SBLive’s California Top 25: Mater Dei (Santa Ana) new No. 1, two new teams debut in statewide football rankings

The fall 2021 California high school football season continued this week with several big games, including Mater Dei traveling to Texas and beating up on Duncanville 45-3. The win pushed the Monarchs ahead of St. John Bosco for the No. 1 ranking this week.

After the second week of action across California, here are SBLive’s Top 25 California high school football rankings. The statewide rankings span all 10 sections and are compiled by reporter Connor Morrissette. They will be released every Monday throughout the fall 2021 season.

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SBLIVE’S CALIFORNIA TOP 25 FOOTBALL RANKINGS

Aug. 30, 2021

1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 2

Mater Dei went to Texas and dominated from the opening kickoff en route to a 45-3 win over Duncanville, last week’s No. 10 team. USC commit Domani Jackson had a pick-six on Duncanville’s first pass attempt and on the Monarchs first play on offense, Oklahoma running back commit Raleek Brown scored a 75-yard touchdown.

2. St. John Bosco (2-0)

Last week: 1

Through two games, St. John Bosco’s defense has been elite, but their offense hasn’t been up to their usual high standards, so they drop to No. 2. With so many Division 1 recruits on the roster, expect the Braves offense to improve.

3. De La Salle (1-0)

Last week: 3

De La Salle’s win streak against Northern California opponents is now up to 317 games following their 52-16 win over Stockton St. Mary’s. The Spartans scored 35 unanswered second half points in the win. Junior running back Charles Greer rushed for three scores.

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4. Servite (2-0)

Last week: 4

The Friars have one of the best offenses in the country and that was on full display in their win against Mission Viejo, but their defense also played extremely well last Thursday. Corner Mike Hurst had an interception in the win.

5. Corona Centennial (1-0)

Last week: 9

In one of the more eye-opening results of the weekend, Corona Centennial steamrolled No. 18 Cathedral Catholic 57-14. Junior quarterbacks Izzy Carter and Carson Conklin, who alternate possessions for the Huskies, each accounted for two first half touchdowns in the victory.

6. Folsom (1-0)

Last week: 6

Folsom dominated a talented Monterey Trail team 56-14 in their opener showing they are the top team in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Senior QB Tyler Tremain tossed five TDs in the win. Folsom will play against Jesuit on Monday night after Friday’s game was postponed due to poor air quality.

7. Sierra Canyon (2-0)

Last week: 7

The Trailblazers beat Oaks Christian 21-9. Jason Jones rushed for 194 yards and a TD. He also caught a TD.

8. Los Alamitos (2-0)

Last week: 8

Los Alamitos had a bit of a tough time against No. 15 Lincoln, but hung on to win 21-17.

9. Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) (0-0)

Last week: 11

Serra’s game against Pittsburg was canceled due to poor air quality. The sky is the limit for a Serra offense that brings back QB Dominique Lampkin and do-it-all playmaker Hassan Mahasin.

10. Pittsburg (0-0)

Last week: 12

Pittsburg has a very challenging schedule, but they have a blue chip QB in 2023 gunslinger Jaden Rashada. Their opener against Serra was canceled due to poor air quality.

11. Norco (Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 24

Norco were the biggest risers this week thanks to a 40-22 win against No. 16 Santa Margarita. QB Kyle Crum and RB Jaydn Ott combined for five scores.

12. Carlsbad (2-0)

Last week: 13

Carlsbad beat up Long Beach Millikan 48-3. Sophomore QB Julian Sayin tossed three TDs.

13. Rocklin (1-0)

Last week: 16

Rocklin beat Turlock 41-0 their opener. Star D-lineman Bobby Piland had four tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in the game. Rocklin’s week two game was postponed due to poor air quality.

14. Buchanan (2-0)

Last week: 17

Buchanan blanked Bullard 27-0.

15. Lincoln (San Diego, Calif.) (1-1)

Last week: 23

247Sports analyst Greg Biggins said it best on the Bally Sports broadcast when he characterized Lincoln’s performance against Los Alamitos as a game where the losing team should still move up in the rankings. Lincoln played like one of the state’s top teams in their 21-17 defeat to Los Alamitos. They’re a very dangerous teams in San Diego led by Oregon bound cornerbacks Jalil Tucker and Jahlil Florence.

16. Santa Margarita (1-1)

Last week: 14

The Eagles fell to Norco 40-22.

17. Alemany (0-2)

Last week: 19

Alemany played No. 2 St. John Bosco very tough before ultimately losing 24-3 and for that, they move up two spots.

18. Cathedral Catholic (1-1)

Last week: 4

The Dons were supposed to be one of the state’s best, but instead they’ve struggled to begin the year. They had five turnovers in their week one win against Torrey Pines and then they lost 57-14 to Corona Centennial over the weekend.

19. Chaminade (2-0)

Last week: NR

The Eagles are 2-0 following big wins over Oaks Christian and Birmingham. Paul Holyfield is a player to watch at running back and defensive back.

20. Orange Lutheran (2-0)

Last week: NR

The Lancers are 2-0 under new head coach Rod Sherman. Senior running back Desmin Jackson is a player to watch.

21. Mission Viejo (1-1)

Last week: 15

Mission Viejo had a tough time with Servite losing 44-7.

22. San Clemente (2-0)

Last week: 18

San Clemente squeaked past San Jacinto winning 15-13. Lachlan Van Rosmalen threw two TDs.

23. Clovis (2-0)

Last week: 20

Clovis beat Bakersfield 34-14. Tristan Risley rushed for three TDs in the win.

24. Central (Fresno, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 23

Central beat Bullard 51-32 in their opener. Dayton Tafoya threw five touchdowns in the game but was intercepted three times.

25. Inglewood (2-0)

Last week: 25

Inglewood beat Rio Mesa 29-12. Inglewood led 23-0 after three quarters.

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