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ESPNLA.com top 25 review

This week three teams in top 10 of the ESPNLA.com Top 25 Prep Football rankings lost, so there figure to be several newcomers to the upper echelon.

Here is a brief review of how teams in our top 25 fared over the weekend:

  • Three teams in the top 25 lost: No. 4 Lakewood (27-14 to No. 22 Long Beach Poly); No. 8 Valencia (39-24 to Loyola); No. 9 Norco (24-21 to Eastvale Roosevelt).

  • Most impressive victory: We'll go with Long Beach Poly's victory over undefeated Lakewood, a team that had been dominant defensively. Though it's early, the result of this game game essentially figures to determine the Moore League title. After Poly lost twice early, many dismissed the Jackrabbits, but last Friday's win shows they can be just as dangerous as any team around.

  • Honorable mention: No. 10 Alemany's 53-0 win at Beverly Hills. Though the Warriors are undefeated, they had been in a number of close games. This one felt dominant and Alemany is now only one of three teams in the top 25 that are 6-0.

  • Honorable mention II: No. 11 St. Bonaventure's 42-14 win over perennial power Newbury Park, which some had thought of as a darkhorse team in the Marmonte League, was quite impressive as well.

  • Half-a-century club: In addition to Alemany, several other schools put up at least 50 points on the board last week: No. 2 Westlake (56-6 over Simi Valley); No. 6 Centennial (52-8 over Riverside Poly); No. 13 Crespi (53-47 over Taft); No. 16 Fontana Kaiser (55-14 over Hesperia); and No. 25 Oaks Christian (50-20 over Royal).

  • Bounce back: Another team that his quickly regained its confidence is Mater Dei after two season-opening defeats. The Monarchs, ranked No. 15, defeated Gardena, 48-0, for their third win in a row.

  • Lost in the shuffle: No. 17 Dorsey improved to 5-0 after a 22-21 win over Mira Mesa of San Diego, showing the Dons remain one of the City Section's top teams.

  • Top dog: No. 1 Servite had a deserved week off before beginning Trinity League play. Other top 25 teams that were idle last Friday were No. 5 Serra, No. 12 Crenshaw, No. 18 Chino Hills, No. 20 Santa Margarita and No. 21 Compton Dominguez.

Check out our high schools page on Tuesday to see the new top 25.