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Mater Dei Caps Off Magical Season

Monarchs defeat late 1990s nemesis De La Salle of Concord to win their first state title and give them a claim to be among state’s greatest squads ever. Their 56-21 triumph included big plays by the usual stars like JT Daniels and Amon-Ra St. Brown plus a few previously unknown ones. They also will be […]

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NEW State Top 50 FB Ranks (1-25)

As Mater Dei and St. John Bosco head into the CIFSS D1 final in their expected 1-2 positions, De La Salle is now sitting at No. 3. How to handle what Oaks Christian did to previously unbeaten and previous No. 7 Upland also was another tough call this week. Two new teams, meanwhile, moving into...

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NEW State Top 50 FB Ranks (1-25)

Bosco stays close enough to Mater Dei and has enough big games coming up to remain No. 2 in the state behind No. 1 Monarchs. JSerra, meanwhile, has to go up to No. 6 from No. 10 heading into this week’s game against Mater Dei. We also have two new teams that have been added...

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What We Learned: DLS-St. Francis

At least on this night, not having an effective passing game shows that the Spartans still have a way to go to get close to the CIF Open Division championship level of St. John Bosco and Bosco’s league rivals from Mater Dei. Their front seven on defense, however, could end up being equal to many […]

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Preseason All-NCS East Bay

Our final stop for Northern California on our annual tour of the state’s top preseason players and teams based on a selection of key players is the East Bay portion of the CIF North Coast Section. This is the place where De La Salle of Concord has ruled since 1992. That should be the case...

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FINAL Five-Division State FB Ranks

We really did try to have CIF state champions No. 1 in all five of these divisions, but weren’t going to switch teams in divisions to do it. Once we established which teams were in which of our five divisions based on section playoff divisions it didn’t seem fair to switch them around later on....

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Saturday Bowls: Bosco, then the rest

It’s a dominant showing for state No. 1 St. John Bosco of Bellflower, which wins its second CIF Open Division state title in four years with 56-33 win over two-time defending champion De La Salle of Concord. The nature of the win also displays the wide gap between SoCal’s top three teams this season — […]

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DLS pointing toward playoffs

A 45-17 victory over Monte Vista of Danville (which was 9-0) shows that underclass-oriented Spartans are beginning to hit their stride as regular season ends. To win 26th straight North Coast Section title, however, it will have to be in new Open Division, which will leave out one team that won’t be happy when it’s […]

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Bay Area Top 25 Football – Week 6

Here are rankings done by longtime Bay Area analyst Harold Abend and done for use on Antioch High football game broadcasts. Anyone wishing to see writeups and breakdowns of the top teams in the state, sign up for our Gold Club membership. For details, CLICK HERE

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FB: Top 10 Rankings Update

There are a lot of changes after the first six teams in this week’s rankings and it’s good news for St. Augustine and Rancho Cucamonga. Del Oro also moves up to No. 7 in state and to No. 2 in NorCal.

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