Prep Football Power Rankings: Week 3

St. Mary's High linebacker Khalil Hodge (3) chases down Central Catholic quarterback Hunter Petlansky Friday in Modesto. (DEBBIE NODA/THE MODESTO BEE)

Last week, I began my local Prep Football Power Rankings, and here were the top five:

1. St. Mary’s

2. Manteca

3. Lincoln

4. Sierra

5. Tokay

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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Helmet Stickers: Prep Football Week 2

Sierra High junior tailback Mark Paule Jr. (20) had 245 rushing yards and six touchdowns at Chavez Friday. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

To be the best running back on your team is an accomplishment. To lead the Sac-Joaquin Section in rushing touchdowns is tremendous. And to be No. 1 in the state? That’s pretty wild.

Mark Paule Jr., a Sierra High junior tailback, continued his torrid pace Friday: posting 28 carries for 245 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-24 crushing of Chavez on the road. He leads California with those 16 TDs, and is fifth with 660 rushing yards.

He headlines my Week 2 “Helmet Stickers” – honoring the best performances from Friday night football. It’s Paule’s third straight week on this list, joining a couple others below. Sierra is 3-0, and Paule is a huge reason why.

Congratulations to Mark and the rest:

QB – OSAI BROWN (McNair, Jr.)

Brown has a cannon, and if McNair (1-2) can start to figure things out more on defense, it won’t be a fun matchup for anyone. The junior went 25 of 43 for 450 yards, three touchdowns and in interception in a 51-40 loss at Galt-Liberty Ranch Thursday.

Brown’s first three varsity games have all featured three passing touchdowns or more, and he’s got 11 of them total to go with his 1,133 passing yards.

He’s fourth in the state and second in the section in passing yards – everyone trails Folsom’s Jake Browning (1,306). In passing TDs, Brown is second in the section behind Browning.

WR – LAMAR HOUSELY (Chavez, Sr.)

In a rough night for the Titans (1-1), Housely had a solid performance at receiver, with five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. He also threw a two-point conversion pass. He got in-sync with quarterback Julius Davila for a 60-yard TD pass late in the first half.

RB – RYAN FUGIT (Ripon, Sr.)

The Indians senior took 21 carries for 182 yards in Ripon’s 45-25 win over Lathrop.

It was pivotal for Ripon, which had been beaten in its first two games.

RB – HECTOR SOTO (Manteca, Sr.)

Soto had 16 carries for 122 yards for the Buffaloes (3-0), with touchdown runs of 4, 25 and 5 yards in a 49-14 shellacking of Modesto-Enochs. He and fellow senior Lechi Nkwocha have filled in amicably for the departed tailback Alex Laurel: now at Butte College, former program of Aaron Rodgers.

RB/LB – BRANDON RUSSELL (Tracy, Sr.)

Modesto-Beyer couldn’t get away from Russell, who dominated both side of the field for Tracy (1-2) Friday in a 50-12 rout of the Patriots at home. Russell had two interceptions, with 51 combined return yards, and caught a 29-yard TD pass all before half.

WR – LESTER WILLIAMS (Stagg, Sr.)

Williams has been unstoppable in an otherwise rough year for the Delta Kings (0-3), and it continued Friday in a 52-35 loss to American Canyon. The senior had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and TD receptions of 21 and 65 yards.

QB – CALEB  MULLEN (Escalon, Sr.)

The Cougars (2-1) are a Wing-T, running team, but Mullen was perfect Friday night. Escalon’s senior gunslinger completed all of his passes, for 113 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-7 win over Bret Harte. Escalon coach Mark Loureiro is second in section history with 259 wins, and has two more to tie the record.

RB/LB – STEVEN ROSALES (Bear Creek, Sr.)

On a rough night for Bear Creek (0-2) – a home-opening 55-25 loss to Kimball – Rosales shined with touchdown receptions of 60 and 71 yards from quarterback Craig Perkins.

WR – SEAN HAMILTON (McNair, Jr.)

Hamilton had another monster game at Liberty Ranch (1-1), along with Brown, for a game-high 10 catches for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Through three games, he’s got 25 catches for 580 yards and seven touchdowns, and is averaging 23 yards per grab. Hamilton is the state-leader with his 580 receiving yards, and those 7 TDs are tied for fourth in the state.

RB/DB – BRIAN SYSTMA (Ripon Christian, Jr.)

