The Power List: 5th edition

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Coming out of a week where the slate of games was lighter, a few teams capitalized on the spotlight and made waves in the VST power rankings this week. The defending Division II city champions leaped into the top five after a tough win on the road, while an East Valley upstart makes their way onto the list after an impressive win at home. Sierra Canyon made a statement heading into a big matchup in the Mission league this week, while Crescenta Valley took advantage of the spotlight and moved to its highest position in the rankings this year. Here is the latest edition of the VST Power rankings heading into Week Six of the football season:

City Section Rankings

1. Birmingham Patriots (3-2)

The Patriots had a rough time on their road trip to Steele. Nevertheless, they are still the top dogs in the city until somebody takes them down. Granada Hills gets the first crack at them in the West Valley opener Friday night.

2. Granada Hills Highlanders (3-1-1)

The Highlanders are coming out of their bye on the heels of three straight victories and look poised to make another city championship run. They will look to avenge last season’s 1-point loss at the hands of Birmingham in the league opener at home.

3. Panorama Pythons (6-0)

The Pythons have been as impressive as any team in the City Section in 2023 and will look to be the first Valley team to eclipse seven wins this season when they head to Reseda.

4. Kennedy Cougars (4-2)

The defending Division II city champs took care of another tough test on the road at San Fernando last week. The Cougars have a much-deserved bye this week.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-1)

The Cavaliers are coming off their bye week and are chomping at the bit to open league play against Taft on the road.

6. Arleta Mustangs (4-1)

The Mustangs sit at number six on the power rankings this week, after having a week off. They have one of the more intriguing matchups on the slate this week when they face a surging Poly program at home Friday afternoon.

7. San Fernando Tigers (5-1)

The Tigers fell a couple of spots after suffering their first defeat of the season at the hands of Kennedy at home last Friday. They’ll have a chance to get back on the winning side of things at Van Nuys.

8. Chavez Eagles (3-2)

Don’t look now, but the Chavez Eagles are looking like a team that might be ready to deliver on the potential that has surrounded this young group in the East Valley. They have already tripled their win total from last year and have a good shot at moving to 2-0 in the league when they face Monroe this week.

9. Chatsworth Chancellors (3-2)

The Chancellors have been an improved bunch throughout the first half of the season. They open West Valley play at El Camino this week.

10. Poly Parrots (3-3)

The Poly Parrots have surprised many with how well the group has played in their first six games this season and they are beginning to feel like a real threat in the East Valley. They have a tough test on the road at Arleta this week.

Honorable Mentions: Sylmar (3-3), Verdugo Hills (3-3), Taft (2-3), North Hollywood (2-3), Van Nuys (2-3)


Southern Section Rankings

1. Sierra Canyon Trailblazers (5-0)

The Trailblazers have been a nightmare to deal with defensively this season, holding opponents to a meager 6.6 ppg through their first five games. They open Mission League play against Notre Dame at home this week.

2. Village Christian Crusaders (4-1)

The Crusaders are flat-out fun to watch with their young gunslinger at quarterback. They get back to work on the road at Aquinas this week.

3. Heritage Christian Warriors (4-1)

The Warriors come in at the third spot this week after taking the week off before getting into conference play on Friday night. They’ll look to push their win streak to five games at home against Valley Christian.

4. Notre Dame Knights (4-1)

The Knights have looked like a strong contender in the Mission League this season. Steele Pizzella will have a chance to grow the buzz around him if he can put a dent in Sierra Canyon’s invincibility this Friday night.

5. Crescenta Valley Falcons (4-1)

The Falcons are flying high after knocking off rivals Hoover this past week. They open their Pacific-Upper slate at home against Muir this Friday night.

6. Burroughs Bears (4-1)

The Bears get back to the grind of the season Friday night looking to erase the memory of their first loss at the hands of Village Christian two weeks ago. It might be a rough night for winless Pasadena.

7. Chaminade Eagles (3-2)

The Eagles land at number seven this week and are flying a little under the radar after a tough start to the 2023 campaign. Chaminade will look to make it three straight wins on the road at Serra this week.

8. Calabasas Coyotes (2-3)

The Coyotes have been up and down to start the season but have a chance to build momentum coming off a nice win at Oxnard last week.

9. Viewpoint Patriots (3-2)

The Patriots are quietly having a nice season, moving above the 500. Mark with a win over Carpinteria last week. They have a tough one on the road at Artesia before beginning league play next week.

10. Crespi Celts (2-3)

The Celts have a lot to prove if they want to be considered real contenders in the Angelus League this season. They have a tough game on the road to open league play as the visitors for St. Paul’s homecoming festivities.

Honorable Mentions: Burbank (2-3), Harvard-Westlake (2-3), Alemany (1-4), Saint Genevieve (1-4), Campbell Hall (1-4)

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