Around the SoCal Top 25 for Week 4

Southern California high school football scores

Friday night was a rough one for teams in the upper part of the High School Football America Southern California Top 25.  #6 Oaks Christian, #7 Chaminade and #9 Bishop Amat all lost, which means we’ll see a shuffle in the rankings when our new Top 25 is released on Sunday.

It should be noted, at the top, that all three of the losses were to teams that had been previously ranked in our SoCal Top 25.  It should also be noted that Chaminade and Bishop Amat’s losses were in their league openers, which isn’t necessary a shock, since on any given Friday, the seven Mission League teams take turns upsetting the so-called favorites.

Bishop Amat’s loss was a heartbreaking for the Lancers, who looked like they had the victory in-hand against Loyola.  Amat led 23-14 with less than a minute to play.  Sean O’Malley‘s touchdown pass with :17 left to Jack Webster got Loyola to within a field goal at 23-21, but they needed to recover an onside kick, according to the LA Times.

Loyola did recover the onside attempt and Diego Cacho-Sousa booted a 49-yard field goal with the clock running-out to give Loyola the 24-23 victory.

In Gardena, Serra brought a deceiving 1-3 record into its game against Chaminade.  The Cavaliers have played a tough schedule with two of their losses coming at the hands of teams ranked in the High School Football America National Top 50 — #24 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey) and #49 Saguaro (Arizona).  The other loss was to Narbonne, the #5 team in our SoCal Top 25.

Serra jumped-out to a 23-7 halftime lead on Chaminade, according to the Daily Breeze. However, Chaminade roared back in the second half, closing to within two points with 1:36 to play.  However, Serra recovered Chaminade’s onside kick attempt to seal a 30-28 victory.  Next week, Serra will face Loyola in Mission League play.

#6 Oaks Christian continues to put-up big points, but giving-up even bigger in a 70-62 loss to Murrieta Valley.  Click here to read a recap of the game in which Murrieta Valley’s Hank Bachmeier threw seven touchdowns and Oaks Christian’s Zach Charbonnet ran for six scores.

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Related: Recap #2 St. John Bosco tops St. Mary’s of Stockton 

Related: Recap #3 Corona Centennial wins, but loses quarterback Tanner McKee

#4 Mission Viejo head coach Bob Johnson won his 320th career game Friday night when the Diablos beat Redondo Union 49-12.  The win moves Johnson one victory away from tying former Los Alamitos head coach John Barnes for the most coaching victories in Orange County history.  The victory was the 33rd straight for MV.

#5 Narbonne shutout Paramount 37-0 to remain undefeated.  Quarterback Jalen Chatman passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.

#8 Rancho Cucamonga improved to 5-0 with a 17-14 win over Citrus Hill.

Related: Recap of #10 JSerra and #14 Santa Margarita’s wins on Thursday

#11 Vista Murrieta bounced back from its loss to JSerra last week with a 50-6 rout of Crenshaw.  The Broncos have a bye week this week and will open Southwestern League play against Murrieta Valley on October 7th in a game that could decide the league title in Week 1.

#13 Servite improved to 3-2, heading into Trinity League play in two week, with a 55-0 shutout of Garfield.

#15 La Mirada (3-2) opened Suburban League play with a 62-0 shutout of Cerritos.  The Matadores returned three interceptions for touchdowns, two by linebacker Chase Newman.

#16 Long Beach Poly topped crosstown rival Wilson 32-7.  Quarterback Nolan McDonald threw three touchdown passes.

Related: Orange Lutheran beats Colorado’s Mullen (VIDEO)

#18 Charter Oak needed three fourth quarterback touchdowns to overcome a 21-14 deficit to South Hills.  The Chargers improved to 5-0 with a 35-21 victory.

#19 Calabasas remains undefeated after a 42-7 win over El Camino Real.  Coyotes’ CB Darnay Holmes received his Army All-American Bowl jersey at a lunchtime assembly on Friday afternoon.

#20 St. Bonaventure improved to 4-1 with a 38-32 win over Hart.  The Seraphs had to hold-on for the win after taking a 24-6 halftime lead.

#21 Heritage (5-0) finished its non-league schedule with a 49-24 win over Corona.

#23 Tesoro won its second overtime game of the year Friday night, beating La Serna 28-21.  Chase Petersen scored the game-winner in the first OT.

#24 Valencia and #25 Upland put W’s on their resume this weekend.

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Jeff Fisher
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