Note: The top 10 teams that would be ranked by CalHiSportsFootball for the CIF Open Division in Southern California would be:
1. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM); 2. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta); 3. Narbonne (Harbor City); 4. Mission Viejo; 5. St. Bonaventure (Ventura); 6. Tesoro (Rancho SM); 7. Centennial (Corona); 8. Alemany (Mission Hills); 9. St. John Bosco (Bellflower); 10. Upland.
With assistance from Harold Abend and Paul Muyskens, here are the Week 7 rankings for each of Southern California’s CIF bowl game divisions (previous ranking in parentheses; after games of Saturday, Oct. 6):
DIVISION I SOUTH
1. (1) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 6-0
2. (2) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 6-0
3. (3) Narbonne (Harbor City) 6-0
4. (5) Mission Viejo 6-0
5. (7) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 6-1
6. (6) Tesoro (Rancho SM) 6-0
7. (8) Centennial (Corona) 5-1
8. (9) Alemany (Mission Hills) 6-1
9. (10) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 6-0*
10. (11) Upland 6-0
11. (12) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 5-1
12. (13) Chaparral (Temecula) 5-1
13. (14) Crespi (Encino) 7-0
14. (15) Central (Fresno) 6-0
15. (NR) El Toro (Lake Forest) 7-0
*Does not include forfeit losses.
Drops: Previous No. 4 Bakersfield lost to Liberty (Bakersfield) 28-17.
Bubble Teams: Bakersfield 5-1, Bishop Amat (La Puente) 6-0-1, Charter Oak (Covina) 5-1, Clovis 5-1, Clovis North (Clovis) 6-0, Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 5-1, Lutheran (Orange) 5-1, Mission Hills (San Marcos) 4-2, Moorpark 5-1, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 4-3, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 6-1, Otay Ranch (Chula Vista) 6-0, Servite (Anaheim) 2-4, Westlake (Westlake Village) 4-3.
No. 1 Team Result: Santa Margarita defeated Servite (Anaheim) 21-0.
Race for No. 1: Bakersfield’s loss to Liberty definitely shakes things up since the Drillers have to drop behind at least three other CIF Central Section teams in this week’s rankings. All three of those teams, however, play in the same league (Fresno Central, Clovis North, Clovis) and two of the three are already playing each other this week (Clovis at Central). Therefore, if the Drillers don’t have any more hiccups, they still figure to have a chance to be a high seed in the section playoffs. It just may take awhile for their state ranking to improve. Mater Dei, meanwhile, will take its shot at Santa Margarita on Friday two weeks after losing by one point to Narbonne. Obviously, even with Johnny Stanton out for the Eagles, a Monarchs win would also be a major boost for Narbonne. Even though Mater Dei only went 4-6 last season and missed the playoffs, one of those wins (24-21) came against Santa Margarita. Another major matchup of Orange County teams sees Tesoro and El Toro hooking up in the South Coast League.
DIVISION II SOUTH
1. (2) Oceanside 5-1
2. (3) Lompoc 6-0
3. (4) Hart (Newhall) 5-1
4. (5) Edison (Huntington Beach) 5-1
5. (7) Chaminade (West Hills) 5-1
6. (6) Tustin 7-0
7. (1) Serra (Gardena) 4-2
8. (8) Citrus Hill (Perris) 6-0
9. (11) Serrano (Phelan) 6-0
10. (9) Garces (Bakersfield) 5-1
11. (10) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 5-1
12. (12) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 4-2
13. (13) Helix (La Mesa) 4-1
14. (14) La Serna (Whittier) 5-1
15. (15) La Mirada 6-1
Bubble Teams: Carter (Rialto) 6-0, Cathedral (Los Angeles) 6-0, El Diamante (Visalia) 4-2, Los Alamitos 5-1, Olympian (Chula Vista) 6-0, Palmdale 6-0, Poway 4-2, St. Joseph (Santa Maria) 5-1, Summit (Fontana) 5-1, Villa Park 5-1.
