Week 15 D4 South CIF Bowl Rankings

SUNDAY PICKS ARE IN: Rio Hondo Prep, Santa Fe Christian get bids and will play in San Diego. Go inside for early predicted winner.

Friday’s Division IV regional final: Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia) vs. Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) at Del Norte High (San Diego).
Controversial choice? Since it looks like the CIF is reluctant to drop down a D3 South team into D4 North, these are the only two teams that could have been chosen. No other D4 South teams eligible.
Bowl History: This is the first bowl appearance for either the Kares or the Eagles.
Early Prediction? Santa Fe Christian 19, Rio Hondo Prep 17. Yes, we know that the Eagles have a loss to Bishop Diego, but that team might be better than either one in this division. Also like the way SFC has looked in recent weeks plus it is playing close to home.

Here are the Week 15 CIF Division IV South bowl game rankings (completed before this year’s bowl selections were made; after games of Saturday, Dec. 1; previous rank in parentheses):

1. (5) Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia) 12-1*
2. (2) Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 12-1
3. (6) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 10-3*
4. (1) Ontario Christian 13-1
5. (3) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 11-2
6. (4) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 11-2
7. (8) Bakersfield Christian 10-3
8. (9) St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 10-2
9. (7) Francis Parker (San Diego) 8-5
10. (10) Horizon (San Diego) 8-4
*Indicates season complete, section champ and eligible for CIF bowl game.
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Boron 10-2, Calipatria 9-3, Christian (El Cajon) 8-4, Flintridge Prep (La Canada) 6-5, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 7-4, Windward (Los Angeles) 5-4. All teams season complete, ineligible for bowl game.
Case for Rio Hondo Prep: The Kares suffered a 47-14 loss early in the season to Mission Prep that kept them way down in the rankings for the rest of the season. They played the Royals again in Friday night’s CIFSS Northeast Division final and won 28-21. It also was their second straight CIFSS divisional crown. Nate Tayco scored all four touchdowns to lead the offense. Yes, it’s hard to think that Rio Hondo might be as good as Bishop Diego or Ontario Christian or defending CIF D4 state champ Sierra Canyon, but all three of those teams have lost in other CIFSS divisions and are no longer bowl eligible.
Case for Santa Fe Christian: This program has been eyeing the state bowl games since the event began and often has been stuck facing bigger schools in the San Diego Section playoffs. On Saturday, the Eagles stamped themselves as a likely SoCal bowl team with their 31-15 triumph over Francis Parker in the San Diego Section Division V final. We could not rank Santa Fe Christian higher than Bishop Diego due to a 13-8 head-to-head loss, but that was a close game and the team’s other two losses – to Capistrano Valley of Mission Viejo (41-39) and to Westview of San Diego (28-14) were both to bigger schools.
Note about selection process: It looks like there are just two bowl eligible teams from the Southern Section, L.A. City Section, San Diego and Central Section in this division. While it looks like the two – Rio Hondo and Santa Fe Christian – probably deserve to play each other and it looks like it might be a good game, we are unclear about any rules that allow the CIF to choose a school with a D3 enrollment to play in this D4 bowl game. The one school that could be in that mix is Nordhoff of Ojai, which won in Saturday night’s CIFSS Northwest Division final 31-14 over North of Torrance. Nordhoff has a loss to Bishop Diego of Santa Barbara, but does have an enrollment in the 700-800 range and quite frankly would have a better chance against Central Catholic of Modesto (the big favorite in the North) in a potential D4 state final. Thanks to reader Louis Amistoy for setting us straight on Rim of the World’s enrollment compared to Nordhoff’s.

Comments or corrections? Email markjtennis@gmail.com.

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  1. Jeggedda
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Rio Hondo Prep is for real. After moving up from dominating the 8 man division they have been on a quest. Watched them against Mission Prep and they impressed me. RHP would beat Sierra Canyon and Ontario Christian no problem IMHO. Bishop Diego would be a good game and I’d probably still lay go with RHP. Rio Hondo Prep…the little engine that could!

  2. Tony Masco
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Per Nordhoff school accountability report, enrollment is 945, not 700-800 as indicated. Don’t know where “Louis” got his information. Would be wrong to say DIV division is for schools under 500 to see “small school” defined with “exceptions” like this and allow a school with double those populations to “represent”. Would be better if they looked at small schools strength of schedule, overall record, head to head etc. and eliminated the “have to win a CIF Division” to qualify — what about small schools stuck in a tougher/higher division because of their league placement –e.g. Bishop Diego and Sierra Canyon – winning a division for them is much more difficult than for schools playing in small school leagues/divisions as they are playing tougher competition, bigger schools in league and playoffs, etc. and yet those schools may very well be better small school representatives for the State Bowl game? Shouldn’t be that hard for CIF to figure this out…

  3. Tony
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Good luck to boths schools. I’m giving edge to SFC (Especially because my alma mater beat them). BUT either school that wins is in for a rude awakening in the State Bowl game. Central Catholic (Modesto) is a beast. I’ve been scouting CC all year. McClymonds has athletes but doesn’t have the size to compete w/CC. And there is no way RHP or SFC can slow CC down. CC is too big & fast for our small southern teams.

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