New State Top 25 Rankings (Part 2)

Posted on December 10, 2012 by

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Oakdale head coach Trent Merzon (upper left in white beanie) and his players at Oakdale show their emotion after 27-24 win over Clayton Valley last Saturday night in Stockton for CIF NorCal D2 regional crown. Photo by Paul Muyskens.

Oakdale head coach Trent Merzon (upper left in white beanie) and his players at Oakdale show their emotion after 27-24 win over Clayton Valley last Saturday night in Stockton for CIF NorCal D2 regional crown. Photo by Paul Muyskens.

Check here for writeups and in-depth analysis of teams ranked from No. 13 to No. 25. Teams on the rise in the wake of last weekend’s regional bowl games include Mission Viejo, Marin Catholic, El Toro and Oakdale.

Writeups by Mark Tennis, Ronnie Flores, Harold Abend, Paul Muyskens
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13. (14) MISSION VIEJO 11-1
Why This Ranking: At the time when Mission Viejo was sitting at No. 4 in the state and had gotten upset by Long Beach Poly in the CIFSS Pac-Five Division playoffs, the team had to drop down far in the next rankings to a position below the Jackrabbits. Now that Long Beach Poly is still playing and that’s the Diablos’ only loss, their ranking can continue to climb. Also, looking at it closer from the Orange County perspective, it’s an easy call to put Mission in front of Huntington Beach Edison. The Diablos just have more quality wins than the Chargers.
Weekend Result: Season complete. Did not play.
Up Next: Yet another Long Beach Poly win this week in the CIF Division I state bowl game would likely merit another jump for the Diablos in next week’s final rankings.

14. (11) EDISON (HUNTINGTON BEACH) 13-2
Why This Ranking: Not a lot of folks expected the Chargers to beat No. 5 Serra, and despite the fact the game was played just down the road in Costa Mesa as a home game at Orange Coast College, they didn’t. With their resume and the fact they at least gave Serra a game means just a two spot drop this week. The reasons for Edison moving in front of Oceanside last week did not change with the loss to Serra. It would definitely change if Serra lost to Oakdale, though, in this week’s D2 state bowl game because Oceanside has a win over Oakdale.
Weekend Result: The Chargers had a 10-7 halftime lead but the speed and defense of Serra was like a time bomb, and it finally exploded with Edison surrendering 20 unanswered second half points in a 27-10 loss. Down 17-10, they had an interception returned 41 yards for a TD that pretty much took the starch out of their game. A subsequent interception sealed their fate. With fourth-and-goal at the Serra one-yard-line, they could have scored to make it closer, but in a class move coach Dave White let the clock expire.
Next Up: Season complete, but with a win by Long Beach Poly and depending on the result and margin of victory in the Open Division game, the Chargers could see movement upward.

15. (12) OCEANSIDE 12-1
Why This Ranking: If there’s one team in the state that is finished that could have its final ranking completely change after this week’s state bowl games, it’s the Pirates. Right now, their ranking continues to be hampered by their “bad” loss to Chaparral of Temecula. If Oakdale were to upset Serra in the D2 state bowl game, however, everything changes because then Oceanside’s 34-14 victory over Oakdale from early in the season would send the Pirates past all of the other Division II South teams in addition to Oakdale. And as they say, it’s the final rankings that count the most.
Weekend Result: Season complete. Did not play.
Up Next: Although the Pirates have a number of talented players coming back next season, look for head coach John Carroll’s program to continue to produce at least three to four Division I college signers this February.

16. (17) UPLAND 12-1
Why This Ranking: As we said last week, Upland’s best bet of moving back up in the rankings is if Centennial of Corona keeps winning and that’s what the Huskies did as they are headed to play in the CIF Open Division state finals. The Highlanders were ranked in the top ten before a loss to the Huskies ended their season.
Weekend Result: Season complete. Did not play.
Up Next: Senior Nate Romine should expect some postseason honors after passing for over 2,700 yards and rushing for over 1,000 yards during the team’s Baseline League championship season.

17. (18) SANTA MARGARITA (RANCHO SM) 9-3
Why This Ranking: As was stated last week, the only way the Eagles could get any kind of a bump this week was if Long Beach Poly won, so with the Jackrabbits’ victory in the SoCal D1 game, head coach Harry Welch and his boys move up a notch, but they still have to be behind Upland and Mission Viejo.
Weekend Result: Season complete. Did not play.
Up Next: A win by Long Beach Poly would probably get the Eagles dragged along for another one spot bump in the final rankings. They’d also have to watch out for an upset in the D2 game involving Serra of Gardena and Oakdale.

