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High school football rankings Week 4, 2023: Bay Area News Group Top 25

The expectations were high for San Ramon Valley this season, given that numerous key players returned from last season’s team that reached a state championship game, including quarterback Luke Baker.

So far, the Wolves have topped the hype.

They enter their home showdown on Friday night against McClymonds having opened the season with wins on the road over three solid opponents, all by double digits.

With victories over St. Ignatius, Acalanes and Elk Grove, SRV moved up one spot in this week’s Bay Area News Group rankings, from No. 4 to No. 3.

Valley Christian (now No. 5) and McClymonds (now No. 6) also moved up.

Three new teams entered the Top 25: No. 22 Menlo School, No. 23 Hillsdale and No. 25 Las Lomas.

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On to the rankings …

Bay Area News Group Top 25

(Mercury News & East Bay Times)

No. 1 SERRA (3-0)

Previous ranking: 1

Last week: Central-Catholic-Modesto 38-7

Up next: Sept. 22 vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral at Kezar Stadium, 7 p.m.

No. 2 DE LA SALLE (1-2)

Previous ranking: 2

Last week: Beat St. Francis 35-17

Up next: Friday vs. St. Mary’s-Stockton, 7:30 p.m.

No. 3 SAN RAMON VALLEY (3-0)

Previous ranking: 4

Last week: Beat Elk Grove 45-7

Up next: Friday vs. McClymonds, 7 p.m.

No. 4 PITTSBURG (3-0)

Previous ranking: 3

Last week: Beat Monterey Trail-Elk Grove 10-7

Up next: Friday vs. California, 7 p.m.

No. 5 VALLEY CHRISTIAN (3-0)

Previous ranking: 6

Last week: Beat Hollister 34-3

Up next: Sept. 23 vs. Bellarmine, 6 p.m. 

No. 6 MCCLYMONDS (2-0)

Previous ranking: 8

Last week: Beat Bishop O’Dowd 45-0

Up next: Friday at San Ramon Valley, 7 p.m.

No. 7 LOS GATOS (2-1)

Previous ranking: 5

Last week: Lost to Grant-Sacramento 22-21

Up next: Friday vs. Palo Alto, 7 p.m.

No. 8 ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN (2-1)

Previous ranking: 7

Last week: Lost to St. Bonaventure-Ventura 24-14

Up next: Sept. 23 vs. St. Ignatius, 2 p.m.

No. 9 WILCOX (2-1)

Previous ranking: 10

Last week: Beat Sacred Heart Cathedral 28-12

Up next: TBD

No. 10 EL CERRITO (3-0)

Previous ranking: 11

Last week: Beat Fremont-Oakland 34-0, forfeit

Up next: Friday vs. Foothill, 7 p.m.

No. 11 LIBERTY (2-1)

Previous ranking: 13

Last week: Beat Wood-Vacaville 53-14

Up next: Friday vs. Fremont-Oakland, 7 p.m.

No. 12 MONTE VISTA (3-0)

Previous ranking: 14

Last week: Beat Bellarmine 40-30

Up next: Friday at Amador Valley, 7 p.m.

No. 13 ST. IGNATIUS (2-1)

Previous ranking: 15

Last week: Beat Cathedral-San Diego 35-28

Up next: Sept. 23 at Archbishop Riordan, 2 p.m.

No. 14 ST. FRANCIS (1-2)

Previous ranking: 12

Last week: Lost to De La Salle 35-17

Up next: Sept. 22 vs. Archbishop Mitty, 7 p.m.

No. 15 ARCHBISHOP MITTY (3-0)

Previous ranking: 16

Last week: Beat Santa Teresa 35-0

Up next: Sept. 22 at St. Francis, 7 p.m.

No. 16 AMADOR VALLEY (2-1)

Previous ranking: 17

Last week: Beat Acalanes 14-12

Up next: Friday vs. Monte Vista, 7 p.m.

No. 17 CLAYTON VALLEY (1-2)

Previous ranking: 9

Last week: Lost to Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills 28-0

Up next: Friday at Turlock, 7 p.m.

No. 18 SACRED HEART PREP (2-1)

Previous ranking: 19

Last week: Beat Palo Alto 28-14

Up next: Friday at Hillsdale, 7 p.m.

No. 19 CALIFORNIA (2-1)

Previous ranking: 20

Last week: Beat Escalon 42-21

Up next: Friday at Pittsburg, 7 p.m.

No. 20 CHRISTOPHER (3-0)

Previous ranking: 21

Last week: Beat San Mateo 28-7

Up next: Thursday vs. Overfelt, 7:15 p.m.

No. 21 CAMPOLINDO (1-1-1)

Previous ranking: 18

Last week: Tied Windsor 14-14

Up next: Sept. 22 at Monte Vista, 7 p.m.

No. 22 MENLO SCHOOL (3-0)

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Last week: Beat Watsonville 51-6

Up next: Saturday vs. Menlo-Atherton, 2 p.m.

No. 23 HILLSDALE (3-0)

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Last week: Beat Woodside 28-12

Up next: Friday vs. Sacred Heart Prep, 7 p.m.

No. 24 ACALANES (0-3)

Previous ranking: 22

Last week: Lost to Amador Valley 14-12

Up next: Sept. 22 at College Park, 7:30 p.m.

No. 25 LAS LOMAS (2-0)

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Last week: Beat Tamalpais 27-26, OT

Up next: Friday at Alhambra, 7:30 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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