2. No. 13 in the state St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 41, No. 5 in the state Hart (Newhall) 34. One week after Hart battled so well with QB Sean Norton out for the second half in a 20-17 loss to state No. 2 Los Alamitos, the Indians were more run over by the Seraphs. Getting revenge for the only loss in their last 58 games, St. Bonnie led at one point, 34-14, before the Indians came back. According to the L.A. Times web site, QB Brian Stevens hit on 23 of 31 passes for 282 yards and two TDs. RB Matt Lee added 210 yards rushing and two more TDs. Norton played throughout and had to throw a lot with his injured ribs as St. Bonnie smartly shut down the running game and forced the banged up senior to keep on firing. He still threw for five touchdowns and had 389 yards passing.
3. No. 1 in the state De La Salle (Concord)35, No. 18 in the state Palma (Salinas) 0. Willie Glasper and Kevin Lopina combined for 198 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns for the Spartans. Terrance Kelly and Matt Drazba recovered fumbles and Terrell Ward had an interception to lead De La Salle's defense, which posted its second straight shutout to start the season.
4. No. 7 in the state J.W. North (Riverside) 26, No. 8 in state Div. II Kaiser (Fontana) 7. The key play of the game for the Huskies was a 94-yard run for a touchdown by Damon Morton after a missed field goal attempt by Kaiser. Damon also caught a TD pass from brother Dion. The two hooked up for an apparent TD on the first play of the game from 66 yards out, but it was called back on a penalty. Dion later threw another TD pass to Damon, intercepted a pass and finished with 149 yards passing and two TDs. The Huskies now face Mater Dei and there's the very real chance the Monarchs could be 0-3.
5. No. 7 in state Div. II Edison (Fresno) 7, No. 11 in the state Clovis West (Fresno) 7. This tie will have interesting ranking ramifications because defending Central Section champ Clovis was upset on Friday by Stockdale of Bakersfield, 17-15, while Clovis East came up big in Southern California with a 19-13 triumph over mighty Long Beach Poly. Edison scored in the first quarter on a 22-yard pass from Arkelon Hall to Daylon Mason. Clovis West tied it with 8:20 left in the game on a 49-yard TD catch and run by Jose Rojas. Edison had a chance to win it with 10 seconds left, but a field goal attempt was blocked. "Both defenses were just outstanding and they'll only get better," said Central Section historian and Cal-Hi Sports correspondent Bob Barnett. "It's a real debate what to do with Clovis East. They weren't ranked that high to start the night so I don't know about going all the way to the top. Maybe it's just a down year for Long Beach Poly. It now looks to me like they were overrated."
6. No. 3 in the state Mission Viejo 22, Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 11. It was a pretty methodical win for Mission. Very conservative on both sides. A lot of ball control, but Marty Tadman from Mission was the difference. He caught eight balls for 122 yards, made several nice plays on defense and ran in a two point conversion on a fake extra point. Mark Sanchez was 11-of-12 for 151 yards and one TD. It was 15-3 Mission at halftime when on the first play of the half, sophomore fullback Chane Moline ran for a 65-yard touchdown. Diablos' coach Bob Johnson has said that Moline may be the best sophomore he has ever had. The win upped Mission Viejo's win streak to 30 games. Mater Dei fell to 0-2.
7. Venice 17, No. 8 in the state Loyola (Los Angeles) 13. What the heck is going on with the once-mighty CIFSS Division I? Loyola loses to Venice the same night Long Beach Poly loses to Clovis East the same night Mater Dei falls to 0-2. And after St. Bonaventure beat Hart much worse than Los Al even though St. Bonnie had to face Sean Norton for four quarters instead of two, maybe the Griffins aren't so great, either. Venice led in this one 17-0, mostly behind the rushing of Byron Ellis. Loyola came back, got it to 17-13, then got the ball back in great shape once again. With about four minutes left, though, the Cubs fumbled and Venice was able to run out the clock.
