(After games of Saturday, Nov. 8)
(Previous rank in parentheses)
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 9-0
All-American wideout Cameron Colvin had an inevitable breakout game, returning the opening kickoff 89 yards for a TD, catching two TD passes and intercepting a pass, in a 26-0 win over Pittsburg.
2. (2) St. Francis (Mountain View) 9-1
The Lancers ended the regular season with a 24-3 win over Bellarmine of San Jose after leading 21-3 going into second quarter. Look for St. Francis to move up in this week's state rankings after back-to-back impressive outings.
3. (3) Valley Christian (San Jose) 8-1
Coach Mike Machado's bunch is the third Bay Area club in the state top 20 and will stay there after defeating Serra of San Mateo, 24-7, in a game that was expected to be closer.
4. (4) Foothill (Pleasanton) 8-1
Kyle Barker completed 18 of 26 passes for 262 yards and three TDs in a 35-0 win over 0-9 Livermore. It'll be a little tougher this week against Amador Valley.
5. (5) Palma (Salinas) 8-1
Starters and reserves alike contributed in a 27-0 win over winless Live Oak of Morgan Hill. This week's game against Hollister, though, won't be so easy.
6. (7) Skyline (Oakland) 7-2
Okay, it's been a long time since the Titans lost in their opener, 41-32, to Serra and Skyline has lifted its game to another level. What started in a 51-6 romp over Vintage of Napa continued last week as Skyline blasted Castlemont of Oakland 63-6. Charles Roberson passed for five more TDs and now has 25 for the season.
7. (8) Pittsburg 7-1-1
You have to give the Pirates some credit for keeping the score down in their loss to De La Salle since the Pitt offense was completely stymied by the Spartan defense. Usually, when De La Salle keeps getting the ball back like that, the reserves are in before halftime.
8. (9) Miramonte (Orinda) 8-1
The Matadors crushed Acalanes of Lafayette 57-20 as Taylor Humphrey completed 14 of 21 passes for 226 yds and four TDs.
9. (10) Los Gatos 8-1
Danny Bates carried 26 times for 176 yds and one TD, a 62-yd run for the game's first score, in a 28-6 triumph over Saratoga.
10. (14) Monte Vista (Danville) 7-2
Tom Haug broke open a tight fourth quarter game with a 77-yard TD run that gave the defending NCS Class 3A East Bay champs a 14-6 lead on the way to a 27-6 victory over San Ramon Valley. Overall, Haug rushed for 145 yards.
11. (6) Serra (San Mateo) 6-3
Another loss by a big margin, this one by 24-7 at home to Valley Christian, has to cost the Padres a few more spots in the rankings. If the losses to Valley Christian and St. Francis were closer -- and the wins over Palma and Skyline more lopsided -- you could still keep Serra higher. Losing to Mitty also has to factor into the team's positioning as well.
12. (16) Clayton Valley (Concord) 7-2
Pittsburg's fairly good showing vs. De La Salle, a team the Eagles lost to in overtime, plus Reno's big win in Nevada over that state's defending champion (remember, Clayton Valley has a win over Reno) are two good reasons for this move up. Oak Grove's tie, Hayward's loss and Bellarmine's big loss to St. Francis help, too.
13. (13) Bellarmine (San Jose) 5-3
The Bells didn't drop after losing to St. Francis because of other team's results as well as the fact they could still turn their season around with a matchup this week against Valley Christian. If Bellarmine loses that game, the Bells would have to drop behind Mitty.
14. (11) Oak Grove (San Jose) 7-1-1
The Eagles got themselves tied up with Silver Creek of San Jose, 22-22, but they are still in line to win a league title and they have just a 42-35 loss to St. Francis.
15. (15) Castro Valley 7-2
Marcus Cox rushed for 176 yards and three TDs on 19 carries in a nice 42-20 win over Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland.
16. (17) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 7-2
The Dons defeated California of San Ramon 35-7 and are now in position to win a share of the East Bay Athletic League title. But the Dons will have to defeat No. 4 Foothill this week to do so.
17. (12) Hayward 7-2
In the absence of senior WR/DB star Robert Jordan, Hayward lost to San Lorenzo 40-34. San Lorenzo's Marlon Haynes had a lot to do with the loss, though, scoring five TDs and intercepting two passes.
18. (18) Logan (Union City) 6-2-1
The Colts recorded their first season shutout with a 27-0 victory over American of Fremont.
19. (19) Aptos 8-1
the Mariners defeated San Lorenzo Valley of Felton for the first time since 1987 with a 14-8 triumph.
20. (nr) Mitty (San Jose) 5-4
Coach Dave Brown's squad didn't play this week but moves in to top 20 due to wins over Serra and Bellarmine. Mitty also becomes the fifth top 20 team to have lost to De La Salle.
Dropped Out: Previous No. 20 Hollister (tied Salinas 17-17).
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