We have put together our first ranking of school in our coverage area and wanted to point on some of the ways we looked at ranking teams. Although larger school are expected to be tougher, we also gave credit to how a team did in respect to who and how they played at the level of schools and/or division they play in. Some may think oh that school would beat that one head to head and we may agree. But this ranking gives honor to those school no matter what size of school. We do encourage comment and discussion going forward, but please hold those thoughts in respect to our rankings.
1. Rocklin High School (3-1)
The Rocklin Thunder takes the top spot in our first ever 65 Sports Rankings. Rocklin started with a very tough preseason schedule taking down Grant, Napa and Whitney before finally losing to CA state powerhouse Clovis West on the Fresno team’s home turf. They start the brutal Sierra Foothills League this Friday hosting Nevada Union.
2. Lincoln (3-1)
Lincoln has the high powered offense lead by top stats leader Junior QB Tommy Turner throwing for 938 yards over the first 4 games and sitting as 5th in the Sac Joaquin Section for all schools. Turner also is 2nd in 65 Sports area with 10 TD passes. Turner’s air assault on his opponents has also created a top receiver for the Fighting Zebras in Sac Joaquin Section #1 Receiver Senior James Sweet has 588 yards with Sweet sitting as the #3 receiver in the State of CA and #38 Nationally! Sweet also brings with him 7 TD catches on the year. Their preseason has been filled with mostly larger school, with their only loss coming from Sac Joaquin powerhouse Antelope, losing 34-24.
3. Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (4-0)
How far they have come. This small school is currently shocking the area with its potent offense lead by Junior QB Aidan Lucia who leads area team with 11 TD passes and his 126.1 QB Rating. He is supported by a strong rushing game anchored by Sophomore RB Joseph Martinez and his 377 yard in 4 game only 15 yards shy of the 65 Sports area rushing leader. Lucia has shown the ability to spread the ball around by completing 38 passes to 3 different receivers in Sophomore Chris Delaloye, Joseph Martinez and Freshman Tyler Adams. For the smallest school in our area, they are the reason we had to explain our rankings, but they have earned this spot and we look forward to seeing where they take things from here.
4. Woodcreek (1-3)
Woodcreek gets the nod here over Whitney, but not by much. Woodcreeks last loss was a 1 point loss to Vintage and that give Woodcreek the edge at the moment. That could be short lived as Woodcreek host national powerhouse Folsom this Friday. The Timberwolves QB Junior Carter Krupp is their leading rusher with 42 carries and 392 yards and 7 TD giving Woodcreek. RB’s Junior Maxton Page and Junior Daniel Castillo also carry a heavy load on the ground for the run dominant Timberwolves.
5. Whitney (1-2)
Whitney is a talent team that is looking for its identity right now. Although they have had a lot of outside distractions the team has all the pieces to make a run at the CVC title this year. Senior QB Preston Eklund is the team’s strong armed leader throwing for 538 yards over the first 3 game, as Whitney had a bye week last week. Whitney has had trouble getting the ball into the hands of their top receiver last year Senior Justin Kraft and hope to get that connection going this week against Bella Vista. The Wildcats also suffer from a struggling run game and if they want to compete for the championship need to make sure they balance their attack to take pressure off their receivers and open up the offense. Senior Nick Eaton is leading the Wildcats in receiving so far this year with 16 catches 207 receiving and 2 TD’s.
6. Wheatland (0-4)
The Pirates have struggled in the preseason and face another tough foe this week traveling to Colfax of the Pioneer Valley League. Wheatland has not been able to move the ball well against its opponents and have not settled on a QB to lead the team using both Junior Tyler Cope and Senior Jackson Lee equally under center. Their rushing game is coming from a committee of rushers also lead by their QBs, but standout RB Senior Xavier Sanchez carries the load with 39 carries and 152 yards on the season so far.