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P2P NCS Football Top 25

Prep2Prep NCS Rankings

THROUGH WEEK 4


By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep.com

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.


1 (last week: 1) DE LA SALLE (3-1-0)
Last: lost to Bishop Gorman, 34-7; next: vs. Central-Fresno (9/23)

It was a long trip home from Las Vegas after the Spartans fell to Bishop Gorman, as the Gaels scored the final 34 points of the game. De La Salle is back home this week against Central-Fresno.

2 (2) SAN RAMON VALLEY (3-0-0)
Last: def. Dougherty Valley, 56-0; next: vs. California (9/22)

The Wolves were untested in an easy win over Dougherty Valley on Friday, as the defense pitched its second straight shutout, Daniel Medley scored three times on the ground, Jason Javier ran for 100 yards, and Clark Baker threw for three scores. SRV plays at California this week, in a game that could ultimately decide the EBAL title.

3 (3) PITTSBURG (2-1-0)
Last: def. Berkeley, 62-20; next: vs. Vacaville (9/22)

Justin Boyd threw for six first-half scores, as the Pirates rolled past Berkeley on Friday. Pittsburg hosts Vacaville this week, in a big clash between intersectional powers.

4 (4) BISHOP O'DOWD (3-0-0)
Last: def. St. Mary's, 56-7; next: at Freedom (9/22)

Quinn Brinnon accounted for four touchdowns, Jevon Holland scored through the air and in the return game for the second straight week, and O'Dowd cruised past Saint Mary's on Friday. Things get tougher this week, when the Dragons head to Freedom in a battle of unbeaten teams.

5 (5) FREEDOM (4-0-0)
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.

6 (11) 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.

7 (7) MARIN CATHOLIC (3-0-0)
Last: def. Tamalpais, 54-0; next: vs. Novato (9/23)

Spencer Petras threw for four touchdowns, two of them to Peter Brown, as the Wildcats trounced Tamalpais in the MCAL opener. Marin Catholic hosts Novato this coming Saturday.

8 (8) CALIFORNIA (3-0-0)
Last: def. Amador Valley, 27-7; next: at San Ramon Valley (9/22)

The Grizzlies got four rushing touchdowns from junior Caden Jarvis, as they methodically pulled away from Amador Valley. California plays for the EBAL lead this week, hosting fellow unbeaten San Ramon Valley.

9 (9) CARDINAL NEWMAN (2-1-0)
Last: DNP; next: vs. Casa Grande (9/22)

The Cardinals did not play last week. Newman hosts Casa Grande this week.

10 (10) 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.

11 (12) LIBERTY (3-1-0)
Last: def. Concord, 60-0; next: vs. Tracy (9/22)

The one-loss Lions easily cruised past Concord on Friday. Ryan Dutt and Jay Butterfield each threw for two touchdowns and Sione Vaki scored a total of three times in the win. Liberty has a bigger test this week, hosting Tracy.

12 (6) ANTIOCH (3-1-0)
Last: lost to Clayton Valley, 55-22; next: vs. Newark Mem (9/22)

The Panthers have to slide a bit based on the nature of the loss to Clayton Valley, but with wins over Lincoln-Stockton and San Leandro already on its slate, they stay in striking distance of the top 10. Antioch should bounce back just fine this week, playing host to Newark Memorial.

13 (13) CAMPOLINDO (2-2-0)
Last: lost to Rancho Cotate, 33-28; next: at Hayward (9/22)

John Torchio threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns, and Vincent Mossotti had seven catches for 158 yards and a score, but the Cougars were turned away near the goal line twice in the loss to Rancho Cotate. Campolindo should rebound this week, facing Hayward at Chabot College.

14 (14) MIRAMONTE (4-0-0)
Last: def. Alameda, 47-6; next: at Alhambra (9/22)

Xavier Clark completed 11 of 15 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while Peter Stehr and Henry Vacakis combined for 211 yards and five scores on the ground in the Matadors' easy win over Alameda. Miramonte plays at Alhambra this week.

15 (15) SAN LEANDRO (1-3-0)
Last: lost to Freedom, 40-28; next: at Logan (9/22)

The Pirates saw Freedom rally for the win last Friday, despite gaining 322 yards on the ground. Mekhi Land and Jermaine Jackson each topped the 100-yard mark. San Leandro plays at James Logan this week.

16 (18) HERITAGE (4-0-0)
Last: def. Edison, 49-19; next: at Berkeley (9/22)

Aidan Quinn ran for three scores, and Luke Lang accounted for four total touchdowns, as the Patriots pulled away from Edison in the second half. Heritage heads to Berkeley this week.

17 (23) FOOTHILL (1-2-0)
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.

18 (20) ACALANES (4-0-0)
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.

19 (16) ENCINAL (4-0-0)
Last: def. Kennedy-Fremont, 30-25; next: at Piedmont (9/22)

It might have been a partial hangover from the previous week's big win over Paradise, but Encinal survived a gritty contest against winless Kennedy-Fremont to stay unbeaten. The Jets play at Piedmont this week.

20 (17) ST. PATRICK/ST. VINCENT (3-0-0)
Last: def. Berean Christian, 56-35; next: vs. Kelseyville (9/23)

Senior running back Marshel Martin ran for 291 yards and five touchdowns, on just 20 carries, as the Bruins offense more than made up for the most points allowed by the defense this season. St. Pat's hosts Kelseyville this Saturday.

21 (19) ST. BERNARD'S (4-0-0)
Last: def. Del Norte, 42-7; next: idle

Quarterback TJ Campbell accounted for 405 yards of offense and five touchdowns, as the Crusaders pulled away from Del Norte. St. Bernard's is off this week, before hosting Hoopa Valley the following Saturday.

22 (22) EL CERRITO (2-1-0)
Last: DNP; next: at Castro Valley (9/22)

The Gauchos did not play last week. El Cerrito plays at Castro Valley this Friday.

23 (NR) GRANADA (3-0-0)
Last: def. Dublin, 35-25; next: vs. Amador Valley (9/22)

The Matadors stayed unbeaten with their third straight win by double digits. Granada hosts Amador Valley this week.

24 (NR) PETALUMA (4-0-0)
Last: def. Casa Grande, 20-14; next: at Analy (9/22)

The offense was not as high-powered as in previous weeks, but the Trojans got it done early and then again late in the game to take down cross-town rival Casa Grande in the Community Egg Bowl. Petaluma can make an early statement in the SCL, as it opens league play this week against Analy.

25 (NR) EUREKA (4-0-0)
Last: def. Balboa, 63-0; next: idle

The Loggers stayed unbeaten with an easy win over Balboa, as the offense totaled 461 yards in the rout. Eureka does not play this week, and hosts Enterprise the following Friday.