Fryer's final football Top 25 for 2012


The Register's Orange County media poll concluded at the end of the regular season. If polling continued through the playoffs, here is how Steve Fryer would vote:

1. Mission Viejo (11-1)

Mater Dei was No. 1 last week. The Diablos return to the top spot because they lost to Long Beach Poly by five points in the second round, and Mater Dei lost to Poly by 18 in the Pac-5 final.

2. Mater Dei (11-3)

Monarchs' great comeback year ended with a disappointing 35-17 loss to Long Beach Poly. Their only losses were to Poly, St. John Bosco of Bellflower and Narbonne of Harbor City.

3. Santa Margarita (9-3)

Eagles finished third in the Trinity League and were eliminated in the second round of the Pac-5 playoffs. One wonders how good they could have been if quarterback Johnny Stanton and other key players stayed healthy.

4. Edison (13-2)

Chargers got their first CIF football championship in quarter decade with their thorough 28-10 victory over Villa Park in the Southwest Division final Friday, and the were selected to play in state regionals. Lost to Serra of Gardena in state Division 2 regional playoffs.

5. El Toro (9-2)

Chargers' first foray in the Pac-5 playoffs was a challenging one, as they were eliminated in the first round by Santa Margarita, 38-13,

6. Tesoro (7-4)

Titans are still on the hunt for a new coach to replace Brian Barnes. It's a program with a winning tradition, so the school will attract excellent candidates.

7. Villa Park (12-2)

Spartans advanced to the Southwest Division final, the school's first CIF football championship game in 35 years, and lost to Edison, 28-10. Both Villa Park losses this year were to Edison.

8. Tustin (12-1)

It's been a tough several days for the Tillers. They were eliminated by Villa Park in the Southwest semifinals, than a few days later longtime coach Myron Miller announced his resignation.

9. Foothill (10-3)

Sure, Knights would prefer a CIF championship, but they can take pride in the fact they gave Southwest Division champion Edison it's toughest playoff game.

10. JSerra (6-4)

It was another season of improvement for the Lions program, so the future looks good for this Trinity League team.

11. Orange Lutheran (6-4)

12. Servite (3-7)

13. Trabuco Hills (5-5)

14. Newport Harbor (7-5)

15. San Clemente (5-5)

16. Huntington Beach (6-6)

17. La Habra (8-4)

18. Los Alamitos (6-5)

19. Troy (7-4)

20. Laguna Hills (6-4)

21. Dana Hills (4-6)

22. Capistrano Valley (8-3)

23. Fountain Valley (4-6)

24. Valencia (8-4)

25. Corona del Mar (10-2)

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