San Mateo Serra moves up to No. 2 while Deer Valley jumps to No. 11. Congrats to newcomers Milpitas and Montgomery of Santa Rosa.
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Welcome to the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 25 compiled in conjunction with the award-winning Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area TV show that is aired every Sunday night on KOFY, Channel 20, San Francisco and during the week on CSN Bay Area throughout Northern California. These rankings are after games played through Saturday, October 5. We have more than 35 years of compiling high school football rankings in Northern California.
The Cal-Hi Sports Caravan visited Vacaville and San Francisco this past weekend, and the two games could not have been different.
On Friday night, the era of Malik Hutchings at Deer Valley of Antioch came to life in a very entertaining 45-34 victory over a solid Vacaville club.
Wolverines’ quarterback Nsimba Webster ran for two touchdowns and passed for 235 yards and a third score, but it was the younger brother of 2012 State Player of the Year Michael Hutchings of De La Salle who soon will be on the radar screen of more than the Hawaii, UC Davis and Texas El Paso programs that have offered him a scholarship so far — before he even played a down of any kind of football.
In only his fifth game of organized football, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hutchings put on a one-man show. On offense, his blocking opened up the Wolverines’ outside running game, but it was on defense where the cat-like quick Hutchings made his mark. Eight different running backs carried the ball for Vacaville and Malik laid some wood on all of them. He finished with 19 tackles, including three for loss, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
On Saturday afternoon in San Francisco, the two teams combined didn’t score even near the number of points Vacaville did in losing.
It was 0-0 after one quarter, 3-0 St. Ignatius at halftime, but two big plays and a vise-like defense paved the way for a 14-6 win by visiting No. 8 St. Francis.
Wide receiver Alex Andrighetto hauled in a 54-yard pass from Ryan Johnson to give the Lancers a 7-3 lead, and then after a Wildcats field goal cut it to 7-6 after three quarters, Landon Baty raced 59 yards for an early fourth quarter TD that sealed the deal.
“It was ugly but we’ll take it,” said first-year Lancers head coach Greg Calcagno, a 1983 graduate of St. Francis who played for his father, 11-time CCS championship head coach Ron Calcagno.
While the St. Francis offense struggled to mount any kind of a long drive, the defense sparkled once again, and outplayed a stout St. Ignatius defense, after giving up only two field goals.
“The defense gets after it. They fly around and they play hard,” continued Calcagno, the St. Francis alumni director of development, and a father of five children, four who have already graduated from St. Francis (three that played football), and a youngest son Patrick, currently a member of the freshman team.
Here are this week’s new rankings:
(Through games of October 5; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 6-0
The Spartans marched past Anaheim Servite at the Santa Ana Bowl on Saturday night as though it were a romp in the park. “They knocked them out on the first play,” said Cal-Hi Sports managing editor Ronnie Flores, who witnessed the 35-10 victory. The 66-yard run by John Velasco (21 carries, 155 yards, three TDs) on the first play of De La Salle’s opening drive rocked the hosts, and by halftime the Friars were sleeping peacefully, and trailing 28-0.
2. (3) Serra (San Mateo) 3-1
After a huge 17-7 victory over Bellarmine on the road at San Jose City College, the first one in the last eight meetings, the Padres move in behind the team they darn near knocked off in their first game.
3. (2) Bellarmine (San Jose) 3-1
Other rankings may have the Bells lower but until someone other than Serra beats them in the wild-and-wacky WCAL this season, they remain ahead of Marin Catholic.
4. (4) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 6-0
It was 53-0 at the half with host Redwood (Larkspur) absorbing a 53-6 defeat.
5. (5) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 4-0
The Monarchs were not kind to the visiting Archbishop, sending Riordan back to San Francisco with a 51-7 beating.
6. (7) Foothill (Pleasanton) 6-0
Monte Vista is down this year but when you go into Danville and leave with a 38-3 victory, that’s leaving an ouch. Next up is a game at California.
7. (6) James Logan (Union City) 4-1
The Colts had a bit of a tussle with visiting Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) but took a 22-14 victory. It was enough to cause Foothill to move higher.
8. (8) St. Francis (Mountain View) 4-0
The Lancers are back but still have a few holes to fill, particularly the offensive line creating more holes.
9. (9) Pittsburg 3-2
Harris Ross and company rested with a bye and await visiting Heritage.
10. (10) California (San Ramon) 4-1
Some of the naysayers picked Amador Valley after California’s close win over Livermore Granada. Instead, the Grizzlies traveled to Pleasanton and routed the Dons, 29-7.
11. (19) Deer Valley (Antioch) 5-0
After the first five games with Malik Hutchings, this is not the same team as was evaluated for the preseason.
12. (12) Clayton Valley (Concord) 4-1
Coach Tim Murphy and his boys ended non-league play with a 49-7 rout of host Hayward.
13. (13) Campolindo (Moraga) 6-0
It was another solid outing for the Cougars in a 38-10 league win over Orinda Miramonte.
14. (14) El Cerrito 4-2
The Gauchos were a 40-14 winner at Richmond Salesian.
15. (15) Valley Christian (San Jose) 3-1
The Warriors posted a 21-0 shutout of Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco), in a tune-up for this Friday’s showdown with crosstown Mitty.
16. (11) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 4-1
Cinderella got home late in a 29-7 home loss to California.
17. (17) Terra Nova (Pacifica) 4-0
Tigers stay put in a bye week.
18. (18) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 5-0
After a 35-0 win at Santa Rosa, the Gauchos stay put but move into the No. 2 spot in the Redwood Empire.
19. (20) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 4-1
The Cougars cruised to a 28-0 win over visiting Ukiah.
20. (21) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 2-3
The Wolves get a one-spot bump after a 41-10 shellacking of Livermore.
21. (22) Carmel 4-0
The Padres blew out King City and now move ahead of Cardinal Newman here and in the upcoming CIF Division III North Bowl rankings.
22. (24) Palo Alto 2-2
After a 41-14 win over Sunnyvale Fremont, the Vikings move in behind the Carmel team that beat a Palma team that gave Paly one of its losses.
23. (25) Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 3-1
The Bears move up two spots with Miramonte losing by a big margin to Campolindo and Cardinal Newman losing to Montgomery.
24. (NR) Milpitas 3-1
The Trojans break in after handing Wilcox its first loss, 27-20, on the road. The lone loss was to Valley Christian.
25. (NR) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 4-1
That OT win over Cardinal Newman gets the Vikings into the top 25. Their only loss is to No. 18 Casa Grande.
Previous No. 23 Miramonte (Orinda); No. 16 Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa).
Teams On The Bubble
Analy (Sebastopol) 5-1, Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 3-2, Christopher (Gilroy) 3-1, Concord 3-1*, Encinal (Alameda) 4-1, Freedom (Oakley) 2-3, Justin-Siena (Napa) 4-2, Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 4-2, Liberty (Brentwood) 3-0*, Los Gatos 2-2, McClymonds (Oakland) 3-2, Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa) 3-2, Menlo School (Atherton) 4-1, Milpitas 2-1, Miramonte (Orinda) 4-2, Northgate (Walnut Creek) 5-0, Palma (Salinas) 2-3, Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 2-2, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 5-0, St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 0-4, San Benito (Hollister) 2-2, San Marin (Novato) 5-1, Scotts Valley 3-1, Sequoia (Redwood City) 3-1, Wilcox (Santa Clara) 3-1.
(*Not including forfeits)
Harold Abend is the associate editor of CalHiSports.com and the vice president of the California Prep Sportswriters Association. He can be reached at email@example.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @HaroldAbend