The Register’s Orange County football top 25 for Monday, Sept. 18.
O.C. TOP 25
(Voting is done Orange County media members)
1. Mater Dei 4-0 (250 poll points)
Overlooked in the Monarchs’ success is how well the team runs the ball this season. They are averaging 165 rushing yards a game.
This week: vs. St. Mary’s of Stockton at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Saturday
2. Mission Viejo 4-0 (239)
This has been one of Southern California’s more entertaining offensive teams for many years. But the Diablos play good defense, too, and did so in 12-7 win over Long Beach Poly.
This week: vs. Santa Margarita at Trabuco Hills High, Friday
3. Orange Lutheran 4-0 (228)
Teams the Lancers have played are a cumulative 1-14; not saying that the Lancers have a cupcake schedule because all of those teams have played tough schedules themselves.
This week: vs. Heritage of Romoland at Orange Coast College, Friday
4. Santa Margarita 4-0 (219)
Eagles have outscored opponents 201-10. Running back Chad Magyar is averaging 141 rushing yards a game, 10 yards a carry.
This week: vs. Mission Viejo at Trabuco Hills High, Friday
5. JSerra 4-0 (212)
Three of Lions’ wins are against CIF-SS Division 1 teams, fueling thought that this is the best Lions team in school history.
This week: vs. Los Alamitos, Friday
6. Servite 4-0 (200)
Friars got those penalty problems under control in 47-14 win over Villa Park. Junior receiver/defensive back Trent McDuffie is looking like one of the better two-way players in O.C.
This week: at Garfield of Los Angeles, Friday
7. San Clemente 4-0 (193)
Tritons scored 62 points for the second time this season in a 62-27 win over Murrieta Valley.
This week: vs. Palos Verdes at El Camino College, Friday
8. Edison 3-1 (173)
Quaterback Griffin O’Connor returned for Chargers in 28-0 win over San Juan Hills, but All-CIF running back Jack Carmichael suffered possible season-ending leg injury.
This week: no game
9. La Habra 2-2 (166)
Seven touchdowns, seven different players scored them for the Highlanders as they chopped down on Oak Grove, 49-0, on Saturday.
This week: at Colony of Ontario, Friday
10. Los Alamitos 2-1 (157)
Griffins got their second straight high-scoring win with a 51-6 triumph over Banning of Wilmington.
This week: at JSerra, Friday
11. Corona del Mar 3-1 (153)
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