Covina has best shot at state bowl berth

Click on the thread for the CalHiSports state bowl rankings. You might find it interesting that Covina has the best chance of representing the SGV in a state bowl game. The Colts are ranked eighth in the Division 3 South Rankings. Obviously they would have to win out and hope others lose for a state bowl berth, but with half a season left, there’s an outside chance. When it comes to state rankings, Sierra League teams are in Division I, which means teams like Charter Oak, South Hills, Damien, and Chino Hills have virtually no chance, not unless they schedule a monster preseason schedule. In Division 1, Bishop Amat has the area’s highest ranking at No. 14.


(after games of Oct. 8; previous ranking in parentheses)

Division I North
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 4-1
2. (2) Bellarmine (San Jose) 4-1
3. (3) Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 5-1
4. (4) California (San Ramon) 5-0
5. (5) Lincoln (Stockton) 5-1
6. (6) Serra (San Mateo) 5-0
7. (7) Palma (Salinas) 4-0-1
8. (8) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 4-1
9. (9) James Logan (Union City) 6-0
10. (10) Granite Bay 5-1
11. (11) Freedom (Oakley) 5-0
12. (13) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 3-1-1
13. (15) Palo Alto 4-1
14. (12) Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 4-1
15. (NR) Franklin (Elk Grove) 5-1
Drops: Previous No. 14 St. Ignatius (San Francisco).
Others to watch: Oak Grove (San Jose) 4-1, Pitman (Turlock) 6-0, St. Ignatius
(San Francisco) 2-2-1, Woodcreek (Roseville) 4-2.
Outlook: It was a quiet week for this division since just about every team
rolled to easy wins. In the only battles between ranked teams, No. 6 Serra
breezed past previous No. 14 St. Ignatius while No. 10 Granite Bay defeated
previous No. 12 Nevada Union by one score. This week, No. 4 California and No.
8 San Ramon Valley will hook up in the most important game. Mark down your
calendars for Oct. 28 when No. 2 Bellarmine hosts No. 6 Serra. If Serra is
still unbeaten at that time and wins by a margin superior to De La Salle’s
over the Bells (26-20 in two overtimes), then look for the Padres to be given
a huge boost in all rankings.

Division I South
1. (1) Servite (Anaheim) 4-1
2. (3) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 5-0
3. (8) Westlake (Westlake Village) 5-0
4. (9) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 5-0
5. (20) Redlands East Valley (Redlands) 5-0
6. (2) Mission Viejo 4-2
7. (7) Centennial (Corona) 4-1
8. (5) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 5-1
9. (4) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 4-2
10. (6) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 4-1
11. (10) Lutheran (Orange) 5-0
12. (11) San Clemente 6-0
13. (12) Clovis 5-0
14. (13) Upland 5-0
15. (14) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 5-1
16. (15) Bakersfield 5-0
17. (16) Crespi (Encino) 5-1
18. (17) Loyola (Los Angeles) 4-1
19. (18) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 4-1
20. (19) Rancho Cucamonga 5-0
Drops: None.
Others to watch: Alemany (Mission Hills) 4-2, Canyon (Canyon Country) 5-0,
Carson 2-3, Dorsey (Los Angeles) 3-1, Edison (Fresno) 4-1, Edison (Huntington
Beach) 3-2, J.W. North (Riverside) 4-1, Lakewood 5-1, Los Alamitos 4-1; Mater
Dei (Santa Ana) 2-3, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 5-1, Poway 4-0-1, San Pasqual
(Escondido) 5-0-1.
Outlook: All 20 teams from last week are the same, but the order is certainly
much different. This accounts from Westlake’s win over Oaks Christian plus
Redlands East Valley defeating previous No. 2 Mission Viejo. With so many
section champions in this division, it’s going to be almost impossible for a
two-loss team to get consideration for the Open or Division I bowl bids, which
is why Mission’s loss to REV is so important. This does seem like a pretty
wide open year among top teams in Southern California, however, and it
wouldn’t be surprising to see several champions from the toughest leagues
with one loss.

