LA South: The Top 10

October, 26, 2010
10/26/10
5:14
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No drastic changes again this week, as all but one team (St. John Bosco) earned victories. The Braves performed well enough to win and might have done so were it not for the second-half surge of Servite's Malik Felton. Bosco -- which fell from No. 8 to No. 10 -- might be 4-3 but is too good to be left out.

1. (1) Serra (7-0)
Make it 22 straight wins for the Cavaliers. There were contributions from all angles: Conner Preston threw for three touchdowns, two of them to George Farmer (131 yards receiving), the other to Marqise Lee; Shaquille Richard posted 164 yards of total offense. Last week: Beat St. Paul, 34-7. Next: vs. Harvard-Westlake, Friday.

2. (2) Bishop Amat (8-0)
How about this for an encore: Junior tailback Jalen Moore followed a rugged 270-yard output against Crespi with 278 yards and four scores Friday, as the Lancers earned their first road league win since coach Steve Hagerty took the reins in 2008. Last week: Beat Loyola, 41-31. Next: vs. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Friday.

3. (3) Crenshaw (5-2)
Call it the Cougar Counter. Our designated "Best Two-loss Team in the State" is on a mind-numbing 247-17 scoring streak since falling at Norco in Week 1. It's smooth sailing ahead -- at least until the Nov. 12 showdown at rival Dorsey. Last week: Beat Manual Arts, 55-0. Next: vs. Fremont, Friday.

4. (4) Long Beach Poly (5-2)
Another of those two-loss wonders. It might have been a head-scratcher at the time, but Poly's loss to St. Bonaventure doesn't look as bad now. Poly cruised Friday behind 450 yards of total offense, 204 coming from the arm of Chaiyse Hales. Last week: Beat Millikan, 59-0. Next: vs. Long Beach Wilson, Friday.

5. (5) Lakewood (7-1)
Maybe the Lancers' loss to Poly was a good thing. The 82 points Lakewood's offense has generated in two games since suggest Big Red has benefited. Quarterback Tyler Schultz led the way Friday, tossing four touchdowns on 272 yards passing. Last week: Beat Long Beach Jordan, 42-28. Next: at Millikan, Friday.

6. (6) Dorsey (7-0)
The Dons breezed to another (yawn) win Friday despite putting up just 34 points -- the team's second-lowest output of the season. All signs point to Dorsey being a perfect 9-0 when it hosts Crenshaw on Nov. 12. Last week: Beat West Adams, 34-8. Next: at Manual Arts, Friday.

7. (7) Compton Dominguez (6-1)
Tailback Will Gregory was big in his return from a high ankle sprain, scoring four times on 188 yards rushing. Same old thing on defense, as the Dons handcuffed a vaunted Gahr offense that led the state in passing yards heading into Thursday. Last week: Beat Gahr, 55-6. Next: at Downey, Friday.

8. (9) West Covina (6-1)
All the talk is about the this team's running game, but opponents can't do anything to stop it. Beejay Lee had 126 of West Covina's 324 rushing yards Friday, scoring on two of his three carries. Will the Bulldogs rule the ground against Bonita? Last week: Beat Los Altos, 48-7. Next: vs. Bonita, Friday.

9. (10) Bonita (7-0)
At last, judgment week has arrived for the Bearcats. Bonita's defense warmed up against Walnut, recording four interceptions and three blocks on special teams. The biggest test -- West Covina's down-your-throat run game -- now awaits them. Last week: Beat Walnut, 44-14. Next: at West Covina, Friday.

10. (8) St. John Bosco (4-3)
If there's a better 4-3 team out there, Servite coach Troy Thomas would like to see it. Bosco faces an uphill climb to the postseason, but Ray Medina, Martin Brown and Bryce Treggs showed their potential against the highly ranked Friars. Last week: Lost to Servite, 32-24. Next: vs. Santa Margarita, Friday.

Dropped out: None.

Blair Angulo | email

Reporter, WeAreSC.com

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