Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 14
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 were up by 35 points at halftime before cruising in the second half for their 28th straight NCS title. Lu-Magia Hearns and Shamar Garrett each scored twice in the first half. De La Salle has this week off, before facing St. John Bosco in the CIF Open Division championship.
The Pirates got 248 yards through the air from Jerry Johnson, but were unable to run the ball or convert in Spartan territory during the Division 1 title game loss to De La Salle. Pittsburg's season is now complete, after winning the BVAL title.
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 got the game-winning field goal from senior Ethan Kollenborn to beat Marin Catholic in the Division 4 title game, also getting 327 yards from scrimmage from quarterback Jackson Pavitt and phenomenal defensive performances from players such as Shane Moran, Mitch Russell and Hunter Graniss. Cardinal Newman hosts Los Gatos in the CIF 3-AA North regional on Friday.
The Wildcats rallied from a 10-point deficit to tie the Division 4 title game with Cardinal Newman before the Cardinals came up with the winning kick. Marin Catholic's season is now complete, having shutout both Kennedy-Fremont and Acalanes in the first two rounds of the playoffs to reach the championship.
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 got three touchdowns from Omari Taylor, and scored 20 unanswered points in the second half, to pull away from Campolindo and capture the Division 2 championship. Clayton Valley hosts Elk Grove in the CIF 2-AA North regional this Friday.
The Cougars tied the section title game with Clayton Valley early in the second quarter and remained tied at halftime before the Ugly Eagles pulled away. Campolindo's season is now complete, after earning a share of the DAL-Foothill title this year.
The Cougars put together one short but clutch scoring drive in the Division 3 title game against Las Lomas, scoring the only points of the game on a plunge into the end zone by Rasheed Rankin, and then sealing the win over Jack Reese's late interception. Rancho Cotate heads to Manteca this Saturday, where it will take on Sierra in the CIF 3-A North regional.
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' season is now complete, after winning 11 games and earning 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 ran for over 200 yards in the Division 5 title game against Encinal, and blocked a field goal in the remaining seconds to preserve the one-point victory. Del Norte plays at The King's Academy on Friday in the CIF 5-AA North regional.
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's season is now complete, after winning 11 games and capturing the WACC-Foothill title, also 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.
The Crusaders got the game-winning kick from exchange student Guillermo Perez-Estrada, who also converted all four extra-points, while Will Omey accounted for 381 yards from scrimmage in the Division 6 title game win over Kennedy-Richmond. St. Bernard's is facing East Nicolaus this Friday in the CIF 6-AA North regional.
The Eagles were thwarted by turnovers in the title game loss to St. Bernard's, despite tying the game on a Trey Baker touchdown run. Kennedy's season is now complete, after beating Arcata and Justin-Siena in earlier rounds of the playoffs, giving them 11 victories to go with their share of the TCAL-Rock title.
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 plays at Santa Cruz on Saturday in the CIF 6-A North regional.