Monday, December 12, 2011
ESPNLA prep football Top 25
By Blair Angulo
Shiny trophies were handed out to sectional champions, led by state-bowl selections Westlake (Northern Division) and Santa Margarita (Pac-5 Division). Harbor City Narbonne claimed the City Section Division I title, moving up to the No. 4 spot in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football Top 25 rankings. Our list heading into the state bowl games:
1. Westlake (14-0) The Warriors won their second Northern Division championship in three years behind Dashon Hunt's five touchdowns. Westlake is going bowling. Last week: Beat Oaks Christian, 49-42. Next: Open Division state championship game vs. Concord De La Salle at Home Depot Center, Saturday, 8 p.m.
2. Vista Murrieta (9-5)#* Junior quarterback Nicholas Stephens scored the Inland Division championship-winning touchdown with 26 seconds remaining. They were undefeated on the field, but they didn't get the nod for the Division I state bowl. Last week: Beat Corona Centennial, 35-28.
3. Santa Margarita (12-2) Coach Harry Welch won his ninth overall championship and first with the Eagles. Quarterback Johnny Stanton had 240 total yards. The Eagles are heading to state. Last week: Beat San Clemente, 27-13. Next: Division I state championship game vs. San Jose Bellarmine at Home Depot Center, Friday, 8 p.m.
4. Narbonne (11-3)* Emotional leader Tray Boone usually talks the talk, but he backed it up Friday with six touchdown runs and 316 total yards to lead the Gauchos to the City Section Division I title. Last week: Beat Carson, 48-32.
5. Corona Centennial (12-2)* Quarterback Hayden Gavett and running back Romello Goodman finally ran into the team that could keep up. Last week: Lost to Vista Murrieta, 35-28.
6. Oaks Christian (11-3)* The Lions were closer to Westlake this time around, but it still wasn't enough in the Northern Division championship game. Last week: Lost to Westlake, 49-42.
7. San Clemente (12-2)* The Tritons had to settle for a pair of first-half field goals, and it was the difference at Angel Stadium. The Tritons could have put the Eagles on their heels. Last week: Lost to Santa Margarita, 27-13.
8. Mission Viejo (10-3)* The South Coast League champions have Max Redfield coming back next year. He's projected as one of the top safeties on the West Coast.
9. Upland (12-1)* Quarterback Nate Romine returns next year for the Baseline League champs.
10. St. Bonaventure (10-3)* The third-place Seraphs must replace departing seniors Shaun Wick and Marc Evans.
11. Arroyo Grande (13-1)* Gabe Deleon had three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to their fifth title in program history. Last week: Beat Culver City, 42-14.
12. Rancho Cucamonga (11-2)* No shame in finishing second to one-loss Upland in the Baseline League, but the Cougars will be out for revenge next year.
13. Servite (10-2)* The Friars got the Trinity League crown, but Santa Margarita got the playoff success and state bowl bid.
14. Rancho Verde (14-0)* The Mustangs claimed their first section championship Friday behind four touchdown passes from Carlos Hernandez, but they didn't get the state bowl berth. Last week: Beat Palm Springs, 35-16. Next:
15. Carson (8-6)* For the second straight year, the Colts lost in the City Section Division I title game when mistakes turned costly. Last week: Lost to Narbonne, 48-32.
16. San Pedro (12-1)* The Pirates won the Marine League thanks to senior Kenny Potter, perhaps the best quarterback in school history.
17. West Covina (13-1)* The powerful Bulldogs broke the all-time record for points scored and margin of victory in a CIF final, and claimed their second straight Southeast Division title. Last week: Beat La Serna, 84-21.
18. Redlands East Valley (11-1)* The offense sputtered in the playoffs but REV got the Citrus Belt title and an eye-opening win against Mission Viejo.
19. Lompoc (14-0)* Lompoc proved Friday why it was the top-ranked team in the Northwest Division all season, but it wasn't enough for a state bowl bid. Last week: Beat Lompoc Cabrillo, 21-0.
20. Summit (13-1)* The SkyHawks made up for last year's loss in the Eastern Division final, winning the school's first football championship. Last week: Beat Heritage, 24-17.
21. Dorsey (11-2)* Top playmakers Jeremiah Allison and Jaydon Mickens won't be around next year, but the Dons will have bragging rights in the Coliseum League.
22. Long Beach Poly (10-2)* A quick exit from the Pac-5 bracket but at least order appears to have been restored for the back-to-back Moore League champions.
23. South East (13-1)* Coach Derwin Henderson called tailback Robert Lewis the best player in the entire city following the City Section Division II championship win Friday. Not an entirely bold statement. Last week: Beat Marshall, 51-34.
24. Corona del Mar (12-2)* Linebackers Frasier Anderson, Grant Garrett, David Moore and Aaron White led a late-game defensive stop on a potential go-ahead two-point conversion. It was the Sea Kings' first title since 1989. Last week: Beat Beckman, 14-13.
25. Sierra Canyon (14-0) Xavier Menifield scored five touchdowns and rushed for 161 yards to carry the East Valley Division title. The Trailblazers are going bowling. Last week: Beat Paraclete, 47-14. Next: Division IV state championship game vs. Le Grand at Home Depot Center, Friday, 4 p.m.
Dropped out: Tesoro (20), Culver City (21), Chaminade (22), El Toro (23), Palm Springs (25)
Newcomers: Lompoc, Summit, South East, Corona del Mar, Sierra Canyon
# Vista Murrieta was 14-0 on the field
* Denotes season is over
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.