Sunday, October 2, 2011
L.A. South: The Top 10
By Blair Angulo
A City Section school not named Carson or Narbonne pulled off perhaps the year's biggest shocker and, as a result, makes its first appearance in our south Los Angeles County rankings. In all, seven of last week's ranked teams emerged victorious. (Note: Last week's rankings are in parentheses.)
1. (1) Long Beach Poly (4-1) As if Poly needed more offensive options, highly regarded basketball recruit Roschon Prince, a 6-foot-5 junior, hauled in three touchdown passes to help the Jackrabbits pull away. Last week: Beat Compton, 41-14. Next: vs. Long Beach Jordan at Veterans Stadium, Friday.
2. (2) Bishop Amat (4-1) Senior running back Jalen Moore continued his post-Servite tear, scoring three touchdowns Friday to raise his total to 10 since the Lancers' lopsided loss in Week 1. Amat's offense is rolling. Last week: Beat Cathedral, 56-7. Next: at Venice, Thursday.
3. (3) Loyola (4-1) Consider the Cubs' first loss an ultimate hangover. Coach Mike Christensen says he thinks the Cubs were "resting on [their] laurels" following a statement victory against St. John Bosco. Last week: Lost to Upland, 38-23. Next: vs. Valencia at L.A. Valley College, Saturday.
4. (4) St. John Bosco (4-1) Contributions from all sides for the Braves, who bounced back nicely on the road. The defense had five takeaways and Bryce Treggs had 192 receiving yards and two scores. Last week: Beat La Habra, 41-6. Next: vs. JSerra at Saddleback College, Oct. 14.
5. (6) Lakewood (4-1) Darius Powe had a successful return from injury ... literally. The area's top uncommitted receiver had missed the previous three games but didn't skip a beat, scoring on a 72-yard punt return the first time he touched the ball Friday. Last week: Beat Long Beach Wilson, 42-28. Next: vs. Compton, Friday.
6. (7) Charter Oak (4-1) A return to normalcy for the Chargers, who showed no signs of trauma following their stinging loss to Rancho Cucamonga. Travis Santiago had 231 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns. Last week: Beat Santa Fe, 49-0. Next: vs. South Hills at Covina District Stadium, Oct. 14.
7. (9) Narbonne (2-2) Better late than never, right? The Gauchos were finally on the good end of a dramatic, late-game situation. Troy Williams had four touchdowns, helping Narbonne avenge last year's loss to the Cavs. Last week: Beat Serra, 26-20. Next: at Culver City, Friday.
8. (5) Carson (1-3) Only one reception for Darreus Rogers, who dealt with triple-team treatment from Mission Viejo. The Colts stumbled for the third straight week but will the lumps translate into improvement? Last week: Lost to Mission Viejo, 31-0. Next: at San Diego Lincoln, Friday.
9. (NR) Dorsey (4-1) No bigger surprise across the Southland than the one the Dons pulled in the Valley on Friday night. Jaydon Mickens scored the go-ahead touchdown, and the Dons survived a potential game-winning two-point conversion attempt. Last week: Beat Alemany, 13-12. Next: vs. West Adams at Rancho Cienega Park, Oct. 14.
10. (10) St. Paul (4-0) The Swordsmen had to hold on after building a 16-point advantage. Michael Ortega and Paul Echeverria combined for 287 yards rushing, and the defense handled its business late. Last week: Beat Ayala, 30-27. Next: at Schurr, Friday.
Dropped out: Gardena Serra (8)
Five more, in alphabetic order: Gahr (4-0), Maranatha (5-0), San Pedro (4-0), Serra (3-2), West Covina (4-1).
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