Lompoc's two wins this year have been impressive.

Not only to the Lompoc faithful, but also the CIF voters.

The CIF Southern Section released its weekly football rankings on Tuesday and Lompoc has climbed another spot.

The Braves, who sat at No. 10 when the rankings were released before the season kicked off two weeks ago, are now up to No. 2 in Division 3.

Charter Oak is the lone team in front of Lompoc in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 poll. The Braves are followed by No. 3 Rancho Verde, No. 4 Newbury Park, No. 5 La Canada St. Francis, No. 6 Citrus Hill, No. 7 Palos Verdes, No. 8 Sierra Canyon, No. 9 Westlake and No. 10 Buena Park. 

The Braves are 2-0 after a 44-7 win over Arroyo Grande in Week Zero and a 42-7 win over Nipomo at home last week. Lompoc hosts San Marcos (1-1), which is coming off a win at Morro Bay after going winless last year. 

Charter Oak is 2-0 on the season with a 49-14 win over Northview and a 45-21 win over Colony.

There was minimal movement in Division 5, where the St. Joseph Knights are. St. Joseph was No. 4 last week, coming off its 41-22 loss at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. But after a 40-14 win over rival Righetti last week, the Knights have somehow dropped to No. 8 this week in Division 5. 

Lancaster Paraclete, one of the better teams in the state, continues to hold the top spot in the division. The Spirits are followed by Paloma Vlaley, Yucaipa, Paramount, Ventura, Lawndale and Moorpark. St. Joseph ranks ahead of Los Altos and Harvard-Westlake. 

St. Joseph is 1-1 and plays at Ventura's St. Bonaventure on Friday.

Bishop Diego is the top team in Division 6 after a 42-14 win at Arroyo Grande on Friday.

Santa Ynez remains at No. 5 in the Division 10 after its 63-0 drubbing at Carpinteria on Friday. The Pirates are on a bye this week and will play Nipomo on Sept. 15. Apple Valley, Garden Grove Pacifica, Valley View and Quartz Hill are all in front of Santa Ynez. Dos Pueblos, led by Lompoc High grad Nate Mendoza, is No. 7 in Division 10 this year. 

Despite a loss at Santa Barbara on Friday night, Santa Maria remained in the Division 12 poll this week, coming in at No. 10. The Saints are 1-1 and host Cabrillo (0-2) in their home opener Friday night. Santa Maria started the year with a 45-10 win over San Luis Obispo. Isiah Garcia, Santa Maria's top two-way player, was injured in the Santa Barbara game, though coach Dan Ellington is hopeful he'll be available to play Friday against the Conquistadores. 

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at @jbaileysmsports


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