Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 4
By NATE SMITH
September 18, 2017
Five games between ranked teams led to some reshuffling in a few spots, as big wins meant a few teams had to rise in the rankings, even if that meant dropping other teams who also picked up wins. The overall picture continues to get more clear as big games take place among teams within the section.
Last: def. San Leandro, 40-28; next: vs. Bishop O'Dowd (9/22)
It appeared in the second quarter like San Leandro might have Freedom's number, but the Falcons coolly responded by scoring the final 27 points of the game. Joey Aguilar threw for 285 yards and four touchdowns in the game, three of them to Baylei Coston, while Giles Jackson added 157 yards and two scores on the ground. Freedom hosts O'Dowd this week in a top five clash.
CLAYTON VALLEY (2-2-0)
Last: def. Antioch, 55-22; next: vs. Deer Valley (9/22)
Just like that, the Ugly Eagles have erased all doubts connected to their 0-2 start, with the drubbing they put on Antioch. Thomas Alatini ran for 182 yards and a touchdown in the win, sophomore Makhi Gervais added 117 yards and two scores, and KJ Gardner threw for a pair of touchdowns in the win, as the Eagles led 49-0 at one point. Clayton Valley hosts Deer Valley this week.
RANCHO COTATE (3-0-0)
Last: def. Campolindo, 33-28; next: at Montgomery-SR (9/22)
In what was easily the biggest test to date for the Cougars, Rancho held on against Campolindo for the victory on Friday, using a late goal-line stand to preserve the victory. Jake Simmons threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns in the win, Jaelen Ward had 11 catches for 122 yards, and Logan Reese added a 70-yard punt return. Rancho Cotate plays at Montgomery this week, in its NBL opener.
Last: def. Monte Vista, 42-14; next: vs. Dublin (9/22)
The Falcons climb six spots this week after Ben Wooldridge's return at quarterback sparked them to a rout over Monte Vista. Wooldridge completed 14 of 19 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns, and added a rushing touchdown in the win. Roman Sahagun had seven catches for 93 yards and a score, and added a 60-yard punt return for another. Foothill hosts Dublin this week.
Last: def. San Marin, 49-14; next: vs. De Anza (9/22)
The Dons put up one of the best performances last week, rolling past previously unbeaten and ranked San Marin, building a 42-0 lead at one point. Robby Rowell threw for four touchdowns, while Brian Merken and Chris Rogers had two receiving touchdowns apiece. The defense forced three turnovers. Acalanes hosts De Anza this week.