P2P NCS Football Top 25

Prep2Prep NCS Rankings



December 5, 2016

With the regular-season and section championships complete, so are our section rankings, as they will not be affected by play in the state championships. It's a familiar face at the top, and the margin between the second and third teams is slim to none. Also, since this is the final set of rankings, teams are slotted based on the entire body of work, not just recent trends.

1 (last week: 1) DE LA SALLE (11-1-0)
Last: def. Freedom, 42-7; next: idle

The Spartans rolled to their 25th straight section title with the win over Freedom, and will now face St. John Bosco for the CIF Open championship. Kairee Robinson has 1,670 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground this season. De La Salle also racked up wins this season against Division 1 champion Monte Vista, California, Antioch, Servite-Anaheim, and CCS Open 2 champion Serra-San Mateo.

2 (2) FREEDOM (11-1-0)
Last: lost to De La Salle, 42-7; next: at St. Mary's (12/9)

The Falcons saw De La Salle score the last 35 points of the game after Baylei Coston's touchdown catch had tied things in the first quarter. Freedom will now face St. Mary's-Stockton in the CIF 1-AA North regional, as the Division 1 representative for the North Coast Section. The margin between the Falcons and Monte Vista for the second spot in our final rankings is virtually non-existent. Both teams had a single loss to De La Salle, so the only reason we are leaving Freedom ahead of the Mustangs is the two wins over Pittsburg, which are slightly more impressive than Monte Vista's top wins. The Falcons also handed NCS Division 3 champion Bishop O'Dowd its only loss of the season.

3 (3) MONTE VISTA (12-1-0)
Last: def. Antioch, 42-18; next: idle

The Mustangs scored the last 28 points of the game to claim the NCS Division 1 championship over Antioch, as Shane Perry ran for 253 yards and three touchdowns, finishing the season with 1,656 yards and 18 scores. Monte Vista's only loss was to De La Salle, while picking up wins over California, Antioch, Foothill, San Ramon Valley, and Heritage. Jake Haener threw for over 2,900 yards with 36 touchdowns this season.

4 (4) CLAYTON VALLEY (9-2-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Clayton Valley finished its season in the NCS Open semifinals, after going unbeaten in league play to capture the DAL-Valley championship. The Ugly Eagles posted victories this season against Campolindo, Miramonte, Concord, Reed-Carson, and Canyon Springs-Las Vegas. The two losses were against De La Salle and Helix, who lost in the San Diego Section's Open Division title game. Clayton Valley racked up nearly 3,700 rushing yards this season.

5 (5) PITTSBURG (9-2-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Pittsburg finished its season in the NCS Open semifinals, after finishing second in the BVAL. Both the Pirates' losses this season were to Freedom, while also posting victories over CCS Open 2 champion Serra, CCS Open 2 runner-up Mitty, Vacaville, and Antioch. Montaz Thompson finished the year with 1,630 yards and 27 touchdowns, in nine games, and finishes his Pirate career as the school's all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns.

6 (6) CARDINAL NEWMAN (12-1-0)
Last: def. St. Bernard's, 44-21; next: at Valley Christian (12/9)

The Cardinals raced past St. Bernard's to claim the NCS Division 4 championship, and now face Valley Christian in the CIF 2-AA North regional game. Cardinal Newman's lone loss this season is to Sac-Joaquin Division 1 champion St. Mary's-Stockton, while also picking up wins over Rancho Cotate, Analy, and Piedmont. Jordon Brookshire is one of the section's top dual-threat quarterbacks, having passed for over 2,500 yards and ran for over 1,500 yards, despite sitting out the second half of many games.

7 (7) BISHOP O'DOWD (13-1-0)
Last: def. Marin Catholic, 27-7; next: vs. Capital Christian (12/9)

The Dragons stifled Marin Catholic to capture the NCS Division 3 championship, and now face Capital Christian in the CIF 5-AA North regional game. Bishop O'Dowd's lone loss this season is to Freedom, while also picking up wins over Rancho Cotate, San Leandro, Encinal, and Piedmont. Sophomore Austin Jones has run for over 1,500 yards this season.

8 (8) ANTIOCH (8-5-0)
Last: lost to Monte Vista, 42-18; next: idle

The Panthers reached the NCS Division 1 championship game, and led by four in the third quarter before falling to Monte Vista. Najee Harris ran for 177 yards in the loss, and scored his 99th career touchdown. Antioch had wins this season over California, Rancho Cotate, Heritage, San Ramon Valley, and San Leandro. Harris finished the season with 2,773 yards and 34 touchdowns on the ground.

9 (9) CALIFORNIA (9-3-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Grizzlies fell in the Division 1 semifinals to Antioch, and were the runner-up in the EBAL, losing only to Monte Vista in league play. The other loss was to De La Salle. Cal defeated Foothill in the section quarterfinals, its second win this season over the Falcons. Carlos Gomez ran for over 1,000 yards and Ryan Wright threw for 27 touchdowns with just three interceptions.

