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Records are through Dec. 14

1. (1)

— De La Salle-Concord


3. (6)

Del Oro-Loomis


2. (2)

4. (3) 5. (4) 6. (5) 7. (9)

8. (18) 9. (10)

— Folsom ▼ ▼ ▼ ▲ ▲ ▲

10. (12) ▲ 11. (14) ▲ 12. (19) ▲ 13. (20) ▲ 14. (7) 15. (8)

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16. (NR) ▲ 17. (NR) ▲ 18. (17) ▼ 19. (19) ▼ 20. (NR) ▲

Serra-San Mateo

Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills Mitty-San Jose Elk Grove

California-San Ramon Pittsburg

Deer Valley-Antioch

Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove Enterprise-Redding El Cerrito

Marin Catholic-Kentfield Campolindo-Moraga Miramonte-Orinda

Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton

Clayton Valley Charter-Concord Valley Christian-San Jose Central Catholic-Modesto

14-1 11-3

12-2 11-2

12-2 11-3

10-3 11-2

10-3 13-0 12-3 12-1 11-1


Central Catholic coach Roger Canepa talks to his young quarterback Hunter Petlantsky.


Run-first Crusaders get back to CIF bowl with shot from their arm




No. 13 St. Francis-Mountain View, No. 15 Bellarmine- San Jose and No. 16 Granite Bay


Three new teams played their way into our penultimate rankings, and the one that most impressed us was Miramonte-Orinda. The Matadors petitioned up to Division II and stormed their way to a title behind the arm of quarterback Drew Anderson. On the way, they knocked off then-No. 17 Clayton Valley Charter (on Clayton’s home turf) in the semifinals, and then traveled to the North Bay to defeat an undefeated Casa Grande-Petaluma team in the championship. They were passed over for a CIF regional bowl berth, but we still slotted them one spot ahead of Div. III regional bowl winner Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton. The Gators are newcomers as well, but Miramonte’s strength of opponents gave them the nod for us. If Sacred Heart Prep goes on to win the Div. III State Bowl, we’ll have to reconsider.


California-San Ramon got to take the biggest jump after the NorCal playoffs concluded, leaping 10 spots to No. 8. The Grizzlies followed up their first ever East Bay Athletic League title with a run to the NCS Div. I final where they played De La Salle very tough for a little more than a half. They lost 4517, but it was a vastly improved effort than the 55-0 loss they suffered to the Spartans just five weeks earlier.




December 19, 2013

James K Leash


With no due respect to 2012 Central Catholic-Modesto quarterback Garrett Ardis, the Crusaders may have been able to win the California Interscholastic Federation Div. IV State Bowl championship with anybody behind center. That’s how good the the team’s rushing attack was behind the senior tandem of Ray Lomas IV and Rey Vega — each of which had standout games in the program’s 66-7 bowl romp. But in this year’s CIF Div. IV Northern Regional bowl on Dec. 13, Central Catholic coach Roger Canepa needed his quarterback. And sophomore Hunter Petlantsky came through in a big way. Petlantsky was 7-for-10 for 133 yards and had four completions of 40 yards or more, one of which went to tight end Jared Rice for a touchdown that put the Crusaders up 17-8 late in the third quarter and served as the clinching score in a 17-14 win over McClymonds-Oakland. “Shoo! He had some big passes there,” Canepa said after the game. “That was three big passes that got us out of some trouble. We also got a couple key turnovers. People don’t understand, you need stuff like that to happen to make it to this kind of game.” True to form, Central Catholic still did its work on the ground. Senior tailback Matt Ringer battled through a thigh bruise in the cold weather to grind out 84 yards on 18 carries. Donovan Townsend and Reggie Bland also contributed to the effort. Central Catholic will look to repeat as Div. IV bowl champs against Bakersfield Christian on Dec. 20. “It’ll help that we’ve been there, and we get to stay at the same place,” Canepa said. “You’d hope that would help us. We’re just happy to get back, and I don’t know if people know how hard it is to get back. ... We’re just going to go down there and play hard.”


After a 2012 season that ended with a 17-12 loss to Bellarmine-San Jose in the Central Coast Section Open Division semifinals, Serra-San Mateo vowed that the 2013 season would be different. Coach Patrick Walsh understood the need for change. Serra

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had never won a CCS title in the top division or played in a state bowl game. It is true Serra was experiencing its most sustained success since future NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann led the Padres to league titles in 1968 and 1969. In Walsh’s 12 seasons, Serra won three league championships and the 2011 CCS Division I crown. But Walsh wasn’t satisfied. He took a long look at the program, and at himself. Change starts now, he said, and it begins with me. Not only did Walsh examine his offensive philosophy — he always ran the Wing-T and called the plays — but he realized he needed to improve himself. Walsh rededicated himself to his health, lost 30 pounds, and surrendered control to newly hired coordinators Steven Lo (offense) and Chris Vassuer (defense). Walsh also took a chance on Matthew Fa’aita, who had never played quarterback. The left-hander completed 13 of 27 passes for 213 yards in his debut against mighty De La Salle. Serra was missing six starters to injury — including lineman Matt Dickerson, a Notre Dame recruit who did not play all season — but heralded itself as a power despite the 21-14 loss. Serra (11-3) beat Archbishop Mitty, 31-7, to force a co-league title and again in the CCS Open championship, 21-7. Hamilton Anoa’i, a receiver/safety, was the WCAL co-Player of the Year and running back Kava Cassidy gained 1,459 yards on 227 carries and scored 19 touchdowns. On Dec. 13, after Serra lost to Del Oro-Loomis, 28-20, in the Northern California Division I championship game at San Jose City College, Walsh considered the journey. “We started lifting the day after our season ended just to be here playing on this night,” Walsh said. “I remember sitting in the weight room today just thinking about that. “We have nothing to be disappointed about.” — Chace Bryson and David Kiefer

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SJ Issue 78, Dec. 19, 2013  

Sac-Joaquin Issue 78, December 19, 2013