State Bowl Game Ranking Updates

Keith Benjamin and the rest of his El Cerrito teammates clinched a likely CIF D3 North bowl bid with Friday night win over Marin Catholic of Kentfield.  Photo: Phlllip Walton/SportStars.

Keith Benjamin and the rest of his El Cerrito teammates clinched a likely CIF D3 North bowl bid with Friday night win over Marin Catholic. Photo: Phlllip Walton/SportStars.

These now include all results through Saturday night’s section title games. These will be the rankings the CIF section commissioners will see before they vote on Sunday to decide which teams will play each other in regional bowl games.

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RELATED: CIF SoCal Bowl Game Breakdowns | CIF NorCal Bowl Game Breakdowns | Week 15 Top 25 scoreboard | St. John Bosco wins 1st section title | Chaminade shakes up bowl picture 

(After games of Saturday night, Dec. 7; previous ranking in parentheses is from last week’s rankings and not from any earlier updates over the weekend)

*Indicates team has won section title and is eligible for CIF bowl game

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 13-0*
2. (2) Folsom 14-0*
3. (4) Serra (San Mateo) 11-2*
4. (3) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 12-2
5. (5) Del Oro (Loomis) 12-2*
6. (7) Elk Grove 12-2
7. (6) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 11-2
8. (9) Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 10-3
9. (8) California (San Ramon) 11-3
10. (10) Jesuit (Carmichael) 9-4
11. (11) Granite Bay 8-4
12. (12) Pittsburg 10-3
13. (13) Deer Valley (Antioch) 11-2
14. (14) Rio Linda 11-2
15. (15) Vacaville 8-4
Other eligible teams for CIF bowl game: None.
Note: De La Salle and Folsom are the highest ranked teams in Northern California overall and should be the two schools playing each other in the NorCal Open Division bowl game next week after both won on Saturday night. Serra and Del Oro would then be playing in the NorCal Division I bowl game.
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1. (2) Enterprise (Redding) 12-0*
2. (4) Manteca 13-1*
3. (5) Miramonte (Orinda) 12-2*
4. (1) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 13-1
5. (6) Clayton Valley (Concord) 10-2
6. (8) Los Gatos 10-3*
7. (9) Milpitas 12-2*
8. (10) Inderkum (Sacramento) 10-3
9. (3) St. Francis (Mountain View) 9-4
10. (NR) Northgate (Walnut Creek) 9-3
Drops: Previous No. 7 Sacramento lost to Manteca 49-6.
Other eligible teams for CIF bowl game: Galileo (San Francisco) 12-1.

1. (2) El Cerrito 12-2*
2. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 12-1
3. (3) Campolindo (Moraga) 11-1
4. (5) Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 12-1*
5. (6) Analy (Sebatopol) 11-2
6. (8) West Valley (Cottonwood) 12-1*
7. (4) Hilmar 13-1
8. (NR) Aptos 11-2*
9. (7) Pacific Grove 11-2
10. (9) Carmel 11-1
Drops: Previous No. 10 St. Ignatius (San Francisco) lost to Aptos 41-35.
Other eligible teams for CIF bowl game: Winner of NCS D4 game between Fortuna and St. Mary’s of Berkeley (which has been postponed). The winner doesn’t have a shot at a bowl game so when this game is played shouldn’t have an impact on the CIF selection meeting.

1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 13-1*
2. (2) McClymonds (Oakland) 10-2*
3. (3) Le Grand 12-0*
4. (4) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 9-2
5. (5) Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 10-2*
6. (6) Salesian (Richmond) 8-5*
7. (7) Middletown 11-1
8. (8) Ripon Christian (Ripon) 10-3
9. (9) Maxwell 11-2*
10. (10) Valley Christian (Dublin) 8-4
Drops: None.
Other eligible teams for CIF bowl game: Winters 9-4.

1. (1) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 14-0*
2. (3) Centennial (Corona) 12-2*
3. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 11-3
4. (4) Mission Hills (San Marcos) 12-1*
5. (6) Mission Viejo 11-1
6. (7) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 11-2
7. (8) Alemany (Mission Hills) 10-3
8. (9) Bakersfield 11-2*
9. (11) Oceanside 10-3
10. (12) Eastlake (Chula Vista) 10-2
11. (13) Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 10-4*
12. (14) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 11-2*
13. (15) San Pasqual (Escondido) 10-2
14. (5) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 12-2
15. (10) Narbonne (Harbor City) 11-3
Drops: None.
Other eligible teams for CIF bowl game: None.
Note: With Serra of Gardena losing on Friday night, the CIF Southern California Open Division bowl game now looks like it would be a matchup between the St. John Bosco (won CIFSS Pac-5 title on Saturday) and defending champion Corona Centennial.

