In 2015, yours truly began covering Student Sections in Orange County, California. We expanded to Southern California in 2017 and last year, we added four more states. This past winter, we expanded to 19 states.
Now, we are going to 40 states. This is still a one-man operation for the most part.
Since it all started in Southern California and I know the Student Section very very well in SoCal, we will have Regional coverage in five different Southern California Regions starting with the Los Angeles Region.
I know that Student Sections have a lot of work to do to get the students to the games to cheer on their classmates and go along with the theme and make sure they don’t cause trouble. These student sections deserve recognition.
We will kick off the Student Section season with Preseason Football Student Section Rankings. REMEMBER, this is a PREVIEW. It is merely a prediction. The real rankings come out in November or December.
If you feel your student section isn’t ranked high enough or not ranked at all, let us know and we’ll keep a close eye on them.
Every week, we will also have Student Section of the Week for each state. Once you win Student Section of the Week, you can’t win it again, but you still have to battle for the top spot in your state and perhaps the Nation as we will also name a Football Student Section National Champion.
So far we have previewed the Top 40 Preseason Football Student Section Rankings in Tennessee, Alabama, Alaska, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, the Los Angeles Region as well as the Watch List for Hawaii and Indiana.
Today we go to where it all started, Orange County, California. I began covering Student Sections in 2015 for OC Sidelines. I remember picking the Yorba Linda Stable and Buena Park Den as the first Student Sections of the week. It was something I did on top of covering sports, but I soon noticed the craze behind and this began full Student Section coverage.
We covered Southern California on SoCal Sidelines and when that website went under, SoCal Student Sections we began, then it became the Student Section Report and here we are. It all began in Orange County.
The best student sections are the ones that travel, which is tough with the brutal Los Angeles traffic on a Friday evening, but if you travel like the Los Alamitos Locos did last season, you’re forever a legend!
In each state (or in this case, Region), we will name one student section to look out for. A student section that doesn’t get talked about a lot by us or others and for Orange County, it’s the San Juan Hills Stampede of San Juan Capistrano. The Stampede had a tough one last as far as promoting a Student Section. COVID was still in the air, but the Stallions were in rebuilding mode, which is tough to do in one of the toughest leagues in the state. Hard to attract a regular student to attend the game when they face senior loaded powerhouses every week, but the Stallions are back this season and look like the favorite to win in their league. That will give plenty of reasons for students to be part of the Stampede. Plus, a home game at The Badlands is insane!
Will the Stampede be back at the top of the OC? Let’s find out where everyone starts this season.
2022 ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL FOOTBALL STUDENT SECTION TOP 40 PRESEASON RANKINGS
- Servite Asylum of Anaheim (2021 Final Rank: 2nd)
The Asylum is held to a different standard. There’s fantastic Student Sections that impress you every week and then theirs the Asylum that you expect to be much better than everyone else. Hence why I can’t be just impressed with them, I have to be floored. This is a Student Section that has become a dynasty. You have the New York Yankees, Alabama Football and the Servite Asylum. If they go every week home or away and get crazy and show it off on social media, then the Asylum will take the top spot in the OC. Then they’ll battle for the National Football Student Section Title!
- El Modena Rowdy Rooters of Orange (2021: 4th)
- Los Alamitos Locos(2021: 1st)
- San Clemente Loud Crowd (2021: 5th)
- Villa Park Black Pack (2021: 3rd)
- Mission Viejo Diablo Inferno (2021: 7)
- Edison MESS of Huntington Beach (2021: 12)
- San Juan Hills Stampede of San Juan Capistrano (2021: 22)
- Irvine Frontier (2021: 9)
- JSerra Lion Nation of San Juan Capistrano (2021: 6)
- El Dorado Hawks Nest of Placentia (2021: 15)
- Santa Margarita Eagles Nest of Rancho Santa Margarita (2021: 8)
- El Toro Bullring of Lake Forest (2021: 13)
- Capistrano Valley Cage of Mission Viejo (2021: 14)
- Dana Hills Pod Squad of Dana Point (2021: 16)
- Foothill Dungeon of Santa Ana (2021: 10)
- La Habra Highlander Huddle (2021: 17)
- Aliso Niguel Den of Aliso Viejo (2021: 18)
- Sunny Hills Lancer Nation of Fullerton
- St. Margaret’s Kitchen of San Juan Capistrano (2021: 19)
- Orange Juice Box (2021: 25)
- Orange Lutheran Code Red (2021: 24)
- Tesoro Titan Army of Rancho Santa Margarita (2021: 27)
- Trabuco Hills Stampede of Mission Viejo (2021: 11)
- Canyon Tribe of Anaheim (2021: 39)
- Mater Dei Den of Santa Ana (2021: 21)
- Yorba Linda Stable (2021: 23)
- Esperanza Hut of Anaheim (2021: 26)
- Newport Harbor Tarpit of Newport Harbor (2021: 29)
- Ocean View Nest of Huntington Beach (2021: 28)
- Fullerton Red Zone(2021: 37)
- Costa Mesa Stampede (2021: 33)
- Huntington Beach Oil Spill (2021: 32)
- Corona del Mar Kings Krew of Newport Beach (2021: 34)
- Valencia Tigers Den of Placentia (2021: 31)
- Cypress Legion (2021: 40)
- Fountain Valley Kingdom (2021: 35)
- Woodbridge Tribe of Irvine (2021: 36)
- Portola Dawgpound of Irvine (2021: 38)
- Los Amigos Wolfpack of Fountain Valley (2021: Not Ranked)