January 6, 2014
Bee's final football rankings, plus look ahead to 2014 Top 20

20131111_Rocklin del oro_0045.JPGThe end is here, officially and finally.

This is The Sacramento Bee's final Top 20 football rankings with emphasis on strength of schedule, head-to-head results and overall success. Lower, we list 10 other teams, and below that, we offer a sample of what the 2014 preseason rankings MIGHT look like...

Final 2013 Bee rankings
1. Folsom (14-1)
The Bulldogs are 28-2 the last two seasons with losses only to De La Salle; D-I section champs; Jake Browning has passed for 10,985 yards and 138 TDs in two years with one to go.
2. Del Oro (13-3)
Unbeaten in section play, won Sierra Foothill, Section D-Il, NorCal D-I titles and was the lone area team in CIF State Bowl.
3. Oak Ridge (12-2)
Losses were to Folsom; beat Pleasant Grove twice, Jesuit, Granite Bay, Rocklin, Franklin with a team that returns plenty.
4. Elk Grove (12-1)
Beat Grant and Rio Linda and lost heartbreaker in D-II section finals to Del Oro; posted three straight 12-win seasons.
5. Rio Linda (11-2)
Classy coach Mike Morris bows out with perhaps his finest team, one that lost a crusher to Elk Grove in D-II semifinals.

6. Pleasant Grove (10-3)
Eagles beat Rocklin, Inderkum, Jesuit and lost twice to Oak Ridge, including D-I semifinals. Dre Terrell had a monster year.
7. Jesuit (9-4)
The Marauders won a playoff game for the first time in 10 seasons with leader of Jason Elenberger; lost to Folsom twice, to Oak Ridge and Pleasant Grove.
8. Sacramento (11-3)
The Dragons made history with their first playoff wins, reaching the D-III section finals under driven/talented coach Paul Doherty. Bright future.
9. Rocklin (7-4)
The Thunder were a hair away from winning the SFL, losing by a point to Del Oro. Beat Granite Bay and Inderkum with losses to Pleasant Grove and Oak Ridge.
10. Granite Bay (8-4)
The Grizzlies endured myriad injuries, beat Vacaville, Pittsburg and fell to Oak Ridge in playoffs. Losses also to Rocklin, Del Oro, Folsom.
11. Inderkum (10-3)
The Tigers won 10 games for an eighth successive season under coach Terry Stark, beating Yuba City to win the Tri-County League with losses to Pleasant Grove and Rocklin in the regular season.
12. Yuba City (11-2)
The Honkers rejoiced playoff wins over section heavies St. Mary's and Grant before falling at Del Oro; other loss was to Inderkum.
13. Grant (8-4)
The Pacers tied Elk Grove and Franklin for the Delta Valley Conference title, beating Franklin, and also downing Burbank. Lost to Yuba City. Loaded for next year.
14. Burbank (9-3)
The Titans lost to Elk Grove 18-12 in D-II semifinals, closing out great careers for Ngalu Tapa, Ernest Jenkins and Calvin Green. Other losses were to Grant, Pleasant Grove.
15. Center (9-3)
The Cougars lost to 13-0 Hilmar 19-15 in a D-IV semifinal, closing out a banner career for Tyrell Anderson, the program's all-time greatest player.
16. Christian Brothers (9-4)
The Falcons under coach George Petrissans won a playoff game for the first time since 1986; lost to Sacramento in D-III semifinals.
17. Franklin (8-4)
The young Wildcats lost to Folsom, Oak Ridge, Jesuit and Grant and beat Elk Grove. Loaded for next season.
18. Whitney (8-4)
The Wildcats beat Antelope to win the Capital Athletic League and then eliminated Sierra Valley Conference champion Cosumnes Oaks in the D-II playoffs before falling to Del Oro.
19. Placer (6-6)
The Hillmen caught fire after starting 1-4, winning a share of the Pioneer Valley Conference title. Last two losses were to Center, including the D-IV playoffs.
20. Bradshaw Christian (10-2)
The Pride won the program's fourth section title since 2008 under coach Drew Rickert, beating Ripon Christian for D-VI honors with star leader Kyle Betts.

And 10 more:
1. Casa Roble (8-4)
2. Cosumnes Oaks (7-4)
3. Antelope (7-4)
4. Capital Christian (9-2)
5. Colfax (9-3)
6. Vista del Lago (7-4)
7. El Dorado (6-4)
8. Rosemont (8-3)
9. Monterey Trail (5-5)
10. Bear River (6-4)

2014 Bee Top 20
How it MIGHT look as we kickoff 2014, based heavily on returning talent...
1. Folsom
2. Grant
3. Elk Grove
4. Franklin
5. Del Oro
6. Oak Ridge
7. Granite Bay
8. Jesuit
9. Pleasant Grove
10. Rocklin
11. Sacramento
12. Rio Linda
13. Inderkum
14. Placer
15. Cosumnes Oaks
16. Burbank
17. Whitney
18. Antelope
19. Vista del Lago
20. Capital Christian

- Joe Davidson
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PHOTO: Del Oro High School Golden Eagle football player Dylan Kainrath (42) runs with the ball as the Rocklin Thunder football team hosts the Del Oro Eagles, Friday, November 8, 2013. Brian Baer/Special to the Bee

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