PRESEASON STATE RANKS BY DIVISION

Where are you going to find 80 different California prep football teams ranked according to five separate divisions (based on league strength)? No where other than here at CalHiSports.com. The No. 1 for Div. I and Div. II shouldn't be a surprise, but it was tougher to determine for Div. III and Div. IV. The Div. V preseason No. 1 might be a surprise but only because most probably thought that team was still classified Div. IV.

(Listed with last year's win-loss records)

DIVISION I

(All according to CalHiSports.com)

1. De La Salle (Concord) 12-0

2. Poly (Long Beach) 12-1

3. Los Alamitos 9-3-1

4. Loyola (Los Angeles) 7-3-1

5. Chino 12-1

6. Hart (Newhall) 13-0

7. Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 8-2-2

8. Mission Viejo 14-0

9. San Leandro 11-1

10. Vista 11-2

11. Edison (Huntington Beach) 11-1-1

12. Grant (Sacramento) 10-2

13. Taft (Woodland Hills) 10-2

14. Elk Grove 14-0

15. Bakersfield 13-0

16. San Clemente 8-5

17. Palma (Salinas) 12-1

18. Valencia 11-3

19. Mitty (San Jose) 11-1

20. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 8-5

21. J.W. North (Riverside) 10-4

22. Clovis 10-3

23. Redlands 11-1

24. Carson 9-3

25. Centennial (Corona) 10-4

Who's Next -- Just check the overall top 50 and you can keep counting after Corona Centennial as 36 of those teams are Div. I.......One team that wasn't in the overall top 50, but was No. 4 in the CIF Southern Section Div. I rankings is Jordan of Long Beach. We won't have to wait long to find out the validity or non-validity of that ranking, either, as the Panthers' play at L.A. City power Carson in their first game.

Why is De La Salle No. 1 -- If you have to ask by now, you haven't been following California prep football for the last 12 years.

Who's Division I -- All teams in CIF San Diego Section Div. I playoffs; all teams from CIF Southern Section Div. I, Div. II and Div. V playoffs; all teams from CIF L.A. City Section; teams from Tri-City, Tri-County and Southeast Yosemite leagues of CIF Central Section; teams from Tri County, West Catholic and Mt. Hamilton leagues of CIF Central Coast Section; all teams designated Class 4A for playoffs in the CIF North Coast Section; teams in the Div. I playoffs for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. Please note: not the same divisions for CIF basketball, not based on enrollments, based on league strength and section playoff alignments.

DIVISION II

(All according to CalHiSports.com)

1. Helix (La Mesa) 12-1

2. Oceanside 11-2

3. St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 14-0

4. Monte Vista (Danville) 10-2-1

5. Arroyo Grande 11-1

6. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 12-1

7. Vallejo 10-2

8. Golden West (Visalia) 10-2

9. Westlake (Westlake Village) 10-3

10. Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 9-2

11. San Ramon Valley (Danville) 9-2-1

12. Paso Robles 9-4

13. Edison (Fresno) 10-1-1

14. St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) 5-5-1

15. Dominguez (Compton) 7-5

16. McClymonds (Oakland) 11-1-1

17. Foothill (Tustin) 10-2

18. Inglewood 10-3

19. Los Gatos 13-0

20. Antelope Valley (Lancaster) 8-4

Who's Next -- Galileo of San Francisco was an unbeaten champion of its section last year and could be pretty strong again.....Mayfair of Lakewood won a divisional crown last year in the CIFSS and returns 12 starters. It seems like the Monsoons could have been a lot higher than No. 9 in the CIFSS Div. VI rankings.......Orange Lutheran was a Div. IV state rankings regular the last few seasons, but is now in a Div. II league. This year's team opens the season against perennial power Mater Dei........ Brea-Olinda was Div. III last year when it went 13-0. The Wildcats also have been realigned into a higher division.....Los Altos of Hacienda Heights returns 15 starters off a team that went 11-3 last year. Coach Greg Cano already is 55-10-1 over six seasons so adding a 12-2 or better total from this season will give him an impressive winning percentage indeed.

