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LA South: The Top 10

No major changes in this week's rankings, as the top six teams took care of business. South Hills dropped out after losing to rival West Covina and Carson fell three spots after a weak showing against Santa Margarita.

1. (1) Lakewood (3-0)

The Lancers had their hands full with Mayfair's Dominique Small, but did enough in other areas to claim the Milk Bucket trophy. Last week: Beat Mayfair, 24-14. Next: at Leuzinger, Friday.

2. (2) Serra (3-0)

Anything but an undefeated season would be a major disappointment for this talented squad. There may be too much balance for it not to happen. Last week: Beat Mira Costa, 35-13. Next: at Peninsula, Friday.

3. (3) Bishop Amat (3-0)

No one has questioned Amat's non-league strength of schedule. More challenges await the Lancers as they prepare for Serra League play. Last week: Beat Muir, 34-14. Next: vs. Damien, Friday.

4. (4) Long Beach Poly (2-1)

A gritty effort by the defense and strong special teams play helped the Jackrabbits avoid a losing streak. Quarterback Chaiyse Hales can air it out, but needs to be more consistent. Last week: Beat Narbonne, 23-20. Next: vs. Mission Viejo, Friday at Veterans Stadium.

5. (5) Crenshaw (1-2)

It took three weeks, but the Cougars finally managed to tally one up in the win column. It should be smooth sailing from here on out. Last week: Beat Banning, 46-0. Next: vs. Riverside North, Friday.

6. (6) Dorsey (3-0)

The Dons rode the arm of quarterback Joseph Gray once again. This team can put up its share of points. Last week: Beat Hamilton, 44-7. Next: at Compton, Friday.

7. (9) Compton Dominguez (2-1)

Dominguez has not scored more than 15 points in a game this season. The defense gets credit for the team's two wins. Last week: Beat Compton, 14-0. Next: vs. Long Beach Jordan, Friday.

8. (8) Narbonne (1-1)

Things could have been a whole lot different had tailback Noel Rankins (200+ yards rushing) not been hampered by leg cramps late against Poly. Last week: Lost to Long Beach Poly, 23-20. Next: vs. Mira Costa, Friday.

9. (NR) Glendora (3-0)

A tough test awaits, as West Covina's offensive line did what it pleased against South Hills. Last week: Beat Anaheim Canyon, 28-7. Next: vs. West Covina, Friday at Citrus College.

10. (7) Carson (2-1)

The Colts continue to surprise, except recently it came in a bad, bad way. The good news? A difficult remaining schedule leaves plenty of opportunities for payback. Last week: Lost to Santa Margarita, 56-14. Next: at Mission Viejo, 10/1.

Dropped out: South Hills