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Bay Area Football Rankings

Nate Bell and Liberty jumped into the rankings after beating Heritage. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Nate Bell and Liberty jumped into the rankings after beating Heritage. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
  1. De La Salle (6-0)

De La Salle recorded its first unbeaten season since 2014 following a 21-7 victory over Clayton Valley Charter to conclude the spring campaign. Nico Torrez ran for 136 yards.

Last week: No. 1

  1. Serra (5-0)

A perfect season for Serra was capped with a 34-3 rout of No. 18 St. Ignatius to win the West Catholic Athletic League title. Dominique Lampkin threw three touchdown passes and Hassan Mahasin caught two while going for 193 receiving yards. Serra outscored opponents 191-49 this season.

Last week: No. 2

  1. Pittsburg (5-0)

Pittsburg’s talent overwhelmed the Bay Valley Athletic League this year, as it ended the schedule with a 47-8 win over Antioch. It outscored opponents 263-53 and won games by an average of 42 points.

Last week: No. 3

  1. Valley Christian (3-1)

Jurrion Dickey caught the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to defeat No. 16 St. Francis, 16-13. Dickey scored both of VC’s touchdowns. Dominic Oliver had 11 tackles. Valley Christian’s only loss: 33-26 to No. 2 Serra.

Last week: No. 4 

  1. Clayton Valley Charter (4-2)

The Ugly Eagles made it tough on national powerhouse De La Salle in a 21-7 loss, including a scoreless second half of the Spartans in the second half. After winning a state title in 2019, they answered with an East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division title in the spring of 2021.

Last week: No. 5

  1. Cardinal Newman (5-0)

It was an undefeated year for Cardinal Newman after a 38-14 win over Windsor. Jordan Cooke completed 16 of 21 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns. Washington State bound Tsion Nunnally hauled in six catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns. 

Last week: No. 6

  1. Menlo-Atherton (5-0)

A special campaign for Menlo-Atherton ended with a 49-21 victory against King’s Academy. Matt MacLeod completed all seven of his passes for 178 yards and two scores. Jeremiah Earby found the end zone twice.

Last week: No. 7

  1. Los Gatos (5-0)

The league champion WIldcats punctuated the spring with a 45-7 trouncing of rival Palo Alto. Adam Garwood eclipsed 100 yards for the fourth time in five games with a 104-yard effort. Alex Grado threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Pinkham. Jake Ripp had 15 tackles to give him 57 over the past three weeks and 69 for the season, which is the most in the Central Coast Section. 

Last week: No. 8

  1. Campolindo (6-0)

Campolindo’s senior class went undefeated following a 44-0 shutout of Miramonte. Jacob Griessel was 8-of-10 for 238 yards and three scores. Dillan Thoms rushed for 96 yards on eight carries. Davidson signee Maxwell Weaver went for 110 yards in his third straight game of 100-plus yards. 

Last week: No. 9

  1. Marin Catholic (5-0)

Marin Catholic pulled away to score 21 unanswered while securing a league title and perfect record with a 30-3 win at Redwood. Michael Ingrassia threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 67 yards and a score. Matt Jacobsen went for three catches, 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Last week: No. 10

  1. San Ramon Valley (4-2)

Mayhem ensued as San Ramon Valley won a thrilling 28-21 game over its rival Monte Vista. Two of San Diego State signee JP Murphy’s three catches were touchdowns. Caden Ridley had 154 receiving yards. 

Last week: No. 11

  1. Vintage (6-0)

Vintage proved it could not be stopped all year long, finishing it all with a 35-7 victory versus Napa in the Big Game. The Crushers outscored opponents 321-27.

Last week: No. 12

  1. McClymonds (4-0)

Manteca became the first team to score on McClymonds, but it still recorded a 34-14 win. Its score against opponents: 213-14. 

Last week: No. 13

  1. Acalanes (5-1)

The Acalanes senior class gave itself an unbeaten home record in four years with Saturday’s 23-22 victory over No. 25 California. Brady Huchingson – the North Coast Section’s No. 1 passer – threw for 288 yards in his final prep game. Dante Montgomery had 102 receiving yards and a touchdown. Evan Malmquist finished with 83 receiving yards and two scores. 

Last week: No. 14

  1. Bishop O’Dowd (4-1)

A late cancellation of the Hayward game led Bishop O’Dowd to play Castlemont, and it won a 35-6 ballgame. Michael Dixon – in place of the injured Jesse Madden – threw for 215 yards. Matt White carried the ball eight times for 118 yards and three touchdowns. 

Last week: No. 15

  1. St. Francis (2-2)

The Lancers suffered a heartbreaking 16-13 loss to No. 4 Valley Christian, as its only two losses have come to top five teams in No. 2 Serra and Valley Christian. One more contest remains against Bellarmine.  

Last week: No. 16

  1. Sacred Heart Prep (5-1)

Sacred Heart Prep finished the spring with a 28-7 win over Menlo School. Teddy Purcell surpassed 1,000 passing yards in his senior season by throwing for 1,063 yards, 11 touchdowns and just one interception.

Last week: No. 18

  1. St. Ignatius (3-1)

A perfect record for St. Ignatius came to an end with a 34-3 loss to No. 2 Serra. SI’s three wins came against Riordan, Stellar Prep and Sacred Heart Cathedral. 

Last week: No. 17

  1. Foothill (4-1)

Foothill’s game was canceled versus rival Amador Valley, but the Falcons won their first league championship since 2015. Jayden Payne ran for 562 yards and six touchdowns.

Last week: No. 19

  1. Wilcox (4-1)

Wilcox responded to a tough 20-19 loss to No. 8 Los Gatos with a 25-7 victory over Mountain View in the season finale. Wilcox scored 46-plus points three times in five games.

Last week: No. 20

  1. Livermore (5-1)

Livermore’s best season in decades concluded with a 27-0 shutout of Granada. The Cowboys’ only loss came to No. 19 Foothill.

Last week: No. 21

  1. Vacaville (5-0)

Vacaville rolled through its competition, highlighted by a 58-20 win over Will C. Wood in the season finale. Ryan Vaughan was 14-of-21 for 283 yards and three touchdowns. It was the third time Vacaville scored at least 58 points. 

Last week: No. 23

  1. El Cerrito (5-0)

The Gauchos notched their fourth shutout in five games by defeating De Anza, 33-0. They outscored opponents 195-7.

Last week: No. 24

  1. Liberty (4-1)

Liberty banded together for a 30-21 victory against rival Heritage, who was No. 22 at the time. Nate Bell showed why he is one of the region’s top sophomores, throwing for 195 yards and a score while rushing for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

Last week: Unranked

  1. California (2-4)

Without top running back Jake Hubbard and receiver Darius Foster, Cal nearly mustered a win before falling at No. 14 Acalanes, 23-22. All four of Cal’s losses were to top 15 teams: No. 1 De La Salle, No. 5 Clayton Valley Charter, No. 11 San Ramon Valley and No. 14 Acalanes. 

Last week: No. 22

Others considered: Amador Valley (1-2), Bellarmine (2-2), Half Moon Bay (3-3), Heritage (4-2), James Logan (4-1), Gunn (5-0), Oak Grove (3-0)

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