Monday, September 12, 2011
ESPNLA prep football Top 25: Week 2
By Blair Angulo
Four of last week's top eight teams lost, paving the way for some shuffling among the highly ranked. Servite, our No. 1 squad, was the only top 12 team from last week to stay in the same slot. Here are our rankings heading into Week 2:
1. Servite (2-0) A scary thing for Trinity League and Pac-5 opponents to consider: Senior quarterback Cody Pittman might be better this year. Last week: Beat Bishop Amat, 49-14. Next: vs. La Habra at Cerritos College, Friday, 8 p.m.
2. Long Beach Poly (2-0) Only two weeks in, the Jackrabbits have already taken down one of the state's better teams and a City Section favorite. Last week: Beat Carson, 38-18. Next: vs. Narbonne at Veterans Stadium, Fri., 7 p.m.
3. Alemany (2-0) The defending Serra League champs are proving that life without former dynamic weapon Vernon Adams isn't so bad. Last week: Beat Eastside, 46-7. Next: vs. Riverside North at Riverside CC, Fri., 7 p.m.
4. Santa Margarita (2-0) The Eagles had no trouble against their crosstown rivals, recapturing bragging rights in the sold-out "Rumble at the Ranch." Last week: Beat Tesoro, 39-7. Next: at Trabuco Hills, Thursday, 7 p.m.
5. Mission Viejo (1-1) A memorable trip to the East Coast turned sour in a miserable loss to the nation's top-ranked team. Last week: Lost to Don Bosco Prep (N.J.), 35-7. Next: vs. La Quinta, Fri., 7:30 p.m.
6. St. Bonaventure (1-0) It's safe to say the Seraphs didn't really mind their 115-mile bus ride back to Ventura on Friday night. Last week: Beat Corona Centennial, 29-27. Next: at Royal, Fri., 7 p.m.
7. Corona Centennial (0-1) Coach Matt Logan's concerns about youth and inexperience were verified in a major way. Last week: Lost to St. Bonaventure, 29-27. Next: vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, Fri., 7:30 p.m.
8. Crespi (2-0) Talk about explosive. The Celts, led by Cody Cordell, have put up 112 points through two games. Last week: Beat L.A. Jordan, 64-0. Next: vs. Clovis West at Buchanon HS, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
9. Oaks Christian (0-1) They've had the extra week to analyze tape, correct mistakes and refine a defense that struggled to stop nationally-ranked Bellevue (Wash.) in the opener. Last week: Idle. Next: at Agoura, Fri., 7 p.m.
10. St. John Bosco (2-0) Mistakes on special teams nearly cost the Braves in Lakewood. They might be on the verge of something special if kinks are ironed out. Last week: Beat Lakewood, 35-31. Next: vs. Santa Fe, Fri., 7 p.m.
11. Bishop Amat (1-1) As if poor defensive play wasn't enough of a concern, coach Steve Hagerty is unsure about offensive catalyst Zachary Shay's health. Last week: Lost to Servite, 49-14. Next: vs. La Mirada, Fri., 7 p.m.
12. Carson (1-1) Freakishly-talented receiver Darreus Rogers will need some help if the Colts hope to pull off an upset or two in the coming weeks. Last week: Lost to Long Beach Poly, 38-18. Next: Santa Margarita, Sept. 23.
13. Westlake (1-0) Momentum figures to be favorable for the Warriors, who might still be riding high following a thrilling overtime win in their opener. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Calabasas, Fri., 7 p.m.
14. Mater Dei (0-1) The Monarchs surely went back to the drawing board, looking to correct a defensive formula that failed them to start. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Corona Centennial at Santa Ana Stadium, Fri., 7:30 p.m.
15. Rancho Cucamonga (2-0) Perhaps the best dual threat in San Bernardino County, quarterback Dimitri Morales has thrown for 500 yards and six touchdowns through two games. Last week: Beat Great Oak, 35-0. Next: at Muir, Fri., 7 p.m.
16. Orange Lutheran (2-0) Jabari Wilson had 152 rushing yards and Conner Sullivan added 203 through the air to lead the Lancers' balanced attack. Last week: Beat Los Osos, 36-21. Next: vs. Tesoro at Orange Coast College, Fri., 7:30 p.m.
17. Norco (1-0) Coach Todd Gerhart's bunch needed to come from behind to avoid an upset in their first game of 2011. Last week: Beat Crenshaw, 21-20. Next: vs. Etiwanda at Colony HS, Fri., 7 p.m.
18. Chaminade (1-0) The Eagles broke in their new blue turf with a victory thanks to Terrell Newby's five touchdowns and 269 rushing yards. Last week: Beat Venice, 41-21. Next: at Valencia, Fri., 7 p.m.
19. Lakewood (1-1) Top playmaker Darius Powe sat out because of an injury but his young, athletic teammates stepped up to make things interesting. Last week: Lost to St. John Bosco, 35-31. Next: at Mayfair, Fri., 7 p.m.
20. San Clemente (2-0) Highly regarded offensive lineman Kyle Murphy plays a huge role in the Tritons' running game, which produced 393 rushing yards and four touchdowns Thursday. Last week: Beat Fountain Valley, 43-10. Next: vs. La Costa Canyon, Fri., 7 p.m.
21. Vista Murrieta (1-0) Tyler Rausa converted a game-winning 38-yard field goal as time expired, but the Broncos made things harder than they had to be. Last week: Beat Etiwanda, 31-28. Next: vs. Corona Santiago, Fri., 7 p.m.
22. Canyon Country Canyon (1-0) Canyon's offense was impressive: Senior quarterback Jonathan Jerozal threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns; tailback Max Archuleta ran for 164 and a score. Last week: Beat Burroughs, 42-14. Next: vs. Knight, Fri., 7:30 p.m.
23. S.O. Notre Dame (2-0) Lucas Alfonso became an instant hero on campus, nailing a 40-yard field goal in overtime to keep the Knights perfect. Last week: Beat Valencia, 17-14 (OT). Next: vs. Taft, Fri., 7 p.m.
24. Upland (2-0) Not a bad start for the Highlanders, who racked up 365 yards Friday after putting up 63 points by halftime in their opener. Last week: Beat Tustin, 31-20. Next: at Serrano, Fri., 7 p.m.
25. Redlands East Valley (1-0) Difficult tests are on the horizon but, if their opening performance is any indication, the Wildcats appear poised to meet them head on. Last week: Beat Dominguez, 30-0. Next: at San Gorgonio, Fri. 7 p.m.
Dropped out: Tesoro (24)
Newcomer: Redlands East Valley (25)
Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter. Make sure to follow @ESPNLAPreps for live in-game updates, final scores and news.