Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 15
For the 28th straight year, it is De La Salle who finishes at the top of the highest division in the NCS, meaning they are again atop our final section rankings for the fall season. The biggest risers in our final set of rankings include Rancho Cotate and Del Norte, which both knocked off top-seeded teams in section title games, as did St. Bernard's.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
The Spartans' lone loss this season came to St. Thomas Aquinas-Fort Lauderdale in their season opener, and from that point on they dominated all Northern California competition on their way to a 28th straight NCS title and another date in the CIF Open Division title game.
The Pirates went unbeaten in the BVAL this season and their only losses during the year were to a pair of Division 1 section champions - De La Salle and Serra. Pittsburg also had non-league wins over Wilcox and St. Mary's-Stockton.
The Lions finished second in the BVAL this season and reached the Division 1 semifinals before falling to Pittsburg. They had non-league wins over Cardinal Newman, Oakdale, Clayton Valley and Monte Vista.
The Cardinals had a lone non-league loss to Liberty before going unbeaten in the NBL-Oak and then defeating Marin Catholic for the NCS Division 4 title.
The Wildcats won 10 straight after a non-league loss to McClymonds, and both losses this season came to teams which reached CIF title games. They also had a big non-league win over Archbishop Mitty.
The Mustangs defeated San Ramon Valley in the Division 1 quarterfinals before falling to De La Salle in the semifinals. Monte Vista also shared the EBAL-Mountain title with San Ramon Valley.
The Wolves saw their season end in the Division 1 quarterfinals against Monte Vista, after beating the Mustangs in the regular season finale to earn a share of the league championship. Their lone non-league loss this year was to SJS Division 1 finalist Monterey Trail.
The Ugly Eagles cut their teeth in the rugged EBAL-Mountain division, having moved over from the DAL-Foothill this year, and then went on a run to capture the NCS Division 2 title. They also had a big non-league win over Turlock.
The Cougars earned a share of the DAL-Foothill title this year, and reached the Division 2 title game before falling to former league nemesis Clayton Valley. Campolindo also had big non-league wins over Rancho Cotate and Amador Valley.
After finishing second in the NBL-Oak behind Cardinal Newman, the Cougars defeated Las Lomas in the NCS Division 3 title game after beating Benicia in the semifinals in a shootout.
The Knights fell in a defensive battle to Rancho Cotate in the Division 3 title game, in a game that was scoreless for the first three quarters. Las Lomas also won 11 games and earned a share of the DAL-Foothill title.
The Crushers fell to Campolindo in the Division 2 semifinals, despite gaining over 250 yards on the ground. Vintage went unbeaten in VVAL play for the second year in a row and blanked Redwood in the quarterfinals.
The Dons routed Newark Memorial in the Division 4 quarterfinals before falling to Marin Catholic in the semifinals, in a defensive struggle. Acalanes earned a share of the DAL-Foothill title this season.
The Grizzlies were defeated by Liberty in the Division 1 quarterfinals after finishing in third place of the EBAL-Mountain Division during the regular season. California had non-league wins over Churchill County-Nevada, Antioch and Freedom.
The Panthers fell to Rancho Cotate in the Division 3 semifinals, after winning 10 games and capturing the DAL-Valley title.
The Warriors' lone regular-season loss came to Mazama-Klamath Falls, before then going unbeaten in HDN-Big 4 play and defeating Encinal for the NCS Division 5 title.
The Jets came up one point short in the Division 5 title game against Del Norte, missing a long extra-point and then having a field goal blocked in the fourth quarter. Encinal also 11 games and captured the WACC-Foothill title, before beating Fortuna and De Anza in the playoffs.
The Dons fell to Encinal in the Division 5 semifinals, on a last-second field goal after scoring 21 points to tie the game. De Anza went unbeaten in the TCAL-Stone this year, winning 10 games in the process after beating San Marin in the quarterfinals.
The Colts went unbeaten in the Mission Valley Athletic League this season before falling to Pittsburg in the Division 1 quarterfinals.
The Falcons were beaten by Clayton Valley in the Division 2 semifinals, after taking down San Leandro in the quarterfinals. Foothill also had a big win over San Ramon Valley during EBAL-Mountain play this year.
The Farmers fell to Las Lomas in the Division 3 semifinals, after winning 10 games and capturing the WACC-Shoreline title for the second straight season, before defeating American Canyon in the quarterfinals.
The Dons went unbeaten in EBAL-Valley play to capture that division title, before falling to De La Salle in the Division 1 quarterfinals.
The Pirates fell to Foothill in the Division 2 quarterfinals, after finishing as the runner-up in the WACC-Foothill and having beaten the Falcons in the season opener.
After competing in the HDN-Big 4, the Crusaders used that experience to propel them to a title game victory over Kennedy-Richmond for the NCS Division 6 championship, after taking down NCL champion Middletown in the semifinals.
The Eagles earned a share of the TCAL-Rock title this year when they beat Salesian on the last play of the regular season, and then beat Justin-Siena in the Division 6 semifinals to reach 11 wins before falling to St. Bernard's by three points in the title game.
The Pride controlled their Division 7 title game victory over Ferndale, outscoring the Wildcats 29-8 in the second half to win going away. Salesian also earned a share of the TCAL-Rock title this year.