Previous week’s rankings are in parentheses
1. (1) De La Salle 7-0
De La Salle delivered their fifth straight convincing win over a solid opponent with a 49-7 win versus James Logan. The Spartans allowed only 159 total yards and the running game produced 315 yards. The run game, despite a tougher schedule, is averaging 7.6 yards per carry which is over a full yard better than this time a year ago.
The Spartans play at Owen Owens Field again when they host Amador Valley on Friday.
2. (2) Serra 5-1
Serra not only played De La Salle tough, but they’ve won convincingly over good opponents. In their 28-7 win over Valley Christian on Saturday, the Padres allowed only 128 total yards and quarterback Matt Fa’aita completed two fourth down passes for touchdowns.
Serra has a Saturday date at St. Ignatius, a program they have defeated seven consecutive times.
3. (3) Bellarmine 5-1
The emergence of junior Anthony Guttadauro is a major bright spot. In Friday’s 42-28 win over St. Ignatius, Guttadauro scored two touchdowns, giving him five in the last two weeks, and K.J. Carta-Samuels had his most efficient night throwing the ball (7/11, 191 yards, 3 TD).
The Bells host Valley Christian on Friday, and have won six of the last seven meetings. Bellarmine has scored a total of 86 points in wins over the Warriors the last two seasons.
4. (4) Marin Catholic 8-0
The Wildcats recorded their second straight shutout, 41-0, versus Justin-Siena. There was a scare, however, as Oregon committed quarterback Morgan Mahalak suffered an apparent knee injury and missed two series. Mahalak did return and even had a 59-yard scamper and ended up with two touchdown passes.
Marin Catholic’s run through the MCAL continues versus Drake on Saturday. The Wildcats have owned the series and rolled to a 52-8 win over the Pirates last season.
5. (5) Archbishop Mitty 6-0
Mitty took care of business with a 42-7 win at Kezar over Sacred Heart Cathedral. Dakari Monroe and Chandler Ramirez each ran for two scores and the Monarchs are now allowing just 11.5 points per game.
The Monarchs play their lone true home game of the season on Friday when they host St. Francis, a team they have beat seven straight times.
6. (6) Campolindo 7-0
After their 35-20 win at Las Lomas, the Cougars are well positioned for their second 10-0 regular season in the last three years.
In their 15th straight DFAL win, Andrew Zolintakis passed for 210 yards and three touchdowns and Justin Dunn had his biggest receiving day of the year with 113 yards and a touchdown.
Campo has a date with Alhambra, whom they have scored 87 points against in wins the last two years.
7. (7) Pittsburg 5-2
Despite not being completely healthy, recent Oregon State commit Harris Ross rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-13 win over Liberty, who suffered their first on-field loss.
The Pirates have allowed 20 points in two BVAL wins and now play at Freedom. The Falcons won last year’s game, 49-48, in what might have been the best game played in the Bay Area in all of 2012.
8. (8) California 6-1
The Grizzlies needed a 92-yard drive and game-winning run from Cameron Owen to avoid an upset at Monte Vista, 31-28. Cal did have a 320-12 rushing edge and junior Simi Hingano had another nice game with 97 yards and a touchdown.
Cal can make it a virtual lock for an EBAL title if they beat San Ramon Valley on Friday. These teams have played two high-scoring classics the last two years, including the Grizzlies 41-38 win last season.
9. (9) St. Francis 5-1
We’ll find out if it had more to do with an inferior opponent, but the Lancers saw positive strides in their passing game in a 49-15 win at Riordan on Saturday. Will Fischer-Colbrie completed all six of his passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
This week, St. Francis looks for their first win over Mitty since 2005.
10. (10) Deer Valley 7-0
The Wolverines have scored at least 35 points in each game and averaged 45.9 in their undefeated start. Running back Kyle McDonald finished with 198 yards and three scores in a 49-7 pasting of Antioch.
Deer Valley hosts upstart Liberty, a team they have owned over the years. The Wolverines took last year’s game, 38-7.
11. (11) Foothill 6-1
Foothill has had some time to stew since their 24-7 loss to California on October 11. The Falcons now play host to Granada, a team that gave them a tough game last season in a 21-14 Falcons win.
12. (12) El Cerrito 5-2
El Cerrito had a bye and now prepare for a game at 2-5 Pinole Valley, who beat Berean Christian but allowed four touchdown passes in a 42-25 final.
13. (13) James Logan 5-2
The Colts didn’t do their defense favors by setting up De La Salle with a short field early in a 49-7 loss. Still, we saw enough to know that the Logan defense is one of the better ones in the NCS.
Logan gets back to their MVAL roots with a game versus Washington. The Colts won last year’s game, 45-8, but the Huskies are the last Mission Valley team to knock Logan off (2008).
