November 28, 2012
Folsom (No. 6), Elk Grove, Oak Ridge in Cal-Hi state football rankings; Granite Bay omitted

Folsom moved to No. 6 but Granite Bay still couldn't climb into this week's Cal-Hi Sports state top 25 football rankings.

Folsom (13-0), which jumped three spots from No. 9 last week, is second in Northern California in the state rankings behind only No. 1 De La Salle (12-0) of Concord.

That only solidifies an anticipated open division showdown between the two in next week's inaugural CIF Northern California Regional playoffs, but only if they win respective section championships this weekend.

De La Salle is playing James Logan of Union City for the North Coast Section Division I title on Saturday. Folsom plays Elk Grove for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title on Saturday.

Southern California teams No. 2 Narbone of Harbor City (13-0), No. 3 Vista Murrieta of Murrieta (13-0), No. 4 Mater Dei of Santa Ana (11-2) and No. 5 Centennial of Corona (12-1) fill out Cal-Hi's top five.

Two of the four other Northern California teams ranked in the top 25 are Elk Grove (12-1) at No. 13 and Oak Ridge (12-1) at No. 18 (moving up from No. 25). Oak Ridge plays Granite Bay for the D-I section title on Friday.

Central Coast Section finalist Bellarmine of San Jose (11-1), whose only loss is to De La Salle, is at No. 9; and James Logan of Union City (12-1), in a bit of a surprise, has moved into the top 25 at No. 19 while Granite Bay (10-3) remains on the outside looking in.

Logan's only loss is to Del Oro. Granite Bay, winners of nine in a row, beat Del Oro in Sierra Foothill League play and handily knocked last week's No. 8 state team, Franklin, out of the postseason in Friday's section semifinals.

But Cal-Hi editor Mark Tennis gives the nod to James Logan for a top-25 ranking because of its North Coast Section semifinal win over California of San Ramon.

Cal-Hi also has Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (8-3), which beat Granite Bay early in the season, at No. 25, even though the Lions lost by a point to No. 24 Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in the first round of the Southern Section playoffs.

Notre Dame (8-4) was eliminated from the postseason the next week.

For the complete rankings list go HERE and HERE



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