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November 18, 2002|BEN BOLCH

FINAL REGULAR-SEASON FOOTBALL RANKINGS AND COMMENTS:

*--* Rk Team (Rec.) Comment (Last week) 1 L.B. POLY (9-1, SS-Div. I) Will pull plug on Edison in rematch of 2001 title game. (1) 2 MISSION VIEJO (10-0, SS-Div. II) Diablos vs. Hart will be Edison Field's top matchup. (2) 3 LOS ALAMITOS (9-0-1, SS-Div. I) Bishop Amat's rushing could ground Griffins. (3) 4 HART (9-0-1, SS-Div. II) Indians trying to win remarkable fifth consecutive section title. (4) 5 ST. JOHN BOSCO (8-2, SS-Div. I) Braves' chant: Give us rematch with Los Alamitos! (8) 6 TAFT (10-0, City) Toreadors should cruise to City title, barring another Dorsey miracle. (6) 7 MIRA COSTA (10-0, SS-Div. III) Should keep winning by large margin, at least through quarterfinals. (6) 8 ESPERANZA (9-1, SS-Div. I) Fourth-seeded Aztecs draw Santa Margarita in first round. (7) 9 CHINO (9-1, SS-Div. II) Hoping "Year-of-the-Cowboy" theme (see Angels) holds up. (11) 10 ST. BONAVENTURE (9-1, SS-Div. IV) Fourth consecutive section title appears to be foregone conclusion. (12) 11 KAISER (9-0-1, SS-Div. VIII) Cats should claw their way through their playoff bracket. (13) 12 COR. CENTENNIAL (8-2, SS-Div. V) Iditarod could break out if Huskies play Riverside North Huskies. (14) 13 DAMIEN (8-2, SS-Div. II) Mission Viejo awaits Spartans in the semifinals. (22) 14 MATER DEI (7-3, SS-Div. I) No points for overtime losses in high school football. (9) 15 AYALA (8-2, SS-Div. II) Figure to get a chance to take a bite out of Hart. (10) 16 S.O. NOTRE DAME (10-0, SS-Div. III) Championship game against Mira Costa would be a battle of perfection. (16) 17 LOS ALTOS (8-2, SS-Div. VI) Plenty of conquering left to do before title game. (17) 18 SAN CLEMENTE (7-3, SS-Div. II) There's more to South Coast than Mission Viejo. (19) 19 SERVITE (7-3, SS-Div. I) Quickly go from Serra League favorites to also-rans. (15) 20 MURRIETA VALLEY (9-0-1, SS-Div. V) Rejects petitioning for at-large berth. (24) 21 LA HABRA (9-1, SS-Div. IX) Building a sand castle will take more work than beating Laguna Beach. (25) 22 PALMDALE (9-1, SS-Div. III) Falcons return after knocking off Antelope Valley. (NR) 23 ORANGE LUTH. (8-2, SS-Div. VI) Only losses are to Mater Dei and Servite. (NR) 24 RIV. NORTH (7-3, SS-Div. V) When Huskies bark, every dogs' ears perk up. (NR) 25 LAKEWOOD (8-2, SS-Div. I) Lancers are fashionable dark-horse pick in Division I. (NR)

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