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September 29, 2008

THE TIMES' HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RANKINGS, INCLUDING RECORDS,

SECTIONS AND COMMENTS BY BEN BOLCH

Rk.; SCHOOL; COMMENT (LAST WEEK)

1 COR. CENTENNIAL (3-0, SS-Inland) Huskies elevated to top spot in initial release of BCS (Been Completely Snubbed) standings. (2)

2 L.B. POLY (3-0, SS-Pac-5) After struggling to beat Carson, Jackrabbits should also fret about possibly losing primo status in Moore League. (1)

3 ST. BONAVENTURE (4-0, SS-Northern) USC-bound running back Patrick Hall is being adequately prepped for life in a loaded backfield. (6)

4 MISSION VIEJO (4-0, SS-Pac-5) "Viva Bridgford" T-shirts may soon go on sale after quarterback passes for school-record 442 yards against Vista. (4)

5 CRESPI (3-1, SS-Pac-5) As disappointments go, St. Bonaventure loss ranks up there with "Ishtar." (3)

6 MATER DEI (3-1, SS-Pac-5) After quarterback Matt Barkley has been intercepted nine times in four games, we're no longer drinking the Gatorade. (5)

7 SERVITE (3-1, SS-Pac-5) Possible Larry Toner ode to Edison win: "We are the men of Servite. And we got it done in the fourth quarter for once." (7)

8 SO NOTRE DAME (3-0, SS-Pac-5) If Knights get upset this week looking ahead to Servite showdown, rankings committee can say it saw Saugus loss coming. (8)

9 OAKS CHRISTIAN (4-0, SS-Northwest) Lions' next two opponents are a combined not-so-great 0-8. (9)

10 REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (3-0, SS-Inland) Wildcats to departed Dominguez Coach Cornell Ward: "You made us drive in from the I.E. and you're complaining about your commute?" (10)

11 EDISON (3-1, SS-Pac-5) Chargers would like nothing more than to bring Monarch march to a halt Friday at Orange Coast College. (11)

12 VISTA MURRIETA (4-0, SS-Inland) Rankings committee wants to know if heretofore unranked Broncos want apology delivered via fax, e-mail or phone. (NR)

13 LOS OSOS (2-1, SS-Central) Sacked five times by Vista Murrieta, Richard Brehaut learns life as a quarterback is sometimes more about back side than upside. (12)

14 BISHOP AMAT (3-1, SS-Pac 5) Lancers don't need degree from nearby In-N-Out University to know next two games should be double-double fun. (13)

15 UPLAND (4-0, SS-Central) Quarterback Josh Nunes changes tune from "Rocky Top" to "forever and forever Stanford red" -- for the moment. (14)

16 ST. JOHN BOSCO (4-0, SS-Pac 5) After seeing Braves' game face, rankings committee now a believer. (23)

17 ORA. LUTHERAN (3-1, SS-Pac-5) Fifteen-point, fourth-quarter comeback against Riverside North was A Clockwork Orange (Lutheran). (16)

18 LOS ALAMITOS (3-0, SS-Pac-5) Griffins' schedule goes from ho-hum to humdinger with game against unbeaten La Habra. (17)

19 LAKEWOOD (4-0, SS-Pac-5) Lancers are latest to take crack at L.B. Poly's epic Moore League winning streak that dates to 1994. Good luck with that. (18)

20 RANCHO VERDE (3-0, SS-Inland) Tired of watching tape of Arlington during off week, Mustangs squeeze in viewing of "Arlington Road." (19)

21 LOYOLA (2-2, SS-Pac-5) A few more losses and trademark Cubs' chant of "Wait till next year" might apply. (15)

22 COR. SANTIAGO (2-1, SS-Inland) Rankings committee levies two-spot penalty for being landlocked team nicknamed Sharks. (20)

23 CHAPARRAL (2-1, SS-Inland) Though they should be favored, Pumas can't afford to Pac-5-it-in and expect to beat Santa Margarita. (21)

24 TESORO (4-0, SS-Pac-5) Tireless Titans have topped 50 points in three of four victories. (22)

25 SERRA (4-0, SS-Northwest) Triumph over undefeated Taft on Oct. 10 would make it a bella serra for Cavaliers. (24)

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