Los Angeles Preps: Travis Santiago

L.A. South: All-region football teams

December, 20, 2011
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Here’s an all-encompassing look at the top performers in south Los Angeles County for the 2011 prep football season.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Troy Williams, Narbonne, Junior -– Williams was superb in managing Narbonne's no-huddle spread attack. He did it with his arm (3,247 passing yards, 34 touchdowns), he did it with his legs (587 yards, 11 scores), and he made the right decisions with the football. The junior quarterback guided the Gauchos to the City Section Division I title.

OFFENSIVE MVP

Robert Lewis, South East, Senior -– Opposing coaches schemed to stop Lewis but the electrifying tailback still averaged 10 yards per carry and amassed 2,023 yards and 30 touchdowns for the City Section Division II champs. Coach Derwin Henderson pegged him as the city's best all-around talent. Lewis has verbally committed to Southern Methodist.

DEFENSIVE MVP

Ellis McCarthy, Monrovia, Senior -– The mind-boggling numbers aren't quite there because the big guy faced double- and triple-teams on a weekly basis. Coach Ryan Maddox built his defense around the 305-pound defensive tackle and it paid off with Monrovia capturing its second straight Mid-Valley Division championship. McCarthy has offers from all over, including Cal, USC, Florida, Oregon and Washington.

SPECIAL TEAMS MVP

Jack Schneider, Charter Oak, Junior -– With 89 total points, Schneider was the region's top scorer among kickers. In 12 games he made 65 extra points for the Sierra League champions.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Manual Douglas, Narbonne –- By the end of the season, Douglas had his Gauchos playing as well as any team in the area. Narbonne finished 11-3 and reached its third City Section title game in the last four years. Douglas scheduled tough with games at Long Beach Poly and Tesoro, and the strategy paid dividends.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB – Steven Rivera, Arroyo, Sr. –- Rivera capped his stellar four-year stay at Arroyo by passing for 3,408 yards and 38 touchdowns, leading the Knights to the Mission Valley League title.

RB – Tray Boone, Narbonne, Sr. –- The shifty back rushed for six touchdowns in the City Section Division I title game to finish with 1,400 yards and 22 touchdowns. He did all of this in an offense that primarily throws the ball.

RB – Marquise Bias, Monrovia, Sr. -– The powerful Bias pounded his way to 260 yards and three touchdowns in the Mid-Valley Division title game, and finished with more than 1,500 yards for the season.

WR – Bryce Treggs, St. John Bosco, Sr. –- The Cal commit made Trinity League defenses look foolish, hauling in 11 touchdowns to go along with 1,377 receiving yards.

WR – Darreus Rogers, Carson, Sr. –- Rogers, a USC commit, was the City Section's leading receiver with 1,251 yards. He had a monster performance in the title game but it wasn't enough for the Colts.

WR – Alex Villalobos, San Gabriel, Sr. -– The slot-type Villalobos was the state leader with 2,001 receiving yards. He added 21 touchdowns for the Mid-Valley Division runner-up Matadors.

OL - Beau Leati, Narbonne, Sr. -- City Section coaches selected Leati as the lineman of the year and for good reason. He anchored a line that opened gaping holes for Boone and protected Williams.

OL – Lacy Westbrook, Dominguez, Sr. -– The UCLA commit was out when the Dons started the season with two losses, but his added a major spark to their ground attack.

OL – Beau Boyster, St. John Bosco, Sr. -– The Braves averaged more than 400 yards of offense per game and the Arizona commit was in the middle of it, with his protection of strong-armed Rene Medina.

OL – Gerrad Kough, Pomona, Sr. -– The Colorado commit spearheaded a Pomona running game that averaged more than 215 yards per game.

OL – George Castro, West Covina, Sr. -– West Covina was 25th in the state in rushing yards per game (332) and Castro was a big reason why.

PK – Mason Bryant, Monrovia, Jr. -– Bryant did it all for the back-to-back champion Wildcats as a receiver, defensive back and kicker, totaling 117 total points.

P - Conrad Ukropina, Loyola, Sr. –- Six of Ukropina's 25 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, and he averaged 43 yards per punt, the best in the Pac-5 Division.

