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Final Bay Area Football Rankings

St. Francis finished the season with a 38-20 win over Bellarmine. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
St. Francis finished the season with a 38-20 win over Bellarmine. 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. Dominic Oliver led a stellar Valley Christian defense – which allowed 14 points per game – with 36 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss. 

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 finished with 903 passing yards and 10 touchdowns in five games. Washington State bound Tsion Nunnally had 520 receiving yards and seven 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, ending a year where it outscored opponents 171-59. Matt MacLeod threw eight touchdown strikes and zero interceptions. Jalen Moss (319) and Jeremiah Earby (240) each finished with 200-plus receiving yards. 

Last week: No. 7

  1. Los Gatos (5-0)

The Wildcats won a league crown after winning a Central Coast Section title in 2019. Adam Garwood – with offers from Cal Poly and San Diego – totaled 604 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Jake Ripp had 69 tackles. 

Last week: No. 8

  1. Campolindo (6-0)

Campolindo’s senior class went undefeated following a 44-0 shutout of Miramonte. Dillan Thoms was one of the top rushers in the North Coast Section with 621 yards. Jacob Griessel threw for 1,243 yards. Davidson signee Maxwell Weaver had 527 receiving 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. UC Davis signee Matteo Perez led Marin Catholic with 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. 

Last week: No. 10

  1. San Ramon Valley (4-2)

The Wolves finished with a 4-2 overall record, only falling to No. 1 De La Salle and No. 5 Clayton Valley Charter. Jack Quigley threw for 1,261 yards. Za’Darion Nardin finished with 486 receiving yards. Three players had over 200 receiving yards: Caden Ridley (434), JP Murphy (332) and Caleb Padrid (265).

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. Dylan Smith tallied 827 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 14.8 yards per carry.

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 followed up a 2019 league championship with a 5-1 spring. Brady Huchingson tossed for 1,381 yards and 15 touchdowns. Four players had 200-plus receiving yards: Dante Montgomery (439), Will Berrien (391), Evan Malmquist (312) and Sam Heyman (234).

Last week: No. 14

  1. Bishop O’Dowd (4-1)

David Perry’s first season as Bishop O’Dowd’s head coach was a massive success, going 4-1 and capturing a league title. Its only loss was to No. 11 San Ramon Valley by eight points. 

Last week: No. 15

  1. St. Francis (3-2)

The Lancers concluded the season with a 38-20 victory over Bellarmine on Saturday for their fifth straight Holy War win. Their defense forced three turnovers, which led to 21 points. They lost to No. 2 Serra (49-7) and No. 4 Valley Christian (16-13 in overtime). 

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. Paul Barton totaled 336 receiving yards in his first football season. 

Last week: No. 17

  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. Jahshai Shannon intercepted four passes. 

Last week: No. 18

  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. Kenny Olson finished with 372 total yards.

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 included a 5-1 overall mark and a second place finish in the EBAL Valley Division. Dual-threat quarterback Shaun SMith finished with 693 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions next to his 360 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Last week: No. 21

  1. Vacaville (5-0)

Vacaville rolled through its competition, outscoring opponents 247-74 and scoring 58-plus points three times. Darian Leon-Guerrero ran for 701 yards and 15 touchdowns. 

Last week: No. 22

  1. El Cerrito (5-0)

The Gauchos outscored opponents 195-7 and registered four shutouts. Robert Freeman – holding an Arizona State offer – notched 750 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns as a junior after going for 16 scores and eight interceptions as a sophomore.  

Last week: No. 24

  1. Liberty (4-1)

Liberty finished the year with two straight wins and a second place finish in the Bay Valley Athletic League, with its only loss coming to No. 3 Pittsburg. Sophomore quarterback Nate Bell had 856 passing yards, six touchdowns and one interception, alongside 219 rushing yards and six scores.

Last week: No. 24

  1. California (2-4)

Cal came close to a .500 record in a supremely difficult EBAL Mountain Division, suffering three one-score defeats. All four of Cal’s losses were to top 15 teams. Teddy Booras had 1,236 passing yards. Jake Calcagno finished with 607 receiving yards.

Last week: No. 25

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

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