SBLive’s California Top 25: Pittsburg debuts in latest statewide high school football rankings

Week two of the spring 2021 California high school football season wrapped up over the weekend with several high profile matchups, including San Mateo Serra’s 33-26 win over Valley Christian in the Central Coast Section.

In the Central Section, Fresno Central fought back from behind to beat Clovis 35-31.

Those games all had an impact on this week’s statewide Top 25 rankings, which you can view below. The rankings were compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette and will be released every Monday throughout the shortened season.

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SBLIVE CALIFORNIA TOP 25 FOOTBALL RANKINGS

March 22, 2021

1. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 1

St. John Bosco sophomores Matayo Uiagalelei (left) and Pierce Clarkson

Santa Margarita hung close with St. John Bosco in their game Saturday night, but eventually the Braves pulled away winning 65-28. Sophomore defensive end Matayo Uiagalelei had a pick-six in the game.

2. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 2

Elijah Brown

Mater Dei rolled over JSerra 52-3. Freshman quarterback Elijah Brown completed 14 of 18 passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns.

3. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 3

De La Salle Spartans football

De La Salle beat Monte Vista 63-27. Lu-Magia Hearns returned two kickoffs for TDs in the win.

4. Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 4

Noah Fifita

Servite dominated Orange Lutheran in their Trinity League opener, winning 69-13. The Friars have the best passing attack in California led by 2022 QB Noah Fifita.

5. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) (1-1)

Last week: 7

Cole Bullock

After falling to No. 1 St. John Bosco 42-21 in their opener, Sierra Canyon dominated St. Bernard on Friday winning 56-0.

6. Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 6

Serra took down No. 19 Valley Christian in a thriller, winning 33-26.

West Coast Preps on Twitter: “Unbelievable end to the half! Christian Pedersen brings in the 21-yard TD strike from Dominique Lampkin.Lampkin has three TD passes tonight.Serra leads 19-10 | @DominiqueLampk4 @ChristianPed87 @PadreAthletics pic.twitter.com/Iq7iwudAhY / Twitter”

Unbelievable end to the half! Christian Pedersen brings in the 21-yard TD strike from Dominique Lampkin.Lampkin has three TD passes tonight.Serra leads 19-10 | @DominiqueLampk4 @ChristianPed87 @PadreAthletics pic.twitter.com/Iq7iwudAhY

7. Mission Viejo (1-0)

Last week: 5

Easton Mascarenas

Mission Viejo destroyed Oak Hills in their opener winning 55-6. Micah Carreon had a pick-six in the game.

8. Corona Centennial (Corona, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 8

Jake Retzlaff

Corona Centennial beat King in their first game of the spring season winning 50-0.

9. Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 9

Kevin Green Jr. – Alemany
Kevin Green Jr.

Alemany took down Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 21-9 to open Mission League play. Sophomore safety RJ Jones had an interception he returned 65 yards for a TD in the win.

10. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 10

(Photo by Josh DaFoe)

Cathedral Catholic beat Steele Canyon 49-0. The dominating win means the Dons retain their spot as the No. 1 team out of San Diego.

11. Folsom (2-0)

Last week: 11

Folsom beat Granite Bay 35-25.

Chris Roat on Twitter: “Folsom marches down the field and extends the lead to 35 to 25 over Granite Bay with three minutes remaining in the game as @tremain_tyler hits @justinarnaz_ from eight yards out @FolsomBulldogFB@SacBee_JoeD @cameronsalerno1 @saratalkssports @ThomasFreyRP / Twitter”

Folsom marches down the field and extends the lead to 35 to 25 over Granite Bay with three minutes remaining in the game as @tremain_tyler hits @justinarnaz_ from eight yards out @FolsomBulldogFB@SacBee_JoeD @cameronsalerno1 @saratalkssports @ThomasFreyRP

12. Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 12

Tobin O’Dell

Bishop Amat beat Cathedral 21-6 to open their season.

Amat Sports on Twitter: “First half highlights: Bishop Amat holds Cathedral to 0 points in the first half. Tobin O’Dell throws first touchdown of the season to Sr. Kyran Hayes50 yard punt return for Jr. Brady Kalau.Halftime score: Lancers 14 Cathedral 0 / Twitter”

First half highlights: Bishop Amat holds Cathedral to 0 points in the first half. Tobin O’Dell throws first touchdown of the season to Sr. Kyran Hayes50 yard punt return for Jr. Brady Kalau.Halftime score: Lancers 14 Cathedral 0

13. St. Augustine (San Diego, Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 13

St. Augustine beat Madison 24-7 to keep their place as the No. 2 team in San Diego.

14. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley, Calif.) (0-0)

Last week: 15

Mikey Zele

In a surprising development, Grace announced that head coach Josh Henderson won’t return to the school following the spring season. Henderson and Grace Brethren agreed to mutually part ways.

