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Bay Area Football Rankings

Menlo-Atherton picked up its third win to stay undefeated. Photo by Jeff Nisihura
Menlo-Atherton picked up its third win to stay undefeated. Photo by Jeff Nisihura
  1. De La Salle (4-0)

De La Salle once again used a punishing run game to beat Jesuit-Carmichael, 42-7, continuing its streak of 29 years without falling to a Northern California foe. Nico Torrez ran for three touchdowns in the first half. 

Last week: No. 1

  1. Serra (3-0)

Power Five prospect Hassan Mahasin scored four times in Serra’s 49-7 demolition of then-No. 11 St. Francis, which marked the program’s second top 25 win (the other was against No. 4 Valley Christian in the season opener). Mahasin had three tushing touchdowns last week.

Last week: No. 2

  1. Pittsburg (3-0)

After two one-score games against Liberty last season, Pittsburg came out swinging and dominated the then-No. 25 Lions, 55-7. The Pirates have put up 50-plus points twice in three games and are beating opponents by an average of 37.3 points. 

Last week: No. 3

  1. Valley Christian (1-1)

Bye week.

Last week: No. 4 

  1. Cardinal Newman (3-0)

In a top 15 matchup, Cardinal Newman scored three touchdowns in a hurry before beating Rancho Cotate, 24-6. Ethan Kelly brought in two receiving touchdowns from Jackson Cooke. Washington State bound Tision Nunnally 43 yards on five catches.

Last week: No. 5

  1. Menlo-Atherton (3-0)

The Menlo-Atherton defense shined, holding Teddy Purcell and Sacred Heart Prep to seven points and 11 rushing yards on 21 carries in a 15-7 win, stifling an offense that scored 38 points the week prior. Sacred Heart Prep was the second straight opponent to score fewer than 10 points versus M-A, whose defense has allowed 27 total points this season.

Last week: No. 6

  1. Clayton Valley Charter (3-1)

The Ugly Eagles did what they always did against Monte Vista: winning ugly. They finished with 60 run plays in the 21-14 victory, with Omari Taylor taking 37 of those for 232 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Seeley, in addition to a fantastic defensive effort, had a receiving touchdown. Clayton Valley boasts ranked wins over Cal and Monte Vista.

Last week: No. 7

  1. San Ramon Valley (3-1)

SRV pulled off the improbable, as it was down seven with 2:33 left, had no timeouts and needed to drive 77 yards to tie it. Well, it did, scoring 14 points in the final two-plus minutes and won the game over then-No. 17 Cal, 31-24. After giving up 17 points in the first half, SRV allowed just seven in the second half – all of which came on a trick play. Caleb Padrid led the offense with 93 receiving yards on seven catches. Za’Darion Nardi ran for 96 yards and had the game-winning score on a 10-yard reception.

Last week: No. 8

  1. Los Gatos (3-0)

Los Gatos dominated from the start in a 56-23 rout of Mountain View. Every time Adam Garwood – who has Cal Poly and San Diego offers – touched the ball, it looked like he was going for a score, finishing with 12 carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns.

Last week: No. 9

  1. Marin Catholic (3-0)

UC Davis signee Matteo Perez racked up two touchdowns of 40-plus yards in Marin Catholic’s 49-14 drubbing of Tamalpais. Through three games, MC has outscored opponents 111-31.

Last week: No. 10

  1. Campolindo (4-0)

Campolindo rallied in the fourth quarter, scoring twice in the final 12 minutes, to beat Amador Valley, 20-14, in another tough contest. Max Heffernan, who also has more than 130 receiving yards this year, intercepted a pass.

Last week: No. 13

  1. Vintage (4-0)

In breaking news, an opponent scored 10-plus points against Vintage, the first time that has happened all season, but it still eased its way to a 59-14 victory against Sonoma Valley. The combined score against opponents: 224-20.