1. (2) Chaminade (West Hills) 12-2*
2. (1) Serra (Gardena) 13-1
3. (6) Hart (Newhall) 12-2*
4. (4) St. Augustine (San Diego) 11-2*
5. (7) La Serna (Whittier) 12-2*
6. (3) Valencia 11-3
7. (5) Norwalk 13-1
8. (8) St. Francis (La Canada) 10-3
9. (9) San Fernando 14-0*
10. (11) Citrus Hill (Perris) 13-1*
11. (13) Heritage (Menifee) 13-1*
12. (15) Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley) 11-3
13. (11) Mission Bay (San Diego) 11-2
14. (NR) Canyon (Canyon Country) 8-3
15. (NR) El Diamante (Visalia) 12-1*
Other eligible teams for CIF bowl game: Huntington Beach 9-5, plus Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 8-6. Christian of El Cajon (12-1) eligible in this division, but is involved in court case against CIF to be included in Division IV South instead.
Drops: Previous No. 14 Norte Vista (Riverside) lost to Citrus Hill; No. 15 San Gorgonio had earlier loss to Norte Vista.

1. (1) Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 14-0*
2. (4) Nordhoff (Ojai) 13-1*
3. (2) Garden Grove 13-1
4. (5) El Segundo 10-4
5. (6) Oak Park (Agoura Hills) 11-2
6. (8) Salesian (Los Angeles) 12-2*
7. (7) Jurupa Hills (Fontana) 12-2*
8. (3) Mission Oak (Tulare) 12-1
9. (9) San Dimas 10-4*
10. (10) Paraclete (Lancaster) 9-5
Other eligible teams for CIF bowl game: Liberty (Madera Ranchos) 12-1, Farmersville 9-3, Holtville 11-2 and Saturday San Diego Section D4 winner Sweetwater of National City 9-4.
Drops: None.

1. (1) Christian (El Cajon) 12-1**
2. (4) Bakersfield Christian (Bakersfield) 11-2*
3. (2) Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 9-3
4. (3) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 11-3
5. (6) Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia) 10-2
6. (5) St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 11-2
7. (7) Western Christian (Covina) 11-1
8. (8) View Park (Los Angeles) 13-0*
9. (10) Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 8-4
10. (NR) Desert (Edwards) 9-3
Drops: Previous No. 9 Holtville due to enrollment update (above 500 and not below 500).
Other eligible teams for CIF bowl game: None.
**Note: Christian (El Cajon) being listed D4 South for now so users can see where the team would rank if it wins its court case against the CIF. At least now that Bakersfield Christian has knocked off Mission Oak in the CIF Central Section, there is a hot team on the board for this division in the south. View Park has won its Saturday afternoon game against Poly of Sun Valley 46-13 in the L.A. City D3 final. View Park is now officially on the board for this division, which means the CIF would not be looking up to D3 to take a team with an enrollment above 500.

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  1. sos
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    If strength of schedule is as importantas has been implied on this site many times in the oast, I just do not understand how Manteca can be ranked below Enterprise. Is there any explanation other than trying to placate the folks up north?

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted December 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      Manteca, remember, has a loss, and Wilcox of Santa Clara is clearly ranked behind St. Francis in the CCS. If it’s only about strength of schedule, Manteca is out behind St. Francis. Manteca really needs SF to lose tonight to Los Gatos. D2 North is going to be the beast of all division votes tomorrow. Anybody of the top four (other than probably Casa Grande) has a legitmate case to be picked.

      • Cal 14
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:49 am | Permalink

        By the rules set by the CIF, Manteca should not be getting a regional bid. Milpitas has a win over the same Wilcox team that beat the Buffaloes and Los Gatos has a win over Milpitas. That’s two teams ahead of Manteca with only two available slots.

        Actually, if you look at the SoS of Los Gatos, it’s compelling. They played three section division finalists and went 3-1 against them.

        Miramonte has win over an undefeated team, which the CIF voters tend to like.

        It really should be Enterprise vs. either Los Gatos or Miramonte, if the voters follow their own rules.

        • Chris
          Posted December 8, 2013 at 7:51 am | Permalink

          A couple of questions:

          1. @Mark Tennis – If it comes out Manteca vs. Enterprise are you really going to predict Enterprise as the winner? I’m shocked that you continue to rank Enterprise above Manteca and would love to hear your reasons.

          2. @Cal14 – Like I posted in the Norcal Projections- If Los Gatos>Milpitas and Milpitas>Wilcox, isn’t Los Gatos>Wilcox? Since that’s obviously not the case (42-7), why can’t Manteca then say that they have an infinitely better loss to Wilcox than Los Gatos (by one when they went for two to win it)?

          If Los Gatos beat Wilcox, you’d be 100% correct. Since they didn’t, it’s a beauty contest and the fact is that Manteca has romped this year in a historically tough league and section except for a narrow loss to a very good team…

          • Mark Tennis
            Posted December 8, 2013 at 10:25 am | Permalink

            Enterprise has done nothing to be dropped behind Manteca and early in the playoffs Manteca had that questionable game where they almost lost to Central Valley. Don’t know who we’ll pick to win if they play. Enterprise has just as many big guys as Manteca, believe it or not and actually don’t know if any of the Manteca OLs are going to the Pac-12. Enterprise has one who is.

