Newman ranked No. 25 in state

I’ve been working and writing for the PD a long time, and this is the first time I can remember an Empire football team earning a top-25 ranking in the state from Cal-Hi Sports.

Usually our better teams get ranked by division or in Northern California. This week Mark Tennis and Cal-Hi Sports have ranked Cardinal Newman at No. 25 overall. It’s probably because in past seasons, even during Newman’s state championship appearance in 2006, Newman had a loss or tie in preseason.

The No. 1 team in the state as ranked by Cal-Hi is Poly of Long Beach and De La Salle (4-1) is ranked No. 4.

Bellarmine Prep of San Jose is No. 3, Valley Christian of San Jose is No. 8 at 5-0, Grant of Sacramento (beat Montgomery in season opener) is No. 12 at 6-0, San Ramon Valley, which came from behind to beat Newman last year in the NCS 3A championship game at the Coliseum is No. 18 at 5-0, Gilroy is No. 22 at 5-0, St. John Bosco is No. 23 at 5-0 and Edison of Huntington Beach is No. 24 at 4-1.

Cardinal Newman is also ranked No. 1 in Division III (for state purposes) in Northern California, immediately ahead of Palma and Central Catholic.

If Newman runs the table in the regular season and wins the NCS Div. II championship game, the state championship game committee would have a hard time keeping the Cardinals out of the state title game. And if, and its a big if, Newman were to represent the North, its likely St. Bonaventure (5-0) or Oaks Christian (5-0) will be the opponent from the South. St. Bonaventure is currently ranked sixth in the state and Oaks Christian is not ranked in the top-25.

Pretty heady stuff.