SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Football Rankings: Simi Valley debuts

The fall 2021 Southern Section high school football season continued this week. Below are SBLive’s latest Section rankings. The rankings are compiled by reporter Connor Morrissette and will be released every Monday throughout the fall 2021 season.

SBLIVE’S SOUTHERN SECTION TOP 25 FOOTBALL RANKINGS

Sept. 13, 2021

1. Mater Dei (2-0)

Last week: 1

Mater Dei is 2-0 against out of state opponents so far this season. They’ve beaten Duncanville (Texas) and Liberty (Nevada) by a combined score of 94-10. In their 49-7 win over Liberty, sophomore QB Elijah Brown completed 15 of 16 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

2. St. John Bosco (4-0)

Last week: 2

St. John Bosco led 35-0 against East (St. Louis), but the Braves struggled in the third quarter and went on to win 42-26. When the Braves were rolling, Pierce Clarkson ran for two touchdowns in the second quarter, including one from over half the field. Chedon James also ran for a touchdown in the second quarter off of a trick play, and then Rayshon Luke ran for a touchdown exactly a minute into the second half.

3. Servite (3-0)

Last week: 3

The Friars have one of the best offenses in the country and that was on full display in their win against Bishop Amat, but their defense and special teams also played extremely well last Thursday. Servite is a complete team. Quarterback Noah Fifita is committed to Arizona.

4. Corona Centennial (3-0)

Last week: 4

Centennial blanked JSerra 48-0.

5. Los Alamitos (4-0)

Last week: 5

Los Alamitos beat No. 16 Buchanan 34-31. There were seven lead changes in the game, but Los Alamitos ran out the final 3:46. to win.

6. Norco (3-0)

Last week: 6

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

7. Sierra Canyon (2-1)

Last week: 7

The Trailblazers struggled on offense in a 35-14 loss to No. 4 Corona Centennial. Their defense impressed though.

8. Santa Margarita (3-1)

Last week: 8

Santa Margarita beat Nolan Catholic (Texas) 31-13. Jaxon Potter threw three touchdown passes.

9. Alemany (1-2)

Last week: 9

Alemany beat up Oaks Christian 56-21 to record their first win of the season. Dylan Gebbia accounted for five TDs in the victory.

10. Orange Lutheran (4-0)

Last week: 10

The Lancers are 4-0 under new head coach Rod Sherman after a thrilling 41-38 overtime win against Damien. Logan Gonzalez threw four touchdown passes in the win.

11. Mission Viejo (2-1)

Last week: 11

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

12. Inglewood (3-0)

Last week: 12

Inglewood beat up Compton 52-0 two weeks ago.

13. Warren (4-0)

Last week: 13

Star 2023 Warren QB Nico Iamaleava has thrown 20 touchdowns and just one interception so far this season.

14. Chaminade (3-1)

Last week: 15

Chaminade beat Crespi 42-14. Marquis Gallegos had two interceptions in the win.

15.  Vista Murrieta (3-1)

Last week: 16

Vista Murrieta beat up Upland 47-0. Gavin Galzote scored two touchdowns in the victory.

16. Corona del Mar (4-0)

Last week: NR

CDM enters the rankings after beating San Clemente 7-3.  John Tipton caught the game-winning touchdown in the first quarter.

17. Ayala (4-0)

Last week: 17

Ayala beat Los Osos 40-21. Bryan Wilson tossed three TDs.

18. Loyola (3-1)

Last week: 18

Loyola beat Cathedral 34-6. Tahj Owens rushed for two touchdowns.

19. San Clemente (3-1)

Last week: 14

San Clemente fell to 3-1 after losing 7-3 to No. 16 Corona del Mar. The Tritons defense is one of the best in the section.

20. Edison (2-2)

Last week: 21

Edison got back to .500 with a 49-10 win over Palos Verdes. Nico Brown caught two touchdowns in the victory.

21. Etiwanda (4-0)

Last week: 22

Etiwanda’s defense is giving up seven points per game, but they haven’t faced a Top 25 team yet this season.

22. Damien (1-2)

Last week: 23

Damien’s two losses have been by a combined five points to No. 18 Loyola and No. 10 Orange Lutheran.

23. Bishop Diego (3-0)

Last week: NR

Bishop Diego has recorded three blowout wins to begin the season. Qu’Ran Gossett has rushed for six TDs.

24. St. Bonaventure (3-0)

Last week: NR

St. Bonaventure blanked Notre Dame 37-0. Cody Hoffman caught two touchdowns in the win.

25. Simi Valley (4-0)

Last week: NR

Simi Valley enters the rankings this week thanks to their 4-0 start. Oregon State QB commit Travis Throckmorton has thrown seven TDs so far this season.

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