Perfection is a tough goal, but there are still 29 unbeaten teams in the Southern Section and City Section seven weeks into the football season.
Some have used a combination of good scheduling and extreme improvement over the previous season. Others are about to receive their toughest tests of the season.
In the City Section, the two remaining unbeaten teams are San Fernando (6-0) and Marquez (7-0). According to the CalPreps.com computer, Marquez and San Fernando each has a 97% chance of finishing the regular season unbeaten.
In the Southern Section, Mater Dei (7-0) and St. John Bosco (7-0) are on a collision course to meet Oct. 25 at Mater Dei. With one week to go, the CalPreps computer has St. John Bosco favored to win.
Among the other unbeaten teams heavily favored to finish the regular season 10-0 are Corona del Mar (7-0), Mission Viejo (8-0), Culver City (7-0), La Serna (8-0), Santa Ana Foothill (7-0), El Monte (7-0), Rio Hondo Prep (6-0), Inglewood (7-0), Alhambra (7-0), St. Pius X-St. Matthias (6-0) and Baldwin Park Sierra Vista (7-0).
The other unbeaten teams facing tests in the coming weeks include Grace Brethren (7-0), Camarillo (7-0), Ayala (7-0), Citrus Valley (7-0), Kaiser (7-0), Serrano (7-0), West Ranch (7-0), Crescenta Valley (7-0), Cypress (7-0), Newport Harbor (7-0), Segerstrom (7-0), Jurupa Hills (7-0), Oak Park (7-0) and St. Monica (6-0).
Camarillo and Grace Brethren will play a league matchup, and Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar will do likewise.
Among the biggest turnarounds, Sierra Vista was 0-10 last season and is unbeaten this season under first-year coach Sergio Villasenor, who left L.A. Wilson. Inglewood was 0-10 last season and is unbeaten this season under first-year coach Mil’Von James, who used to coach at Hawkins.