Not every high school football team started its season on Friday, which means there won’t be too much movement in this week’s top 10 rankings.
In just one week, some teams showed they could be mainstays among the top 10, others might not be so fortunate.
Here are the top 10 rankings heading into Week 1:
1. Calabasas (1-0) – The Coyotes took care of business in their home opener against Bakersfield. Now they’re on the road Thursday night against fellow Division 1/2 opponent Rancho Cucamonga.
2. Sierra Canyon (1-0) – The Trailblazers needed a half to get rolling, but never trailed against Westlake in its season opener. Sierra Canyon will only get better as the season goes on when offensive lineman Michael Wooten and Elijah Christian become eligible, along with defensive tackle Reggie Jones. Trailblazers will host Lawndale at Pierce College on Friday.
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3. Oaks Christian (1-0) – The Lions drop a spot after squeaking by Chaminade in the opener. Even coach Charlie Collins himself said he didn’t like the way his team performed Friday night. Oaks Christian has a big game at home against Grace Brethren this week in what has a big brother-little brother vibe to it. Little brother (Grace Brethren) is very capable of winning.
4. Notre Dame (0-0) – The Knights stay at No. 4 and begin its season on Saturday afternoon in San Diego against Desert Vista of Arizona. The game is being played at Cathedral Catholic.
5. Alemany (2-0) – Quarterback Miller Moss is the real deal and already has eight touchdowns this season in the Warriors’ two games. Despite the opponents’ low quality, outscoring their opponents 117-52, the talent is apparent for Alemany. After a bye week, the Warriors will face Dorsey High on September 6.
6. Grace Brethren (1-0) – It could be argued that Week 1’s game against Oaks Christian could be the biggest regular season football game in the program’s history. The Lancers will be ready to play.
7. Chaminade (0-1) – Yes, even after a loss, the Eagles move up a spot. Their gritty effort against Oaks Christian said more about what kind of season Chaminade can have if it can stay healthy. Many thought that game would be a blowout, but Chaminade was a play away from potentially winning. The Eagles host Paraclete on Friday.
8. Valencia (0-0) – The Vikings will begin its season at Arcadia. New starting quarterback Ryan Morrison will look to wide receiver Hunter Koch and running back Jake Santos on Friday.
9. Westlake (0-1) – Young, but capable. Westlake kept Sierra Canyon to just three points in the first half before the game opened up in their home-opening loss. There’s one thing that Westlake coach Tim Kirksey can take away Week 0: his team knows how to compete. The Warriors host Mission Hills of San Marcos this week.
10. St. Francis (0-0) – The Golden Knights will host Mira Costa this week. Running back Kevin Armstead is sure to dazzle.
Others: Moorpark (1-0); Birmingham (1-0); Newbury Park (0-0); Paraclete (0-1)