SECOND TEAM

QB – Travis Santiago, Charter Oak, Sr.
RB – Jimmy Frazier, West Covina, Sr.
RB – Kurt Scoby, Charter Oak, So.
WR – Richard Smith, Long Beach Poly, Sr.
WR - Antoine Anderson, Narbonne, Sr.
WR – Hunter Duran, Arroyo, Sr.
OL – Chase Eldredge, Palos Verdes, Sr.
OL – Chad Wheeler, Santa Monica, Sr.
OL – Justin Johnson, Dorsey, Sr.
OL – Alec Zenner, San Dimas, Sr.
OL – Nico Falah, St. John Bosco, Jr.
PK - Ret Tilman, Culver City, Sr.
P – Hayden Hunt, Long Beach Poly, Sr.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL – Demetric McKinney, West Adams, Sr. -– McKinney recorded a state-leading 26 sacks in only 12 games.

DL – Jeremiah Allison, Dorsey, Sr. -– Allison will be used as a linebacker in college but he was fierce coming off the three-point stance for Dorsey. Allison had 14 sacks for the Coliseum League champions, giving him 34 over his last two seasons.

DL – Jesse Ojeda, San Dimas, Sr. -– He only measures 5-feet, 7-inches but Ojeda was a force for the Saints, getting to the quarterback 17 times.

LB – Brett Walsh, Monrovia, Jr. -– Walsh was second in the entire Southern Section with 192 tackles, thriving behind McCarthy's havoc up front. He added eight sacks, and figures to garner attention during the offseason.

LB – Sergio Gonzalez, Ganesha, Jr. -– The outside linebacker led the Mid-Valley Division with 17 sacks.

LB – Nuoye Clemmons III, West Adams, Sr. -– Clemmons ranked second in the City Section with 146 tackles.

LB – Salamo Fiso, Long Beach Poly, Sr. -– The Arizona State commit spearheaded a strong Jackrabbits defense with 117 tackles.

DB – Kevin Page, Dorsey, Sr. -– Page intercepted six passes, including a big one on the road to clinch a victory at Alemany.

DB – Tyrone Taylor, Torrance, Sr. -– The Cal State Fullerton baseball signee had 190 tackles from the safety position.

DB – Shane Baumann, St. John Bosco, Sr. -– Baumann was in the middle of every defensive play, it seemed. He ranked fifth in the Pac-5 Division with 126 tackles and also had five interceptions.

DB – Mark Wright, Rolling Hills Prep, Sr. –- Wright had 10 interceptions in nine games, good for a tie for second place in the state.

SECOND TEAM

DL – Alonzo Williams, Long Beach Poly, Sr.
DL – Robbie Haines, Arcadia, Sr.
DL – Daniel Rios, Rosemead, Jr.
LB – Keishawn Haley, Culver City, Jr.
LB – Matt Rowe, Long Beach Poly, Sr.
LB – Jabari Ruffin, Downey, Sr.
LB – Thomas Brown, Gardena Serra, Sr.
DB – Trayvon Watson, West Adams, Sr.
DB – Gabriel Marks, Venice, Sr.
DB – Naijel Hale, Lakewood, So.
DB – Chris Solomon, West Covina, Sr.

L.A. South: The Top 10

November, 27, 2011
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Long Beach Poly fell out of the region's top spot for the first time this season following its second-round loss to Santa Margarita. Last week's second- and third-ranked teams -- St. John Bosco and Charter Oak, respectively -- also stumbled. Now, three of the region's top four squads come from the City Section. Marine League champion and top-seeded San Pedro is the only remaining undefeated team in the south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into the third round of the playoffs:

1. (4) San Pedro (12-0)
The top-seeded Pirates eliminated the two-time defending City Section Division I champs Friday, securing another matchup with fifth-seeded Carson. The Marine League champs defeated the Colts 21-0 on Oct. 28. Last week: Beat Crenshaw, 31-7. Next: semifinals vs. Carson, Friday.

2. (1) Long Beach Poly (10-2)*
The lack of consistency from the quarterback positions was a season-long concern for coach Raul Lara. That turned into a nightmare Friday when the Jackrabbits were intercepted five times. The good news: Gerard Wicks returns next season. Last week: Lost to Santa Margarita, 49-16.

3. (5) Narbonne (9-3)
Junior quarterback Troy Williams had six total touchdowns, and the emerging Tray Boone had two more to propel the Gauchos to their third straight 50-point performance. They now face perhaps the city's top defense. Last week: Beat West Adams, 59-20. Next: semifinals vs. Dorsey, Friday.

4. (6) Dorsey (11-1)
The fast and talented Dons defense had six takeaways Friday, and USC-bound receiver Jaydon Mickens had four total touchdowns to go along with six receptions and 82 yards. Last week: Beat Birmingham, 45-13. Next: semifinals at Narbonne, Friday.