18. (19) CRENSHAW (LOS ANGELES) 11-2
Why This Ranking: The Cougars move up one spot this week but could be hopped in the final ratings dependent on the performances by Marin Catholic and Oakdale in this week’s CIF bowl Games. It’s likely The Shaw will remain in the final top 20.
Weekend Result: Did not play. Season complete.
Up Next: Players in line for post-season statewide honors include cornerbacks Mossi Johnson and Dominique Hatfield plus junior QB Ajene Harris.

19. (20) ALEMANY (MISSION HILLS) 9-3
Why This Ranking: Although the Warriors are far removed from this week’s CIF bowl games since their playoff loss was to Mater Dei (and the Monarchs later lost to Long Beach Poly), they also are connected to No. 2 Centennial since one of their other losses was by just 36-32 to the Huskies.
Weekend Result: Season complete. Did not play.
Up Next: Alemany could move up one spot for next week’s final rankings if Long Beach Poly were to beat Granite Bay convincingly in the CIF Division I bowl game. The team also could end up behind No. 20 Marin Catholic, though, if that team wins convincingly in its bowl game.

20. (21) MARIN CATHOLIC (KENTFIELD) 14-1
Why This Ranking: The only Division III level or below school in either the Top 25 or the Bubble gets a one spot bump, but a ho-hum winner over a small town team from the Northern Section isn’t going to move them past teams at this point that have stronger resumes, or played in much higher playoff divisions. Still, a top 20 ranking for a school that actually has a D4 enrollment for all other sports and football section play (although they petitioned up) is nothing to sneeze at.
Weekend Result: The Wildcats brought about 600 people to Oroville for the CIF Northern California Division III regional bowl game, and that isn’t bad considering it was a 350-mile round trip. Still, they were dwarfed by the almost 3,000 screaming, raucous, but sportsmanlike fans that showed up from nearby Sutter, arriving outfitted with cow bells, noisemakers, and a train horn that did seem to cause some problems early on for Marin Catholic’s ability to call in their plays as they do from the sidelines. The Wildcats actually trailed 7-0 early but once Cal-bound quarterback Jared Goff and the defense got going, they scored 23 unanswered points in a 23-7 victory. Goff finished 16 of 23 for 216 yards and two touchdowns, both in the span of 1:28 to begin the third quarter. The second TD pass, after an interception by Jared Lazor, pretty much sealed Sutter’s fate.
Up Next: Coach Mazi Moayed leads his boys in their second trip to Carson when they meet San Diego Madison in the CIF Division III State Bowl Game on Saturday. Madison (13-1) has a lone loss to El Cajon Valhalla in Week 2 and reached Carson after beating cross-town and top-seeded St. Augustine, 35-21 in the CIF San Diego Section D4 title game, and then going to Monrovia, and beating the hosts 21-17 in the only regional bowl game played at a host school. To win against a team similar to the El Cerrito team they nipped 31-28 in the CIFNCS D3 title game, Marin Catholic will have to avoid turnovers and big plays, and stop the running game, particularly Arizona-bound Pierre Cormier.

21. (15) CLOVIS NORTH (CLOVIS) 12-1
Why This Ranking: This looks like a good landing spot for the Broncos, who don’t lose the eight spots they gained in last week’s rankings, but do lose six of them, after a convincing loss to Long Beach Poly in the SoCal Division I regional bowl game. Still, the top ranked and only team from the CIF Central Section is assured of a place in the final rankings despite what happens in any of the remaining bowl games.
Weekend Result: According to Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times, Bronco fans showed up bolstered with confidence, and the team played very well the first three quarters of the game after using some defensive sets Poly had not seen on film, forcing the Jackrabbits to throw the ball more than it wanted to. When it was 7-7 to begin the fourth quarter, and Poly wasn’t using its patented ground game, it looked like the visitors from the Valley might have a shot. That was when the dam broke and the Broncos gave up a TD pass and two subsequent fourth quarter touchdowns when Poly went to the wildcat offense. The result was a 28-7 Broncos defeat at Long Beach City College.
Up Next: Although its season is complete, there are several possibilities for Clovis North to move up. First off would be a loss by the Marin Catholic team the Broncos are directly behind. Granite Bay could also drop behind them based on the result and margin of victory in the CIF Division I state bowl game.

