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Cardinal Newman No. 3 in final football rankings

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Empire teams made the final California prep football rankings by Cal-Hi Sports.
Cardinal Newman finished with the highest ranking at No. 3 in Division III North. The Cardinals went 11-2, reaching the North Coast Section semifinals where they fell to Marin Catholic in a high-scoring contest.
Rancho Cotate ended the season No. 5 in Division II North. The Cougars, North Bay League champions, went 12-1. The only loss came in the NCS finals to Clayton Valley.
Another one-loss Empire team was Analy, which finished No. 9 in Division III North. The Tigers, Sonoma County League champions, went 12-1. The lone loss came in the NCS semifinals to El Cerrito.
Also making a top 10 list was St. Vincent at No. 8 in Division IV North. The Mustangs, 10-3, fell in the NCS final to Ferndale.
Casa Grande made honorable mention in Division II North after going 7-4 on the 2012 season.