Why is Helix No. 1 -- The Highlanders look like a legit nationally-rankable team with as much team speed you'll find anywhere (except Long Beach Poly). Reggie Bush of Helix also is one of the top RBs in the nation. Plus, the Highlanders' first game is against Oceanside. If they win that one, they would definietly be No. 1 for this division and would then start focusing on a later matchup vs. Vista.

Who's Division II -- All teams in CIF San Diego Section Div. II playoffs; all teams from CIF Southern Section Div. III, Div. IV, Div. VI and Div. VII playoffs; teams from Southwest Yosemite, East Yosemite, West Yosemite and North Yosemite leagues of CIF Central Section; teams from Santa Teresa and De Anza leagues of CIF Central Coast Section; all teams from the CIF San Francisco Section; all teams from the CIF Oakland Section; teams designated Class 3A for playoffs in the CIF North Coast Section; teams in the Div. II playoffs from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. Please note: not the same divisions for CIF basketball, not based on enrollments, based on league strength and section playoff alignments.

DIVISION III

(All according to CalHiSports.com)

1. Kaiser (Fontana) 12-2

2. Manteca 12-0-1

3. Mission Bay (San Diego) 12-1

4. Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 8-4

5. Garces (Bakersfield) 8-3

6. Lassen (Susanville) 12-0

7. Temple City 11-1

8. St. Augustine (San Diego) 9-3

9. Miramonte (Orinda) 13-0

10. La Quinta 13-0-1

11. Los Amigos (Fountain Valley) 9-3

12. S.J. Memorial (Fresno) 10-2

13. Sonoma Valley (Sonoma) 8-4

14. San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 12-1

15. Serrano (Phelan) 10-2

Who's Next -- Lompoc is moving down to the Los Padres League from the Northern League and also from Div. IV to Div. X in the CIFSS. The Braves may be able to make a lot of noise at this level despite 4-6 record from last year.....Vanden of Travis AFB has a couple of players who looked good at the Stanford Nike Camp -- RB Jason Dean comes to mind first -- and the Vikings could be one of the top Sac-Joaquin Div. III teams.....Other than Div. I Serra, the top team in San Mateo County might be Terra Nova of Pacifica. The Tigers are led by one of the top QBs in the Bay Area, 6-foot-6 Greg Reynolds.

Why is Kaiser No. 1 -- The reasons are many. They include coach Dick Bruich, who had the State Team of the Year twice when he was at Fontana, plus a challenging schedule and a lot of top returning players from a team that was a CIFSS divisional finalist last year. The Cats' best include RBAllen Wade, DB Marcus McCliman and LB Omar Alvarez. If Kaiser wasn't playing the preseason schedule it is, Manteca might be No. 1. The Buffs were the Sac-Joaquin Section champs last year in Div. II and, up front at least, will be better. Manteca's power and strength will come from Steve Dunigan (6-0, 245), Andrew Fischer (6-1, 220) and Mitch MacCready (6-5, 220).

Who's Division III -- All teams in CIF San Diego Section Div. III playoffs; all teams from CIF Southern Section Div. VIII, Div. IX and Div. X; teams from Central Sequoia and South Sequoia leagues of CIF Central Section; teams from ECAL, West Valley, Peninsula, Santa Cruz County and Monterey Bay leagues of the CIF Central Coast Section; all teams designated Class 2A for playoffs in the CIF North Coast Section; teams in the Div. III playoffs from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section; all teams from Div. I in the CIF Northern Section. Please note: not the same divisions for CIF basketball, not based on enrollments, based on league strength and section playoff alignments.

