Cal-Hi Sports released its preseason football rankings today, and De La Salle slots in at No. 3 to begin the season. The Spartans are ranked behind Grant-Sacramento and the team they beat for the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division title last year, Crenshaw-Los Angeles.
Other East Bay teams to make the initial top 50 are Monte Vista (29) and San Ramon Valley (48). Casa Grande-Petaluma (46) and Marin Catholic-Kentfield (50) were other North Coast Section teams on the list. Pittsburg opens the season in the “on the bubble” category.