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Times' high school football top 25

September 15, 2008

THE TIMES' HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RANKING, INCLUDING RECORDS,SECTIONS AND COMMENTS BY BEN BOLCH

Rk ; SCHOOL; COMMENT (LAST WEEK)

1. L.B. POLY

(1-0, SS-Pac-5) Jackrabbits last played so long ago (Aug. 30) that their most recent game is airing on ESPN Classic. (1)

2. COR. CENTENNIAL

(1-0, SS-Inland) Huskies hope remedial defense course pays off in Mater Dei rematch after giving up 621 yards last year. (2)

3. MATER DEI

(2-0, SS-Pac-5) Stat crew expected to tote extra pencil sharpeners for Centennial game after teams combined for 1,302 yards last season. (4)

4. CRESPI

(2-0, SS-Pac-5) Celts expect to sound right tune again in second-annual Battle of the Bagpipes with Servite. (5)

5. MISSION VIEJO

(2-0, SS-Pac-5) Rankings schedule committee preferred days when Diablos would play the likes of Concord De La Salle. (6)

6. SERVITE

(2-0, SS-Pac-5) Coach Troy Thomas to Crespi administrators: "Sure, now you install $1.5-million field turf." (8)

7. ST. BONAVENTURE (2-0, SS-Northern) Game against L.A. Jordan on Thursday just got upgraded to AAA status. (9)

8. SO NOTRE DAME (1-0, SS-Pac-5) Game against Birmingham on Sept. 26 just got downgraded to junk bond status. (7)

9. OAKS CHRISTIAN (2-0, SS-Northwest) Think Gretzky, Montana and Smith would have any trouble getting reservations at Spago? (10)

10. REDLANDS E. VALLEY (1-0, SS-Inland) San Gorgonio can always hope Wildcats are caught looking ahead to ... next week's game against 0-2 Dominguez? (11)

11. EDISON

(2-0, SS-Pac-5) Off weeks have been more trying than opponents so far for Chargers. (12)

12. LOS OSOS

(2-0, SS-Central) Who at the time realized that opening victory over Bishop Amat might go down as Grizzlies' signature triumph? (14)

13. BISHOP AMAT

(1-1, SS-Pac 5) Previously placed on rankings hold, Lancers ask, "Can you hear us now?" (NR)

14. ORA. LUTHERAN

(1-1, SS-Pac-5) Should have figured Lancers had to lose since they played the Lancers. (3)

15. UPLAND

(2-0, SS-Central) Highlanders are among those confused by winning second game of season in "Week 1." (15)

16. ESPERANZA

(2-0, SS-Pac-5) UCLA's DeWayne Walker should consult with Aztecs, who gave up an average of 8.5 points in first two games. (16)

17. LOYOLA

(2-0, SS-Pac-5) Unstoppable RB Anthony Barr could give Cubs aura of invincibility against once-unstoppable Concord De La Salle. (17)

18. LOS ALAMITOS

(1-0, SS-Pac-5) Multitalented QB Clark Evans averaged more yards per rush (9.4) than per pass (8.1) in opener. (19)

19. LAKEWOOD

(2-0, SS-Pac-5) Luck must be on Lancers' side; their nonleague opponents have a combined record of 0-7. (20)

20. RANCHO VERDE

(2-0, SS-Inland) Seems like not-so-old times: Mustangs win each of their first two games by 35-0 score. (21)

21. COR. SANTIAGO

(1-1, SS-Inland) Sharks turn out lights on La Quinta after first-quarter stadium blackout. (22)

22. CHAPARRAL

(0-1, SS-Inland) Fourth-quarter do-over would suit Pumas fine after lost opportunity against Corona Centennial. (13)

23. TESORO

(2-0, SS-Pac-5) Will Titans be remembered for more than feasting on cupcakes? (24)

24. NORCO

(1-0, SS-Inland) These Cougars' bark is worse than Crenshaw Cougars' bite. (NR)

25. ST. JOHN BOSCO

(2-0, SS-Pac 5) Braves finally have warm and fuzzy feeling of inclusion after pair of impressive victories. (NR)

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