|OCVarsity Gridiron: Preview of CIF championship games|
Steve Fryer, Carlos Arias, and Dan Albano travel to Garden Grove to preview the finals of the CIF championships. Can Edison finally win the big one? Will Long Beach Poly take down Mater Dei? Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com
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Steve Fryer, Carlos Arias, and Dan Albano travel to Garden Grove to discuss the offensive and defensive players of the year. Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com
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OCVarsity's Top 25 football rankings (11-26-12)
The Register's Orange County media poll concluded at the end of the regular season. If polling continued, here is how Steve Fryer would vote ...
1. Mater Dei (11-2)
Monarchs return to a CIF championship football game in 10 years after shutting out St. Bonaventure, 21-0, in a Pac-5 semifinal.
Next: vs. Long Beach Poly at Angel Stadium, Saturday.
2. Mission Viejo (11-1)
Diablos lost only one game this season, but it was to a team that advanced to the Pac-5 championship game, Long Beach Poly.
3. Santa Margarita (9-3)
Eagles overcame injuries, defections to finish third in the ultra-tough Trinity League and advance to Pac-5 second round.
4. Edison (12-1)
Chargers' defense leads the charge as usual in 22-16 victory over Foothill in Southwest Division semifinal.
Next: Vs. Villa Park at Angel Stadium, Friday.
5. El Toro (9-2)
Chargers lost to two higher-ranked teams, Mission Viejo in a South Coast League game and Santa Margarita in a Pac-5 playoff game.
6. Tesoro (7-4)
Titans played a challenging nonleague schedule, but we wish they would renew the "Rumble at the Ranch" series with Santa Margarita.
7. Villa Park (12-1)
Spartans beat Tustin, 35-34, in a Southwest Division final to advance to a CIF championship football game for first time since well before this year's players were born, 1977.
Next: Vs. Edison at Angel Stadium, Friday.
8. Tustin (12-1)
Usually an early two-touchdown lead means a Tillers victory, but they could not stop Villa Park's comeback in 35-34 loss in Southwest semifinal.
9. Foothill (10-3)
Knights get into this top 10 because at times they looked like the better team in their 22-16 loss to Edison in a Southwest semifinal.
10. JSerra (6-4)
Lions program took significant steps with victory over Orange Lutheran and taking St. John Bosco into overtime.
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)