Here are the rankings, which will be released Monday. It was tough dropping Kaiser out, but Rancho Cucamonga deserves to be in the top 10 at this point.
1. Redlands East Valley (2-0)
The Wildcats certainly won’t get the high marks for artistic interpretation that they got last year with Chris Polk. But REV keeps on winning, which is good enough to keep it perched atop the rankings. They have an intriguing road test at Compton Dominguez this week.
2. Upland (3-0)
The win over Serrano was a good test for the Highlanders, who were punched in the mouth by a tough, scrappy team but rose off the canvas to grab a big win. After a tough first three weeks, Lancaster Eastside should be a relative breather.
3. Los Osos (2-0)
Got the week off, which is good because they have a big battle with Vista Murrieta coming. They survive that, and visions of Baseline-League dominated CIF title games might come to fruition.
4. Miller (3-0)
The Rebels got quite a test against Crenshaw and aren’t quite all there yet on offense, but showed a great deal of scrap and heart to pull out the victory. Now they have two weeks to oil the machine before starting CBL play.
5. Hesperia (2-0)
The Scorpions are showing that last year’s breakthrough was no fluke. It seems as if their offense has taken the next step, which should have the Hesperia faithful pretty pumped up.
6. Serrano (2-1)
The Diamondbacks fall, but not very much. Although they lost by 16 points, they played against probably the most talented team they’ll face all season in Upland and hung right with them. That will only help them once the MRL starts next month.
7. Colton (1-1)
It’s becoming apparent that the Yellowjackets will be able to play some serious defense this year. The offense seems to be a work in progress, but that’s to be expected with a brand-new offensive line. With Friday’s win over La Quinta, Colton could conceivably come out of their four-game season-opening road tour with three wins.
8. Cajon (2-1)
The Cowboys were dazzling against Sultana, more than making up for their struggles against Los Osos. If sophomore quarterback Thomas Carter continues to mature, this is going to be a dangerous team in SAL play. Big game this Friday at Kaiser.
9. Aquinas (3-0)
The “Holy War” was about as competitive as the Grenada conflict, as Aquinas overwhelmed Riverside Notre Dame. The Falcons, with their new-found balance, might have a CIF championship formula brewing.
10. Rancho Cucamonga (3-0)
Yes, Damien, Canyon Springs and Carter may be down a bit. But Rancho is straight pulverizing people right now and deserves to be on this list. If it takes down Charter Oak this week, then its place will be safe.
Receiving consideration: Kaiser (1-1), Chino Hills (2-0), Eisenhower (2-0), Ayala (2-1), Barstow (3-0).