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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.
Article by MaxPreps