St. Francis (Mountain View) victory in a Saturday game in the Bay Area is the biggest of the weekend between two top 10 teams. Friday night’s slate saw a ton of section playoff byes or top teams not playing in smaller section playoff brackets. Of those that did play, the highest ranked teams to fall were both in the super-competitive CIF Southern Section D2 playoffs — No. 22 Warren of Downey and No. 23 St. Bonaventure of Ventura.
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(Rankings based on State Top 50 released last Monday)
(Through reported results of Saturday, Nov. 6)
(Thanks to Northern California correspondent Daniel Poulter for contributions)
1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 8-0
Did not play. Nation’s No. 1 team along with the rest of the eight teams in the CIFSS D1 playoffs will all get the postseason going next week with the Monarchs facing No. 8 seed and state No. 11 Norco. “One game at a time,” said head coach Bruce Rollinson on Friday after he was interviewed about his first CIFSS title team 30 years ago. Look for that story on Sunday.
2. St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 9-1
Did not play. The Braves, who topped No. 3 Servite in their last regular season game and lost to No. 1 Mater Dei, are playing No. 7 seed and state No. 12 Los Alamitos in the CIFSS D1 quarterfinals next week.
3. Servite (Anaheim) 8-2
Did not play. CIFSS D1 participant. The first playoff matchup for the Friars will be next week against No. 6 seed and state No. 11 Santa Margarita. Their two losses are to Mater Dei and St. John Bosco with a best win vs. Mission Viejo.
4. Centennial (Corona) 10-0
Did not play. We’ll find out next week if the Huskies for sure are closer to the first three or closer to next group of teams in the state rankings (led by Mission Viejo) when they play Mission Viejo in the CIFSS D1 quarterfinals.
5. Mission Viejo 9-1
Did not play. Yes, we’re still going down through the CIFSS D1 playoffs. The Diablos, who have impressive wins over both Sierra Canyon and Alemany with their only loss to Servite, are playing Centennial of Corona next week in what can definitely be billed as for the public school championship of California. At least we know that the winner is likely going to be on our all-time list of public school state No. 1 teams that now goes back more than 50 years.
6. Serra (San Mateo) 8-1
LOST to No. 7 St. Francis (Mountain View) 44-21 on Saturday. The last time it looks like there was a No. 1 vs. No. 2 in Northern California that did not involve De La Salle was for the 1989 Sac-Joaquin Section D1 championship between 13-0 teams Merced and Nevada Union (Grass Valley). In this one, the Padres did not stop the Lancers’ offense one time (five TDs & three FGs on eight possessions) and suffered the kind of loss that would make one wonder whether it’ll be different in a possible rematch in the CIF Central Coast Section playoffs (seedings to be out Sunday). Two TD passes from Dominique Lampkin to Seamus Gilmartin highlighted the day for Serra, which hadn’t lost since the 2019 CIF D1-A state final to Corona del Mar (Newport Beach).
7. St. Francis (Mountain View) 9-0
Defeated No. 6 Serra (San Mateo) 44-21 on Saturday at Serra. The message from head coach Greg Calcagno after the Lancers recorded their historic win in September against De La Salle was that the hard work and improvement needed to continue. It looks like he got what he wanted. The Lancers were overwhelming at times on the Serra turf, completely turning around a 49-7 loss from last spring. Senior RB Viliami Teu broke the school record with 344 yards rushing on a whopping 45 carries and scored two times. Calcagno’s message after this game also was similar. “9-0 great, but we can’t enjoy it,” he said. “9-1 would not be great. We’ve got to keep our head down working.”
8. De La Salle (Concord) 8-2
Defeated Clayton Valley (Concord) 42-21. DLS led 35-7 at end of third quarter. Charles Greer led the way with three TDs. Spartans will now be top seed for CIF North Coast Section Open/Dl playoffs and are favored to win 30th straight section crown.
9. Rocklin 10-0
Did not play. As the No. 1 seed for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 playoffs, the Thunder received a first-round bye. They will play next week against the winner of a game between Sheldon of Sacramento and Turlock next week.
10. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 6-4
Defeated JSerra (SJ Capistrano) 42-35. CIFSS D2 playoffs. No. 2 seed Trailblazers held off late rally from team they beat 40-12 early in the season. Jason Jones had 209 yards and two TDs on 18 carries plus he caught four passes for 109 yds (1 TD), according to @PollonPreps.
11. Norco 8-2
Did not play. The Cougars, who have losses to Centennial of Corona and Sierra Canyon, are the No. 8 seed in the CIFSS D1 playoffs. They will play No. 1 Mater Dei in the eight-team bracket next week.
12. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 6-4
Did not play. Despite having a loss to Norco, the No. 6 seed Cougars are higher in the CIFSS D1 playoffs. They open next week vs. No. 3 seed and state No. 3 Servite.
13. Los Alamitos 9-1
Did not play. The Griffins, who took their only loss to Santa Margarita, are the No. 7 seed in the CIFSS D1 playoffs. They play next week in the eight-team bracket vs. No. 2 St. John Bosco.
14. Carlsbad 10-0
Did not play. While it is an eight-team bracket for the CIFSS D1 playoffs, it’s only four for the CIF San Diego Section Open Division. That one also doesn’t start until next week. The top seed Lancers are meeting No. 4 seed Torrey Pines of San Diego.
15. Buchanan (Clovis) 9-1
Did not play. The CIF Central Section D1 playoffs are eight teams so there is no bye this week. It’s just that none of them are playing until next week. The Bears are playing No. 8 seed Clovis North of Fresno.
