Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 15
Freedom's win over California caused some changes to the top 10, as we near our final rankings of the season, which will be released next week. Despite its season ending with a coin flip, Cardinal Newman has virtually locked in a top-five ranking, and Vintage's effort against San Ramon Valley continues to bring the Crushers higher in our rankings. Our final rankings will be released after this weekend's remaining section title games.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
The Spartans won their 27th straight NCS title on Saturday night, as the defense came up with four interceptions and the offense got rolling after a slow start. De La Salle faces Mater Dei for the CIF Open Division championship.
The Lions led after one quarter against De La Salle, on a touchdown pass from Jay Butterfield to Cody Muth, but stalled after that. Liberty heads to Valley Christian this Saturday in the CIF 1-A North regional bowl game.
Clayton Valley's season is complete. The Ugly Eagles went unbeaten in the DAL-Foothill, and have not lost a league game since 2011. They lost to Liberty in the NCS Open Division semifinals.
Pittsburg's season is complete. The Pirates finished second behind Liberty in the BVAL, and fell to De La Salle in the NCS Open Division semifinals.
The Cardinals blanked El Cerrito in the NCS Division III semifinals last Friday, while Jackson Pavitt and Shane Moran combined for 210 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Pavitt also completed 9-of-12 passes for 121 yards. Cardinal Newman's season is now complete, after losing out on Sunday morning in a coin flip with Eureka.
The Dragons got 139 yards and two touchdowns on the ground from Austin Jones, while Moe Flynn threw for 214 yards and two more scores in their semifinal win over Campolindo. Bishop O'Dowd now faces Marin Catholic for the NCS Division II title, the third straight year that these teams will meet in one of the final two rounds of the playoffs.
The Falcons overcame a 21-point deficit in the first half, as quarterback Joey Aguilar threw four touchdown passes in the comeback effort and the defense stopped a two-point conversion late in the game. Freedom now faces San Ramon Valley for the NCS Division I title.
The Grizzlies led early, and came back to score late in the semifinal loss to Freedom, but the two-point conversion which could have won the game was stopped a yard short of the goal-line. California's season is now complete.
The Wolves overcame an early deficit to down Vintage in the Division I semifinals, getting a touchdown pass from Brandon Cammisa to Jacob Himan to take the lead before halftime. San Ramon Valley faces Freedom for the Division I title on Saturday night.
The Loggers overcame five first-half fumbles to down the Knights, as the defense never even allowed Las Lomas to enter the red zone. Eureka advanced to the CIF bowl game series after winning a coin flip against Cardinal Newman, and faces Menlo-Atherton on Friday night.
A first-quarter touchdown was all the Wildcats needed to knock off Rancho Cotate in the Division II semifinals, as the defense pitched a shutout. Marin Catholic faces Bishop O'Dowd in the Division II title game.
The Cougars lost quarterback Jared Stocker early in their semifinal game against Marin Catholic, and did not reach the end zone in the loss to the Wildcats. Rancho Cotate's season is now complete, having also finished as runner-up to Cardinal Newman in the inaugural NBL-Oak standings.
Monte Vista's season is complete. The Mustangs lost to San Ramon Valley in the Division I quarterfinals.
The Cougars got 199 yards and a touchdown through the air from junior Grant Harper, but struggled to run the ball against the O'Dowd defense. Campolindo's season is now complete, ending its run of four straight NCS championships.
The Knights could not get untracked offensively in the mud pit at Eureka High, managing just one first down until late in the game, in their first loss of the season. Las Lomas' season is now complete, after going unbeaten in the regular season and winning the DAL-Valley crown.
The Crushers took an early lead over San Ramon Valley, thanks to an Eddy Gonzalez field goal, but could not score again in the semifinal loss. Vintage's season is now complete.
Antioch's season is complete. The Panthers lost to Vintage in the Division I quarterfinals.
Granada's season is complete. The Matadors lost to Marin Catholic in the Division II quarterfinals.
The Gauchos could not get untracked on the road at Cardinal Newman. El Cerrito's season is now complete, having won a third straight TCAL-Rock title in the process.
The Mariners got a whopping 408 yards and four touchdowns on the ground from junior Fresh Ison in the win over San Marin, plus a 23-yard touchdown reception. Moreau faces Fortuna for the Division IV championship.
Amador Valley's season is complete. The Dons lost to Freedom in the Division I quarterfinals.
San Leandro's season is complete. The Pirates lost to California in the Division I quarterfinals.
Miramonte's season is complete. The Matadors lost to El Cerrito in the Division III quarterfinals.
The Huskies got four touchdowns from Joey Pontes to battle their way past a gritty Del Norte team, in a game that was closer than the final score would suggest. Fortuna now faces Moreau Catholic for the Division IV championship.
Ronald Robertson threw for 150 yards and a touchdown, while Josh Del Sol added 80 yards on 11 carries in the Pride's semifinal win over Stellar Prep. Salesian faces Middletown for the Division V title.