This week's ESPNLA.com top 25

October, 5, 2010
10/05/10
10:58
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ESPNLA.com's new prep football rankings have been published and there was little change at the top with Servite, Westlake, Mission Viejo, Lakewood, Serra and Corona Centennial maintaining the top six spots.

Meanwhile, there are five new teams in this week's rankings.

Here are some brief highlights of how things played out:
  • No. 1: Servite at 5-0 remained the top team in the rankings after a 28-7 win over surprisingly winless Chaparral, a preseason top 10 team.
  • Biggest mover: Encino Crespi moved from No. 23 to No. 13 after an impressive 45-31 road win over previous No. 7 Vista Murrieta. Another big mover was Mater Dei, which started the season ranked, tumbled out of the top 25 after two losses and now is back at No. 15 after a drubbing of Edison.
  • Honorable mention: Another big debut is Fontana Kaiser, which checks in at No. 16 after a 48-0 win over Palm Desert. Kaiser is the No. 1 team in the Southern Section's Eastern Division.
  • Taking a tumble: Oaks Christian fell from No. 12 to No. 25 after a Marmonte League loss to No. 2 Westlake. Yes, a bit harsh, we understand. And yes, we know No. 13 St. Bonaventure lost to Oaks in overtime a few weeks ago, but this poll reflects more of a what-have-you-done-for-us-lately approach. Bonaventure, which beat Moorpark last week, still has to play Westlake so there's plenty of time for this to be settled in the end. And it didn't seem right to drop the Seraphs after a win.
  • Unbeatens: Aside from the top six, the other teams in the poll that have not lost are No. 7 Bishop Amat (5-0), No. 8 Valencia (4-0), No. 9 Norco (4-0), No. 10 Alemany (5-0), No. 16 Kaiser (4-0) and No. 17 Dorsey (4-0)
  • Newcomers: Aside from Kaiser and Mater Dei, Thousand Oaks debuts at No. 23, Santa Margarita is at No. 20 and Chino Hills is at No. 18.
  • Dropped out: Edison, a 27-7 loser to Mater Dei; Redlands East Valley, a 14-3 loser to Chino Hills; Dana Hills, a 23-14 loser to El Toro; Roosevelt, a 40-33 loser to Corona Santiago; and Upland, a 30-13 lose to Loyola.

Check out the full rankings on our preps page.

Editor's note: The ESPNLA.com top 25 is independent from the regional top 10 rankings published on this blog. Though the top 25 rankings take the regional rankings into account, those rankings are the opinions of the reporters who cover those regions.

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