Empire Teams Ranked In Prep Football Top 20

Posted by Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

Rancho Cotate and Casa Grande held their spots in the latest North Coast Section prep football poll and Cardinal Newman rose one spot as the teams prepare for playoff games Friday and Saturday.

North Bay League champion Rancho Cotate remained No. 13 with Sonoma County League titlist Casa Grande right behind at No. 14 in the poll from PrepFeed.com. Cardinal Newman moved up to No. 15.

Both the Cougars and Gauchos are 9-1 with Rancho Cotate hosting Arroyo on Friday and Casa Grande taking on visiting American on Saturday in NCS Division II playoff action. Cardinal Newman, 7-3, gets Campolindo at home Friday in a Division III playoff contest.

Several teams looming in those playoff brackets are ranked ahead of the Empire’s top teams led by No. 3 Marin Catholic, the top seed in Division III, and No. 5 Concord, the top seed in Division II.