CATS Rated Most Dominate Team By MaxPreps

Most dominant Central Coast Section football teams in the MaxPreps era

It has been 10 years now that MaxPreps has put out football computer rankings, presented by the Army National Guard. That’s plenty of time to come up with a solid list of which programs have been the most dominant during the MaxPreps era.

For the purpose of the rankings, each team will be awarded points based off where it finished in the computer rankings. For example, if a team finished No. 1 overall it receives 25 points. If the team finished No. 25 overall, it would get one point. A team also receives 30 points for winning a section title and 15 for being the runner-up.

1. Los Gatos – 375 points
Overall record: 96-27-4

The Wildcats have racked up five section titles and 10 Top 25 finishes since 2004, making them the section’s most dominant team in the MaxPreps era.

2. Valley Christian (San Jose) – 326
Overall record: 85-37-1

Valley Christian captured back-to-back No. 1 finishes from 2004-05, winning section titles in both seasons.

3. Bellarmine (San Jose) – 314
Overall record: 89-32-1

Bellarmine has recorded seven Top 5 finishes over the past 10 years, winning three section championships along the way.

4. Palo Alto – 303
Overall record: 100-31-2

An undefeated season in 2010 helped the Vikings secure one of their three section titles.

5. Serra (San Mateo) – 272
Overall record: 78-39-1

Serra lays claim to nine Top 5 finishes and two section titles.

6. St. Ignatius (San Francisco) – 269
Overall record: 59-53-4

The Wildcats have won three section titles and have not missed the Top 25 over the past 10 seasons.

7. St. Francis (Mountain View) – 254
Overall record: 68-443-5

St. Francis has finished in the Top 10 nine times, claiming one section championship in the process.

8. Oak Grove (San Jose) – 233
Overall record: 90-26-1

The Eagles finished the season No. 1 in 2007, and captured one of their two section titles since 2004.

9. Palma (Salinas) – 214
Overall record: 87-25-4

Palma has not fallen outside of the Top 20 in the past 10 years, and also lays claim to a Division IV section title.

10. Milpitas – 206
Overall record: 77-39-2

Milpitas has won three section championship games, and finished in the Top 25 eight times.

11. San Benito (Hollister) – 186
Overall record: 71-46-2

The Haybalers’ best season came in 2005, when they finished with the No. 7 ranking after winning a section championship.

12. Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) – 177
Overall record: 90-30-1

Despite cracking the Top 25 just five times, the Gators have won three section titles since 2004.

13. Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) – 15
Overall record: 47-59

The Fightin’ Irish have missed the Top 25 just once over the past 10 seasons, and have one section title victory on their record.

14. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) – 150
Overall record: 65-44-3

Mitty has finished in the Top 5 in five straight seasons from 2009-13, but is still looking for its first section title.

15. Seaside – 147
Overall record: 79-38-1

Seaside is the owner of two section championship victories and six Top 25 finishes.

16. Terra Nova (Pacifica) – 125
Overall record: 71-42-1

The Tigers have notched seven Top 25 finishes and one section title victory.

17. Wilcox (Santa Clara) – 122
Overall record: 70-40-5

Wilcox is still searching for its first section title despite recording eight Top 25 finishes since 2004.

18. Carmel – 113
Overall record: 89-24

A perfect season in 2009 assisted the Padres in capturing their lone section championship over the past 10 seasons.

19. Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) – 104
Overall record: 64-50

The Bears lay claim to one section title victory and five Top 25 finishes.

20. Pioneer (San Jose) – 91
Overall record: 70-42-2

Pioneer has finished in the Top 25 seven times since 2004, reaching the No. 6 ranking in 2005.


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Los Gatos gets a head start on 2014 season

The Los Gatos High football team couldn’t wait. While the rest of the Central Coast Section prepared for a sleepless night ahead of the first official practice date of the 2014 season, the Wildcats lined up just behind the goal post at the south end of Helm Field just before midnight.

