Monday, October 10, 2011
ESPNLA prep football Top 25: Week 6
By Blair Angulo
Following their dominant Marmonte League victory against rival Oaks Christian, the Westlake Warriors made a big leap -- from ninth to third -- in our weekly top 25 rankings. Mission Viejo took a hard fall -- from second to 10th -- after losing to top 10 newcomer Redlands East Valley, which made the biggest rise from No. 21 to No. 9. Here are the rankings heading into Week 6:
1. Servite (4-1) The Friars have had an extra week to clear their minds following the last-minute loss to Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. Now, they begin the grueling Trinity League schedule. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Orange Lutheran at Cerritos College, Friday.
2. Santa Margarita (5-0) They didn't play last week, but the Eagles were beneficiaries of Mission Viejo's loss at Redlands East Valley. The Johnny Stanton and Ryan Wolpin show hits the road this week. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, Thursday.
3. Westlake (5-0) Consider the message delivered. The Warriors made a statement by thumping their rivals behind 444 rushing yards, 226 of those coming from quarterback Justin Moore. Last week: Beat Oaks Christian, 43-21. Next: vs. Simi Valley, Friday.
4. St. Bonaventure (4-1) The potent tandem of Shaun Wick and Zack Green combined for 170 yards rushing in 33 carries, and the Seraphs got just enough from quarterback Marc Evans. Last week: Beat Moorpark, 28-17. Next: at Newbury Park, Friday.
5. Corona Centennial (4-1) Does anyone in Corona even miss former quarterback Michael Eubank? Hayden Gavett didn't play the whole game Friday but finished with 139 yards rushing in five carries (three touchdowns) and 178 yards passing. Last week: Beat J.W. North, 52-34. Next: at Santiago, Friday.
6. Long Beach Poly (5-1) On Friday, the Jackrabbits put up the most points since 2005, when they hung 65 on Millikan. With the big one coming up against Lakewood, the offense couldn't have picked a better time to start clicking. Last week: Beat Long Beach Jordan, 67-6. Next: vs. Lakewood at Veterans Stadium, Friday.
7. Bishop Amat (5-1) What else can we say about tailback Jalen Moore? The senior rushed for 214 yards in 38 carries on Thursday. Couple that with efficient passing from Rio Ruiz and you've got an offense that can score with the best of them. Last week: Beat Venice, 38-35. Next: vs. Alemany, Friday.
8. Orange Lutheran (5-0) The Lancers' chance to take down the area’s top-ranked team has arrived. Quarterback Conner Sullivan must be smart with the ball against the Friars' opportunistic bunch. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Servite at Cerritos College, Friday.
9. Redlands East Valley (5-0) Not having the services of top runners Darreus Parrison and Taylor Thompson surely affected the offense. But REV's top-notch defense handled its business. Last week: Beat Mission Viejo, 10-7. Next: vs. Miller at Univ. of Redlands, Friday.
10. Mission Viejo (4-2) On Friday, deep in the Inland Empire, the Diablos couldn't do what they had done previously: make up for the absences of leading rushers Buzzy Yokoyama, Jahleel Pinner and Daniel Marx. Last week: Lost to Redlands East Valley, 10-7. Next: at Dana Hills, Friday.
11. Rancho Cucamonga (5-0) A win Friday for the Cougars -- and the same result from Upland a few miles away at Ontario Colony -- would set up a monster battle between the two primary Baseline League contenders. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey HS, Friday.
12. San Clemente (6-0) The Tritons overcame more penalties and sloppiness to win. Herbert Gamboa rushed for 124 yards in 15 carries in the absence of leading rusher Mike Elespuru (sprained ankle). Last week: Beat West Adams, 35-6. Next: at Trabuco Hills, Friday.
13. Vista Murrieta (5-0) Quarterback Nick Stevens isn't necessarily known for his arm but had three touchdown passes Friday, and the defense got its second shutout of the year to help the Broncos stay perfect. Last week: Beat Palisades, 37-0. Next: at Chaparral, Friday.
14. Upland (5-0) The Highlanders kick off Baseline League play Friday but should be careful not to have their sights set on the upcoming game against highly ranked Rancho Cucamonga. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Etiwanda at Colony HS, Friday.
15. Oaks Christian (3-2) Walking to rival Westlake for Friday's highly anticipated game didn't work out as well as coach Bill Redell had hoped. After leading in the second quarter, the Lions surrendered 24 unanswered. Last week: Lost to Westlake, 43-21. Next: vs. Royal, Friday.
16. Crespi (5-1) Receivers Chris Harper and Mike Davison were again key contributors for the Celts. There might not be a better play-making duo in the entire Serra League. Quarterback Cody Cordell is one happy dude. Last week: Beat Taft, 56-7. Next: vs. S.O. Notre Dame, Friday.
17. Loyola (5-1) Coach Mike Christensen pegged Eamon McOsker as the Cubs' "best football player" following Friday's win. With a player like Chaz Anderson on the roster, that's saying something. Last week: Beat Valencia, 28-10. Next: vs. S.O. Notre Dame at L.A. Valley College, Oct. 21.
18. St. John Bosco (4-1) Minus one forgettable offensive performance, the Braves were successful in nonleague play. It's time for Bryce Treggs, Rene Medina and Dalis Bruce to fulfill the massive preseason expectations. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. JSerra at Saddleback College, Friday.
19. Lakewood (5-1) Brock Dale threw for three touchdowns and Keith Franklin stepped in for the injured Kendall Rogers, leading the Lancers to a blowout win. Now, the big game. Last week: Beat Compton, 54-0. Next: vs. Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium, Friday.
20. Canyon Country Canyon (5-0) Four more touchdown passes for quarterback Jonathan Jerozal on Friday, bringing his season total to 16 (to only two interceptions). He threw for a season-high 305 yards. Last week: Beat Dos Pueblos, 42-0. Next: vs. Saugus, Friday.
21. Dorsey (4-1) Get a hold of this surprising stat: the Dons put up more points on unbeaten Redlands East Valley on Sept. 23 than Mission Viejo did Friday. Who could have guessed that would happen? Last week: Idle. Next: vs. West Adams at Rancho Cienega Park, Friday.
22. Alemany (4-2) The Warriors bounced back rather nicely a week after losing quarterback Devon Dunn. They open up league play on the road against the team that gave them all they could handle a year ago. Last week: Beat Beverly Hills, 48-12. Next: at Bishop Amat, Friday.
23. Chaminade (4-1) Tailback Terrell Newby scored on a one-yard run with 15 seconds left to give the Eagles a thrilling victory. He had 141 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Quarterback Logan Scott was also key down the stretch. Last week: Beat S.O. Notre Dame, 36-32. Next: vs. St. Paul, Friday.
24. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (5-1) The resilient Knights came back from an 18-point halftime deficit but couldn't seal the deal, unable to cover up an onside kick in the final minutes. Big tests in the Serra League are still ahead. Last week: Lost to Chaminade, 36-32. Next: at Crespi, Friday.
25. San Pedro (5-0) Averaging more than 38 points per game, the Pirates have proven that they might be the Marine League's best. They knocked off a previously unbeaten team Friday behind quarterback Kenny Potter. Last week: Beat Westchester, 50-20. Next: at L.A. Washington, Friday.
Dropped out: J.W. North (23)
Newcomers: San Pedro
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.