SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Football Rankings: Norco debuts after upset of Centennial

Here are SBLive’s Top 25 Southern Section high school football rankings for the week of April 5. The rankings were compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette.


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April 5, 2021

1. St. John Bosco (4-0)

Last week: 1

St. John Bosco sophomores Matayo Uiagalelei (left) and Pierce Clarkson

St. John Bosco beat JSerra 66-14. The Braves led 59-7 at halftime.

2. Mater Dei (3-0)

Last week: 2

Elijah Brown

Mater Dei took down Servite 24-17 on Saturday in a game that came down to the final play.

3. Servite (2-2)

Last week: 3

Noah Fifita

Servite fell to No. 1 St. John Bosco 38-28 two weeks ago and this past week the Friars lost to Mater Dei 24-17. Friars junior QB Noah Fifita committed to Arizona on Sunday.

4. Sierra Canyon (3-1)

Last week: 4

Cole Bullock

After falling to No. 1 St. John Bosco 42-21 in their opener, Sierra Canyon hasn’t allowed a point in three straight games winning all three by at least 40 points.

5. Mission Viejo (3-0)

Last week: 4

Mikey Matthews

Mission Viejo took down Tesoro 44-13 on Friday. Kadin Semonza threw three TDs. Mikey Matthews hauled in two of them.

6. Santa Margarita (2-1)

Last week: 7

Derek Wilkins

Santa Margarita hung tough with No. 1 St. John Bosco in their Trinity League opener, but eventually fell 65-28. Two weeks ago, the Eagles dominated JSerra winning 42-0.

7. Alemany (3-0)

Last week: 8

Kevin Green Jr. – Alemany
Kevin Green Jr.

Alemany took down Cathedral 21-7 to move to 3-0 in Mission League play.

8. San Clemente (3-0)

Last week: 9

San Clemente beat San Juan Hills 35-7 on Friday. James Bohls ran for three first half TDs.

9. Los Alamitos (4-0)

Last week: 10

Malachi Nelson

Sophomore QB Malachi Nelson set the Los Alamitos passing touchdown record with seven in the first half of the Griffins 63-14 win over Huntington Beach.

10. Norco (3-0)

Last week: NR

In a stunning upset, Norco ended Corona Centennial’s 57 game Big VIII League win streak on Saturday winning 38-36.

11. Corona Centennial (2-1)

Last week: 6

Jake Retzlaff

Corona Centennial, using a three quarterback rotation of Jake Retzlaff, Israel Carter and Carson Conklin, fell to No. 10 Norco 38-36 on Saturday.

12. Loyola (2-0)

Last week: 11

Loyola has beaten St. Bernard and St. Francis so far in 2021.

13. Long Beach Poly (3-0)

Last week: 12

Poly won a hard fought overtime showdown against No. 18 Gardena Serra to open the season thanks to a balanced rushing attack and good defense. They’ll now roll in the Moore League and that’s what happened last week in their 38-0 win over Compton.

14. Oaks Christian (3-1)

Last week: 14

Oaks Christian beat Upland 27-16 on Saturday. Carson Schwesinger caught a TD in the win.

15. La Habra (4-0)

Last week: 15

La Habra took down Buena Park 62-0 on Friday.

16. Vista Murrieta (3-0)

Last week: 16

Vista Murrieta crushed Great Oak 58-0 over the weekend.

17. Edison (3-1)

Last week: 17

Edison beat Fountain Valley 40-0. Senior Jeremy Alcorn had 3.5 sacks in the win.

18. Serra Gardena (3-1)

Last week: 19

Serra Gardena beat Notre Dame 29-14. 2022 Texas QB commit Maalik Murphy completed 19 of 28 passes for 301 yards and three TDs.

19. Inglewood (2-0)

Last week: 20

Inglewood went 12-1 a year ago and the Sentinels have gotten better in the offseason, adding 2022 Cal QB commit Justyn Martin and 2022 Washington State linebacker commit Taariq Al-Uqdah. They began their season with wins over Leuzinger and Irvine.

20. Valencia (3-0)

Last week: 21

Valencia beat Hart 25-7. Junior quarterback Tyler Voss threw a TD and rushed for a second.

21. Murrieta Valley (3-0)

Last week: 22

Murrieta Valley has put up 48, 53 and 65 points in their three wins this season. In last week’s 63-35 victory over Murrieta Mesa, DJ Watts rushed for four TDs.

22. La Serna (3-0)

Last week: 23

La Serna beat Whittier 38-14.

23. Orange (3-0)

Last week: 25

Orange beat up Long Beach Millikan 73-20 on Thursday.

24. Damien (3-1)

Last week: NR

Damien has been one of the surprise teams of the spring thanks to wins over St. Francis, Aquinas and Paraclete. Donovan Smith threw three TD passes in Damien’s 21-10 win over Paraclete last week.

25. Chaminade (2-2)

Chaminade is back in the Top 25 thanks to two straight wins over Notre Dame and Bishop Amat. Quarterback Jaylen Henderson choosing to play this spring after initially opting out has made a big difference.

Last week: NR

Other teams considered: San Juan Hills, Bishop Amat, Corona del Mar, Culver City, Rancho Verde, Cajon, Glendora, Etiwanda, Pacifica (Oxnard), Rancho Cucamonga, Lawndale, Bishop Diego, St. Bernard and Crespi

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