DIVISION IV

(All according to CalHiSports.com)

1. Montclair Prep (Van Nuys) 9-2-1

2. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 11-1-1

3. Escalon 10-3

4. Paraclete (Lancaster) 12-0

5. Carpinteria 6-5-1

6. Dos Palos 14-0

7. Christian (El Cajon) 11-2

8. Valley Christian (Cerritos) 9-3

9. Nordhoff (Ojai) 10-2

10. Hilmar 6-4

Who's Next -- Sutter was 12-0 last season and if all the new starters do well it would jump right back up among the top teams........Another Northern Section team to watch is Central Valley, which was 6-6 last year and returns almost all of its top players.......Eighteen starters are back at Mammoth of Mammoth Lakes, which was a Div. V ranked team from last season....Two from the Central Section that may come up are Caruthers and Washington of Easton.

Why is Montclair Prep No. 1 -- The Mounties have one of the best linebacker duos anywhere with Robert Lewis and Marques Franco. Lewis has already committed to USC. Running back Dal Johnson is capable of some huge numbers and defensive lineman Nick Stiggers is a 6-9, 265-pounder who's an All-American in basketball.....This division also was left with a major void at the top with the departure of St. Bonaventure and Orange Lutheran (which went up to Div. II) plus Central Catholic of Modesto (which went down to Div. V). The Montclair Prep-Oaks Christian rivalry could be brewing into a real good one.

Who's Division IV -- Schools with Div. IV enrollments in CIF San Diego Section Div. IV playoffs; all teams from CIF Southern Section Div. XI plus teams from Desert Mountain, Mountain Desert and Santa Fe leagues from CIFSS Div. XII; teams from North Sequoia, East Sequoia and West Sierra leagues of CIF Central Section; teams from Mission Trail League plus any independents with Div. IV enrollments of the CIF Central Coast Section; all teams designated Class A for playoffs in the CIF North Coast Section; teams from the Div. IV playoffs of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section; all teams from Div. II and Div. III in the CIF Northern Section. Please note: not the same divisions for CIF basketball, not based on enrollments, based on league strength and section playoff alignments.

DIVISION V

(All according to CalHiSports.com)

1. Central Catholic (Modesto) 12-1

2. Arrowhead Christian (Redlands) 13-1

3. Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 12-0

4. Middletown 12-0

5. Campbell Hall (North Hollywood) 11-1-1

6. Modesto Christian 8-2

7. Biggs 10-2

8. Capistrano Valley Christian (SJ Cap) 7-4

9. Big Valley (Bieber) 11-0

10. Immanuel (Reedley) 10-2

Who's Next -- Denair should be in the thick of it with Modesto Christian to see who will probably be second in the Southern League of the Sac-Joaquin behind Central Catholic. The Coyotes will be led by 6-2, 230-pound LB Joel Huber, who didn't play last year due to injury but looked terrific at the Stanford Nike camp....Brethren Christian of Cypress was just 5-4-1 last year, but with James Dingman back (he's one of the most versatile players in the state at this level) plus 17 other returning starters it could be a banner fall for the Warriors.

Why is Central Catholic No. 1 -- It's a good thing for Santa Fe Christian that the Raiders were in the TransValley League last year and not the Southern. If they were in the Southern League, as they will be for this season, it would have been Central Catholic at No. 1 for the Div. V final state rankings, not Santa Fe Christian. The Raiders had one of the top Div. IV teams in Sac-Joaquin Section history last year, so imagine how they'll do moving down to Div. V. Gulp.

Who's Division V -- Schools with Div. V enrollments in CIF San Diego Section Div. IV playoffs; all teams from CIF Southern Section Div. XIII plus teams from Alpha and Christian leagues from CIFSS Div. XII; teams from Central Sierra and East Sierra leagues of CIF Central Section; all teams designated Class B for playoffs in the CIF North Coast Section; teams from the Div. V playoffs of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section; all teams from Div. IV, Div. V and Div. VI in the CIF Northern Section. Please note: not the same divisions for CIF basketball, not based on enrollments, based on league strength and section playoff alignments.


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