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25 Days of Christmas: No. 14 Monte Vista

Josh Zeising competes at the National Preps Collegiate Showcase on Nov. 21, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Josh Zeising competes at the National Preps Collegiate Showcase on Nov. 21, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

It’s the 12th day of the 25 Days of Christmas preseason rankings for West Coast Preps, this time with the No. 14 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 and No. 15 football teams in the Bay Area earlier this week.

No. 14: Monte Vista

Monte Vista is historically one of the area’s top programs, and this year is no different.

Despite losing starting quarterback Jack Stewardson, who graduated and is now at the University of Washington, along with its top four receivers, two Division I-bound defenders in Nate Rutchena (California) and Connor Shay (Wyoming), Monte Vista will retool like it always does.

Back from last year’s 8-4 team and North Coast Section Division I semifinalist is senior running back Gavin Cribb, who led the team with 778 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with bringing in 258 receiving yards. George Fox offered Cribb back in June.

Another top performer is senior linebacker Josh Zeising, whose 102 tackles as a junior were only behind that of Rutchena and Shay, Zeising, a star performer this entire offseason, currently boasts offers from George Fox, Puget Sound and Whittier.

Junior Dyllan Devitt is the new quarterback for the Mustangs and looks to carry a strong quarterback tradition at the school – one that has recently featured Stewardson and Jake Haener (Fresno State’s starter) before him.

The Mustangs face a loaded schedule this year, with six of the 10 teams on the gauntlet ranked in the 25 Days of Christmas Bay Area Preseason Football Rankings.

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