San Ramon Valley and Los Gatos make the biggest moves while St. Ignatius and Bishop O’Dowd both break in. One of those teams is now coached by a former Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Football State Player of the Year.
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The Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area caravan stayed home Friday night to work the buttons and knobs, and also catch the coverage of the De La Salle 41-13 victory over Serra by Pat O’Rourke and colorful Damin Esper on De La Salle TV via High School Cube.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, however, the spotlight was on Kentfield where the 20th annual battle of the Catholic Wildcats took place between host Marin Catholic and St. Ignatius of San Francisco.
St. Ignatius won the majority of the early meetings but Marin Catholic had won the past four until the Wildcats from San Francisco overcame a 14-0 deficit with 21 straight points in a 21-14 victory. The San Francisco boys now have a 10-9-1 advantage in the series.
St. Ignatius quarterback Ryan Hagfeldt had a shaky first half but came though in the final two quarters and converted several key third downs and one critical fourth down situation. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior finished 16 of 30 for 261 yards and one touchdown.
Ironically, Hagfeldt lives in Kentfield not far from the Marin Catholic campus.
“I considered Marin Catholic but then I saw what SI had to offer,” said the 3.75 GPA student-athlete who is getting Ivy League looks.
Hagfeldt also saw an opportunity to play instead of fighting it out with former Marin Catholic quarterbacks Jared Goff and Morgan Mahalak, now at Cal and Oregon, respectfully.
As a seventh grader, he quarterbacked his Southern Marin Broncos Junior Midget team to a 16-0 victory over a team from Chicago in the American Youth Football Junior National Championships.
Ryan’s father, Curtis Hagfeldt, who is now in his fourth year as the offensive coordinator at SI, was the coach of that team and has been a youth/high school coach in the region for 23 years.
Here are this week’s second rankings (after games of Saturday, Sept. 5):
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 2-0
The Spartans scored on their first five drives en route to a 41-13 victory over Serra that wasn’t as close as the score. Other than one blown play, the first string defense was dominating and junior quarterback Chris Vanderklugt ran the veer well enough that Anthony Sweeney getting the job back when he returns from injury is no guarantee. Up next, Sparta welcomes the No. 1 team in South Carolina, Byrnes of Duncan, on Friday in an ESPN TV special.
2. (4) Valley Christian (San Jose) 1-0
The Warriors move in behind De La Salle after barely breaking a sweat in a 55-0 shellacking of San Jose Pioneer. Texas-bound senior Kirk Johnson rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries. Next up is cross-town Oak Grove and after that Milpitas.
3. (11) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 2-0
Second-year head coach Aaron Becker looks like he has something brewing on the west side of Danville after the Wolves took the trip to the other side of Mt. Diablo and stole the Pirates bounty in a 27-20 double-overtime victory over previous No. 2 Pittsburg. There hasn’t been much explosiveness on offense but the solid combination of passing, led by senior quarterback Zack Baker and standout receiver J.J. Koski, a decent running game, and a defense led by Oklahoma-bound Dru Samia, is working well in tandem.
4. (2) Pittsburg 1-1
After an 18-6 win at California, the Pirates’ home opening 27-20 loss in two overtimes to San Ramon Valley cast some doubt as to whether they will be among the CIF North Coast Section Division I elite teams this season. Still, they only drop behind the SRV team that stopped them in this week’s rankings. Up next is the annual tilt with Danville Monte Vista, this year at home.
5. (3) Serra (San Mateo) 0-1
Not only were the Padres a decided underdog against De La Salle, they were short-handed because of injuries, and they had starters sitting part of the game for disciplinary reasons. No matter, it probably wouldn’t have made a difference in the 41-13 loss. Still, Serra did better than Jesuit and don’t drop far in the pecking order. It won’t be easy this week as head coach Patrick Walsh and his charges head south to perennial San Fernando Valley power and 2-0 Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.
6. (6) Foothill (Pleasanton) 2-0
After the San Leandro win to open the season, the Falcons put their talons to work in a 42-6 shredding of a Freedom team that beat a Tracy team that almost upset Clayton Valley. Foothill has a bye this week. Up next is Castro Valley in two weeks and then comes the big showdown with San Ramon Valley.
7. (5) Clayton Valley (Concord) 2-0
The Ugly Eagles fell behind 7-0 to Tracy and then pulled it out 28-21 on a fourth quarter 1-yard plunge by Ryan Cooper. Even had Clayton Valley not barely beaten the Bulldogs, they were still probably going to have to fall behind San Ramon Valley and Foothill due to the SRV win over Pittsburg and Foothill smoking Freedom. Next up is a trip to the Redwood Empire and a Saturday night matchup with Cardinal Newman the caravan will be attending.
8. (7) California (San Ramon) 1-1
The Grizzlies followed up the loss to Pittsburg with a 42-0 whitewash of Fairfield Rodriguez. Despite the win, they lose a spot to make room for San Ramon Valley. Next up is Castro Valley.
9. (13) Bellarmine (San Jose) 1-0
The Bells went on the road and took a 42-28 decision from an Elk Grove Franklin team Sacramento Bee veteran scribe Joe Davidson had ranked No. 7 in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. “It was a strange game,” Bells head coach Mike Janda told Cal-Hi Sports. “We made a few mistakes that allowed them to dominate the first half, but we dominated the second half when it counted.” The value of that win means a bump to the No. 3 slot in the West Catholic Athletic League and a jump over several other teams in the NCS and CCS that don’t have a win like that yet.
