P2P NCS Football Top 25

Prep2Prep NCS Rankings



November 22, 2016

Four teams fell from the rankings this week after losses in the section quarterfinals, while four other teams punched their tickets to championship games in the two highest classifications. Salesian, Piedmont, Ukiah, and Granada all break into the rankings this week after big wins over the weekend.

1 (last week: 1) DE LA SALLE (10-1-0)
Last: def. Clayton Valley, 28-0; next: idle

The Spartans used great red zone defense to turn back Clayton Valley, while Kairee Robinson ran for all four touchdowns in the game. De La Salle will now play Freedom for the Open Division title on December 2.

2 (2) FREEDOM (11-0-0)
Last: def. Pittsburg, 55-35; next: idle

The Falcons beat Pittsburg for the second time this season, and did so emphatically, as Ronnie Rivers ran for 299 yards and six touchdowns and Freedom led by double digits for most of the game. The Falcons will play De La Salle for the Open championship, at Dublin High.

3 (5) MONTE VISTA (11-1-0)
Last: def. Heritage, 56-28; next: idle

The Mustangs were too much for Heritage offensively, scoring 35 straight points between the second and third quarters to pull away for the win. Shane Perry ran for 240 yards and four touchdowns in the win. The margin of defeat against De La Salle was identical for both the Mustangs and Clayton Valley, but we're placing these guys a spot higher since they were within 14 points in the fourth quarter against the Spartans. Monte Vista plays Antioch for the Division 1 title on December 3 at Dublin High.

4 (4) CLAYTON VALLEY (9-2-0)
Last: lost to De La Salle, 28-0; next: idle

The Eagles were tough on both sides of the ball in their loss to De La Salle, but could not get anything going inside the Spartan 20-yard line, despite 232 yards rushing in the loss. The season is now over for the DAL-Valley champions.

5 (3) PITTSBURG (9-2-0)
Last: lost to Freedom, 55-35; next: idle

The Pirates went 9-0 against teams other than Freedom this year, but for the second time, could not get past their BVAL rivals. Pittsburg's season is now complete.

6 (7) CARDINAL NEWMAN (10-1-0)
Last: def. San Marin, 56-18; next: vs. Piedmont (11/25)

The Cardinals built a 49-0 lead in the first half against San Marin before cruising to the victory. Cardinal Newman now faces Piedmont in the Division 4 semifinals.

7 (8) ANALY (11-1-0)
Last: def. El Cerrito, 42-31; next: vs. Marin Catholic (11/25)

The Tigers were tested in their quarterfinal win over El Cerrito, and trailed by three with less than four minutes remaining, but Jack Newman rallied the team to victory, finishing the night with 340 yards and five touchdowns through the air. Analy now plays Marin Catholic in the Division 3 semifinals.

8 (9) BISHOP O'DOWD (11-1-0)
Last: def. Encinal, 28-0; next: vs. Rancho Cotate (11/26)

The Dragons' defense suffocated Encinal's offense in a methodical 28-0 victory on Saturday afternoon. Kenyan Branscomb, Jr. had three sacks and a fumble recovery, while Jevon Holland scored twice, including a punt return for a score. O'Dowd now faces Rancho Cotate in the Division 3 semifinals.

9 (10) ANTIOCH (8-4-0)
Last: def. California, 38-31; next: idle

The Panthers got 265 yards and three touchdowns on the ground from Najee Harris, while Antione Tanner had a back-breaking 87-yard catch-and-run to build a late 14-point lead in the win over Cal. Antioch now faces Monte Vista in two weeks for the Division 1 championship.

10 (6) CALIFORNIA (9-3-0)
Last: lost to Antioch, 38-31; next: idle

Ryan Wright had 325 yards passing, and Cameron Norfleet had a great all-around game, with 158 yards and two touchdowns receiving to go with an interception on defense, but it wasn't enough for the Grizzlies in the loss to Antioch. California's season is now complete.

11 (11) RANCHO COTATE (9-3-0)
Last: def. Eureka, 29-22; next: at Bishop O'Dowd (11/26)

The Cougars overcame an early 15-0 deficit against the Loggers, as Jake Simmons compiled 355 total yards from scrimmage (224 passing, 131 rushing). Jaelen Ward had eight catches for 88 yards in the win, and AJ Vallejos had the key 58-yard touchdown late in the game. Rancho Cotate now faces Bishop O'Dowd in the Division 3 semifinals.

