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. (2) Campolindo (Moraga) 14-0
2. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 13-1*
3. (3) Palma (Salinas) 11-1-1
4. (4) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 11-1-1*
5. (5) Salesian (Richmond) 13-0
6. (6) Hilmar 12-2
7. (7) Escalon 13-1*
8. (8) Encinal (Alameda) 11-2*
9. (9) Carmel 12-1*
10. (10) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 6-6-1
Other section champs also eligible: McClymonds (Oakland) 10-2, Orland 10-1, Willows 10-3.
Case for Campolindo:
1. With its 20-18 triumph on Saturday in the North Coast Section final over Marin Catholic on a 21-yard field goal as time expired, Campolindo leaps past the Wildcats and into the top spot of this division.
2. Although Campo was sitting at No. 7 or No. 8 for many weeks, the possibility always existed of the unbeaten team getting hot in the playoffs and going on a deep run. In the semifinals of the NCS, the Cougars took out then No. 2 Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa.
3. The strength of the NCS D3 bracket was shown in the semifinals as the four teams had a combined record of 46-1-1. This included a win by Marin Catholic over Vacaville, the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II champ that knocked out defending CIF Div. II state champ Folsom.
*Palma won the CCS Div. IV title with a victory over previously unbeaten Carmel. The Chieftains’ only loss also was to bigger school San Benito by one point. Their problem is that they tied Cardinal Newman (which was later beaten by Campolindo).
*Hilmar knocked off defending Div. III state champ Escalon in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV final. That also avenged an earlier loss. The Yellowjackets, though, have an additional loss to Beyer of Modesto.
*Salesian’s title on Saturday came in the NCS Division IV final. The Pride would be a perfect team to play in a bowl game for schools of around 600 to 700 students. They ended 13-0, but would definitely be behind Campolindo, Marin Catholic and others in any ranking.