Westlake re-enters SoCal Top 25 with lots of shifting

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If Southern California is known as the land of earthquakes, then this weekend’s high school football action, caused a shake-up in the High School Football America/SoCal Top 25 landscape.

Related: High School Football America/SoCal Top 25 Scoreboard

For the first time, since we began using our proprietary algorithm 2013 for our rankings, we’ve had a Top 25 team drop-out of the poll without losing.  Westlake‘s 21-14 win over former #11 Santa Margarita is what caused a big shift in the rankings.  Westlake, which began the year ranked #18 in our preseason poll, dropped-out after losing to Red Mountain from Arizona in Week 1.

Related: High School Football America/SoCal Preseason Top 25

Westlake returns to the poll at its original #18 ranking, with Santa Margarita falling eight spots to #19.

Westlake’s upset win, knocks former #24 Heritage out of the Top 25.  The shift downward was caused by the strength of schedule part of our formula.  Westlake has played a tougher schedule with opponents they’ve already played owning a 9-7 record, while Heritage’s four opponents are a combined 3-12.

Another oddity in this week’s poll is Narbonne (1-2) climbs from #15 to #11, even though the Gauchos lost to #8 Serra 41-40 in overtime.  Narbonne’s two losses are to the #8 and #9 (Long Beach Poly) teams in this week’s rankings.  The 20-17 loss to Poly came with less than a minute to go in the game.  In the Serra game, Narbonne elected to go for the two-point conversion and the win in overtime against the Cavaliers.

High School Football America/SoCal Top 25
Games through September 20th

#1 Corona Centennial Huskies

Record: 4-0

Last Week’s Ranking: #1

Rewind: beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 52-0

Fast Forward: Idle

#2 St. John Bosco Braves

Record: 4-0

Last Week’s Ranking: #2

Rewind: beat Crespi 55-7

Fast Forward: at. St. Peter’s Prep (New Jersey), Saturday

#3 Mater Dei Monarchs

Record: 4-0

Last Week’s Ranking: #3

Rewind: beat Upland 43-14

Fast Forward: vs. Edison, Friday

#4 Bishop Amat Lancers

Record: 3-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #4

Rewind: beat Chino Hills 63-28

Fast Forward: vs. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), Friday

#5 Mission Viejo Diablos

Record: 5-0

Last Week’s Ranking: #6

Rewind: beat #10 Norco 37-13

Fast Forward: at Redondo Union, Friday

#6 Vista Murrieta Broncos

Record: 3-0

Last Week’s Ranking: #7

Rewind: beat Lakewood 43-7

Fast Forward: at Orange Lutheran, Friday

#7 Alemany Warriors

Record: 4-0

Last Week’s Ranking: #8

Rewind: beat Dorsey 57-19

Fast Forward: vs. Crespi, Friday

#8 Serra Cavaliers

Record: 3-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #9

Rewind: beat #15 Narbonne 41-40 (OT)

Fast Forward: at #13 Loyola, Friday

#9 Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits

Record: 2-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #5

Rewind: lost to Bishop Gorman (Nevada) 52-13

Fast Forward: at Long Beach Wilson, Friday

#10 Oaks Christian Lions

Record: 4-0

Last Week’s Ranking: #12

Rewind: beat Antelope Valley 48-14

Fast Forward: at Birmingham, Friday

#11 Narbonne Gauchos

Record: 1-2

Last Week’s Ranking: #15

Rewind: lost to #9 Serra (Gardena) 41-40 (OT)

Fast Forward: at Paramount, Friday

#12 JSerra Lions

Record: 4-0

Last Week’s Ranking: #11

Rewind: beat Hamilton 42-14

Fast Forward: at St. Paul, Friday

#13 Loyola Cubs

Record: 4-0

Last Week’s Ranking: #18

Rewind: beat Salesian 52-22

Fast Forward: vs. #8 Serra (Gardena), Friday

#14 Tesoro Titans

Record: 3-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #19

Rewind: beat West Covina 35-0

Fast Forward: at Corona del Mar, Thursday

#15 Orange Lutheran Lancers

Record: 2-2

Last Week’s Ranking: #14

Rewind: lost to De La Salle 41-3

Fast Forward: vs. #6 Vista Murrieta, Friday

#16 Chaminade Eagles

Record: 3-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #20

Rewind: beat Birmingham 46-6

Fast Forward: Idle

#17 St. Bonaventure Seraphs

Record: 3-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #21

Rewind: beat La Quinta 41-0

Fast Forward: vs. Hart, Friday

#18 Westlake Warriors

Record: 3-1

Last Week’s Ranking: NR

Rewind: beat #11 Santa Margarita 21-14

Fast Forward: at Dominguez, Friday

#19 Santa Margarita Eagles

Record: 3-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #11

Rewind: lost to Westlake 21-14

Fast Forward: vs. King, Friday

#20 Norco Cougars

Record: 2-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #10

Rewind: lost to #6 Mission Viejo 37-13

Fast Forward: vs. Citrus Hill, Friday

#21 La Habra Highlanders

Record: 3-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #25

Rewind: beat #13 Los Alamitos 37-32

Fast Forward: at Colony, Thursday

#22 Los Alamitos Griffins

Record: 2-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #13

Rewind: lost to #25 La Habra 37-32

Fast Forward: at #23 San Juan Hills, Friday

#23 San Juan Hills Stallions

Record: 4-0

Last Week’s Ranking: #23

Rewind: beat Marina 51-6

Fast Forward: vs. #22 Los Alamitos, Friday

#24 Rancho Cucamonga Cougars

Record: 3-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #16

Rewind: beat Murrieta Valley 34-28

Fast Forward: vs. La Serna, Friday

#25 Redlands East Valley Wildcats

Record: 2-1

Last Week’s Ranking: #22

Rewind: beat Rancho Verde 38-34

Fast Forward: vs. Carter, Friday

*Editor’s note: High School Football America uses its proprietary algorithm to determine the HSFA SoCal Top 25

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.

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