Above: Charter Oak and Rancho Cucamonga meet again on Friday.
1. Charter Oak (3-0) – Three games, three quality wins over Glendora, Eisenhower and Esperanza, now comes the step-up of step-ups, facing Rancho Cucamonga at home, a team that only has allowed six points all year, and that came when the starters were out. For once and for all, Chargers can prove they’re completely deserving of No. 1 tag with a win.
2. Bishop Amat (2-1) – The season didn’t snowball after the Servite loss, the Lancers got back on track and did it the best way they know how, feeding Jalen Moore and watching him go to work in a blowout over La Mirada. Now they face a Damien team that wants a win in the worst way.
3. West Covina (2-1) — The Bulldogs go back to No. 3. Look, two wins over quality area teams in Covina and South Hills, and if you watched them work over the weekend, you got the feeling they might not lose another game the rest of the way.
4. Claremont (3-0) – With quarterback Daniel Kessler and several others gone, we forgot about the Wolfpack in the preseason rankings. But recent wins over Bonita and Walnut show they’re going to fight it out in the Sierra like everyone else.
5. Damien (2-0) – Spartans have done what they’re supposed to do, beat teams in front of them, even doing it in a convincing way over Chaffey. But now comes the test of tests, trying to show how far they’ve come since last year’s blowout loss at Amat.
6. Chino Hills (1-2) – The Huskies have played arguably the toughest schedule, losing this past week to Pac-5 contender Tesoro, the same Tesoro that knocked Amat out of the playoffs last year. Forget the record, the Huskies are better than this. You know it and I know it.
7. Covina (2-1) — Colts seem on a mission since their season-opening loss to West Covina with blowouts over Gladstone and El Monte. Billy Livingston and Co. are on a mission, they might not lose for a while.
8. Arroyo (3-0) – The win over Montebello wasn’t convincing, but it kept the Knights perfect. It might be hard to stay perfect visiting Hart on Friday, but this is what opportunities are all about, the chance to pull off a stunner.
9. Los Altos (3-0) — The feel-good turnaround continues, from a 14-game losing streak to an undefeated 3-0 start, and a No. 4 ranking in the Southeast. Feels like good times again when the Conqs are back in the picture.
10. South Hills (1-2) – The Huskies have suffered some bad luck, losing to Colony 30-29 and West Covina 35-33 because it failed to make extra points that would have sent both games to overtime. It doesn’t get easier, after a week off they visit Mid-Valley champ Monrovia.
The rest: 11. San Dimas (2-1), 12. Glendora (1-2), 13. Ayala (2-1), 14. Diamond Bar (2-1), 15. Bonita (1-1), 16. Pomona (2-1), 17. Rowland (2-1), 18. La Puente (2-0), 19. South El Monte (2-0), 20. Diamond Ranch (0-3), 21. Azusa (0-2), 22. Nogales (2-1), 23. Baldwin Park (1-2), 24. El Monte (1-2), 25. Walnut (0-3), 26. Rosemead (0-2), 27. Duarte (2-1), 28. Wilson (0-3), 29. Northview (0-3), 30. Mountain View (2-1), 31. Ganesha (1-1), 32. Bassett (1-1), 33. Workman (1-1), 34. Gladstone (0-2), 35. Sierra Vista (0-2),