The Power List: Seventh Edition
With league play in full swing, the Power List has seen movement in both the City Section and the Southern Section. Clashes in the East and West Valley had big impacts on the list, while a team out in Calabasas saw their stock climb to its highest value of the season after a dominant performance versus a league rival. Here are the Valley Sports Telegram’s power rankings headed into Week number eight of the football slate:
1. Birmingham Patriots (5-2)
If there was any question whether the Patriots would be ready to continue their dominance in the city, they outscored their first two West Valley opponents 89-7. We’ll see if the domination continues in a tough test versus El Camino this week.
2. Panorama Pythons (7-0)
The Pythons have been business as usual this season, dominating every opponent they have faced thus far. They can move one step closer to the Valley Mission championship with a win over San Fernando at home.
3. Granada Hills Highlanders (4-2-1)
The Highlanders bounced back from a disappointing outing in their West Valley opener by knocking off a tough Cleveland team on the road. If they can run the tables, they still have a chance to get into the Open division come playoff time.
4. Kennedy Cougars (5-2)
The Cougars kept it rolling in the Valey Mission last week with a shutout win over Canoga. They have a tough one on the road against Sylmar this week.
5. San Fernando Tigers (7-1)
The Tigers survived a real test against the Sylmar Spartans last week. They will face an even bigger challenge when they look to get back in the title race on the road at Panorama this week.
6. Arleta Mustangs (6-1)
The Mustangs are the frontrunners to win the East Valley and they can all but lock up the crown with a win this week. They’ll host Chavez for homecoming this Friday night.
7. Cleveland Cavaliers (5-2)
The Cavs took a tumble after dropping one at home to Granada Hills. They hit the road to face a game Chavez team on Friday night.
8. El Camino Real Royals (3-4)
The Royals are flying high at 2-0 in the West Valley after a come-from-behind victory over their Woodland Hills rivals Taft last week. A win over Birmingham this week would get the Royals back to .500 on the season.
9. Chavez Eagles (4-3)
The Eagles showed that they are maturing as a young team with how they beat up Verdugo Hills on the heels of a disappointing outing at Monroe. It could be a historic night if the Eagles can go to Arleta and put themselves in the driver's seat to win the East Valley.
10. Sylmar Spartans (4-4)
The Spartans dropped to the final spot in the rankings after a tough loss at San Fernando last week. This team will be motivated to get back in the win column by pulling the upset at home over Kennedy.
Honorable mentions this week: Chatsworth (3-4), Verdugo Hills (4-4), Taft (2-5), Poly (3-4), Van Nuys (3-4)
1. Sierra Canyon Trailblazers (7-0)
The Trailblazers' dominance continued at Bishop Amat last week. This team could be well on its way to waltzing to a Mission League crown.
2. Burroughs Bears (6-1)
The Bears have easily been the strongest team in the Burbank/Glendale area this season and they don’t look like they plan on slowing down this week on the road at Arcadia.
3. Village Christian Crusaders (5-2)
Chase Everett and the Crusaders lit up Big Bear by 52 points. They’ll be tested by the highest-scoring squad in the Ironwood league, Ontario Christian.
4. Crescenta Valley Falcons (5-2)
The Falcons took care of business versus Burbank last week and should run their win streak to two games versus winless Pasadena this week.
5. Viewpoint Patriots (5-2)
It's already been a magical season for this small school out of Calabasas, but it can get even better for Viewpoint if they can knock off unbeaten Rio Hondo at home this week.
6. Notre Dame Knights (4-3)
The Knights have been knocked around the last couple of weeks with tough losses to Sierra Canyon and Serra last week. They look to avoid a three-game losing streak when they host Mission rivals Chaminade at home this week.
7. Chaminade Eagles (4-3)
Chaminade has won three of their last four after a rocky beginning to the season. They look to keep the positive momentum going on the road against Notre Dame.
8. Heritage Christian Warriors (4-3)
It has been a rough start for The Warriors to open play in the Ironwood League. They have a good shot at picking up their first league win against Big Bear this week on the road.
Honorable mentions this week: Harvard-Westlake (3-4), Calabasas (2-5), Crespi (2-5), Burbank (2-5)