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SBLive’s San Diego Section Top 10 Football Rankings: Lincoln grabs top spot after Open Division title

The Hornets captured their first San Diego Section Open Division title after beating Carlsbad 28-24.

The San Diego Section Football Championships wrapped up this past weekend and it's time to take a look at the final section rankings of the season.

The rankings are compiled by reporter Bodie DeSilva and were released every Monday throughout the 2022 fall season.

(Lead photo by Steven Silva)


November 28, 2022

1. Lincoln (11-1)

Photo by Steven Silva

Photo by Steven Silva

Lincoln trailed Carlsbad by 15 points in the fourth quarter before mounting a comeback that led to a 28-24 win for the Hornets. They've had a week off to get healthy and will travel to Sierra Canyon in the D1-AA regional bowl game on Friday night.

Next game: December 2 at Sierra Canyon

Last week: 2

2. Carlsbad (10-2)

Carlsbad led Lincoln 21-6 following a pick-six early in the fourth quarter of the Open Division championship game, but was unable to hold on, falling 28-24. Junior running back Mason Walsh rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the championship game.

Last week: 1

3. Madison (9-2)

Madison had their season ended with back-to-back losses against Lincoln, first in the regular season and then again in the semifinal round of the Open Division playoffs.

Last week: 3

4. Poway (10-1)

Poway's undefeated run was ended against Carlsbad in the semifinal round of the Open Division playoffs, 37-0. Senior running back Conner Rath finished his final season with 1,721 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns.

Next game: November 10 at Rancho Bernardo

Last week: 4

5. Mater Dei Catholic (9-4)

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The Crusaders beat Mission Hills 34-29 in the Division 1 championship game to extend their winning streak to nine. Mater Dei Catholic drove 83 yards in the final 90 seconds of the game to secure the victory. They'll look to repeat as state champions and will start by heading to Downey on Friday night.

Next game: December 2 at Downey

Last week: 8

6. Granite Hills (11-2)

The Eagles rolled through the Division 2 playoffs, beating Ramona in the championship game 48-12. The win gave Granite Hills their first CIF football title in school history. They'll host Etiwanda on Saturday in the CIF D2-A regional bowl game.

Next game: December 3 vs. Etiwanda

Last week: 5

7. Mission Hills (9-4)

The Grizzlies led Mater Dei Catholic with 90 seconds to play in the Division 1 title game but surrendered the lead with 3.5 seconds remaining, falling 34-29, to end their seven-game winning streak.

Last week: 9

8. Cathedral Catholic (6-6)

Cathedral Catholic's up and down season ended with a 14-9 loss to eventual champion Mater Dei Catholic in the Division 1 semifinals.

Last week: 7

9. University City (11-2)

The Centurions got redemption after losing in last year's championship game by beating Point Loma, 33-28, for the Division 3 title. Quarterback Samuel Cooper IV threw three touchdown passes and also rushed for 112 yards in the game.

Next game: December 2 at San Jacinto

Last week: NR

10. El Camino (9-4)

Photo by Justin Fine

Photo by Justin Fine

El Camino's season ended with a 28-21 loss to Division 1 finalist Mission Hills. The Wildcats were able to go on the road and take down 19-14 in the quarterfinal round.

Last week: 10

Others considered: Helix, Ramona, Point Loma, La Costa Canyon, Palo Verde Valley