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Bay Area Football Rankings

Jayden Payne rushed for 159 yards in Foothill’s win at Livermore. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo
Jayden Payne rushed for 159 yards in Foothill’s win at Livermore. Cliff Jackson / Staff Photo
  1. De La Salle (5-0)

De La Salle cruised to its fifth straight win of the year with a 48-10 win over California. Its total score against opponents: 237-77.

Last week: No. 1

  1. Serra (4-0)

The Padres are doing it all, coming off another beatdown in 26-3 fashion over Riordan. Over the past three weeks, they have outscored opponents 124-20 since a seven-point win over No. 4 Valley Christian in the season opener. They boast two ranked wins.

Last week: No. 2

  1. Pittsburg (4-0)

Pittsburg was simply too much all across the board in a 67-8 drubbing of Deer Valley. Eli Brickhandler and Jaden Rashada each threw four touchdown passes. Daytuawn Pearson ran for 111 yards on seven carries. Pittsburg’s average margin of victory: 42.8. 

Last week: No. 3

  1. Valley Christian (2-1)

Jake Odjegbu needed just 12 carries to reach 142 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-0 shutout of Bellarmine. It marked Valley Christian’s second straight win since a one-possession loss to No. 2 Serra. 

Last week: No. 4 

  1. Clayton Valley Charter (4-1)

The Ugly Eagles did it again, capturing another close East Bay Athletic League victory in a 17-14 win at San Ramon Valley. The win gave them a league title, which comes after North Coast Section, Northern California and state titles last season. Omari Taylor totaled 140 yards offensively.

Last week: No. 7

  1. Cardinal Newman (4-0)

Cardinal Newman brought home another big win, this time with a 17-0 victory over Rancho Cotate. Its defense has allowed seven or fewer points in three out of the four games.

Last week: No. 5

  1. Menlo-Atherton (4-0)

Everything clicked for M-A in a 50-7 rout of Terra Nova. Matt MacLeod was 6-of-7 for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Jeremiah Earby and Jalen Moss had 60-plus receiving yards. It also marked the third week M-A’s defense allowed less than 10 points, as its defense has given up 34 total points this season.

Last week: No. 6

  1. Los Gatos (4-0)

Los Gatos completes a comeback for the ages, rallying from 19 down to win, 20-19, at No. 21 Wilcox for a league title. Alex Grado overcame multiple picks and threw for 274 yards. Quinn Merritt had 92 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Last week: No. 9

  1. Campolindo (5-0)

Campolindo’s season class got just what it wished for, clinching a league championship following Friday’s 38-28 win over Las Lomas. Davidson signee Maxwell Weaver shined to the tune of 146 receiving yards and 64 rushing yards. Dillan Thoms rushed for 100-plus yards for the fourth time.

Last week: No. 11

  1. Marin Catholic (4-0)

Marin Catholic rolled to another lopsided victory, this time in 45-10 fashion over Central Catholic. No opponent has scored more than 17 points on it this season, as the four teams have a combined 41 points. 

Last week: No. 10

  1. San Ramon Valley (3-2)

SRV came so close to securing a league crown in a three-point loss to No. 7Clayton Valley. Its only other loss: No. 1 De La Salle. Caden Ridley led the Wolves with 52 receiving yards.

Last week: No. 9

  1. Vintage (5-0)

Can anyone stop the Crushers? Friday’s 62-0 trouncing of Justin-Siena means they have outscored opponents 286-20. Jacob Aaron (117) and Dylan Smith (146) each ran for more than 100 yards.

Last week: No. 12

  1. McClymonds (3-0)

No opponent has scored on McClymonds this year, with it holding a 179-0 advantage on the scoreboard.

Last week: No. 13

  1. Acalanes (3-1)

A prolific Acalanes offense scored 40 points in a shutout of Miramonte. The Dons also hold wins over Benicia, Las Lomas and Monte Vista, with their only loss coming to No. 11 Campolindo. Will Berrien had 108 yards on five catches against Miramonte.

Last week: No. 16

  1. Bishop O’Dowd (3-1)

The Dragons’ defense under first-year head coach David Perry is one of the best in the region, following up a six-point display against San Leandro by allowing zero in a 20-0 win over James Logan. Opponents are averaging 8.5 points against O’Dowd, whose only loss came by one score to No. 9 San Ramon Valley.

Last week: No. 22

  1. St. Francis (2-1)

The Lancers rebounded from a tough 49-7 loss to No. 2 Serra by crushing Mitty, 41-8. The other win on its resume: San Benito, 24-19. 

Last week: No. 17

  1. St. Ignatius (3-0)

A three-point rivalry win over Sacred Heart Cathedral means St. Ignatius is undefeated entering its most challenging bout of the year versus No. 2 Serra. Jahsai Shannon had 15 carries for 102 yards and also intercepted a pass.

Last week: No. 20

  1. Sacred Heart Prep (4-1)

Following Sacred Heart Prep’s first loss, it bounced right back, as Teddy Purcell scored two late touchdowns for a 29-26 victory over Half Moon Bay. Purcell tossed for 221 yards and a score to give him 952 yards, 10 touchdowns and no picks as a senior.

Last week: No. 23

  1. Foothill (4-1)

Foothill responded to a 14-13 victory to No. 21 Livermore in the season opener – considered a non-league game – and dominated early on before notching the 27-14 road win, which gave the program its first EBAL title since 2015. Jayden Payne had 31 carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns, meaning he’s up to 560 rushing yards this season. The Falcons have won four straight and are the newest member in the rankings. 

Last week: Unranked

  1. Wilcox (3-1)

Wilcox couldn’t quite pull out another victory versus Los Gatos, watching a 19-0 lead dissipate in a 20-19 defeat. Before the game, it was outscoring opponents 150-42. 

Last week: No. 15

  1. Livermore (4-1)

Livermore’s perfect campaign came to an end, going down 20-0 before a late comeback attempt fell short in a 27-14 defeat to No. 20 Foothill. Shaun Smith threw for 186 yards, ran for another 66 and scored twice.

Last week: No. 14

  1. Heritage (4-1)

The Patriots are 4-1 overall and 3-1 in Bay Valley Athletic League play after a 34-14 victory over Antioch, leaving them one win away from tying their best-ever league mark. Asher Haynes threw for 151 yards and four touchdowns. Devon Rivers ran for 91 to put him at 736 through five contests.

Last week: No. 25

  1. California (2-3)

Cal’s third loss came to No. 1 De La Salle, meaning all three of its losses have come to the hands of ranked opponents: No. 1 De La Salle, No. 7 Clayton Valley Charter and No. 9 San Ramon Valley. The Grizzlies’ two wins under first-year coach Danny Calcagno are against Dublin and Monte Vista.

Last week: No. 18

  1. Vacaville (4-0)

Vacaville is one of the Bay Area’s hottest teams, as evidenced by a 63-8 obliteration of Rodriguez. Darian Leon-Guerrero registered an electric performance of 298 yards and five touchdowns on 18 carries. Other wins include Davis (28-21), Armijo (63-12) and Vanden (35-13).

Last week: Unranked

  1. El Cerrito (4-0)

Pinole Valley became the first team to score on El Cerrito this season, but it was still a 48-7 win for the Gauchos, who are outscoring opponents 162-7.

Last week: Unranked

Others considered: Amador Valley (1-2), Bellarmine (1-2), Half Moon Bay (2-3), James Logan (3-1), King’s Academy (1-2), Liberty (3-1), Oak Grove (2-0), Windsor (2-2)

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