Bay Area News Group Top 25

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De La Salle once again leads the Bay Area News Group’s high school football preseason rankings. But unlike previous years, the decision was far from obvious.

Serra finished No. 1 at the end of last season, followed by St. Francis and then De La Salle.

Maybe it will turn out like this again. Serra visits De La Salle in week 2. Saint Francis does the same in week 3.

For now, though, we’ve gone with decades of unmatched tradition and a roster that includes college commitments on the lines, tight end, running back and defensive secondary.

Serra came in at No. 2, then St. Francis.

Seven teams that were unseeded at the end of last season ended up on the pre-season roster: Archbishop Riordan, Amador Valley, James Logan, Heritage, Half Moon Bay, Antioch and Live Oak.

But also keep in mind that seven teams not ranked in pre-season last year finished in our Top 25: Bellarmine, Menlo School, Monte Vista, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Las Lomas, Burlingame and Tennyson.

So there is hope even if you are not ranked now.

Place in the Top 25…

Bay Area News Group Top 25

(Mercury News & East Bay Time)

N°1 IN THE ROOM

Final ranking fall 2021: 3

Season opening: Friday at Monterey Trail – Elk Grove, 7:30 p.m.

No. 2 SERRA

Final ranking fall 2021: 1

Season opener: Friday at Folsom, 7 p.m.

No. 3 ST. FRANCIS

Final ranking fall 2021: 2

Season opener: Friday vs. Central Catholic-Modesto, 7 p.m.

No. 4 PITTSBURG

Final ranking fall 2021: 4

Season opener: Friday vs. Bethel, 7 p.m.

N°5 BELLARMIN

Final ranking fall 2021: 6

Season opener: Saturday at Menlo-Atherton, 2 p.m.

#6 CLAYTON VALLEY

Final ranking fall 2021: 5

Season opener: Friday vs. Salinas, 7 p.m.

No. 7 MENLO-ATHERTON

Final ranking fall 2021: 8

Season opener: Saturday vs. Bellarmine, 2 p.m.

No. 8 LOS GATOS

Final ranking fall 2021: 7

Season opener: Friday vs. Corona del Mar-Newport Beach, 7 p.m.

#9 WILCOX

Final ranking fall 2021: 10

Season opening: Friday at Val Christian, 7 p.m.

No. 10 MCCLYMONDS

Final ranking fall 2021: 9

Season opener: September 2 vs. Bellarmine, 7:30 p.m.

11 SAN RAMON VALLEY

Final ranking fall 2021: 12

Season opener: Friday against Vintage at Memorial Stadium in Napa, 7 p.m.

No. 12 CAMPOLINDO

Final ranking fall 2021: 11

Season opener: Friday vs. Moreau Catholique, 7 p.m.

No. 13 EL CERRITO

Final ranking fall 2021: 16

Season opener: Friday vs. Amador Valley, 7 p.m.

No. 14 ST. IGNATIUS

Final ranking fall 2021: 24

Season opener: Friday vs. Palo Alto, 7 p.m.

No. 15 ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN

Final ranking fall 2021: Not ranked

Season opener: Saturday against Granada, 2 p.m.

No. 16 AMADOR VALLEY

Final ranking fall 2021: Not ranked

Season opener: Friday at El Cerrito, 7 p.m.

#17 JAMES LOGAN

Final ranking fall 2021: Not ranked

Season opener: Friday at California, 7 p.m.

No. 18 LAS LOMAS

Final ranking fall 2021: 21

Season opener: Friday vs. Rancho Cotate, 7 p.m.

No. 19 HERITAGE

Final ranking fall 2021: Not ranked

Season opener: Friday vs. Dublin, 7 p.m.

No. 20 SACRED HEART PREP

Final ranking fall 2021: 23

Season opener: Friday against Sacred Heart Cathedral at Kezar Stadium, 7 p.m.

N°21 CHRISTIAN VALLEY

Final ranking fall 2021: 17

Season opener: Friday vs. Wilcox, 7 p.m.

No. 22 HALF-MOON BAY

Final ranking fall 2021: Not ranked

Season opener: Friday at Leland, 7 p.m.

No. 23 MONTE VISTA

Final ranking fall 2021: 18

Season opener: Friday against Antioch, 7 p.m.

No. 24 ANTIOCH

Final ranking fall 2021: Not ranked

Season opener: Friday at Monte Vista, 7 p.m.

N° 25 LIVE OAK

Final ranking fall 2021: Not ranked

Season opener: Saturday at Gilroy, 7 p.m.


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