Southern California high school teams to watch in 2021 fall football season

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Eric Sondheimer
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St. John Bosco running back Jabari Bates celebrates with teammate Edward Riley after gaining a first down against Mater Dei.
St. John Bosco running back Jabari Bates, left, celebrates with teammate Edward Riley after gaining a first down against Mater Dei on Saturday. Expect the Braves to have plenty to celebrate in the fall. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

A look at the top 10 high school football teams in the Southland heading into the fall of 2021:

1. St. John Bosco — All the signs point toward the best team in the nation.

2. Mater Dei — The Monarchs can build around QB Elijah Brown.

3. Servite — The class of 2022 is super good.

4. Corona Centennial — Young players will be much better this fall.

5. Sierra Canyon — Offensive and defensive lines give hope.

6. Mission Viejo — QB Kadin Semonza, WR Mikey Matthews return.

7. Alemany — Big offensive line creates opportunities.

8. Norco — Win over Centennial sets the stage for fall rise.

9. Los Alamitos — QB Malachi Nelson, WR Makai Leonard are impressive.

10. Murrieta Valley — Passing attack will be turned loose.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.