SBLive’s California Top 25: No. 24 Warren (Downey) debuts in statewide football rankings

The fall 2021 California high school football season continued this week with several big games, including No. 5 Corona Centennial beating No. 10 Sierra Canyon 35-14 and No. 6 Folsom beating No. 16 Pittsburg 38-17.

After the third 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.



Sept. 6, 2021

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

Last week: 1

Mater Dei went to Texas and dominated from the opening kickoff en route to a 45-3 win over Duncanville in their opener. 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. The Monarchs did suffer some bad news this week though: Jackson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, the school announced.

2. St. John Bosco (3-0)

Last week: 2

St. John Bosco’s elite defense is giving up only 7.3 points per game.

3. De La Salle (2-0)

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Last week: 3

De La Salle’s win streak against Northern California opponents is now up to 318 games following their 68-6 win against Monterey Trail.

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 44-7 win against Mission Viejo, but their defense also played extremely well in the game. Corner Mike Hurst had an interception in the win.

5. Corona Centennial (2-0)

Last week: 5

Centennial used a big second half to beat No. 10 Sierra Canyon 35-14.

6. Folsom (3-0)

Last week: 6

Folsom beat No. 16 Pittsburg 38-17. Tyler Tremain tossed five TDs.

7. Los Alamitos (3-0)

Last week: 8

Los Alamitos blanked Paramount 50-0.

8. Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: 9

Serra finally kicked off its season with a 41-14 win over Palo Alto. Senior QB Dom Lampkin opened the second quarter with a 72-yard touchdown run.

9. Norco (Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 11

Norco’s offense is showing it’s one of the state’s best. The Cougars won 62-21 over Rancho Cucamonga last week.

10. Sierra Canyon (2-1)

Last week: 7

The Trailblazers struggled on offense in a 35-14 loss to Corona Centennial. Their defense impressed though.

11. Cathedral Catholic (2-1)

Last week: 18

The Dons steamrolled Chaminade 50-17 to move up seven spots. They’re the No. 1 team in San Diego until a San Diego team knocks them off.

12. Carlsbad (3-0)

Last week: 12

Carlsbad beat Lawndale 30-7. Julian Sayin threw two TD passes and rushed for a third.

13. Rocklin (2-0)

Last week: 13

Rocklin beat Davis 69-8. Kenny Lueth completed all five passes he attempted for 149 yards and four TDs.

14. Lincoln (San Diego, Calif.) (2-1)

Last week: 15

Lincoln beat Mission Hills, one of the top teams in San Diego, 30-13. Roderick Robinson rushed for three touchdowns in the win.

15. Buchanan (3-0)

Last week: 14

Following three blowouts, Buchanan will face No. 7 Los Alamitos this week.

16. Pittsburg (0-1)

Last week: 10

Pittsburg lost their opener to No. 5 Folsom 38-17. The Pirates are the No. 2 team in the North Coast Section.

17. Santa Margarita (2-1)

Last week: 16

Santa Margarita bounced back from a loss to Norco by beating St. Augustine 39-10. Jaxon Potter tossed two TDs in the win.

18. Alemany (0-2)

Last week: 17

Alemany played No. 2 St. John Bosco very tough before ultimately losing 24-3 two weeks ago.

19. Orange Lutheran (3-0)

Last week: 20

The Lancers are 3-0 under new head coach Rod Sherman following last week’s 23-21 win against Edison.

20. Mission Viejo (2-1)

Last week: 21

Mission Viejo bounced back from their loss to Servite by beating Long Beach Poly 41-14.

21. Clovis (3-0)

Last week: 23

Clovis blanked Ridgeview 40-0 even without star QB Nate Johnson who missed the game due to COVID protocols.

22. Central (Fresno, Calif.) (2-0)

Last week: 24

Central beat Bakersfield 59-20. Dayton Tafoya tossed three TD passes.

23. Inglewood (3-0)

Last week: 25

Inglewood beat up Compton 52-0.

24. Warren (Downey, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: NR

Star 2023 Warren QB Nico Iamaleava has thrown 18 touchdowns and zero interceptions so far this season.

25. McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.) (1-0)

Last week: NR

McClymonds debuts this week after beating Tamalpais 63-6 in their first game.

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