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SBLive’s Southern Section Football Way-Too-Early Top 25

With the hope of a 2020 California high school football season on the horizon, we’re taking a way-too-early look at the top teams in the state of California, section by section.
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With the hope of a 2020-21 California high school football season on the horizon, we’re taking a way-too-early look at the top teams in the state of California, section by section.

For the CIF Southern Section, football practice is scheduled to start Dec. 14 and games are scheduled to kick off on Jan. 8.

Here’s a look at the best high school football teams in the CIF Southern Section heading into fall 2020.

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SBLIVE’S WAY-TOO-EARLY SOUTHERN SECTION TOP 25

1. St. John Bosco

LB Ma'a Gaoteote – St. John Bosco

Despite numerous key losses including quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and wide receiver Kris Hutson, the reigning national champions will return enough of their core to retain the spot in the power rankings. The first question for the Braves in 2020 is who will start under center -- junior Katin Houser or sophomore Pierce Clarkson?

2. Mater Dei

The Monarchs also lost a world-class quarterback in Bryce Young as well as several other stars across the field, but like the Braves, the Monarchs still return more nationally-ranked talent than anyone else on both sides of the ball. The three names to know that will fight it out to replace Young under center are Emmett Brown, Tobey Schmidt, and David Clark III. They're all juniors.