MaxPreps NorCal Top 25 Football Rankings
1. De La Salle (Concord) (1) 2-0
Beat Mullen (Denver, Co.) 30-13. Host St. Mary's (Stockton)
on Friday.2. Elk Grove (2) 3-0
Beat Del Campo (Fair Oaks) 19-16. At Sheldon (Sacramento)
on Friday.3. Vacaville (4) 3-0
Beat previous No. 8 Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 28-24. At No. 15 Granite Bay on Friday.4. Logan (Union City) (7) 3-0
Beat San Ramon Valley (Danville) 35-0. Host Heritage (Brentwood)
on Friday.5. Bellarmine (San Jose) (6) 1-1
Beat San Leandro 33-7. Host Piedmont Hills (San Jose)
on Friday.6. Lincoln (Stockton) (5) 2-1
Beat Berkeley 34-16. Host St. Mary's (Stockton) on Sept. 21.7. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) (11) 2-1
Beat previous No. 3 Nevada Union 29-28. At Inderkum (Sacramento)
on Friday.8. Nevada Union (Grass Valley) (3) 2-1
Lost to No. 6 Pleasant Grove 29-28. Host Chico
on Friday.9. Palo Alto (12) 1-0
Beat San Benito 40-23. Host No. 20 Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) on Friday.
10. Serra (San Mateo) (8) 1-0
Idle. Host Encinal (Alameda)
on Friday.11. Franklin (Elk Grove) (13) 3-0
Beat Freedom (Oakley) 31-21. Host Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove)
on Friday.12. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) (8) 2-1
Lost to No. 3 Vacaville 28-24. At Justin-Siena (Napa)
on Friday.13. Burbank (Sacramento) (22) 2-0
Beat previous No. 16 Grant (Sacramento) 36-27. At No. 14 Del Oro on Friday.14. Del Oro (Loomis) (13) 0-2
Idle (losses to state-ranked Oaks Chrisitian and Westlake). Host No. 13 Burbank on Friday.15. Granite Bay (14) 0-2
Idle (losses to state-ranked Westlake and Oaks Christian).16. Folsom (15) 3-0
Beat Roseville 24-7. Host Deer Valley (Antioch)
on Friday.17. Placer (Auburn) (19) 2-0
Beat Foothill (Palo Cedro) 42-14. Host Casa Roble (Orangevale)
on Friday.18. Palma (Salinas) (18) 1-0
Beat St. Francis (Mountain View) 12-7. Host Sonoma Valley (Sonoma)
on Friday.19. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) (NR) 3-0
Beat Washington (Fremont) 49-0. Host No. 20 Grant on Friday.
20. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) (NR) 2-0
Beat Leland (San Jose) 34-7. At No. 9 Palo Alto on Friday.21. Grant (Sacramento) (16) 1-2
Lost to No. 13 Burbank 36-27. At No. 19 Oak Ridge on Friday.22. Concord (NR) 3-0
Beat Arroyo (San Lorenzo) 50-7. Host Bethel (Vallejo)
on Friday.23. Central Catholic (Modesto) (NR) 2-1
Beat previous No. 17 St. Mary's (Stockton) 28-21. At Downey (Modesto)
on Friday.24. Buhach Colony (Atwater) (12) 2-1
Lost to Clovis North 37-19. Host Lodi
on Friday.25. Oakdale (25) 1-1
Beat Aptios 35-14. At Sonora
on Friday.NorCal news and notes...
* De La Salle rallied to beat Mullen Prep of Denver, which led 13-7 at the half before falling 30-13. In the second half, the Spartans' fast defense allowed just two first downs against a program that has won 14 Colorado state titles. Tiapepe Vitale
rushed for 129 yards and a score for De La Salle, unbeaten against state competition since 2008 and against NorCal foes since 1991.
* Vacaville forced a late fumble and then drove 48 yards to beat Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 28-24 on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Nic Ardave
to David Mewborn
with five seconds to play. Ardave had two touchdown passes. Marin Catholic is the last team to beat Vacaville, which went 13-1 last season and won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship, with that Marin loss costing the Bulldogs a state-bowl bid.. Vacaville plays at Granite Bay on Friday.
* With Cal coach Jeff Tedford in attendance, Bears-bound Marin Catholic quarterback Jared Goff
passed for 250 yards and three touchdowns.
* Logan, coming off a 10-1 season and a spirited toe-to-toe preseason scrimmage against De La Salle, is off to a 3-0 start after blasting previously ranked San Ramon Valley 35-0. Karsten Wethington
and Warren Long
each returned interceptions for scores.
* Palma needed every ounce of defense to hold off St. Francis 12-7. The Chieftains had four interceptions, and Marcus Washington
rushed for two scores against the Lancers, who scored late.
* Franklin trailed Freedom 21-0 early last year and suffered a 28-21 loss, and on Friday, Freedom bolted to a 21-0 lead again. This time, Franklin won 31-21, recovering two onside kicks and using a 56-yard touchdown sprint by Steven Rogers
to pull away.
* Pleasant Grove rode momentum and went for two to beat previous No. 3 Nevada Union 29-28, taking its only lead with 33 seconds left on a Dre Terrell
touchdown pass to Wyatt Demps
— his fourth to the junior receiver recruit — and then finding fullback Tyree Hanson
for a two-point conversion. Still, it took Demps' block of a 44-yard field goal with 10 seconds to go to seal it.
* Burbank has played football in Sacramento for 44 seasons, but it never drew a crowd of 5,000 like Friday when the new Titans stadium was packed for a rivalry meeting with Grant. Burbank won 36-27 as Isiah Williams
rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Ernest Jenkins
raced for two scores, including a 75-yarder. Next for Burbank, which runs the triple-option offense, is a game at Del Oro. Grant fell out of The Sacramento Bee's Top 10 for the first time since the first week of the 1991 season.
* Elk Grove rallied late to beat Del Campo 19-16, thanks to a 58-yard touchdown bomb to Bwon Canada
in the first half and a 48-yard pass play to the 4-yard line to set up the game-winning touchdown run by Robert Frazier
with just over a minute to play.
* Los Banos senior Joseph Vera underwent surgery late Friday night after a game at Manteca. He passed out just before the half, apparently the result from an early hit. Surgery was performed to relieve pressure on Vera's brain, and he was awake and alert and recalled details of the game the next morning, a relief to those in a football-passionate family and community. Los Banos beat Manteca 42-24 with teammates not knowing what happened to Vega, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound defensive lineman.Joe Davidson has covered high schools with The Sacramento Bee since 1988. Follow him on Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD; on Facebook: sacbeepreps; and online: sacbee.com/preps; and radio podcasts: ESPN1320.net.