P2P NCS Football Top 25

Prep2Prep NCS Rankings



December 4, 2017

With all the section championships complete, so are our rankings for the season. There was no surprise at the top, as De La Salle once again stayed there from start to finish. The biggest riser through the season might have been Liberty, who finished in the top five after winning the Division I title. Six teams from the section continue on to the CIF bowl game series, but with the teams aligned into competitive equity brackets, these rankings would not change based on any of those results.

1 (last week: 1) DE LA SALLE (11-1-0)
Last: def. Pittsburg, 24-7; next: idle

The Spartans played in their closest NCS title game in 12 years, but pulled away in the fourth quarter for the 17-point win over Pittsburg. They have never relinquished the top spot in these rankings. De La Salle does not play this week, before facing Mater Dei for the CIF Open Division title on December 16.

2 (2) PITTSBURG (8-2-0)
Last: lost to De La Salle, 24-7; next: at Granite Bay (12/9)

The Pirates closed to within 17-7 in the third quarter against De La Salle, and played tough throughout the Open Division title game, as clearly the second best team in this section. Pittsburg heads to Granite Bay this Saturday in the CIF 1-A North regional game.

3 (3) SAN RAMON VALLEY (9-2-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

San Ramon Valley's season is complete. The Wolves went unbeaten in EBAL play, and played Pittsburg close in the Open Division semifinals.

4 (4) CLAYTON VALLEY (8-3-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Clayton Valley's season is complete. The Ugly Eagles went unbeaten in DAL play - their sixth straight unbeaten season against league opponents - before falling to De La Salle in the Open Division semifinals for the second straight year.

5 (5) LIBERTY (11-2-0)
Last: def. Freedom, 37-0; next: idle

The Lions rolled past BVAL rival Freedom for the NCS Division I title, out-gaining the Falcons 427-39 in a dominating performance on Saturday night. Liberty's season is now complete, having also finished second in the BVAL behind Pittsburg.

6 (7) MARIN CATHOLIC (12-0-0)
Last: def. Cardinal Newman, 59-56; next: at Shasta (12/9)

The Wildcats rallied late to take down Cardinal Newman in the NCS Division III title game, racking up nearly 700 yards of offense in arguably the top section championship game across the state. Marin Catholic is unbeaten this season, and will play at Shasta on Friday in the CIF 3-AA North regional game.

7 (8) CARDINAL NEWMAN (10-3-0)
Last: lost to Marin Catholic, 59-56; next: idle

The Cardinals' season came down to a heart-breaking finish against Marin Catholic, after leading for nearly the entire game. Cardinal Newman's season is now complete, as the NCS Division III runner-up and the NBL champions.

8 (6) FREEDOM (9-3-0)
Last: lost to Liberty, 37-0; next: idle

The Falcons fell to Liberty in the NCS Division I title game, after beating Amador Valley and Antioch in the earlier rounds of the playoffs. Freedom's season is now complete.

9 (9) BISHOP O'DOWD (9-3-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Bishop O'Dowd's season is complete. The Dragons went unbeaten in WACC-Foothill play for the second straight year before falling to Marin Catholic in the Division III semifinals, after beating Acalanes in the quarterfinals.

10 (10) RANCHO COTATE (10-2-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Rancho Cotate's season is complete. The Cougars split a pair of regular season meetings with Cardinal Newman before falling to the Cardinals by a single point in the Division III semifinals. They beat Campolindo during the regular season, and also knocked off Eureka in the quarterfinals.

11 (11) ANTIOCH (8-4-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Antioch's season is complete. The Panthers, who beat San Leandro during the regular season and finished tied for third in the BVAL, lost to Freedom in overtime in the Division I semifinals, after beating Irvington and Dublin in the earlier rounds.

12 (12) SAN LEANDRO (8-5-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

San Leandro's season is complete. The Pirates finished as the runner-up in the WACC-Foothill and beat Berkeley and Foothill in the Division I playoffs before falling to Liberty in the semifinals.

13 (13) ACALANES (9-2-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Acalanes' season is complete. The Dons finished as the runner-up in the DAL-Foothill, behind Clayton Valley, beating both Campolindo and Miramonte during league play. They also beat Petaluma in the Division III playoffs before falling to Bishop O'Dowd in the quarterfinals.

14 (14) CAMPOLINDO (10-4-0)
Last: def. Granada, 42-7; next: vs. Milpitas (12/9)

The Cougars throttled Granada on Friday night to win their fourth straight section title, emerging as the Division II champions. Campolindo now hosts Milpitas on Saturday in the CIF 4-A North regional.

15 (15) EUREKA (11-1-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Eureka's season is complete. The Loggers went unbeaten in the regular season, winning the HDN-Big 5 title, and extended their season with a playoff win over Alhambra before falling in a nail-biter to Rancho Cotate in the Division III quarterfinals.

16 (16) MIRAMONTE (8-4-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Miramonte's season is complete. The Matadors beat El Cerrito in the first round of the playoffs before falling to Marin Catholic in the Division III quarterfinals.

17 (17) FOOTHILL (8-4-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Foothill's season is complete. The Falcons finished as the runner-up in the EBAL and beat James Logan in the first round of the playoffs before falling to San Leandro in the Division I quarterfinals.

18 (18) ENCINAL (11-1-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Encinal's season is complete. The Jets went unbeaten in the regular season, winning the WACC-Shoreline title, and beat SCL champion Analy in the first round of the playoffs before falling to Cardinal Newman in the Division III quarterfinals.

19 (19) EL CERRITO (7-2-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

El Cerrito's season is complete. The Gauchos were the champions in the TCAL-Rock Division.

20 (20) ST. PATRICK/ST. VINCENT (11-1-0)
Last: def. Middletown, 28-0; next: at Strathmore (12/8)

The Bruins pitched a shutout on Saturday night against Middletown to claim back-to-back Division V championships. St. Pat's, who was the runner-up in the TCAL-Rock, now heads to Strathmore this Friday in the CIF 6-AA North regional.

21 (22) FORTUNA (12-2-0)
Last: def. Hercules, 44-0; next: vs. Bear River (12/9)

The Huskies dominated Hercules on Saturday night in the Division IV title game, claiming their section title in 17 seasons. Fortuna now hosts Bear River-Grass Valley this Saturday in the CIF 5-A North regional.

22 (23) ST. BERNARD'S (11-1-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

St. Bernard's season is complete. The Crusaders went unbeaten in the regular season, winning the HDN Little 3 title, before falling by a single point to Fortuna in the Division IV semifinals.

23 (24) AMADOR VALLEY (7-5-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Amador Valley's season is complete. The Dons, who beat Granada during the regular season, knocked off Deer Valley in the Division I playoffs before falling to Freedom in the quarterfinals.

24 (NR) HERITAGE (7-5-0)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Heritage's season is complete. The Patriots beat Monte Vista in the first round of the Division I playoffs before falling to Liberty in the quarterfinals.

25 (21) GRANADA (9-5-0)
Last: lost to Campolindo, 42-7; next: idle

The Matadors saw their post-season run come to a halt in the Division II championship game, falling to Campolindo. Granada's season is now complete.