Sunday, November 6, 2011
L.A. South: The Top 10
By Blair Angulo
The south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into Week 10:
1. (1) Long Beach Poly (8-1) Expectations were high for the Jackrabbits' air attack with Arizona State commits Richard Smith, Josiah Blandin and Randall Goforth leading the way. Instead, they're successful when they run the ball. Last week: Beat L.B. Wilson, 65-13. Next: vs. Cabrillo at Veterans Stadium, Thursday.
2. (2) Loyola (7-2) Funny how the Serra League works. The Cubs fell but are in the Pac-5 playoffs thanks to Bishop Amat's loss at Notre Dame. A Nick Cotton interception was the back-breaker Friday. Last week: Lost to Alemany, 28-14. Next: vs. Crespi at L.A. Valley College, Friday.
3. (3) St. John Bosco (6-3) It's quite simple for the Braves this week: Win and they're in. After talking about this exact moment for a year, they've finally got the chance to make a statement on the field. Last week: Lost to Santa Margarita, 28-20. Next: vs. Orange Lutheran, Friday.
4. (4) Charter Oak (8-1) No road woes for the Chargers, who have put up an average of 54 points in road games this season. That means there shouldn't be many wide eyes in the Sierra League title game Friday. Last week: Beat Damien, 41-28. Next: at Chino Hills, Thursday.
5. (8) San Pedro (9-0) And then there was one. A No. 1 seeding in the City Section playoffs appears to be in the Pirates' future, thanks to Kenny Potter's monster performance Friday. The quarterback rushed for 227 yards in the Marine League decider. Last week: Beat Narbonne, 49-42. Next: at Banning, Thursday.
6. (6) Narbonne (6-3) If there's any consolation to losing the Marine League championship it's that the Gauchos appear to be serious players in the City Section playoffs. Troy Williams, Tray Boone and Antoine Anderson will be ready. Last week: Lost to San Pedro, 49-42. Next: vs. L.A. Washington, Thursday.
7. (7) Lakewood (7-3) Sometimes it's beneficial to get knocked around a bit. Quarterback Brock Dale has been a different player since the loss to L.B. Poly and he continued that trend Friday, passing for 231 yards and three touchdowns. Last week: Beat Millikan, 40-15. Next: TBD.
8. (9) Dorsey (8-1) Players like Jeremiah Allison and Justin Johnson are putting the 'D' in Dorsey. The Dons put on a defensive clinic against their crosstown rivals Friday, beating Crenshaw for the first time since 2006. Last week: Beat Crenshaw, 7-6. Next: at Locke, Thursday.
9. (10) Serra (7-2) The Cavaliers lost standout tailback Anterio Bateman to an ankle injury but didn't skip a beat, scoring a school-record 70 points behind sophomore quarterback Jalen Green's 240 total yards. Last week: Beat Harvard-Westlake, 70-21. Next: vs. Chaminade, Friday.
10. (5) Bishop Amat (6-4) Quarterback Rio Ruiz (knee) was in street clothes and the Lancers weren't able to win without him. Amat lost three of its last four games, and now needs help (plus a lucky coin flip) to make the postseason. Last week: Lost to S.O. Notre Dame, 17-12. Next: TBD.
Dropped out: None.
Ten more, in alphabetic order: Arcadia (7-2), Arroyo (8-1), Covina (8-1), Damien (6-3), La Puente (9-0), Palos Verdes (7-2), St. Bernard (9-0), St. Paul (6-3), San Dimas (7-2), West Covina (8-1).
Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Following him on Twitter.