Some notes and observations from the weekend in the south Los Angeles region.
1. The "blowout" was a constant theme across the top 25 scoreboard on Friday. No. 4 Lakewood (44-0 at Leuzinger), No. 5 Serra (48-7 at Palos Verdes Peninsula), No. 8 Bishop Amat (42-7 vs. Damien), No. 17 Crenshaw (50-3 vs. Riverside J.W. North) and No. 21 Dorsey (40-7 at Compton) all won by wiiiiide margins. The start of league play figures to tighten things up a bit.
2. Playing "Positive Pete" here, but Long Beach Poly's two defeats have come against opponents ranked in ESPNLA.com's poll. That's the good news. The bad? Well, the two losses -- to St. Bonaventure on Sept. 10 and Mission Viejo on Friday -- were by a combined 55 points. The ugly? Both losses came at home. The Jackrabbits couldn't be happier to begin Moore League play.
3. West Covina is doing all it can to make people forget about the season-opening loss to Covina. A 33-28 win against Glendora on Friday night was the latest statement for the Bulldogs, who have won three straight since dropping the opener. An important game against Rowland awaits coach Mike Maggiore's bunch in two weeks -- a game they should be ready for if the last few weeks are any indication.
4. After rushing for 202 yards against Poly, Narbonne's Noel Rankins had a net of minus-5 on 14 carries against Mira Costa on Friday. It's no surprise, though. The Mustangs' D looked disciplined against Loyola's Jared Baker (committed to Arizona) in the first week. But the offense has some catching up to do if Mira Costa hopes to defend last year's CIF title.
5. The Redondo Union girls' cross country team continued its impressive run over the weekend, taking first place at the Nike PreNationals in Portland, Ore. Six of the team's seven runners finished in the top 17. The event had a field of 154 competitors.