L.A. South: The Top 10

The south Los Angeles County top 10 rankings heading into the playoffs:

1. (1) Long Beach Poly (9-1)

No problem for the Poly defense against Cabrillo's Derek Stewart, the leading passer in the entire Pac-5 Division. Linebacker Matthew Rowe and safety David Price each returned interceptions for touchdowns. Last week: Beat Cabrillo, 43-6. Next: first round vs. Newport Harbor, Friday.

2. (2) Loyola (8-2)

The resilient Cubs erased a 15-point deficit, blocked an extra-point attempt in overtime, and Conrad Ukropina made his PAT to clinch the Serra League's second automatic playoff berth Friday. Last week: Beat Crespi, 36-35 (OT). Next: first round vs. Huntington Beach, Friday.

3. (3) St. John Bosco (7-3)

A breakout performance by the lesser-known Royce Moore (178 rushing yards and four touchdowns) helped the Braves grab the third and final Trinity League playoff berth Friday. Last week: Beat Orange Lutheran, 48-28. Next: first round at Alemany, Friday.

4. (4) Charter Oak (9-1)

Hobbling and in pain, senior quarterback Travis Santiago barely warmed up before Thursday's Sierra League title game. He wasn't mobile but still passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Last week: Beat Chino Hills, 38-7. Next: first round vs. Santiago, Friday.

5. (5) San Pedro (10-0)

Same old, same old for the Pirates on Friday as they blew out another opponent. On Saturday they received the top seeding for the CIF Los Angeles City Section Division I playoffs. They're the favorites. Last week: Beat Banning, 37-0. Next: City Section first round vs. Gardena, Friday.

6. (6) Narbonne (7-3)

Troy Williams spread the wealth Thursday, hitting 10 different receivers for 330 yards and five touchdowns. The Gauchos received a No. 2 seeding for the City Section playoffs. Last week: Beat Washington, 68-0. Next: City Section first round vs. Reseda, Friday.

7. (8) Dorsey (9-1)

Does it really matter that the Dons weren't awarded a No. 2 seeding in the City Section Division I bracket despite winning the Coliseum League, barely losing to REV and upsetting Alemany on the road? It's a tough snub. Last week: Beat Locke, 33-7. Next: City Section first round vs. Fairfax, Friday.

8. (9) Gardena Serra (8-2)

Running back Ronnie Vaughn, one of the Cavaliers' lone senior starters, stepped up in the absence of leading rusher Anterio Bateman (ankle), rushing for 221 yards and two scores to help secure the Mission League championship. Last week: Beat Chaminade, 35-29. Next: first round vs. Culver City, Friday.

9. (7) Lakewood (7-3)

In reality the Lancers are 8-2 but had to forfeit their Oct. 7 win over Compton due to the use of an ineligible player, according to gazettes.com. With receivers like Darius Powe and Malik Gilmore on the edges thy could make noise in the playoffs. Last week: Idle. Next: first round at San Clemente, Friday.

10. (10) Bishop Amat (6-4)

The Lancers lost three of their four Serra League games and still managed to make the Pac-5 playoffs with the help of Loyola and Alemany. Losses by Sherman Oaks and Crespi created a three-way tie for third place and Amat earned the third berth thanks to a lucky coin flip. Last week: Idle. Next: first round at Santa Margarita, Friday.

Ten more, in alphabetic order: Arcadia (8-2), Arroyo (9-1), Covina (8-1), Damien (7-3), Monrovia (7-3), Palos Verdes (8-2), St. Bernard (10-0), San Dimas (8-2), Venice (6-4), West Covina (9-1).

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Following him on Twitter.