5. (2) St. John Bosco (8-4)*
Bosco twice cut its deficit to four on Friday but the defense couldn't come up with stops. Still, the Braves made their first playoff appearance since 2006, so they've got nothing to hang their heads about. Last week: Lost to San Clemente, 42-24.

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Inland: Upland 51, Charter Oak 13

November, 25, 2011
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UPLAND -- With his team uniting for the postgame huddle near midfield, Kenny Lawler looked up over his left shoulder, and uttered a rhetorical question.

"You guys see a 40 up on the scoreboard?" Lawler asked.

The answer: Yes, because Upland, No. 8 in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football rankings, blew past No. 17-ranked Charter Oak, 51-13, Friday night to advance to the Inland Division semifinals. The other answer: No, because Charter Oak -- which like Upland was averaging exactly 44 points heading into the game -- didn't hold up its end of the deal. The No. 3-seeded Highlanders will face No. 2-seeded Vista Murrieta, which handled Riverside J.W. North, 58-14.

"Charter Oak was putting points up on everybody," Upland coach Tim Salter said. "That got us excited."

Upland (12-0) got balanced production on offense, led by Lawler's 195 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Tailback Donta Abron Jr. rushed for 191 yards and four touchdowns in 32 carries and quarterback Nate Romine passed for 291 yards in only 15 attempts.

"We have a lot of talent across the board," Abron Jr. said. "Other teams don't know what we're going to throw at them."

The explosiveness was supposed to go both ways but, instead, a running clock was used at the start of the fourth quarter. Really, it was an unexpected one-sided affair. The Upland defense came up with a safety midway through the third quarter and, on the very next play from scrimmage, Romine threw it up to Lawler for a 48-yard touchdown and comfortable 30-6 lead.

Knockout punch delivered.

"They had a better football team than us," Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar said.

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I.E.: And the winner is ...

November, 21, 2011
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As we take the time to exhale in between the first and second rounds of the Southern Section football playoffs, let’s recognize a few of the award winners from Friday night’s opening rounds.

Best ending: On the verge of becoming the biggest upset victim of the first round, Rancho Cucamonga turned in the most improbable finish. Trailing by five points against Chino Hills in the Inland Division opener with just 6.6 seconds on the clock and 38 yards from the end zone, Marcus Bratton leaped in the air and hauled in a desperation touchdown pass to lift the Cougars to a 39-38 victory. Rancho Cucamonga drove 70 yards in the final 26 seconds. The Cougars survive to meet fourth-seeded Redlands East Valley in the second round Friday at 7 p.m. at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands.

Best individual performance: On a night when Corona Centennial’s defense was knocked on its heels, running back Romello Goodman came to the rescue, rushing for a career-high 325 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-35 victory against visiting Redlands. The top-seeded Huskies were clinging to a seven-point lead entering the final quarter of the Inland Division first-round game, but Goodman gave them some breathing room with his fifth touchdown of the game. Centennial will host Chaparral in the second round, a team that upset the Huskies two years ago on its way to winning the Inland Division championship.

Most surprising performance: Moreno Valley wasn’t expected to put up much of a fight against Cajon. After all, the Cowboys were the San Andreas League co-champions and were ranked No. 2 in the Central Division as recently as Week 7. Someone obviously forgot to pass that information along to the Vikings. Moreno Valley unleashed a heavy dose of senior running back Imeria Talia and never gave Cajon a chance in the 43-16 victory. Talia finished with 270 yards rushing in 40 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also helped keep the ball out of the hands of Cajon’s playmakers, limiting their first-half time of possession to 4 minutes 47 seconds while the Vikings built a 28-8 lead. Moreno Valley will host fourth-seeded Colony at 7 p.m. in Friday's second round.

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L.A. South: The Top 10

November, 21, 2011
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The south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into the second round of the playoffs:

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (10-1)
The Jackrabbits avoided a repeat of last year’s first-round exit, scoring touchdowns on each of their first six drives. This is a different bunch. Last week: Beat Newport Harbor, 49-14. Next: second round vs. Santa Margarita at Veterans Stadium, Friday.

2. (3) St. John Bosco (8-3)
Many doubted, and now many believe. The Braves, who finished third in the Trinity League, took down the Serra League champions thanks to DaVonte Young’s short touchdown run with less than a minute left. Last week: Beat Alemany, 33-28. Next: second round vs. San Clemente, Friday.

