Plenty of shuffling in the first in-season Southern California Top 25

Southern California Top 25

Now that the season is underway, the High School Football America algorithm truly begins to sort things out when it comes to our Southern California Top 25.

The top three teams all held their spots with #1 St. John Bosco and #3 Corona Centennial picking-up solid wins against good out-of-state programs.  #2 Mater Dei opened by crushing Bishop Amat behind a nearly perfect performance by sophomore quarterback J.T. Daniels.

The shuffle begins after the top three teams, as Mission Viejo, Narbonne and Oaks Christian move-up one spot to #4, #5 and #6 respectively.  All three picked-up impressive wins.  Mission Viejo beat Santa Margarita from the Trinity League, Narbonne beat former #13 Serra (Gardena) and Oaks Christian won a 65-55 shootout against former #4 Chaminade, which drops to #8.

La Mirada, which handed the Trinity League its second loss of the weekend, moves from #14 to #11 after a 21-14 win over former #10 Orange Lutheran.

VIDEO: La Mirada tops OLu

Norco is the biggest mover this week as they enter the Top 25 at #19 after knocking-off Desert Ridge, which entered the game as our #1 team in our Arizona Top 10.  This week the Cougars will test that ranking against #14 Rancho Cucamonga in a Battle of Cougars. RC jumped four spots, as did Edison and St. Bonaventure.  Edison is #15 this week, while the St. Bonaventure moves to #18.

The Norco/Rancho Cucamonga game is one of four Top 25 vs. Top 25 games this week — #1 St. John Bosco vs. #11 La Mirada, #5 Narbonne at #11 Long Beach Poly and #18 St. Bonaventure at #7 Chaminade.

Corona Centennial, Oaks Christian and #21 Serra (Gardena) will be tested by very good out-of-state opponents in The Honor Bowl at Mission Viejo High School.  Corona Centennial will take-on IMG Academy (1-0), which began the year ranked #2 in our national rankings.  Oaks Christian will play the #2 in Pennsylvania, St. Joseph’s Prep. Serra will take-on St. Joseph Regional from Montvale, New Jersey.  The Green Knights began the year ranked #13 in our national rankings.

The other new team in our first in-season SoCal Top 25 is Palos Verdes at #23.  The Sea Kings beat former #17 Corona del Mar, which dropped-out of the rankings.  Also dropping-out was Redlands East Valley, which was hurt in the rankings by not opening the season until Friday against Etiwanda.

High School Football America Southern California Top 25 

#1 St. John Bosco

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #1

Rewind: beat St. Xavier (Ohio) 34-0

Fast Forward: vs. #11 La Mirada, Friday

#2 Mater Dei

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #2

Rewind: beat Bishop Amat 63-14

Fast Forward: vs. Mayfair, Friday

#3 Corona Centennial

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #3

Rewind: beat Chandler (Arizona) 56-49

Fast Forward: vs. IMG Academy (Florida), Saturday at The Honor Bowl in Mission Viejo HS

#4 Mission Viejo

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #5

Rewind: beat Santa Margarita  48-21

Fast Forward: vs. Oak Hills, Friday

#5 Narbonne

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #6

Rewind: beat Serra (Gardena) 34-12

Fast Forward: at #11 Long Beach Poly, Friday

#6 Oaks Christian

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #7

Rewind: beat #4 Chaminade 65-55

Fast Forward: vs. St. Joseph’s Prep (Pennsylvania), Friday at The Honor Bowl at Mission Viejo HS

#7 Chaminade

Record: (0-1)

Previous Rank: #4

Rewind: lost to #7 Oaks Christian 65-55

Fast Forward: vs. #18 St. Bonaventure, Friday

#8 Servite

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #9

Rewind: beat Fountain Valley 44-0

Fast Forward: vs. Bishop Amat, Friday

#9 Vista Murrieta

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #8

Rewind: beat San Diego Madison 20-9

Fast Forward: vs. Redondo Union, Friday

#10 Long Beach Poly

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #11

Rewind: beat Los Alamitos 27-20

Fast Forward: vs. #5 Narbonne, Friday

#11 La Mirada

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #14

Rewind: beat #10 Orange Lutheran 21-14

Fast Forward: vs. #1 St. John Bosco, Friday

#12 Orange Lutheran

Record: (0-1)

Previous Rank: #10

Rewind: lost to #14 La Mirada 21-14

Fast Forward: vs. Crespi, Friday

#13 Calabasas

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #12

Rewind: beat Agoura 46-28

Fast Forward: vs. Salesian, Friday

#14 Rancho Cucamonga

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #18

Rewind: beat Chaparral 36-7

Fast Forward: vs. #19 Norco, Friday

#15 Edison

Record: (2-0)

Previous Rank: #19

Rewind: beat Tesoro 31-14

Fast Forward: Idle

#16 Loyola

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #16

Rewind: beat Highland 24-15

Fast Forward: at Santa Margarita, Friday

#17 JSerra

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #20

Rewind: beat Sacramento Charter 35-7

Fast Forward: at Bishop Alemany, Friday

#18 St. Bonaventure

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #22

Rewind: beat Bakersfield Centennial 45-13

Fast Forward: at #7 Chaminade, Friday

#19 Norco

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: NR

Rewind: beat Desert Ridge (Arizona) 14-10

Fast Forward: at #14 Rancho Cucamonga Friday

#20 San Clemente

Record: (0-1)

Previous Rank: #15

Rewind: lost to Oceanside 51-42

Fast Forward: at Huntington Beach, Friday

#21 Serra (Gardena)

Record: (0-2)

Previous Rank: #13

Rewind: lost to #6 Narbonne 34-12

Fast Forward: vs. St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey) in The Honor Bowl at Mission Viejo HS

#22 La Habra

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #23

Rewind: beat El Toro 42-24

Fast Forward: at Tesoro, Friday

#23 Palos Verdes

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: NR

Rewind: beat #17 Corona del Mar 42-20

Fast Forward: vs. Long Beach Cabrillo, Friday

#24 Upland

Record: (0-1)

Previous Rank: #21

Rewind: lost to Mountain Pointe (Arizona) 41-22

Fast Forward: at Claremont, Friday

#25 Murrieta Valley

Record: (1-0)

Previous Rank: #24

Rewind: beat Corona Santiago 55-31

Fast Forward: vs. Redlands

Dropped-out: #17 Corona del Mar, #25 Redlands East Valley

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