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SBLive’s California Top 25: San Marcos Mission Hills enters statewide football rankings

The spring 2021 high school football season wrapped up for the majority of teams in California two weeks ago. Just two teams that were included in last week's rankings took the field over the weekend.
Gunnar Hensley Mission Hills

The spring 2021 football season is not done yet.

While it wrapped up for the majority of teams in California two weeks ago, several teams are still playing. Two teams that were included in last week's statewide rankings took the field this past weekend. San Joaquin Memorial fell to Sanger 28-21, so the Panthers miss out on the rankings this week. Liberty (Bakersfield) won against Bakersfield 35-0.

SBLive’s statewide high school football rankings are compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette and will be released every Monday throughout the shortened season.


April 26, 2021

1. Mater Dei (5-0)

Last week: 1

Elijah Brown

Elijah Brown threw four touchdown passes to lead Mater Dei to a 34-17 win over rival St. John Bosco in their season finale, which pushed the Monarchs to No. 1.

2. St. John Bosco (5-1)

Last week: 2

St. John Bosco sophomores Matayo Uiagalelei (left) and Pierce Clarkson

St. John Bosco sophomores Matayo Uiagalelei (left) and Pierce Clarkson

St. John Bosco fell short against Mater Dei, which dropped the Braves to No. 2.

3. De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (6-0)

Last week: 3

De La Salle Spartans football

De La Salle beat Clayton Valley Charter 21-7 to finish the year undefeated. The Spartans unbeaten streak against Northern California opponents is up to 316 games.

4. Servite (4-2)

Last week: 4

Noah Fifita

Noah Fifita

Servite took Santa Margarita 42-13 to clinch third place in the Trinity League. The Friars rushed for six scores in the win.

5. Sierra Canyon (5-1)

Last week: 5

Cole Bullock

Cole Bullock

After falling to No. 2 St. John Bosco 42-21 in their opener, Sierra Canyon allowed only two points in their five final games.

6. Serra (San Mateo, Calif.) (5-0)

Last week: 6


Serra beat St. Ignatius 34-3 in their season finale. The Padres intercepted six passes in the win.

7. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 7

(Photo by Josh DaFoe)

(Photo by Josh DaFoe)

Cathedral beat up Madison 51-0 to end the year as San Diego’s top team.

8. Folsom (5-0)

Last week: 8

Tyler Tremain

Tyler Tremain

Folsom beat Oak Ridge 54-21 in their season finale. Tyler Tremain threw five TDs in the win.

9. Pittsburg (4-0)

Last week: 9

pittsburg pirates football

Pittsburg beat Antioch 47-8 to end their season.

10. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) (5-0)

Last week: 10

Buchanan beat Clovis East 36-13, which earned the Bears an outright Tri-River League championship.

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11. San Clemente (5-0)

Last week: 11


San Clemente beat Mission Viejo on a last second field goal in their season finale, which propelled the Tritons to No. 11.

12. Long Beach Poly (4-0)

Last week: 12

Poly won a hard fought overtime showdown against Gardena Serra to open the season thanks to a balanced rushing attack and good defense. The Jackrabbits finish the season as undefeated Moore League champions.

13. Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.) (3-1)

Last week: 13

Valley Christian beat St. Francis 16-13 in overtime to end their season. Jakson Berman threw two touchdowns in the win.

14. Los Alamitos (6-0)

Last week: 14

Malachi Nelson, Los Alamitos QB

Malachi Nelson

Los Alamitos beat Newport Harbor 41-3 in their season finale. Watch out for the Griffins next season. They return star 2023 QB Malachi Nelson and WR/DB Makai Lemon.

15. Monterey Trail (Elk Grove, Calif.) (5-0)

Last week: 15

Monterey Trail beat Antelope 55-19 to end their season. The Mustangs rushed for five TDs in the win.

16. St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.) (3-1)

Last week: 16

St. Mary’s beat Central Catholic 42-34 to end their season. Their lone loss on the year came against No. 3 De La Salle.

17. Central (Fresno, Calif.) (3-1)

Last week: 17

Central beat Clovis North 69-0 to end their season. DJ Stevenson threw three touchdowns and rushed for two more in the win.

18. Mission Viejo (4-1)

Last week: 18

Mikey Matthews

Mikey Matthews

Mission Viejo’s 10-7 defeat to San Clemente pushed the Diablos back to No. 18.

19. Rocklin (4-0)

Last week: 19

Rocklin beat Whitney 31-3 in their season finale.

20. Norco (5-0)

Last week: 20


Norco finished the season as Big VIII League champions, ending a dominant run from Corona Centennial.

21. Corona Centennial (4-1)

Last week: 21

Jake Retzlaff

Jake Retzlaff

Corona Centennial blew out Corona 62-0 to end the year 4-1.

22. Liberty (Bakersfield, Calif.) (3-0)

Last week: 22

Liberty beat Bakersfield 35-0 this past weekend. Prentice Boone rushed for 103 yards.

23. Carlsbad (5-0)

Last week: 24

Carlsbad rolled through the spring season to finish 5-0. They’re the No. 2 team in San Diego thanks to wins over Torrey Pines, Oceanside and Granite Hills.

24. Chaminade (4-2)

Last week: 25

Led by Jaylen Henderson, Chaminade stormed back from an 0-2 start to clinch a share of the Mission League championship.

25. Mission Hills (San Marcos, Calif.) (5-0)

Last week: NR

Mission Hills beat Oceanside and Torrey Pines this spring.