Previous week’s rankings are in parentheses
1. (1) De La Salle 5-0
After piling up 655 total yards in a 47-21 win versus San Ramon Valley, the Spartans travel down to the Santa Ana Bowl for a date against Servite, who is ranked eighth in the state according to CalHiSports.
De La Salle’s dominant offensive line has paved the way for 933 rushing yards over the last two weeks.
2. (2) Bellarmine 3-0
The Bells get six more days of rest and preparation for their WCAL opener than Serra. Could that make a difference? It appears that the Bells needed to work on in their pass defense, tackling, and simply taking care of the football.
Bellarmine has won seven straight meetings with Serra, but the last three games have been decided by a total of just 13 points.
3. (3) Serra 2-1
The Padres did exactly what they were supposed to do in their 48-15 thrashing of Buhach Colony. Unfortunately, they lost quarterback Matt Fa’aita to an injury to his collarbone area on his non-throwing arm and Notre Dame commit defensive end Matt Dickerson still hasn’t played in a game because of back issues.
4. (4) Marin Catholic 4-0
The Wildcats won, 45-6, versus Terra Linda and didn’t even need to play quarterback Morgan Mahalak in the second half. The Wildcats have won their last three games by an margin of 47.6-6.7 per game.
A game at 2-3 Redwood is next.
5. (5) Archbishop Mitty 3-0
It wasn’t an easy bye week for Mitty, who learned that they will be without three-year varsity standout Kyle Evans. The speedy Evans scored two touchdowns in his last game versus Palo Alto, but was playing with hand injuries that has derailed him for the year.
The Monarchs should roll past Riordan in the league opener.
6. (6) Foothill 5-0
After a 51-14 win over Livermore, the Falcons are winning by an average of 43-7 through five games.
Foothill plays at struggling Monte Vista on Friday, renewing a series where three of the last four meetings have been decided by seven points or less.
7. (7) Pittsburg 3-2
Pittsburg nearly moved up in the rankings after an inspiring effort in a 39-35 loss to Granite Bay and the Pirates get two weeks to prepare for their BVAL opener versus Heritage.
Pitt’s defense, although it’s played good teams, needs improvement to win the Bay Valley.
8. (8) Campolindo 5-0
Campolindo’s commitment to running the ball and stopping the run propelled them to a 24-14 win at Acalanes before a packed house in Lafayette.
Make it three emotional games in a row for the Cougars, who now have to gear up for rival Miramonte on Friday.
9. (9) James Logan 4-1
In a 26-7 win at Berkeley, Ahki Muhammad was again sensational with four touchdowns but the Logan offense totaled just 158 yards.
It’s hard to imagine Bishop O’Dowd getting many points against the Colts defense on Friday.
10. (10) El Cerrito 3-2
A year after outscoring TCAL Rock opponents, 52.8-5.3, El Cerrito opened league play with a 49-7 hammering of Valley Christian-Dublin.
The Gauchos’ Jawian Harrison gets to go up against his old team, Salesian, on Saturday.
11. (12) St. Francis 3-0
After a bye, the Lancers defense, which has allowed 12 points, gets their biggest test thus far at winless St. Ignatius on Saturday afternoon.
12. (14) Valley Christian (San Jose) 2-1
For the second straight season, Valley Christian made a statement versus Milpitas. In a 48-24 win, the Warriors scored 34 first half points, ran for 330 yards, and only attempted one pass.
On Saturday, the Warriors open WCAL play versus a scrappy Sacred Heart Cathedral team, who lost to that same Milpitas team, 28-21.
13. (18) Amador Valley 4-0
The Dons defense continues to impress after a 28-7 EBAL-opening home win over Monte Vista. Amador Valley forced seven turnovers, have allowed just 21 points over their last 14 quarters, and now have a home date versus Cal on Friday.
14. (17) California 3-1
Cal’s defense showed great improvement, but the offense surprisingly struggled in a 16-14 win versus Granada.
The Grizzlies now have a road test at undefeated Amador Valley. Cal has won three straight meetings and averaged 36.7 points in those games.
15. (15) San Ramon Valley 1-3
The good news is they totaled 334 yards against De La Salle in a 47-21 loss. Not many teams do that versus the Spartans defense over the years.
It will be interesting to see how much the brutal non-league schedule, maybe the toughest in the state, will help the Wolves in EBAL play. After playing two of the state’s top three teams, plus James Logan, the Wolves are favored when they open league versus Livermore on Friday.
16. (16) Terra Nova 4-0
The Tigers were held to their lowest scoring output this season in a 38-13 win at Salinas. The running game was held in check with 45 yards, but Anthony Gordon passed for 351 more yards.
Terra Nova gets a two week break before opening league play versus 3-1 Sequoia.
17. (13) Clayton Valley 3-1
Clayton Valley scored 42 points in the first half of a 62-0 win versus overmatched Skyline but are dropping because of a lack of wins over quality teams.
The Eagles will get another easy win at Hayward, who has scored just 32 points during their 0-4 start.
18. (19) Deer Valley 4-0
The Wolverines avoided an upset with a 37-34 win at San Leandro as quarterback Nsimba Webster ran for the winning touchdown from 80 yards out with two minutes left. Webster has rushed for 120+ yards in three straight games.
The Wolverines now get a huge road test at Vacaville on Friday. Deer Valley shocked the Bulldogs, 55-35, last season.
19. (20) Cardinal Newman 3-1
The Cardinals bounced back from their lone loss with a 35-7 win at Ukiah and now have a battle on Saturday versus Montgomery, who is a little banged up after a loss to Casa Grande.
20. (21) McClymonds 3-1
Coming off a bye, Mack now gears up for Menlo and quarterback Jack Heneghan.
21. (22) Miramonte 4-1
The Mats hammered Dublin, 35-0, for their first shutout in three seasons. Since a season-opening 45-14 loss at Marin Catholic, Miramonte has allowed just 10 points per game.
Miramonte’s rivalry game with Campolindo should be much more competitive than the last two seasons, when the Cougars have won by an average score of 38.5-10.
22. (24) Casa Grande 4-0
JaJuan Lawson broke loose for 188 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while also passing for 118 yards and a score, in a 30-12 win versus Montgomery.
The Gauchos gear up for a game at Santa Rosa on Friday.
23. (25) Menlo-Atherton 3-1
Isiah Nash (159 yards, 2TD) and the Bears offense rolled up 472 yards in a 52-13 win versus Silver Creek.
After a bye, the Bears are at South City on October 11.
24. (23) Milpitas 2-1
After watching Valley Christian run over them, the Trojans have to gear up for a tough SCVAL De Anza opener at Wilcox where a berth inside the top 25 is at stake.
25. (NR) Carmel 3-0
The Padres had a bye, but move off the bubble because of their 20-10 win at Palma in the opener which looks much better in light of Palma’s 23-20 win over Palo Alto.
Carmel is at King City on Friday.
Dropped out: #11 Palo Alto, 1-2, #23 Milpitas 2-1
Bubble: Acalanes 4-1, Analy 4-1, Carmel 3-0, Freedom 2-3, Justin-Siena 4-1, Los Gatos 1-2, *Liberty 3-2, Milpitas 2-1, Montgomery 3-1, Northgate 5-0, Palma 1-3, Palo Alto 1-2, Rancho Cotate 3-1, Sacred Heart Cathedral 2-1, Sacred Heart Prep 4-0, San Leandro 1-4, San Marin 4-1, Sequoia 3-1, Wilcox 3-0
* – Would be 5-0 if not for two forfeits