Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 0
De La Salle's grip on the top spot is as firm as ever after the Spartans' season-opening win over Folsom, but Clayton Valley slides into the two spot after the win over Pittsburg, and both Monte Vista and Campolindo make some noise after big victories.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
Everyone figured that the Spartans' defense was going to be special this year. But handing Folsom its first shutout loss since 2004? That feels beyond special, and cornerbacks Taveis Marshall and Amir Wallace made it clear that they are ready to lock down opposing receivers. Isaiah Foskey was a force at defensive end and also scored the go-ahead touchdown in the second half. De La Salle faces Central Catholic-Modesto this week, with the Raiders coming off a shutout win of their own.
Cade Carter hauled in two touchdown passes, including the tying grab on fourth and goal in the first overtime, while also recording an interception and fumble recovery on defense, and Carson Sumter scored the game-winning touchdown in double overtime as the Ugly Eagles notched a signature win to open the season, outlasting Pittsburg 38-31. Clayton Valley hosts Stellar Prep this week.
Willie Harts III started the season off on the right foot for the Pirates, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but the offense was largely held in check. That being said, a double-overtime loss to Clayton Valley won't drop the Pirates more than one spot in our rankings. Pittsburg hosts St. Mary's-Stockton in another marquee showdown this week.
The Lions started slow in their win over Vacaville, but heated up as Jay Butterfield threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns, Sione Vaki had eight catches for 138 yards and a touchdown, while returning an interception for another score, and the defense limited Vacaville's usually-potent run game to just three yards per carry. Liberty faces Gilroy in the Honor Bowl at Saint Francis-Mountain View this Saturday.
Seven different Wolves reached the end zone in their win over Heritage, with Brandon Cammisa throwing for four scores in his debut at quarterback. San Ramon Valley faces Monterey Trail this week, with the Mustangs also coming off a season-opening lopsided win against Sheldon.
The Dragons did not play last week. O'Dowd opens its season this Thursday against Kennedy-Fremont.
The Cardinals got a terrific debut performance from junior quarterback Jackson Pavitt, who completed 14 of 19 passes for 234 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Fortuna. Jake Woods had three of the five scores through the air. Cardinal Newman faces Sutter this week, in the Huskies' season opener.
Jacob Oliphant's 90-yard kickoff return following a safety provided the eventual game-winning points, as the Mustangs shut down Granite Bay on Friday night. Meanwhile, junior quarterback Jack Stewardson completed 21 of 27 passes for 213 yards, with Kyle Haener snagging 11 catches for 104 yards. Dane Taylor added two interceptions on defense. Monte Vista heads to San Leandro this week.
Replacing their entire defense from the previous season, and missing a handful of starters due to injury, the Cougars turned to Grant Harper and Max Schoenberger in their showdown against Marin Catholic. Harper completed 17 of 28 passes for 366 yards and five touchdowns, while Schoenberger had eight catches for 222 yards and four scores. An underrated defense notched five sacks in the win. Campolindo is off this week.
Despite playing without starting quarterback Willem Karnthong (injury), the Panthers controlled their season opener against Lincoln-Stockton, as junior Jaysn Wade ran for 144 yards and scored once each on the ground and through the air. Antioch faces California this week.
Junior Rasheed Rankin ran for 135 yards and a touchdown to pace the Cougars' offense, and Connor Barbato had a big game defensively to hold off Sacramento for the season-opening win. Rancho Cotate faces Vanden this week.
Somebody had to drop in order to make room for Monte Vista, Campolindo, and Rancho Cotate after their big wins, and Freedom slides a few spots this week after first rallying from a 14-point deficit against Turlock, and then holding off a late Bulldogs' rally. The Falcons head to Windsor this week.
The Grizzlies pounded out a win over Spanish Springs to open the season, scoring all three touchdowns on the ground. California faces Antioch this week.
The Wildcats were stunned on the road by Campolindo, though junior quarterback Gaven Cooke accounted for 189 yards from scrimmage in the loss. Marin Catholic looks to bounce back on the road this week, as the Wildcats head to two-time defending CIF champion McClymonds.
The Gauchos did not play last week. El Cerrito faces De Anza this week.
The Loggers racked up close to 500 yards of offense in their season-opening win over James Logan, led by 235 yards through the air from quarterback Cruz Montana. The defense snagged five interceptions, including two from Zach Reed, who ran one back for a touchdown. Eureka hosts Ukiah this week.
The Pirates pulled away from Foothill in the second half on Friday, their fourth straight win over the Falcons. San Leandro hosts Monte Vista this week.
The Dons closed to within eight points at the end of three quarters against Del Oro before the Golden Eagles pulled away in the fourth. Amador Valley faces Irvington this week.
The Matadors cruised past Irvington in the season opener, and figure to encounter little resistance on the road from Newark Memorial this week.
The Huskies hold their place in the rankings, despite a season-opening loss to Cardinal Newman. Fortuna is on the road to face Galt this week.
The Matadors got three passing touchdowns from junior quarterback AJ Fraser, while Henry Vacakis ran for two additional scores, and the defense notched seven sacks in the win over De Anza. Miramonte faces Hillsdale this week, in the season opener for the Fighting Knights.
The Knights overcame a one-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter against Acalanes. Las Lomas hosts Alhambra this week.
The Falcons got a couple big plays from junior quarterback Bryce Lombardi, but could not keep up with San Leandro's attack in the second half. Foothill heads to Heritage this week.
The Mariners got a four-touchdown performance from junior Fresh Ison, and two more scores from Deandre Askew, as they rolled past St. Pat's in the season opener. Moreau hosts San Marin this week.
Will Omey threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, as the Crusaders blitzed El Molino early before cruising to the season-opening victory. St. Bernard's hosts McKinleyville this Saturday.