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September 23, 2013Campolindo made the biggest statement from week three with a 42-27 win over El Cerrito to jump into the rankings. Also see how Granite Bay pulled off an impressive road win and who is the new emerging team in the West Catholic Athletic League race.
NCP Football Top 20
No. 13 Campolindo is the lone new team in the NCP Top 20 after beating El Cerrito 42-27. Andrew Zolintakis threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Cougars, which will put their 4-0 record on the line against fellow 4-0 Acalanes this week in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League opener.
Campolindo head coach Kevin Macy told Jim Bucci of the Contra Costa Times, "We just have to credit our defense tonight. El Cerrito has too many weapons on the field at the same time, and we had to limit them on offense and special teams. That was the key tonight."
El Cerrito fell in the rankings to No. 14 (seven spot drop) and will take a 2-2 record into Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division play. Both of the Gauchos' losses have been to teams ranked higher than them.
Granite Bay rounding into form
There were questions about Granite Bay before the year with new head coach James Albano replacing Ernie Cooper, who resigned during the off-season. More questions surfaced after a season opening loss to Folsom at home. However, the No. 4 Grizzlies look to be rounding into form with a 46-28 win at No. 15 Vacaville on Friday.
Arizona bound Tony Ellison rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns to pace the Grizzlies, which surpassed 500 yards of total offense.
"They have some really special guys. We had some really critical mistakes in spots that could have kept us in the game. We were glad to play them. They will immediately make us better," Vacaville head coach Mike Papadopoulos said to Matt Miller of The Reporter.
It doesn't get easier for Granite Bay as they face 3-1 Pittsburg and talented running back Harris Ross.
Breaking down the WCAL
While three teams are ranked in the Top 20 (No. 6 Bellarmine, No. 8 Serra and No. 17 Valley Christian-San Jose), a non-ranked team to take notice of is Mitty. The Monarchs, fresh off a 34-14 win over Palo Alto, sit at 3-0 heading into their bye week. They rushed for more than 400 yards on Saturday night led by a team high 139 yards from Kyle Evans.
Often overlooked in the league, Mitty has finished in the upper half of the standings each year since 2009 and run a tough system to defend with the triple option. Mitty moved to as high as No. 3 in 2009 before being upset in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.