Sunday, October 16, 2011
ESPNLA prep football Top 25: Week 7
By Blair Angulo
Santa Margarita's loss to Mater Dei was the big upset of the week and it shook up our weekly top 25 rankings. Others, like Servite, Long Beach Poly and Crespi, took care of business by beating ranked opponents. Bishop Amat and Orange Lutheran fell the hardest -- nine spots each -- after stumbling against Alemany and Servite, respectively. Here are the rankings heading into Week 7:
1. Servite (5-1) Much to the delight of coach Troy Thomas, the Friars looked like their old selves Friday. Cody Pittman found Ainslie Johnson twice for long touchdowns, and Butch Pauu led a stingy defense. Last week: Beat Orange Lutheran, 21-8. Next: vs. JSerra at Cerritos College, Friday.
2. Westlake (6-0) The league-leading Warriors turned the ball over on their first two possessions Friday but responded well. UCLA commit Dashon Hunt, a junior, ran for two touchdowns and added a pick-six. Last week: Beat Simi Valley, 45-14. Next: at Moorpark, Friday.
3. St. Bonaventure (5-1) Running backs Shaun Wick and Zack Green shouldered the load for the second straight week, combining for 195 yards in 20 carries Friday. Defensively, the Seraphs were solid. Last week: Beat Newbury Park, 38-6. Next: vs. Agoura at Ventura College, Friday.
4. Corona Centennial (5-1) The Huskies have never lost to Santiago, their neighboring rivals, but were a little too excited in victory Friday. They were flagged 17 times. Romello Goodman ran for four touchdowns and Hayden Gavett passed for three. Last week: Beat Santiago, 56-34. Next: vs. Norco, Friday.
5. Long Beach Poly (6-1) A packed house saw a more motivated bunch after the break, as the Jackrabbits reached the end zone on their first three possessions of the second half. The Moore League is theirs to lose. Last week: Beat Lakewood, 38-21. Next: at Millikan, Oct. 28.
6. Santa Margarita (5-1) The Trinity League got its first "upset" Thursday, putting the Eagles in catch-up mode early. Johnny Stanton and Ryan Wolpin, the two main weapons, were contained by the Monarchs. Last week: Lost to Mater Dei, 21-14. Next: vs. Orange Lutheran at Saddleback College, Friday.
7. Redlands East Valley (6-0) A surprisingly slim margin of victory for the Wildcats, whose defense gave up a season-high 13 points. They maintain the high ranking thanks to the impressive win over Mission Viejo. Last week: Beat Miller, 21-13. Next: at Redlands, Friday.
8. Mission Viejo (5-2) The Diablos got back to their winning ways behind Alex Bridgford's 389 yards passing and three touchdowns. Receiver Brandon Neville had two of the scores, six catches and 129 yards. Last week: Beat Dana Hills, 48-21. Next: vs. San Clemente, Oct. 28.
9. Rancho Cucamonga (6-0) Tailback Tyan Washington ran for three touchdowns, making sure Rancho Cucamonga handled its business. Now the intriguing Baseline League matchup between two undefeated teams is here. Last week: Beat Alta Loma, 41-17. Next: at Upland, Friday.
10. San Clemente (7-0) Utah-bound quarterback Travis Wilson threw the ball only nine times Friday, but the Tritons still put up a monster offensive performance, led by a rushing attack that amassed 305 yards. Last week: Beat Trabuco Hills, 43-14. Next: vs. Dana Hills, Friday.
11. Vista Murrieta (6-0) Junior sensation Su'a Cravens was everywhere Friday, recovering a fumble, catching the go-ahead touchdown and returning an interception for the game-sealing score. Last week: Beat Chaparral, 27-10. Next: vs. Temecula Valley, Friday.
12. Upland (6-0) Is Friday's season-low showing in points a cause for concern? We'll say no, given that Etiwanda also made it difficult on I.E. powers Vista Murrieta and Norco. Last week: Beat Etiwanda, 24-17. Next: vs. Rancho Cucamonga, Friday.
