By Martin Henderson
For the first time in its history, JSerra has cracked the Orange County Top 10 in the weekly poll of 10 media members. The Lions are coming off a 49-31 victory over Huntington Beach and debut at No. 9, sandwiched between Orange Lutheran and Tesoro.
Less newsworthy, Mission Viejo knocked Mater Dei out of No. 1 by virtue of its epic 28-25 overtime victory over Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Tech. What a game!
What do you think? Tell us in the comments.
ORANGE COUNTY FOOTBALL POLL
Text by Steve Fryer, Orange County Register
1. Mission Viejo (3-0, 97 points) Short-handed Diablos beat Don Bosco Prep in overtime, ascend to No. 1.
2. Mater Dei (3-0, 93) Last week’s No. 1 team cruised to 33-0 win over Carson.
3. Servite (2-1, 76) No letdown for Friars in 38-14 win over La Mirada.
4. La Habra (3-0, 63) Clan walloped St. Paul, 41-7.
5. Santa Margarita (1-2, 57) Eagles got first win with 24-6 triumph over Dorsey of L.A.
6. Edison (2-0, 51) Edison had its bye week, prepares for Servite this week.
7. Trabuco Hills (3-0, 44) Hottest start for Mustangs in a long time continued with 24-17 win over Fountain Valley.
8. Orange Lutheran (3-0, 27) Lancers beat Palmdale, 21-6, play first road game at Long Beach Cabrillo.
9. JSerra (2-0, 20) Lions’ 49-31 win over Huntington Beach earns them top 10 debut.
10. Tesoro (2-1, 13) Titans lost to Chino Hills, 30-17.
MARTIN HENDERSON'S VOTE FROM PATCH.COM
1. Mater Dei (3-0) Modest start against Carson gives pause, but Monarchs remain the team to beat.
2. Mission Viejo (3-0) How devastating would it have been to blow 13-point halftime lead?
3. Servite (2-1) Scored decisive victory over La Mirada, which has also lost to Tesoro and La Habra.
4. Santa Margarita (1-2) Eagles finally break into the win column, so that's a monkey off their back.
5. Edison (2-0) Chargers had a bye week to get ready for Servite.
6. La Habra (3-0) Highlanders aren't afraid of anyone, but the real big win over a Pac-5 team has been elusive. Play Mission Viejo this week.
7. JSerra (2-0) Yours truly has voted for JSerra in the top 10 since Day One.
8. Trabuco Hills (3-0) Mustangs get a solid victory over Fountain Valley, which is much improved.
9. Tesoro (2-1) Lost to Chino Hills, but Chino Hills is rock solid—and the Huskies bring the wood.
10. Orange Lutheran (3-0) Lancers make the Trinity League five-for-five in OC ranking.
TELL US IN THE COMMENTS: How would you rank Orange County's best teams?