A look at the top 25 high school football teams in the Southland:
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1. MATER DEI | Strong offensive line, elite secondary, great QB are Monarch strengths.
2. ST. JOHN BOSCO | Braves have been preparing for a year after losing to Monarchs in final.
3. CORONA CENTENNIAL | DL Korey Foreman, WR Gary Bryant lead consistent Huskies.
4. JSERRA | RB Chris Street can lead Lions to Division 1 semifinals.
5. NARBONNE | QB Jake Garcia is really good and has great receivers.
6. MISSION VIEJO | QB Peter Costelli gives Diablos a big-time offensive weapon.
7. SIERRA CANYON | Young team is loaded with talent and promise.
8. OAKS CHRISTIAN | Lions showed last season new staff can coach.
9. SHERMAN OAKS NOTRE DAME | Kevin Rooney’s 40th season will be a good one.
10. CALABASAS | QB Jaden Casey has the receivers to throw at will.
11. RANCHO CUCAMONGA | QB CJ Stroud will help team exceed expectations.
12. SERVITE | Friars are steadily regaining their winning culture.
13. GARDENA SERRA | A big, experienced offensive line means watch out.
14. CORONA DEL MAR | The Garbers-Humphreys-Redman trio is outstanding.
15. UPLAND | The last year of LB Justin Flowe should be entertaining.
16. BISHOP AMAT | RB Damien Moore is going to be a star.
17. GRACE BRETHREN | Someone will have to stop the running game.
18. NORCO | Nine starters are back on offense.
19. BISHOP ALEMANY | Young team with rising QB in Miller Moss.
20. LOS ALAMITOS | Griffins are quietly making steady progress.
21. LONG BEACH POLY | Jackrabbits still have the talent to be successful.
22. SAN CLEMENTE | Tritons will rely on running back James Bohls.
23. RANCHO VERDE | QB AJ Duffy is healthy, stronger, faster.
24. VALENCIA | 11th-straight Foothill League title is coming.
25. CATHEDRAL | With WR Chad Johnson Jr., Phantoms will air it out.