3. (4) Charter Oak (10-1)
A running clock was implemented to start the fourth quarter Friday, an indication of the combined power of Charter Oak’s two units. Travis Santiago passed for 322 yards and five touchdowns. Last week: Beat Corona Santiago, 63-21. Next: second round at Upland, Friday.

4. (5) San Pedro (11-0)
The top-seeded Pirates rolled behind quarterback Kenny Potter’s three total touchdowns and an effective run game led by Gregory Thomas. Now they’ve got the two-time defending champs. Last week: Beat Gardena, 49-7. Next: second round vs. Crenshaw, Friday.

5. (6) Narbonne (8-3)
The second-seeded Gauchos got another great showing from ESPNU 150 quarterback Troy Williams (234 yards and three touchdowns). They scored on four of their first 11 plays from scrimmage. Last week: Beat Reseda, 52-7. Next: second round vs. West Adams, Friday.

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L.A. South: Top first-round playoff games

November, 18, 2011
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It's win or go home now. Here are Friday night’s top first-round playoff games in south Los Angeles County:

Pac-5: Huntington Beach (8-2) vs. No. 16 Loyola (8-2) at L.A. Valley College, 7 p.m. — The Loyola Cubs have some momentum after coming back from a 15-point deficit in the Serra League finale against Crespi. Loyola tailback Wyatt Bradford could eclipse the 1,000-yard mark, and senior quarterback Nick Cotton is coming off his best game of the season (17 of 28 for a season-high 208 yards and four touchdowns). The impressive thing about the Cubs is that if opposing teams want to grind it out, they will too.

Inland: Corona Santiago (7-3) at No. 19 Charter Oak (9-1), 7 p.m. — The Sierra League champion Charter Oak Chargers might be the league's only hope for a playoff win, given that third-place Damien plays at Vista Murrieta and runner-up Chino Hills heads to Rancho Cucamonga. An attractive matchup against undefeated Upland looms in the second round, but senior quarterback Travis Santiago (2,629 passing yards and 21 touchdowns) will have to steer his group clear of overlooking Corona Santiago.

Southeast: Bonita (6-4) at Arcadia (8-2), 7 p.m. — The defending Southeast Division runner-up Bonita Bearcats capped the regular season with four consecutive wins, so they've got a bit of swagger heading into this one. It's not the same team coach Eric Podley had last year but running backs Cameron Griffin and Reggie Turner and receiver Garrett Horine were capable weapons during the season. And speaking of weapons, Arcadia has its share in quarterback Myles Carr, the top-rated signal caller in the area according to ESPNU Recruiting, and Washington-bound receiver Taylor Lagace.

Mid-Valley: Pomona (6-4) at Monrovia (7-3), 7 p.m. — Will defending Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia take its first step toward a repeat? Highly touted defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy, rising linebacker prospect George Frazier and the rest of the Wildcats defense appears to have found its groove in Rio Hondo League play, allowing under six points per game on average. Monrovia might be on upset alert, though: Three of Pomona's four losses were by a combined 10 points, and the Red Devils gave top-seeded Covina all it could handle.

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.

Inland Division first-round previews

November, 17, 2011
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INLAND DIVISION

First round, Friday

Redlands (4-6) at No. 1 Corona Centennial (9-1), 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Centennial won the Big VIII League championship; Redlands finished third in the Citrus Belt League:

Matchup to watch: Redlands junior running back Craig Lee (142-1,353, 15 TDs) vs. Centennial linebacker Edem Nassar (8.5 tackles per game).

Fast fact: Centennial has won six Southern Section titles since 2000.

Prediction: Centennial 49, Redlands 21.

Los Osos (6-4) at Chaparral (6-4), 7:30 p.m.

How they got here: Chaparral finished runner-up in the Southwestern League; Los Osos finished third in the Baseline League.

Matchup to watch: Arizona State-bound offensive tackle Dylan LaFrenz of Los Osos (6-4, 280) vs. Chaparral defensive end Teddy Queen (6-3, 240).

Fast fact: The last time these teams met was in the second round of the 2007 playoffs, when Chaparral kicked a 27-yard field goal with a little more than a minute remaining, leading to an ugly shouting match between a few Los Osos coaches and fans.

Prediction: Chaparral 24, Los Osos 20.

Chino Hills (6-4) vs. Rancho Cucamonga (9-1) at Los Osos HS, 7 pm.

