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The Times' Rankings

A look at the preseason top 25 football teams in the Southland as selected by Times staff writers:

September 03, 2004

*--* Rk School, (Sec.-Div.) Comment 1 MISSION VIEJO (SS-Div. II) Tough schedule but ready for challenge 2 L.B. POLY (SS-Div. I) Nike ought to sign WR DeSean Jackson right now 3 LOS ALAMITOS (SS-Div. I) Mission Viejo game should reveal plenty 4 EDISON (SS-Div. I) Chargers have 18 returning starters 5 HART (SS-Div. II) School of QBs has found another good one 6 LOYOLA (SS-Div. I) RBs Hypolite, Bragg are imposing duo 7 S.O. NOTRE DAME (SS-Div. III) Team with best chance to go 14-0 8 DORSEY (City) Johnson & Johnson ready to roll 9 LAKEWOOD (SS-Div. II) L.B. Poly finally has challenger in Moore League 10 ST. BONAVENTURE (SS-Div. IV) RB Matt Lee is small but try to catch him 11 ORANGE LUTH. (SS-Div. VI) Team can overcome summer injuries 12 BISHOP AMAT (SS-Div. I) Strong offensive line is key to season 13 VALENCIA (SS-Div. II) QB Michael Herrick has Vikings excited 14 MATER DEI (SS-Div. I) Coach Bruce Rollinson is still one of the best around 15 CHARTER OAK (SS-Div. VI) Will Harris is a terrific two-way player 16 NORCO (SS-Div. V) RB Toby Gerhart is faster, stronger, better 17 CARSON (City) New spread offensive attack could boost Colts 18 MOORPARK (SS-Div. IV) Musketeers could topple Westlake in Marmonte 19 SOUTH HILLS (SS-Div. VII) Payton brothers are gone but talent remains 20 MIRA COSTA (SS-Div. III) Powerful defensive line will make a difference 21 RIV. NORTH (SS-Div. V) Post-Morton twins era begins 22 TAFT (City) Have speed and return of Coach Troy Starr 23 KAISER (SS-Div. VIII) Going for third consecutive division title 24 VALLEY VIEW (SS-Div. IV) Seven All-Ivy Leaguers returning 25 DOMINGUEZ (SS-Div. III) Unbeaten on field last year

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