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LA North: Final top 10 football rankings

1. Oaks Christian (12-2) – Oaks Christian won the CIF Southern Section Northern Division championship, 29-28, over Westlake in the championship game. Oaks Christian loses a ton of senior skill players, including receiver Blair Holliday to Duke and defensive end Dillon Van Der Wal to Arizona State. Running back/defensive back Ishmael Adams, receiver Jordan Payton and linebacker Carlos Mendoza are only a couple of players who will be seniors next season.

2. Alemany (12-1) – In its first tour through the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs, Alemany made it to the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Servite, 28-21. Senior quarterback Vernon Adams led the team in almost every offensive category. He threw for 2,901 yards and 27 touchdowns. He rushed for 896 yards and scored 14 rushing touchdowns. He led Alemany in passing yards, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. He will be a tough one to replace next season.

3. Westlake (12-2) – The Westlake football team lost only two games by a combined two points. The first loss came against St. Bonaventure, 32-31, in double overtime. The second loss came against Oaks Christian in the Northern Division championship. Westlake loses some key players on offense to graduation. Quarterback Nick Isham, running back Tavior Mowry and receiver Nelson Spruce are all seniors. The offense will be most likely be in the hands of sophomore quarterback Justin Moore and sophomore running back Dashon Hunt. Moore and Hunt also saw considerable playing time at defensive back.

4. St. Bonaventure (11-2) – St. Bonaventure lost to Westlake, 37-27, in the semifinals of the Northern Division playoffs. Linebacker Cody Kurz and defensive back Tanner Souza anchored a stingy St. Bonaventure defense that posted three shutouts and held eight opponents to 17 points or less. Kurz and Souza are seniors. The offense has three key players returning. Quarterback Marc Evans, running back Shaun Wick and receiver Jeremy Sanchez are juniors.

5. Paraclete (13-1) – Paraclete won the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division championship, beating Sierra Canyon, 14-7, in the title game. Paraclete lost its opening night game, then rattled off 13 wins in a row. The Paraclete running game should be in good hands, so to speak. Ryan Davis is a junior and rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown in the East Valley Division championship game. His brother, Roosevelt Davis, is a senior and gained 53 yards on 11 carries in addition to picking off a pass on defense against Sierra Canyon.

Paraclete had two sophomores, Travion Boykins and Uriah Trailer, who made significant contributions this season.

6. Chaminade (11-3) – Chaminade advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs, losing to Arroyo Grande, 52-19. Sophomore running back Terrell Newby rushed for a team-high 1,439 yards and 18 touchdowns. Senior running back Tru Jarvis was a key component of the Chaminade offense with 679 rushing yards, an average of 7.3 yards per carry and 17 touchdowns.

7. Chatsworth (11-4) – Chatsworth reached the championship game of the CIF City Section Division II playoffs, losing to Fairfax, 51-7. Chatsworth won eight games in a row, including three in the playoffs. Chatsworth will be in a bit of rebuilding mode next season. Twenty-one of the 32 players on the varsity roster were seniors.

8. Valencia (11-2) – Running back Steven Manfro was a force, setting school records for rushing and touchdowns. Valencia made it to the Northern Division semifinals, losing to Oaks Christian, 42-33. Quarterback Alex Bishop and Manfro are both seniors, as are receivers Jake Reed and Max Rodriguez. Sophomore Tedric Thompson saw plenty of playing time at safety and wide receiver.

9. Woodland Hills Taft (9-4) – Woodland Hills Taft made it to the CIF City Section Division I semifinals and lost to Carson, 40-21. Senior quarterback Mike Bercovici threw for 3,755 yards and 37 touchdowns. Senior running back Kenny Thompson scored a team-high nine rushing touchdowns. Junior running back Dimitray Lewis led the team with 572 rushing yards and 6.0 yards per carry.

10. Canyon (10-2) – Canyon won its first playoff game since winning a CIF State Bowl game in 2006. Junior quarterback Jonathan Jerozal threw for 3,048 yards and 32 touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Drew Wolitarsky caught 77 passes for 1,472 yards and 13 touchdowns. Coach Chris Varner resigned after the playoffs. He will be the toughest person to replace next season.