No. 1 Result: Oceanside defeated Carlsbad 54-3.
Race for No. 1: There’s a new No. 1 in this division with Oceanside going to the top in place of Gardena Serra, which dropped a 28-20 game to surging Chaminade of West Hills. But the Pirates, who have a loss to D1 ranked Chaparral of Temecula but also have quality wins over Oakdale, Mission Hills and Poway, can’t exactly be called a solid No. 1. The next four teams would all seem to have a solid claim to be ranked that high as well. Lompoc has the longest current winning streak in the state, Hart has lost its only game so far by just 10-7 to Tesoro, Edison has lost its only game so far by just 20-14 to Mater Dei, and Chaminade also has knocked out Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks from the State Top 25 in addition to Gardena Serra. Chaminade and Lompoc also are the only two of those five who could meet in a section playoffs (although No. 6 Tustin could play Edison). This means that the possibility of an extremely tough decision to come up with two teams to play each other in the D2 South bowl game may await the section commissioners.
DIVISION III SOUTH
1. (1) Paraclete (Lancaster) 6-1
2. (2) Nordhoff (Ojai) 6-0
3. (3) Segerstrom (Santa Ana) 6-0
4. (4) Mission Oak (Tulare) 5-1
5. (5) St. Augustine (San Diego) 5-1
6. (6) Monrovia 4-2
7. (7) Wasco 6-0
8. (8) Valley Center 4-2
9. (9) Madison (San Diego) 5-1
10. (10) Laguna Beach 5-0-1
Bubble Teams: Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 3-3*, Gladstone (Covina) 6-0, Imperial 5-1, La Salle (Pasadena) 6-0, Rim of the World (Lake Arrowhead) 6-0, San Dimas 6-1, San Marino 6-0.
*Forfeit win not included.
No. 1 Team Result: Paraclete defeated Viewpoint (Calabasas) 46-0.
Race for No. 1: After all of the results for the ranked teams in this division were collected, there was no change needed. Other than No. 2 Nordhoff taking the week off, all other top 10 teams won their games. One game to watch coming up on Oct. 19 is when St. Augustine meets Cathedral Catholic of San Diego, its traditional rival. If the Saints can pull off a win, they’d probably move up a few spots in the divisional bowl rankings no matter what other teams do.
DIVISION IV SOUTH
1. (1) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 6-0
2. (2) Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 6-0
3. (3) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 6-0
4. (4) Ontario Christian 6-0
5. (5) Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia) 5-1
6. (6) St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 5-1
7. (7) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 3-3
8. (NR) La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 4-1
9. (8) Francis Parker (San Diego) 3-3
10. (9) Christian (El Cajon) 5-1
Drops: Previous No. 10 Calvary Murrieta (Murrieta) lost to Ontario Christian 48-13.
Bubble Teams: Aquinas (San Bernardino) 4-2, Bakersfield Christian 5-1, Boron 6-1, Calvary Murrieta (Murrieta) 5-1, Capistrano Valley Christian (SJ Capistrano) 6-0, Windward (Los Angeles) 3-2.
No. 1 Team Result: Sierra Canyon defeated Marshall (Los Angeles) 35-20.
Race for No. 1: The big mover of the week among this bunch is La Jolla Country Day. The Torreys, who have lost only to No. 1 Sierra Canyon, rode a huge outing from senior multi-sport star Sage Burmeister to beat previous No. 8 Francis Parker 27-6. Burmeister, who has played QB, WR and DB during his prep career, took off for 362 rushing yards on 38 carries and scored three touchdowns. Ontario Christian also notched a quality win by routing previously unbeaten Calvary Murrieta 48-13. Craig Bruinsma threw for two TDs and quarterbacked a rushing attack that piled up 215 yards. The Knights still couldn’t move up in this week’s rankings, but their fans should keep in mind that both Sierra Canyon and Bishop Diego are going to face very strong teams in their CIFSS playoff divisions and that only section champions will be put on the board when the CIF regional bowl game participants are chosen.
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