Final Enrollment-Division FB Rankings

Players from Del Oro of Loomis whoop it up after clinching berth in CIF Division I state bowl game with win over San Mateo Serra. Photo: Norbert von der Groeben/SportStars.

Players from Del Oro of Loomis whoop it up after clinching berth in CIF Division I state bowl game with win over San Mateo Serra. Photo: Norbert von der Groeben/SportStars.

If school enrollments were still being used as the primary criteria for breaking down teams in the CIF state bowl games, the lineup of teams in Carson last month might have been much different. And without an Open Division, St. John Bosco would not have been in Division I.

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When the CIF state bowl games began in 2006, there was no Open Division and teams in the three divisions were determined by school enrollment almost as much as they were by what those teams did on the field.

Just for fun, we thought we would take a look at this year’s teams after all of this year’s games were complete and compile final Cal-Hi Sports state rankings according to enrollment-based divisions.

Instead of three divisions, we went with five and basically broke the teams into the same five divisions they would fall in for the CIF boys and girls basketball state playoffs.

The primary difference with the enrollment-based divisions and the current format is the number of Catholic schools that would fall into the Division III enrollment-based division. Both CIF Open Division state champ St. John Bosco and CIF Division II state champ Chaminade of West Hills would be D3 by enrollment. The list of top-ranked D3 teams by enrollment also includes Alemany of Mission Hills, Servite of Anaheim and many others.

Based on those enrollment cutoffs and the final state overall rankings, the No. 1 teams for these divisions would be De La Salle of Concord for D1, Folsom for D2, St. John Bosco for D3, Serra of Gardena for D4 and Central Catholic of Modesto for D5.

Here are the final Cal-Hi Sports state football rankings for 2013 based on enrollment divisions used by the CIF for basketball and/or for the CIF bowl games prior to 2010 season (note: the order of teams from the overall final state top 50 was altered slightly for some of the teams in the D2 enrollment division):

1. De La Salle (Concord) 14-1
2. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 11-3
3. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 11-2
4. Centennial (Corona) 12-3
5. Bakersfield 13-2
6. Mission Viejo 11-1
7. Mission Hills (San Marcos) 12-2
8. Oceanside 10-3
9. Eastlake (Chula Vista) 10-2
10. Serra (San Mateo) 11-3
11. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 12-2
12. Hart (Newhall) 12-3
13. San Pasqual (Escondido) 10-2
14. Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 11-1
15. Narbonne (Harbor City) 11-3
Notables that would be D1 by enrollment but were D2 in current bowl game format: Citrus Hill (Perris) 13-1, Garden Grove 13-1, Heritage (Menifee) 13-1, La Serna (Whittier) 12-2, Norte Vista (Riverside) 12-2, Norwalk 13-1, Valencia 11-3.

Corona del Mar head coach Scott Meyer hoists CIF Division III state title trophy after win last month over Sacred Heart Prep. Photo: Scott Kurtz.

Corona del Mar head coach Scott Meyer hoists CIF Division III state title trophy after win last month over Sacred Heart Prep. Photo: Scott Kurtz.

1. Folsom 14-1
2. Del Oro (Loomis) 13-3
3. Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 10-4
4. Elk Grove 12-2
5. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 11-2
6. Norco 9-4
7. Westlake (Westlake Village) 8-3
8. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 4-6
9. Rio Linda 11-2
10. Casa Grande (Petaluma) 13-1
11. Vacaville 8-4
12. Los Gatos 10-3
13. Huntington Beach 9-5
14. Yuba City 11-2
15. Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 9-3
Other notables that would be D2 by enrollment: Clayton Valley (Concord) 10-2, Edison (Huntington Beach) 9-4, Grant (Sacramento) 9-3, St. Francis (Mountain View) 10-3.

1. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 16-0
2. Chaminade (West Hills) 14-2
3. Alemany (Mission Hills) 10-3
4. Servite (Anaheim) 6-6
5. Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 16-0
6. St. Augustine (San Diego) 11-2
7. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 11-2
8. Lutheran (Orange) 7-4
9. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 8-3
10. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 7-4
11. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 7-3
12. St. Francis (La Canada) 10-3
13. Crespi (Encino) 4-7
14. Enterprise (Redding) 13-1
15. El Cerrito 12-3
Notables that were D1, D2 or D3 for CIF bowl games but would be D3 based on enrollment: Campolindo (Moraga) 11-1, El Segundo 10-4, Lompoc 11-2, Madison (San Diego) 9-2, Manteca 13-2, Miramonte (Orinda) 12-2, Mission Bay (San Diego) 11-2, Mission Oak (Tulare) 12-1, Oak Park 11-2, Terra Nova (Pacifica) 10-1.

1. Serra (Gardena) 13-1
2. St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 8-4
3. Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 13-2
4. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 12-1
5. Nordhoff (Ojai) 13-2
6. Christian Brothers (Sacramento) 9-4
7. West Valley (Cottonwood) 12-1
8. Hilmar 13-1
9. Salesian (Los Angeles) 12-2
10. Pacific Grove 11-2
11. Paraclete (Lancaster) 9-5
12. Carmel 11-1
13. Francis Parker (San Diego) 11-1
14. Ripon 11-2
15. Liberty (Madera Ranchos) 12-1
Other notables that would be D4 based on enrollment: Farmersville 9-3, Holtville 11-2, Salesian (Richmond) 8-5, St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 10-4.

1. Central Catholic (Modesto) 15-1
2. Christian (El Cajon) 12-1
3. Bakersfield Christian 12-3
4. McClymonds (Oakland) 9-3
5. Le Grand 12-0
6. Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 9-3
7. Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 11-3
8. Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia) 10-2
9. St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 11-2
10. Capital Christian (Sacramento) 9-2
11. Western Christian (Covina) 12-1
12. Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 10-2
13. View Park (Los Angeles) 13-1
14. Middletown 11-1*
15. Ripon Christian 10-3
*Indicates loss by forfeit not included.

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One Comment

  1. phil60
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Fun stuff to speculate about. Based on this (strict enrollment guidelines), assuming only section champions advance, the state finals would be something like this:

    D1 De La Salle easily defeats Centennial
    D2 Folsom beats Crenshaw in a close game
    D3 St. John Bosco obliterates Enterprise
    D4 Sacred Heart wins easily over whoever they play
    D5 El Cajon Christian gives Central Catholic a game

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