10 (13) CAMPOLINDO (10-3-0)
Last: def. Windsor, 40-20; next: at Palma (12/9)

The Cougars won their third straight section title, using a big second half to down Windsor in the Division 2 title game. Campolindo now plays Palma in the CIF North regionals. The Cougars go ahead of Division 3 runner-up Marin Catholic based on their win over St. Ignatius (who beat Marin Catholic), and favorable score against Miramonte (12-pt win versus 2-pt win).

11 (10) MARIN CATHOLIC (11-3-0)
Last: lost to Bishop O'Dowd, 27-7; next: idle

The Wildcats shook off early-season losses to Central Catholic and St. Ignatius to go unbeaten in the MCAL and reach the Division 3 championship game. Marin Catholic posted big wins this season over CCS Open 1 champion Menlo-Atherton, plus Analy and Miramonte in the playoffs.

12 (11) ANALY (11-2-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Tigers reached the Division 3 semifinals, falling by five points to Marin Catholic. The other loss this season was to Cardinal Newman, prior to a dominating run through the SCL. Analy also had a win over Rancho Cotate earlier this year.

13 (12) RANCHO COTATE (9-4-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Cougars played a grueling schedule, and finished their season in the Division 3 semifinals, falling to Bishop O'Dowd on a last-second field goal. Rancho Cotate's other losses came in overtime to Cardinal Newman, by eight points to Antioch, and to Analy. The season also included wins over Santa Rosa, Windsor, and Ukiah. Junior Jake Simmons had a phenomenal first varsity season, throwing for over 3,800 yards and 43 touchdowns.

14 (14) MIRAMONTE (9-3-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Matadors reached the Division 3 quarterfinals, losing by two points to Marin Catholic on a touchdown in the final minute. They had impressive wins over Vanden and Concord during the regular season. Tim Tague had another standout season at quarterback, throwing for over 3,000 yards and 43 touchdowns.

15 (15) HERITAGE (8-4-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Patriots reached the Division 1 semifinals, falling to eventual champion Monte Vista. Heritage beat San Leandro in the quarterfinals, and all four losses this season came to teams ranked in the top 10 of our final rankings. Senior Nick Zell threw for over 2,800 yards and 39 touchdowns.

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

The Pirates fell to Heritage in the Division 1 quarterfinals, and were the runner-up in the WACC-Foothill Division, losing only to Bishop O'Dowd. San Leandro beat Foothill in non-league play, while its non-league losses were all to BVAL teams, including Freedom and Antioch.

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

Foothill fell to California in the Division 1 quarterfinals, after finishing third in the EBAL. The Falcons beat San Ramon Valley during league play.

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

The Wolves fell to Antioch in the Division 1 quarterfinals. San Ramon Valley had a one-point loss to De La Salle in the regular season, and a non-league win over Tracy, who finished second in the Tri-City and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin playoffs.

19 (19) ST. BERNARD'S (12-2-0)
Last: lost to Cardinal Newman, 44-21; next: idle

St. Bernard's reached the Division 4 championship, falling to Cardinal Newman. The Crusaders were the HDN-Little 4 champions, and defeated Big 5 champion Del Norte twice, including in the playoff quarterfinals. They also beat Salesian in the section semifinals, and stay ahead of El Cerrito based on the common opponent score of those games (31-pt win for St. Bernard's, 6-point win for El Cerrito).

20 (21) EL CERRITO (8-4-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Gauchos were the TCAL-Rock champions, and reached the Division 3 quarterfinals, falling in a close game to top seed and SCL champion Analy. El Cerrito also had wins this season over TCAL-Stone champion Kennedy-Richmond and Division 5 champ St. Patrick-St. Vincent, while its early-season losses included McClymonds and Inderkum.

21 (20) WINDSOR (9-4-0)
Last: lost to Campolindo, 40-20; next: idle

Windsor reached the Division 2 championship game, falling to Campolindo after beating Santa Rosa and Granada in earlier rounds. The Jaguars finished third in the North Bay League.

22 (NR) ENCINAL (9-3-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Jets were the WACC-Shoreline champions, and reached the Division 3 quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Bishop O'Dowd. They also beat Piedmont, and had a three-point loss to Northern Section finalist Paradise.

23 (24) PIEDMONT (8-5-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Highlanders fell to eventual champion Cardinal Newman in the Division 4 semifinals, after beating Kennedy-Richmond in the quarterfinals. Piedmont did have a three-point loss early to Moreau Catholic, but also posted big wins this year over Salesian and Berkeley, while playing well against Bishop O'Dowd and losing by two points to San Leandro.

24 (22) SALESIAN (9-4-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Pride fell to St. Bernard's in the Division 4 semifinals, after beating Moreau Catholic in the quarterfinals. They go behind a Piedmont team which advanced just as far in the post-season, but beat Salesian during the regular season, and ahead of SPSV, who the Pride beat during the regular season.

25 (23) ST. PATRICK/ST. VINCENT (11-3-0)
Last: def. Fort Bragg, 49-35; next: vs. Brookside Christian (12/10)

The Bruins captured the Division 5 championship by scoring the last 14 points of the game against Fort Bragg. SPSV carries a five-game winning streak into the CIF North regionals. They also beat Berean Christian in the semifinals, and posted wins this season over Stellar Prep and Swett. In our final rankings, however, they have to go behind a Salesian team which beat them by 27 points during the regular season.