Prep2Prep CCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 15
With the section determining playoffs by its own pure competitive equity structure, the top of our rankings ended up being dominated by teams from the Division I playoff bracket. But point totals never quite tell the whole story, so our final rankings do differ slightly from the way teams were seeded for the post-season, especially after some of the upsets which took place.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
The Padres captured the Division I title with their second shutout victory over Valley Christian, also beating Wilcox and Half Moon Bay during their playoff run.
The Warriors were dominant against everyone not named Serra this season, dispatching Saint Francis and St. Ignatius to reach the Division I title game before falling to the Padres for the second time this season.
The Wildcats' magical season included a share of the WCAL title, after beating Serra in the regular season finale, and they added a playoff victory over Mitty before falling to Valley Christian in the Division I semifinals.
The Chargers went unbeaten in the SCVAL-De Anza for the second straight season, and are now 17-1 in league play over the last three years. Wilcox knocked off Menlo-Atherton in the Division I quarterfinals before falling to Serra.
The Bears went unbeaten in the PAL-Bay for the second straight year before falling to Wilcox in overtime in the Division I quarterfinals.
The Wildcats finished as runner-up in the SCVAL-De Anza before then dominating all opponents on their way to the Division II crown, defeating Oak Grove in the title game.
The Cougars went unbeaten in the regular season for the second time in the last three years, capturing the PAL-Ocean title in the process. Half Moon Bay's run came to an end in the Division I quarterfinals with a loss to Serra.
The Monarchs had big wins this season over teams such as Palma and Saint Francis, before seeing their post-season run end with a Division I quarterfinal loss to St. Ignatius.
The Lancers might have been the best illustration of the strength of the WCAL this season, routing Oak Grove in non-league play, while three of their seven losses this season came to teams who all reached CIF title games. Saint Francis' season ended with a loss to Valley Christian in the Division I quarterfinals.
After opening the season with losses in two of their first three games, the Eagles won 10 straight, including an unbeaten mark in the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton and wins over Salinas and Palo Alto in the first two rounds of the playoffs before falling to Los Gatos in the Division II title game.
The Gators reached the Division II semifinals after a regular season which saw them notch key wins over teams such as St. Ignatius, Terra Nova and The King's Academy.
The Vikings scored a big win over Palma in the Division II quarterfinals before falling to Oak Grove in the semifinals.
The Cowboys went unbeaten in the PCAL-Gabilan this season, and won eight straight after a loss to Clovis. Salinas' season, however, ended with an upset loss to Oak Grove in the Division II semifinals.
The Knights finished the regular season on a three-game losing streak after winning their first seven games, but regained their footing in the playoffs. TKA's playoff run in Division III started with a convincing win over San Mateo before back-to-back one-point wins over Aptos and Terra Nova to claim the section title.
A three-game winning streak during PAL-Bay action was the highlight of the regular season, and the post-season then included wins over Seaside and Burlingame to reach the Division III title game, where the Tigers fell to the same King's Academy team which they had beaten by 19 points earlier in the month.
The Chieftains were upset in the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs by Palo Alto, but had a regular season which included big wins over Oakdale and Aptos.
The Acorns, who opened the season with a win over Burlingame, finished in second in the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton with their only regular season loss coming against Oak Grove. Live Oak's playoff appearance ended with a Division II quarterfinal loss to Los Gatos.
The Mariners made a habit of playing everyone tough this season, avenging a regular season loss to San Benito by beating the Balers in the Division III quarterfinals, before falling by one point to The King's Academy in the semifinals. Five of Aptos' six losses this season came by one score.
After losing six of their first seven games this season, the Trojans saved their best for last, embarking on a win streak which included a stunner over Palo Alto in the regular season finale before a sweep of the Division IV playoffs, beating Hillsdale and Branham each by a single point in overtime to capture the section title.
The Bruins won their first nine games of the season before falling to Silver Creek in the regular season finale, still earning a share of the BVAL-Santa Teresa title. The playoffs then featured wins over Monte Vista Christian and Carmel to reach the Division IV title game, where Branham fell by one point in overtime to Milpitas.
The Fighting Knights won three of their last four regular season games to build momentum headed towards the playoffs, where they blanked Soquel in the Division IV quarterfinals before losing by one point in overtime to Milpitas in the semifinals.
The Panthers' biggest win of the regular season was undoubtedly a victory over Sacred Heart Prep in their final league game of the year, which was followed by a win over San Mateo in the regular season finale and a victory over Mountain View in the Division III quarterfinals before a season-ending loss to Terra Nova.
The Raiders finished the regular season on a five-game win streak, including a 16-8 win over Branham in the regular season finale to earn a share of the BVAL-Santa Teresa title, but did not earn a playoff berth.
The Spartans won their first five games - including a victory over Milpitas - and seven of their first eight games before stumbling down the stretch. Mountain View dropped its final three contests of the year, including a quarterfinal loss to Burlingame in the Division III bracket.
The Padres put on an offensive display in the Division IV quarterfinals against Saratoga before falling to Branham in the semifinals, in a game that was delayed two hours after Carmel's bus was struck by a projectile on its way to the game. The regular season featured wins over San Benito, Pacific Grove and Christopher.