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The Times' Rankings

September 28, 2004|TIMES STAFF WRITERS

A LOOK AT THE TOP 25 FOOTBALL TEAMS IN THE SOUTHLAND AS RANKED BY TIMES STAFF WRITERS:

*--* Rk Team (Rec., Sec.-Div.) Comment and last ranking 1 MISSION VIEJO (3-0, SS-Div. II) Diablos play game of the year Friday against L.B. Poly. (1) 2 L. B. POLY (3-0), SS-Div. I) Nearly caught looking ahead in 28-27 win over St. Paul. (2) 3 EDISON (4-0, SS-Div. I) Defense has delivered consecutive shutouts. (3) 4 LOYOLA (3-0, SS-Div. I) Gave up first points of season in 42-7 win over La Quinta. (4) 5 S.O. NOTRE DAME (3-0, SS-Div. III) Kai Forbaith's FG gave Knights leg up on Palmdale. (5) 6 MATER DEI (2-1, SS-Div. I) Showdown with Edison should be defensive battle. (7) 7 LOS ALAMITOS (2-1, SS-Div. I) Griffins, idle last week, play La Habra this week. (8) 8 LAKEWOOD (3-0, SS-Div. I) Physical Lancers proved they are legitimate. (10) 9 VALENCIA (3-0, SS-Div. II) Consistent Vikings have scored 45, 43 and 42. (11) 10 ST. BONAVENTURE (3-1, SS-Div. IV) Completely dominated by Lakewood. (6) 11 HART (2-1, SS-Div. II) Indians take rankings hit with St. Bonny's loss. (9) 12 ORANGE LUTH. (2-1, SS-Div. VI) Has given up three points over last nine quarters. (12) 13 NORCO (3-0, SS-Div. V) Toby Gerhart ran for 235 yards, 5 TDs vs. Bloomington. (14) 14 ESPERANZA (4-0, SS-Div. I) Six players scored touchdowns against L.B. Wilson. (16) 15 VALLEY VIEW (3-0, SS-Div. V) Nearly drowned against Vista del Lago, but won, 29-27. (17) 16 DOMINGUEZ (3-0, SS-Div. III) Revenge is in the air this week against Palmdale. (18) 17 NARBONNE (3-0, City) Has given up only two touchdowns in three games. (19) 18 DORSEY (2-1, City) Stafon Johnson's ground game led way against Fairfax. (20) 19 BISHOP AMAT (2-2, SS-Div. I) Lancers bounce Charter Oak from rankings, 28-0. (21) 20 CRENSHAW (2-1, City) Aided by seven turnovers, beat Colton, 31-20. (22) 21 TAFT (2-1, City) It wasn't just the offense that showed up against Monroe. (23) 22 C.C. CANYON (3-0, SS-Div. II) Defense finally turned in a credible performance. (25) 23 FULLERTON (3-0, SS-Div. IX) Xavier Hicks led comeback vs. Serra League team. (NR) 24 CHINO (3-0, SS-Div. II) Made noise with 31-24 win over Servite. (NR) 25 NEWPORT HARBOR (3-0, SS-Div. VI) Banged-up Sailors came from 17 down to beat city rival. (NR)

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