If there’s any consolation for losing the Marine League championship it’s that the Gauchos still appear to be serious players in the City Section playoffs. Troy Williams, Tray Boone and Antoine Anderson will be ready. Last week: Lost to San Pedro, 49-42. Next: vs. Washington, Thursday.

22. Lakewood (7-3)

Sometimes it’s beneficial to get knocked around a bit. Quarterback Brock Dale took his hits against L.B. Poly but has been a different player since the loss. He passed for 231 yards and three touchdowns Friday. Last week: Beat Millikan, 40-15. Next: TBD.

23. Crespi (6-3)

After seeing the craziness of the Serra League unfold during a bye last week, the Celts return to action looking to clinch their spot in the playoffs. Win and advance; lose and wait for the tiebreaker. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Loyola at L.A. Valley College, Friday.

24. J.W. North (8-1)

The Huskies return to our rankings after dropping out a few weeks back. Junior tailback Denzel Foster rushed for three touchdowns Friday, his third coming following a fumble on a goal-line play. Last week: Beat King, 35-14. Next: at Norco, Friday.

25. Gardena Serra (7-2)

The Cavaliers lost standout tailback Anterio Bateman to an ankle injury but didn’t skip a beat, scoring a school-record 70 points behind sophomore quarterback Jalen Green’s 240 total yards. Last week: Beat Harvard-Westlake, 70-21. Next: vs. Chaminade, Friday.

Dropped out: Bishop Amat (17), Orange Lutheran (22)

Newcomers: J.W. North, Gardena Serra

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter. Make sure to follow @ESPNLAPreps for live in-game updates, final scores and news.