Martin Henderson of Patch.com votes in the weekly Orange County Top 10 Football Poll in cooperation with the Orange County Register.
Below is Henderson's vote following Week 7—which is actually the eighth weekend of the prep football season—and below that is this week's OC Top 10 based on the votes of 10 media members; each first-place vote among the 10 voters is worth 10 points, each second-place vote is worth 9 points, etc
Henderson's top 10 (last week's ranking in parenthesis):
After Weekend 8
1. (2) Mission Viejo (7-0)
2. (4) Mater Dei (6-1)
3. (5) Edison (6-1)
4. (6) El Toro (8-0)
5. (1) Santa Margarita (6-1)
6. (3) Tesoro (6-1)
7. (7) Orange Lutheran (6-1)
8. (8) Servite (2-5)
9. (9) Tustin (8-0)
10. (10) Villa Park (6-1)
The Orange County Top 10
A poll of Orange County media members (comments by Steve Fryer)
1. Mission Viejo (7-0, 97 points)
Diablos again took a big early lead, then went into cruise control in 45-7 victory over San Clemente in their league opener. Next: at Tesoro, Friday.
2. Mater Dei (6-1, 92)
Big-play defense, versatile offense made things happen in 24-7 victory over Santa Margarita. Next: vs. Bellflower St. John Bosco at Santa Ana Stadium, Friday.
3. El Toro (8-0, 75)
Yes, they can hang in the South Coast as proven in 41-31 victory over Tesoro. Next: at Trabuco Hills, Friday.
4. Edison (6-1, 68)
Hard-charging running game leads Chargers to second-half blastoff in a 24-14 victory over Los Alamitos. Next: vs. Marina at Huntington Beach High, Friday.
5. Santa Margarita (6-1, 67)
Of course, the Eagles missed injured quarterback Johnny Stanton in 24-7 loss to Mater Dei. Next: vs. Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College, Friday.
6. Tesoro (6-1, 45)
Nate Tago rushed for 320 yards, but Titans defense just another Conner Manning victim in 41-31 loss to El Toro. Next: vs. Mission Viejo, Friday.
7. Orange Lutheran (6-1, 35)
Tavi Jimmerson's running and tough defense led Lancers to historic, first victory over Servite, 28-14. Next: vs. Santa Margarita at Orange Coast College, Friday.
8. Tustin (8-0, 45)
When leaves fall, Tillers' scoring goes up—119 points over two October games.
Next: vs. Western, Oct. 25.
9. Villa Park (6-1, 12)
Spartans close in on Century League title with 50-34 victory over El Dorado.
Next: at Brea Olinda, Friday.
10. Los Alamitos (5-2, 7)
Griffins lost to Edison by 10, but impressed voters enough to make return to top 10. Next: vs. Fountain Valley at Westminster High, Friday.
STEVE FRYER's 11-25 RANKINGS
11. JSerra (5-2)
This week: vs. Servite, Friday
12. Servite (2-5)
This week: vs. JSerra, Friday
13. Foothill (5-2)
This week: vs. El Dorado, Friday
14. Trabuco Hills (4-3)
This week: vs. El Toro, Friday
15. Newport Harbor (3-4)
This week: vs. Huntington Beach, Friday
16. San Clemente (4-4)
This week: not playing
17. Huntington Beach (3-4)
This week: vs. Newport Harbor, Friday
18. Fountain Valley (3-4)
This week: vs. Los Alamitos, Friday
19. La Habra (4-3)
This week: vs. Fullerton, Friday
20. Troy (4-3)
This week: vs. Sonora, Friday
21. Dana Hills (3-5)
This week: not playing
22. Laguna Hills (5-2)
This week: vs. Capistrano Valley, Friday
23. Valencia (5-3)
This week: vs. Pacifica, Friday
24. Yorba Linda (5-2)
This week: vs. Cypress, Friday
25. El Dorado (4-4)
This week: vs. Foothill, Friday