Video: Highlights of Mater Dei vs. JSerra Catholic
Watch Alabama commit Bryce Young set school record with 17 straight completions.
For most of California, the playoffs have arrived.
The final week of the regular season — either last week or the coming week — won't or didn't have much effect on the field.
There was a monumental development off the field in the Los Angeles City Section that changed its complete landscape, and also significantly effected this week's California Top 25 rankings.
Previous sixth-ranked Narbonne (Harbor City), on the cusp of being ranked nationally, was banned from the 2019 and 2020 section playoffs and forced to forfeit all nine wins this season (the team was 9-0 before Friday) for using multiple ineligible players, the City Section determined. See story
The Gauchos Friday night game with Banning (Los Angeles) — on Senior Night — was also cancelled, and they were stripped of their 2018 section crown. Narbonne plans to appeal the sanctions. Due to its now 0-9 record and not knowing the extent of ineligible players used, we've dropped the Gauchos from these rankings, and moved all teams below up a place or two.
There were four other teams from last week's ranking that went down to defeat, but three were to other ranked squads. The one big shocker was No. 7 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) losing to un-ranked but always capable Lincoln (San Diego) 24-19. Cathedral Catholic dropped 11 places.
Previous 13th-ranked JSerra Catholic (No. 1 Mater Dei), previous No. 19 Valley Christian (No. 20 Serra) and No. 25 Camarillo (No. 12 Grace Brethren) all dropped competitive games and remained in the Top 25.
Previous No. 14 Calabasas had its game with un-ranked St. Bonaventure (Ventura) cancelled due to the Southern California wildfires. Calabasas then found out Sunday it got pulled up to the Southern Section Division I bracket and opens with the nation's No. 1 team, Mater Dei.
The rest of the Southern Section playoffs were announced Sunday and the DI bracket may be the toughest in the nation. All those teams will get a one-week break with play opening Nov. 15. The rest of those brackets open Friday.
The biggest game in Northern California last week saw then No. 20 Serra record a 10-0 victory over visiting and No. 19 Valley Christian. It was the first shutout in the history of the 20-game history of the two West Catholic Athletic League powers. Serra can clinch an outright WCAL title with a win at St. Ignatius (7-2) on Saturday.
As if national and California Player of the Year favorite Bryce Young
could do any more, he completed all 17 passes he threw, breaking his own school record of 16, for 373 yards while accounting for five touchdowns in a 41-17 win over JSerra Catholic. He did all of his passing in the first half.
He finished the regular season with 220 completions in 298 attempts (74 percent) for 3,219 yards, 39 touchdowns and just three interceptions against the nation's toughest schedule. He also rushed for 342 yards and nine scores.
Second-ranked Bosco, which lost last week to Mater Dei 38-24, rebounded
with a convincing 56-10 Trinity League win over Santa Margarita as DJ Uiagalelei
threw for four touchdowns.
Top 25 California high school football rankings
16. (18) Bishop Amat (La Puente)
Last week: Beat JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistranto) 41-17
Next game: Nov. 15 vs. Bishop Amat
Last week: Beat Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) 56-10
Next game: Nov. 15 vs. Calabasas
3. (3) De La Salle (Concord)
Last week: Beat Clayton Valley Charter (Concord) 56-14
Next game: Nov. 15 North Coast Section playoffs, opponent TBA
4. (4). Centennial (Corona)
Last week: Beat Roosevelt (Eastvale) 77-20
Next game: Nov. 15 vs. JSerra Catholic
5. (5) Mission Viejo
Last week: Beat Tesora Rancho (Santa Margarita) 44-14
Next game: Nov. 15 vs. Servite (Anaheim)
6. (8) Folsom
Last week: Beat Del Oro (Loomis) 62-21Next game: Nov. 15 SJS playoffs, opponent TBA
8. (10) Servite (Anaheim)
Last week: Beat Orange Lutheran (Orange) 34-14Next game: Nov. 15 at Mission Viejo
9. (11) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth)
Last week: Beat Paraclete (Lancaster) 24-20
Next game: Nov. 8 vs. Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
11. (14) Calabasas
Last week: Idle (game with St. Bonaventure cancelled due to wildfires)
Next game: Nov. 15 vs. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)
12. (15) La Habra
Last week: Beat Sonora (La Habra) 42-6
Next game: Nov. 8 vs. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo)
Last week: Beat Clovis East 42-7
Next game: Nov. 15 Central Section playoffs, opponent TBA
15. (17) Helix (La Mesa)
Last week: Beat Steele Canyon (Spring Valley) 35-23Next game: Nov. 15 vs. St. Augustine (San Diego)
17. (20) Serra (San Mateo)
Last week: Beat Loyola (Los Angeles) 38-10
Next game: Nov. 15 vs. Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
Last week: Beat Valley Christian (San Jose) 10-0Next game: Nov. 9 at St. Ignatius (San Francisco)
20. (23) Norco
Last week: Beat Heritage (Romoland) 44-0
Next game: Nov. 8 vs. Serra (Gardena)
Last week: Beat Corona 70-14 Next game: Nov. 8 vs. Chaminade (West Hills)
21. (24) Alemany (Mission Hills)
Last week: Beat Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 35-29
Next game: Nov. 8 vs. Paraclete
22. (21) Pittsburg
Last week: Beat Antioch 42-41
Next game: Nov. 15 NCS playoffs, opponent TBA
23. (19) Valley Christian (San Jose)
Last week: Lost to Serra (San Mateo) 10-0Next game: Nov. 8 vs. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose)
24. (NR) Rancho Cucamonga
Last week: Beat Upland 47-28
Next game: Nov. 8 vs. Murrieta Valley (Murrieta)
25. (25) Camarillo
Last week: Lost to Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) 28-13
Next week: Nov. 8 vs. Damien (La Verne)