Systma was the man for the Knights (2-0) in a 27-23 win at Linden (0-3), scoring on a 6-yard touchdown with less than a minute left to put Ripon Christian on top.

He also nabbed the game-sealing interception on Linden’s final fourth down, and finished with 33 carries for 194 rushing yards.

RB – MARCELL SPADY (St. Mary’s, Sr.)

Spady’s nights are looking the same, and in a good way. He had 14 carries for 117 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening win over Santa Rosa-Cardinal Newman, and Friday in an 18-13 win at Modesto-Central Catholic, had 23 carries for 116 yards and another touchdown.

RB/SS – JACOB TALOA (Kimball, Sr.)

Taloa has a monster night for the Jaguars (1-1) in their first win of the year. He had 256 rushing yards total with four touchdowns, and included a fifth touchdown – an 82-yard reception via quarterback Malik Ransom.

In the first half alone, Taloa had 182 rushing yards.

RB – PRIEST JENNINGS (Chavez, Sr.)

Jennings started slow, with negative 3 yards for his first six carries, but then took off: with touchdown runs of 50 and 70 yards, and finishing with 16 carries for 142 yards.

QB – LAVANTE BUSHNELL (Stagg, Jr.)

Bushnell isn’t perfect, but he’s come a long way in three weeks of transitioning to being a quarterback from a wide receiver. His 265 passing yards and two TD strikes to Williams this week prove it.

RB/LB – COURTNEY HAWKINS (Tracy, Jr.)

Hawkins filled in nicely for the injured Nate Jones, taking 17 carries for 122 yards.

QB – NOAH RIGHETTI (St. Mary’s, Sr.)

Righetti wasn’t perfect in the Rams’ 18-13 win at Modesto-Central Catholic. He went 10 of 23 passing, and threw a touchdown but had an interception, too.

But his final play was pivotal for St. Mary’s’ season.

Righetti scored a touchdown on a 6-yard bootleg with less than a minute to go, giving St. Mary’s the lead for good.

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Prep Football Week 2 Scoreboard

Bear Creek running back Pedro Segura (22) fires up his team before its game against Kimball Friday. (ROGER WOO/THE RECORD)

 

SIERRA 63, Chavez 24

ST. MARY’S 18, Modesto-Central Catholic 13

RIPON 45, Lathrop 25

CERES-CENTRAL VALLEY 33, Franklin 0

MODESTO-DOWNEY 35, Tokay 6

MANTECA 49, Modesto-Enochs 14

EAST UNION 60, Modesto-Johansen 19

AMERICAN CANYON 52, Stagg 35

KIMBALL 55, Bear Creek 25

TRACY 50, Beyer 12

ESCALON 56, Bret Harte 7

MODESTO CHRISTIAN 53, Calaveras 12

RIPON CHRISTIAN 27, Linden 23

ELK GROVE 29, Lincoln 7

WESTON RANCH 33, Galt 20

SACRAMENTO-CAPITAL CHRISTIAN 28, Amador 7

GRASS VALLEY-BEAR RIVER 35, Argonaut 7

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Stats and Breakdown: Sierra slams Chavez 63-24

Sierra High football's defense swallows up Chavez's Tomiwa Ologundudu during the Timberwolves' 63-24 win Friday. The defense forced five turnovers. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

This blog is all about the nuts and bolts of what really happens on Friday nights.

Here’s a quarter-by-quarter look at Sierra’s 63-24 win at Chavez, followed by statistical breakdowns for both clubs. Sierra is now 3-0, and Chavez is 1-1. Chavez goes to West next week while Sierra has a bye and plays at Kimball Sept. 26.

FIRST QUARTER

It was a nightmare beginning for Sierra, as Chavez recovered an onside kick to open the game. That came after the Timberwolves purposefully dedicated a bunch of practice time to preventing it. And directly afterward, quarterback Julius Davila threw for two straight first downs.

But after a timeout, Sierra stuffed Chavez’s Priest Jennings on a fourth-down pitch play and got the ball back.

Junior tailback Mark Paule Jr. scored on two runs of 3 yards each, and quarterback Devin Nunez hit wide receiver Daniel Wyatt for a 22-yard touchdown. Timberwolves lead 21-0 after one.

SECOND QUARTER

Sierra tacks on three more touchdowns before half – on a Paule 5-yard run, a 25-yard fumble recovery run for a touchdown by Tyler Lewis and a 10-yard pass from Nunez to Wyatt.

