Le Grand moves up to No. 3 in Division 4 North State Bowl rankings

sjansen@mercedsunstar.comOctober 3, 2013 

— Rick Martinez can't help but take a peek at state bowl rankings.

It wasn't long after Amador defeated Capital Christian last week before the Le Grand head football coach heard about it.

Capital Christian's loss vaulted the Bulldogs up to No. 3 in Cal-Hi Sports' Division 4 North State Bowl rankings.

"We know we're in the mix so we keep tabs on it," Martinez said.

The Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0 Southern League) hope they can find their way into a NorCal Bowl Game if they can run the table this season.

Next on the schedule is Delhi (3-1, 0-1) tonight at Joseph Fontes and Richard Geary Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Cal-Hi Sports has No. 1 Central Catholic (4-1) and No. 2 McClymonds (3-1), which lost to Central Catholic 38-24 earlier this season, ranked ahead of Le Grand in the NorCal Division 4 rankings.

There was some talk of the Raiders, who defeated Santa Fe Christian 66-7 in last year's small school state title game, being moved up to Division 3 by the committee of section commissioners when it comes time to select the bowl matchups this year.

However, according to the CIF State website, if a Division 3 section champion is within the Division 4 enrollment parameters of 1-500, they will be moved to that division for bowl game considerations.

With an enrollment less than 400, it appears Central Catholic would be slated for Division 4 if the Raiders go on to win a section championship.

Martinez just wants a shot at a bowl game if the Bulldogs finish the season undefeated. Le Grand has outscored its first four opponents 174-13.

"It's still early," Martinez said. "We can only control what we can do. A lot of things can still happen. If it's Central Catholic who we have to play, we'll play Central Catholic.

"We're little Le Grand. Still, we've been to the section championship game how many times? We've been to a state bowl, but we're always going to be the underdog. We have to make it really tough for everyone else to keep us out of a bowl game."

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