June 16, 2024
De La Salle stays No. 2 heading into showdown at No. 1 Serra. Riordan, Campolindo, Monte Vista, Mitty, Live Oak make big jumps. Two newcomers enter the mix.

After one weekend of play, the top five teams in the Bay Area News Group’s high school football rankings did not budge.

But that could change next week.

The biggest game in Week 2 is second-ranked De La Salle traveling across the Bay to play at top-ranked Serra.

When these teams played last season, De La Salle led by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter but Serra rallied to win 24-21.

Serra opened the new season at home last week with a 21-14 victory over another powerhouse, Folsom. Serra scored all of its points in the first quarter and allowed both Folsom touchdowns in the fourth.

De La Salle was tied at halftime in its opener against Southern California heavyweight Orange Lutheran but lost 34-14.

The Spartans stayed No. 2, given that the teams directly behind the Concord school are fellow North Coast Section members Pittsburg, Clayton Valley and San Ramon Valley.

And, as has been noted a few times through the years, no NCS team has beaten De La Salle since December 1991.

The big leapers this week are Archbishop Riordan (13 to 8), Campolindo (16 to 11), Monte Vista (21 to 16), Archbishop Mitty (23 to 18) and Live Oak (25 to 20).

The newcomers are Bellarmine and Leland.

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On to the rankings …

Bay Area News Group Top 25

(Mercury News & East Bay Times)

No. 1 SERRA (1-0)

Previous ranking: 1

Last week: Beat Folsom 21-14

Up next: Saturday vs. De La Salle, 1:30 p.m.

No. 2 DE LA SALLE (0-1)

Previous ranking: 2

Last week: Lost to Orange Lutheran 35-14

Up next: Saturday at Serra, 1:30 p.m.

No. 3 PITTSBURG (1-0)

Previous ranking: 3

Last week: Beat Sacred Heart Cathedral 49-13

Up next: Friday at Granite Bay, 7 p.m.


Previous ranking: 4

Last week: Beat Salinas 17-0

Up next: Friday vs. Higley-Gilbert, Ariz, 7 p.m.


Previous ranking: 5

Last week: Beat St. Ignatius 42-14

Up next: Friday at Acalanes, 7 p.m.

No. 6 LOS GATOS (1-0)

Previous ranking: 7

Last week: Beat Soquel 45-14

Up next: Friday at Liberty, 7 p.m.


Previous ranking: 10

Last week: Beat Wilcox 16-15

Up next: Friday at Salinas, 7 p.m.


Previous ranking: 13

Last week: Beat Sacred Heart Prep 36-17

Up next: Friday at Moreau Catholic, 7 p.m. 

No. 9 MCCLYMONDS (0-0)

Previous ranking: 11

Last week: Did not play

Up next: Friday vs. Bellarmine at San Jose City College, 7 p.m.

No. 10 WILCOX (0-1)

Previous ranking: 9

Last week: Lost to Valley Christian 16-15

Up next: Thursday at Hollister, 7:30 p.m.

No. 11 CAMPOLINDO (1-0)

Previous ranking: 16

Last week: Beat Vanden-Fairfield 29-23, 2 OT

Up next: Friday vs. Amador Valley, 7 p.m.

No. 12 EL CERRITO (1-0)

Previous ranking: 14

Last week: Beat Amador Valley 14-7

Up next: Friday at Freedom, 7 p.m.

No. 13 ST. FRANCIS (0-1)

Previous ranking: 6

Last week: Lost to Helix-La Mesa 45-21

Up next: Friday at Monterey Trail-Elk Grove, 7:30 p.m. 

No. 14 LIBERTY (1-0)

Previous ranking: 15

Last week: Beat Enochs-Modesto 49-3

Up next: Friday vs. Los Gatos, 7 p.m.

No. 15 ST. IGNATIUS (0-1)

Previous ranking: 8

Last week: Lost to San Ramon Valley 42-14

Up next: Friday at Jesuit-Carmichael, 7:15 p.m.

No. 16 MONTE VISTA (1-0)

Previous ranking: 21

Last week: Beat Granada 42-3

Up next: Friday vs. San Leandro, 7 p.m.

No. 17 ACALANES (0-1)

Previous ranking: 17

Last week: Lost to San Marin 27-20

Up next: Friday vs. San Ramon Valley, 7 p.m.


Previous ranking: 23

Last week: Beat James Logan 20-12

Up next: Friday vs. Aptos at Foothill College, 7 p.m.

No. 19 CHRISTOPHER (1-0)

Previous ranking: 19

Last week: Beat North Monterey County 23-13

Up next: Friday at Piedmont Hills, 7 p.m.

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No. 20 LIVE OAK (1-0)

Previous ranking: 25

Last week: Beat Gilroy 53-0

Up next: Friday at Mountain View, 7 p.m.


Previous ranking: 12

Last week: Lost to Archbishop Riordan 36-17

Up next: Saturday vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral, 2 p.m.

No. 22 JAMES LOGAN (0-1)

Previous ranking: 18

Last week: Lost to Archbishop Mitty 20-12

Up next: Friday vs. California, 7 p.m.

No. 23 BELLARMINE (1-0)

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Last week: Beat Menlo-Atherton 17-14

Up next: Friday vs. McClymonds at San Jose City College, 7 p.m.

No. 24 LELAND (1-0)

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Last week: Beat Half Moon Bay 40-7

Up next: Friday vs. Palo Alto, 7 p.m.


Previous ranking: 20

Last week: Lost to Bellarmine 17-14

Up next: Friday at Elk Grove, 7:15 p.m.

Editor’s note: Teams eligible for the Bay Area News Group rankings come from leagues based predominantly in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.