2. No. 1 in the state De La Salle of Concord 39, No. 14 in the state St. Francis of Mountain View 8. The Spartans won their 141st consecutive game and continued to play outstanding defense. St. Francis did not have a first down in the first half and didn't score until the game was well out of reach. The key touchdown for De La Salle was the one with 49 seconds left before halftime on a nine-yard pass from Kevin Lopina to Terrence Kelly. Kelly later scored on a 65-yard run. Willie Glasper also scored twice for the Spartans. St. Francis came into the game 3-0 and last week ended the 40-game unbeaten streak of Los Gatos.
3. No. 7 in the state Westlake of Westlake Village 25, No. 12 in the state Hart of Newhall 24. Whoop-de-doo, Kevin Ciccone and Sean Norton are now in the all-time state record book for a 99-yard pass play. The Hart High duo probably could care less, because the number that's now staring them in the face is 0-3. The Indians took a 24-17 lead with less than five minutes remaining on the state record-tying pass play from Norton to Ciccone. Westlake drove back down the field, though, to score with 41 seconds left and made good on a two-point conversion to win the game. The key TD came on a 17-yard pass from Rudy Carpenter of the Warriors to Michael Stuart. Westlake went to the air for the two-pointer, too, as Carpenter found Tahj Mowry. The win upped Westlake's record to 3-0, and now after wins over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks as well as Hart, looks solid as a team that can go 10-0 for the regular season. Hart's schedule has been described as the toughest in the state this season, and it will only get a little easier next week against defending L.A. City champ Birmingham of Lake Balboa. The Indians then end their brutal stretch of games with a matchup vs. perennial power Loyola of Los Angeles. According to the L.A. Times, Carpenter finished 15 of 30 for 240 yards and two TDs. Norton was 15 of 34 for 232 yards and one TD.
4. St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 28, Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) 14. Based on previous scores, the Irish hung in there pretty good against the Wildcats in the latest edition of the state's longest-running rivalry, played before about 8,000 at Kezar Stadium. St. Ignatius now leads in the series, which began in 1892, with 48 wins, 23 losses and two ties. With the win, St. Ignatius gains an early edge over control of the Bruce-Mahoney Trophy. That award is given according to results between the two rivals in football, basketball (first game) and baseball (first game).
5. No. 4 in the state J.W. North of Riverside 28, Mater Dei of Santa Ana 10. For the third straight week, the Huskies scored immediately, this time on their first play on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Dion Morton to Damon Morton. Also scoring for the Huskies on a long play was running back Josh Barnett, on a 70-yard run. Barnett later had another long touchdown run called back on a penalty. The closest Mater Dei came was 14-7 in the second quarter. It was 21-10 at halftime. J.W. North improved to 3-0 and with Corona Centennial losing on Friday will cement its status as the state's No. 4 ranked team. Mater Dei fell to 0-3 after earlier losses to Orange Lutheran and Mission Viejo.
6. No. 10 in NorCal Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills 24, No. 8 in the state Grant of Sacramento 6. Austin Collie sparked the host Trojans with a sizzling 53-yard touchdown off a pass from sophomore quarterback Chandler Chandler Clemens early in the game. Clemens later kicked two field goals. Grant's only TD came on a short run from junior Syd Thompson. But the Oak Ridge defense shut down Grant the rest of the game. The Pacers also hurt themselves with three fumbles. The win probably will propel Oak Ridge to No. 1 overall in the Sacramento area. Trojan fans now should become Grant fans, too, because Oak Ridge's overall state ranking will become dependent on how the Pacers fare in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I playoffs. Oak Ridge is now a heavy favorite to win another section Div. II title.
7. No. 9 in state Division II Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks 35, No. 8 in state Division II Palmdale 21. According to the L.A. Times, Cary Harris racked up 177 yards rushing and scored two TDs to lead the Knights. Palmdale gave up an early fumble deep in its own territory and also had a punt blocked as Notre Dame took a quick 14-0 lead. Palmdale had moved up to No. 1 in the CIFSS Div. III rankings, which should now go back to Notre Dame.
8. No. 9 in NorCal Nevada Union of Grass Valley 28, Elk Grove 12. Rich Herrera and Dan Smith scored the first two TDs for the Miners as they went on the road to Elk Grove to win this game. Smith later scored again on a short run and he and Herrera combined for 158 yards rushing. It looks like Elk Grove still has some work to do before it returns to the level of the team it had two years ago. The highlight for the Thundering Herd was a 90-yard kickoff return for a score by Chris Gordon. Gordon also ran for 138 yards on 19 carries.
