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25 Days of Christmas: No. 20 St. Ignatius

It’s the sixth day of the 25 Days of Christmas preseason rankings for West Coast Preps, this time with the No. 20 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 and No. 21 football teams in the Bay Area earlier this week.

No. 20 St. Ignatius

The 2019 season for St. Ignatius highlighted an immense amount of growth for the program.

Following a 3-8 campaign the year prior, the Wildcats mounted a 9-3 season while earning a three-way share with Bay Area powerhouses Serra and Valley Christian for the West Catholic Athletic League title.

St. Ignatius surrendered just 14.7 points per game and advanced to the Central Coast Section semifinals before falling to Valley Christian in 28-7 fashion. Valley Christian and Sacred Heart Prep – teams who combined for a 19-6 record and both of whom at least were section semifinalists – were the only two teams to top St. Ignatius, with Valley Christian doing so once in the regular season and once in the postseason.

Throughout the year, St. Ignatius mustered big win after big win over some of the region’s historically top programs, beating Palo Alto in the season opener (23-7), St. Francis (35-26), Bellarmine (28-7) and Mitty (21-7 and 28-7), along with being one of two teams to knock off eventual state runner-up Serra (14-13).

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