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The Times' Top 25

November 12, 2001

The final poll for the Southland's top 25 high school football teams as ranked by The Times' prep staff.

1. Long Beach Poly (8-1)

Jackrabbits assured of death, taxes ... and a first-round playoff game against Fountain Valley.

2. Mission Viejo (10-0)

Sleepless nights ahead for Etiwanda coaches charged with forming a plan to stop Diablo running back Robbie Dubois.

3. Hart (9-0)

Indians scratching heads as to how they could be seeded second in Division III behind Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

4. Chino (9-0)

Potential title-game matchup against Mission Viejo would be a doozy.

5. Edison (8-0-1)

This week's sign of the apocalypse: Chargers don't lose a regular-season game and still aren't seeded.

6. Corona Centennial (9-0)

Shouldn't top-seeded Huskies be playing 3-7 Yucaipa in the first round instead of 6-4 San Gorgonio?

7. Redlands (10-0)

Terriers embark on road to first title since 1961.

8. Bishop Amat (8-1)

Game against Long Beach Wilson is tantamount to a first-round bye.

9. Santa Margarita (7-1-2)

Eagle Coach Jim Hartigan knows better than to ask Rialto counterpart Don Markham to assess the Knights.

10. Eisenhower (8-2)

Darkhorse of Division I ready to gallop against Loyola.

11. SO Notre Dame (9-0)

Selection committee didn't hold top-seeded Knights' near misses against them.

12. Los Alamitos (7-2-1)

Griffins have qualified for playoffs in 18 consecutive seasons.

13. Long Beach Jordan (7-2)

Panthers' matchup against Mater Dei may be most competitive of first round.

14. Carson (8-1)

Colts once again prevailed in Marine League.

15. St. Bonaventure (9-0)

Calabasas should complain to selection committee that first-round game against Seraphs is cruel and unusual punishment.

16. Loyola (6-2-1)

Cubs, 1-2-1 in last four games, have gone into hibernation mode.

17. Mira Costa (10-0)

Mustangs could meet Hart in a Division III semifinal.

18. Westchester (8-1)

Comets' only loss was to Long Beach Poly.

19. Arroyo Grande (9-0)

Division IV bracket is set up so that Eagles could run the table without playing an above-.500 team.

20. Birmingham (9-0)

Valley pride will be on the line for top-seeded Patriots.

21. Crescenta Valley (10-0)

Undefeated Falcons, making their top-25 debut, wonder whether pollsters have been asleep on the job.

22. Mater Dei (6-4)

Monarchs almost missed out on invitation to the big dance.

23. Temple City (10-0)

Rams ready to run roughshod through Division X bracket.

24. El Modena (8-1)

Early season loss to Los Alamitos is only blemish on Vanguards' record.

25. Brea Olinda (9-0)

Wildcat Coach Jon Looney says team is better than the one he took to the 1999 Division IX title game.

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