Powerful as ever, the St. Mary’s football team made its presence known not only as The Record’s No. 1 large-school team, but the top squad in the 209 area code.
St. Mary’s (3-0) crushed Modesto-Central Catholic (1-2) 49-0 in the 25th edition of the “Holy Bowl” Friday at Patton Field. Not only did the Rams dismantle the then-No. 25 team in the state (St. Mary’s is No. 9) but led 42-0 at half.
The small-school rankings have a new No. 1, as Calaveras has started 3-0 after handling Merced-El Capitan (35-7), Escalon (45-16) and Modesto Christian (35-28). Ripon, the former No. 1, is 1-2 with losses to Sierra (22-19) and Sonora (69-7).
Here are The Record's latest power rankings, featuring teams from the SJAA, TCAL and VOL for large schools and CCAA, MLL, SL and TVL for small schools. Note: The Record does not cover Oakdale and Central Catholic in the VOL or Summerville and Sonora in the MLL. The Record only covers San Joaquin County-based teams in the CCAA, SL and TVL.
The following is the ranking, school, last week's ranking in parenthesis and record:
1. St. Mary’s (1) 3-0
The Rams’ aerial attack in the first half against the Raiders was wildly good, as senior quarterback Jake Dunniway had 294 passing yards and five touchdowns through the first 24 minutes of play. Dunniway’s accuracy is what’s most impressive, as he has 38 touchdowns to four interceptions in his varsity career, with 12 TDs and no picks this season.
This week: vs. Elk Grove-Cosumnes Oaks (2-0), 7:15 p.m.
2. Manteca (2) 3-0
The Buffaloes have cruised through the preseason, picking apart Atwater-Buhach Colony 37-13, Sacramento-Christian Brothers 39-6 and Modesto-Enochs 59-0. Manteca, true to its unselfish, old-school form, has had four different players score at least one rushing TD in both the Christian Brothers and Enochs games.
This week: Bye
3. Lincoln (3) 0-3
The Trojans are winless for the first time since 2013, but like No. 4 Tracy, their first three games were far tougher than all of the non-St. Mary’s 3-0 teams in the area. Lincoln, though, could be haunted by a 29-26 Week 1 loss to Turlock-Pitman as they try to earn a playoff bid down the line.
This week: vs. Modesto-Downey (2-1), 7:15 p.m.
4. Tracy (4) 0-3
Tracy coach Matt Shrout knew he had an inexperienced team entering 2016, but still wouldn’t have been happy with an 0-3 start. Tracy hung with Turlock early, but fell behind late in a 24-7 loss Friday at Livingston. Still, the Bulldogs can improve and fight for that No. 2 automatic playoff bid from the Tri-City Athletic League. Look ahead for the Lincoln at Tracy game on Oct. 28. That could alter seasons.
This week: vs. Kimball (1-1), 7:15 p.m.
5. Weston Ranch (5) 3-0
The Cougars blasted Bear Creek 71-14 Friday at Podesto Field, and have registered their second consecutive unbeaten preseason. While Weston Ranch’s preseason was a hair tougher this season (Edison is certainly improved), it still must prove it can compete in the Valley Oak League, where it went just 2-5 last autumn.
This week: Bye
On the Bubble: Sierra (3-0), Lathrop (1-1)
1. Calaveras (2) 3-0
2. Ripon (1) 1-2
3. Escalon (3) 2-1
4. Amador (4) 3-0
5. Argonaut (5) 3-0
On the Bubble: Millennium (2-0), Bret Harte (2-0)