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25 Days of Christmas: No. 24 Acalanes

Brady Huchingson threw 29 touchdown passes in 2019. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo
Brady Huchingson threw 29 touchdown passes in 2019. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo

The 25 Days of Christmas preseason rankings are here for West Coast Preps, this time with the No. 24 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.

On Dec. 1, West Coast Preps unveiled the No. 25 football team in the Bay Area.

No. 24: Acalanes

Fresh off a 9-3 campaign, Acalanes has molded itself into one of the top football programs in the Bay Area region.

Acalanes could not be stopped during that illustrious 2019 campaign, averaging over 36 points per game – including one 75-point outburst – while making a run all the way to the North Coast Section Division IV semifinals before falling in 7-0 fashion to Marin Catholic. Its three losses came to squads with a combined 32-6 record.

Among the notable returnees from the 2019 team is senior quarterback Brady Huchingson, who delivered an electrifying season on the gridiron and is the No. 36 player in the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps. Huchingson tossed for 2,646 yards, 29 touchdowns and just five interceptions, also adding another seven scores on the ground.

While Acalanes does lose its top rusher and top five receivers, there is a lot to like on the offensive side of the ball, bringing back two players who ran for 300-plus yards in Dane Jenssen (326 yards) and Nic Rossi (323 yards).

The Dons also bring back three studs on defense in seniors Joey Carrillo, Niko Cortessis and Graham Oh – all of whom had 58-plus tackles and five-plus tackles for loss, including 20 from Carrillo. With them in the fold last year, Acalanes surrendered a mere 14.3 points per game.

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