Here are the top 10 rankings for this division in Northern California by Cal-Hi Sports after all section championships are complete (previous ranking in parentheses; teams with asterisk are ineligible for bowl game):
1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 10-3*
2. (3) Le Grand 12-0
3. (4) Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 11-1
4. (2) Ferndale 11-2*
5. (5) Berean Christian (Walnut Creek) 8-4*
6. (6) Modoc (Alturas) 10-3
7. (7) Valley Christian (Dublin) 9-3*
8. (8) Hoopa Valley (Hoopa) 9-3
9. (9) Millennium (Tracy) 10-1*
10. (10) Tomales 9-3-1*
Other section champs also eligible: None.
Case for Le Grand:
1. With Ferndale losing on Saturday night to D3 North ranked Salesian of Richmond 42-6 in the North Coast Section Division IV final, the path is now completely clear for LeGrand to be chosen for a CIF bowl game. This would be the second small town team to be in the Division IV contest, following Hamilton of Hamilton City in 2008. We’ve seen Le Grand in person and this is a better squad than that Hamilton team.
2. Coach Rick Martinez’ team has scored 702 points in just 12 games and won its second straight CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title. The team’s best win might have been 42-36 against Livingston one week after Livingston defeated 2009 CIF state small schools champion Modesto Christian.
3. LeGrand’s playoff division was stronger than the one its prime challenger for this berth, Bradshaw Christian of Sacramento, played in. Millennium of Tracy was unbeaten for the regular-season from that division and lost in the semifinals to Highlands of North Highlands, a team the Bulldogs topped 58-20.
Case for Bradshaw Christian:
1. LeGrand’s last loss came one year ago to Bradshaw Christian and was a main reason why the Bulldogs didn’t get the call for a bowl game. Bradshaw Christian ended up losing that season in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI final to Brookside Christian of Stockton, which was the team that played and lost to Bishop’s of La Jolla.
2. Bradshaw Christian’s only loss this year was to Colfax, a team that is from a higher division that was 10-0 for the regular season.
*Modoc and Hoopa Valley are the only other bowl-eligible teams in the division. Both have three losses and no chance of being considered above Le Grand or Bradshaw Christian.