Chavez’s Jennings busts loose for a 50-yard touchdown, and Davila hits Lamar Housely for a 60-yard TD strike. At halftime, Sierra leads 42-16.

THIRD QUARTER

Paule Jr. cashes in thrice more – on runs of 15, 7 and 20 yards. Jennings opened the half on a 70-yard touchdown run to give the Titans some hope for the time being.

FOURTH QUARTER

Paule Jr. didn’t touch the ball, as a running clock ended the game quickly.

*****

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

SIERRA (3-0)

Passing

Devin Nunez: 4 of 6, 102 yards, 2 TDs

Rushing

Mark Paule Jr.: 30 carries, 270 yards, 6 TDs, 9 first downs

Nick Lucchetti: 6 carries, 35 yards

Chris Stevens: 1 carry, 23 yards

Hunter Johnson: 1 carry, 11 yards

Ryan Vasquez: 1 carry, 4 yards

Edgar Villanueva: 4 carries, 2 yards

Devin Nunez: 2 carries, -3 yards, 1 sack

Receiving

Chris Stevens: 1 catch, 47 yards

Daniel Wyatt: 2 catches, 32 yards, 2 TDs

Hunter Johnson: 1 catch, 23 yards

Total Offense: 444 yards

CHAVEZ (1-1)

Passing

Julius Davila: 9 of 24, 146 yards, TD, 3 INTs

Darryl Kapule: 0 for 1

Rushing

Priest Jennings: 16 carries, 142 yards, 2 TDs

Ira Williams or Terrance Ritzow: 5 carries, 10 yards

Tomiwa Ologundudu: 2 carries, 7 yards

Darryl Kapule: 1 carry, 4 yards

Lamar Housely: 4 carries, 3 yards

James Rankins: 1 carry, 2 yards

Julius Davila: 4 carries, -3 yards, 2 sacks

Receiving

Lamar Housely: 5 catches, 91 yards, TD

James Reed: 2 catches, 16 yards

Tomiwa Ologundudu: 2 catches, 39 yards

Total Offense: 311 yards

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Sierra-Chavez Player of the Game: Mark Paule Jr.

Sierra High tailback Mark Paule Jr. (right) rushes during Friday night's 63-24 win at Chavez. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

You know what’s most impressive about Mark Paule Jr.?

It’s not about his 16 rushing touchdowns, which very, very likely lead not only the Sac-Joaquin Section, but the state of California. It’s not his 685 rushing yards through three games (an average of 225-230 per contest). It’s not even the Timberwolves’ 3-0 record with him at running back.

He’s so great because Paule is 5-foot-7, 150 pounds, and doesn’t just rely on fantastic speed and agility – which he does have. It’s the way, with that frame, he still finishes runs like Eddie Lacy, Marshawn Lynch or Frank Gore: putting a hurting on whoever dares tackle him.

Couple that with his great field vision, and you have nights like Friday’s.

Paule punished Chavez – in the Timberwolves’ 63-24 road win in Stockton – with 30 carries for 270 yards and six touchdowns. Heck, he didn’t even need to touch the ball during a running-clock fourth quarter.

That’s why Paule is an easy choice for my Sierra-Chavez Player of the Game.

It should be said, Paule has a strong, stout and impressive offensive line, and as coach Jeff Harbison said, receivers who sell themselves out by blocking downfield on longer runs.

Odds are he won’t have unbelievable statistical nights like this when Sierra plays Manteca, Oakdale and Central Catholic, but I can’t wait to see what he can put together overall, and in the postseason.

Congratulations, Mark.

HONORABLE MENTION

RB – PRIEST JENNINGS (Chavez, Sr.)

Jennings had a miserable start to his Friday night.

After being smashed on a fourth-down pitch play to end the Titans’ first drive, he had negative 3 yards on his first six carries.

Then, in the second quarter, he broke free down the right sideline for a raucous 50-yard touchdown run. Jennings then opened the second half with a 70-yard TD run, and finished with 16 carries for 142 yards and his two scores.

WR – LAMAR HOUSELY (Chavez, Sr.)

Housely synced up well with Titans quarterback Julius Davila, with five catches for 91 yards and a 60-yard TD on a laser pass.

He also threw a two-point conversion pass to James Rankins after Jennings’ 70-yard TD.

