Sunday, December 11, 2011
L.A. South: The Top 10
By Blair Angulo
With no south Los Angeles County schools heading to the state bowls, we can label this a collective down year in the region. Narbonne (City Section Division I), West Covina (Southeast Division), Monrovia (Mid-Valley Division) and South East (City Section Division II) are champions. The top 10 rankings heading into the final week of play:
1. (1) 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.
2. (2) 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.
3. (3) St. John Bosco (8-4) The third-place team from the Trinity League made its first playoff appearance since 2006, and leading running back DaVonte Young returns next season.
4. (4) Charter Oak (10-2) The Chargers won the Sierra League and have a dynamic talent in tailback Kurt Scoby for the next two years.
5. (5) Carson (8-6) For the second straight year, the Colts stumbled in the City Section Division I title game when mistakes turned costly. Last week: Lost to Narbonne, 48-32.
6. (6) San Pedro (12-1) The Pirates won the Marine League thanks to senior Kenny Potter, perhaps the best quarterback in school history.
7. (7) 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.
8. (9) 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.
9. (NR) Monrovia (11-3) The Wildcats claimed their second consecutive Mid-Valley Division championship behind the running of Marquise Bias and versatility of De'Shawn Ramirez. Last week: Beat San Gabriel, 53-14.
10. (NR) 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.
Dropped out: Loyola (8), Culver City (10)
Ten more, in alphabetic order: Arcadia (9-3), Bishop Amat (6-5), Covina (11-2), Culver City (10-4), Gardena Serra (8-3), Lakewood (7-4), Loyola (8-3), San Dimas (10-3), San Gabriel (9-5), Santa Monica (11-2).
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