How they got here: Rancho Cucamonga finished second in the Baseline League; Chino Hills finished runner-up in the Sierra League.

Matchup to watch: Chino Hills junior receiver Jack Austin (45-726, 10 TDs) vs. Rancho Cucamonga secondary (five interceptions).

Fast fact: Rancho Cucamonga is 8-2 in the playoffs over the last three seasons.

Prediction: Rancho Cucamonga 31, Chino Hills 14.

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L.A. South: The Top 10

November, 13, 2011
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The south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into the playoffs:

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (9-1)
No problem for the Poly defense against Cabrillo's Derek Stewart, the leading passer in the entire Pac-5 Division. Linebacker Matthew Rowe and safety David Price each returned interceptions for touchdowns. Last week: Beat Cabrillo, 43-6. Next: first round vs. Newport Harbor, Friday.

2. (2) Loyola (8-2)
The resilient Cubs erased a 15-point deficit, blocked an extra-point attempt in overtime, and Conrad Ukropina made his PAT to clinch the Serra League's second automatic playoff berth Friday. Last week: Beat Crespi, 36-35 (OT). Next: first round vs. Huntington Beach, Friday.

3. (3) St. John Bosco (7-3)
A breakout performance by the lesser-known Royce Moore (178 rushing yards and four touchdowns) helped the Braves grab the third and final Trinity League playoff berth Friday. Last week: Beat Orange Lutheran, 48-28. Next: first round at Alemany, Friday.

4. (4) Charter Oak (9-1)
Hobbling and in pain, senior quarterback Travis Santiago barely warmed up before Thursday's Sierra League title game. He wasn't mobile but still passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Last week: Beat Chino Hills, 38-7. Next: first round vs. Santiago, Friday.

5. (5) San Pedro (10-0)
Same old, same old for the Pirates on Friday as they blew out another opponent. On Saturday they received the top seeding for the CIF Los Angeles City Section Division I playoffs. They're the favorites. Last week: Beat Banning, 37-0. Next: City Section first round vs. Gardena, Friday.

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No. 20 Charter Oak 38, Chino Hills 7

November, 10, 2011
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CHINO HILLS -- Charter Oak quarterback Travis Santiago put an end to concerns about his sprained ankle rather quickly Thursday night.

Hobbling and in pain, the senior barely warmed up before the game. When he walked onto the field for the first drive, he did so gingerly. But then, when Santiago hit Chris Gilchrist with a fade pass on the first play from scrimmage, the lingering doubts disappeared. Gilchrist stormed into the end zone untouched, and all was well with Santiago's psyche.

Santiago, usually a running threat, was not mobile but still excelled, passing for 288 yards and two touchdowns, and leading the Chargers to the Sierra League title with a 38-7 win against defending champion Chino Hills.

"I was a little bit stiff," said Santiago, who rolled his ankle by accidentally stepping on his helmet during Wednesday's walk-through practice. "That first play was exciting. I got the matchup that I wanted, threw it over the top and had my 6-foot-5 receiver do the rest."

Santiago took a seat early in the fourth quarter when No. 20 Charter Oak (9-1, 5-0) went up comfortably. He finished the regular season with 2,624 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes.

Sophomore sensation Kurt Scoby, who heading into Thursday was dealing with a left ankle sprain of his own, rushed for two second-half touchdowns and had 119 yards through the ground. His 40-yard scoring scamper with 10:22 remaining sealed it.

"We executed," Scoby said, "and were patient with the football."

Charter Oak’s high-octane attack struck quickly early in the second half. Santiago found Aaren Vaughns for a 14-yard touchdown and, minutes later, Scoby ran for a 36-yard score, giving the Chargers a 24-7 advantage. After trailing by only three at the break, Chino Hills (6-4, 4-1) found itself in too big of a hole.

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L.A. South: Five to see live

November, 3, 2011
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Big league implications throughout the Southland this week. Here are Friday night's top five games in south Los Angeles County:

Troy Williams
Blair Angulo/For ESPNLA.comNarbonne quarterback Troy Williams (3) looks to lead the Gauchos to a victory over undefeated San Pedro on Friday.
No. 19 Narbonne at No. 20 San Pedro, 7 p.m. -- For quite a while now, Narbonne coach Manual Douglas has been eying the top seeding in the City Section Division 1 playoffs. The time has come for his Gauchos (6-2, 3-0) to prove they deserve it. The Marine League title goes to the winner. Narbonne's uptempo offense averages nearly 32 points, but San Pedro (8-0, 3-0) hasn't given up more than 20 in any game this season.

