The Times' top 25 preseason football rankings

The Times' top 25 preseason football rankings
St. John Bosco Coach Jason Negro, center, celebrates the Braves' 20-14 win over De La Salle in the CIF State Championship Division I bowl game at SubHub Center on Dec. 21. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)


Rank, School, 2013 record, division, comment


1. ST. JOHN BOSCO; 16-0 (SS, Pac-5); Braves are capable of scoring TDs in bunches.

2. LONG BEACH POLY; 11-2 (SS, Pac-5); Defense should be outstanding; offense is developing.

3. SERVITE; 6-6 (SS, Pac-5); Loaded senior class is ready to compete for title.

4. CORONA CENTENNIAL; 12-3 (SS, Pac-5); Ready to take on the big boys in Pac-5.

5. GARDENA SERRA; 13-1 (SS, Pac-5); If the QBs are ready to go, so will be the Cavaliers.

6. MATER DEI; 11-3 (SS, Pac-5); Defensive line is impressive.

7. ALEMANY; 10-3 (SS, Pac-5); An improved defense gives Warriors chance to be factor in Pac-5.

8. WESTLAKE; 8-3 (SS, Pac-5); All the pieces are in place for a terrific season.

9. MISSION VIEJO (SS, West Valley); 11-1; Leaving the Pac-5 will do wonders for Diablos.

10. UPLAND; 9-4 (SS, West Valley); Lots of Division I recruits, but they must play together.

11. CHAMINADE; 14-2 (SS, Pac-5); Eagles have good line, strong running backs.

12. VISTA MURRIETA; 12-2 (SS, West Valley); Strong line play will keep Broncos winning.

13. TESORO; 9-3 (SS, West Valley); QB Devon Modster is ready to star.

14. HART; 12-3 (SS, West Valley); The Brady White-Trent Irwin passing combo is tough to stop.


15. SHERMAN OAKS NOTRE DAME; 7-4 (SS, Pac-5); Watch out for receiver CJ Sanders.

16. ST. BONAVENTURE; 8-4 (SS, Pac-5); If the defense comes around, beware.

17. ORANGE LUTHERAN; 7-4 (SS, Pac-5); LB Keisean Lucier-South is quite a player.

18. OAKS CHRISTIAN; 8-3 (SS, Pac-5); Bill Redell didn't return to lose games.

19. SANTA MARGARITA; 4-6 (SS, Pac-5); Eagles have lots of weapons to cause trouble.

20. RANCHO CUCAMONGA; 10-2 (SS, West Valley); Lots of young players are ready to contribute.

21. NEWBURY PARK; 5-5 (SS, Northern); The Holmes brothers will make a difference.

22. JSERRA; 7-3 (SS, Pac-5); Must find a way to make it through Trinity League gantlet.

23. RANCHO VERDE; 11-3 (SS, Inland); QB Sheriron Jones makes things happen.

24. NARBONNE; 11-3; City DI); Gauchos have improved size, speed.

25. CRESPI; 4-7 (SS, Pac-5); Players are beginning to respond to Coach Troy Thomas.