QB – DEVIN NUNEZ (Sierra, Sr.)

Nunez didn’t need to do much, but went 4 for 6 for 102 yards and two touchdowns. It was all about quality, not quantity.

THE SIERRA DEFENSE

Tyler Lewis scooped up a fumble and ran it back 25 yards for a touchdown, and Marcos Castillo and two others intercepted Davila on a five-turnover night.

This defense bends occasionally, but doesn’t break, and is highly opportunistic.

MORE PLAYERS OF THE GAME

WEEK 0: Mark Russell (Lincoln, WR, Sr.)

WEEK 1: Marcell Spady (St. Mary’s, RB, Sr.)

WEEK 2: Mark Paule Jr. (Sierra, RB, Jr.)

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Friday Prep Football Predictions: Week 2

West High football raises its helmets during the National Anthem last Friday in Tracy. (CRAIG SANDERS/THE RECORD)

Last week was more like it.

After an 8-5 opener doing high school football predictions, I went 12-4 last week. There were no crazy upsets I predicted, but kudos to Lathrop beating Galt-Liberty Ranch, and West rolling past Kimball. I was wrong on both counts.

This week, Sierra (2-0) visits Chavez (1-0) for our prep Game of the Week at 7:15 p.m., while Richard Estrada, also known as Black Hat Football, visits the “Holy Bowl” – St. Mary’s (1-0) at Modesto-Central Catholic (1-0).

The Record has all of your high school football coverage, highlighted by a live chat at http://recordnet.com beginning at 7:30 p.m. The input and fan contribution really amped up last week, and we love it.

Without further ado, here are my predictions for Week 2, as I try and build on my 20-9 record.

SIERRA 38, Chavez 35

There will be offense tonight, just not like last year’s.

Sierra tailback Mark Paule Jr. will be targeted by the Titans, as after all, he leads the Sac-Joaquin Section and is tied for the state lead with 10 rushing touchdowns. But, even when he’s not going, senior wide receiver Hunter Johnson is a great target for quarterback Devin Nunez.

Chavez quarterback Julius Davila gets his once again but Sierra seems to be even stronger than its Div. IV playoff campaign a year ago. Senior linebacker Trevon McCray is pivotal to try and contain Titans senior rusher Priest Jennings.

ST. MARY’S 42, Central Catholic 24

The Rams are a great Div. I team, and the Raiders are the best Div. IV team in the state, in all likelihood.

But that gap is enough to give a big advantage to St. Mary’s. Plus, the Rams lines are stout, strong and agile, and the Raiders are smaller on the lines than they’ve been in the past.

Expect St. Mary’s senior Marcell Spady to control the running game, and for the Rams to outslug their parochial rivals.

MANTECA 30, Modesto-Enochs 29

Enochs might be 0-2, but it lost a tight game to Turlock and another to Atwater-Buhach Colony — ranked as one of the top 15 teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

The Buffaloes’ senior running duo of Hector Soto and Lechi Nkwocha is just enough to win at home.

TRACY 35, Beyer 22

The Bulldogs are desperately seeking their first win. Considering Tracy only lost by a touchdown at Concord-Clayton Valley, ranked No. 1 in Cal-Hi Sports’ NorCal Division II bowl pecking order, that’s not a horrible loss.

Expect the Bulldogs to outrun the Patriots to their fifth straight win in the series.

STAGG 35, American Canyon 30

The Delta Kings finally get on the winning side of things, against an American Canyon team that’s more suspect than it has been in the past.

It lost to perennial Northern Section power Paradise (Wing-T machine) by over 45 points, and got a close, close win over Pinole Valley, which had two wins a year ago.

Quarterback Lavante Bushnell gets more in-sync running the spread, wide receiver Lester Williams goes off and tailback Eric Kranh has his best game this season.