Damien at No. 23 Charter Oak, 7 p.m. -- Head over to Covina if you want some touchdowns. Or stay away if you like defensive stops. Over their last six games, the Damien Spartans (6-2, 2-1 Sierra) have given up an average 27 points. That's music to quarterback Travis Santiago's ears, for sure. Charter Oak (7-1, 3-0) has one of the most explosive attacks in the region, averaging 42 points.

Garfield vs. Roosevelt at East L.A. College, 7:30 p.m. -- The longtime rivals meet for the 77th time, and the game is expected to be played in front of another capacity crowd of 20,000. The East Los Angeles Classic is one of the area's most treasured traditions, dating to 1926 and spanning generations. It's really a toss-up this year: Garfield is 4-5 overall but 4-1 in the Eastern League; Roosevelt is 5-3 and 3-1.

La Puente at Duarte, 7 p.m. -- With a win, the unblemished La Puente Warriors (8-0, 5-0) can intensify the magnitude of next week's gigantic matchup against three-time defending Montview League champion Azusa. The Warriors are led by quarterback Ivan Vasquez and his 19-1 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio. Duarte (6-2, 4-1) is still mathematically in contention for the league title.

Downey at Dominguez, 7 p.m. -- The streaking Dominguez Dons (6-2, 3-0) have won six straight, finding a groove that went missing in blowout losses to Crespi and Redlands East Valley. A win against Downey should set up a San Gabriel Valley League championship game next week at Paramount, which is favored against Warren.

L.A. South: Helmet stickers, Week 6

October, 17, 2011
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Travis SantiagoCourtesy of Jeff SerpaCharter Oak quarterback Travis Santiago continued his stellar season with a big game vs. South Hills.

With league action underway across the Southland, we introduce our weekly helmet stickers, given to five football players from south Los Angeles County schools who had standout performances. The honorees for Week 6:

QB Travis Santiago (Charter Oak): The senior threw for 325 yards, ran for 54 more and had five total touchdowns in a 63-28 win against South Hills in the Sierra League opener.

RB Brandon Edmond (Mira Costa): He had 390 rushing yards in 27 carries and the Mustangs needed every last bit of it to open Bay League play with a come-from-behind victory.

QB Billy Livingston (Covina): What injured shoulder? Livingston completed 16 of 23 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns, leading Covina to its sixth straight win in his return.

QB Kenny Potter (San Pedro): Threw four early touchdown passes in a blowout before sitting out the entire second half. The senior finished with 145 yards for the undefeated Pirates.

RB Desmond Reed, (Azusa): Reed sat out the first quarter for disciplinary reasons but still finished with 168 yards rushing and four touchdowns in Azusa's 45-10 win against Duarte.

L.A. South: The Top 10

October, 16, 2011
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Tough losses by Bishop Amat and Lakewood paved the way for some changes in our south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into Week 7. (Note: Last week's rankings are in parentheses.)

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (6-1)
It wouldn't be Poly without a little controversy, but the two-quarterback system seems to be working for coach Raul Lara. Starter Chaiyse Hales and backup Nick Pope combined for 219 passing yards in an important Moore League win. Last week: Beat Lakewood, 38-21. Next: at Millikan, Oct. 28.

2. (3) Loyola (5-1)
No game for the Cubs last week, but they move up a spot thanks to Bishop Amat's loss to Alemany in the Serra League opener. Loyola begins the Serra against Notre Dame, which is coming off a stinging loss to Crespi. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at L.A. Valley College, Friday.

3. (4) St. John Bosco (5-1)
Four more touchdown passes for Rene Medina, who is the top statistical quarterback in the Trinity League. The electrifying Bryce Treggs had a 90-yard touchdown catch and returned a punt for another score. Last week: Beat JSerra, 48-14. Next: vs. Mater Dei, Friday.

4. (2) Bishop Amat (5-2)
The troubled defense couldn't come up with a stop late in Friday's game and time simply ran out on the Lancers. Workhorse Jalen Moore had 112 yards rushing but there weren't enough big plays in important moments. Last week: Lost to Alemany, 26-21. Next: at Crespi, Friday.

5. (6) Charter Oak (5-1)
OK, who's controlling the joystick? Quarterback Travis Santiago passed for 325 yards, ran for 54 more and had five total touchdowns to open Sierra League play in fine fashion. Try doing that in a video game. Last week: Beat South Hills, 63-28. Next: vs. Ayala, Friday.