On the field, the Lancers will be very talented this spring, led by senior starting quarterback Mikey Zele and a scary group of linebackers (Isaac Garcia, Carson Cook, Cooper Robertson and Dez Diles). Senior running back Julien Stokes is another name to know.

15. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village, Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 16

Oaks Christian came out slow out of the gates on Friday, but rallied late to beat rival Westlake 30-16. Freshman receiver Bryce Farrell caught two touchdowns in the win.

16. Central (Fresno, Calif.) (1-0)

Central had to battle back to beat Clovis 35-31 on Thursday. Central’s DJ Stevenson dominated in the comeback win completing 9 of 12 passes for 176 yards and two TDs. He also had 16 rushes for 92 yards and two TDs.

Last week: 17

17. San Clemente (1-0)

Last week: 18

San Clemente beat Capo Valley 35-24 to begin its season.

Michael Huntley on Twitter: “San Clemente beats Capo Valley 35-24. Tritons scored 21 unanswered points in second half. Bohls had 2 touchdowns and van Rosmalen had 3 TD passes. Moussiaux had 325 yards and two touchdown for Capo Valley. Teams combined for over 230 penalty yards. @ocvarsity @Tritonfootball / Twitter”

San Clemente beats Capo Valley 35-24. Tritons scored 21 unanswered points in second half. Bohls had 2 touchdowns and van Rosmalen had 3 TD passes. Moussiaux had 325 yards and two touchdown for Capo Valley. Teams combined for over 230 penalty yards. @ocvarsity @Tritonfootball

18. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 20

Buchanan beat up Clovis West winning 38-6. Hayden Petersen returned the game’s opening kickoff for a TD.

19. Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.) (0-1)

Last week: 21

Valley Christian performed so well in their 33-26 defeat to No. 6 Serra that they move up two spots following the loss.

20. San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.) (0-0)

Last week: 22

Expect San Joaquin Memorial to put up some points this spring.

“We have a very good offensive line,” San Joaquin Memorial head coach Anthony Goston told SBLive. “I think we probably average about 275 (pounds) across the front. We’ve got two stud running backs, we’ve got great receivers and a very good quarterback. I think offensively we’re going to be very physical and very big.”

21. Monterey Trail (Elk Grove, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 23

Monterey Trail beat Woodcreek 34-7.

Cameron Salerno on Twitter: “Wow. On the last play of the half, Chris Lands takes it 80-yards for a touchdown. @TrailMustang leads Woodcreek 20-7 at the half. pic.twitter.com/k1oLTkXedH / Twitter”

Wow. On the last play of the half, Chris Lands takes it 80-yards for a touchdown. @TrailMustang leads Woodcreek 20-7 at the half. pic.twitter.com/k1oLTkXedH

22. St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.) (1-1)

Last week: 24

St. Mary’s beat Jesuit 43-20, despite four star junior receiver Jadyn Marshall playing in tennis shoes.

Jadyn Marshall on Twitter: “Really had to play in tennis shoes today😭😭😭slipped every single cut on they field smh🤦🏾‍♂️ / Twitter”

Really had to play in tennis shoes today😭😭😭slipped every single cut on they field smh🤦🏾‍♂️

23. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) (1-1)

Last week: 11

After a season opening loss to Folsom, Oak Ridge responded with a 10-6 win over Whitney.

Cameron Salerno on Twitter: “Final: @ORHS_Football beats Whitney 10-6 in a defensive battle. Whitney’s @WHS_AP21 and Oak Ridge’s @CatchingsReese had the lone touchdowns of the game. pic.twitter.com/E2kgmcGbw1 / Twitter”

Final: @ORHS_Football beats Whitney 10-6 in a defensive battle. Whitney’s @WHS_AP21 and Oak Ridge’s @CatchingsReese had the lone touchdowns of the game. pic.twitter.com/E2kgmcGbw1

24. Los Alamitos (2-0)

Last week: NR

Sophomore QB Malachi Nelson has looked like the real deal in Los Alamitos’ wins over Long Beach Millikan and Corona del Mar to open the season.

FOX Sports Prep Zone on Twitter: “.@MalachiNelson9 throws an absolute dime! 😲@LosAlFootball | #GOTW pic.twitter.com/F4F4Ttbvre / Twitter”

@MalachiNelson9 throws an absolute dime! 😲@LosAlFootball | #GOTW pic.twitter.com/F4F4Ttbvre

25. Pittsburg (1-0)

Last week: NR

Pittsburg started the year with a 59-14 win over Freedom to move into this week’s rankings.

Jesús Cano on Twitter: “Q2: Jaden Rashada with his first touchdown as a Pirate to Lamont Fortenberry.Pittsburg 24 – Freedom 07:11 left pic.twitter.com/xTIeYRl4GR / Twitter”

Q2: Jaden Rashada with his first touchdown as a Pirate to Lamont Fortenberry.Pittsburg 24 – Freedom 07:11 left pic.twitter.com/xTIeYRl4GR

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