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November 25, 2013

NCP Football Top 20

The Delta River and West Catholic Athletic leagues are flexing their collective muscles with playoff success. See which ranked teams have post-season rematches this week as well as a look at Rio Linda's run.

NCP Football Top 20

The DRL controls the final four spots in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs as No. 1 Folsom hosts Jesuit and No. 4 Pleasant Grove travels to No. 3 Oak Ridge. The playoff success comes as the DRL gets ready to be disbanded with Folsom and Oak Ridge heading to the Sierra Foothill League next fall.

"The Delta River League is no joke. It's almost sad to see it go away," Oak Ridge head coach Eric Cavaliere said after Oak Ridge's win over Granite Bay. "That league has made us so much better as a football program. You win games like this game tonight because of what you have to do to be successful in the league."

There is no shuffling of the WCAL next year, but the league still took all four spots in the Central Coast Section Open Division semi-finals. No. 7 Mitty plays No. 15 Valley Christian-San Jose on Friday and No. 6 Serra plays No. 17 Bellarmine on Saturday. Both games are at Independence High School. Mitty and Serra won the respective regular season meetings.

Rematches galore on Thanksgiving weekend

While the DRL and WCAL teams will have playoff rematches, there are other rematches on tap for Top 20 teams. No. 10 Campolindo hosts El Cerrito, which started the season in the Top 10, in the North Coast Section Division III playoffs. No. 13 Pittsburg will host California, the East Bay Athletic League champions, after the Pirates won the regular season meeting 35-33.

For the second straight week, NCS Division II top seed Casa Grande will face a league opponent. After beating Windsor 42-7, the No. 16 ranked Gauchos will take on Montgomery Saturday night. The Gauchos have made plenty of trips to the semi-finals, but can it secure a championship spot?

Rio Linda enters the rankings

Rio Linda is the lone new team in the NCP Top 20 after beating No. 19 Vacaville 31-21. Ranked No. 18, the Knights have won 11 in a row after a season opening loss to Roseville. Junior Marcel Brown has rushed for more than 1,800 yards and 25 touchdowns while Leonard Skattebo has 14 touchdowns at fullback.

The Knights haven't made a section final since 2004 when they beat Oakdale at the University of the Pacific. They play No. 11 Elk Grove on Friday night.

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