14. (15) San Ramon Valley 4-3
The Wolves won their third straight with a 31-26 decision at scrappy Granada. Marcus de la Pena rushed for 135 yards and scored two touchdowns. Despite the tough schedule, de la Pena is already over the thousand yard rushing mark for the season.
San Ramon Valley looks to take the inside track to an EBAL title when they play at Cal on Friday.
15. (14) Valley Christian (San Jose) 3-3
They have been without Kirk Johnson, but the Warriors have just 213 total yards over the last two weeks in losses to top five ranked teams.
The Warriors loaded schedule continues at Bellarmine on Friday. This will be the third Bay Area top five-ranked team they play in as many weeks.
16. (16) Terra Nova 6-0
The Tigers showed no letdown in a 42-0 win versus South City, but now have very difficult games versus the #21, #24, and #25 ranked teams in the next three weeks.
Terra Nova has a Friday afternoon showdown at Menlo in what will be the first meeting between the two schools in five years.
17. (18) Casa Grande 7-0
The Gauchos still haven’t allowed more than 19 points in any game after a 42-13 win over Rancho Cotate. A scary thought for future Casa opponents is that quarterback JaJuan Lawson might be getting even better after a 12-of-18, 241 yards, three touchdown performance in the air and a 94-yard, touchdown effort on the ground.
Casa Grande has two straight home games, starting with Ukiah on Friday. Casa won this game, 62-14, last season.
18. (17) Clayton Valley 6-1
One of the biggest upsets of the weekend was that the Ugly Eagles scored just 35 points in their 35-0 blanking of Ygnacio Valley. Clayton worked on the passing game as Gabe Taylor completed 9-of-12 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns.
The drop in the rankings is not reflective on how we feel about Clayton Valley. The Eagles might be a top ten team and we believe they are better than Casa Grande. However, the weak schedule hurts Clayton in these rankings as De La Salle is the only tough opponent they’ve played.
Clayton Valley will score 50 or more at Mt. Diablo on Friday. The Eagles won this game last season, 61-6.
19. (19) Milpitas 5-1
The Trojans are now averaging 38.2 points after a 46-7 win at Santa Clara. The Trojans led 33-0 at halftime and John Keller tossed three touchdown passes, including two to Tre Hartley.
Milpitas plays at Palo Alto on Friday, their final SCVAL test until the season finale at Los Gatos. The Trojans surprised Paly last year, 24-19.
20. (20) Wilcox 5-1
Wilcox had a rare breather with a 40-0 spanking of winless Fremont. Like Milpitas, Wilcox also had a 33-0 halftime advantage.
The Chargers are at home this week versus Mountain View, whom they defeated, 55-28, last season.
21. (24) Menlo 5-1
The Knights made a statement with a 42-10 win at Sequoia. Jack Heneghan did throw two interceptions, but also passed for 286 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 26 on the season. He has at least three scoring passes in every game this year.
Menlo hosts Terra Nova on Friday.
22. (23) Miramonte 5-2
After a week off, Miramonte is at Dougherty Valley on Friday. The Mats have won all four meetings with the Wildcats, including 41-3 last season.
23. (21) Montgomery 6-1
Surprisingly, Montgomery allowed a season-high 35 points and survived a scare with a 38-35 triple overtime win over 2-5 Ukiah.
The Vikings are home again, versus Santa Rosa, on Friday. Montgomery has owned this series, but were shut down last season, 28-7.
24. (NR) Sacred Heart Prep 6-0
After five wins over inferior opponents, Sacred Heart Prep scored 15 in the final quarter to overcome a 12-0 hole for a 15-12 win. The Gators defense has allowed just 31 points this season.
On Friday afternoon, the Gators host 2-4 South City.
25. (22) Menlo-Atherton 4-2
We’ll see if the 15-12 loss to Sacred Heart Prep has a lasting effect on the Bears, who controlled the game and had 372 yards against the solid Gators defense. Isiah Nash did have his third straight 100-yard rushing day and scored the lone Menlo-Atherton touchdown.
The Bears have another tough game at Sequoia on Friday as they look for revenge from a 27-7 defeat last season.
Dropped out: #25 Carmel 6-0
Bubble: Acalanes 5-3, Amador Valley 5-2, Analy 7-1, Cardinal Newman 5-2, Carmel 6-0, **Concord 6-1, Freedom 3-4, Granada 4-3, Las Lomas 5-3, Leland 5-1, Los Gatos 4-2, *Liberty 4-3, McClymonds 4-2, Northgate 6-1, Palma 3-3, Palo Alto 3-3, St. Ignatius 1-5, San Leandro 3-4, San Marin 6-1
* – Would be 6-1 if not for two forfeit losses
**- Would be 5-2 if not for a forfeit win