Five Area Teams Ranked in the Top 10 of their Divisions
The Week 7 CIF Southern Section Polls as of October 17, 2017 were released today. Most of the local teams slipped in the Polls and 2 teams were eliminated from the Top 10 in their respective Divisions.
In Division 2, Heritage stayed locked in the second spot again this week. The Patriots rolled to their 37th consecutive Sunbelt League last Friday night. The Patriots have never lost a league game since joining the Sunbelt…and has the second-longest winning streak in Inland Empire history. Their next opponent is Perris.
Murrieta Mesa dropped two spots and are ranked eighth in Division 4. Division 1 Vista Murrieta defeated the Rams to win its first Southwestern league game Friday. The Rams looked like they had the Broncos number early in the contest, but Vista Murrieta surged ahead and cruised to victory. The Rams play Great Oak this week.
In Division five two local teams continue to shine. Paloma Valley moved down a spot to 5th. The Wildcats kept its Sunbelt league record perfect and improved to 2-0, as the they overwhelmed Lakeside 57-6 Friday night. The Wildcats are home next week to face Sunbelt league rival Elsinore.
Also Division 5 is the continued resurgence of Chaparral. The Pumas lost to Murrieta Valley 42-17, but moved up a spot to ninth in the Polls. The Nighthawks struggled in the first half of Friday night’s game against an inspired Chaparral team.
Two teams who were ranked last week were left off the Top 10 list. Elsinore dropped off the Division 6 list after losing to Heritage 41-13.Lakeside suffered the same consequences in Division 11 after losing to Paloma Valley
Photos by Amber Garcia, David Bradshaw, Lucas Haynes, John Carpenter & Erin Baker