MORE PICKS

MODESTO-JOHANSEN over East Union

LATHROP over Ripon

BEAR CREEK over Kimball

GALT over Weston Ranch

CERES-CENTRAL VALLEY over Franklin

ESCALON over Bret Harte

RIPON CHRISTIAN over Linden

ELK GROVE over Lincoln

TOKAY over Modesto-Downey

MODESTO CHRISTIAN over Calaveras

THIS WEEK’S PREP SPORTS COVERAGE

Monday: Helmet Stickers, Prep Football Power Rankings, Week 1 Scoreboard; Week 2 Schedule

Tuesday: Male Athlete of the Week, Female Athlete of the Week, Players to Watch: Sierra-Chavez, Three Locals Teams in SJSCIF Top 25 Rankings

Wednesday: Manteca back in Cal-Hi Sports bowl rankings

Thursday: X-Factors: Sierra at Chavez

Friday: Locals back on Cal-Hi Sports’ stat stars list, Prep Football Predictions

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Paule Jr., Dancy return to Cal-Hi Sports State Stat Stars

Sierra High tailback Mark Paule Jr. leads the Sac-Joaquin Section and is tied for first in the state with 10 rushing touchdowns. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

It’s difficult enough to stand out in the Stockton and San Joaquin football scene.

But Mark Paule Jr. and Marcel Dancy are making noise on a statewide level.

Paule, a junior tailback for Sierra, and Dancy, a junior safety and tailback for West, have both made the Cal-Hi Sports State Stat Stars list for the second straight week.

In a 56-0 win over Ceres-Central Valley, Paule had 16 carries for 213 yards and three touchdowns, while in a rout of Kimball, Dancy had nine carries for 242 yards (average of 27 per carry) with two touchdowns.

Paule leads the Sac-Joaquin Section and is tied for the state lead with 10 rushing touchdowns, and his 415 rushing yards are fifth in the section and 13th in the state, coming into Thursday.

Dancy has been all over the field for West, as in Week 0, he had a 100-yard pick-six interception to seal a 20-7 win over Lathrop.

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X-Factors: Sierra at Chavez

Sierra High tailback Mark Paule Jr. leads the Sac-Joaquin Section and is tied for first in the state with 10 rushing touchdowns. (CALIXTRO ROMIAS/THE RECORD)

In last year’s Chavez-Sierra football game, defense was like the Loch Ness Monster, Eddie Murphy’s singing career or Sasquatch.

It might exist, or it might not, and either way, it’s certainly not there for you to see.

Sierra outslugged Chavez 61-58 at home in Manteca, in a game that featured 119 points, 895 passing yards and 17 touchdowns combined. The Timberwolves left 28-6 after a quarter, only to relent and allow the Titans right back in it.

Timberwolves quarterback Jake Pruitt is gone – now it’s Devin Nunez – but Titans senior Julius Davila returns. He was solid in Chavez’s opening win over Modesto-Gregori, completing 69 percent of his throws with 205 passing yards and three touchdowns.

This Sierra-Chavez showdown, at 7:15 p.m. Friday, could have similar fireworks. I’ll be there updating live on Twitter, and you can always check out our live chat online at recordnet.com/football, but for now, here are three X-Factors for this showdown:

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE

The Timberwolves haven’t given up a touchdown on defense this year, yet gave up nine of them – including seven to Davila – in the win over the Titans last year.

I don’t expect Sierra will blast Chavez 54-7 like Ripon or 56-0 like Ceres-Central Valley, but you can’t expect the Titans to stay scoreless or be blown out in this game.

The question is, are Davila, tailback Priest Jennings and wide receiver Lamar Housely enough to get Sierra’s defense out of its crazy-good tunnel vision its had so far.

SENIORS MATCH UP

It would make sense that Chavez cornerback Sergio Fernandez, a senior and team leader, would match up on Sierra senior wide receiver Hunter Johnson – a returning all-area pick.

Johnson’s role has been more limited this season with the emergence of Paule, but he’s still a constant threat and found the end zone against Central Valley last week.

KICKING GAME

Last year, Chavez had nine touchdowns to Sierra’s eight, but the Timberwolves’ kicking game was much better. Sierra senior Joshua Gonzalez hit two field goals, and junior Marissa LaQuaglia hit seven of eight extra points.

The now-senior LaQuaglia was perfect with an 8 for 8 extra-point night against Central Valley last week, while Chavez does not have kicking stats on MaxPreps from its game with Gregori.

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Manteca football stands strong in Cal-Hi Sports bowl rankings

Manteca High tailback Hector Soto (center) carries the ball against Dublin-Valley Christian Friday. (HIME ROMERO/MANTECA BULLETIN)

Manteca High football earned the right to hang on to the seven spot.

The Buffaloes (2-0) trounced visiting Dublin-Valley Christian 49-7 Friday, and holds on to Cal-Hi Sports’ Week 2 version of its CIF NorCal Division II bowl rankings.

