Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 13
By NATE SMITH
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.