December 14, 2011
Breaking down NorCal, State football rankings and Del Oro's placement


Breaking down the various state/NorCal football rankings as we bound into bowl weekend...

Cal-Hi Sports State Top 20
With Joe D comments for big-picture view
1. De La Salle 12-1
Lost only to Aquinas in Florida 30-6; in 6th bowl game
2. Westlake 14-0
Only close game all season was 30-27 OT win at Del Oro
3. Bellarmine-San Jose 12-1
Lost only in OT early to De La Salle; got D-I bid over Granite Bay
4. Vista Murrieta 14-0
Five forfeit losses cost VM a bowl
5. Santa Margarita Catholic 12-2
Landed in D-I bowl
6. Del Oro 13-1
Lost only 30-27 in OT early to Westlake
7. Oaks Christian 11-3
Del Oro and Granite Bay play Oaks next season
8. Centennial-Corona 12-2
Lost to Vista Murrieta in SoCal finals
9. Helix-La Mesa 12-1
Won 12 straight, including a 44-6 rout of 7-time San Diego Section champion Oceanside.
10. Bakersfield 13-0
Drillers hoped for a state bowl; one of state's longtime super powers.
11. Upland 12-1
Lost to Vista Murrieta in playoffs.
12. Mission Viejo 10-3
Lost by a point to Santa Margarita in Pac-5 semifinals.
13. San Clemente 12-2
Lost to Santa Margarita in section finals; more great talent depth in SoCal
14. Servite-Anaheim 10-2
Lost in section quarterfinals; team beat Rocklin in D-II bowl in 2009 on late FG
15. Saint Bonaventure 10-3
Lost to Oaks Christian in playoffs; wanted rematch with Westlake
16. Vacaville 13-1
Bulldogs hoped for D-II bowl. Beat Granite Bay, Folsom, Buhach this season.
17. Granite Bay 12-2
Lost only to Vacaville, Del Oro; beat Lincoln, Pleasant Grove to win D-I section.
18. Poway 12-01
San Diego Section D-I champion.
19. Rancho Cucamonga 11-2
Lost to Centennial in playoffs.
20. Redlands East Valley 11-1
Lost to Rancho Cucamonga in playoffs.

NorCalPreps.com Top 15
1. De La Salle 12-1
2. Bellarmine 12-1
3. Del Oro 13-1
4. Vacaville 13-1
5. Granite Bay 12-2
6. Lincoln-Stockton 12-2
7. Pleasant Grove 12-2
8. Campolindo 14-0
9. Marin Catholic 13-1
10. Folsom 11-3
11. Buhach Colony 12-1
12. Elk Grove 12-1
13. Serra-San Mateo 11-2
14. St. Mary's-Stockton 9-3
15. Oakdale 13-1

MaxPreps State Top 15
1. Westlake 14-0
2. Santa Margarita 12-2
3. Vista Murrieta 9-5 (14-0 on field)
4. San Clemente 12-2
5. De La Salle 12-1
6. Mission Viejo 10-3
7. Helix 12-1
9. Upland 12-1
10. Oaks Christian 11-3
11. Servite 10-2
12. Centennial 12-2
13. St. John Bosco 8-4
14. Del Oro 13-1
15. St. Bonaventure 10-3
Note: Interesting that De La Salle is No. 1 in Cal-Hi but No. 5 here. NorCal teams in MaxPreps Top 15 are De La Salle and Del Oro.

CalPreps.com state Top 15
1. Westlake 14-0
2. Santa Margarita 12-2
3. Vista Murrieta 9-5 (14-0 on field)
4. San Clemente 12-2
5. De La Salle 12-1
6. Mission Viejo 10-3
7. Bellarmine-San Jose 12-1
8. Helix 12-1
9. Upland 12-1
10. Oaks Christian 11-3
11. Servite 10-2
12. Centennial 12-2
13. St. John Bosco 8-4
14. Del Oro 13-1
15. St. Bonaventure 10-3
Note: Only NorCal teams here are De La Salle, Bellarmine, Del Oro. In CalPreps Top 30, only five are from NorCal. Yes, there's a sheer volume more teams in SoCal, but still curious.



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