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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

The Times' top 25 rankings

Staff writer Ben Bolch ranks the best prep football teams in Southern California.

October 19, 2009|Ben Bolch

High school football rankings by Ben Bolch:

Rk.

Team (Rec., Sec.-Div.)

Comment (Last week's ranking)

1

CRENSHAW (6-0, City-Division I)

Manual Arts celebrated after holding Cougars scoreless for 10 consecutive seconds in second quarter. (1)

2

OAKS CHRISTIAN (6-0, SS-Northwest)

Will Smith's security detail considers going onto field when Trey Smith suffers late hit. (2)

3

EDISON (6-0, SS-Pac 5)

Chargers placed on high upset alert after Newport Harbor's victory over Los Alamitos. (3)

4

LAKEWOOD (6-1, SS-Pac-5)

Coach Thadd MacNeal offers Servite's Troy Thomas number for shaman he consulted before Long Beach Poly game. (4)

5

SERVITE (5-1, SS-Pac-5)

Friars expect to party like it's 1988 if they can end Mater Dei's winning streak in series. (5)

6

GARDENA SERRA (6-0, SS-Northwest)

Cavaliers jealous of expansive coverage Harvard-Westlake gets in school paper. (6)

7

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (6-0, SS-Central)

Los Osos may need Richard Brehaut to arrive at halftime via helicopter to have a chance against Cougars. (7)

8

MOORPARK (6-0, SS-Northern)

An upset loss this week would go down as a Royal flush. (8)

9

MISSION VIEJO (6-0, SS-Pac 5)

Rivalry with Tesoro has lost a little -- OK, pretty much all -- of its luster from last year. (10)

10

REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (6-0, SS-Inland)

President of Fontana's Varsity Touchdown Club demoted to JV after 48-0 loss to Wildcats. (11)

11

BISHOP AMAT (6-0, SS-Pac 5)

Steve Hagerty wonders, what's all the fuss about this Marijon Ancich guy? (12)

12

ST. BONAVENTURE (5-1, SS-Northern)

Seraphs are Channeling greatness now that they've reached league portion of schedule. (13)

13

S.O. NOTRE DAME (5-1, SS-Pac 5)

College coaches hung up on wrong number when it comes to prolific QB Ryan Kasdorf: 6 feet 1. (14)

14

CORONA CENTENNIAL (5-1, SS-Inland)

How did these guys lose to Mater Dei again? (16)

15

VALENCIA (6-0, SS-Northern)

Shakespearean scholar Harry Welch would have labeled Vikings' rout of old team "A Comedy of Defensive Errors." (18)

16

FOUNTAIN VALLEY (6-0, SS-Pac-5)

Three of the six teams from the rugged Sunset League are in the top 20. (19)

17

NORCO (5-1, SS-Inland)

Cougars ready to go swimming with Sharks this week against Corona Santiago. (20)

18

LOS ALAMITOS (4-1, SS-Pac 5)

Griffins shrug off Newport Harbor loss as just doing their part to ensure another five-way tie for league title. (9)

19

CARSON (4-2, City-Division I)

Washington forced to endure "That '70s Show" when Colts drop 71 points on Generals. (21)

20

CHAPARRAL (4-2, SS-Inland)

Pumas still seeking first signature victory after forgeries against Corona Centennial and Servite. (22)

21

VISTA MURRIETA (6-0, SS-Inland)

Game against Chaparral should determine whether Broncos' perfect record means anything. (23)

22

DANA HILLS (5-1, SS-Pac-5)

Dolphins intend to make a lot of their South Coast League rivals cry this year. (NR)

23

RANCHO VERDE (6-0, SS-Inland)

Linebacker-defensive end-running back-receiver Ronald Powell more versatile than a ShamWow. (NR)

24

WESTLAKE (6-0, SS-Northern)

Turns out Oaks Christian doesn't need to look outside its city limits to find a worthy opponent. (24)

25

CHARTER OAK (6-1, SS-Southeast)

Coach Lou Farrar gives film review of 31-0 victory over Bonita two thumbs up. (25)

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