8. No. 8 in NorCal St. Francis (Mountain View) 17, No. 15 in NorCal Los Gatos 7. The win by St. Francis ends a 39-0-1 unbeaten streak for Los Gatos. The Wildcats were aiming at the CCS record of 48 set in 1993 by Salinas Palma. They also had the second-longest such unbeaten streak on the West Coast. Will Taufoou scored the first touchdown for St. Francis on a three-yard run in the first quarter and finished with 90 yards rushing on 13 carries. The big senior also starred at linebacker as the Lancers didn't give up a score until three minutes remained in the game. St. Francis improves to 3-0 and will play De La Salle next week.
9. No. 6 in state Div. II Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) 22, No. 1 in state Div. III La Habra 13. The Conquerors led 15-6 at halftime, then La Habra cut it to 15-13 on a scoring drive by quarterback Daniel Morales. La Habra then got the ball back again for a possible go-ahead score, but fumbled. Following that turnover, Los Altos converted for a touchdown that put the Highlanders in desperation mode. Running back Daniel Brown rushed for 130 yards on 21 carries and scored one TD for Los Altos. Note: No. 2 in state Div. III Colfax won its game on Friday night, 27-12, over Golden Sierra of Garden Valley.
10. No. 7 in state Div. III Oakdale 34, Yosemite (Oakhurst) 32. The Badgers, who hosted the Mustangs, might hang on to their top ranking in the Central Section Sequoia-Sierra Division rankings. They did lose, after all, to the top-ranked team in the Modesto Bee circulation area.
11. N. 9 in state Div. II Helix (La Mesa) 19, Vista 10. Helix touchdown runs by Kevin Smith and Kenyon Blue led the Highlanders to a win over Vista Friday night. Helix's defense intercepted a pass in the end zone and the Highlanders added a field goal and safety. Vista's only touchdown was set up by a bad snap that the Panthers recovered at the Helix 3-yard line.
12. Skyline (Oakland) 34, James Logan (Union City) 21. Speedster Kenny O'Neill scored on TD receptions from QB Charles Roberson to put this one out of reach for Skyline. On the second of the two TDs, O'Neill took a short flat pass, broke one tackle, and raced easily away from the Logan secondary. This win enhances the ranking for San Mateo Serra (3-0), which beat Skyline 41-32 two weeks ago.
13. No. 2 in state Div. IV Escalon 45, Manteca 6. It was speculated in a recent Modesto Bee article where this year's Cougars might rank among the area's best small school teams ever. Based on this outing and depending of course on how the rest of the season shapes up, that ranking could be very high. Coach Mark Louiero's bunch just ate up the Buffaloes on this night, and that was a team that fought the Cougars to a tie just last year. It was over quickly. Manteca went three-and-out for its first three possessions and threw a pick on the fourth. Escalon scored touchdowns on its first three possessions, including a one-play drive consisting of a 59-yard touchdown pass from Dom Chap to Johnny Norton. Then after the interception, made by Anthony Suniga, the Cougars converted it for another score on a 1-yard run by Tony Reis. It was Reis's third short TD run of the game and even though it was early in the second quarter Escalon already had a 28-0 lead. The Cougars led at halftime, 42-0, and primarily emptied the bench in the third quarter. Note: No. 1 in state Div. IV Marian Catholic of San Diego won Friday, 60-17, over Sweetwater of National City.
14. Righetti (Santa Maria) 54, No. 3 in state Div. III Lompoc 29. Righetti may be on the way to averaging 50 points per game this season, but that's going to be tough now that runningback Ryan Mole may miss the rest of the regular season. Mole had already rushed for 215 yards on 14 carries and had four TDs when he suffered a broken clavicle just before halftime. The Warriors led 28-0 at the time of the injury and were up by 41-8 at halftime. Lompoc did almost all its scoring on Righetti's reserves.
15. St. Monica (Santa Monica) 42, El Segundo 15. We liked this matchup for the prolific stats that might have developed, but it turned out to be one-sided. St. Monica's Michael Dunn followed up a 12-catch for than 200-yard opener with eight catches for 147 yards and three TDs. Dunn also snared three interceptions on defense. St. Monica QB Mitch Smith was 19 of 29 for 251 yards and four TDs.