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October 21, 2013Rocklin has overcome two early season losses to move into the rankings with a 31-14 win over preseason favorite Granite Bay. We take a look at the Sierra Foothill League with three weeks left, Mitty's league challenge and Clayton Valley Charter getting stronger.
NCP Football Top 20
The Sierra Foothill League is one of the best in Northern California, but has seen a shuffling of teams from the preseason prognostications. Granite Bay fell in the opener to Folsom and lost to Rocklin 31-14 this past week. Del Oro has held steady in the Top 10 with losses to just De La Salle and Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks. Del Oro hosts Granite Bay this Friday.
The team on the move up though is Rocklin, which debuts in the NCP Top 20 at No. 15. The Thunder have a solid quarterback in Logan Webb to go with sophomore running back Evyn Holtz providing offensive balance for head coach Greg Benzel. The defense hasn't allowed more than 14 points in any game during their five game winning streak.
Rocklin hasn't won a playoff game since winning the section title in 2009, but look to have possibly its best team since that squad which made the Division II state bowl game. It plays Woodcreek and Roseville the next two weeks before ending the regular season hosting Del Oro.
Mitty faces tough league test
The most likely scenario a ranked team falls to a non-ranked squad is when No. 18 Mitty hosts St. Francis-Mountain View. The Lancers only loss is a 21-14 defeat to No. 6 Bellarmine. While the defense gets plenty of attention at St. Francis, new starting quarterback William Fisher-Colbrie went 6-for-6 with three touchdowns against Riordan this past week. It was just his second start of the year.
St. Francis is the defending Central Coast Section Division II champions. Mitty has won seven straight regular season games in this series. Can it make it eight under the lights at Mitty High School on Friday?
Clayton Valley adds reinforcements
Clayton Valley Charter has won six straight games since a season opening loss to No. 1 De La Salle. The No. 10 Eagles haven't been challenged in any win and have officially added Pittsburg transfer Xavier Crawford to the roster, according to Bay Area News Group reporter Stephanie Hammon. The NCP Top 50 prospect gives the Eagles another top athlete at their disposal.
After playing Mt. Diablo this week, Clayton Valley ends the regular season with Concord and Northgate. The Eagles have been No. 1 in Division II throughout the year and remain the favorite as the regular season winds down.