Head coach Mark Krail wasn’t about to let a second go to waste … 3 … 2 … 1 … “The fact that we practice the second we’re allowed to come out here speaks volumes of us as a team,” senior quarterback Dru Brown said. “We’re obviously not the most athletic team as a Milpitas or Wilcox, but we’re assignment-perfect and we spend every minute that we can out here to be perfect. It shows on Friday nights.”

And so it went for the next two-and-a-half hours of the crispest practice you will see on a high school campus anywhere in the country. Offensive linemen were hitting, running backs were juking, quarterbacks were launching footballs, with all parties coming together for 11-on-11 work in preparation for the season opener September 6 at home against Archbishop Mitty.

“There’s a difference between the first practice being early in the morning or in the afternoon,” standout senior running back Joey Wood said. “The first time being back under the lights brings a special energy that the daytime sun doesn’t give you.” That energy began to build up even before the players took the field.

“There was a little bit of magic in the team room before we came out – they were playing the song from ‘Friday Night Lights’ – it was really kind of a special moment,” Krail said. “Some tears were shed and some goose bumps were certainly there so it was a pretty neat thing.”

The Thursday midnight practice represented a major milestone in a full week of preparation that has seen the Wildcats camp out together in the basketball gym. Local restaurants have donated meals to the team, whose players have returned the favor by cleaning a few windows and wiping down some handrails in the cozy downtown community. And if the gym has taken on the look of a refugee camp at times, well …

“We all mess around with each other but it’s all in good fun,” Brown said. “In the end, it brings us together.” The cohesion showed on the field as Krail and his strong corps of assistants ran the team through a series of precision-based drills, both on an individual and team level. Execution is clearly a theme for the Wildcat football team.

“We pride ourselves on working hard and being prepared,” Krail said. “First day there’s gonna be some hits and misses, but by and large it looked pretty good. Our assignments were pretty solid at this point. Obviously we have a long way to go but the enthusiasm was there and the energy was great.” The camp ends Saturday night with the team giving thanks to all of its supporters. It’s a tradition that pre-dates Krail, who is entering his second year at Los Gatos, but one in which the coach believes strongly.

“This community is so supportive and these kids really have it good. This is a tradition that has been going on here at Los Gatos for some time and one that I really like,” Krail said. “It’s not so much about Xs and Os but it’s more about bringing the guys together to form that common bond.” Krail came to Los Gatos prior to the 2013 season after a successful run at Santa Clara. Despite losing his first two games at the helm, the Wildcats rallied to win 10 of their last 11 games, including a 31-14 win over St. Francis in the CCS Division II championship.

Gone from that championship team is quarterback Nick Bawden, who is making a strong impression at San Diego State as as a freshman. However, in his place steps Brown, who starred in limited action as a junior, completing 19-of-26 passes for 287 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. “I think I have a pretty good grasp on what’s going on,” said Brown, who is looking to become the latest in long line of successful Los Gatos quarterbacks that includes current Oakland Raiders backup Trent Edwards.

While the Wildcats figure to be strong through the air, with Brown tossing the ball to the likes of senior wide receivers Matt Wilcox and Nick Occhipinti, opponents will have to make stopping Wood the number one priority. Wood, who has already rushed for nearly 3,000 yards in just under two seasons on the varsity, is a bruising 5-10, 220-pound senior who went for 1,964 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2013. For Wood, the experience at the week-long camp leading into the first official practice of the season is about much more than football. Just don’t tell that to the legions of fellow running backs he pounded into submission in a healthy king-of-the-hill type hitting drill just over a half hour into the new season.

Included among the festivities was a lift-a-thon to raise money for the program, a comedy skit in which the players got free reign to mock their coaches, and the typical hi-jinks associated with high school boys featuring a variety of projectiles. “It was definitely a lot of fun,” said Wood, noting as an exception a brutal conditioning workout Thursday morning that “almost” induced a case of the heaves. “We were basically hanging out, having dinner together. We had four, five or six good skits – it’s the one time all year where it’s no harm, no foul you can make fun of the coaches. There’s nothing funnier in the world because everybody can relate to it.”

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