High school football has become all about ratings in California.
Cal-Hi Sports is out with its first poll of the 2013 campaign and already has Concord De La Salle representing the North in the State Open Division championship game, probably against Corona Centennial, Bellflower St. John Bosco, or Gardena Serra.
Serra comes South in Week 2 to meet Oceanside, pride of the San Diego Section. With the local section adding an Open Division this year, Oceanside and others are eligible to play in the State Open Division Bowl.
But if coach John Carroll’s Pirates lose to Serra, or anyone else, they will be eliminated from State Open Division consideration, according to Cal-Hi Sports.
It will be one and out.
Cal-Hi Sports has ranked Oceanside No. 8 in California, behind De La Salle, Centennial, St. John Bosco, Serra, Long Beach Poly, and Vista Murrieta.
Mission Hills is ranked 30th, Helix 34th, and Madison 49th, among other San Diego entries.
In the breakdown by divisions, Oceanside is fifth in D-I South, Mission Hills 18th and Helix 20th.
Madison is ninth in D-II and St. Augustine 14th. Hoover is 10th in III, with Santa Fe Christian sixth and Francis Parker seventh in IV.
Oceanside has some important business to take care of before it confronts Serra. The Pirates visit pugnacious St. Augustine at Mesa College in a big opening game Friday, Aug. 30.