The Power List: First Edition
The first edition of the Valley Sports Telegram’s power rankings has arrived after all the dust has settled on an entertaining week of action. The West Valley has a strong hold on the top spots on the list, but a couple of squads out of the East Valley and Valley Mission might be strong contenders for top spots if they continue their hot starts to the season. In the Southern Section, Mission League teams hold down the top three spots on the list, while a young quarterback is creating buzz out in Sun Valley. This is the VST Power List for both the City and Southern sections heading into Week Two action around the Valley:
City Section top ten
1. Birmingham Patriots (1-1)
It was a tough week for Birmingham, but they are still the team to beat in the city. The Patriots will have another strong test when Oak Park pays them a visit Friday night.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers (2-0)
The Cavaliers have handled their first two opponents without much resistance. They have a strong chance of moving to 3-0 when they face rivals Reseda on Thursday night at home.
3. Granada Hills Highlanders (0-1-1)
The winless Highlanders check in at the third spot mostly in part due to the strength of their early season schedule. They will keep their lofty perch on the list next week if they can go on the road and beat a strong Palisades squad.
4. Panorama Pythons (2-0)
The Pythons come in at four because this program is as rock solid as any in the Valley. While the quality of opponents hasn’t been the highest tier, the Pythons have done what you would expect, outscoring their opponents 72-19. They’ll hit the road to take on West Adams looking to move to 3-0.
5. Arleta Mustangs (2-0)
The Mustangs have all the makings of a team that could hoist some hardware this season. They came away with a tough win on the road this past week against Chatsworth. They’ll look to move to 3-0 when they take on Marquez in their home opener Thursday afternoon.
6. Kennedy Cougars (1-1)
The Cougars bounced back in a big way on the road against a top-25 team in the city last week. Watching how the Cougars follow up on a 60-point performance against Lincoln when they head to Westchester this week will be interesting.
7. Taft Toreadors (1-1)
The Toreadors looked good on both sides of the ball when they took down Los Angeles at home for head coach Fred Emerson’s first win. On a night when Taft will honor school legend Steve Smith, they’ll have a tough test in the top-10 ranked Dymally. A win here could signify the winning days of old are on the way back.
8. Sylmar Spartans (1-1)
The Spartans looked good in a losing effort against a tough Fairfax squad at home. Sylmar can’t let their guard down at home against Chavez, a team that sports one of the tougher defenses in the Valley.
9. San Fernando Tigers (2-0)
The Tigers crack the list here at number eight, but the senior-laden team might be moving up the list fast if they continue to play the way they have through their first two contests.
10. El Camino Real Royals (0-2)
The Royals make the list despite losing their first two contests because there is a lot of talent here. The Royals have played tough contests the first two weeks out, and that won't change this week when they hit the road to battle a talented North Hollywood team.
Honorable mentions this week: North Hollywood (1-1), Verdugo Hills (2-0), Chatsworth Chancellors (1-1), Van Nuys Wolves (1-1), Chavez Eagles (0-2)
Southern Section Top ten
1. Sierra Canyon Trailblazers (2-0)
The Trailblazers had two tough opponents to begin the season, and they passed both tests. Sierra Canyon will look to go to 3-0 before their bye in Week three.
2. Notre Dame Knights (2-0)
Steele Pizzella has shown growth at the quarterback position that should make Knights fans excited for what this team may be able to accomplish this season. They’ll look to keep it rolling against Crespi this week.
3. Chaminade Eagles (1-1)
The Eagles bounced back from a tough loss in Week Zero with a nice win at home over Cathedral Catholic from San Diego. They face off against JSerra Catholic on the road this week, who will be looking for revenge from the 2022 loss that saw the Lions blow a 21-point lead against Chaminade.
4. Village Christian Crusaders (2-0)
Chase Everett has been nothing short of spectacular for the 2-0 Crusaders. They’ve looked spectacular on offense through their first two contests and will look to keep the early season momentum going when they face Salesian on the road this week.
5. Calabasas Coyotes (1-1)
It's double trouble at the receiver position when you see the Coyotes come to town. Aaron Butler and Arion Lang are as good a combination at the wideout position as you will find at this end of the Southern Section. They’ll be looking to put up big numbers this Friday at home when they face a team from Hawaii in Kapolei.
6. Burroughs Bears (2-0)
The Bears have looked good outscoring their first two opponents on their schedule by a combined 69-14 score. They will have a good shot at advancing to 3-0 when they take a trip to the East Valley to face Saint Genevieve.
7. Harvard-Westlake Wolverines (1-1)
It's been a struggle for the Wolverines offensively to begin the season. Luckily the defense has more than made up for it in the early portion of the season. They’ll head up to Santa Clarita this week to take on Canyon.
8. Heritage Christian Warriors (1-1)
The Warriors put together a great team performance in a win at home against El Camino Real. They should be able to put a nice number of points on the board when they host Hueneme this week.
9. Crescenta Valley Falcons (1-0)
The Falcons have only played one game this season whereas most teams already have played two, but they looked like a serious threat in the way they beat Eagle Rock 55-19 in their road opener.
10. Alemany Warriors (0-2)
While the Warriors have yet to find the win column, they have played two remarkably tough teams to open the season. The road won't get any easier when they face Salpointe Catholic, one of the top teams in the state of Arizona at Granada Hills this week.
Honorable Mentions this week: Campbell Hall (1-1), Crespi (1-1), Viewpoint (1-1), St. Genevieve (0-1), Burbank (0-2)