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Top 25 Northern California Coast high school football rankings (10/3/2023)

West Catholic Athletic League riser Riordan jumps five spots to No. 6 to highlight this week's elite teams from four sections

Expectations were high for the Riordan football team in 2023. 

With a humbling 24-14 loss to Southern California juggernaut St. Bonaventure, the hype was quelled somewhat on Sept. 9. 

But the Crusaders, with roughly a dozen top-end transfers, and some excellent parts returning from 2022, showed what all the excitement was about, following a 42-17 home win over Valley Christian on Saturday. 

Sophomore quarterback Mike Mitchell Jr., one of the key returners, had a breakout game by completing 21 of 29 passes for 373 yards and a school and West Catholic Athletic League record, six touchdown passes. 

The Crusaders piled up close to 500 yards against a defense that had allowed less than 10 points per game coming in. The win moved them to 4-1 and 2-0 in West Catholic Athletic League play and jumped them five spots to No. 6 in the Northern California Coast rankings, which combine four NorCal sections (North Coast, Central Coast, San Francisco and Oakland). 

They were the biggest climbers of a list that largely stayed the same.