SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Football Rankings: Yorba Linda debuts at No. 25

The fall 2021 Southern Section high school football season continued last week with several big games including No. 1 Mater Dei beating No. 2 Servite 46-37 and No. 3 St. John Bosco beating No. 8 Santa Margarita 41-16.

After the tenth 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.


October 25, 2021

1. Mater Dei (7-0)

Last week: 1

Mater Dei firmed its grip on the No. 1 ranking with a 46-37 win over Servite on Saturday night.

2. Servite (8-1)

Last week: 3

Servite lost to No. 1 Mater Dei 46-37, but played the Monarchs closer than any team since 2019, so they move up to No. 2. For three and a half quarters, the Friars went shot for shot with Mater Dei. Senior Arizona commit Noah Fifita completed 26 of 41 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Senior Oregon commit Tetairoa McMillan snagged 15 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns.

3. St. John Bosco (8-1)

Last week: 2

Prior to losing to No. 1 Mater Dei 42-21 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 No. 8 Santa Margarita 41-16 last week. Senior running back Rayshon Luke scored three touchdowns.

Servite played Mater Dei closer than St. John Bosco did, so the Braves move down this week.

4. Corona Centennial (9-0)

Last week: 4

Centennial picked up another dominating win in the Big VIII League last week as they took down Roosevelt 64-0. The Huskies best wins are over No. 6 Sierra Canyon and No. 7 Norco.

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5. Mission Viejo (8-1)

Last week: 5

Mission Viejo just keeps on winning. Last week, the Diablos took down San Juan Hills 42-22. The Diablos have beaten No. 6 Sierra Canyon and No. 15 Alemany this season.

6. Sierra Canyon (4-4)

Last week: 6

Sierra Canyon traveled to Arizona and lost to a very talented Saguaro team 24-7 two weeks ago. The Trailblazers’ best win this season came against No. 7 Norco, 35-21.

7. Norco (7-2)

Last week: 7

Norco stuck with No. 4 Corona Centennial for a half, but lost 48-24 two weeks ago. The Cougars’ best win came over No. 8 Santa Margarita in August. Last week, the Cougars beat up King 55-0.

8. Santa Margarita (5-4)

Last week: 8

Santa Margarita lost to No. 3 St. John Bosco 41-16, but a 42-21 September win over No. 9 Los Alamitos keeps the Eagles at No. 8.

9. Los Alamitos (8-1)

Last week: 9

Los Alamitos blew out Huntington Beach 49-14. The Griffins lone loss this season came to No. 8 Santa Margarita.

10. Inglewood (8-0)

Last week: 10

Inglewood virtually clinched the Ocean League title with a 31-0 win over Leuzinger last week.

11. Warren (Downey, Calif.) (7-0)

Last week: 11

Warren took down Paramount 40-6 two weeks ago to stay undefeated on the season. Their best win is over No. 22 Gardena Serra, 14-0.

12. Orange Lutheran (6-3)

Last week: 13

The Lancers started the year 5-0 under new head coach Rod Sherman, but they then lost three straight to No. 2 Servite, No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 3 St. John Bosco in Trinity League play. Last week, Orange Lutheran beat JSerra 9-7. The Lancers’ best win came against No. 13 Edison, 23-21, in early September.

13. Edison (6-3)

Last week: 14

Edison picked up a key Sunset League win over Corona del Mar 28-20 two weeks ago. The Chargers will be a very tough out in the Division 2 Southern Section playoffs in a couple of weeks. Last week, Edison beat Fountain Valley 51-0.

14. St. Bonaventure (8-0)

Last week: 15

The Seraphs are undefeated with their best win coming against No. 19 Bishop Diego 21-14 on Oct. 1. Last week, St. Bonaventure beat Westlake 27-17.

15. Alemany (4-3)

Last week: 16

Alemany can’t be stopped on the ground right now. The Warriors rushed for 510 yards in a 45-35 win over No. 16 Bishop Amat two week ago. Floyd Chalk had 260 yards and three of the scores.

16. Bishop Amat (6-3)

Last week: 17

The Lancers bounced back from their defeat against Alemany to beat Chaminade 29-18. “This was for the playoffs and we’re in a good situation after tonight,” Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty told Fred Robledo of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune postgame.

17. 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 two weeks ago.

18. Etiwanda (9-0)

Last week: 19

Etiwanda beat Rancho Cucamonga 30-28 in a thriller to stay undefeated.

19. Bishop Diego (7-1)

Last week: 20

Bishop Diego fell to No. 14 St. Bonaventure 21-14 three weeks ago but the Cardinals have blown out every other Southern Section opponent they’ve played this season.

20. Glendora (9-0)

Last week: 21

Glendora entered the rankings three 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 Los Osos 24-7.

21. Cajon (9-0)

Last week: 22

Cajon shutout out Redlands East Valley 35-0 last week. Freddy Fletcher rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown in the win.

22. Gardena Serra (5-3)

Last week: 23

Serra won their fourth game in a row 30-10 over Notre Dame. Maalik Murphy threw three touchdowns in the victory.

23. Corona del Mar (7-2)

Last week: 24

CDM fell to No. 14 Edison 28-20 two weeks ago. Earlier this season, the Sea Kings beat No. 24 San Clemente 7-3. Last week, CDM took down rival Newport Harbor 35-12.

24. San Clemente (6-2)

Last week: 25

The Tritons have won four games in a row over Murrieta Valley, Loyola, San Juan Hills and Tesoro. Their two losses this season came against No. 13 Edison and No. 23 Corona del Mar.

25. Yorba Linda (9-0)

Last week: NR

The Mustangs are 9-0 and replace Vista Murrieta in this week’s Top 25. Vista fell to Murrieta Valley last week. Yorba Linda took down El Modena 34-6. Junior QB Reyn Beal tossed three touchdowns in the victory

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