SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Football Rankings: Culver City and Rancho Verde debut

Here are SBLive’s Top 25 Southern Section high school football rankings for the week of April 12. The rankings were compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette.


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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. Servite (3-2)

Last week: 3

Noah Fifita

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

4. Sierra Canyon (4-1)

Last week: 4

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.

5. Mission Viejo (4-0)

Last week: 5

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.

6. San Clemente (4-0)

Last week: 8

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

7. Los Alamitos (5-0)

Last week: 9

Malachi Nelson

Los Alamitos beat Fountain Valley 62-9.

8. Long Beach Poly (3-0)

Last week: 13

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.

9. Serra Gardena (4-1)

Last week: 18

Serra Gardena beat Bishop Amat 38-17.

10. Norco (4-0)

Last week: 10

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.

11. Corona Centennial (3-1)

Last week: 11

Jake Retzlaff

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

12. Loyola (3-0)

Last week: 12

Loyola beat St. Paul 31-0. Harrison Allen rushed for a 45 yard TD in the win.

13. Santa Margarita (2-2)

Last week: 6

Derek Wilkins

Santa Margarita lost big to No. 2 Mater Dei 49-13.

14. Oaks Christian (4-1)

Last week: 14

Oaks Christian shutout Calabasas 69-0. Semaj Freeman rushed for three touchdowns.

15. La Habra (5-0)

Last week: 15

La Habra beat Troy 41-0.

16. Vista Murrieta (4-0)

Last week: 16

Vista Murrieta won in a shootout against Murrieta Valley 51-41.

17. Edison (4-1)

Last week: 17

Edison beat Corona del Mar 44-41 in an overtime thriller.

18. Chaminade (3-2)

Last week: 25

Led by Jaylen Henderson, Chaminade shocked Alemany 34-27 on Saturday night.

19. Inglewood (3-0)

Last week: 19

Inglewood beat Muir 70-14 at the Rose Bowl. 2022 Cal QB commit Justyn Martin threw eight TDs.

20. Alemany (3-1)

Last week: 7

Kevin Green Jr. – Alemany
Kevin Green Jr.

Alemany was upset by Chaminade, which drops them to No. 20.

21. Valencia (4-0)

Last week: 20

Valencia beat Golden Valley 9-3. Daniel Hernandez rushed for the Vikings’ lone TD.

22. Orange (4-0)

Last week: 23

Orange beat up St. Anthony 42-12 last week. Daylen Pedroza completed 20 of 34 for 299 yards and 4 TDs in the win.

23. Damien (4-1)

Last week: 24

Damien has been one of the surprise teams of the spring thanks to wins over St. Francis, Aquinas, Paraclete and Mayfair.

24. Culver City (5-0)

Last week: NR

Quarterback Zevi Eckhaus has had a huge spring to lead Culver City to an undefeated Bay League title.

25. Rancho Verde (4-0)

Last week: NR

Former Mater Dei quarterback Emmett Brown transferred to play for Pete Duffy and the Mustangs and he’s helped lead Rancho Verde to a 4-0 start.

Other teams considered: Cajon, Glendora, Etiwanda, Pacifica (Oxnard), Rancho Cucamonga, Lawndale, Bishop Diego, St. Bernard, La Serna, Ayala, Apple Valley and Warren

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