22. (24) NOTRE DAME (SHERMAN OAKS) 8-4
Why This Ranking: Since the Knights’ playoff loss was by a close score to No. 7 St. John Bosco, they get to come up two spots this week in place of previous No. 22 St. Ignatius and previous No. 23 Bellarmine. St. Ignatius losing by a big margin to Granite Bay also helped.
Weekend Result: Season complete. Did not play.
Up Next: If Marin Catholic were get upset by San Diego Madison in the CIF Division III state bowl game, Notre Dame’s final state ranking would be certain to improve.

23. (25) OAKS CHRISTIAN (WESTLAKE VILLAGE) 8-3
Why This Ranking: For the same reasons that Notre Dame went up this week, so did Oaks Christian. The Lions’ playoff loss to the Knights after all also was by just one point.
Weekend Result: Season complete. Did not play.
Up Next: This is one team that might come up no matter who wins between Long Beach Poly and Granite Bay. This is because a Granite Bay win would enhance Oaks Christian due to its head-to-head win over the Grizzlies from early in the season.

24. (NR) EL TORO (LAKE FOREST) 9-2
Why This Ranking: Several teams that had their seasons end several weeks ago are now coming back up in the rankings as other teams lose and drop out. Among this group, we like the Chargers best. Although their last two games were fairly lop-sided losses, both of those losses were to higher-ranked teams (Mission Viejo, Santa Margarita). El Toro’s wins also stand out, including those against CIF Northern Division champ Palos Verdes, CIF Central Section Division I semifinalist Clovis (which also got a win over No. 21 Clovis North) plus those in the South Coast League against Tesoro and San Clemente.
Weekend Result: Season complete. Did not play.
Up Next: Upsets in the CIF state bowl games could shake up the order, but unless final research reveals something we don’t yet know about it looks real good that El Toro will be in next week’s final top 25.

25. (NR) OAKDALE 14-1
Why This Ranking:
It was a close call between the Mustangs and Franklin of Elk Grove in the NorCal pecking order, but we decided to give the Mustangs the final spot in the top 25 as they are headed to Carson this week to play in the CIF Division II state championship game against No. 5 Serra of Gardena. Their lone loss this season was to current No. 15 Oceanside, which just missed out on being selected to play in the CIF SoCal Division II regional game.
Weekend Result: In what was the closest NorCal game of the weekend, the Mustangs advanced to their first-ever state bowl game with a 27-24 win over Clayton Valley of Concord in the CIF NorCal Division II regional game at Lincoln High in Stockton. Spencer Thomas had a huge game passing for the Mustangs as he completed 10 of his 19 pass attempts for 225 yards and four touchdowns. Austin Jones caught two touchdown passes in the third quarter with his first coming on a deflected pass from 14 yards out to give the Mustangs a 14-9 lead. Dewayne Finney caught a 30-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 27-17 in what would be the game’s winning score.
Up Next: Coach Trent Merzon’s squad will be a big underdog this weekend but will have a chance to capture a state championship against No. 5 Serra of Gardena in the Division II state finals. In their corner we expect to see most of the town of Oakdale headed down I-5 to cause a sea of red in the stands.

TEAMS THAT DROPPED OUT:

Previous No. 22 St. Ignatius (San Francisco); No. 23 Bellarmine (San Jose).

TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE

Bellarmine Prep (San Jose) 11-2
Bishop Amat (La Puente) 7-3-1
Buhach Colony (Atwater) 10-3
California (San Ramon) 9-3
Charter Oak (Covina) 10-2
Central (Fresno) 11-3
Citrus Hill (Perris) 14-0
Clayton Valley (Concord) 12-2
Crespi (Encino) 8-2
Del Oro (Loomis) 7-6
Eastlake (Chula Vista) 9-3
El Cerrito 13-1
Franklin (Elk Grove) 12-1
James Logan (Union City) 11-2
Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 10-2
Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 12-2
Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 11-3
Poway 10-3
Rancho Cucamonga 10-3
Serra (San Mateo) 9-3
Serrano (Phelan) 13-1
St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 9-4
Villa Park 12-2

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