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SBLive’s Southern Section Top 25 Football Rankings: Glendora and Cajon debut

The fall 2021 Southern Section high school football season continued last week with several big games, including No. 1 Mater Dei beating No. 2 St. John Bosco 42-21 and No. 5 Mission Viejo taking down No. 6 Sierra Canyon 27-10.
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The fall 2021 Southern Section high school football season continued last week with several big games including No. 1 Mater Dei beating No. 2 St. John Bosco 42-21 and No. 5 Mission Viejo taking down No. 6 Sierra Canyon 27-10.

After the seventh 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.


Oct. 4, 2021

1. Mater Dei (4-0)

Last week: 1


In one of the biggest games of the high school football regular season, Mater Dei pitched a second half shutout to beat No. 2 St. John Bosco 42-21. Sophomore quarterback Elijah Brown threw five touchdowns and senior receiver and Notre Dame commit CJ Williams caught two of them.

2. St. John Bosco (5-1)

Last week: 2

St. John Bosco went into the locker room at halftime tied 21-21 with No. 1 Mater Dei, but two failed fourth down conversions and some punting errors in the second half resulted in a 42-21 defeat. Prior to losing to Mater Dei, 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.).

3. Servite (6-0)

Last week: 3

Seniors Noah Fifita and Tetairoa McMillan put on a show in the Friars’ 56-12 win over No. 13 Orange Lutheran. Fifita threw five TDs with three going to McMillan. “They might be once in a career type guys,” Servite head coach Troy Thomas said after the game. Fifita is committed to Arizona and McMillan is committed to Oregon.

4. Corona Centennial (6-0)

Last week: 4

Centennial beat up King 84-0 to move to 6-0.

5. Mission Viejo (5-1)

Last week: 9

Mission Viejo scored one of the surprises of the week when they beat No. 6 Sierra Canyon 27-10. The Diablo defense had two interceptions.

6. Sierra Canyon (3-3)

Last week: 5

Sierra Canyon’s defense came away with three interceptions last week, but the Trailblazers offense struggled against the Mission Viejo defense as they were held to ten points in a 27-10 defeat.

7. Norco (5-1)

Last week: 6

Norco bounced back from a 35-21 defeat to No. 6 Sierra Canyon to win against Santiago 57-14. Jaydn Ott rushed nine times for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

8. Santa Margarita (5-1)

Last week: 7

Santa Margarita beat No. 19 JSerra 38-13. Jaxon Potter threw for 387 yards and three touchdowns but was also intercepted three times.

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9. Los Alamitos (5-1)

Last week: 8

Malachi Nelson, Los Alamitos QB

Malachi Nelson, Los Alamitos QB

Los Alamitos fell to No. 8 Santa Margarita 42-21 three weeks ago but bounced back after a bye week with a 42-14 win over No. 24 Corona del Mar. Malachi Nelson threw for four TDs in the victory.

10. Inglewood (5-0)

Last week: 11

Inglewood kept up their string of dominating wins with a 53-0 victory over Beverly Hills last week.

11. Warren (Downey, Calif.) (5-0)

Last week: 12

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Nico Iamaleava completed 15 of 29 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns in Warren’s 54-12 win over Dominguez.

12. Vista Murrieta (5-1)

Last week: 13

Vista Murrieta blanked Chaparral 35-0. Their one loss this season came against No. 7 Norco 42-26.

13. Orange Lutheran (5-1)

Last week: 10

The Lancers started the year 5-0 under new head coach Rod Sherman, but had a tough team with Trinity League foe Servite losing 56-12 last week.

14. Edison (4-2)

Last week: 25

Edison beat Newport Harbor 50-14 on Thursday. Nico Brown caught three touchdowns in the Chargers’ win.

15. Chaminade (4-1)

Last week: 15

Chaminade beat Cathedral 43-6. The Eagles are 3-0 against Southern Section opponents this season.

16. St. Bonaventure (6-0)

Last week: 16

St. Bonaventure passed their test against previously unbeaten Bishop Diego to stay at No. 16 this week. The Seraphs won 21-14.

17. Bishop Amat (4-2)

Last week: 22

The Lancers are back in the Top 20 after beating Damien 53-28 and then Notre Dame 42-21.

18. Alemany (2-3)

Last week: 18

The Warriors bounced back from their 30-7 defeat against No. 5 Mission Viejo to beat Lawndale 28-0 two weeks ago. Jaylen Thompson scored a 68-yard TD in the win.

19. JSerra (3-3)

Last week: 19

JSerra lost to No. 8 Santa Margarita 38-13. The Lions three losses have all come against top ten teams.

20. Simi Valley (7-0)

Last week: 21

Simi Valley just keeps on winning. In their 42-0 win over Oak Park, sophomore Caleb Alvary rushed for four touchdowns.

21. Etiwanda (6-0)

Last week: 25

Etiwanda picked up its first true signature win this season when they took down Baseline League rival Damien 17-3. The Eagles defense is one of the best in the Section.

22. Bishop Diego (5-1)

Last week: 20

Bishop Diego fell to No. 16 St. Bonaventure 21-14.

23. Glendora (7-0)

Last week: NR

Glendora enters the rankings this week after beating previously undefeated Ayala 21-7. Braydon Brus rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

24. Corona del Mar (5-1)

Last week: 17

CDM had a tough time against No. 9 Los Alamitos falling 42-14.

25. Cajon (6-0)

Last week: NR

Cajon enters the rankings thanks to their 6-0 start. The Cowboys have beaten Lawndale and Rancho Cucamonga so far this season.