WEEKLY RANKINGS: MINIMAL CHANGE AS TEAMS HEAD INTO LEAGUE PLAY
With a good portion of teams having the week off and not the juiciest of games from last week’s schedule, there was only one change in the top ten as every team except for No. 1 begins league play.
No. 1 Analy (3-0) (Last Week No. 1)…The Tigers have done all they can do with three wins decided by halftime. Now they have the game that will decide if the end of the season could have a state playoff game.
No. 2 Windsor (3-0) (2)…One of the teams that had the week off and one of five teams in the leagues we cover that made it to a 3-0 mark.
No. 3 Rancho Cotate (1-2) (4)…This is the only change as using a backup quarterback Conner Nicks they had no problem with a good American Canyon team. The big news for Rancho Cotate was the defense showed up. The offense hasn’t been an issue the first three games of the season.
No. 4 Cardinal Newman (1-2) (3)…After two one sided losses the week off came at a good time. The schedule takes a downgrade with a home game with Santa Rosa to start league play.
No. 5 Maria Carrillo (2-1) (5)…They had a week off also. Beating the teams they are supposed to so far.
The only loss is to Analy and there is no punishment in these rankings for that.
No. 6 Montgomery (1-2) (6)…As it was said in the Maria Carrillo portion, no punishment for a loss to Analy. In fact the Vikings scored as many points against Analy as the first two opponents did. Host Maria Carrillo to open NBL play.
No. 7 St. Helena (3-0) (7)…An impressive first three quarters was almost undone by a big fourth quarter rally by St. Vincent. The game got close and then they had an impressive drive to eat the clock and preserve the win. Should be an interesting NCL I race.
No. 8 Fort Bragg (2-1) (8)…Had the week off so Kaylor Sullivan will not be player of the week.
No. 9 Petaluma (3-1) (9)…Rushed for over 350 yards in win over Jefferson City. Turnaround is happening. Since the middle of last season they are 6-3. Before that since the 2009 team they were 11-26.
No. 10 Middletown (2-1) (10)…Since the beginning of last season they met Salesian three times and have given up 68 points. Against everybody else in the other twelve games they have given up 27.
Honorable Mention: Cloverdale, Clear Lake, Tomales
PLAYER OF THE WEEK…Wily Lepori, Tomales…He broke a school record with 44 carries and gained 175 yards and scored a touchdown in a 16-14 win over Balboa of San Francisco. On the season Lepori is averaging over 150 yards a game.
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