By Ray Hamill — After posting big wins over the weekend, St. Bernard’s and Eureka each moved up in the latest edition of the Prep2Prep football rankings.
The Crusaders defeated Ferndale 47-13, their fifth straight blowout to start the season, and climb one spot to No. 23 in the North Coast Section top-25.
After holding steady at No. 25 for the opening three weeks of the season, the Crusaders (5-0) have now moved up one spot in back-to-back weeks.
They’ll face a much stiffer challenge this weekend, when they travel to play Marin Catholic (1-3), which is ranked two spots above St. Bernard’s after slipping three spots this week.
Eureka, meanwhile, also improved to 5-0 over the weekend with another dominating win, traveling to Shasta and defeating the Wolves 35-14.
The Eureka defense was outstanding again, and continues to suffocate opposing offenses at the point of attack, led by the imposing Tyce Mullins.
Shasta did its best to stop the Loggers high-octane offense by loading the box, but Eureka countered with a strong performance from quarterback Cruz Montana and the passing attack.
The win sees the Loggers move up one spot to No. 12 in the Prep2Prep rankings.
The Loggers, who are the highest ranked of the nine local teams, return home to host the Lincoln High Fighting Zebras (2-2) on Friday night.
The Fortuna Huskies (3-2) are the only other local team in the top-25, dropping five places to No. 24 after a tough 48-21 loss at a top Tracy program on Friday.
The Huskies return home to host Del Norte (5-0) this Friday.
Del La Salle (5-0) retains top spot in the rankings, ahead of Liberty (5-0) and Antioch (5-0), as it was last week.
A pair of Eureka’s opponents made some noise lower down, with Ukiah (3-1), whose only loss came at Albee Stadium, moving into the rankings at No. 25, while Foothill (2-2) sits just outside.