          • Chris
            Posted December 8, 2013 at 11:12 am | Permalink

            I suppose if you think they’re ahead to begin with, there’s no reason to drop them as they keep demolishing teams from the north. I’m just not sure how they got ahead of Manteca, Miramonte, or Los Gatos to begin with. I’d consider them a distant fourth in that group based on the Oakdale game, but maybe I’m basing too much on that game. I guess we’ll see…

            Keep up the great work and my cheap shot about the undefeated teams was intended for Cal14. Anyway, everyone knew what was intended either way. I was just being an arse…

          • neil carter
            Posted December 10, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

            Well enterprise is undefeated and like mark said there line is as good or better than mantecas and the skill players for enterprise there is 4 of them that can break it who are u going to defend maybe underestimating them is a good thing we all know who follows them what they are capable of good luck

        • Chris
          Posted December 8, 2013 at 7:54 am | Permalink

          “Miramonte has win over an undefeated team, which the CIF voters tend to like.”

          BTW- It’s impossible to have a win over an undefeated team. 😉

          I hope you realize I’m just giving you a hard time…

          • Mark Tennis
            Posted December 8, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink

            Sorry usually we add the word “previously” in that context.

  2. Vincent Rivera
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Has Bakersfield High School ever been considered for a State Bowl game ever. I have been following their game this season and witnessed great coaching and the players on the field showed exemplary sportsmanship. You know they won Valley Championship title last night against Clovis North, 60-21. Just thought I’d throw their name out there in case they got overlooked.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted December 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      I believe Bakersfield was on the board and unbeaten or with one loss before. The Drillers have never been in a state bowl game and we’ve been itching for them to get in there given their fantastic history. They won’t be overlooked on Sunday. After last night, I think they are in and would play Mission Hills next.

      • Roger Patterson
        Posted December 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

        This is ridiculous. The D4 teams would have one less day of film prep for the bowl game. This would be particularly difficult for the traveling team. Here’s hoping San Marcos wins tonight, and everything can be settled tomorrow.

      • Glenn BlakeLobb
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink

        The drillers have not been since restarted the state games. They do have I believe 7 state and 36 valley titles over their 100 yrs of football

  3. Roger Patterson
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    If Christian of El Cajon’s appeal isn’t heard until Monday, then does that mean the selection for D4 in the south could be postponed until after the hearing?

    • Blackbeard
      Posted December 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      Christian needs to worry about San Marcos instead figuring out enrollment issues.

      • Dave
        Posted December 13, 2013 at 10:59 am | Permalink

        Oh, we’re not worried. More like D3 champs!

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted December 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

      That is my understanding, but no one involved in the case is now supposed comment on anything to the media.

      • Ronnie Flores
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

        As the CIF released in a statement. No announcements will be made on Division IV South until after the San Diego Superior Court makes its ruling.

  4. Morris Day
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Serra losing is just poetic justice. They didn’t deserve the bid last year and choked it away this year. Great job by their coach giving Chaminade an extra 15 yards crying to the refs. Nice Phillip Rivers act. You reap what you sew!!

  5. Blackbeard
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Mark, do you think the SDS will have a true open division with 16 teams (regardless of enrollment) like the SS? It would definitely be interesting to know who the best in the section would be.

    • Rom
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 12:03 am | Permalink

      The Southern California Regional Open Division is open to all teams in Southern California in the Southern Section, San Diego Section, LA City and Central Section teams regardless of enrollment.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:30 am | Permalink

      The SS does not have a true Open Division, not even close. It’s the five top leagues and that doesn’t include the Big VIII League from the Inland Empire or a couple of others from out there.

  6. Rdaddyloc
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink


  7. Scott
    Posted December 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Just show the teams that are eligible! The teams that lost in their playoffs need not be considered! Geez.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:27 am | Permalink

      We think it’s more interesting to see true rankings of teams and not a ranking of teams that are just eligible.

      • Cal 14
        Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:51 am | Permalink

        Then stop calling them bowl rankings. They’re *your* rankings of the teams from the bowl divisions, but NOT bowl rankings.

        • Ronnie Flores
          Posted December 8, 2013 at 3:32 am | Permalink

          Cal 14:

          You know this stuff as well as anyone. It’s not too hard to follow which teams are bowl eligible. There is way more things to comment upon or disagree with. They are bowl game rankings, the teams are divided up according to bowl game placement. Simple as that.

          • 7Rock
            Posted December 8, 2013 at 10:11 am | Permalink

            I agree with Cal14.
            Including ineligible teams is silly and egotistical.

          • Ronnie Flores
            Posted December 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

            It just gives fans and coaches, etc., a snapshot of perhaps how good certain bowl eligible teams. It would make sense if all section playoff divisions were equal in strength. But they are not so hence we rank the teams accordingly.

  8. Andre Campbell
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Can somebody please list the date/s of the State Bowl games? I assume that they will be at the Hope Depot Center as usual..? Thanks

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted December 13, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

      Friday, Dec. 20 for Division IV and Division I.
      Saturday, Dec. 21 for Division III, Division II, Open.
      All games at StubHub Center (formerly known as Home Depot Center) in Carson.

  9. neil carter
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Why is the enterprise manteca game not on tv or internet

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