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Southern California High School Football Top 25 rankings

Our rankings encompass the Southern Section, LA City Section and San Diego Section.
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The first full week of Southern California high school football has arrived, which means it's time to unveil our Top 25 rankings. Our rankings encompass the Southern Section, LA City Section and San Diego Section.

1. St John Bosco

Bosco’s senior
core of DJ Uiagalelei, Drake Metcalf, Kobe Pepe and Kourt Williams has lost to
Mater Dei in section championship games the last two seasons. Last year’s loss
came after the Braves had beaten the Monarchs 41-18 in the regular season. They
feel like they let last year’s championship slip away and are desperate to get
back on top.

The margin
between Bosco and Mater Dei is razor thin. Orange Lutheran transfer Logan Loya
will be the Braves’ x-factor. Having a high-level senior receiver with Trinity
League experience will be what tips the scale in St. John Bosco’s favor in
2019.

2. Mater Dei

The Monarchs
have a great chance at an open division state championship three-peat. Head
coach Bruce Rollinson said quarterback Bryce Young has “the keys to the race
car” this season. The USC commit will have a huge year.

Mater Dei must
replace Bru McCoy and Elias Ricks. McCoy played both ways as a defensive
lineman and was the Monarchs’ number one receiver in 2018. Ricks intercepted
three passes and returned them all for scores in the first half of last year’s
semifinal win over Corona Centennial. Even for Mater Dei, where they don’t
rebuild, they reload, making up for the loss of these two will be extremely
difficult in the St. John Bosco game(s).

3. Corona Centennial

The Huskies look
like the last great public school power in Southern California high school
football. Corona Centennial opens their season against Mater Dei on August
23rd. That game will reveal just how big the gap is between the big-two and
everybody else.

Junior defensive
lineman Kore Foreman has emerged as one of the top 2021 recruits in the nation
this offseason. He recently visited Clemson.

4. JSerra

The Lions lost
their two biggest games to St. John Bosco and Oaks Christian by a combined
eight points last season. They return a loaded offensive line led by Michigan
commit Jeffrey Persi that will pave the way for running back and Cal commit
Chris Street. This should be the best team of the Pat Harlow era at JSerra.

5. Mission Viejo

New quarterback
Peter Costelli takes over and will work with head coach Chad Johnson, one of
the top offensive minds in the country. It’s a match made in heaven.

6. Calabasas

Quarterback
Jaden Casey (Fresno State commit) has the luxury of throwing to two of the best
receivers in the country in Oregon commit Johnny Wilson and LSU commit Jermaine
Burton.

7. Oaks Christian

The always
dangerous Lions bring back a strong core from last year’s Southern Section
Division I semifinalist team led by linebacker Mister Williams and receiver
Bryce Farrell (Stanford commit). They’ve also added a few transfers in Patrick
Roberg, a linebacker from Westlake and Derek Boyd a running back from Reseda.

8. Narbonne

The Gauchos are loaded and
would be higher on the list if it weren’t for the current LAUSD investigation going on involving their football program.
Quarterback Jake Garcia and linebacker Jordan Banks are special talents.

9. Sierra Canyon

The Trailblazers
lost to Liberty in last year’s Division 1-A state championship. They have a
large number of returners led by senior linebacker JD Hernandez and junior
defensive back DJ Harvey.

10. Norco

Sophomore running back Jaydn Ott transferring to Bishop Gorman hurts, but QB Shane Illingworth (Oklahoma State commit) and DE/WR Jaden Navarrette (Oregon commit) coming back means great things are coming for the Cougars.

11. Corono Del Mar

The Sea Kings
have the best quarterback, receiver and tight end trio in Southern California
and maybe even the nation in Ethan Garbers, John Humphreys and Mark Redman. All
three are committed to Pac-12 schools.

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12. Grace Brethren