16. Alemany (Mission Hills) 6-3
Defeated Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 45-14. The Warriors, No. 1 seed for CIFSS D2 playoffs, threw it more than they have in recent weeks. Jaylen Thompson nd Ephesians Prysock both with two TDs.
17. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 7-2*
Did not play. The Dons, No. 2 seed in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division after Carlsbad and with losses only to Centennial of Corona and De La Salle, are playing No. 3 seed Mission Hills in the semifinals of that four-team bracket next week.
18. Lutheran (Orange) 7-4
Defeated No. 30 Simi Valley 49-13. CIFSS D2 playoffs. QB Logan Gonzalez passed for five TDs (three to Malik Blackmon) as Lancers beat opponent that was 10-0.
19. Mission Hills (San Marcos) 8-2
Did not play. This is the third seed for the CIF San Diego Section Open Division, which starts next week. The Grizzlies will play No. 2 seed Cathedral Catholic.
20. Edison (Huntington Beach) 8-3
Defeated Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 42-14. Chargers advanced to CIFSS D2 quarterfinals opposite Inglewood with big win over team that was champion of the Southwestern League. Starting QB Parker Awad was out due to COVID-19, but back-up Tyler Gioia was outstanding.
21. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 8-3
Defeated Yorba Linda 44-21. The Lancers earned a league rematch with No. 16 Alemany in CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. Yorba Linda (10-0 coming in) was playing up with competitive equity and had great season.
22. Warren (Downey) 8-1
LOST to No. 32 Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 42-35. Junior QB Nico Iamaleava went out with an injury in the first quarter, but Bears still battled hard in CIFSS D2 playoff game.
23. St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 9-1
LOST to No. 26 Inglewood 26-10. It was definitely a step up for the Seraphs, who couldn’t do much against Inglewood’s defense in the CIFSS D2 playoff game.
24. Pittsburg 7-1
Defeated Antioch 34-13 in annual Big Little Game rivalry. The Pirates are likely now headed to be No. 2 seed in CIF NCS Open/D1 playoffs behind De La Salle.
25. Central (Fresno) 7-1
Did not play. Head coach Kyle Biggs’ squad was idle as the No. 3 seed in eight-team CIF Central Section D1 playoffs. Hanford (7-1) will be the opponent next week.
TEAMS ON THE BUBBLE
Central Catholic (Modesto) 9-1
Did not play. Raiders had a bye as top seed in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D2 playoffs.
Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 9-2
Defeated No. 22 Warren (Downey) 42-35. Cooper Hoch hauled in a 36-yd TD pass from David Rasor with 1:08 left on a 4th-and-18 play. Sea Kings’ only losses to league rivals Los Alamitos and Edison.
Edison (Stockton) 9-1
Did not play. The Vikings are the No. 4 seed for the SJS D1 playoffs and will meet No. 5 St. Mary’s next week in quarterfinals. Rams won on Friday, 56-12, over McClatchy (Sacramento).
Defeated Oak Hills (Hesperia) 46-20. Opening round of CIFSS D3 playoffs. The Eagles were the No. 2 seed and No. 1 seed Citrus Valley lost. Saipeti Maiava rushed for three TDs and scored on a 44-yard interception return.
Did not play. As the No. 3 seed in the SJS D1 playoffs, the Bulldogs had a first-round bye this week. They will play Lincoln of Stockton next week, which rolled over Chavez of Stockton on Friday.
Granite Bay 8-2
Did not play. Grizzlies are No. 2 seed in SJS D2 playoffs and had a bye. They face 2019 D1 finalist Monterey Trail next week. MT won on Friday, 39-23, vs Woodcreek (Roseville).
Defeated No. 23 St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 26-10. A few weeks ago, it was not known which of the so-called mid-level teams with unbeaten records in the CIFSS was the best. Despite the controversy of last week’s 106-0 win vs. Morningside, it might be the Sentinels.
Jesuit (Carmichael) 9-1
Did not play. The Marauders had a bye as the No. 2 team in the SJS D1 playoffs behind No. 1 seed Rocklin. They play Del Oro of Loomis next week (which won Friday vs Enochs of Modesto).
Lincoln (San Diego) 6-2
Did not play. The Hornets had a bye in first round of CIF San Diego D1 playoffs. They meet Eastlake of Chula Vista next week (won Friday 7-3 over San Marcos).
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 7-3
Defeated Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo) 56-28. This is the No. 1 seed for the CIFSS D4 playoffs. Jackrabbits have a one-point loss to Serra (Gardena). The other two losses are to Mission Viejo & Corona Centennial.
Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista) 8-0*
Did not play. The Crusaders are in the CIF SD D3 playoffs, but are No. 3 in the overall section media poll. They had a bye on Friday.
Serra (Gardena) 6-4
Defeated Chaminade (West Hills) 40-14. The Cavaliers won in the CIFSS D2 playoffs over a league rival they topped 16-12 several weeks ago.
Torrey Pines (San Diego) 6-3
Did not play. This is the fourth team in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division (which starts next week). The Falcons are playing state No. 14 Carlsbad.
Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 9-2
Defeated Cajon (San Bernardino) 40-27. It was the first loss for the Cowboys in the CIFSS D2 playoff game. Gavin Galzote led Vista with 30 carries for 203 yards and two TDs.
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CIF SS D1 is beyond ridiculous. Just too bad they all have to knock each other out so more people don’t get to see these teams play live in regional/state games.
Mark, Looks like St. Francis showed how they were able to defeat De La Salle. If Serra were to reverse that and beat St. Francis in the section finals with one loss on their resume, do you think they would have the edge on DLS for the Open birth?
Yes, they will have avenged only loss to team with a win over DLS. Most of us there don’t see SF losing in a rematch or to any other team in next three weeks.