L.A. South: The Top 10

November, 21, 2011
11/21/11
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The south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into the second round of the playoffs:

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (10-1)
The Jackrabbits avoided a repeat of last year’s first-round exit, scoring touchdowns on each of their first six drives. This is a different bunch. Last week: Beat Newport Harbor, 49-14. Next: second round vs. Santa Margarita at Veterans Stadium, Friday.

2. (3) St. John Bosco (8-3)
Many doubted, and now many believe. The Braves, who finished third in the Trinity League, took down the Serra League champions thanks to DaVonte Young’s short touchdown run with less than a minute left. Last week: Beat Alemany, 33-28. Next: second round vs. San Clemente, Friday.

3. (4) Charter Oak (10-1)
A running clock was implemented to start the fourth quarter Friday, an indication of the combined power of Charter Oak’s two units. Travis Santiago passed for 322 yards and five touchdowns. Last week: Beat Corona Santiago, 63-21. Next: second round at Upland, Friday.

4. (5) San Pedro (11-0)
The top-seeded Pirates rolled behind quarterback Kenny Potter’s three total touchdowns and an effective run game led by Gregory Thomas. Now they’ve got the two-time defending champs. Last week: Beat Gardena, 49-7. Next: second round vs. Crenshaw, Friday.

5. (6) Narbonne (8-3)
The second-seeded Gauchos got another great showing from ESPNU 150 quarterback Troy Williams (234 yards and three touchdowns). They scored on four of their first 11 plays from scrimmage. Last week: Beat Reseda, 52-7. Next: second round vs. West Adams, Friday.

6. (7) Dorsey (10-1)
The Dons fumbled on the first play from scrimmage but struck on the very next play for a 62-yard touchdown and quick lead. They opened up their pass game late. Last week: Beat Fairfax, 35-13. Next: second round vs. Birmingham at Rancho Cienega Park, Friday.

7. (2) Loyola (8-3)
The Cubs picked the wrong night to lose their first game at L.A. Valley College. Kodi Whitfield’s last-minute touchdown catch was meaningless on the scoreboard, but it was a nice way for him to end his high school career. Last week: Lost to Huntington Beach, 31-21.

8. (8) Gardena Serra (8-3)
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Week after week the top-seeded Cavaliers were out to prove that their youthfulness was not a bad thing, but the Mission League champs blew a 14-0 lead Friday to end their season. Last week: Lost to Culver City, 21-14.

9. (9) Lakewood (7-4)
College-bound receivers Darius Powe (uncommitted) and Malik Gilmore (Oregon State) played their final high school games Friday as the Lancers were overpowered on the road. Lakewood coach Vince Lobendahn had a solid first year at the helm. Last week: Lost to San Clemente, 42-6.

10. (NR) West Covina (10-1)
The defending Southeast Division champion Bulldogs, this year's top-seeded squad, took their first step toward a repeat behind running back Jimmy Frazier's three touchdowns and 188 yards in five carries. Last week: Beat Norwalk, 38-8. Next: second round vs. Pasadena, Friday.

Dropped out: Bishop Amat (10)

Ten more, in alphabetic order: Arcadia (9-2), Arroyo (10-1), Covina (10-1), Culver City (8-3), Damien (7-4), Monrovia (8-3), Palos Verdes (8-3), San Dimas (9-2), Santa Monica (10-1), Venice (7-4).

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

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