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25 Days of Christmas: No. 11 St. Francis

Nevada became Clayton Lynam's first offer in September. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Nevada became Clayton Lynam's first offer in September. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

It’s the 15th day of the 25 Days of Christmas preseason rankings for West Coast Preps, this time with the No. 11 team.

The rankings, which will tab the top 25 football teams in the Bay Area, announce one team each day through Christmas Day. The No. 1 team will be unveiled on Dec. 25 at WestCoastPreps.com.

Only schools located within cities on the Bay Area Census are eligible for the poll.

West Coast Preps unveiled the No. 25, No. 24, No. 23, No. 22, No. 21, No. 20, No. 19, No. 18, No. 17, No. 16, No. 15, No. 14, No. 13 and No. 12 football teams in the Bay Area earlier this week.

No. 11: St. Francis

The Lancers roster is as experienced as they come following a Central Coast Section playoff berth a year ago.

St. Francis returns all but 54 rushing yards, led by a pair of juniors who dominated as sophomores. Camilo Arquette – one of the top 20 players in the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps – ran for 902 yards and 12 touchdowns in addition to his 72 tackles last year, while Viliami Teu finished with 503 rushing yards and six scores.

But that’s not where the talent galore stops.

Junior Nico Andrighetto anchors a defensive unit after recording 75 tackles, and senior lineman Joe Tongamoa – a Southern Utah commit – had 57 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. Other key players include junior tight end/linebacker Clayton Lynam, senior lineman Hudson Mesa and senior receiver/cornerback Carsten Rawls, who finished with 400 receiving yards and 21 tackles as a junior.

Last season, St. Francis accumulated a 4-7 overall record, but it fell to teams with a combined 67-14 record. One of those teams, Corona del Mar, won a state title, while two others were state runners-up.

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