SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Rankings: No. 3 Servite battles No. 1 St. John Bosco this week

Southern California high school football fans get their second top-five matchup of the season on Friday when No. 1 St. John Bosco hosts No. 3 Servite.

Here are SBLive’s Top 25 Southern Section high school football rankings for the week of March 22. The rankings were compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette.


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March 22, 2021

1. St. John Bosco (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 (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. Servite (2-0)

Last week: 3

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.

4. Sierra Canyon (1-1)

Last week: 5

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.

5. Mission Viejo (1-0)

Last week: 4

Easton Mascarenas

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

6. Corona Centennial (1-0)

Last week: 6

Jake Retzlaff

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

7. Alemany (1-0)

Last week: 7

Kevin Green Jr. – Alemany
Kevin Green Jr.

Alemany took down No. 20 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.

8. Bishop Amat (1-0)

Last week: 8

Tobin O’Dell

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

9. Grace Brethren (0-0)

Last week: 9

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.

10. Oaks Christian (2-0)

Last week: 10

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.

11. San Clemente (1-0)

Last week: 11

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

12. Los Alamitos (2-0)

Last week: 17

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.

13. Loyola (0-0)

Last week: 13

The Cubs turned what looked like a rebuilding season into a Division 4 finals run in 2019. Loyola returns numerous playmakers in 2021 including an elite corner tandem in Ceyair Wright (USC signee) and Zakhari Spears (Washington signee).

A positive COVID-19 test canceled Loyola’s opener against Upland. The Cubs hope to start their season this week against St. Bernard.

14. Santa Margarita (1-1)

Last week: 14

Santa Margarita hung tough with St. John Bosco in their Trinity League opener, but eventually fell 65-28. Senior quarterback Colt Fulton completed 23 of 40 passes for 268 yards, four TDs and an interception in the game.

15. Long Beach Poly (2-0)

Last week: 15

Poly won a hard fought overtime showdown against No. 19 Gardena Serra two weeks ago thanks to a balanced rushing attack and good defense. They’ll now roll in the Moore League and that’s what happened Friday in their 41-0 win over Lakewood.

16. La Habra (2-0)

Last week: 17

La Habra needed overtime to beat Fullerton 34-28 on Friday.

17. Edison (2-0)

Last week: 18

Edison rolled to a 55-7 win over Trabuco Hills in their season opener and kept up that momentum in a 47-14 win over Newport Harbor on Friday.

18. Vista Murrieta (1-0)

Last week: 22

Vista Murrieta won a barn burner in their season opener taking down Chaparral 34-33 thanks to a clutch fourth down TD toss from Brady Jones.

19. Serra Gardena (1-1)

Last week: 23

Serra Gardena struggled on offense again this week, but rallied to beat Mission League rival Chaminade 12-6 in overtime. Serra senior linebacker Lando Brown had three sacks in the win.

20. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) (0-1)

Last week: 19

Notre Dame fell in their season opener 21-9 to No. 7 Alemany. Micah McGavin caught a TD in the game for the Knights.

21. Inglewood (0-0)

Last week: 24

Inglewood went 12-1 a year ago and the Sentinels have gotten better in the offseason, adding 2022 Cal QB commit Justyn Martin and 2022 Washington State linebacker commit Taariq Al-Uqdah.

22. Valencia (1-0)

Last week: 25

Junior quarterback Tyler Voss had 442 yards passing and three TDs in Valencia’s 63-20 win over West Ranch.

23. Murrieta Valley (1-0)

Last week: NR

Murrieta Valley took down Heritage 48-14. Tiger Bachmeier caught a TD in the game.

24. La Serna (1-0)

Last week: NR

La Serna beat Muir 48-7 and enter this week’s rankings at No. 24.

25. San Juan Hills (1-0)

San Juan Hills beat El Toro 48-14. Brayden Burnes rushed for 155 yards and two TDs in the win.

Last week: NR

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