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THE TIMES’ RANKINGS

*--* Rk. Team (Rec., Div.) Comment and last rankings 1 MISSION VIEJO (10-0, Div. II) Which is better, Diablo’s offense or defense? (1) 2 NOTRE DAME (10-0, Div. III) Cary Harris led the way over Chaminade. (2) 3 LOS ALAMITOS (9-1, Div. I) Griffins got best draw of the division. (3) 4 L.B. POLY (9-1, Div. I) Jackrabbits going for eighth straight finals appearance. (4) 5 VALENCIA (9-1, Div. II) Overcame Hart, could Mission Viejo be next? (5) 6 MATER DEI (8-2, Div. I) Beating Esperanza in Round 1 is no easy task. (7) 7 LAKEWOOD (9-1, Div. I) Defense wins championships, but can it do it alone? (8) 8 ST. BONAV. (9-1, Div. IV) Looking for fourth championship in five years. (9) 9 ORANGE LUTH. (9-1, Div. VI) Beat Plac. Valencia for seventh consecutive league title. (10) 10 DORSEY (9-1, City) Dons carry nine-game winning streak into playoffs. (11) 11 COR. CENT. (9-1, Div. V) Huskies have running and passing game at full bark. (12) 12 TAFT (9-1, City) Going for 55 points for third game in a row. (14) 13 LOYOLA (8-2, Div. I) Cubs came out flat and got rolled by Santa Margarita. (6) 14 PALMDALE (8-2, Div. III) Kwincy Edwards had two TD catches, punt return TD Friday. (15) 15 NORCO (9-1, Div. V) Scoreless for a half before beating rival Corona, 28-7. (17) 16 CRENSHAW (8-2, City) Darian Hagan Jr. has 10 interceptions for Cougars. (19) 17 TEMESCAL CYN. (10-0, Div. V) Jared Zinda’s 216 yards finish first unbeaten season. (20) 18 BIRMINGHAM (6-4, City) Brian Stuart had 265 yards in eight carries vs. Granada Hills. (21) 19 C.C. CANYON (9-1, Div. II) Returns to rankings after 21-17 victory over Hart. (NR) 20 HART (6-4, Div. II) Sixty-five game league winning streak now a distant memory. (13) 21 EDISON (6-4, Div. I) Lost to Fountain Valley, Esperanza by total of five points. (16) 22 PLAC. VALENCIA (9-1, Div. VI) Could be the second-best team in division. (18) 23 SAN CLEMENTE (8-2, Div. II) Rushed for 331 yards against Capistrano Valley. (23) 24 NWPT. HARBOR (9-0-1, Div. VI) Eight players scored TDs against Woodbridge. (24) 25 OAKS CHR. (10-0, Div. XI) Keeping Esperanza, Fountain Valley out of rankings. (25)

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