LA North: The Top 10
November, 16, 2010
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
No changes in the LA North top 10. Alemany finished a perfect regular season with a 38-30 win over Bishop Amat in the Serra League season finale. Alemany won the league championship and got the No. 3 seed in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs. Reseda won its season finale, finished undefeated at 10-0 and won the Valley Mission League for the first time since 1993. The Regents are the No. 1 seed in the CIF City Section Division II playoffs. Every team in the top 10 won, including Chaminade, one-point winners over St. Paul, and Crespi, last-second winners over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.
1. (1) Alemany (10-0)
Conquered the Serra League in its first year. Let’s see how far they can go in the Pac-5 Division playoffs. Alemany is the No. 3 seed after a 38-30 win over Bishop Amat in the regular-season finale.
2. (2) St. Bonaventure(9-1)
Earned the No. 2 seed in the Northern Division playoffs. Deserved to be the No. 1 seed. It looks like a rematch with Westlake is unavoidable, but the two teams won’t meet until the semifinals, if they both get that far.
3. (3) Valencia (9-1)
Won the Foothill League championship for the second year in a row with an undefeated 5-0 record. But Valencia looked a little shaky against Foothill League teams. Canyon and Hart each had first-half leads against Valencia. Saugus held Valencia to 14 points in the regular-season finale. If anything, Valencia learned resiliency and the wisdom of Yogi Berra: It ain’t over till it’s over.
4. (4) Westlake (9-1)
The reigning Northern Division champs enter playoffs as the No. 3 seed. If Valencia learned how to develop resiliency, Westlake learned how to battle complacency. Perhaps losing in the regular season will translate into a drive and desire to win its second Northern Division championship in a row.
5. (5) Oaks Christian (8-2)
By pure luck, on a coin flip, Oaks Christian earned the No. 1 seed in the Northern Division playoffs. That gives Oaks Christian a first-round game against Saugus, the only at-large team in the playoffs. It also means a potential second-round game against either Marmonte League rival Thousand Oaks or Golden League co-champion Quartz Hill. Even being No. 1 isn’t much of a bonus in the Northern Division playoffs.
6. (6) Quartz Hill (8-2)
The Golden League co-champions have a ton of momentum. A six-game winning streak and a home game in the first round of playoffs might translate into a successful postseason run.
7. (7) Chaminade (9-1)
Chaminade narrowly beat St. Paul, 13-12, in its regular-season finale. Not the way to end the season. A win’s a win, but that might have been cutting it a little too close. Terrell Newby had a pedestrian game for him with 70 yards rushing and a touchdown for Chaminade. The Eagles are the No. 3 seed in the Western Division playoffs and play Culver City in the first round.
8. (8) Canyon (8-2)
After clobbering Golden Valley in the Foothill League finale, Canyon gets an inconsistent Palmdale team in the first round of the Northern Division playoffs. If Canyon gets past Palmdale, it will most likely have St. Bonaventure waiting. It will be a tough road for Canyon.
9. (9) Reseda (10-0)
The Regents completed a perfect regular season with a resounding 48-22 win over Panorama. Reseda won the Valley Mission League for the first time since 1993 and is the No. 1 seed in the CIF City Section Division II playoffs. Let’s see how long they can make the magic last.
10. (10) Crespi (7-3)
It took a last-second touchdown that went through three Crespi players to beat Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the Serra League finale for both teams. Crespi won the game, 34-28, and made it into the playoffs. Terry Williams, who scored the game-winning touchdown, has secured his spot in the annals of high school football lore.