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High school football 2023 preseason rankings: Bay Area News Group Top 25

Serra will start the new high school football season where it finished the last one. At the top of the Bay Area News Group’s rankings.

But how long will the San Mateo powerhouse stay there?

The Padres open the season at home Saturday against Sacramento-area juggernaut Folsom, followed by another home game a week later against North Coast Section powerhouse De La Salle.

If Serra wins both of those games, it could have a lengthy run at No. 1.

The Padres are that strong.

But De La Salle is right behind Serra in the rankings. The Concord school has a big test in its opener Friday at home against Southern California heavyweight Orange Lutheran.

Four schools that weren’t in the final Top 25 last season — Valley Christian, Archbishop Riordan, Menlo-Atherton and Monte Vista — are ranked to begin this one.

Valley Christian, after a two-win season last fall, seems poised to make a big leap. The Warriors are No. 10 in the rankings, three spots ahead of talent-laden Riordan.

Menlo-Atherton is ranked 20th. Monte Vista is 21st.

On to the Top 25 …

Bay Area News Group Top 25

(Mercury News & East Bay Times)

No. 1 SERRA

Final 2022 ranking: 1

Season opener: Saturday vs. Folsom, noon

No. 2 DE LA SALLE

Final 2022 ranking: 2

Season opener: Friday vs. Orange Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.

No. 3 PITTSBURG

Final 2022 ranking: 3

Season opener: Saturday vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral at Kezar Stadium, 1 p.m.

No. 4 CLAYTON VALLEY

Final 2022 ranking: 13

Season opener: Friday at Salinas, 7 p.m.

No. 5 SAN RAMON VALLEY

Final 2022 ranking: 5

Season opener: Friday at St. Ignatius, 7 p.m.

No. 6 ST. FRANCIS

Final 2022 ranking: 9

Season opener: Friday vs. Helix-La Mesa, 7 p.m.

No. 7 LOS GATOS

Final 2022 ranking: 11

Season opener: Thursday vs. Soquel, 7 p.m.

No. 8 ST. IGNATIUS

Final 2022 ranking: 18

Season opener: Friday vs. San Ramon Valley, 7 p.m.

No. 9 WILCOX

Final 2022 ranking: 15

Season opener: Friday at Valley Christian, 7 p.m.

No. 10 VALLEY CHRISTIAN

Final 2022 ranking: Not ranked

Season opener: Friday vs. Wilcox, 7 p.m.

No. 11 MCCLYMONDS

Final 2022 ranking: 4

Season opener: Sept. 1 at Bellarmine, 7 p.m.

No. 12 SACRED HEART PREP

Final 2022 ranking: 10

Season opener: Friday at Archbishop Riordan, 3 p.m.

No. 13 ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN

Final 2022 ranking: Not ranked

Season opener: Friday vs. Sacred Heart Prep, 3 p.m.

No. 14 EL CERRITO

Final 2022 ranking: 7

Season opener: Friday at Amador Valley, 7 p.m.

No. 15 LIBERTY

Final 2022 ranking: 16

Season opener: Thursday at Enochs-Modest at Johansen-Modesto, 7 p.m.

No. 16 CAMPOLINDO

Final 2022 ranking: 6

Season opener: Friday at Vanden-Fairfield, 7 p.m.

No. 17 ACALANES

Final 2022 ranking: 14

Season opener: Friday at San Marin, 7 p.m.

No. 18 JAMES LOGAN

Final 2022 ranking: 24

Season opener: Friday vs. Archbishop Mitty, 7 p.m.

No. 19 CHRISTOPHER

Final 2022 ranking: 25

Season opener: Friday vs. North Monterey County, 7 p.m.

No. 20 MENLO-ATHERTON

Final 2022 ranking: Not ranked

Season opener: Friday vs. Bellarmine at San Jose City College, 7 p.m

No. 21 MONTE VISTA

Final 2022 ranking: Not ranked

Season opener: Friday at Granada, 7 p.m.

No. 22 TENNYSON

Final 2022 ranking: 23

Season opener: Friday vs. East Union-Manteca, 7 p.m.

No. 23 ARCHBISHOP MITTY

Final 2022 ranking: 8

Season opener: Friday at James Logan, 7 p.m.

No. 24 HALF MOON BAY

Final 2022 ranking: 22

Season opener: Friday vs. Leland, 7 p.m.

No. 25 LIVE OAK

Final 2022 ranking: 20

Season opener: Friday vs. Gilroy, 7:15 p.m.

Editor’s note: Teams eligible for the Bay Area News Group rankings come from leagues based predominantly in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

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