9. No. 13 in SoCal Poly of Long Beach 47, St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs 14. Well, it looks like the Jackrabbits got jolted indeed after their upset loss a week ago to Clovis East. Against the host Swordsmen on Friday, Long Beach Poly cruised up and down the field and led 34-7 when the dogs were finally called off. Cruz Parsons threw a career-high five touchdown passes for Poly and linebacker Rodney Patterson picked up a fumble and ran for a 55-yard score. The win for Poly puts a lot more polish on a game next week against Mission Viejo. The Diablos won Friday, 48-22, over Marina of Huntington Beach and will take a 31-game winning streak against the Jackrabbits.
10. No. 9 in the state Foothill of Pleasanton 28, Skyline of Oakland 21. The Falcons improved to 3-0 heading into their game next week against De La Salle by turning back the Titans in a Friday afternoon game at Skyline. This game turned on a 100-yard interception return for a score by Foothill linebacker Garrett Tuggle. If the Titans had been able to score on that drive, instead of giving up the big play, it looks like they could have easily won. The stats show that as well as Skyline amassed 400 yards in total offense to 147 for Foothill. Quarterback Charles Roberson of Skyline threw three TD passes, going deep twice to Chris Norris, and once to speedster Kenny O'Neal. Foothill's Kyle Barker tossed TD passes of five yards to Joey Munn and eight yards to Ryan Cavanaugh. An interception and return by Munn set up one of those scores.
11. No. 14 in NorCal Serra of San Mateo 14, No. 15 in NorCal Palma of Salinas 7. Serra didn't ramp it up quite as much on offense as in its previous games, but won a tough road game at Salinas Sports Complex on Friday. The Padres returned the favor from last year when Palma won on their home field. The Chieftains had a tipped Hail Mary pass glance off one of its players on the final play of the game. Palma tied the score at 7-7 in the second quarter when Tommy Marquez grabbed a tipped pass in the end zone. Serra's Angelo Fobbs-Valentino answered right back with a long kickoff return and then scored several plays later on a 28-yard run. That turned out to be the final score of the game. Fobbs-Valentino also had Serra's other touchdown on a 89-yard kickoff return.
12. No. 15 in the state Clovis East 21, Sanger 14. Coach Tim Murphy's team kept up its intensity after last week's upset win over Long Beach Poly and hung on to beat the Apaches at Lamonica Stadium. Like the week before against the Jackrabbits, Clovis East had to turn back a fourth-down play in the closing seconds that could have given the other team the edge. Alex Prevender scored a pair of TDs and ran for 80 yards to lead the winners. With Clovis West beating Corona Centennial, the debate about who should be No. 1 in the Central Section may now be a mess for a long time.
13. No. 9 in state Div. V Big Valley of Bieber 50, No. 10 in the state Div. V Bishop Quinn of Redding 0. The boys from Bieber played like Barbarians in routing the host Lions on Saturday in Redding. Avenging a 40-28 loss from last year, Big Valley rolled to an easy win behind fullback Michael Blue, who carried 13 times for 118 yards and three TDs. Blue also caught a TD pass from senior QB J.C. Hunsaker, who also scored himself.
14. Garces of Bakersfield 39, No. 4 in state Div. IV Paraclete of Lancaster 20. Garces had won six in a row over the Spirits when this series was halted in 1999. In this first meeting since then, played Saturday at Antelope Valley College, the Rams still have Paraclete's number. Braxton Tarver's 93-yard blazer for a TD in the first quarter gave Garces a 14-0 lead and set the tone for the rest of the evening. Tarver ended with 196 yards rushing on 22 carries and also scored on a 52-yard run. Junior QB Jake Cauzza also starred for Garces with TD runs of 55, 1, 51 and 2 yards. Paraclete hung close behind running back Jared Nelson. He ran for two TDs and finished with 162 yards on 21 carries.
15. Hayward 45, San Leandro 20. The Farmers are looking more and more like one of the top teams in the Bay Area (just like we thought they'd be). They led 24-0 in this game at Burrell Field and broke San Leandro's 25-game Hayward Area Athletic League win streak. Both Ferrell LeBlanc, who ran a 4.31 at the Stanford Nike Camp last spring, and Robert Jordan looked quick and explosive carrying the ball for Hayward. The Farmers' top ball carrier was big, burly fullback Tony Sapiga, who scored twice and rushed for 125 yards. San Leandro's Jerome Tarver was the whole story for the Pirates. He brought back not one, not two, but three kickoff returns back for TDs. All of Tarver's returns were from at least 90 yards away.
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