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The Antioch show invades Sparta and gets the Friday Night Lights routine and the ESPN cameras to go along with the nation’s high school football spotlight.
The big question is what will Najee Harris do against a De La Salle team reeling from a last-second home loss on a field goal to Utah Salt Lake City East?
Some teams like Analy dropped a bit in this week’s rankings and not because they lost but due to their matchup or the matchup of teams right above or below the Tigers this week.
Only two newcomers came in and it was between Marin Catholic and Palma for the final spot, and the choice went to the Wildcats. That’s mainly because other rankings have had them higher than some teams that already were listed in ours. However, Palma is knocking on the door pretty hard.
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
(After games of Saturday, Sept. 17)
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 3-1
No drop in this group despite heartbreaking home loss. Next up is Najee Harris and Antioch.
2. (2) St. Francis (Mountain View) 3-0
Solid win at Atascadero with Archbishop Riordan to open West Catholic Athletic League action.
3. (3) Monte Vista (Danville) 3-0
It was a second straight blowout in win over San Ramon Dougherty Valley with California on tap.
4. (4) Pittsburg 4-0
The Pirates smashed Berkeley and now face a test at Vacaville.
5. (6) Clayton Valley (Concord) 2-1
The Ugly Eagles soared past Logan and get to jump Bellarmine like in the state rankings.
6. (5) Bellarmine (San Jose) 2-1
We didn’t drop the Bells after their loss to Del Oro but they went behind Clayton Valley in the state rankings last week and we’ll adjust now.
7. (7) Valley Christian (San Jose) 3-0
The Warriors had a bye and face Serra to open WCAL play.
8. (8) Serra (San Mateo) 0-3
Every other ranking has Serra a lot lower, but before we make big adjustments in CCS pecking order we want to see what the Padres do against a Valley Christian team that hasn’t beaten Serra since 2010.
9. (9) Milpitas 4-0
The Trojans will likely be moving up with Saratoga on tap and at least one team above them has to lose, but Saratoga won’t be a cakewalk.
10. (11) California (San Ramon) 4-0
We agree with some other rankings that bumped California above Antioch. They will either have a big win over Monte Vista and move up more or possibly drop down depending on what Antioch does against De La Salle.
11. (10) Antioch 3-1
12. (12) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 2-1
13. (13) Freedom (Oakley) 4-0
14. (15) San Benito (Hollister) 4-0
15. (16) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 3-0
16. (14) Analy (Sebastopol) 3-1
17. (17) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 2-1
18. (18) McClymonds (Oakland) 3-1
19. (20) Granada (Livermore) 3-0
20. (21) Miramonte (Orinda) 4-0
21. (19) Campolindo (Moraga) 2-2
22. (NR) Concord 3-1
23. (24) Oak Grove (San Jose) 1-2
24. (22) Liberty (Brentwood) 2-2
25. (NR) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 2-2
Dropped Out: Previous No. 23 Aptos, No. 25 Los Gatos.
On the Bubble
(In alphabetical order)
Acalanes (Lafayette) 2-2, Aptos 2-2, Aragon (San Mateo) 4-0, Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco) 2-1, Carmel 3-0, Foothill (Pleasanton) 1-3, Half Moon Bay 4-0, Heritage (Brentwood) 4-0, Kennedy (Fremont) 4-0, Live Oak (Morgan Hill) 3-0, Los Gatos 1-3, Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 2-2, Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 4-0, Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 3-1, Palma (Salinas) 2-2, Piedmont 3-1, Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 1-2, Redwood (Larkspur) 3-1, Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 1-2, Salinas 2-2, San Leandro 1-3, San Ramon Valley (Danville) 2-1, St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 2-1, Saratoga 3-1, Wilcox (Santa Clara) 1-3, Woodside 4-0.
Harold Abend is the associate editor of CalHiSports.com and the vice president of the California Prep Sportswriters Association. He can be reached at email@example.com. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @HaroldAbend