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25 Days of Christmas: No. 18 Vintage

Vintage lineman Preston Gullum practices at a Giant Skillz Athletics Showcase. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Vintage lineman Preston Gullum practices at a Giant Skillz Athletics Showcase. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

It’s the eighth day of the 25 Days of Christmas preseason rankings for West Coast Preps, this time with the No. 18 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

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 and No. 19 football teams in the Bay Area earlier this week.

No. 18: Vintage

Vintage has come oh-so-close to being the top dog in the North Coast Section, and the pieces are there to take that next step.

The Crushers went 10-2 a year ago, with both losses coming by one point – 21-13 to Bellarmine in the regular season and then 28-21 to Campolindo in the NCS semifinals. In those 12 games, they outscored opponents by a crushing 396-140.

It marked Vintage’s second consecutive appearance, and a wealth of experience is back from that special 2019 squad.

Despite graduating its top two rushers, three players who ran for 300-plus yards do return behind a talented offensive line – junior Dylan Smith, along with seniors Jacob Aaron (a dual-threat quarterback) and Bill Chaidez. 

Smith and senior Ian Avalos – two players who notched more than 60 tackles – are some marquee on a defensive unit that allowed a mere 11.7 points per game.

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