Monday, September 12, 2011
L.A. South: The Top 10
By Blair Angulo
A handful of games involving ranked teams last week made for some movement in our latest south Los Angeles County top 10. Three of our top five teams stumbled, though two of those came against teams ranked ahead of them. Long Beach Poly held its ground against City Section favorite Carson, Bishop Amat received a wake-up call from Pac-5 powerhouse Servite and Trinity League sleeper St. John Bosco overcame some sloppiness at Lakewood. (Notes: Last week's rankings are in parentheses.)
1. (1) Long Beach Poly (2-0) Coach Raul Lara has got to be happy with his defense. The Jackrabbits returned two interceptions for touchdowns and recovered a crucial fumble to pull away from a good Carson team. Last week: Beat Carson, 38-18. Next: vs. Narbonne at Veterans Stadium, Friday.
2. (4) St. John Bosco (2-0) Cal-bound Bryce Treggs' supporting cast played a lead role, with Rene Medina throwing for four touchdowns, DaVonte Young amassing 106 rushing yards and Dalis Bruce hauling in nine catches. Last week: Beat Lakewood, 35-31. Next: vs. Santa Fe, Friday.
3. (2) Bishop Amat (1-1) Uh-oh. Coach Steve Hagerty's preseason concerns were on full display against the area's top-ranked squad. The defense was helpless, appearing weak against the run and slow against the pass. Last week: Lost to Servite, 49-14. Next: vs. La Mirada, Friday.
4. (3) Carson (1-1) Another impressive week for USC-bound Darreus Rogers, who had 210 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. The problem? Only 18 of those yards came after the break. Last week: Lost to Long Beach Poly, 38-18. Next: vs. Santa Margarita, 9/23.
5. (5) Lakewood (1-1) The Lancers can at least keep their heads high after hanging with a talented Trinity League team. Brock Dale threw for 253 yards even with the absence of injured Darius Powe. Last week: Lost to St. John Bosco, 35-31. Next: vs. Mayfair at Bellflower High, Friday.
6. (6) Narbonne (1-0) Gauchos quarterback Troy Williams, one of the top junior prospects in the area, ran for two scores and threw for another as Narbonne opened with a hard-fought win. Last week: Beat Palos Verdes, 34-32. Next: vs. Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium, Friday.
7. (7) Serra (1-1) A positive sign for these young, inexperienced Cavaliers, who rebounded well from the opening upset loss that ended their 36-game regular-season win streak. Last week: Beat Redondo Union, 21-0. Next: vs. Mira Costa, Friday.
8. (8) West Covina (1-1) The injuries are piling up fast for the Bulldogs, whose 14-game win streak ended. Reigning Southeast Division player of the year Chris Solomon (ankle) and quarterback Jon Najera (concussion) sat out. Last week: Lost to Loyola, 35-7. Next: vs. South Hills, Friday.
9. (10) Monrovia (1-0) The defending Mid-Valley Division champs kicked it into high gear after a sluggish start. Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy gets most of the pub but linebacker George Frazier is just as important. Last week: Beat Glendora, 29-16. Next: at Arcadia, Friday.
10. (NR) Charter Oak (2-0) Quarterback Travis Santiago, who threw for 2,418 yards as a junior in 2010, might not be blowing out opponents but he's buckling down in crunch time. Last week: Beat Corona Roosevelt, 35-28. Next: at Esperanza, Friday.
Dropped out: Dominguez (9)
Five more, in alphabetic order: Crenshaw, Gahr, Mira Costa, St. Paul, Venice.
Agree or disagree with the "L.A. South" preseason top 10? Did your favorite school get snubbed? Leave a comment on this post or contact ESPNLosAngeles.com preps writer Blair Angulo directly on his Twitter page.