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ESPNLA.com top 25 review

10/17/2010

There was little disruption in the most recent ESPNLA.com Top 25 Prep Football rankings as most teams began their league schedules.

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

  • Three teams in the top 25 lost: No. 9 Crespi (31-28 to No. 6 Bishop Amat); No. 22 Thousand Oaks (28-26 to No. 23 Oaks Christian); No. 24 Chino Hills (31-30 to Claremont).

  • Most impressive victory: This week we'll go with No. 6 Bishop Amat's win over No. 9 Crespi, which had been one of the most potent offensive teams in the Southland the last few weeks. The Lancers faced real adversity for the first time this season and showed they are worthy of their ranking.

  • Honorable mention: No. 20 Santa Margarita continued to impress with a 27-15 win over a good Orange Lutheran team in coach Harry Welch's first game back since cancer surgery. The Eagels figues to make some noise in the Trinity League.

  • Half-a-hundred club (and then some): Some more members joined this week with a few repeat visitors. This week's list features No. 3 Mission Viejo (52-26 over Dana Hills); No. 8 St. Bonaventure (56-6 over Agoura); No. 16 Valencia (55-28 over West Ranch); No. 17 Fontana Kaiser (55-0 over Jurupa Valley); No. 18 Dorsey (56-26 over Locke).

  • Bounce back: Let's go with Valencia, which routed West Ranch, a week after being handled by Loyola. Not only did the Vikings roll up a big number, running back Steven Manfro rushed for a school-record 418 yards. No. 12 Lakewood (a 40-14 over Cabrillo) is another worthy candidate by shaking off its tough loss to Long Beach Poly the week before.

  • Lost in the shuffle: No. 4 Corona Centennial and No. 15 Norco continued on a Big VIII League collision course with solid victories, each matching the other on offense and falling just short of the half-a-hundred club. Centennial beat Riverside North, 49-7, and Norco knocked off Corona Santiago, 49-28. Norco's victory also was a bounce back from its loss the previous week to Eastvale Roosevelt.

  • Two-loss wonders: You can add Crespi to that list, but several other teams are starting to get their bearings after rough starts, including No. 10 Crenshaw (4-2), a 46-7 winner over West Adams, No. 14 Mater Dei (4-2), a 31-20 winner over St. John Bosco and No. 23 Oaks Christian (4-2), a 28-26 winner over Thousand Oaks.

  • Top dog: No. 1 Servite kicked off its Trinity League schedule with a 41-7 rout of JSerra, a team some thought might have a chance to give the Friars some trouble.

  • Idle times: Three teams had the week off, including No. 7 Alemany, No. 11 Long Beach Poly and No. 19 Tesoro.

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