Three Mission League football games highlight this weekend’s action involving Catholic high school football teams, with non-conference action continuing for most.
The Mission League contests pair some of the Southland’s top-rated teams, with of the six combatants receiving votes in the weekly CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division poll.
The Pac-5’s No. 1 team, St. John Bosco (also in the top5 nationally as ranked by Maxpreps), returns to action this week at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, the nation’s No. 1 team in Maxpreps’ Freeman Poll, which has St. John Bosco third. In Maxpreps’ Xcellent 25 Poll, Bosco is fourth and Gorman fifth.
Also in action this week is undefeated St. Francis, the top-rated team in the Southeast Division. A look at the upcoming action:
Mission League: Bishop Amat at Crespi, Loyola at Chaminade, Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks at Serra/Gardena.
Non-League: St. John Bosco at Bishop Gorman/Las Vegas, Paraclete at Montebello, Bishop Montgomery at Mary Star, St. Monica at St. Bernard, Pioneer/Whittier at Cantwell Sacred Heart, Dorsey at Cathedral, St. Mary’s/Calgary at St. Anthony, Mater Dei at Edison/Huntington Beach, Servite at De La Salle/Concord, Venice at Santa Margarita, St. Paul at J. Serra, Duarte at La Salle, Canyon/Canyon Country at St. Francis, Bakersfield at Salesian, Upland at St. Bonaventure, Damien vs. South Hills (at Walnut), St. Joseph/Santa Maria at Righetti.
Non-League: Price/L.A. at Villanova Prep.
Mission League: Chaminade at Alemany.
Frontier League: Santa Clara at Malibu.
Non-League: Mater Dei at Westlake, Calabasas at St. Francis.
Mission League: Serra at Bishop Amat, Crespi vs. Loyola (at L.A. Valley College).
Non-League: St. Anthony at Valley Christian, Mary Star at St. Bernard, Don Bosco Tech vs. Cantwell Sacred Heart (at Salesian), Verbum Dei at Cathedral, St. John Bosco at Crenshaw, Oaks Christian at Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks, Garces at St. Bonaventure, Bishop Diego at Mission Prep/San Luis Obispo, Damien at Ayala, Santa Maria at St. Joseph/Santa Maria, St. Monica at Carpinteria.
Non-League: St. Genevieve vs. Poly/Pasadena.
Last weekend’s scores:
Damien 44, St. Paul 0Paraclete 15, Burroughs/Ridgecrest 13Paso Robles 31, St. Joseph/Santa Maria 0El Segundo 37, Bishop Montgomery 6Cuyama Valley 52, Villanova Prep 26Hawthorne 41, Verbum Dei 0J.Serra 42, St. Bonaventure 28Chino Hills 45, Bishop Amat 28Loyola 31, Salesian 6Servite 42, Edison 21Morningside 34, St. Bernard 32Maranatha 33, La Salle 30Mater Dei 28, Upland 14Cantwell Sacred Heart 41, Mary Star 6St. Genevieve 56, Santa Clara 21St. Anthony 48, Western Christian 13St. Francis 35, Monrovia 13Cathedral 45, Washington 0Chaminade 45, Birmingham 20Serra 37, Narbonne 14Bishop Gorman/Las Vegas 41, Santa Margarita 10Bishop Diego 35, Cabrillo/Lompoc 7Bassett 49, Don Bosco Tech 16Alemany 45, Dorsey 15Mission Prep 24, St. Monica 16CIF-SS Division Rankings:
Rankings as of Sept. 22, with won-lost records:
Pac-5: St. John Bosco (1, 3-0), Mater Dei (2, 3-0), Alemany (4, 4-0), Servite (5, 3-1), J.Serra (7, 4-0), Chaminade (8, 4-0), Santa Margarita (10, 3-1). Honorable mentions include Loyola (4-0), Notre Dame/SO (3-1), Crespi (3-0) and Bishop Amat (2-2).
Southeast: St. Francis (1, 3-0), Cathedral (3, 3-0), Salesian (8, 2-2).
Mid-Valley: Paraclete (3, 2-2).
East Valley: St. Genevieve (6, 2-2), St. Anthony (7, 2-1), St. Monica (8, 2-2).
Northern: Bishop Diego (6, 4-0).