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(All teams listed with win-loss records from last season)
1. De La Salle (Concord) 14-0
2. Centennial (Corona) 12-3
3. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 13-1
4. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 9-4
5. Folsom 16-0
6. Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 11-2
7. Serra (Gardena) 8-3
8. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 9-3
9. Narbonne (Harbor City) 10-4
10. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 6-5
11. Mission Viejo 12-2
12. Liberty (Bakersfield) 10-3
13. Crespi (Encino) 9-2
14. Bellarmine (San Jose) 10-3
15. Mission Hills (San Marcos) 9-3
Teams On The Bubble: Alemany (Mission Hills) 7-3, Clovis 8-5, JSerra (SJ Capistrano) 10-2, Lutheran (Orange) 4-6, Norco 6-6, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 5-5, Pittsburg 10-3, Rancho Cucamonga 7-5, Serra (San Mateo) 8-4*, Westlake (Westlake Village) 8-3.
*Indicates forfeit loss not included; team currently ineligible for post-season.
Comments/Highlights: Long Beach Poly and Mission Viejo have already begun the season with victories from last weekend. The Jackrabbits went to Arizona and downed Centennial of Peoria, 13-12. That team went 12-2 last season and was in a state final. Mission had it easier in its trip to Hawaii. The Diablos clobbered Baldwin of Maui, 63-7. De La Salle, of course, opens out of state on Saturday vs. Trinity of Euless, Texas, in a game to played in Mansfield, Texas, and shown at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The biggest Friday opener is at the Santa Ana Bowl where Mater Dei hosts Bishop Amat. We’ll be in Folsom to see the debut of the new crop of Bulldogs when they host Clayton Valley of Concord.
1. Grant (Sacramento) 14-1
2. Helix (La Mesa) 10-3
3. Del Oro (Loomis) 6-6
4. Oceanside 14-1
5. Redlands East Valley (Redlands) 15-1
6. Clayton Valley (Concord) 15-1
7. Elk Grove 10-3
8. Rocklin 9-3
9. Heritage (Menifee) 12-1
10. Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 12-2
11. St. Mary’s (Stockton) 12-2
12. Buena Park 11-2
13. San Clemente 12-2
14. Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 14-0
15. Downey 10-4
Teams On The Bubble: Carter (Rialto) 9-3, Citrus Hill (Perris) 11-2, Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 10-2, El Capitan (Lakeside) 14-1, La Habra 7-4, Los Gatos 10-3, Norte Vista (Riverside) 10-2, Palm Springs 11-3, Paramount 7-5, Pleasant Valley (Chico) 10-3, Poly (Riverside) 13-1, Serrano (Phelan) 12-2, Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo) 10-4, Tulare 7-5, Vacaville 10-3, Wood (Vacaville) 7-5.
Comments/Highlights: There’s a probability that Grant will be D1 for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section due to a new rule in that section that requires a league champion from a Division I league to play D1 for the playoffs. The beauty of doing our own divisional state rankings, however, is that we can place teams where we think they belong (looking at the state as a whole and looking at recent competitive factors) and don’t have to switch them all over the place. If Grant ends up D1, we don’t care. If Helix wins the San Diego Open Division title, we don’t care. Those teams are staying D2 in our rankings regardless.
For the CIF Southern Section schools, all of the Inland Division is going to be D2 for these rankings along with all of the Southwest Division and the Eastern Division. Some of the Southeast Division schools will be D2 as well.
1. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 10-2
2. Calabasas 6-6
3. St. Augustine (San Diego) 8-5
4. Arroyo Grande 10-3
5. Palma (Salinas) 10-3*
6. Central Catholic (Modesto) 11-3
7. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 7-4
8. Colony (Ontario) 12-2
9. Campolindo (Moraga) 16-0
10. Hanford 12-1
Teams On The Bubble: Aptos 12-1, Brea Olinda (Brea) 6-6, Cathedral (Los Angeles) 10-2, Charter Oak (Covina) 8-5, Garden Grove 13-1, Glendora 9-3, Lompoc 11-1, McClymonds (Oakland) 12-0*, Northview (Covina) 10-2, Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 11-3, Paso Robles 13-2, Pomona 11-4, Sierra (Manteca) 10-2, Summit (Fontana) 6-4-1, Thousand Oaks 7-4, Ventura 12-2.
Comments/Highlights: For other CIF sports with state divisions and no Open Divisions, Cathedral Catholic and St. Augustine (the two San Diego arch-rivals) have been in D3 for many years. That’s why we’re putting them at D3 for our divisional football rankings even though both probably will be in the section Open Division this season. For the CIFSS schools, all of the Northern Division plus all of the Southern and Western divisions is going to be D3 for these rankings. Some of the Central Division, some of the Mid-Valley and some of the Northwest also will be D3.
1. Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 13-0
2. Paraclete (Lancaster) 10-4
3. Christian (El Cajon) 13-1
4. Sonora 11-2
5. Monrovia 10-2
6. Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 11-2
7. Sutter 13-1
8. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 11-2
9. Piedmont 12-1
10. Escalon 8-4
Teams On The Bubble: Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 10-2, Chavez (Delano) 10-2, Hughson 8-4, Justin-Siena (Napa) 11-3, Liberty (Madera Ranchos) 14-0, Nipomo 10-4, St. Helena 12-2, Viewpoint (Calabasas) 8-2.
Comments/Highlights: Just because Sacred Heart Prep had such a great team last season and won the CCS Open Division title, we’re going to go by the school’s usual designation in the CCS and for the state and keep them in D4 for these divisional rankings. There are a lot of graduation losses, but no other team in this group was in our Top 50 overall rankings, either. This No. 1 had to go to the Gators just for that reason alone. For the CIFSS schools, those that will be D4 for these rankings will come from the Central, Mid-Valley and Northwest divisions. One of those teams is Paraclete from the Mid-Valley, which also includes defending champion Pomona (D3 for our rankings).
1. Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) 13-1
2. Modesto Christian 11-2
3. Salesian (Richmond) 12-1
4. La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 7-6
5. St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 15-1
6. Arrowhead Christian (Redlands) 12-2
7. Capital Christian (Sacramento) 13-1
8. St. Anthony (Long Beach) 11-2
9. Capistrano Valley Christian (SJ Capistrano) 7-4
10. Immanuel (Reedley) 9-4
Teams On The Bubble: Avenal 9-4, Fall River (McArthur) 10-1, King’s Academy (Sunnyvale) 9-2, Linfield (Temecula) 7-5, Maranatha (Sierra Madre) 11-1, Poly (Pasadena) 12-1, Stellar Prep (Oakland) 9-4, Stone Ridge Christian (Merced) 11-2, Williams 11-1.
Comments/Highlights: For the CIFSS schools, all of the East Valley Division and some schools from the Northwest Division are going to be D5 for these rankings. Grace Brethren lost in the East Valley final last year to St. Margaret’s, but in our view just has too much returning firepower compared to St. Margaret’s this season. And to repeat, it doesn’t matter in these divisions if a section moves up a team for its playoffs. Both Modesto Christian and Capital Christian are going to stay D5 for us whether they’re both in higher CIF Sac-Joaquin Section divisions or not. We could, in fact, rank a team No. 1 in one of our divisions that doesn’t win a CIF state bowl game.