Last week, I began my local Prep Football Power Rankings, and here were the top five:
1. St. Mary’s
I also had Tracy, Stagg, West and Chavez on the bubble.
Every team in the top 5 had a different story this week. Close wins. Blowout wins. Respectable losses. Frustrating losses.
We’ve re-calibrated the top five for your viewing pleasure, and here they are. The team is listed first, along with their ranking, followed by last week’s ranking in parenthesis and finally, their overall record through three weeks.
1. ST. MARY’S (1) 2-0
St. Mary’s may be Sac-Joaquin Section Division I, and Modesto-Central Catholic may be Div. IV, but hey, the Raiders are two-time defending CIF State champions. This wasn’t going to be easy.
The Rams escaped with a win at the Raiders Friday, 18-13, as quarterback Noah Righetti scored a touchdown on a 6-yard bootleg in the final minute.
With that, St. Mary’s and its stalwart defense remains atop my local rankings.
ON SATURDAY: at San Francisco-St. Ignatius (2-0)
2. MANTECA (2) 2-0
Manteca keeps proving its doubters wrong, smacking a respectable Modesto-Enochs team 49-14 at home in week 2.
Senior Hector Soto was great again, with 16 carries for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback Dakarai Charles continues to be productive.
The Valley Oak League, enormous with eight teams, begins – can you believe this – not this week but next week, and the Buffaloes are contenders to be sure.
ON FRIDAY: Bye
3. LINCOLN (3) 1-2
I know, all of the schools that are .500 are better are screaming over this.
But Lincoln’s loss this week is almost a mental win. They were at Elk Grove, ranked No. 2 in the Sac-Joaquin Section by The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson, and fell 29-7. That’s not too bad, and Trojans quarterback Colby Dickson was hurt.
Lincoln’s still got dominant lines, and senior rushers Mark Russell, Ronald Walker and Hunter Yates to be Tri-City Athletic League contenders.
ON FRIDAY: vs. Granada (1-2)
4. SIERRA (4) 3-0
These Timberwolves keep impressing.
Junior running back Mark Paule Jr.’s amazing season continued in a 63-24 win at Chavez Friday, as he took 28 carries for 245 yards and six touchdowns. He’s now got 660 rushing yards, and his 16 rushing touchdowns lead the great state of California.
Sierra’s defense, though, really deserves its due. It forced five turnovers at Chavez Friday – picking off talented QB Julius Davila twice – and has forced 10 overall this season. Senior linebacker Trevon McCray will hit you, and hit you hard.
ON FRIDAY: Bye
5. TRACY (NR) 1-2
The Bulldogs, who really, can hang with anyone on this list, make their first appearance after getting into the win column with a 50-12 home victory over Modesto-Beyer.
Tracy had fallen at home to Freedom-Oakley and on the road to a powerful Concord-Clayton Valley team, and endured an injury to senior tailback Nate Jones.
But the “next man up” mentality is working for coach Matt Shrout and the Bulldogs.
ON FRIDAY: vs. Kimball (1-1)
On the Bubble: West (2-0), Tokay (2-1), Escalon (2-1)
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