Division II North
1. (1) Del Oro (Loomis) 5-1
2. (2) Buhach Colony (Atwater) 6-0
3. (5) Elk Grove 6-0
4. (3) Grant (Sacramento) 3-3
5. (4) Folsom 5-1
6. (6) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 4-2
7. (7) Vacaville 5-1
8. (8) Paradise 6-0
9. (9) Oakdale 6-0
10. (NR) Los Gatos 4-0-1
Drops: Previous No. 10 Foothill (Palo Cedro).
Others to watch: Enterprise (Redding) 6-0, Leland (San Jose) 5-0, Casa Roble
(Orangevale) 4-2, Foothill (Palo Cedro) 5-1, Manteca 6-0, Patterson 5-1,
Placer (Auburn) 5-1, Roseville 4-2, Windsor 6-0.
Outlook: Matching a move first made in this week’s NorCal top 20, Elk Grove
had to go in front of both Grant and Folsom after beating the Pacers 21-14
last Friday on its home field. Even at 3-3, however, Grant can stay in front
of Folsom due to owning a 43-16 win over the Bulldogs. Grant’s other losses
are to D1 South Long Beach Poly and D1 North Lincoln of Stockton. Which team
to put in at No. 10 was a tougher decision. Despite a tie, we still like Los
Gatos due to the Wildcats having a win over D1 North Oak Grove of San Jose.
The 10th spot opened up due to previously ranked Foothill of Palo Cedro losing
7-6 to Enterprise of Redding.

Division II South
1. (2) Helix (La Mesa) 5-1
2. (3) Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) 5-0
3. (1) Oceanside 3-1-1
4. (4) Cajon (San Bernardino) 5-0
5. (5) San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) 5-0
6. (6) Chaminade (West Hills) 4-1
7. (7) St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) 5-0
8. (8) Villa Park 6-0
9. (9) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 4-1
10. (NR) St. Augustine (San Diego) 5-0
Drops: Previous No. 10 La Habra.
Others to watch: Arroyo Grande 5-1, Citrus Hill (Perris) 5-0, Heritage
(Menifee) 4-1, Laguna Hills 5-0, La Habra 2-3, Palm Springs 5-0, Ridgeview
(Bakersfield) 5-0, Serra (Gardena) 3-2, St. Francis (La Canada) 5-0, Summit
(Fontana) 4-1, West Covina 5-1, Yorba Linda 6-0.
Outlook: We have a new No. 1 in this bowl division with Helix going to the top
for fellow San Diego Section powerhouse Oceanside. The Pirates had to fall
after being in a 10-10 tie against Mission Hills of San Marcos in a rematch of
last year’s Division II section final. Helix, meanwhile, looked like it
might be as good or better than when Alex Smith and Reggie Bush were there in
a 49-7 romp past previously unbeaten Mt. Miguel. The Highlanders also are now
the No. 1 ranked team overall in the section. Another eye-opening San Diego
result from this division was St. Augustine edging Eastlake of Chula Vista
21-20. Eastlake, remember, is the team that beat Helix in week one and was a
Division I semifinalist last year. St. Augustine also moved up to No. 4
overall in the section behind Helix, Oceanside and arch-rival Cathedral

Division III North
1. (1) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 4-0-1
2. (2) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 6-0
3. (3) Escalon 6-0
4. (4) Encinal (Alameda) 4-1
5. (5) Colfax 6-0
6. (6) Miramonte (Orinda) 5-0
7. (7) Salesian (Richmond) 5-0
8. (8) Carmel 5-0
9. (9) Hilmar 6-1
10. (10) Sutter 6-0
Drops: None.
Others to watch: Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 5-1, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland)
3-2, Ripon 4-2, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 4-1, Terra Nova (Pacifica) 3-2,
Wheatland 5-1.
Outlook: There were absolutely no changes in this division from last week. No.
1 Cardinal Newman and No. 7 Salesian did not play. Everyone else played and
had no troubles, including No. 2 Marin Catholic trouncing Terra Linda of San
Rafael 41-21 and No. 3 Escalon beating bubble team Ripon 31-14. Bubble team
Bear River lost, but it was to Placer of Auburn (which is D2 at least until
the playoffs start) while bubble team Sacred Heart Prep also lost (but it was
in a competitive game against Terra Nova, also on the bubble).

Division III South
1. (1) Lompoc 6-0
2. (3) Madison (San Diego) 5-0
3. (4) Washington (Easton) 5-0
4. (5) Paraclete (Lancaster) 5-1
5. (2) Mt. Miguel (Spring Valley) 4-1
6. (6) Santana (Santee) 6-0
7. (7) Coalinga 6-0
8. (8) Covina 5-1
9. (9) Wasco 5-0
10. (10) Beckman (Irvine) 3-2
Drops: None.
Others to watch: Arroyo (El Monte) 4-1, Bishop 4-1, Campbell Hall (North
Hollywood) 5-1, Carpinteria 4-1, Centennial (Compton) 4-1, Corona del Mar
(Newport Harbor) 4-1, La Puente 5-0, Maranatha (Sierra Madre) 6-0, San Dimas
4-1, Santa Ynez 3-2, Twentynine Palms 4-1.
Outlook: Mt. Miguel’s 49-7 loss to Helix (the new No. 1 team in D2 South)
had to send that team down from its No. 2 position in this division. The
Matadors, however, are still in front of Santana locally and the loss may be
more an indication of how good Helix is than about Mt. Miguel. Among the rest
of the teams that played, some of the scores were hard to believe. No. 1
Lompoc clobbered Santa Maria 74-7, while Santana blew past Grand Prairie of
Alberta, Canada, 70-7. Based on its great tradition with more league titles
than any other school in the state, however, seeing Dos Palos on the short end
of a 55-3 loss to No. 3 Washington was perhaps the hardest to believe. If you
look at the past history of playoffs in the Southern Section for the Northwest
Division (Lompoc) and for San Diego in Division IV (Madison), Washington is
looking more and more like a legit threat to grab a bowl bid in this

