Scott Kennedy: Top 20 teams in CIF-SS, Week 2

Updates to the rankings of the best teams in the CIF-SS after Week 1:

No. 1 St. John Bosco has left little doubt in the early going that they should be the No. 1 team in the Southern Section. The Braves have wiped out Dominguez and Clovis North by a combined score of 88-7. Bosco’s biggest concern coming into the 2013 season was finding a go-to running back. The Braves have found at least two in junior Bryce Perkins and sophomore Chase Lucas, who have combined to rush for just over 300 yards and eight touchdowns already. Bosco should get a challenge from Chandler (Ariz.) this week.
 
No. 2 Mater Dei made a claim for the top spot after dismantling Upland in Week 0. There wasn’t going to be much doubt last weekend against a hopelessly outmatched St. Paul’s team, but the Monarchs took care of the business in front of them with a 56-7 win. Mater Dei’s non-league schedule isn’t the toughest in the Top 10, but it’ll face plenty of challenges before the season is over including No. 1 St. John Bosco on Nov. 1
 
No. 3 Serra
will have an optimist saying that it’s shown a lot of guts in the last two games, holding off Desert Ridge and coming back against Oceanside after trailing most of the night. A pessimist might say that Serra’s an incomplete team that struggles against the run. The truth probably lies somewhere in between, but Serra hasn’t looked like a Top 10 national team the last two weeks, and it’ll need to bring its A-game again this week against No. 15 Notre Dame.
 
No. 4 Corona Centennial may do its best this season to dispel the notion that defense wins championships. The Huskies have already put up 129 points on the season, and they’ve given up just 97. Running back Tre Watson is putting up Techmo Bowl numbers, including over 450 yards and seven touchdowns last week in Centennial’s showdown against St. Bonaventure. Even in an era of no-defense inflated offensive numbers, that’s still an impressive night. This week should be interesting as Centennial meets No. 10 Long Beach Poly. The Jackrabbits have struggled on offense, and Centennial can’t stop anyone, a classic case of the resistible force meets the movable object.
 
No. 5 Vista Murrieta was one of the oddball teams who actually played its first game of the season during Week 1, but there didn’t seem to be any rust. New quarterback Coltin Gerhart fit like a round peg in a round hole making his first start at Vista Murrieta after leading Norco the last three years. He combined for over 200 yards of offense and five touchdowns in a 66-28 win over a solid Downey team. The Broncos have a chance to put up another big number against Yucaipa on Friday.
 
No. 6 Mission Viejo caught Corona Santiago coming off a 49-point effort against Hart, and the Sharks got off to a fast start against Mission Viejo. But the Diablos settled in and slowed down Santiago while getting their own high-powered offense in gear and cruised to a comfortable 58-35 win. Mission Viejo is going to have their hands full this week with national power Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey. The Diablos were beaten soundly in New Jersey the last time they met, but this game is at home — Don Bosco Prep isn’t as strong, and Mission Viejo is better the last time the squads met.
 
No. 7 Alemany has the toughest schedule in the Southern Section this year, and the Warriors took care of business in the “easy” part of their schedule by beating Los Osos and Muir, both on the road. Now Alemany comes home to face defending City Section Champion Narbonne before taking on Centennial and St. Bonaventure in the next two weeks.

No. 8 Oaks Christian made sure Upland had to wait at least another week to get off the canvas after Mater Dei knocked them out in Week 0. The Lions didn’t let up winning 57-28. Oaks Christian takes on Venice before its showdown with Chaminade in two weeks, but the Lions would do well not to look past Venice who jumped on Chaminade 21-7 in Week 0 before finally falling to the Eagles.
 
No. 9 St. Bonaventure may or may not have learned something about itself in a loss to Centennial. It put up a ton of points (55), but so far, so has everyone against Centennial. The offense probably isn’t as good as it looked against the Huskies and the defense probably isn’t as bad. The Seraphs take on a solid Redlands East Valley team this weekend.
 
No. 10 Long Beach Poly has seen this movie before. After dropping a game to Servite, there is a very real chance the Jackrabbits start off 1-3 for the second consecutive season, with games coming up against No. 4 Centennial and Bakersfield. Poly has normally been solid with its defense, but if the Jackrabbits give up 31 to Servite, Poly is really going to have its hands full against Centennial. It’s hard to picture anyone overlooking Servite, even if it’s down a bit from years past, but expect a more focused Poly squad on FOX Sports West’s Game of the Week against No. 4 Centennial this week.