Rank, team, record, (previous ranking)
1. Bishop Amat 4-1 (1) — Amat is like all the other Serra League teams scheduling middle-of-the-road opponents with one or two big nonleague games. That’s why the league is 20-5 and everyone has a solid record. Can you blame them? They’re gearing up for a brutal month playing each other. In Amat’s case, say what you want, but they’re winning, and winning easy again.
2. Charter Oak 4-1 (2) – At this point, I do believe they will run the table in the Sierra. I didn’t think anyone would go undefeated a few weeks ago, but I do now. Who’s going to beat them … Chino Hills, South Hills, Damien? Not this year, offense is too good, and defense is good enough to get by.
3. West Covina 4-1 (3) – No problem in the Hacienda opener on the road against a motivated Diamond Bar squad. As the Dogs heal, they’re only going to get better. Come playoff time, who’s going to stop them? Aram keeps mentioning Arcadia. I’m not buying. With Solomon back to go with Frazier and Salgado, they’re unstoppable in the Hacienda and Southeast.
4. Covina 4-1 (6) – They took their foot off the gas before putting away Pomona 16-14, but a notable win considering they did it without quarterback Billy Livingston. Of all the Mid-Valley teams I’ve watched, the Colts are still the best.
5. Damien 3-1 (8) – The Spartans are improved, no doubt about that. But improved enough to finish where in the Sierra? That’s hard to answer. They got a solid win over Temescal Canyon, and if they can beat a Pac-5 Trinity League team in JSerra on Friday, then I like their chances of finishing top three in league and making the playoffs.
6. Chino Hills 2-3 (5) – What’s disturbing is not that the Huskies lost step-up games to Tesoro and Redlands East Valley, what’s disturbing is how bad they lost them, 27-3 and 34-0, respectively.
7. San Dimas 4-1 (9) — The Saints look like the dominant 2009 Saints since the Smudgepot loss and with a week off, they host Nogales on Thursday. I can’t picture the Saints losing to anyone in the VVL with the exception of Covina. Can you?
8. Claremont 4-1 (4) -- Serrano crushed Claremont 42-0, and like I mentioned last week, after a 4-0 start and with the Sierra schedule next, they will probably finish 4-6 or 5-5..
9. South Hills 2-2 (NR) -- The Huskies are an any-given-Friday team because their offense can score at will with the best of them. But they give up too many points, too many big third downs and that won’t cut it against the Charter Oak’s, or probably Thursday’s opponent, Los Osos.
10. Glendora 2-3 (NR) – Considering a new coaching staff, what players returned and the Tartans’ brutal schedule, few thought they could be 2-3. What’s more impressive is that they competed in all three losses.
The rest: 11. Arroyo (3-1), 12. Diamond RAnch (2-3); 13. Los Altos (4-1), 14. Bonita (2-3); 15. La Puente (4-0), 16. South El Monte (5-0), 17. Diamond Bar (2-3), 18. Ayala (2-3), 19. Rowland (2-2), 20. Rosemead (2-2), 21. Duarte (3-0), 22. El Monte (2-2), 23. Pomona (2-3), 24. Walnut (1-4), 25. Azusa (1-3), 26. Nogales (3-2), 27. Northview (1-4), 28. Baldwin Park (2-3), 29. Mountain View (3-1), 30. Workman (2-2), 31. Gladstone (1-3), 32. Wilson (0-5), 33. Sierra Vista (1-3), 34. Ganesha (1-3), 35. Bassett (1-3).