10. (8) Milpitas 1-0
With the realignment after some big wins and a couple of early upsets in the rankings, the defending CIF Central Coast Section D1 champion Trojans drop two spots despite a 27-0 victory over San Francisco Riordan. Next up is an intersectional matchup with Newark Memorial at nearby Newark.
11. (11) Campolindo (Moraga) 2-0
For the second straight week, the Cougars put up numbers after running roughshod 35-3 over what many thought might be a pretty decent Atherton Menlo-Atherton. The reward is a matchup with Fremont Washington that shouldn’t jeopardize Campo’s position in the rankings.
12. (20) Los Gatos 1-0
The Cats make a big leap after a mild upset in a 21-13 home win against Archbishop Mitty. With the win, there would seem to be no reason Los Gatos should not get to go ahead of a St. Francis team it defeated 31-14 last year in the CCS Division II title game. Joey Wood, who rushed for 1,964 yards and 28 touchdowns last year, added 158 yards and two touchdowns in the season-opening win.
13. (12) St. Francis (Mountain View) 1-0
The Lancers opened with a 28-0 blanking of San Jose Oak Grove to hold tight in this week’s rankings. Next up is a Palma of Salinas team that might be a year away from being one of the elite teams in the CCS.
14. (9) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 0-1
A 21-13 loss on the road at Los Gatos means a drop behind that team and St. Francis as well in this week’s rankings.
15. (14) Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 1-0
Without All-State Underclass Ben Burr-Kirven in the lineup, five different players scored as the Northern California D3 Bowl champions opened with a 32-20 win over San Jose Leland .
16. (15) Concord 2-0
Despite a 52-39 victory at Vacaville Wood, the Minutemen lose a spot like SHP and St. Francis to make room for Los Gatos. The Wildcats, however, improved their chances of getting into the CCS Open Division so it’s still to be determined whether Concord or LG will be higher in this week’s D2 North bowl game rankings.
17. (17) McClymonds (Oakland) 2-0
Mack had a long ride to Ferndale but it was the locals that had the long faces after the Warriors spanked the hosts in a 48-0 drubbing. “It wasn’t that close,” said local radio personality Tag Wotherspoon, who covered the game live for kata1340.com and was kind enough to have yours truly on his show last Thursday. “They’re as good as advertised,” added Wotherspoon.
18. (21) San Leandro 1-1
After losing at home to Foothill without UCLA-bound Stephen Johnson in the lineup due to a broken foot, the Pirates won this week without him again by beating visiting James Logan 36-31 behind some outstanding play of Reuben Baker. Next up is a trip to San Jose Muni to face Bellarmine, and if the Pirates can get head coach and Bell grad Brad Bowers a win they could be very formidable when Johnson returns.
19. (NR) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 1-0
The Dragons rallied to get a very solid win for first year head coach, former Oakland Raider and former Lompoc High 1990 Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Football Napoleon Kaufman by forcing five turnovers in a 28-22 victory on the road at Terra Nova. Senior 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback Chris Hagmaier threw for three TDs and ran for a fourth. On tap is Vacaville Wood.
20. (NR) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 1-0
If quarterback Ryan Hagfeldt can keep his confidence up, the Wildcats may have something to say in the wild-and-wacky West Catholic Athletic League. Next up is Terra Nova in Pacifica in what should be a good game.
21. (16) Terra Nova (Pacifica) 0-1
It was a loss at home to O’Dowd but it was close, and a key and questionable penalty nullified a touchdown with less than three minutes remaining that could have provided the margin of victory for the Tigers. Besides having five turnovers, the Tigers committed 15 offensive penalties to the dismay of first year head coach Tim Adams.
22. (19) James Logan (Union City) 1-1
A 36-31 loser to a San Leandro team that looks very legit holds the Colts in these rankings, but that could change when head coach George Zuber takes his boys to Danville for a showdown with San Ramon Valley.
23. (18) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 0-2
The Wildcats’ defense played very well in both losses to open the season but if the offense doesn’t get rolling this week against host Brentwood Heritage, MC will be dropping out of next week’s rankings.
24. (22) Analy (Sebastopol) 2-0
This team was pushed around in the playoffs and over the summer by Marin Catholic so we’re hesitant to elevate the Tigers to the top of the Redwood Empire until they actually beat Marin Catholic or a solid team. One thing is for sure and that is Sonoma County looks down this year and two blowout wins in that group has to be taken for what it is. A real test will come in two weeks when Analy visits McClymonds.
25. (24) St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 2-0
The Panthers dropped an Orinda Miramonte team coming off a loss to Pinole Valley to 0-2 after a 17-6 home victory.
Teams That Dropped Out:
Previous No. 23 Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa); No. 25 Freedom (Oakley).
Teams On the Bubble:
Alhambra (Martinez) 1-0
Alvarez (Salinas) 1-0
Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 2-0
Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 1-1
Casa Grande (Petaluma) 0-2
Deer Valley (Antioch) 2-0
El Cerrito 1-1
Freedom (Oakley) 1-1
Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 1-1
Liberty (Brentwood) 2-0
Menlo Atherton (Atherton) 0-1
Miramonte (Orinda) 0-2
Northgate (Walnut Creek) 2-0
Pacific Grove 1-0
Palo Alto 1-0
Palma (Salinas) 1-0
Pinole Valley (Pinole) 1-1
Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 0-1
San Benito (Hollister) 1-0
Wilcox (Santa Clara) 0-1
Harold Abend is the associate editor of CalHiSports.com and the vice president of the California Prep Sportswriters Association. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @HaroldAbend