October 12, 2011
Breaking down prep football bowl rankings; Del Oro No. 1 in D-II North

A closer look at the Cal-Hi Sports bowl rankings. Keep in mind that the 10 section commissioners from the state will meet after the section title games to decide who plays in bowl games.

Division I North
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 4-1
2. (2) Bellarmine (San Jose) 4-1
3. (3) Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 5-1
4. (4) California (San Ramon) 5-0
5. (5) Lincoln (Stockton) 5-1
6. (6) Serra (San Mateo) 5-0
7. (7) Palma (Salinas) 4-0-1
8. (8) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 4-1
9. (9) James Logan (Union City) 6-0
10. (10) Granite Bay 5-1

11. (11) Freedom (Oakley) 5-0
12. (13) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 3-1-1
13. (15) Palo Alto 4-1
14. (12) Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 4-1
15. (NR) Franklin (Elk Grove) 5-1
Others: Oak Grove (San Jose) 4-1, Pitman (Turlock) 6-0, St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 2-2-1, Woodcreek (Roseville) 4-2.
Outlook: All 20 teams from last week are the same, but the order is certainly much different. This accounts from Westlake's win over Oaks Christian plus Redlands East Valley defeating previous No. 2 Mission Viejo. With so many section champions in this division, it's going to be almost impossible for a two-loss team to get consideration for the Open or Division I bowl bids, which is why Mission's loss to REV is so important. This does seem like a pretty wide open year among top teams in Southern California, however, and it wouldn't be surprising to see several champions from the toughest leagues with one loss.

Division II North
1. (1) Del Oro (Loomis) 5-1
2. (2) Buhach Colony (Atwater) 6-0
3. (5) Elk Grove 6-0
4. (3) Grant (Sacramento) 3-3
5. (4) Folsom 5-1
6. (6) St. Mary's (Stockton) 4-2
7. (7) Vacaville 5-1
8. (8) Paradise 6-0
9. (9) Oakdale 6-0
10. (NR) Los Gatos 4-0-1
Others: Enterprise (Redding) 6-0, Leland (San Jose) 5-0, Casa Roble (Orangevale) 4-2, Foothill (Palo Cedro) 5-1, Manteca 6-0, Patterson 5-1, Placer (Auburn) 5-1, Roseville 4-2, Windsor 6-0.
Outlook: Matching a move first made in this week's NorCal top 20, Elk Grove had to go in front of both Grant and Folsom after beating the Pacers 21-14 last Friday on its home field. Even at 3-3, however, Grant can stay in front of Folsom due to owning a 43-16 win over the Bulldogs. Grant's other losses are to D1 South Long Beach Poly and D1 North Lincoln of Stockton. Which team to put in at No. 10 was a tougher decision. Despite a tie, we still like Los Gatos due to the Wildcats having a win over D1 North Oak Grove of San Jose. The 10th spot opened up due to previously ranked Foothill of Palo Cedro losing 7-6 to Enterprise of Redding.

Division III North
1. (1) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 4-0-1
2. (2) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 6-0
3. (3) Escalon 6-0
4. (4) Encinal (Alameda) 4-1
5. (5) Colfax 6-0
6. (6) Miramonte (Orinda) 5-0
7. (7) Salesian (Richmond) 5-0
8. (8) Carmel 5-0
9. (9) Hilmar 6-1
10. (10) Sutter 6-0
Others: Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 5-1, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 3-2, Ripon 4-2, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 4-1, Terra Nova (Pacifica) 3-2, Wheatland 5-1.
Outlook: There were absolutely no changes in this division from last week. No. 1 Cardinal Newman and No. 7 Salesian did not play. Everyone else played and had no troubles, including No. 2 Marin Catholic trouncing Terra Linda of San Rafael 41-21 and No. 3 Escalon beating bubble team Ripon 31-14. Bubble team Bear River lost, but it was to Placer of Auburn (which is D2 at least until the playoffs start) while bubble team Sacred Heart Prep also lost (but it was in a competitive game against Terra Nova, also on the bubble).

Division IV North
1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 5-2
2. (2) LeGrand 6-0
3. (3) Ferndale 4-1
4. (4) Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 5-1
5. (9) Valley Christian (Dublin) 5-0
6. (6) St. Bernard (Eureka) 5-0
7. (8) Millennium (Tracy) 6-0
8. (10) California School for Deaf (Fremont) 5-0
9. (NR) Durham 5-1
10. (5) Hoopa Valley (Hoopa) 4-1
Others: Berean Christian (Walnut Creek) 3-2, Hamilton (Hamilton City) 5-2, Modesto Christian 4-3, Rio Vista 6-1.
Outlook: Central Catholic remains at the top after a 65-6 romp past new school Pacheco of Los Banos. No. 3 Ferndale had a big win 41-7 against previous No. 5 Hoopa Valley, but the big news there is that it also was the 200th for longtime Wildcats' coach Kim Jorgensen. This week, we're pumped because for the first time we're going to see California School for the Deaf in action. It's a trek we've been curious about for many years and on Thursday the No. 8 Eagles are playing a showdown against No. 5 Valley Christian of Dublin at Chabot College. Valley Christian's recent wins over Dougherty Valley and Sequoia of Redwood City definitely stand out and have sent that team's ranking stock through the roof. Another win over CSD will only add to that. A CSD win might be perhaps the biggest in school history, not counting any in the annual rivalry series with CSD of Riverside.



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