Last week: No. 14

  1. McClymonds (2-0)

McClymonds is obliterating its opponents this year. It now boasts a 60-0 victory at Skyline and a 59-0 win over Castlemont.

Last week: No. 15

  1. Livermore (4-0)

Livermore’s historic season keeps on rolling with Saturday’s 35-14 win at Dublin. Shaun Smith threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, and he now has eight touchdown throws compared to one pick. Dominic Belluomini totaled 121 rushing yards and a score. The Cowboys’ defense has surrendered a combined 34 points. They host Foothill on Saturday in what could decide the EBAL Valley title.

Last week: No. 16

  1. Wilcox (3-0)

Another week, another dominant win for Wilcox, who just notched a 46-0 shutout of Santa Clara to improve its advantage to 150-42 against opponents. Angelo Yslava led the team with 70 receiving yards. No. 9 Los Gatos is on deck Thursday.

Last week: No. 18

  1. Acalanes (3-1)

Acalanes registered its third win by single digits in a 27-21 victory against Benicia. Brady Huchingson threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns to give him 914 yards for the year. Dante Montgomery finished with 192 receiving yards and two scores. 

Last week: No. 20

  1. St. Francis (1-1)

The Lancers struggled to get much going – like many do – against the No. 2 Bay Area team in Serra, as they fell, 49-7. Mitty awaits at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Last week: No. 11

  1. California (2-2)

The Grizzlies suffered a heartbreaking defeat at No. 8 San Ramon Valley and watched their star running back, Jake Hubbard, leave the game with an injury in the fourth quarter. But both of their defeats have been to top 10 teams, each coming by a possession. Josh Gerlach had three, yes three, interceptions in the first half. No. 1 De La Salle is next on the schedule.

Last week: No. 17

  1. Oak Grove (1-0)

Canceled game.

Last week: No. 19

  1. St. Ignatius (2-0)

Jahshain Shannon scored two more touchdowns this week in St. Ignatius’ 23-12 win over Stellar Prep. Shannon had a kickoff return touchdown, rushing touchdown and interception the week prior.

Last week: No. 21

  1. James Logan (3-0)

There was not a single thing stopping James Logan, who rolled to a 46-7 victory against Moreau Catholic. It has allowed 21 points through the first three games. Marcus Sanders threw three touchdown passes. DJ Johnson had 128 receiving yards and two scores. No. 24 Bishop O’Dowd is next.

Last week: No. 23

  1. Bishop O’Dowd (2-1)

It was a tough one, but the Dragons found enough answers against San Leandro’s blitzes to come away with a 15-6 win. Opponents have scored 13 points on O’Dowd the last two weeks. Its only loss was to No. 8 San Ramon Valley by eight points.

Last week: No. 24

  1. Sacred Heart Prep (3-1)

Sacred Heart Prep suffered its first defeat, but it was to No. 6 Menlo-Atherton by eight points, 15-7. Its three wins: Aragon, Burlingame and No. 24 King’s Academy.

Last week: No. 22

  1. King’s Academy (1-1)

The King’s Academy bounced back from a one-score loss to Sacred Heart Prep with a 35-34 overtime win over Half Moon Bay. West Point bound Noah Short scored three times. 

Last week: Unranked

  1. Heritage (3-1)

In its first year under Dave Fogelstrom, Heritage is one of the highest rising programs in the region, off to a 3-1 start after a 35-28 win against Freedom. Sophomore Devon Rivers ran for 224 yards, marking the second time he has amassed 200 yards this season. Heritage’s only loss was to No. 3 Pittsburg, 35-16, in which it played the defending BVAL champions tough for much of the contest.

Last week: Unranked

Others considered: Amador Valley (1-2), Bellarmine (1-1), El Cerrito (3-0), Foothill (3-1), Half Moon Bay (2-2), Las Lomas (1-2), Liberty (2-1), Monte Vista (0-4), Rancho Cotate (1-2), Windsor (1-2)

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