Entering last weekend's game, Edison of Fresno was in the driver's seat, but the Tigers got clipped 26-24 by Sanger (a team with three losses) in the CIF Central Section Yosemite Division (Small) playoffs. Also losing was previous No. 4 Golden West of Visalia.
Those developments meant that whoever wins in the CIF San Diego Section Div. II playoffs also would be Div. II State Team of the Year. Previous No. 2 Monte Vista of Spring Valley and previous No. 3 Helix of La Mesa played each other and this time it was Helix cruising to a 61-28 triumph. That reversed an earlier upset by Monte Vista and pushed Helix back up to the No. 1 ranking.
But the Highlanders will only have to look across the field in Wednesday's title game to see their closest pursuers in the rankings as Oceanside (11-1) would also finish No. 1 if it beats Helix. The Pirates advanced by winning 23-13 last week over Mira Mesa.
In the Div. III final rankings, Los Gatos left no doubt about its candidacy to be State Team of the Year for the division after crushing previously unbeaten San Lorenzo Valley of Felton, 42-0, in the CIF Central Coast Section Div. III title game. Los Gatos ends the year at 13-0 and will take a 26-game winning streak into next season.
There also appears to be little hope for anyone other than St. Bonaventure of Ventura in Div. IV. The Seraphs mowed down Valley Christian of Cerritos, 56-16, in the CIF Southern Section Div. XI semifinals and have now scored 664 points in 13 games, the sixth-highest total in state history. All-time state career rushing and scoring leader Lorenzo Booker scored on his second carry, a 77-yard blazer, and finished with 226 yards rushing and three touchdowns. St. Bonaventure meets Orange Lutheran in this week's title game. Dos Palos is currently second and Orange Lutheran is third in this week's state rankings, but if Orange Lutheran were to somehow pull off a stunning upset it would be nearly impossible to deny Orange Lutheran from hopping over Dos Palos in the final rankings.
The race for the final No. 1 ranking in Div. V also is now down to two teams. Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach can wrap up the top honor with a win in the CIF San Diego Section Div. IV final on Wednesday against Christian of El Cajon. If Santa Fe Christian falls, moving up would be CIF North Coast Section Class 1A champ Middletown. The Mustangs won their title last weekend with a 21-7 victory over Cloverdale.