SBLive’s California Top 25: Pittsburg jumps to No. 12 in statewide football rankings

Second-ranked Mater Dei vs. fourth-ranked Servite was the most intriguing matchup entering Week 4 of the spring 2021 California high school football season. And while that game lived up to the hype – with Mater Dei pulling out a 24-17 victory – all eyes were on two other matchups that shook up this week’s SBLive California Top 25 Rankings.

Pittsburg dominated Liberty (Brentwood) 55-7 in a North Coast Section showdown, vaulting the Pirates to No. 12 in this week’s rankings – nine spots higher than last week. And Norco stunned Corona Centennial 38-36 in a Southern Section matchup, ending the Huskies’ 57 game Big VIII League win streak. Norco debuts in this week’s rankings at No. 24.

The statewide 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

April 5, 2021

1. St. John Bosco (4-0)

Last week: 1

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

St. John Bosco beat JSerra 66-14. The Braves led 59-7 at halftime.

2. Mater Dei (3-0)

Last week: 2

Elijah Brown

Mater Dei took down Servite 24-17 on Saturday in a game that came down to the final play.

3. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (4-0)

Last week: 3

De La Salle Spartans football

De La Salle beat Jesuit (Carmichael) 42-7 on Thursday. Nico Torrez rushed for three TDs.

4. Servite (2-2)

Last week: 4

Noah Fifita

Servite fell to No. 1 St. John Bosco 38-28 two weeks ago and this past week the Friars lost to Mater Dei 24-17. Friars junior QB Noah Fifita committed to Arizona on Sunday.

5. Sierra Canyon (3-1)

Last week: 5

Cole Bullock

After falling to No. 1 St. John Bosco 42-21 in their opener, Sierra Canyon hasn’t allowed a point in three straight games winning all three by at least 40 points.

6. Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 6

Serra beat Saint Francis 49-7 on Saturday. Hassan Mahasin scored three touchdowns.

7. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 9

(Photo by Josh DaFoe)

Cathedral Catholic beat St. Augustine 41-14 two weeks ago. 

8. Mission Viejo (3-0)

Last week: 7

Mikey Matthews

Mission Viejo took down Tesoro 44-13 on Friday. Kadin Semonza threw three TDs. Mikey Matthews hauled in two of them.

9. Folsom (4-0)

Last week: 10

Tyler Tremain

Folsom beat beat Whitney 40-7.

10. Santa Margarita (2-1)

Last week: 11

Derek Wilkins

Santa Margarita hung tough with No. 1 St. John Bosco in their Trinity League opener, but eventually fell 65-28. Two weeks ago, the Eagles dominated JSerra winning 42-0.

11. Alemany (3-0)

Last week: 12

Kevin Green Jr. – Alemany
Kevin Green Jr.

Alemany took down Cathedral 21-7 to move to 3-0 in Mission League play.

12. Pittsburg (3-0)

Last week: 21

Pittsburg beat Liberty (Brentwood) 55-7. The Pirates scored three TDs on their first four plays.

13. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 13

Buchanan beat Clovis 45-38 on Thursday.

14. San Clemente (3-0)

Last week: 14

San Clemente beat San Juan Hills 35-7 on Friday. James Bohls ran for three first half TDs.

15. Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.) (2-1)

Last week: 15

Valley Christian beat Archbishop Mitty 19-10 two weeks ago. Chase Laubach rushed for 118 yards in the win.

16. San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 16

The Panthers beat Lemoore 40-7 on Thursday. TJ Hall threw a TD and rushed for two more in the win.

17. Monterey Trail (Elk Grove, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 17

Monterey Trail beat Cosumnes Oaks 57-21. The Mustangs picked up over 500 yards on the ground in the win. Otha Williams rushed for two TDs.

18. St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.) (3-1)

Last week: 18

St. Mary’s beat Central Catholic 42-34.

19. Central (Fresno, Calif.) (2-1)

Last week: 19

Central beat Clovis East 35-7 on Thursday. Four different Central players rushed for touchdowns in the game, including quarterback DJ Stevenson.

20. Los Alamitos (4-0)

Last week: 20

Malachi Nelson

Sophomore QB Malachi Nelson set the Los Alamitos passing touchdown record with seven in the first half of the Griffins 63-14 win over Huntington Beach.

21. Lincoln (San Diego, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 22

Lincoln beat Madison 52-0. The Hornets haven’t allowed a point so far this spring. They play No. 7 Cathedral Catholic this week.

22. Rocklin (3-0)

Last week: 23

Rocklin beat Granite Bay 17-14. Senior Hunter Houser had eight tackles in the win with two coming for loss.

23. Liberty (Bakersfield, Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 25

Liberty beat Centennial (Bakersfield) 38-14.

24. Norco (3-0)

Last week: NR

In a stunning upset, Norco ended Corona Centennial’s 57 game Big VIII League win streak on Saturday winning 38-36.

25. Corona Centennial (2-1)

Last week: 8

Jake Retzlaff

Corona Centennial, using a three quarterback rotation of Jake Retzlaff, Israel Carter and Carson Conklin, fell to No. 10 Norco 38-36 on Saturday.

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