1. Bishop Amat (9-0) — The Lancers can solidify a top-four Pac-5 playoff seed with a win over undefeated Alemany (9-0) for the Serra League title on Friday. The Lancers are looking to start 10-0 for the first time since 1994.
2. West Covina (8-1) — The Bulldogs have done so much to solidify No. 1 in the Southeast you wonder if they might stumble in the finale against Diamond Bar. Don’t get caught watching the paint dry. If you don’t believe me, see Covina.
3. Chino Hills (7-2) — The Huskies will likely finish in a tie for first with Claremont, but the Wolfpack get the top seed from the league because of its head-to-head victory. But since the Huskies’ loss to Claremont, they have proven to be the best in league and have the best shot at a deep Inland playoff run.
4. Covina (9-1) — Two thrilling fourth-quarter comebacks over West Covina and San Dimas has the Colts No. 4 — their highest ranking since the 2006 season. I don’t know if they’re this good, but on paper they deserve to be here.
5. Bonita (8-1) — After Bonita crushed Rowland, I wondered if the West Covina loss was an aberration. We will find how just how good they’re at home against Diamond Ranch on Friday.
6. Claremont (7-2) — The Wolfpack’s stinging loss to West Covina won’t cost them the league title unless they lose again to Damien, which would throw the Sierra League playoff picture into a mess. If that happens, we have some sorting out to do on Friday. If Claremont wins, they’re the league No. 1. If they lose, it’s possible they could fall out of the playoffs entirely.
7. Azusa (9-0) — From a numbers standpoint it’s staggering. The Aztecs only have allowed 30 points in nine games. That’s so good I’m going to write it again: They’ve only allowed 30 points in nine games.
8. Arroyo (8-1) — The Mission Valley league champs will finish 9-0 and likely grab the No. 3 seed in the Mid-Valley Division if the current rankings stay true to form. Are the Knights good enough to win the Division? Well, they got the best QB in the Division, so let’s see how it shakes out.
9. Charter Oak (6-4) — For other teams being 6-4 and ranked ninth is a good season, but for the Chargers it’s a disappointment because they went 0-4 in the step-up games against Glendora, Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont and Chino Hills. They get South Hills, which is no step-up, but a must win for the playoffs.
10. Diamond Ranch (5-4) — The Panthers shouldn’t worry too much about the West Covina blowout. They can reassert their swagger on Friday against Bonita.
The Rest:11. Glendora (5-4), 12. Damien (5-4), 13. South Hills (3-6), 14. San Dimas (5-4), 15. Walnut (5-4), 16. Diamond Bar (6-3), 16. La Puente (6-2), 17. Baldwin Park (4-5), 18. Rowland (4-6), 19. Ayala (4-5), 20. Rosemead (6-3), 22. Pomona (4-5), 23. Northview (3-6), 24. El Monte (4-5), 25. Sierra Vista (6-3), 26. Wilson (4-5), 27. Gladstone (5-4), 28. Mountain View (5-4), 29. Ganesha (3-6), 30. Nogales (1-8), 31. South El Monte (1-8), 32. Bassett (3-6), 33. Workman (2-7), 34. Los Altos (0-9), 35. Duarte (0-8).