Manteca is just behind Valley Oak League adversary Oakdale (No. 6, 2-0), and five spots behind Redding-Enterprise (No. 2, 1-0), the team that beat the Buffaloes in last year’s Div. II NorCal bowl game.

Here’s a look at the Cal-Hi Sports top 10 for Div. II – the team, their spot last week (in parenthesis) and their overall record.

NORCAL D-II BOWL RANKINGS

1. Concord-Clayton Valley Charter (1) 2-0

2. Redding-Enterprise (2) 1-0

3. Los Gatos (9) 0-0

4. Concord (3) 2-0

5. Sacramento (4) 1-0

6. Oakdale (6) 2-0

7. Manteca (7) 2-0

8. Rio Linda (10) 2-0

9. Sacramento-Inderkum (5) 1-1

10. Pacifica-Terra Nova (8) 0-1

RAMS ON THE BUBBLE

St. Mary’s, after blasting Santa Rosa-Cardinal Newman 35-15, was placed a bubble team outside of the top 10 in the Cal-Hi Sports Div. I rankings. The week before, they weren’t even on the bubble.

NOTE: To read about St. Mary’s, Manteca’s and Lincoln’s appearance in the latest MaxPreps Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25, click here.

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St. Mary’s, Manteca, Lincoln return to Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25

St. Mary's High football captains (from left) Daniel Montijo, Jonah Ocon, Noah Righetti and Khalil Hodge walk to midfield Friday. (CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD)

St. Mary’s is up a little. Manteca is up a little bit more. Lincoln has slid back, but is sticking around.

MaxPreps and The Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson released their Week 2 version of their Sac-Joaquin Section Top 25 rankings Tuesday evening, and the local squads of the Rams, Buffaloes and Trojans are in the mix once again.

Here’s a look at the Top 25, with the number of last week’s rank in parenthesis followed by their record.

We’ll have a quick rundown of why our three teams moved around, and what’s to come this week, after the Top 25 list.

SJSCIF TOP 25

1. Folsom (1) 2-0

2. Elk Grove (2) 1-0

3. El Dorado Hills-Oak Ridge (4) 2-0

4. Sacramento-Grant (5) 2-0

5. Granite Bay (7) 1-0

6. Rocklin (9) 2-0

7. Loomis-Del Oro (3) 0-2

8. Vacaville (8) 0-1

9. Sacramento (10) 1-0

10. St. Mary’s (11) 1-0

11. Carmichael-Jesuit (12) 1-1

12. Elk Grove-Franklin (6) 1-1

13. Merced (16) 1-1

14. Atwater-Buhach Colony (15) 2-0

15. Oakdale (18) 2-0

16. Sacramento-Burbank (19) 0-1

17. Central Catholic (20) 1-0

18. Fairfield-Vanden (21) 1-0

19. Napa (22) 2-0

20. Manteca (24) 2-0

21. Rio Linda (25) 2-0

22. Turlock-Pitman (NR) 2-0

23. Lincoln (13) 1-1

24. Sacramento-Christian Brothers (NR) 2-0

T25. Elk Grove-Monterey Trail (NR) 2-0

T25. Sacramento-Inderkum (14) 1-1

  • St. Mary’s (1-0) played the part of best local team thus far on Friday, stomping Santa Rosa-Cardinal Newman 35-15. Almost everyone was on-point, especially the defense, and on offense, tailback Marcell Spady, wide receivers Demetrius Ferguson and Javonte Norman and quarterback Noah Righetti. This week, the Rams have a huge test, traveling to No. 17 Modesto-Central Catholic: the back-to-back CIF State Division IV champion.
  • Manteca (2-0) keeps proving to the section that 2013′s Div. III title run and NorCal Div. II bowl appearance were for real, even without departed key seniors. Junior quarterback Dakarai Charles is finding his rhythm, and the Buffaloes displayed a balanced rushing attack (nobody had even 70 yards, I believe) in a 49-7 drubbing of Dublin-Valley Christian Friday at home. Manteca hosts Modesto-Enochs in Week 2.
  • Lincoln (1-1) ran into trouble as Turlock-Pitman came to Spanos Stadium and won 28-12, and went from being unrated to No. 22 in the section rankings. Lincoln must stick to its rushing attack and exploit mismatches, and really, will have to play its best football possible to hang with No. 2 Elk Grove Friday on the road. Either way, great growing experience for the Trojans.

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