Here’s a look at the top storylines in the ninth week of the 2021 Southern Section high school football season. The weekend of Oct. 14-16 was California’s Week Eight, as the first week of the season is known as “Week Zero”.
All rankings referenced pertain to SBLive’s Southern Section rankings unless noted otherwise.
NO. 4 CORONA CENTENNIAL GETS REVENGE, BIG VIII LEAGUE TITLE AGAINST NO. 7 NORCO
The Huskies avenged a 38-36 upset to league rival Norco in the spring with a 48-24 victory. Centennial led 21-17 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.
NO. 14 EDISON RETAINS SUNSET LEAGUE SILVER MEDAL AGAINST NO. 22 CORONA DEL MAR
Edison beat Corona del Mar in a one-score game for second place in the Sunset League for the second year in a row. The Chargers won 28-20 in what turned into a defensive duel after the first quarter.
NO. 17 ALEMANY’S RUN GAME TOO MUCH FOR NO. 16 BISHOP AMAT
Alemany picked up its biggest win of the season, a 45-35 victory over Bishop Amat, to stay unbeaten in Mission League play. Floyd Chalk and Jaylen Thompson ran for 260 and 186 yards, respectively.
HOW THE REST OF THE TOP 25 FAIRED, AND OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS
- No. 1 Mater Dei blew out No. 8 Santa Margarita 56-3.
- No. 2 St. John Bosco defeated No. 13 Orange Lutheran 49-25.
- No. 3 Servite demolished No. 25 JSerra 53-0.
- No. 5 Mission Viejo routed Tesoro 45-3.
- No. 6 Sierra Canyon fell 24-7 on the road at Saguaro, one of the top football teams in Arizona.
- No. 9 Los Alamitos blew out Fountain Valley 56-7.
- No. 11 Warren routed Paramount 40-6.
- No. 12 Vista Murrieta cruised to a 38-6 victory against Great Oak.
- No. 15 St. Bonaventure crushed Calabasas 63-0.
- No. 18 Simi Valley moved to 9-0 with a 41-7 rout of Thousand Oaks.
- No. 19 Etiwanda remained undefeated with a 41-14 win over Chino Hills.
- No. 20 Bishop Diego routed Newbury Park 49-7.
- No. 21 Glendora defeated Colony 28-7.
- No. 23 Cajon blew out Beaumont 54-6 to effectively clinch a Citrus Belt League title.
- No. 24 Serra (Gardena) shut out Cathedral to stay in the Mission League title race.
- Downey defeated Dominguez 40-7 to effectively clinch a top-two finish in league, and set up a title match with Warren in Week 10.
- Lastly, Crestview League play commenced with a bang. Yorba Linda edged out Foothill 30-27 in a battle of unbeatens, and Villa Park survived El Modena 31-28 in two instant classics.