Division IV North
1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 5-2
2. (2) LeGrand 6-0
3. (3) Ferndale 4-1
4. (4) Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 5-1
5. (9) Valley Christian (Dublin) 5-0
6. (6) St. Bernard (Eureka) 5-0
7. (8) Millennium (Tracy) 6-0
8. (10) California School for Deaf (Fremont) 5-0
9. (NR) Durham 5-1
10. (5) Hoopa Valley (Hoopa) 4-1
Drops: Previous No. 7 Modesto Christian.
Others to watch: Berean Christian (Walnut Creek) 3-2, Hamilton (Hamilton City)
5-2, Modesto Christian 4-3, Rio Vista 6-1.
Outlook: Central Catholic remains at the top after a 65-6 romp past new school
Pacheco of Los Banos. No. 3 Ferndale had a big win 41-7 against previous No. 5
Hoopa Valley, but the big news there is that it also was the 200th for
longtime Wildcats’ coach Kim Jorgensen. This week, we’re pumped because
for the first time we’re going to see California School for the Deaf in
action. It’s a trek we’ve been curious about for many years and on
Thursday the No. 8 Eagles are playing a showdown against No. 5 Valley
Christian of Dublin at Chabot College. Valley Christian’s recent wins over
Dougherty Valley and Sequoia of Redwood City definitely stand out and have
sent that team’s ranking stock through the roof. Another win over CSD will
only add to that. A CSD win might be perhaps the biggest in school history,
not counting any in the annual rivalry series with CSD of Riverside.

Division IV South
1. (1) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 5-0
2. (2) Desert Christian (Lancaster) 6-0
3. (3) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 4-1
4. (4) Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 5-1
5. (5) Aquinas (San Bernardino) 4-1
6. (6) Christian (El Cajon) 3-2
7. (7) La Jolla Country Day 5-0
8. (8) Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia) 4-1
9. (10) St. Margaret’s (SJ Cap.) 3-2
10. (NR) Boron 4-2
Drops: Previous No. 9 Grace Brethren (Simi Valley).
Others to watch: Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) 3-2, Linfield Christian
(Temecula) 2-1-1, Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 4-1, Mojave 5-0, Parker (San
Diego) 2-2-1, Saddleback Valley Christian (SJ Capistrano) 5-0.
Outlook: The only change in this division was Boron going back in for previous
No. 9 Grace Brethren, which lost to Carpinteria. The Bobcats, whose field we
drove past two weeks ago while traveling back home to Stockton from the
Servite-Bishop Gorman game in Las Vegas, blanked Mammoth 52-0. At the end of
the regular season, it could be epic when Boron plays Mojave, especially if
Mojave is 9-0. No. 1 Sierra Canyon, meanwhile, continued its dominant play
with a 42-6 romp past Camp Kilpatrick of Malibu.

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  • Colt74

    Aliens would land first. And their entire culture would be based on Led Zeppelin music.

    “So you’re telling me there’s a chance… *YEAH!* ”

    Lets just concentrate on San Dimas.

    On a side note: Covina beat the number 1 rated team Lompoc in the 1995 finals for their last CIF Championship.

  • bigdog

    Colt 74
    You hit the nail right on the head!!!

  • eastsider

    good for covina…monrovia was in the mix early in the season,but look what happened after the story came out. west covina is in division 2 so I dont see them making it even if they go undefeated the rest of the season.division 1 is very tough ,there are to many great teams.2 teams from D 1 get chosen,the open division Servite will get it if they dont lose any more games and the inland division winner has a chance also.

  • bottom line

    the bottom line is the winner of the Pac 5 will play in a championship game regardless of record. So the only team with a real chance is Bishop Amat

  • Jimmy Kimmel

    Aren’t we a long way from April 1st?

    This is why no one takes the SGV seriously !