Miners ranked 15th in prep poll
Mark Tennis’ Cal-High Sports has been ranking California prep teams for the past 20 years out of Modesto with the aid of local rankings, strength of schedule, personal knowledge of programs and eyewitness accounts.
The Union put the NU ranking first in this listing for obvious reasons, with the others following. Bear River was not ranked by Cal-High Sports.
The first number is this week’s ranking. The second in parentheses is last week’s ranking. The (nr) stands for not ranked.
15. (16) Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 7-0
The Miners stayed sharp with a 49-14 triumph over Kennedy of Sacramento. They’ll need to stay sharp, too, as this week’s home game against Woodland will be against a squad hungry for a win after a tough loss to No. 8 Grant.
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 7-0
Britt Cecil had two TD passes to go along with Maurice Drew’s usual heroics in the Spartans 46-7 victory over Freedom of Oakley.
2. (2) Poly (Long Beach) 6-1
Coach Raul Lara may not actually have to try too hard to motivate the Jackrabbits in this weeks Moore League game against Lakewood. The host Lancers are probably the second-best team in the league this season and will enter the game at 6-1 with their only loss being to No. 4 Hart.
3. (3) Los Alamitos 6-0-1
Los Al has the seemingly weaker part of its Sunset League schedule left, but the Griffins haven’t exactly dominated everybody they’ve played so they might not want to slack off very much.
4. (4) Hart (Newhall) 6-0-1
The Indians rolled over previously unbeaten Canyon of Canyon Country, 35-9, which seems like the last roadblock to an undefeated regular season. The 10th game against Valencia could be tough.
5. (5) Mission Viejo 7-0
Ryan Holmes powered himself for 107 yards on 15 carries and scored two Tds as the Diablos impressed again with a 49-14 win over San Clemente. Marty Tadman led the defense with a 20-yard interception return for a score.
6. (6) Chino 7-0
You have to pick your poison vs. the Cowboys with both Jacob Flowe and Kes Ekpre-Olomu in the backfield. But it still might not be easier when one of them gets hurt, like with Flowe injuring his ankle last week in a showdown vs. Damien of La Verne. Ekpre-Olomu stepped up with 30 carries for 186 yards.
7. (7) San Leandro 7-0
The Pirates pummeled Mt. Eden of Hayward, 35-7, but they still have better-than-expected Hayward to contend with in their league.
8. (8) Grant
Coach Mike Alberghini’s club handed Woodland its first loss of the season by a 21-17 score in last week’s top game in the Sacramento area. The Pacers drove the ball on the Wolves for most of the contest and the score was reflective of two spirited Woodland goal line stands.
9. (9) Taft
(Woodland Hills) 7-0
The Toreadors romped past Cleveland of Reseda as expected, 50-7. Taft has depth this year and is definitely the top L.A. City Section title contender.
10. (10) Servite
About the only thing the Friars didn’t do in their 35-20 win last week over Santa Margarita was stop SM wideout Bobby Whithorne. Despite Whithornes 13 catches for 197 yds and one TD, plus an 87-yard kickoff return, Servite still had too much balance for the Eagles. to go with three more TDs running.
11. (12) Monte Vista
How can junior Tom Haug rush for 123 yards and three TDs – plus go 75 yards for a score on a pass play – and still get second billing after the Mustangs’ 61-7 blowout of Livermore?
12. (14) Mira Costa
(Manhattan Beach) 7-0
Coach Don Morrows team had little trouble with explosive Inglewood in a key Bay League game. The Mustangs won, 43-20, and did it with balance on offense. Michael Okwo picked up 155 yards on 20 carries and scored twice, while QB Peter Dobush tossed a pair of TD passes.
13. (15) Helix
(La Mesa) 6-1
Reggie Bush scored four touchdowns in only eight touches of the ball as Helix raced past Valhalla of El Cajon, 68-7. The win also makes the Highlanders the consensus No. 1 team in San Diego County once again due to Vistas surprising 21-6 loss to Torrey Pines.
14. (17) Mater Dei
(Santa Ana) 6-1
Next up for Mater Dei is a showdown against No. 10 Servite of Anaheim on Saturday at Cal State Fullerton. The winner probably will be Serra League champion, although surprising St. John Bosco will likely be in the mix as well.
16. (11) Esperanza
The trick for Halloween night against Huntington Beach will be to treat Oilers’ running back Pat Harrigan as if hes a fiendish villain and hold him down to below 150 yards.
17. (19) Skyline
Coach John Beams squad blanked Oakland Tech, 34-0, and is now a heavy favorite to win the Oakland Athletic League regular season championship, especially now that defending champ.
18. (nr) Notre Dame
(Sherman Oaks) 7-0
A 45-12 win over Alemany of Mission Hills kept the Golden Knights unbeaten. What gets them into the rankings, though, is an early season win over a good Birmingham of Van Nuys team. The second win over Westlake of Westlake Village is looking better and better, too.
19. (nr) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 6-1
The Trojans pounded Ponderosa of Shingle Springs, 51-14, for their 27th consecutive league win. Their only loss was by just 13-12 to Grant.
20. (Nr) Los Altos
(Hacienda Heights) 7-0
The Conquerors, who won last week by 62-6 over Garey of Pomona, are the sixth Division II team in the top 20, which may be a record. This is due to Division II being stronger than usual.
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EL DORADO — Nevada Union’s up and down season continued Friday night as the Miners struggled mightily in a 41-7 loss to the Union Mine Diamondbacks.