SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Football Rankings: San Clemente returns at No. 25

The fall 2021 Southern Section high school football season continued last week with several big games including No. 4 Corona Centennial beating No. 7 Norco 48-24 and No. 14 Edison beating No. 24 Corona del Mar 28-20.

After the ninth week of action across the Section, here are SBLive’s Top 25 Southern Section high school football rankings. The rankings are compiled by reporter Connor Morrissette and will be released every Monday throughout the fall 2021 season.

SBLIVE’S CALIFORNIA TOP 25 FOOTBALL RANKINGS

October 18, 2021

1. Mater Dei (6-0)

Last week: 1

Sophomore QB Elijah Brown won his eleventh straight start in a 56-3 win over No. 8 Santa Margarita. The Monarchs look unbeatable at the moment.

2. St. John Bosco (7-1)

Last week: 2

Prior to losing to No. 1 Mater Dei on Oct. 1, St. John Bosco had rolled through their non-league schedule which included three of the top teams in the country in Central (Fla.), East (Ill.) and Oscar Smith (Va.). The Braves beat Orange Lutheran 49-25 last week. Senior running back Rayshon Luke scored four touchdowns.

3. Servite (8-0)

Last week: 3

Servite plays No. 1 Mater Dei and then No. 2 St. John Bosco to close out their regular season after dominating the first eight teams on their schedule. Buckle up!

4. Corona Centennial (8-0)

Last week: 4

No. 7 Norco kept things close with Corona Centennial in the first half, but the Huskies outscored the Cougars 27-7 in the second half to improve to 8-0 with a 48-24 win. Senior Notre Dame commit Jaden Mickey returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the victory.

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5. Mission Viejo (7-1)

Last week: 5

Mission Viejo just keeps on winning. Last week, the Diablos took down Tesoro 45-3.

6. Sierra Canyon (4-4)

Last week: 6

Sierra Canyon traveled to Arizona and lost to a very talented Saguaro team 24-7. The Trailblazers stay put this week due to beating No. 7 Norco 35-21 on Sept. 24.

7. Norco (6-2)

Last week: 7

Norco stuck with No. 4 Corona Centennial for a half, but lost 48-24. The Cougars’ wins over No. 8 Santa Margarita and No. 12 Vista Murrieta keep them at No. 12.

8. Santa Margarita (5-3)

Last week: 8

Santa Margarita lost big to No. 1 Mater Dei 56-3, but a 42-21 September win over No. 9 Los Alamitos keeps the Eagles at No. 14.

9. Los Alamitos (7-1)

Last week: 9

Los Alamitos blew out Fountain Valley 56-7. The Griffins lone loss this season came to No. 8 Santa Margarita.

10. Inglewood (7-0)

Last week: 10

Inglewood shutout Hawthorne 59-0 two weeks ago. The Sentinels have a lot of talent, but have played a weak schedule.

11. Warren (Downey, Calif.) (7-0)

Last week: 11

Warren took down Paramount 40-6 to stay undefeated on the season. Their best win is over No. 23 Gardena Serra, 14-0.

12.  Vista Murrieta (7-1)

Last week: 12

Vista Murrieta is quietly putting together one of the best seasons of any team in California high school football. Last week, the Broncos beat Great Oak 38-6. Senior QB Brady Jones tossed four TD’s in the game. Vista is clicking at the right time.

13. Orange Lutheran (5-3)

Last week: 13

The Lancers started the year 5-0 under new head coach Rod Sherman, but have since lost three games in a row to No. 3 Servite, No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 2 St. John Bosco. The Lancers’ best win came against No. 14 Edison, 23-21, in early September.

14. Edison (5-3)

Last week: 14

Edison picked up a key Sunset League win over No. 24 Corona del Mar 28-20 last week. The Chargers will be a very tough out in the Division 2 Southern Section playoffs in a couple of weeks.

15. St. Bonaventure (7-0)

Last week: 15

St. Bonaventure passed their test against previously unbeaten Bishop Diego, the No. 20 team in our rankings, at the beginning of October. The Seraphs won that game 21-14 and then took down Calabasas 63-0 this past week following a bye.

16. Alemany (4-3)

Last week: 17

Alemany can’t be stopped on the ground right now. The Warriors rushed for 510 yards in a 45-35 win over No. 17 Bishop Amat last week. Floyd Chalk had 260 yards and three of the scores.

17. Bishop Amat (5-3)

Last week: 16

The Lancers couldn’t stop No. 16 Alemany’s rushing attack, so they drop a spot.

18. Simi Valley (9-0)

Last week: 18

Even with backup QB Steele Pizzella playing, Simi Valley just keeps on winning. They beat Thousand Oaks 41-7 to move to 9-0.

19. Etiwanda (7-0)

Last week: 19

Etiwanda beat Chino Hills 41-14 to stay undefeated. Zach Congalton hit Jordan Williams on a 74-yard touchdown pass in the game.

20. Bishop Diego (6-1)

Last week: 20

Bishop Diego fell to No. 15 St. Bonaventure 21-14 two weeks ago but bounced back this week with a 49-7 win over Newbury Park last week.

21. Glendora (8-0)

Last week: 21

Glendora entered the rankings two weeks ago after beating previously undefeated Ayala 21-7. Braydon Brus rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Last week, the Tartans beat Colony 28-7.

22. Cajon (8-0)

Last week: 23

Cajon beat Beaumont 54-6 to stay undefeated. Freddy Fletcher rushed for over 250 yards in the win.

23. Gardena Serra (4-3)

Last week: 24

Serra won their third game in a row 28-0 over Cathedral. Sophomore linebacker Tanu Sosa led the Cavaliers with 13 tackles and three tackles for loss in the victory.

24. Corona del Mar (6-2)

Last week: 22

CDM fell to No. 14 Edison 28-20. Earlier this season, the Sea Kings beat No. 25 San Clemente 7-3.

25. San Clemente (6-2)

Last week: NR

The Tritons have won three games in a row over Murrieta Valley, Loyola and San Juan Hills. Their two losses this season came against No. 14 Edison and No. 24 Corona del Mar.

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