Presidio Sports will release the Santa Barbara County Super Seven for prep football each Monday throughout the fall season. It is a way for you to see how our County teams stack up against each other and their opponents on a week-to-week basis throughout the season.
The rankings are not based on a vote, but determined by considering a combination of results, strength of schedule, common opponents, momentum, and a variety of other factors.
This set of rankings is based on preseason expectations. To find our full gamut of prep football season previews, follow this link!!!
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY’S SUPER SEVEN (8/22/2012)
1) Lompoc Braves (14-0; vs. Arroyo Grande) — The Braves return with expectations of another hugely successful season. Ranked No. 21 in California by MaxPreps and No. 2 in the Western Division to start the season.
2) Righetti Warriors (8-4; vs. Santa Ynez) — Ranked No. 8 in Northern Division, the Warriors benefit from returning experience at key positions like quarterback Troy Prober and running backs Colin Cooper and Taelor Griego. Righetti opens against Villa Park.
3) Santa Barbara Dons (5-5; vs. St. Joseph) — The Dons are loaded on offense with returning All-Channel League weapons in Cheroke Cunningham and Emilio Gonzalez, plus quarterback Shawn Ramos. Santa Barbara also has a new head coach, Doug Caines, leading the program. Caines has his players wearing gold jerseys in the preseason creating postseason expectations.
4) Cabrillo Conquistadores (11-3; at San Marcos) — The Conqs enjoyed enormous success last season by reaching the Northwest Division championship game where the Conqs ran into juggernaut Lompoc. Cabrillo lost many key parts to graduation and will learn more about themselves after facing San Marcos in the opener on Friday, followed by games with Righetti and Dos Pueblos.
5) Dos Pueblos Chargers (3-8; vs. Santa Ynez) — Former defensive coordinator Nate Mendoza takes over as head coach for the Chargers, who reached the postseason last year by winning their final three games of the regular season. The Chargers will look to control games with their defense.
6) Bishop Diego Cardinals (11-2; at Santa Maria) — Bishop Diego reached the semifinals of the East Valley Division last season. With their success, the Cardinals moved up to the Tri-Valley League and the Northwest Division. Despite the upgrade in competition, Bishop Diego has the pieces to be voted the No. 2 team in the division to start the season.
7) Santa Ynez Pirates (5-6, at Dos Pueblos) — Another team with a new head coach, Santa Ynez starts its season at DP. Josh McLurg takes over with four years being Nipomo’s defensive coordinator on his resume.