2. No. 13 in NorCal St. Francis of Mountain View 14, No. 3 in NorCal Valley Christian of San Jose 10. In a game similar to the one played last year in which Valley Christian pulled out a 14-13 win, the Lancers won it basically because receiver Andrew Smythe can jump real well. Smythe won two jump ball type passes in the end zone to score both of the Lancers' touchdowns and their defense did the rest, bending but only giving up minimal points. St.Francis was coming in off a 39-8 loss to De La Salle. Valley Christian fell to 3-1.
3. No. 1 in the state De La Salle of Concord 48, No. 7 in the state Foothill of Pleasanton 0. We had a feeling this might happen after last weekend and we probably shouldn't have moved up Foothill so high. De La Salle jumped on the Falcons quickly, scoring on their first four possessions and holding their previously unbeaten opponent to -15 yards when it had the ball. Willie Glasper added that element of explosiveness that was missing just a bit in the Spartans' first three games with a pair of sensational punt return touchdowns. De La Salle will take a 142-game win streak to San Diego next week for its matchup against La Costa Canyon. All-Americans Cameron Colvin and Jackie Bates didn't even play against Foothill, so when they join the fold this is shaping up to be one phenomenally great football team.
4. Eureka 28, Lassen (Susanville) 14. The Loggers ventured over from the North Coast and won a tough road game. They improved to 4-0. Sam Vainuku powered his way for all four Eureka touchdowns and played well as a safety on defense. Linebacker Steve Swanson also was effective, showing that the team is more than just phenom junior Rey Maualuga. Lassen lost for just the second time in its last 29 games. The Grizzlies didn't get their last touchdown until the final seconds, when the outcome was already decided.
5. Watsonville 24, San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 18. Coming in at 0-3 and putting up their 42-0-1 league unbeaten streak, the host SLV Cougars played proudly and almost kept their mark going. But Watsonville made too many plays and therefore remains undefeated at 4-0. Efrem Lomeli was the hero for the Wildcatz with a 40-yard interception return for a TD as well as a game-saving interception late in the game that prevented a possible go-ahead score by SLV. Shawn Benjamin rushed for 110 yards on 12 carries and scored one TD for Watsonville.
6. No. 2 in the state Los Alamitos 37, No. 2 in state Div. III La Habra 7. Here's the offense we've been looking for from the Griffins, who played as if they were trying to avoid another close game against the Highlanders, who lost by just 24-20 in this matchup a year ago. Los Al QB Jimmy Barnes rang up 267 yards through air on 28 completions in 46 attempts and had two TD passes. La Habra quarterback Daniel Morales never could get on track. He was sacked seven times. Los Al next plays Carson and it's looking more and more like a lock that the Griffins will be 10-0 going into the postseason.
7. No. 2 in state Div. IV Escalon 24, No. 10 in state Div. IV Argonaut of Jackson 0. Although Argo was blanked after scoring 60 the week before against Rio Vista, losing by 24-0 to this Escalon team actually isn't that bad. It's a lot better than Manteca did against the Cougars and Argo still looks like a favorite in the Mother Lode League.
8. No. 18 in the state Loyola of Los Angeles 16, Antelope Valley of Lancaster 7. The best development of the night for us was that somebody finally reported a career win-loss record for longtime Antelope Valley coach Brent Newcomb. The L.A. Times web site story on Friday night reported Newcomb was denied his 200th career win by the Cubs. If you follow our state record book, you know we list every reported coach with 200 wins and noted in that list that Newcomb's total was not reported but that it probably was at or near the 200-mark. Newcomb, in his 26th season coaching the Antelopes, will take a 199-105-3 mark into next week's game. Loyola improved to 3-1 and handed the host Antelopes their first loss. Trason Bragg had 30 carries for 173 yards to lead the Cubs.
9. No. 5 in state Div. IV Dos Palos 7, No. 7 in state Div. IV Garces of Bakersfield 7. Tying on the road is impressive for this Dos Palos team, especially since the Rams looked so good the week before against Paraclete. Both teams had apparent TDs denied. For Garces, a fumble at the Dos Palos one-yard line stopped one drive. For Dos Palos, a long touchdown pass was called back on an offensive pass interference penalty. The only score for Garces came when John Frost blocked a punt and Kalub Flory picked it up for a 45-yard touchdown. Dos Palos scored on a 35-yard pass from David Coronado to David Marshall.
10. Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita 28, Fountain Valley 20. This Santa Margarita team is a great story in the making. Even though the only head coach the school has ever had, Jim Hartigan, left for Clovis West and even though top-notch quarterback Mark Sanchez transferred to Mission Viejo, the Eagles moved to 4-0 with a win over Fountain Valley. The Barons, who lost by just 14-13 in their opener to Mission Viejo, led 14-0 in the first half. They were hurt, though, by three turnovers. Leading Santa Margarita was a quarterback with name of the year possibility: Michael Angelo.
11. Valencia 14, Arroyo Grande 13. This visiting Eagles led by 10-0 at halftime, but the Vikings came back behind sophomore QB Mike Herrick and a defense that stopped Arroyo Grande on key drives. Herrick wound up 19 of 26 for 263 yards and one TD. Valencia improved to 4-0, same as Foothill League rival Canyon of Canyon Country (beat Highland of Lancaster, 60-28), although nobody will believe anyone but Hart of Newhall (1-3) can win the league crown until the Indians actually fall in a league game.
12. Clovis 30, NorCal No. 15 Liberty of Bakersfield 7. Central Section correspondent Bob Barnett wasn't happy upon hearing this score. "We gave them some respect with a No. 2 ranking (in our section), but that's all gone now," Barnett said. "There's no doubt that three of the top four teams in our section are now all Clovis schools." Clovis East won Friday by 55-14 over Tulare Western and Clovis West won Friday by 21-0 over L.A. City Section school Carson. Adam O'Daniel led the Cougars by completing 17 of 28 passes for 282 yards and three TDs. Devin Herrera also came through with a 55-yard interception return for a TD. Liberty was tied at 7-7 at halftime with the defending Valley champions, but turnovers and a stingy Clovis defense turned the game around in the second half.
13. No. 5 in state Div. III Foothill of Sacramento 35, Vanden of Travis AFB 14. Eddie Thompson scored on runs of 12 and three yards as the Mustangs rolled past the Vikings in a matchup of 3-0 squads.
14. San Diego No. 1 candidates put it on the line. Torrey Pines should get the nod next week, although the list of legitimate alternatives to small school powerhouse Marian Catholic is shrinking fast. The Falcons kept on winning with a 16-10 triumph vs. Fallbrook. but Rancho Bernardo fell, 33-21, to Carlsbad. Marian won its game, 53-7, over Bonita Vista of Chula Vista.
15. Poly of Pasadena 35, No. 4 in state Div. V Ontario Christian 7. This win also makes Brentwood of Los Angeles look good since the week before it was Brentwood pinning a 7-3 loss to Poly. The winners were led by Jordie Gaffney's two TD passes.