Previous week’s rankings are in parentheses
1. (1) De La Salle 4-0
The Spartans have dominated the Sac-Joaquin Section the past two weeks, outscoring St. Mary’s-Stockton and Del Oro by a 81-16 margin. Four of the final six games for De La Salle are at home, including Friday versus San Ramon Valley.
2. (2) Bellarmine 3-0
After a 41-21 win over Piedmont Hills, the Bells appear to be rolling. However, the normally stout defense has allowed over 22 points per game and the offense is averaging two turnovers per game. The Bells now get two weeks to prepare for their WCAL opener against Serra and can scout the Padres on Thursday.
3. (3) Serra 1-1
After totaling a school-record 618 yards in a 49-13 win over Encinal, the Padres now gear up for a test versus Buhach Colony on Thursday. Last season, the Padres needed a two-point conversion for a 36-35 win in Atwater. The return of Hamilton Anoa’i gives the Padres multiple playmakers and extra support for an outstanding defense.
4. (4) Marin Catholic 4-0
After a 56-7 MCAL-opening win at Tamalpais, the Wildcats are averaging 43.5 points per game and may not have a competitive game until the NCS Division III playoffs. Terra Linda, a team that allows 34 points per game, is the next victim.
5. (7) Archbishop Mitty 3-0
Mitty’s 34-14 win over Palo Alto wasn’t surprising, but the margin sure was. The defense allowed just 40 yards rushing and only one first down in the second half. They also won with 6-foot-3 junior Brett Foley at quarterback in place of the injured Trent Scharrenberg.
The Monarchs can breathe easy for awhile with a bye this week and then their WCAL opener versus Riordan.
6. (8) Foothill 4-0
Foothill has been waiting for a chance to win the EBAL and many have pointed towards this season as the year where they may have the best shot. The Falcons, after allowing six points for a fourth straight game in a 52-6 hammering of Vintage, open league at home against Livermore.
7. (9) Pittsburg 3-1
The Pirates defense, after allowing 33 points per game in first three weeks, delivered in a 24-0 win at Berkeley. Pitt is now home versus Granite Bay, whom they upset last season, 28-27.
8. (19) Campolindo 4-0
The 42-27 win versus El Cerrito might be the Bay Area’s most impressive of the regular season when you factor in how much talent El Cerrito has on the field. Keep in mind this team also has a 17-point win at Menlo-Atherton. The Cougars can’t enjoy their win very long with a DFAL opener at Acalanes.
9. (10) James Logan 3-1
The Colts defense, unsurprisingly, shut down Heritage, 21-7. The offense still has a lot of room for improvement before their game at Berkeley on Friday.
10. (6) El Cerrito 2-2
After the loss to Campolindo, El Cerrito goes back to the drawing board. Unfortunately, they don’t have any competitive games left until the playoffs.
The Gauchos have nothing but league games remaining. This means that their best players likely won’t play a full game again until the postseason. El Cerrito outscored their TCAL Rock opponents last season, 317-32, which was an average score of 52.8-5.3 per game. This week’s game versus Valley-Christian-Dublin may be their most competitive, although we use that term loosely.
11. (5) Palo Alto 1-1
The Vikings special teams needs some work after the loss to Mitty. Paly now plays at Palma against a Chieftains team that has scored only 17 points in three games. The Vikings resume needs some impressive wins to move up in these rankings.
12. (14) St. Francis 3-0
The shutout streak is over but the Lancers did allow just 30 yards rushing in a 35-12 win over Skyline. Alex Andrighetto and Devin Hurtado combined for 235 yards rushing and three touchdowns. St. Francis has a bye until their WCAL opener at St. Ignatius.
13. (12) Clayton Valley 2-1
The Eagles led 28-0 after the first quarter in a 42-7 win over Independence and Miles Harrison ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns on only five carries. Another rout will happen on Friday when the Eagles host Skyline.
14. (13) Valley Christian (San Jose) 1-1
After a bye, the Warriors play Milpitas. Valley Christian smoked the Trojans last season, 54-22, thanks to 494 total yards, including 104 rushing and three touchdowns from Kirk Johnson.
15. (11) San Ramon Valley 1-2
While they did have a 22-21 lead in the second quarter and were playing one of the top teams in the state, a 67-36 home loss to Folsom is a little humiliating. The brutal schedule continues at De La Salle on Friday.
16. (16) Terra Nova 3-0
Quarterback Anthony Gordon has grabbed the headlines but running back John Wallace has scored seven touchdowns this year and ran for 189 yards in a 56-15 thrashing of Pioneer. A test at 2-1 Salinas awaits on Friday.
17. (15) California 2-1
Coming off a bye, the Grizzlies will have two weeks to prepare for their EBAL opener versus Granada. We’ll see if Cal has fixed their struggling defense.
18. (17) Amador Valley 3-0
The Dons had a bye this past weekend and continue to prepare for their EBAL opener at home against Monte Vista, whom they edged last season, 24-21.
19. (18) Deer Valley 3-0
The Wolverines bus broke down on the way to Santa Rosa but they still erupted for 29 second quarter points and Nsimba Webster passed for two scores, ran for three more and had 143 rushing yards in the 50-16 win. Friday’s game at San Leandro doesn’t appear to be the cakewalk that it looked like a month ago. A convincing win would earn Deer Valley more respect in these rankings.
20. (20) Cardinal Newman 2-1
The Cardinals have had two weeks to prepare for their NBL opener at Ukiah, whom they have beat by an average of 40.6-10.7 over the last seven meetings.
21. (21) McClymonds 3-1
After a 44-22 win versus Valley Christian-Dublin, Mack has one non-league game remaining and it’s a home game against offensive juggernaut Menlo in two weeks.
22. (23) Miramonte 3-1
The Mats host Dublin in their league opener on Friday after a 44-14 thrashing of a previously undefeated Alameda team.
23. (NR) Milpitas 2-0
The 28-21 home win over Sacred Heart Cathedral was enough of a quality win to advance the Trojans in these rankings, but games against Valley Christian-San Jose and Wilcox in the next two weeks could provide more answers.
24. (22) Casa Grande 3-0
The Gauchos have had two weeks to prepare for their NBL opener Friday versus Montgomery, whom they have defeated each of the last four seasons, including 49-19 last season.
25. (NR) Menlo-Atherton 2-1
It’s impossible to overlook the resume of the Bears: Wins over St. Ignatius and Los Gatos and the lone loss is to a team that is now in the top ten.
Dropped out: #24 Analy 3-1, #25 Wilcox 3-0
Bubble: Acalanes 4-0, Analy 3-1, Carmel 3-0, Freedom 1-3, Justin-Siena 3-1, Los Gatos 1-2, *Liberty 2-2, Monte Vista 1-2, Montgomery 3-0, Northgate 4-0, Rancho Cotate 2-1, Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-1, Sacred Heart Prep 3-0, San Marin 3-1, Sequoia 3-0, Wilcox 3-0
* – Would be 4-0 if not for two forfeits