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25 Days of Christmas: No. 9 Marin Catholic

Michael Ingrassia competes at the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase on Nov. 28, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Michael Ingrassia competes at the Xclusive Speed Bay Area Top 100 Showcase on Nov. 28, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

It’s the 17th day of the 25 Days of Christmas preseason rankings for West Coast Preps, this time with the No. 9 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, No. 12, No. 11 and No. 10 football teams in the Bay Area earlier this month.

No. 9: Marin Catholic

Back from an 11-win season, Marin Catholic is primed for even more during the 2019 season. 

A plethora of talent returns from that 2019 squad that went 11-2 – with its only losses coming to McClymonds and Cardinal Newman by a combined five points, both of whom played for state titles (Cardinal Newman won one) – and appeared in the North Coast Section Division IV championship game.

One of the marquee names coming back is senior running back Matteo Perez, who is the No. 5 player in the Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps. The UC Davis signee rushed for 2,024 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior, which followed up his 1,200-yards as a sophomore.

Junior quarterback Michael Ingrassia is the next star at the quarterback position for Marin Catholic, throwing for 1,688 yards and 20 touchdowns a year ago. He also ran for 315 yards and four touchdowns.

Senior tight end Geordie Aarsheim is another headliner. Aarsheim, who holds a Morehead State offer, had a team-high 553 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 2019.

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