The Times' rankings

The top 25 football teams as selected by Times sportswriters:


*--* Rk SCHOOL (Rec, Sec-Div) Comment 1 ST. BONAVENTURE (14-0, SS-Div. IV) With a winning streak at 24 games, the Seraphs won their sixth section title in seven years. 2 C.C. CANYON (13-1, SS-Div. II) No other team beat a more impressive roster of opponents over the last six weeks. 3 DOMINGUEZ (13-1, SS-Div. III) Johnson & Johnson, Brandon and Marvin, delivered Dons' first title since 1996. 4 OAKS CHRISTIAN (13-0, SS-Div. XI) Won third consecutive title, putting up big numbers against outmanned opponents. 5 CRENSHAW (11-3, City) Talent-laden Cougars won first major division title behind defense and Darian Hagan Jr. 6 HART (11-3, SS-Div. II) The last team to beat Mission Viejo, Indians did it again when it counted. 7 MISSION VIEJO (12-1, SS-Div. II) Chane Moline-led squad, No. 1 all season, has won 67 of its last 69 games. 8 LOYOLA (10-4, SS-Div. I) It's all about your finish as Cubs delivered title in Coach Jeff Kearin's debut season. 9 TAFT (13-1, City) Toreadors' only loss came at the worst time, in the City Section championship game. 10 EDISON (10-2, SS-Div. 1) Top-seeded Chargers beaten in final seconds of second-round playoff game by Loyola. 11 ESPERANZA (11-3, SS-Div. I) Rocky Taloa-led offense gained seventh-most yards rushing in state history. 12 S.O. NOTRE DAME (13-1, SS-Div. III) Went down hard as 35-game winning streak was ended by Dominguez, 41-14. 13 NORCO (13-1, SS-Div. V) On his third consecutive trip to finals, Toby Gerhart finally helped deliver a title. 14 SERVITE (9-4, SS-Div. I) Serra League co-champions, 2-8 last season, thrived under new Coach Troy Thomas. 15 LONG BEACH POLY (9-3, SS-Div. I) Jackrabbits failed to live up to expectations with loss in second round of playoffs. 16 MATER DEI (8-5, SS-Div. I) Monarchs' title hopes doomed when freshman quarterback Matt Barkley got hurt. 17 DORSEY (10-3, City) Stafon Johnson's early injury against Crenshaw didn't help Dons in City Section semifinals. 18 VALENCIA (9-4, SS-Div. II) Michael Herrick's assault on record book landed him as state's all-time leading passer. 19 R. BURROUGHS (11-3, SS-Div. VIII) Long-forgotten fact is that the champion Burros gave St. Bonaventure its closest game. 20 SOUTH HILLS (12-2, SS-Div. VII) Huskies among the Southland's most consistent teams; won fourth title in six years. 21 REDLANDS EAST VLY. (10-1-1, SS-Div. I) No match for Esperanza with injured quarterback Ronnie Fouch out for playoffs. 22 COLTON (9-3, SS-Div. I) Allen Bradford, Brad Sorenson sparked one of the Southland's most potent offenses. 23 ORANGE LUTHERAN (9-2, SS-Div. VI) Otherwise brilliant season tarnished by first-round loss to unheralded Tustin. 24 LA SIERRA (10-3, SS-Div. V) Sean Sudol had all-star numbers -- 3,721 yards, 48 touchdowns, five interceptions. 25 NEWPORT HARBOR (11-3, SS-Div. VI) Ryan Rippon's midseason return charged champion Sailors for a huge stretch run.


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