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September 17, 2013Non-league games have shuffled the preseason bowl rankings, but all four initial No. 1 teams remain in the top spot after three weeks. Division III had the most upheaval with wins from Miramonte and Terra Nova.
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The top division saw status quo hold up headlined by De La Salle beating St. Mary's-Stockton 40-13. The Spartans jumped out to a 33-0 lead in the third quarter as Jerek Rosales had three interceptions including a return for a touchdown.
There are plenty of games to watch in week three with No. 8 Del Oro traveling to No. 1 De La Salle, No. 2 Folsom playing at San Ramon Valley and No. 4 Granite Bay takes to the road against Vacaville, which is off to a 2-0 start. Will any of the top teams fall?
Casa Grande beat preseason Top 20 Napa 31-19 to remain unbeaten on the young season. John Porchivina had 109 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and added 11 tackles on defense. The Gauchos are No. 2 in the division and head coach Trent Herzog told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, "This was definitely the biggest road win in the six years I've been coaching at Casa. The effort was fantastic. The team played to their potential."
Manteca moved back into the rankings at No. 9 after beating Los Banos 42-7. Quarterback Joe Menzel threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns as the Buffaloes bounced back from a 28-27 loss to Wilcox in week two. Manteca is the favorite in the Valley Oak League, but will have to dethrone Oakdale.
No division saw more change heading into week three with a trio of new teams in the Top 10. Miramonte moves in after beating Analy 25-13 while Sutter beat Justin-Siena 42-19 to become the highest ranked Northern Section team.
However, the biggest result may have been Terra Nova beating St. Ignatius 50-33. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Terra Nova is 0-6 in the past three years against the West Catholic Athletic League and head coach Bill Gray said to the paper, "Since the evolution to the Open Division this is what we've aspired to do. This is a big step in the right direction."
At the top of the rankings, El Cerrito solidified its top spot with a 35-7 win over Cardinal Newman. The Gauchos stay on the road to play No. 4 Campolindo on Friday.
Central Catholic beat McClymonds 38-24 in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in Division IV. It was also a rematch of the 2012 NorCal Division IV regional bowl. Running back Matt Ringer finished with 272 yards and four touchdowns for the Raiders, which faced another fast team after losing to St. Mary's-Stockton. McClymonds' Lavance Warren had 199 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Central Catholic head coach Roger Canepa said to the Modesto Bee, "We haven't seen speed like that and we just came from playing St. Mary's. Nothing against St. Mary's, but these guys are faster."
A team to watch rise as a lower division section champion is Le Grand, which has won three straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division V titles. The Bulldogs are 36-5 in their last 41 games after beating Livingston 35-0.