Mount Miguel crashed the Top 10 with a 42-21 victory over previous No. 1o El Capitan, but UT-San Diego‘s weekly rankings otherwise remained the same in the lead-up to Week 8.
Cathedral, which I ranked second, stayed fifth and, contrary to some other winners, did not receive more points after a 42-3 blowout of 4-1 Scripps Ranch.
I don’t get it. The Dons have played a tougher schedule than all of the teams above them other than Oceanside, but they’re not getting any respect, in my opinion.
Justifiably perceived North County bias in media power outlets doesn’t appear to be in play.
Cathedral is considered “North County” (although its Del Mar address is within San Diego’s city limits, as is Torrey Pines’, and Cathedral is part of the city’s Eastern League).
San Pasqual, 6-0 and second in the poll, obviously is outstanding.
But the Eagles haven’t had a Vista Murietta, Arizona’s Chandler Hamilton, or Gardena Serra on their schedule, as have Cathedral, Eastlake, and Oceanside. San Pasqual has had a full plate of essentially rank-and-file North County neighbors.
The first five teams’ strength of schedules (opponents’ won-loss records combined):
I couldn’t elevate Oceanside despite its strength of schedule. That 30-6 loss to Mission Hills was uncharacteristic but it couldn’t be ignored.
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*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Others receiving votes with points: St. Augustine, 14; Grossmont, El Capitan, 13 each; Torrey Pines, 4, Imperial, Mission Bay, Hoover, 2 each; Rancho Buena Vista, 1.