12 (12) MARIN CATHOLIC (10-2-0)
Last: def. Miramonte, 20-18; next: at Analy (11/25)

Hunter Juarez' big interception return set up Matthew DeDonatis' game-winning touchdown, but Juarez' touchdown-saving tackle on the ensuing kickoff preserved the win in a last-minute come-from-behind win over Miramonte. The Wildcats now face Analy in the Division 3 semifinals.

13 (13) CAMPOLINDO (8-3-0)
Last: def. Redwood, 59-28; next: vs. Ukiah (11/25)

The Cougars pulled away in the third quarter with 24 points, after leading by 14 at halftime. Jacob Westphal threw for 248 yards and three scores in the win, while Matt Ringquist and Branden Bocobo each scored twice on the ground. Campolindo now faces Ukiah in the Division 2 semifinals.

14 (14) MIRAMONTE (9-3-0)
Last: lost to Marin Catholic, 20-18; next: idle

The Matadors led for nearly the entire game against Marin Catholic, as Tim Tague threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns. Nick Foster had a big game, with 11 catches for 165 yards and a score. Miramonte's season is now complete.

15 (16) HERITAGE (8-4-0)
Last: lost to Monte Vista, 56-28; next: idle

The Patriots fell to Monte Vista despite 300 yards through the air from Nick Zell, who threw for three scores and ran for a fourth. Hassan Williams, Tyriq Mack, and Tyrese Mack each had receiving touchdowns. Heritage's season is now complete.

16 (17) SAN LEANDRO (6-5-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

San Leandro's season is complete. The Pirates were the WACC-Foothill champions.

17 (18) FOOTHILL (6-5-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Foothill's season is complete. The Falcons finished third in the East Bay Athletic League.

18 (19) SAN RAMON VALLEY (6-5-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

San Ramon Valley's season is complete. The Wolves finished fourth in the East Bay Athletic League.

19 (20) ST. BERNARD'S (11-1-0)
Last: def. Del Norte, 26-15; next: at Salesian (11/26)

The Crusaders rallied from a 15-6 halftime deficit on the road to knock off Del Norte. Jack Rice threw for 132 yards and ran for 134 more on a rainy night, scoring twice on the ground. The defense came up with three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown by Raequan Washington. St. Bernard's now faces Salesian in the Division 4 semifinals.

20 (21) EL CERRITO (8-4-0)
Last: lost to Analy, 42-31; next: idle

The Gauchos led by three late in the game to Analy, as Aaron Banks had a huge game defensively with three sacks and two forced fumbles. Lanique Wilkes ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, while Devoreah Allen threw for 216 yards and a score, while adding another on the ground. The season is now over for the TCAL-Rock champions.

21 (NR) SALESIAN (9-3-0)
Last: def. Moreau Catholic, 42-14; next: vs. St. Bernard's (11/26)

The Pride pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the weekend, racing past Moreau Catholic, 42-14. Jaylen Tregle threw for three scores and ran for a fourth as Salesian moved on to the semifinals, where it will host St. Bernard's.

22 (23) WINDSOR (8-3-0)
Last: def. Santa Rosa, 38-37; next: vs. Granada (11/26)

The Jaguars' defense stopped Cassius Banks inches shy of the goal-line in overtime, making Jackson Baughman's touchdown run stand up as the game-winner. Baughman also scored once in regulation. Windsor now faces Granada in the Division 2 semifinals.

23 (NR) PIEDMONT (8-4-0)
Last: def. Kennedy-Richmond, 16-8; next: at Cardinal Newman (11/25)

The Highlanders got two fourth-quarter touchdown runs from Willy Matsuno to advance past Kennedy-Richmond, after trailing 8-2 after three quarters. Piedmont now faces Cardinal Newman in the Division 4 semifinals.

24 (NR) UKIAH (9-3-0)
Last: def. Livermore, 35-21; next: at Campolindo (11/25)

The Wildcats scored 28 points in the second and third quarters to down Livermore and advance to the section semifinals for the first time since winning the 1999 3A Redwood Empire title. Ukiah now faces Campolindo in the Division 2 semifinals.

25 (NR) GRANADA (6-6-0)
Last: def. Concord, 17-0; next: at Windsor (11/26)

The Matadors defense blanked Concord, and Jason Frost threw for two second-half scores, as Granada advanced to the section semifinals for the second straight season. Granada now faces Windsor in the Division 2 semifinals.