Bay Area Top 25 Rankings

Previous week’s rankings are in parentheses

1. (1) De La Salle 11-0

John Velasco rushed for 146 of the Spartans 419 yards on the ground in a 46-0 NCS quarterfinal win over Granada.

It was the second straight shutout for De La Salle, who know meets up with Deer Valley in a Friday semifinal.

2. (2) Serra 9-2

The Padres have scored at least 28 points for seven consecutive games after a 59-7 CCS Open quarterfinal hammering of Pioneer. Kava Cassidy went over the thousand yard mark and scored five touchdowns.

The Padres already own a 17-7 win over semifinal opponent, Bellarmine, thanks to 4.5 sacks and two interceptions.

3. (3) Archbishop Mitty 10-1

The Monarchs won a CCS Open quarterfinal by shutout for the third straight year, 28-0, over Palma, who was missing top player Brandon Olivares.

Mitty plays Valley Christian in the semifinals in a rematch of a 14-13 Monarchs win on October 11. Trent Scharrenberg passed for two scores in that contest.

4. (4) Marin Catholic 11-0

Marin Catholic has won 23 straight games versus Northern California opponents after a 49-14 NCS Division III quarterfinal win against Eureka. Morgan Mahalak ran for two scores and passed for three more, accounting for 254 total yards as the Wildcats advanced to the semifinals for the sixth straight year.

The Wildcats play Analy and this could be the biggest test for the Wildcats defense since facing Miramonte in the season opener.

5. (5) Pittsburg 10-2

The Pirates defense needed to force and recover a Joe Mixon fumble with 2:11 to go to preserve a 27-21 win. The best news was the return of running back Harris Ross, who ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in a return from a fractured fibula suffered less than a month ago.

Pittsburg gets a rematch with California in the semifinals after taking the September meeting, 35-33, behind 233 yards and four scores from Ross.

6. (6) Campolindo 12-0

Nick Fadelli rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 19 carries in a 38-14 quarterfinal victory over Lamorinda rival, Acalanes.

The Cougars get another date with El Cerrito in the NCS Division III semifinals. Campo took the first meeting, 42-27, and had 468 yards of offense.

7. (7) Valley Christian (San Jose) 8-3

Valley Christian’s defense continues to dominate and held a Terra Nova team that was averaging 45 points to just seven in a 26-7 final in Pacifica. Even without Kirk Johnson, the Warriors ran for 363 yards.

In the CCS Open semis, the Warriors look to avenge what might have been their most crushing loss of the season to Mitty.

8. (8) California 10-2 

The Grizzlies executed the game-plan to perfection with Blake Bierwith rushing for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in a 31-24 win over San Ramon Valley.

The Grizzlies came up a two-point conversion shy of sending their first meeting with Pittsburg to overtime and now get another crack at the Pirates in the NCS semifinals.

9. (9) Deer Valley 11-1

Nsimba Webster has passed for five touchdowns and ran for six in two playoff wins after the 67-44 win over James Logan, who was allowing just 14.6 points per game.

Deer Valley, in the semifinals for the first time ever, might be the second most talented team in the NCS but are still a major underdog against De La Salle in the semifinals. Still, it will be fun to watch Webster against the Spartans defense.

10. (10) St. Francis 8-3

St. Francis has scored 40 or more points in three of four games after a 41-6 pasting of Andrew Hill in the CCS Division II quarterfinals.

The Lancers now get a test from Keller Chryst and Palo Alto in the semifinals. Paly was ranked 14th in the state in the CalHiSports preseason rankings, but are just 6-5.

11. (12) Bellarmine 8-3

Bellarmine’s defense has had trouble forcing turnovers this season but came up with four in the 31-19 CCS Open quarterfinal win at Wilcox and have seven turnovers the last two weeks.

The Bells are in the CCS Open semifinals for the seventh straight year and play Serra, whom they have knocked out in this round three of the last five seasons.

12. (13) El Cerrito 10-2

El Cerrito allowed just 49 yards and forced five turnovers in the quarterfinal 45-2 thumping of Novato.

The Gauchos need their best defensive effort of the season to beat Campolindo in the NCS Division III semifinals and advance to the title game for the second straight year.

