The Narbonne Gauchos gain a stranglehold of the top spot after an eye-opening semifinal victory. Of course, a little help from rival Carson didn't hurt. The Colts return the rankings following their shocking upset of top-seeded and previously unbeaten San Pedro. Ocean League champion Santa Monica falls out after its lopsided loss to underdog Culver City. The south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into the championship round:
1. (3) Narbonne (10-3)
The Gauchos made easy work of a very good defense to secure a spot in the title game for the third time in four years. Quarterback Troy Williams is hungry. Last week: Beat Dorsey, 41-7. Next: City Section Division I championship vs. Carson at East L.A. College, Friday.
2. (2) Long Beach Poly (10-2)*
Order appears to have been restored for the back-to-back Moore League champions.
3. (5) St. John Bosco (8-4)*
The third-place team from the Trinity League made its first playoff appearance since 2006.
4. (6) Charter Oak (10-2)*
The Chargers won the Sierra League and have a dynamic talent in tailback Kurt Scoby for the next two years.
5. (NR) Carson (8-5)
The Colts leap back into the rankings following a rather surprising upset of top-seeded San Pedro. They were expected to make it back to the title game, but they took a difficult route to get there. Last week: Beat San Pedro, 24-19. Next: City Section Div. I championship vs. Narbonne at East L.A. College, Friday.
6. (1) San Pedro (12-1)*
The previously undefeated Pirates proved that beating the same team twice is a tough task. Dual-threat quarterback Kenny Potter had 145 rushing yards but threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. Last week: Lost to Carson, 24-19.
7. (4) Dorsey (11-2)*
A defense that, on average, had allowed only 10 points per game was scorched Friday. The Dons' previous season high for points allowed had been 26 against Garfield on Sept. 16, and they had held 10 of their previous 12 opponents to 14 points or fewer. Last week: Lost to Narbonne, 41-7.
8. (7) Loyola (8-3)*
Second place in the grueling Serra League but a disappointment in the playoffs.
9. (9) West Covina (12-1)
The Bulldogs keep churning along and appear destined for a second straight Southeast Division crown. Ball carriers Chris Solomon and Jimmy Frazier form a dangerous tandem. Last week: Beat La Mirada, 63-34. Next: Southeast Division championship at La Serna, Friday.
10. (10) Culver City (10-3)
OK, so maybe the 16th-seeded Centaurs' "shocking" upset of top-seeded Gardena Serra in the opening round wasn't so "shocking" after all. Cinderella is still in the dance. Last week: Beat Santa Monica, 37-6. Next: Western Division championship at Arroyo Grande, Friday.
Dropped out: Santa Monica (8)
Ten more, in alphabetic order: Arcadia (9-3)*, Covina (11-2)*, Gardena Serra (8-3)*, Lakewood (7-4)*, La Serna (10-3), Monrovia (10-3), Muir (8-5)*, San Dimas (10-3)*, Santa Monica (11-2)*, South East (12-1).
* Denotes season is over
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