Week 12: NorCal CIF Bowl Rankings

Posted on November 13, 2012 by

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It’s easy to notice 6-foot-8, 360-pound Aaron Cochran as the anchor for the offensive line at Buhach Colony of Atwater. The Thunder take on Antelope this week in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.

CCS teams get added in Division II but not in Division III. Go inside to read analysis of every division by long-time editor Mark Tennis. Check Wednesday for this week’s State Stat Stars.

Note: The top 10 teams that would be ranked by CalHiSports.com for the CIF Open Division in Northern California would be:

1. De La Salle (Concord); 2. Franklin (Elk Grove); 3. Folsom; 4. Bellarmine (San Jose); 5. Elk Grove; 6. Luther Burbank (Sacramento); 7. Oak Grove (San Jose); 8. Buhach Colony (Atwater); 9. St. Mary’s (Stockton); 10. California (San Ramon).

With assistance from Harold Abend and Paul Muyskens, here are the Week 12 rankings for each of Northern California’s CIF bowl game divisions (previous ranking in parentheses; after games of Saturday, Nov. 10):

DIVISION I NORTH
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 10-0
2. (2) Franklin (Elk Grove) 11-0
3. (3) Folsom 11-0
4. (4) Bellarmine (San Jose) 9-1
5. (5) Elk Grove 10-1
6. (8) Luther Burbank (Sacramento) 11-0
7. (11) Oak Grove (San Jose) 10-0
8. (7) Buhach Colony (Atwater) 9-2
9. (9) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 9-2
10. (10) California (San Ramon) 8-2
11. (12) Granite Bay 8-3
12. (13) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 10-1
13. (14) Freedom (Oakley) 9-2
14. (15) James Logan (Union City) 10-1
15. (NR) Pittsburg 8-3
Drops: Previous No. 6 Serra (San Mateo) lost to St. Francis (Mountain View) 24-0.
Bubble Teams: Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 7-4, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 7-3, Del Oro (Loomis) 6-5, Downey (Modesto) 10-1, Grant (Sacramento) 5-6, Lincoln (Stockton) 8-3, Palma (Salinas) 8-2, Palo Alto 8-2, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 7-4, San Ramon Valley (Danville) 6-5, Serra (San Mateo) 8-2, St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 7-3.
No. 1 Team Result: De La Salle (Concord) did not play; had bye in opening round of CIF North Coast Section Division I playoffs.
Race for No. 1: Despite the shutout loss to St. Francis, Serra of San Mateo was still the No. 5 seed in the CIF Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs. Seedings in that division aside, the loss does allow unbeaten Oak Grove to move up to No. 2 overall in the CCS behind Bellarmine since the Eagles own a win over St. Francis….
•Palma of Salinas, which was highly thought of in the preseason, also has a win over St. Francis, but with losses to Seaside and St. Joseph of Santa Maria will have to go on a run in the CCS Open Division to get a ranking…..
•New No. 15 Pittsburg is seen as having a chance against top-ranked De La Salle, especially if you consider that coach Vic Galli’s team just hammered a Monte Vista of Danville team 55-29 that it lost to 44-14 earlier in the season. Pitt’s only other losses were to No. 10 California (40-34) and No. 14 Freedom (49-48) while big wins have come against No. 12 Granite Bay (28-27) and Clayton Valley (40-27). If De La Salle has one of its sloppy games, it could get interesting…..

DIVISION II NORTH
1. (1) Clayton Valley (Concord) 9-1
2. (2) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 10-0
3. (3) Oakdale 10-1
4. (4) Vista del Lago (Folsom) 9-1*
5. (5) Inderkum (Sacramento) 9-2
6. (6) Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) 9-2
7. (NR) St. Francis (Mountain View) 5-5
8. (7) Northgate (Walnut Creek) 8-2
9. (8) Sierra (Manteca) 10-1
10. (NR) Milpitas 7-3
*Default win not included.
Drops: Previous No. 9 American Canyon & No. 10 Enterprise (Redding), both due to results from CCS playoff pairings and now having to include some teams for the first time this season.
Bubble Teams: American Canyon 10-1, Casa Grande (Petaluma) 7-3, Chico 8-3, Concord 9-2, Enterprise (Redding) 7-3, Foothill (Palo Cedro) 8-3, Los Gatos 6-4, Newark Memorial (Newark) 9-2, Paradise 7-3, Wilcox (Santa Clara) 7-3.
No. 1 Team Result: Clayton Valley (Concord) did not play; had first-round bye in CIF North Coast Section Division II playoffs.
Race for No. 1: This was a week for both D2 North and D3 North we’ve been waiting for because we can now finally, officially put in teams from the CIF Central Coast Section that did not make it into the CCS Open Division….
•In CCS Division I, Milpitas at 7-3 was the top seed with losses to Saratoga, Wilcox of Santa Clara and Valley Christian of San Jose. The two key Milpitas wins have been against Palo Alto and Los Gatos. That resume is good enough to just get into the top 10 but no further….
•In CCS Division II, it’s more interesting because St. Francis of Mountain View comes into the mix and even at 5-5 the Lancers have the strength of schedule to climb in the rankings. We have ranked them No. 7 this week to start, ahead of Northgate but behind Cosumnes Oaks. This is just after St. Francis evened its record with a huge 24-0 win over San Mateo Serra. The Lancers also have a win over Valley Christian of San Jose and can point out that all five of their losses (Oak Grove, Palma, Bellarmine, St. Ignatius, Mitty) are to teams that made it into the CCS Open Division and therefore would also be Division I….
•Even with St. Francis’ strength of schedule, it’s hard to see that the CIF commissioners would pick a team with five losses for a regional bowl game if the NCS Division II and Sac-Joaquin Division III champions end up being teams with much better records (and most with a key win over a bigger school that can be highlighted)…..