13. (11) *Terra Nova 10-1

The Tigers fell to a WCAL power like so many public schools have done over the years. The WCAL is now 25-1 against public schools in the CCS playoffs over the last three seasons.

Despite the loss in the Open quarters, this Terra Nova team will go down as one of the school’s best of all-time.

14. (14) *James Logan 9-3

The Colts defense was uncharacteristically torched by Deer Valley in a 67-44 loss.

James Logan is 21-5 over the last two years but must now replace Nevada-bound Ahki Muhammad.

15. (15) *San Ramon Valley 7-5

San Ramon Valley fell to Cal for the second time this season, 31-24, and struggled to stop the Grizzlies running game again.

Marcus de la Pena capped a great career with over 1,700 rushing yards this season and 25 total touchdowns.

16. (16) *Wilcox 9-2

Wilcox had a chance to knock off Bellarmine but fumbled away a key red zone possession in the fourth quarter trailing 17-13 and never recovered in a 31-19 setback.

The De Anza champs had a great season and qualified for the Open for just the second time in their history. Also, running back Delshawn Mitchell will graduate with over 4,100 career rushing yards.

17. (17) Casa Grande 12-0

The Gauchos have not had a letdown this season and, after slipping a bit in the final weeks of the regular season, the defense was tenacious again. Casa recorded seven sacks, picked off two passes, and allowed just 76 first half yards in a 42-7 win over NBL foe Windsor.

The Gauchos play another NBL opponent, Montgomery, in the semifinals. Casa Grande beat the Vikings, 30-12, in the league opener this season and totaled 461 yards.

18. (18) Clayton Valley 11-1

The Ugly Eagles won their 11th straight behind 489 yards rushing, including 305 and four touchdowns from Miles Harrison, in a 59-13 thumping of Las Lomas.

Clayton Valley hosts Miramonte in what should be a thrilling NCS Division II semifinal on Friday night.

19. (19) Miramonte 10-2

The leading passer in the NCS, Drew Anderson, passed for 358 yards and six touchdowns with half of those scores going to his brother, Ryan, in a 66-48 win versus Northgate.

Clayton Valley had some problems with the Concord passing game and Miramonte is hoping their balanced attack gives the Eagles fits in the Friday NCS Division II semifinal.

20. (20) *Freedom 6-6

The Falcons gave Pittsburg all they could handle in a 27-21 loss. In his final high school game, Joe Mixon rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns and finished his career with over 4,200 rushing yards and 69 touchdowns.

21. (21) Milpitas 9-2

The Trojans aren’t expected to get tested much in CCS Division I and took care of Homestead, 62-28, as Squally Canada went over 1,600 rushing yards with a 276-yard, five touchdown performance.

The Milpitas defense needs to be prepared for Piedmont Hills in the semifinals as the Pirates are averaging 38.6 points.

22. (22) Sacred Heart Prep 10-1

The Gators run game was the difference in a CCS Division IV 35-12 quarterfinal win over Seaside. Andrew Segre ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns.

Monterey is the semifinal opponent for the defending champion Gators.

23. (23) *Foothill 8-3

The loss of Jamirr Holland had a dramatic effect on the Falcons defense as Foothill allowed an average of 41 points in the three games the senior missed to close the season.

24. (24) Analy 11-1

Ja’Narrick James continues to be one of the better kept secrets in the Bay Area after the 5-foot-7 back accounted for 231 of Analy’s 327 yards of offense in a 33-30 decision over Cardinal Newman.

The Tigers play at top-seed Marin Catholic on Saturday as they make their second straight trip to the semifinals.

25. (25) Menlo-Atherton 8-3

The Bears hold in the rankings depends on their CCS Division II semifinal meeting with Los Gatos, a team they beat 19-10 in Week 2.

In their 21-7 quarterfinal win over Oak Grove, running back Isiah Nash caught two long scoring passes that totaled 145 yards.

Dropped out: None

Bubble: *Acalanes 8-4, Burlingame 11-0, *Cardinal Newman 8-4, Carmel 11-0, *Concord 8-4, *Granada 7-5, *Las Lomas 7-5, Los Gatos 8-3, McClymonds 9-2, Montgomery 10-2, *Northgate 9-3, *Palma 7-4, Palo Alto 6-5, St. Ignatius 3-8, San Marin 9-2, *Windsor 6-6

*- Season is over


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