Prep2Prep NCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 14
With the conclusion of the NCS playoffs there can be no changes after these rankings since there is no way to gauge the teams competing for regional and state ties against teams no longer playing. There were several changes after the first three spots, but a lot of teams held onto their spots. As for how the NCS teams advancing to Bowl Games were placed by the state CIF, according to more than one source, the NCS submitted its pecking order by division and the computer power rankings, other than flipping D2 and D3, and that meant some teams may have been higher than they could have been, and some were lower than expected. The Redwood Empire portion of the NCS has more teams still in action than any other one portion of the section with four teams, Marin Catholic, Windsor, San Marin and St. Vincent de Paul all vying for Northern Regional championships. Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
The Spartans had a bye and waited until last Sunday to learn of their CIF playoff fate. The loss to Saint Francis early in the season meant De La Salle was ticketed for 1-AA where the Spartans will host Folsom. De La Salle defeated Folsom 31-10 during the regular season and has never lost to the SJS champs.
Standout junior quarterback Jaden Rashada has been dinged up the last few weeks and didn’t play in the Division 1 title game, causing some to think the Pirates would be ripe for picking. They were wrong after backup Christian Aguilar, a junior making his first start, filled in admirably to lead the Pirates to a 28-14 victory. Thanks to the new NCS playoff system, Pittsburg’s season will continue with a trip to Bakersfield College in the 1-A game against Liberty-Bakersfield.
Season complete. With the new playoff system, the Ugly Eagles had an opportunity to avoid De La Salle but came up short against a shorthanded Pittsburg in a 28-14 loss. The Uglies took a 3-0 lead but by halftime they trailed 14-6 and then 28-6 before they had a TD and a 2-point conversion with less than three minutes to play. Even in defeat, making it to an NCS D1 title game is a solid accomplishment for Clayton Valley.
Three weeks ago, the Cougars were off the radar screen. Two weeks ago, we had them at No. 17. Now, after seven straight wins crafty veteran head coach Kevin Macy has his team in familiar territory, playing in a NorCal Bowl Game just like they have four previous times after the D2 No. 4 seed followed up an upset of top-seeded San Ramon Valley with a minor title game upset 21-14 victory at No. 3 seed Foothill.
The Falcons actually had a chance tie or take the lead with a 2-point conversion but they were intercepted in the end zone with 24 seconds to play. Even so, like the Campolindo team that beat them, they came out of nowhere the last three weeks to vie for a D2 title. Despite being in the lower Valley Division of the East Bay Athletic League, Foothill - not San Ramon Valley - was the highest EBAL finisher in the D2 playoffs
Season completed two weeks ago. Wolves stay put behind the D2 finalists in the final rankings.
Season completed two weeks ago. After going 1-1 against D1 finalist Clayton Valley in close game, the Grizzlies finish behind San Ramon Valley like last week for the final rankings.
This is where we disagree with the seedings. Even the computer power rankings that are used by some of the sections and the CIF have Marin Catholic ahead of Windsor, and actually Campolindo as well, and even Foothill. We don’t quite see it that way but it seems like the Wildcats should be higher than the 4-AA bracket. We’re agreeing with the computer and moving them ahead of Monte Vista but behind California like the computer. Marin Catholic throttled Cardinal Newman, 42-7 in the NCS D4 title game, and Newman only lost to Rancho Cotate 19-17, and Rancho Cotate beat Windsor. The folks out in Escalon aren’t thrilled to be facing Marin Catholic but it appears the computer put them in that position.
We realize the Jaguars have a solid NCS D3 title game 38-14 victory over a Benicia team that beat Campolindo 35-0, but since that loss Campolindo is a different team and Windsor has a loss to Rancho Cotate. Windsor moves up but doesn’t jump Marin Catholic like the CIF has them based on divisions and not the computer, which has them behind Marin Catholic, but we’re going to use a final trump card and tie them for the final rankings since both are favored to win their NorCal Bowl Game. What the Jaguars care more about is following up the NCS title with a Northern Regional 3-AA championship when they host Vanden on Friday night.
Season completed three weeks ago with a loss to the California team they finish three spots behind in the final rankings.
Season completed two weeks ago and the Gauchos keep the same spot.
Had Benicia not been so soundly beaten by Windsor in the NCS D2 title game there’s a possibility we might have moved them up . The result is the Panthers stay put.
Season completed two weeks ago. We know the Cougars faithful are disappointed about the way the season ended, and it’s not a silver lining, but the boys from Rohnert Park can boast wins over both teams in the NorCal 3-AA game, Windsor and Vanden.
The Cardinals got a nine-spot bump last week and had they been able to upset Redwood Empire Catholic school rival Marin Catholic they would be moving way up again. Even so, first-year head coach Richard Sanchez got his team into an NCS title game and that’s a solid accomplishment.
Season completed three weeks ago and the Panthers hold onto their spot for the final rankings.
Season completed three weeks ago and after losing three spots last week, the Dons hold onto their final spot.
Season completed two weeks ago and we see no reason to make any change to the Knights’ final spot. The D2 second-seeded Knights had an opportunity to win their semifinal matchup with Benicia but a late fourth quarter turnover that led to a Panthers’ TD was their undoing in a 14-10 loss.
Season completed two weeks ago. The Gaels only lost by 10 to Campolindo and that validates this final spot.
The wonderful thing about the computer is you can pick and choose when to use it, but until it has eyes and a brain, it is best used as a starting point. The computer has the Mustangs higher, but we’re going to move them up not so much because of a 36-0 whitewashing of Del Norte in the D5 title game. But they deserve to be behind a team that only lost by 10 to Campolindo. Plus, they are still alive and have formidable foe in Sutter this Friday at River Valley-Yuba City for the Northern Regional 5-AA championship.
Season previously completed when the Lions did not make the playoffs. For their final spot, they drop one to make room for San Marin.
Season completed two weeks ago and they also drop one spot with San Marin moving up.
Season completed two weeks ago and with Del Norte dropping they gain a spot.
Season previously completed when the Patriots did not make the playoffs. However, after seeing them as well as Del Norte, they get to fall in ahead of that team and gain a spot for the final rankings.
We’re going to move the Warriors up ahead of the teams from the MVAL/WACC in anticipation of their showdown with San Marin for the D5 title on Friday night on the road in Novato. Del Norte breezed against Miramonte in the semifinals with a 42-13 victory. The lone loss is to Enterprise-Redding and that team just lost in the CIF Northern Section Division 2 semifinals.
Season completed three weeks ago and they end with a share of the final spot.
Season completed three weeks ago and thy remain tied with Logan for the final spot.