1. West Covina coach Mike Maggiore seemed to be caught off guard when I asked him if his team's 55-21 win over Bonita was surprising. He paused for a second, then admitted he didn't expect the Bulldogs to post 55 points. He might even thrown a smile or two in there. And for good reason: West Covina, the top-ranked squad in the Southeast Division, had seven players combine to rush for 400-plus yards. Running is what the Bulldogs do best, but the fact that they did it against previously-unbeaten Bonita (7-1) was surprising. Just ask Maggiore.
2. Facing the top seven teams in last week's L.A. South rankings was downright spooky, if not unfair. Serra, Bishop Amat, Crenshaw, Long Beach Poly, Lakewood, Dorsey and Compton Dominguez each posted dominant victories, outscoring opponents by a combined 327 points. That's an average margin of nearly 47 points -- or nearly seven touchdowns -- per game.
3. This week's breakout performer award goes to Bishop Amat's Rio Ruiz, the junior quarterback who is best known for his work on the baseball diamond. Ruiz threw for 346 yards and five touchdowns on 22-for-24 passing in Amat's 52-7 home win against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. The Lancers (9-0) hit the road Nov. 12 for a highly anticipated Serra League matchup against Alemany.
4. Things got ugly quick in Whittier on Friday. Del Rio League-leader La Serna (7-1) held rival Pioneer (4-4) to just 63 yards of total offense in a 70-0 rout. Tailback Richard Alvarez ran for five touchdowns and had only one carry after halftime.
5. Remember the Carson Colts? If you don't, Carson was the trendy City Section pick before falling in back-to-back losses to Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo. The Colts are in the picture again following a 26-23 victory over Narbonne. Crenshaw and Dorsey are -- and should be -- the clear-cut City favorites, but keep an eye out for Carson (6-2).