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For more than 20 years before the CIF bowl games began in 2006, the only mythical state champions in California prep football were those who finished No. 1 in the Cal-Hi Sports five-division state rankings.
These divisions are based not on enrollment but on league strength as well as playoff divisions. With some exceptions, most teams from the same league are not split into different divisions like they can be in some CIF sections for the bowl games. We also use our vast experience in doing rankings to place teams in divisions where they fit best.
And without an open division, it also means that there is at least one team that will be listed at the top of one of our five divisions each year that did not win a CIF state bowl game. This year, there are actually two – Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton for Division IV and St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano for Division V.
Central Catholic of Modesto, which has won three straight CIF Division IV state bowl games, is Division IV under this format. And while the Raiders were No. 1 in D4 in our final Cal-Hi Sports division rankings last year, they are behind Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton this year.
Where to put the Gators, who have an enrollment of just over 600 and have never been in the CIF Central Coast Section Open Division until this year, was the most complicated part of this year’s five-division final rankings. SHP not only played well in that Open Division but won the title and finished unbeaten with a 14-0 victory over Bellarmine of San Jose. We could have put the Gators in Division I but they are a traditional D4 school so D4 it is.
With Central Catholic also in D4, that left the door open to rank a more traditional D5 school for the D5 final ranking and that choice fell to St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano, which is the team Central Catholic beat in the D4 bowl game. Before that loss, the Eagles did knock off Christian of El Cajon and Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (both unbeaten at the time). In the state bowl game, they basically lost to a team from a higher division according to our five-division system.
The other three final No. 1 teams correspond to the CIF bowl games with De La Salle of Concord on top in Division I, Redlands East Valley in Division II and Campolindo of Moraga in Division III.
Please note that next year when the CIF’s new 13-division bowl game system is likely passed and being implemented, we don’t plan on doing 26 separate CIF north and south bowl rankings. All teams that are eligible are basically going to be ranked from No. 1 down to No. 26 in the north and then the same for the south and then matched in various divisions. What we are tentatively planning to do is go back to our traditional five-divisions for the entire state every week, which still should give fans a pretty good idea of which teams may play each other in the bowl games.
Here are the final state football rankings for 2014 according to our traditional five divisions (*indicates forfeit wins or losses not included in final record):
1. De La Salle (Concord) 14-0
2. Folsom 16-0
3. Centennial (Corona) 12-3
4. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 12-2
5. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 11-2
6. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 9-4
7. JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 10-2
8. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 9-3
9. Serra (Gardena) 8-3
10. Oceanside 14-1
11. Mission Viejo 12-2
12. Grant (Sacramento) 14-1
13. Crespi (Encino) 9-2
14. Westlake (Westlake Village) 8-3
15. Alemany (Mission Hills) 7-3
1. Redlands East Valley (Redlands) 15-1
2. Clayton Valley (Concord) 15-1
3. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 10-2
4. Poly (Riverside) 13-1
5. Los Gatos 10-3
6. Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 12-2
7. Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 14-0
8. Heritage (Menifee) 12-1
9. Napa 9-3
10. Vacaville 10-3
11. St. Augustine (San Diego) 8-5
12. Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo) 10-4
13. San Clemente 12-2
14. Concord 11-2*
15. Citrus Hill (Perris) 11-2
1. Campolindo (Moraga) 16-0
2. El Capitan (Lakeside) 14-1
3. Oakdale 13-2
4. Enterprise (Redding) 11-1
5. Paso Robles 13-1
6. Newbury Park 11-3
7. Inderkum (Sacramento) 12-2
8. Aptos 12-1
9. Palm Springs 12-2
10. Serrano (Phelan) 12-2
11. Colony (Ontario) 12-2
12. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 10-3
13. Hanford 12-1
14. Arroyo Grande 10-3
15. Sacramento 10-3
1. Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 13-0
2. Central Catholic (Modesto) 12-3
3. McClymonds (Oakland) 12-0*
4. Sutter 13-1
5. Bishop’s (La Jolla) 13-0
6. Liberty (Madera Ranchos) 13-0
7. Paraclete (Lancaster) 10-4
8. Sonora 11-2
9. Salesian (Richmond) 11-2*
10. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 11-3
1. St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 15-1
2. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) 13-1
3. Christian (El Cajon) 13-1
4. Capital Christian (Sacramento) 13-1
5. Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 11-2
6. Winters 12-1
7. St. Helena 12-2
8. Arrowhead Christian (Redlands) 12-2
9. St. Anthony (Long Beach) 10-3*
10. Saddleback Valley Chr. (SJ Cap.) 12-1