It ended up being a No. 1 and No. 2 sweep for Northern California in the final Cal-Hi Sports State 25 overall football rankings, which is unusual, but doesn’t match the 1-2-3-4 sweep that took place in the same final rankings for 2011.
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Heading into the CIF state bowl games, De La Salle of Concord had moved into the No. 1 position after season-long leader St. John Bosco of Bellflower had lost to Centennial of Corona in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division final.
The Spartans stay there after their 63-42 win over Centennial from last Saturday in the CIF Open Division bowl game, but there was a switch at No. 2 as unbeaten Folsom did more than enough in the CIF Division I bowl game to warrant a move up from No. 3 with Centennial dropped into that third spot.
In addition to toppling previously unbeaten Oceanside 68-7 in that last game, Folsom also became the state’s highest scoring team for one season ever and will go down with QB Jake Browning as the nation’s most prolific passing team for one season ever.
Folsom’s No. 2 finish in the state matches the program’s position from 2010 when it defeated both Grant of Sacramento and Serra of Gardena to win its first CIF state title (that title came in Division II). The Bulldogs actually had a loss that season, but it was to Grant in the first game and later avenged.
That 2010 season also was the one when Centennial was heavily favored in the CIF Division I bowl game against Palo Alto and lost 15-13 to the unbeaten Vikings. Paly thus ended No. 3 in the state and Grant was still very highly regarded despite the one loss to Folsom and ended at No. 4.
Going back further into the archives, there was almost another No. 1 and No. 2 finish for Northern California for 1998 when it was De La Salle at No. 1 and Elk Grove at No. 3. That was the Thundering Herd team led by Lance Briggs (now of the Chicago Bears) that went unbeaten and is regarded along with this year’s Folsom team and Cordova of Rancho Cordova of 1975 as the best ever from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.
Elk Grove’s 1998 team, however, was ranked behind 13-1 Mater Dei of Santa Ana, which won the CIF Southern Section’s top division, lost only to De La Salle (the first year those two monster programs played) and knocked off an unbeaten team from Long Beach Poly in its final outing.
Here is a final look at the list of this year’s State 25 football rankings:
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(Previous ranking in parentheses; after all games played in 2014 season)
1. (1) DE LA SALLE (CONCORD) 14-0
2. (3) FOLSOM 16-0
3. (2) CENTENNIAL (CORONA) 12-3
4. (4) ST. JOHN BOSCO (BELLFLOWER) 12-2
5. (6) LONG BEACH POLY (LONG BEACH) 11-2
6. (7) BISHOP AMAT (LA PUENTE) 9-4
7. (8) JSERRA (SJ CAPISTRANO) 10-2
8. (9) MATER DEI (SANTA ANA) 9-3
9. (10) SERRA (GARDENA) 8-3
10. (5) OCEANSIDE 14-1
11. (12) MISSION VIEJO 12-2
12. (14) GRANT (SACRAMENTO) 14-1
13. (13) CRESPI (ENCINO) 9-2
14. (15) SACRED HEART PREP (ATHERTON) 13-0
15. (20) REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (REDLANDS) 15-1
16. (11) CLAYTON VALLEY (CONCORD) 15-1
17. (21) CAMPOLINDO (MORAGA) 16-0
18. (18) WESTLAKE (WESTLAKE VILLAGE) 8-3
19. (23) ALEMANY (MISSION HILLS) 7-3
20. (24) ST. MARY’S (STOCKTON) 12-2
21. (19) SANTA MARGARITA (RANCHO SM) 6-5
22. (16) EL CAPITAN (LAKESIDE) 14-1
23. (22) HELIX (LA MESA) 10-3
24. (17) EDISON (FRESNO) 12-2
25. (25) CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC (SAN DIEGO) 10-2