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L.A. South: The Top 10

October, 10, 2011
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Since the seven active teams emerged with victories last week, there are no changes in our south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into Week 6. (Note: Last week's rankings are in parentheses.)

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (5-1)
Poly was ecstatic after reclaiming the Moore League last season. A strong senior class doesn't want to go out with a loss to their biggest rivals. Last week: Beat Long Beach Jordan, 67-6. Next: vs. Lakewood at Veterans Stadium, Friday.

2. (2) Bishop Amat (5-1)
Thirty-eight powerful carries for senior Jalen Moore meant a methodical approach for the Lancers' offense. The tailback now has 12 touchdowns and well over 800 yards in the last four games. Last week: Beat Venice, 38-35. Next: vs. Alemany, Friday.

3. (3) Loyola (5-1)
The Cubs responded well after a demoralizing road loss a week earlier. They now look to erase last year's 0-4 league record. Last week: Beat Valencia, 28-10. Next: vs. S.O. Notre Dame at L.A. Valley College, Oct. 21.

4. (4) St. John Bosco (4-1)
Among Trinity League quarterbacks, Rene Medina has at least a share of the lead in a few passing categories, including yards (1,179) and touchdowns (nine). There's room for improvement in the accuracy department. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. JSerra at Saddleback College, Friday.

5. (5) Lakewood (5-1)
Backup tailback Keith Franklin stepped up with Kendall Rogers out, rushing for 77 yards and two touchdowns in nine carries. Now, the Lancers brace themselves for the big one. Last week: Beat Compton, 54-0. Next: vs. Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium, Friday.

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L.A. South: The Top 10

October, 2, 2011
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A City Section school not named Carson or Narbonne pulled off perhaps the year's biggest shocker and, as a result, makes its first appearance in our south Los Angeles County rankings. In all, seven of last week's ranked teams emerged victorious. (Note: Last week's rankings are in parentheses.)

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (4-1)
As if Poly needed more offensive options, highly regarded basketball recruit Roschon Prince, a 6-foot-5 junior, hauled in three touchdown passes to help the Jackrabbits pull away. Last week: Beat Compton, 41-14. Next: vs. Long Beach Jordan at Veterans Stadium, Friday.

2. (2) Bishop Amat (4-1)
Senior running back Jalen Moore continued his post-Servite tear, scoring three touchdowns Friday to raise his total to 10 since the Lancers' lopsided loss in Week 1. Amat's offense is rolling. Last week: Beat Cathedral, 56-7. Next: at Venice, Thursday.

3. (3) Loyola (4-1)
Consider the Cubs' first loss an ultimate hangover. Coach Mike Christensen says he thinks the Cubs were "resting on [their] laurels" following a statement victory against St. John Bosco. Last week: Lost to Upland, 38-23. Next: vs. Valencia at L.A. Valley College, Saturday.

4. (4) St. John Bosco (4-1)
Contributions from all sides for the Braves, who bounced back nicely on the road. The defense had five takeaways and Bryce Treggs had 192 receiving yards and two scores. Last week: Beat La Habra, 41-6. Next: vs. JSerra at Saddleback College, Oct. 14.

5. (6) Lakewood (4-1)
Darius Powe had a successful return from injury ... literally. The area's top uncommitted receiver had missed the previous three games but didn't skip a beat, scoring on a 72-yard punt return the first time he touched the ball Friday. Last week: Beat Long Beach Wilson, 42-28. Next: vs. Compton, Friday.

6. (7) Charter Oak (4-1)
A return to normalcy for the Chargers, who showed no signs of trauma following their stinging loss to Rancho Cucamonga. Travis Santiago had 231 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns. Last week: Beat Santa Fe, 49-0. Next: vs. South Hills at Covina District Stadium, Oct. 14.

7. (9) Narbonne (2-2)
Better late than never, right? The Gauchos were finally on the good end of a dramatic, late-game situation. Troy Williams had four touchdowns, helping Narbonne avenge last year's loss to the Cavs. Last week: Beat Serra, 26-20. Next: at Culver City, Friday.

8. (5) Carson (1-3)
Only one reception for Darreus Rogers, who dealt with triple-team treatment from Mission Viejo. The Colts stumbled for the third straight week but will the lumps translate into improvement? Last week: Lost to Mission Viejo, 31-0. Next: at San Diego Lincoln, Friday.