13. Oaks Christian (4-2) The Lions took out their frustrations Friday by hanging 50 points on helpless Royal. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Dawkins set a school record for passing yards with 387, breaking Jimmy Clausen's mark of 367. Last week: Beat Royal, 50-0. Next: at Thousand Oaks, Friday.
14. Crespi (6-1) Receiver Chris Harper caught the go-ahead touchdown Friday, proving why he's one of the top players at his position this year. The Celts had to come back to win their Serra League opener, but they'll take it. Last week: Beat S.O. Notre Dame, 28-26. Next: vs. Bishop Amat, Friday.
15. Alemany (5-2) Are the Warriors the most puzzling team in the Southland? They went on the road and eked out a crucial league win following Devon Dunn's late-game quarterback sneak. Which team will show up in two weeks? Last week: Beat Bishop Amat, 26-21. Next: vs. Crespi, Oct. 28.
16. Bishop Amat (5-2) Defensive woes did the Lancers in again as they couldn't get a stop when they needed the ball back. Jalen Moore rushed 112 yards and had two scores, but there's only so much he can do. Last week: Lost to Alemany, 26-21. Next: at Crespi, Friday.
17. Orange Lutheran (5-1) Conner Sullivan isn't the first quarterback to have a tough time against Servite's vaunted defense and he won't be the last. The Lancers didn't strike until the final minute. Last week: Lost to Servite, 21-8. Next: vs. Santa Margarita at Saddleback College, Friday.
18. Loyola (5-1) The well-rested Cubs kick off the Serra League against a team that already has lost. Tailbacks Wyatt Bradford and Cameron Walker figure to be key players. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. S.O. Notre Dame at L.A. Valley College, Friday.
19. St. John Bosco (5-1) We'll find out if the Braves are serious contenders in the Trinity on Friday when they take on Mater Dei, which is coming off a surprising upset of Santa Margarita. It's time for quarterback Rene Medina to show how much he has progressed. Last week: Beat JSerra, 48-14. Next: vs. Mater Dei, Friday.
20. Canyon Country Canyon (6-0) Quarterback Jonathan Jerozal keeps throwing the ball and receiver Drew Wolitarsky keeps catching it. Jerozal broke Nate Longshore's school record for career touchdown passes Friday; Wolitarsky had six catches for 175 yards and two scores. Last week: Beat Saugus, 51-28. Next: at Valencia, Friday.
21. Dorsey (5-1) Quite a difference from last year as defense keeps proving to be the Dons’ strength. They’ve allowed an average of 11.3 points per game, by far the least among Coliseum League schools. Last week: Beat West Adams, 21-12. Next: vs. Manual Arts at Rancho Cienega Park, Friday.
22. Chaminade (5-1) No problems for the Eagles against highly regarded St. Paul, the top-ranked team in the Western Division according to the most recent CIF-Southern Section poll. Logan Scott passed for 220 yards. Last week: Beat St. Paul, 31-6. Next: vs. Harvard-Westlake, Friday.
23. San Pedro (6-0) Another game, another blowout for the undefeated Pirates. Senior Kenny Potter is one of the better pro-style quarterbacks in the area. Four of his six completions Friday went for touchdowns before sitting out the entire second half. Last week: Beat Washington, 48-12. Next: vs. Gardena, Friday.
24. Narbonne (4-2) The Gauchos make their first appearance in our rankings. Strong-armed quarterback Troy Williams was 22 of 29 for 237 yards Friday, bringing his total to a City Section-leading 1,549 on the season. Last week: Beat Gardena, 43-20. Next: vs. Carson, Friday.
25. Mater Dei (3-3) Never count out the Monarchs, who re-enter our rankings after falling off since their exit three weeks ago. An upset of Santa Margarita has caught the attention of other Trinity League teams. Last week: Beat Santa Margarita, 21-14. Next: at St. John Bosco, Friday.
Dropped out: Lakewood (19), S.O. Notre Dame (24)
Newcomers: Narbonne, Mater Dei
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.