DIVISION III NORTH
1. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 10-1
2. (2) El Cerrito 11-0
3. (3) Placer (Auburn) 11-0
4. (4) Sutter 11-0
5. (5) Seaside 10-0
6. (6) Campolindo (Moraga) 10-1
7. (7) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 10-1
8. (8) Ripon 11-0
9. (9) Los Banos 10-1
10. (10) Analy (Sebastopol) 11-0
Drops: None.
Bubble Teams: Arcata 10-1, Aptos 8-2, Argonaut (Jackson) 11-0, Carmel 9-1, Center (Antelope) 9-2, Escalon 9-2, Justin-Siena (Napa) 9-2, Monterey 8-2, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 9-1, Salesian (Richmond) 9-2, Sobrato (Morgan Hill) 7-3, Soquel 8-2, West Valley (Cottonwood) 10-1, Valley Christian (San Jose) 4-6.
No. 1 Team Result: Marin Catholic (Kentfield) defeated Hercules 38-7.
Race for No. 1: Unlike in D2 North, this week’s D3 North rankings ended up not including any new teams from the CCS that did not get chosen for its open division…..
•Part of the reason for that is that D4 CCS top seed Seaside was already ranked and is clearly the most rankable team from either the CCS D4 or D3 bracket. The Spartans also closed their regular season with a big 20-7 win over Monterey, a team that was later seeded No. 1 for the CCS in Division III. Seaside’s case to be a NorCal D3 bowl team also can get stronger if Palma of Salinas keeps playing well and wins a game or two in the open division. One of Palma’s two losses is to Seaside….
•Among the other teams that are in the CCS D3 or D4 playoffs, keep an eye out for Valley Christian of San Jose. While the Warriors are just 4-6, they have wins over Milpitas and Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland. Many of their six losses also came in close games against West Catholic Athletic League foes, including one by just 38-35 two weeks ago to Bellarmine Prep. Could Ripon or Los Banos play the Bells to within three points? Not likely. Still, we didn’t want to drop out an 11-0 team this week to make room for a 4-6. Some of the teams with sterling records in this division are bound to lose so there will be time to move up VC if the team does what we think it might do in the next three weeks…..

DIVISION IV NORTH
1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 9-2
2. (2) McClymonds (Oakland) 7-3
3. (3) Ferndale 10-1
4. (5) Pierce (Arbuckle) 11-0
5. (6) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 10-1
6. (7) California School for the Deaf (Fremont) 10-1
7. (8) Foresthill 9-1
8. (9) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 8-2
9. (10) St. Vincent de Paul (Petaluma) 9-2
10. (NR) Ripon Christian 9-2
Drops: Previous No. 4 Valley Christian (Dublin) lost to Drake (San Anselmo) 18-13.
Bubble Teams: Chester 8-1*, Le Grand 9-2, Maxwell 8-3, Portola 8-1*, St. Bernard’s (Eureka) 7-4, Tomales 6-5.
*Default win not included.
No. 1 Team Result: Central Catholic defeated Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 63-20.
Race for No. 1: To those from other sections thinking that Central Catholic will be just biting off way more than it can chew in the Sac-Joaquin Division IV playoffs, please note that the Raiders’ 63-20 win last week over Bear River came against a team that lost by just 14-7 to D3 North bowl-ranked Placer of Auburn three weeks ago. We think if Central Catholic does find a way to win that section title, then the Raiders will become instant favorites to win not just the NorCal bowl in D4 but the state bowl as well…..
•It does seem strange to drop Valley Christian of Dublin completely out after its surprising 18-13 loss to Drake of San Anselmo in the NCS Division IV playoffs, especially considering how dominant the team has been when it has played opponents like California School for the Deaf in recent years. Still, the Vikings are now done for the season while the others are not. Once all the playoffs are in, we expect that VC will get to go back in front of some of those other NCS squads…..