SBLive’s final LA City Section Top 10 Football Rankings: Birmingham wire-to-wire top team

Here are SBLive’s Top 10 LA City Section high school football rankings for the week of May 3. The rankings were compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette.

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. You can download the new SBLive Sports Android app here.


May 3, 2021

1. Birmingham (4-2)

The Patriots outscored West Valley League teams 122-16 this spring.

2. San Pedro (2-0)

It’s too bad there was no LA City title game this season. San Pedro taking on Birmingham would have been a great game. The Pirates won their two games this spring 64-19 and 55-0.

3. Venice (4-0)

Venice clinched a Western League title with their 48-3 win over Hamilton.

4. Granada Hills (2-2)

2023 running back Dijon Stanley finished the season with 1,009 rushing yards and 14 TDs. The Highlanders are a team on the rise.

5. Palisades (3-1)

Palisades bounced back from their season opening 36-0 defeat to No. 3 Venice with wins over Fairfax, Garfield and Westchster.

6. Banning (3-1)

The Pilots bring back almost all of their difference makers this fall.

7. Canoga Park (3-1)

Canoga Park won their first Valley Mission League title since 1999 under first year head coach David Perez. Rashad Cooks led the Hunters to back-to-back last minute wins over Reseda and San Fernando to clinch the league title. Technically, Canoga Park will share the league crown because Kennedy went 1-0 in Valley Mission League play.

8. Reseda (3-1)

Reseda had their perfect season spoiled by Canoga Park in their finale, losing 27-20.

9. Carson (1-1)

Carson beat Crenshaw 34-12 two weeks ago in their final game of the year.

10. Arleta/Chavez (both undefeated)

Arleta went 3-0 and Chavez 4-0 this spring. Unfortunately even though both teams compete in the East Valley League, they didn’t play each other so it’s tough to separate them and they’ll each finish the the No. 10 ranking.

In the mix: Cleveland, Westchester, Kennedy, Lincoln, Manual Arts, Roosevelt, San Fernando and Mendez

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