Monday, October 3, 2011
ESPNLA prep football Top 25: Week 5
By Blair Angulo
Top-ranked Servite traveled to Nevada and took its first loss of 2011. Still, dropping a road game against a nationally ranked team wasn't too devastating, so the Friars remain at the pinnacle of our weekly top 25 rankings heading into Week 5:
1. Servite (4-1) A late field goal by nationally ranked Bishop Gorman sank the Friars in Las Vegas. They remain at the top spot because they haven't loss to a Southern California team since 2009. Last week: Lost to Bishop Gorman, 31-28. Next: vs. Orange Lutheran at Cerritos College, Oct. 14.
2. Mission Viejo (4-1) The absence of top player Jahleel Pinner (ankle) didn't affect the Diablos, who got solid production from quarterback Alex Bridgford and two-way stud Max Redfield. Last week: Beat Carson, 31-0. Next: vs. Redlands East Valley at Univ. of Redlands, Friday.
3. Santa Margarita (5-0) Two monster performances kept the Eagles undefeated. Johnny Stanton rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns and Ryan Wolpin added 214 yards in 33 carries. Last week: Beat Los Alamitos, 38-27. Next: vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, Oct. 13.
4. Oaks Christian (3-1) Credit coach Bill Redell's squad for handling its business before the big rivalry game. Quarterback Brandon Dawkins threw the ball only eight times Friday and the Lions still won by seven touchdowns. Last week: Beat Calabasas, 56-7. Next: at Westlake, Thursday.
5. St. Bonaventure (3-1) The defense pitched its second shutout of the season, bouncing back from a disappointing effort against Oaks Christian in the Marmonte League opener. Shaun Wick ran for two scores. Last week: Beat Simi Valley, 34-0. Next: at Moorpark, Thursday.
6. Corona Centennial (3-1) The high-powered Huskies, behind Hayden Gavett's dual-threat capabilities, are back to scoring in the 40s. Fellow Big VIII League schools can't be feeling too confident about their chances. Last week: Beat Riverside Poly, 48-6. Next: vs. J.W. North, Friday.
7. Long Beach Poly (4-1) We already know what to expect from Poly's defense. Now, with Moore League play underway, expect the offense to start posting huge numbers. Last week: Beat Compton, 41-14. Next: vs. Long Beach Jordan at Veterans Stadium, Friday.
8. Bishop Amat (4-1) Really, the Lancers might be a top-five team had they not been blown out against Servite in early September. They're still dangerous, especially if Jalen Moore keeps running the ball the way he can. Last week: Beat Cathedral, 56-7. Next: at Venice, Thursday.
9. Westlake (4-0) An opportunity to make a massive statement has arrived. Westlake is either a serious contender in the Marmonte or just the third-best team. Warrior Stadium will be the place to be, that's for sure. Last week: Beat Royal, 73-27. Next: vs. Oaks Christian, Thursday.
10. Orange Lutheran (5-0) The perfect start has generated buzz and, now, the Lancers get an extra week to get ready for the area's top-ranked team. The bye couldn't have come at a better time. Last week: Beat Redondo, 33-13. Next: vs. Servite at Cerritos College, Oct. 14.
11. Rancho Cucamonga (5-0) The Cougars are a win away from carrying a perfect mark into their highly anticipated battle against Baseline League rival Upland. Receiver Jermel Walker stood out Friday. Last week: Beat Redlands, 24-7. Next: vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey HS, Oct. 14.
12. San Clemente (5-0) The Tritons were sloppy in their win Friday but did enough to move up in our rankings. Utah-bound Travis Wilson threw two interceptions, but the defense picked up the slack. Last week: Beat Newport Harbor, 24-12. Next: vs. West Adams, Saturday.
13. Vista Murrieta (4-0) A dominant victory came when it was least expected. The Broncos had won their previous three games but two were by margins of nine points or fewer. The upset wasn't surprising -- it was the way they did it. Last week: Beat Crespi, 38-20. Next: vs. Palisades, Friday.
14. Upland (5-0) Here's a name to keep tabs on: Donta Abron Jr. The senior tailback finished with 187 rushing yards in 24 carries and scored four touchdowns Friday. He has scored 13 times this season. Last week: Beat Loyola, 38-23. Next: vs. Etiwanda at Colony HS, Oct. 14.
15. Crespi (4-1) Make no mistake about it, the Celts were blindsided Friday. The vaunted passing attack, led by Cody Cordell and Christopher Harper, was shut down. The defense surrendered 360 yards rushing. Last week: Lost to Vista Murrieta, 38-20. Next: at Taft, Thursday.
16. Loyola (4-1) Maybe the Cubs got too confident after beating a Trinity League team. An injury to Boise State-bound Chaz Anderson (right knee) dealt a serious blow to the defense, which failed to generate stops. Last week: Lost to Upland, 38-23. Next: vs. Valencia at L.A. Valley College, Saturday.
17. St. John Bosco (4-1) Bryce Treggs and Co. got back on track after a humbling loss to Loyola. Davonte Young, who transferred from Irvine and Tustin, made a triumphant return to Orange County. Last week: Beat La Habra, 41-6. Next: vs. JSerra at Saddleback College, Oct. 14.
18. Lakewood (4-1) Big-play machine Darius Powe returned from injury and sparked the Lancers in their Moore League opener. He returned the game's first punt all the way for a score, proving his worth on special teams. Last week: Beat Long Beach Wilson, 42-28. Next: vs. Compton, Friday.
19. Canyon Country Canyon (4-0) No shortage of points for the Cowboys, who are averaging 51.5 per game to remain perfect. The Foothill League title looks more and more like it's theirs to lose. Last week: Beat Beverly Hills, 56-6. Next: at Dos Pueblos, Thursday.
20. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (5-0) The Knights might have to wait until the start of Serra League play to convert some of the doubters. For now, a perfect record has erased last year's disappointing 2-8 finish. Last week: Beat Golden Valley, 42-0. Next: at Chaminade, Friday.
21. Redlands East Valley (5-0) A defense that has allowed only 12 points all season will get tested by one of the state's most dynamic teams Friday. Coach Kurt Bruich could add yet another signature victory to his list. Last week: Beat Chino Hills, 34-0. Next: vs. Mission Viejo at Univ. of Redlands, Friday.
22. Dorsey (4-1) Expectations have suddenly skyrocketed for coach Paul Knox, thanks in large part to the shocking win at Alemany. Jaydon Mickens and Jeremiah Allison are two of the City Section's best playmakers. Last week: Beat Alemany, 13-12. Next: West Adams, Oct. 14.
23. J.W. North (4-0) The Huskies already beat a team they weren't supposed to beat. Now comes another challenge that many aren't expecting them to overcome. Fellow Big VIII schools have taken notice. Last week: Beat Corona, 38-17. Next: at Corona Centennial, Friday.
24. Alemany (3-2) Ouch. The Warriors already have a pair of one-point losses and the Serra League hasn't yet kicked off. They never recovered after Devon Dunn left Friday night's game against a City Section underdog. Last week: Lost to Dorsey, 13-12. Next: vs. Beverly Hills, Thursday.
25. Chaminade (3-1) Tailback Terrell Newby had only 50 yards rushing in the first half Friday but he responded after the break, scoring on dizzying runs of 68 and 65 yards to put the game out of reach. Last week: Beat Mira Costa, 29-13. Next: vs. S.O. Notre Dame, Friday.
Dropped out: Carson (22), Los Alamitos (25)
Newcomers: Dorsey, J.W. North.
Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter. Make sure to follow @ESPNLAPreps for live in-game updates, final scores and news.