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September 24, 2013There is a new top team in Division III in a major move in the bowl rankings. As we conclude September football and gear up for league action, see which schools are trending up including American Canyon.
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The Top 10 saw no movement after week three with nine of the teams winning. No. 8 Del Oro posted the only loss in a 41-3 defeat at No. 1 De La Salle. Games to watch this week are No. 9 St. Mary's at Lincoln in a battle for Stockton while Del Oro hosts Grant. Vacaville will also visit Oak Ridge this week before taking on No. 10 Deer Valley in week five.
Deer Valley is the No. 2 team among North Coast Section teams in what should be a fluid pecking order the rest of the season. Foothill-Pleasanton is out to a 4-0 start while California, Pittsburg, Logan and San Ramon Valley are other teams to watch in the second tier after the Spartans.
A week after losing a one point game at home to Stagg, No. 8 American Canyon bounced back in a big way with a 56-12 win over previous No. 3 Rancho Cotate. Jomon Dotson rushed for 187 yards and five touchdowns on 15 carries in the impressive win. Rancho Cotate is now No. 9, but still No. 3 for NCS teams.
Inderkum (lost to Pleasant Grove 33-19) and Cosumnes Oaks (lost to Franklin-Elk Grove 28-7) lost to Division I teams. Inderkum will compete with Yuba City at the top of the Tri-County Athletic League while Cosumnes Oaks will try to take down No. 3 Vista del Lago in the Sierra Valley.
Four of the top 10 teams were idle last week, but there was plenty of movement at the top. Marin Catholic ascends to the No. 1 spot followed by Campolindo, El Cerrito and Cardinal Newman. The NCS Division III winner is the solid favorite to reach Carson from the regional bowl.
Acalanes will look to jump into the rankings this week as it hosts No. 2 Campolindo in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League. The Dons join the Cougars and No. 6 Miramonte as the top tier of the league. Acalanes plays at Miramonte on October 11 while Miramonte travels to Campolindo on October 4.
Small school football is producing plenty of offensive skill players to watch at the top of the rankings. Central Catholic running back Matt Ringer has 728 yards and 12 touchdowns and McClymonds has a strong one-two punch with Lavon Washington and junior Lavance Warren. Capital Christian boasts dynamic junior Justice Shelton-Mosley, who has 431 rushing yards and eight scores.
From a team perspective, Ferndale falls from No. 3 to No. 8 after losing to Fortuna 19-6. Ferndale has an earlier loss to No. 2 McClymonds. The Wildcats have been held to 13 combined points in their two losses.