9. (NR) Dorsey (4-1)
No bigger surprise across the Southland than the one the Dons pulled in the Valley on Friday night. Jaydon Mickens scored the go-ahead touchdown, and the Dons survived a potential game-winning two-point conversion attempt. Last week: Beat Alemany, 13-12. Next: vs. West Adams at Rancho Cienega Park, Oct. 14.

10. (10) St. Paul (4-0)
The Swordsmen had to hold on after building a 16-point advantage. Michael Ortega and Paul Echeverria combined for 287 yards rushing, and the defense handled its business late. Last week: Beat Ayala, 30-27. Next: at Schurr, Friday.

Dropped out: Gardena Serra (8)

Five more, in alphabetic order: Gahr (4-0), Maranatha (5-0), San Pedro (4-0), Serra (3-2), West Covina (4-1).

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L.A. South: The Top 10

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The top seven teams held their ground in our latest south Los Angeles County rankings. Defending Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia fell off after losing to rival Arcadia, opening the door for a newcomer from the Western Division. Our top three teams hit the road Friday, so there could be movement next week. (Note: Last week's rankings are in parentheses.)

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (3-0)
The Jackrabbits bent but didn't break, holding on against a gritty City Section contender. Afterward, coach Raul Lara stressed how important it was to maintain the momentum they've built. Last week: Beat Narbonne, 19-16. Next: at Mission Viejo, Friday.

2. (2) St. John Bosco (3-0)
Senior quarterback Rene Medina threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Royce Moore had 150 yards rushing in a rout. Now, the Braves and their high-powered offense hit the road. Last week: Beat Santa Fe, 51-0. Next: vs. Loyola at L.A. Valley College, Friday.

3. (3) Bishop Amat (2-1)
Talk about bouncing back. Playing big, bad Servite seems to have paid immediate dividends. Senior tailback Jalen Moore broke out for 303 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Last week: Beat La Mirada, 49-13. Next: at Damien, Friday.

4. (4) Carson (1-1)
Rested and refocused following a humbling loss to Long Beach Poly, the Colts begin the latter half of their rigorous nonleague schedule. The bye might have come at the right time for coach Elijah Asante's bunch. Last week: Idle. Next: vs. Santa Margarita, Friday.

5. (5) Lakewood (2-1)
The "Milk Bucket" trophy stays in Lakewood for at least another year, as the Lancers came back from a halftime deficit to beat their rivals from the north. Brock Dale threw for three scores. Last week: Beat Mayfair, 42-29. Next: vs. Leuzinger, Friday.

6. (6) Narbonne (1-1)
Dual-threat quarterback Troy Williams had only 102 passing yards and eight on the ground, and the Gauchos still nearly pulled off a shocker at Veterans Stadium. Last week: Lost to Long Beach Poly, 19-16. Next: at Tesoro, Thursday.

7. (7) Serra (2-1)
The young Cavaliers overcame the absence of Anterio Bateman (ankle) and Raymond Ford (ankle), with tailback Ronnie Vaughn shouldering a heavier load. Sophomore Jalen Greene keeps showing progress at quarterback. Last week: Beat Mira Costa, 33-0. Next: at Banning, Friday.

8. (10) Charter Oak (3-0)
This offense is supercharged. Senior quarterback Travis Santiago accounted for six touchdowns, throwing for 336 yards on 18 of 24 passing and adding 72 rushing yards. Last week: Beat Esperanza, 54-28. Next: vs. Rancho Cucamonga, Friday.

9. (8) West Covina (2-1)
More proof the Bulldogs are more than just a one-man team. Top player Chris Solomon (ankle) isn't 100 percent but it didn't matter, as Jimmy Frazier ran for 242 yards and four touchdowns. Last week: Beat South Hills, 35-33. Next: vs. Glendora, Friday.

10. (NR) St. Paul (2-0)
The Swordsmen showed why they're ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Western Division poll, steamrollering a helpless Norwalk team to the tune of nearly 300 yards rushing. Last week: Beat Norwalk, 48-6. Next: at Garfield, Friday.

Dropped out: Monrovia (9)

Five more, in alphabetic order: Cathedral, Claremont, Crenshaw, Gahr, St. Francis.

Agree or disagree with the "L.A. South" top 10? Did your favorite school get snubbed? Leave a comment on this post or contact ESPNLosAngeles.com preps writer Blair Angulo directly on his Twitter page.

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