Final NorCal CIF Bowl Rankings

Posted on December 21, 2012 by

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The only loss by junior defensive end Ngalu Tapa (6-3, 260) and the Luther Burbank Titans took place in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals. Tapa returns next season after getting in on an amazing 23.5 sacks.

The only loss by junior defensive end Ngalu Tapa (6-3, 260) and the Luther Burbank Titans took place in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals. Tapa returns next season after getting in on an amazing 23.5 sacks.

James Logan of Union City, Pittsburg and Ripon gain positions at the end. Every division features expanded pecking order plus teams to watch for the 2013 season.

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With assistance from Harold Abend and Paul Muyskens, here are the final 2012 rankings for each of Northern California’s CIF bowl game divisions (previous ranking in parentheses; after games of Saturday, Dec. 15):

DIVISION I NORTH
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 15-0
2. (2) Folsom 14-1
3. (3) Granite Bay 13-3
4. (4) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 12-2
5. (5) Franklin (Elk Grove) 12-1
6. (6) Elk Grove 12-2
7. (9) Luther Burbank (Sacramento) 12-1
8. (11) James Logan (Union City) 12-2
9. (7) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 10-4
10. (8) Bellarmine (San Jose) 11-2
11. (10) Del Oro (Loomis) 7-6
12. (14) California (San Ramon) 9-3
13. (15) Freedom (Oakley) 9-3
14. (NR) Pittsburg 8-4
15. (12) Serra (San Mateo) 9-3
Expanded Next Five Teams: 16. Buhach Colony (Atwater) 10-3; 17. Downey (Modesto) 10-2; 18. St. Mary’s (Stockton) 9-3; 19. Grant (Sacramento) 5-6; 20. Lincoln (Stockton) 8-4.
Honorable Mention: Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 8-5, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 8-4, Oak Grove (San Jose) 10-1, Palma (Salinas) 8-3, Palo Alto 8-3, Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 7-5, San Ramon Valley (Danville) 6-6, Stagg (Stockton) 9-2.
Teams to Watch in 2013: De La Salle (even if Bob Ladouceur retires as head coach the cupboard will hardly be bare); Folsom (most starters will be back); Granite Bay (first game will be against Folsom); Bellarmine (top-rated QB returning); Stockton St. Mary’s (very good underclass players with even more coming up from lower levels).

One of the top ninth-grade players in Northern California was receiver/safety Chris Taylor-Yamanoha from 12-1 Rancho Cotate of Rohnert Park.

One of the top ninth-grade players in Northern California was receiver/safety Chris Taylor-Yamanoha from 12-1 Rancho Cotate of Rohnert Park.

DIVISION II NORTH
1. (1) Oakdale 14-2
2. (2) Clayton Valley (Concord) 12-2
3. (3) St. Francis (Mountain View) 8-5
4. (4) Vista del Lago (Folsom) 11-2*
5. (5) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 12-1
6. (6) Inderkum (Sacramento) 10-3
7. (8) American Canyon 11-2
8. (7) Northgate (Walnut Creek) 9-3
9. (10) Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) 9-3
10. (9) Enterprise (Redding) 9-3
*Default win not included.
Expanded Next Five Teams: 11. Concord 10-3; 12. Paradise 8-4; 13. San Benito (Hollister) 8-5; 14. Los Gatos 8-5; 15. Sierra (Manteca) 10-2.
Honorable Mention: Casa Grande (Petaluma) 7-4, Chico 8-4, El Camino (Sacramento) 8-4, Foothill (Palo Cedro) 8-4, Lincoln (San Francisco) 9-1*, Newark Memorial (Newark) 9-3, Wilcox (Santa Clara) 8-5. *Record does not include two default wins.
Teams to Watch in 2013: Oakdale (new bowl format suits program well); Clayton Valley (second year for coach Tim Murphy might not be much different than first); Vista del Lago (squad loaded with top underclassmen).

DIVISION III NORTH
1. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 14-2
2. (2) El Cerrito 13-1
3. (3) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 11-2
4. (4) Sutter 13-1
5. (5) Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 12-1
6. (6) Valley Christian (San Jose) 7-6
7. (NR) Ripon 11-1
8. (7) Escalon 11-3
9. (8) Placer (Auburn) 11-1
10. (9) Analy (Sebastopol) 12-1
Expanded Next Five Teams: 11. Los Banos 11-2; 12. Campolindo (Moraga) 10-2; 13. Menlo School (Atherton) 10-3; 14. Seaside 11-1; 15. Center (Antelope) 10-3.
Honorable Mention: Arcata 11-2, Aptos 10-3, Argonaut (Jackson) 11-1, Carmel 9-2, Justin-Siena (Napa) 11-2, San Marin (Novato) 7-7, Sobrato (Morgan Hill) 8-4, Soquel 9-3, West Valley (Cottonwood) 11-2.
Teams to Watch in 2013: El Cerrito (forget D3 this team with Jalen Harvey, Keilan Benjamin, Marquis Pippins, etc. will be one of NorCal’s best period); Menlo School (QB had 34 TD passes as junior); Marin Catholic (Andrew Celis among those back); Carmel (Soph. QB, Jr. RB, Jr. WR combo should be prolific).

DIVISION IV NORTH
1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 14-2
2. (2) McClymonds (Oakland) 9-4
3. (3) Ferndale 12-1
4. (4) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 10-2
5. (6) Le Grand 11-2
6. (5) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 10-2
7. (7) Valley Christian (Dublin) 8-3
8. (8) St. Vincent de Paul (Petaluma) 10-3
9. (9) California School for the Deaf (Fremont) 10-2
10. (10) Portola 10-1*
*Indicates one default win not included.
Expanded Next Five Teams: 11. Willows 9-4; 12. Pierce (Arbuckle) 11-1, 13. Foresthill 10-2; 14. Ripon Christian 9-3; 15. Hamilton (Hamilton City) 9-4.
Honorable Mention: Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 5-6, Chester 9-2*, Maxwell 8-3, Pierce (Arbuckle) 11-1, St. Bernard’s (Eureka) 7-5, Tomales 6-5. *Default win not included.
Teams to Watch in 2013: Central Catholic (Raiders will always be factor in current bowl format); Le Grand (Ryan Martinez and Dustin Slate should form strong backfield); Ferndale (hope team continues to stay in NCS D5).

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