1. MONROVIA (5-0) — Well, what can you say. Disciplined, focused, talented, young and tough. Certainly last week’s bye refueled the Wildcats even more as they get ready for the Rio Hondo League.
2. ST. FRANCIS (5-0) — Now, this game should have been played at Cowboys Stadium. Notre Dame comes to town with a 4-1 record. This game will serve as a good measure to see where the Knights stand. But so far the Golden Knights have been impressive.
3. SAN MARINO (5-0) — A lot’s been said about the Titans’ schedule, soft or not? We’ll see how San Marino stands against the SGV’s best. It’ll be a tough task, but someone’s gotta do it.
4. ALHAMBRA (3-1) — The Moors look like they’re getting their act together on offense. Schurr will be a tough start to the Almont League, but Alhambra might as well get it out of the way. The result of this game could shape the rest of the Almont League.
5. TEMPLE CITY (2-2-1) — Max Ruckle rushed for 203 yards last week and scored three touchdowns. There will be games when QB Justin Smith shines and games when Ruckle leads the Rams, sometimes both. That’s the beauty of the spread offense, it’s an added dimension in the long run. The feeling here is Thursday’s La Caada will be a fun one to watch with the action swinging back and forth.
6. SAN GABRIEL (2-3) — The Matadors took a beating in preseason. I know they’d like to think otherwise, but losses to Cathedral, Burbank and San Marino have been a bit demoralizing. I guess if we’re going to get down to it we should also question San Gabriel’s schedule, which includes wins over South Pasadena and Contreras. Yeah, never heard of them either.
7. LA CAADA (2-2) — The Spartans are off to a good start. They will be good this season and very much will contend for a playoff spot this season. A missed tackle here and there is what has La Caada staring at a 2-2 record instead of 3-1. QB Rocky Moore is every bit as advertised. He’s thrown for at least 250 yards in each game this season and is yet to throw an INT (I really hope I don’t jinx the kid). Josh Hanson is also fun to watch. He’s an athletic (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) wide receiver with slick moves, quick feet and good hands. He put a sick move on an Arroyo defender for the Spartans first TD last week. He scored on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Moore. When he caught the ball, Hanson went left, right, left, quickly spun around and raced down the Spartans sideline and into the end zone. That’s probably the sickest move I’ve seen all season long.
8. BOSCO TECH (3-2) — The feeling here is the Tigers will make the playoffs. Bosco Tech had a tough stretch offensively when facing the likes of Salesian and Pioneer. They were losses the Tigers pretty much handed themselves with silly mistakes and penalties. To be fair, Bosco Tech did play without its heart and soul — senior Johnny Calderon.
9. LA SALLE (3-3) — I’m no fan of moral victories, but the Lancers will come out stronger after this tough preseason schedule. Anytime you schedule teams playing in tougher leagues and divisions there’s always a lesson to come from it, and La Salle definitely will grow from that experience. I think I missed my chance at checking out QB Mike Novell and the exciting Mike Alexander. Looking at the schedule the rest of the season I just don’t picture myself covering a La Salle game. Luckily, Novell’s a sophomore.
10. RIO HONDO PREP (5-0) — The Kares are taking care of business like they’re supposed to, which is why they are ranked. The defending CIF-SS Northeast Division champions have a huge target on their back, and Flintridge Prep is the first team from the Prep League with a chance to knock off Rio Hondo Prep when they meet Friday night at 7:30 at Rio Hondo Prep.