Monday, October 10, 2011
L.A. South: The Top 10
By Blair Angulo
Since the seven active teams emerged with victories last week, there are no changes in our south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into Week 6. (Note: Last week's rankings are in parentheses.)
1. (1) Long Beach Poly (5-1) Poly was ecstatic after reclaiming the Moore League last season. A strong senior class doesn't want to go out with a loss to their biggest rivals. Last week: Beat Long Beach Jordan, 67-6. Next: vs. Lakewood at Veterans Stadium, Friday.
2. (2) Bishop Amat (5-1) Thirty-eight powerful carries for senior Jalen Moore meant a methodical approach for the Lancers' offense. The tailback now has 12 touchdowns and well over 800 yards in the last four games. Last week: Beat Venice, 38-35. Next: vs. Alemany, Friday.
3. (3) Loyola (5-1) The Cubs responded well after a demoralizing road loss a week earlier. They now look to erase last year's 0-4 league record. Last week: Beat Valencia, 28-10. Next: vs. S.O. Notre Dame at L.A. Valley College, Oct. 21.
4. (4) St. John Bosco (4-1) Among Trinity League quarterbacks, Rene Medina has at least a share of the lead in a few passing categories, including yards (1,179) and touchdowns (nine). There's room for improvement in the accuracy department. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. JSerra at Saddleback College, Friday.
5. (5) Lakewood (5-1) Backup tailback Keith Franklin stepped up with Kendall Rogers out, rushing for 77 yards and two touchdowns in nine carries. Now, the Lancers brace themselves for the big one. Last week: Beat Compton, 54-0. Next: vs. Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium, Friday.
6. (6) Charter Oak (4-1) Could the Chargers be on upset alert against South Hills? Not if Travis Santiago, the second-ranked passer in the Inland Division, has anything to say about it. He's averaging 337 total yards per game. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. South Hills at Covina District Field, Friday.
7. (7) Narbonne (3-2) How good is Troy Williams? The junior quarterback keeps stacking yardage in the Gauchos' uptempo attack. He threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns, and added 65 on the ground on Friday. Last week: Beat Culver City, 49-23. Next: at Gardena, Friday.
8. (8) Carson (2-3) For the first time since the opener against Mater Dei the Colts were able to put a tally mark in the win column. Junior tailback Kendell Sparks had a career-high 216 yards and three touchdowns in 24 carries. Last week: Beat San Diego Lincoln, 28-14. Next: vs. Banning, Friday.
9. (9) Dorsey (4-1) After shocking Alemany on the road two weeks ago, the Dons won't be sneaking up on anyone for the rest of the season. They appear to be the favorites in the Coliseum League. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. West Adams at Rancho Cienega Park, Friday.
10. (10) St. Paul (5-0) Injuries forced the top three running backs to sit, but the Swordsmen had no problem remaining perfect on the season. Paul Telles was effective passing the ball and Andrew Garcia did enough on the ground. Last week: Beat Schurr, 28-6. Next: at Chaminade, Friday.
Dropped out: None.
Ten more, in alphabetic order: Arcadia (3-2), Covina (5-1), Culver City (4-1), Damien (4-1), Gahr (5-0), Maranatha (6-0), San Dimas (4-1), San Pedro (5-0), Serra (3-2), West Covina (5-1).
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