Mitty moves up to No. 2 but still has to play Serra and Bellarmine in the WCAL. Analy is the week’s lone newcomer.
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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, November 2. We have more than 35 years of compiling high school football rankings in Northern California.
Unlike last week, the Caravan never left the roost. Instead, we opted to do an interview and subsequent story that broke yesterday on PRIMETIME Joe Mixon of Oakley Freedom. If you haven’t read it, get busy now. CLICK HERE.
We did our travel during the week when we visited practices out in the Sacramento area early in the week scouting underclass talent, and on Halloween afternoon at De La Salle where you can find a blog on how scary-good the Spartans are.
A feel good story is coming out of Brentwood where Liberty, under first-year head coach Jeff Walters, has qualified for the CIF North Coast Section playoffs for the first time since 2005.
Two weeks ago, when we visited a Lions’ practice, we could see this team had some talent, and they finally have a solid young coach with previous local coaching experience who can and wants to build a program.
The even more beautiful thing is that the two forfeit losses Liberty took when Walters self-reported missing a back-up ineligible player’s transcripts to the NCS will not knock the Lions out of the playoffs.
Here are this week’s rankings for Week 10:
(Through games of November 1; previous ranking in parentheses)
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 9-0
The streak is now at 35 straight after a 35-7 victory over Monte Vista in which the Spartans scored on their first four possessions. Next up is a California team that has already locked up the East Bay Athletic League title.
2. (3) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 8-0
After a solid 34-16 win over San Francisco St. Ignatius at Foothill College, the Monarchs take over sole possession of first place in the West Catholic Athletic League and, since they have a win over a St. Francis team that just beat Serra, are an easy choice to move up in this week’s rankings. Mitty still has Serra and Bellarmine left on its WCAL schedule.
3. (2) Serra (San Mateo) 6-2
After the upset bug darn near reared its ugly head two weeks ago against St. Ignatius, it bit this week in the wild-and-wacky West Catholic Athletic League, in a 41-34 setback to St. Francis.
4. (4) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 9-0
The Wildcats did not play as it was their bye week.
5. (5) Pittsburg 6-2
When the Pirates gave De La Salle all it could handle at Los Medanos College at a summer camp, the fact they won 28-24 over Deer Valley without Harris Ross in the backfield is not a surprise. Ross, who has rushed for 1,831 yards and 23 touchdowns, injured his lower right leg in practice Wednesday and was on crutches on the sideline. His status for the remainder of the season is questionable.
6. (6) California (San Ramon) 8-1
It wasn’t fancy but a stifling defense and 182 yards rushing and two TDs by Blake Bierwith did the trick in a 21-3 win over Livermore that wraps up the East Bay Athletic League title.
7. (12) St. Francis (Mountain View) 6-2
This is a team under first-year head coach Greg Calcagno that is beginning to gel as the playoffs approach. The bizarre one-point loss to Mitty last week, coupled with a 41-34 win over Serra this week, allows the Lancers to jump the Bellarmine team they lost to, and move up five positions.
8. (7) Deer Valley (Antioch) 8-1
The Wolverines led 24-14 with the ball early in the fourth quarter but got conservative and it backfired in a game many had conceded to them when it was announced Harris Ross was out. The close loss is not going to drop them below D2 Clayton Valley, particularly when that team barely got by Concord.
9. (8) Clayton Valley (Concord) 7-1*
It was a razor thin win in a shootout type game with their arch rivals, but the 49-48 home win over Concord feels just as good to the Eagles and their faithful as if it had been a blowout.
10. (9) James Logan (Union City) 7-2
The Colts had their biggest offensive output of the season in a 56-18 thrashing of visiting Fremont Irvington. With losses only to state-ranked teams, they get to stay in the top 10.
11. (10) Valley Christian (San Jose) 5-3
The Warriors had little trouble with Archbishop Riordan, sending the visitors home with a 47-13 licking. Kirk Johnson, who is quickly moving up the recruiting charts, only carried eight times, but the junior running back racked up 209 yards and three touchdowns.
