Fryer on football: Checking out the O.C. top 10
The Orange County rankings, like any list of best movies, best burgers, etc., start more arguments than they solve.
Servite is finally out of the top 10, although the feeling here is that the Friars could beat Villa Park and Los Alamitos, and they have a good chance of beating JSerra this week.
Mater Dei's victory last week over season-long No. 1 Santa Margarita was huge, but most voters bumped Mission Viejo from No. 2 to No. 1 this week.
Mission Viejo might have a bit more pop on offense than the Monarchs have. Maybe they will play each other in the playoffs, where all arguments are solved.
Saddleback beat Calvary Chapel, 29-28, in an Orange Coast League game Saturday. That is the Roadrunners' first league victory since 2006.
Saddleback is 3-4 overall, making 2012 the first year the Roadrunners have won that many games since going 7-5 in 2006.
They have three tough league games coming up, against Costa Mesa, Estancia and Godinez, but win or lose all or any of those, second-year coach Rob Thompson has the Roadrunners making progress.
And can I get a good old "Beep-Beep" from the congregation?
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Here is an example of why the county top 10 voters (there are 10 of us) place Pac-5 teams on a much higher pedestal than Southwest or Southern Division teams.
Last year, Orange Lutheran beat Tustin, 45-6. Orange Lutheran finished tied for last place in the Trinity League. Tustin won the Southwest Division championship.
O.C. PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
The Register/OCVarsity.com selects a county offensive player of the year and a defensive player of the year.
We might as well order the offensive player of the year plaque with the name "Conner Manning" on it now. He is leading the state in passing, breaking all sorts of records, and doing very well against good competition, too.
Selecting defensive player of the year often depends upon what we see on all-league teams, and what players are named their leagues' defensive players of the year or overall players of the year.
A couple of noteworthy defensive stat leaders: El Toro's Jeff Nelson has 12 sacks; and Mater Dei's Treavon Coley has seven interceptions.
THIS WEEK'S TOP GAMES
The best of this week's schedule, all of which are on Friday: Century League, Villa Park (6-1 overall, 3-0 league) at Brea Olinda (4-3, 2-1); Empire League, Cypress (4-3, 2-1) at Yorba Linda (5-2, 1-2); Freeway League, Sonora (4-3, 2-0) vs. Troy (4-3, 1-1) at Fullerton High; Sea View League, Capistrano Valley (5-2, 0-1) at Laguna Hills (5-2, 2-0) and Aliso Niguel (5-3, 0-2) at San Juan Hills (6-1, 0-1); South Coast League, Mission Viejo (7-0, 1-0) at Tesoro (6-1, 1-1); Sunset League, Huntington Beach (4-3, 2-0) at Newport Harbor (3-4, 1-1); and Trinity League, St. John Bosco of Bellflower (3-4, 2-0) vs. Mater Dei (6-1, 2-0) at Santa Ana Stadium; Servite (3-5, 0-2) vs. JSerra (6-1, 0-2) at Saddleback College; Santa Margarita (6-1, 1-1) vs. Orange Lutheran (6-1, 1-1) at Orange Coast College.