SBLive’s California Top 25: Long Beach Poly and Carlsbad debut in statewide football rankings

All eyes were on last week’s showdown in San Diego between Cathedral Catholic and Lincoln, the most intriguing matchup entering Week 5 of the spring 2021 California high school football season. Cathedral Catholic made it clear they’re the No. 1 team in the San Diego Section with a 41-0 victory.

Elsewhere in the state, Chaminade took down Alemany 34-27, which dropped the Warriors out of this week’s rankings. Santa Margarita’s 49-13 defeat to Mater Dei dropped the Eagles out of the rankings as well. In Central and Northern California, all of the teams ranked last week either won their games or didn’t play.

The statewide high school football rankings are compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette and will be released every Monday throughout the shortened season.


SBLive California is shining a spotlight on the top football teams and players in the state throughout the 2021 spring high school football season. You can find all of our high school football coverage here. And you can download the new SBLive Sports iPhone app here, and you can download the new SBLive Sports Android app here.


April 12, 2021

1. St. John Bosco (5-0)

Last week: 1

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

St. John Bosco beat Orange Lutheran 55-0. They play rival Mater Dei on Saturday.

2. Mater Dei (4-0)

Last week: 2

Elijah Brown

Mater Dei took down Santa Margarita 49-13 on Friday. Fresman QB Elijah Brown completed 20 of 25 passes for 291 yards and four TDs.

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

Last week: 3

De La Salle Spartans football

De La Salle beat California High 48-10. The Spartans unbeaten streak against Northern California opponents is up to 315 games.

4. Servite (3-2)

Last week: 4

Noah Fifita

Servite took down JSerra 52-0. 2022 QB Noah Fifita rushed for three TDs.

5. Sierra Canyon (4-1)

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 four straight games winning all four by at least 37 points.

6. Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) (4-0)

Last week: 6

Serra beat Archbishop Riordan 26-3.

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

Last week: 7

(Photo by Josh DaFoe)

Cathedral beat up Lincoln 41-0.

8. Mission Viejo (4-0)

Last week: 8

Mikey Matthews

Mission Viejo took down San Juan Hills 49-14 on Friday. Kadin Semonza threw five TDs. Mikey Matthews hauled in three of them.

9. Folsom (5-0)

Last week: 9

Tyler Tremain

Folsom beat Lincoln 41-14. Junior quarterback Tyler Tremain completed 23 of 37 passes for 426 yards and five TDs in the win.

10. Pittsburg (4-0)

Last week: 12

pittsburg pirates football

Pittsburg beat Deer Valley 67-8. Jaden Rashada tossed four TD passes in the win. Eli Brickhandler threw three TD passes.

11. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) (4-0)

Last week: 13

Buchanan beat Clovis North 51-3.

12. San Clemente (4-0)

Last week: 14

San Clemente beat Tesoro 35-17 on Friday. James Bohls had 16 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns.

13. Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.) (3-1)

Last week: 15

Valley Christian beat Bellarmine College Prep 36-0. Jake Odjegbu rushed for two TDs.

14. San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 16

The Panthers beat Bullard 29-2. Jordan Hornbeak rushed for 165 yards and a TD in the win.

15. Monterey Trail (Elk Grove, Calif.) (4-0)

Last week: 17

Monterey Trail beat San Leandro 48-12. Otha Williams rushed for four TDs in the win.

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

Last week: 18

St. Mary’s beat Central Catholic 42-34 two weeks ago. Their lone loss on the season came against No. 3 De La Salle.

17. Central (Fresno, Calif.) (3-1)

Last week: 19

Central beat Clovis West 38-13. Sophomore running back Aidan Fortenberry rushed for two scores in the victory.

18. Los Alamitos (5-0)

Last week: 20

Malachi Nelson

Los Alamitos beat Fountain Valley 62-9.

19. Long Beach Poly (3-0)

Last week: NR

Poly won a hard fought overtime showdown against No. 9 Gardena Serra to open the season thanks to a balanced rushing attack and good defense. They’ll now roll in the Moore League and that’s what happened two weeks ago in their 38-0 win over Compton.

20. Serra Gardena (4-1)

Last week: NR

Serra Gardena beat Bishop Amat 38-17.

21. Rocklin (4-0)

Last week: 22

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

22. Norco (4-0)

Last week: 24

A week after Norco ended Corona Centennial’s 57 game Big VIII League win streak, the Cougars beat King 42-0. Junior QB Kyle Crum tossed three TDs.

23. Corona Centennial (3-1)

Last week: 25

Jake Retzlaff

Corona Centennial beat Roosevelt 66-6. The Huskies rushed for seven TDs in the win. Senior Dominique Clay rushed for two TDs.

24. Liberty (Bakersfield, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 23

Liberty beat Frontier 23-19.

25. Carlsbad (4-0)

Last week: NR

Carlsbad has rolled to a 4-0 start. They’re the No. 2 team in San Diego.

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