Composed of schools from the Modesto Metro Conference, Central California Conference, Valley Oak League and Western Athletic Conference. Previous ranking in parentheses.
1. (2) Pitman (3-0): The Pride made two goal-line stands and stuffed a two-point conversion try to escape wine country with a victory and earn The Bee’s No. 1 large-school ranking. Next: vs. Deer Valley (at Patterson), Friday.
2. (3) Modesto (3-0): The Panthers beat Patterson at its own game, 35-21, utilizing a deep stable of athletes led by running backs Zaire Eugene and Chris Styles. Next: vs. Turlock (at Chuck Hughes Stadium), Friday.
3. (4) Manteca (3-0): Kameron Beamon rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries as the Buffaloes running-clocked an opponent for the second straight week. Next: bye.
4. (1) Central Catholic (1-2): The Raiders have lost consecutive games for the first time since 2010, but all their goals – Valley Oak League and Sac-Joaquin Section titles – remain in front of them. Next: bye.
5. (5) Downey (2-1): The Knights topped the 50-point mark for the second week in a row, blasting Tokay in front of a home crowd 57-23. Next: at Lincoln-Stockton, Friday.
6. (6) Merced (2-1): Ulonzo Gilliam rushed for four touchdowns, including scampers of 65 and 85 yards, as the Bears won their second straight game. Next: vs. Madera, Friday.
7. (7) Turlock (1-2): Danny Velasquez threw two touchdowns, including a 49-yard strike to Cameran Sherwood to seal a 24-7 victory over Tracy. Next: at Modesto (Chuck Hughes Stadium), Friday.
8. (8) Oakdale (1-1): The Mustangs were idle. Next: at Campolindo-Moraga, Friday.
9. (9) Golden Valley (3-0): One week after setting a school record for rushing yards in a game, Isaiah Montanez (20 carries, 107 yards) tallied three touchdowns in a 42-36 victory over Los Banos. Next: vs. North Monterey County, Saturday.
10. (nr) Gregori (2-1): The Jaguars blew a sizable lead but survived a back-and-forth game with El Capitan; junior quarterback Bobby Avina led the late rally. Next: vs. McNair-Stockton.
Others: Sierra (3-0), Los Banos (2-1).
Composed of schools from the Trans-Valley League, Mother Lode League, Southern League and Central California Athletic Alliance. Previous ranking in parentheses.
1. (1) Sonora (3-0): The Wildcats made quick work of Ripon, scoring 34 points in the first quarter to set a 69-7 rout in motion. How quick is “quick”? Sonora scored twice in three plays. Next: at Hilmar, Friday.
2. (2) Calaveras (3-0): Noah Preuss scored on a 14-yard run and 53-yard punt return as Calaveras surged to a 21-0 lead on Modesto Christian and then held on for the win. Next: at Union Mine, Friday.
3. (3) Hilmar (3-0): With Joshua Lee Jennings sidelined with a torn ACL, running back Cody Rentfro (15 carries, 94 yards, two touchdowns) shouldered the load for the Yellowjackets in a win over Gustine. Next: vs. Sonora, Friday.
4. (4) Delhi (3-0): Alvin Prasad scored two early touchdowns in a 60-12 victory over Big Valley Christian. Delhi has outscored its three opponents 156-35. Next: bye.
5. (6) Escalon (2-1): Tim Costa carried the ball 31 times for 194 yards and one touchdown, and the Cougars solidified a 21-20 win over Liberty-Madera with an 11-minute drive in the fourth quarter. Next: vs. Liberty Ranch-Galt, Friday.
6. (5) Gustine (1-1): The Reds had a tough time moving the ball early against Hilmar, mustering just 35 yards in the first half. Next: at Modesto Christian, Friday.
7. (7) Stone Ridge Christian (2-0): The Knights were idle. Next: vs. Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage, Friday.
8. (8) Orestimba (2-1): Aaron Valvadinos booted an 18-yard field goal at the final buzzer, lifting the Warriors past El Molino-Forestville. Next: bye.
9. (10) Hughson (3-0): The Huskies sent Ceres to its third straight loss with heavy doses of Griffin Genzoli, who highlighted a second-half push with three touchdowns. Next: at Summerville, Friday.
10. (9) Ripon (1-2): The Indians were running-clocked by No. 1 Sonora, but hang in the top 10 because of their strength of schedule (loss to large-school Sierra, winners of eight straight dating to last season). Next: at Davis, Thursday.
Others: Waterford (2-1).
– James Burns