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Santa Monica tops the 2014 LA Sports Journal preseason football poll

Santa Monica sits on top of the Los Angeles Sports Journal's high school preseason football poll the site announced today.

The Vikings return a strong defense led by senior linebacker Terrance Jackson who had 21 sacks last season. Santa Monica advanced to the Western Division quarterfinals in 2013.

The website focuses on covering high school and junior college on the westside of Los Angeles County


1. Santa Monica (2013 Record: 9-3)
Defense, defense, defense. Senior linebacker Terrance Jackson had 21 sacks last year and a legitimate Division I prospect. Tackle Cayden Burns is another player to watch has he finished with eight sacks in 2013.

2. Venice (2013 Record: 10-3)
Lots of new faces could spell the end of the Gondoliers 12-year hold on top of the Western League. Venice will lean on running back Dejuan Parramore as 6-foot-2 transfer sophomore quarterback Robbie Blosser adjusts to the starting role.

To see a complete poll, go to the Los Angeles Sports Journal's website at or click on the story link at