12. (11) Bellarmine (San Jose) 6-2
The Bells rebounded from the big loss to Valley Christian by coming into Kezar Stadium and beating Sacred Heart Cathedral 42-14. Next up is Mitty and if the bell can toll for a Monarchs defeat in that one, another shakeup in the wild-and-wacky WCAL will be in order.
13. (18) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 5-4
It’s a 4-1 record in league and the only thing keeping the Wolves from a second place finish in the East Bay Athletic League is a date with cross-town archrival Monte Vista at home this week.
14. (14) Campolindo (Moraga) 8-0
The beat goes on for head coach Kevin Macy and his talented Cougars as they gear up for the NCS D3 playoffs. This past week’s victim was visiting San Ramon Dougherty Valley in a 49-14 Campo cruise.
15. (15) El Cerrito 5-2
The Gauchos were in the 40s for the fourth straight week since the loss to Campolindo. Visiting Pinole Valley fell 41-7 in a Tri-County Rock League victory.
16. (16) Terra Nova (Pacifica) 8-0
In another offensive explosion, the Tigers dispatched visiting Menlo-Atherton 57-27. Next up is a showdown with host Sacred Heart Prep for first place in the Peninsula Athletic League – Bay division.
17. (17) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 9-0
It wasn’t a blowout, but a solid 42-28 North Bay League victory over a Windsor team that has been inconsistent. The best start in school history will be tested this week when the Gauchos face Cardinal Newman on the road. A win wraps up the league title while a loss creates a possible three-way tie.
18. (13) Foothill (Pleasanton) 7-2
The Falcons lost for the second time in three weeks and the result is they flip places with the San Ramon Valley team that beat them 54-42. Like all the EBAL teams except California, the Falcons have one more league game and it’s with visiting crosstown arch-rival Amador Valley.
19. (19) Milpitas 7-1
The Trojans followed up their big win over Palo Alto by crushing Sunnyvale Fremont, 56-0.
20. (20) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 7-1
The Chargers put a 42-7 hurting on Los Gatos and continue to fall in behind the Milpitas team that bested them by seven points.
21. (20) Carmel 8-0
It was another rout as Carmel ran past Greenfield, 56-12. It was the seventh 40-plus point effort for a Padres’ team that has outscored its opponents 328-125 combined.
22. (23) Miramonte (Orinda) 7-2
The Mats get a one spot bump after a 42-21 win over Las Lomas. The win over an Analy team that beat Pittsburg is looking good right now for its playoff seeding.
23. (24) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 7-1
For the third straight week, the Vikings got a close game, this past week dispatching crosstown Maria Carrillo, 39-30.
24. (25) Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 8-0
The Gators hold tight after a 33-3 win over Redwood City Sequoia. It was the 15th straight win over two seasons. The last loss came against the Terra Nova team they face this week at home.
25. (NR) Analy (Sebastopol) 9-1
We’re not going to jump the Tigers over Montgomery in the Redwood Empire pecking order yet and they still may need to wait one week for Sacred Heart Prep. Analy’s lone loss is to Miramonte.
Dropped Out: Previous No. 21 Amador Valley (Pleasanton)
Teams On The Bubble
Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 5-4, Aptos 6-2, Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 7-2, Concord 5-3*, Encinal (Alameda) 7-2, Freedom (Oakley) 4-5, Granada (Livermore) 5-4, Liberty (Brentwood) 5-2**, Los Gatos 5-3, McClymonds (Oakland) 6-2, Menlo (Atherton) 6-2, Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 5-3, Northgate (Walnut Creek) 8-1, Palma (Salinas) 5-3, Palo Alto 4-4, Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 5-4, St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 1-7, San Leandro 5-4, San Marin (Novato) 8-1
(*Not including forfeits) (**Forfeited two games but won both on the field)
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