NEW OVERALL STATE TOP 20 FOOTBALL RANKS

This week's Central Section showdown between Clovis East and Clovis West will involve two top 10 state-ranked teams as both moved up in this week's list. Among the newcomers this week is Serra of San Mateo, in for for first time under coach Patrick Walsh. Los Altos breaks in as well, while Long Beach Poly actually moved up three spots despite a loss.

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 4-0

Willie Glasper ran back a punt 86 yards for one TD and ran back another one 79 yards to the six-yard line, both in the second quarter, as the Spartans recorded their third shutout, 48-0, over previously unbeaten Foothill of Pleasanton. This week, the Spartans head down to San Diego for their longest road trip of the season. They'll put their 142-game win streak on the line against La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad, which started out 3-0 but then ran into district rival Torrey Pines and got blanked, 23-0. Unless the Mavericks were resting the next Terrell Owens, Rickey Williams and Brian Urlacher against Torrey Pines, it's going to be a long night against De La Salle.

2. (2) Los Alamitos 4-0

Jimmy Barnes, son of head coach John Barnes, passed for three first-half TDs on 18 completions in 29 attempts for 213 yards as Los Al took a 34-7 halftime lead over Division III power La Habra. The Griffins went on to a 37-7 victory and upped their unbeaten streak to 17-0-1. They are ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today and are No. 4 in the Student Sports FAB 50 national rankings. Los Al plays another Thursday night game this week against Carson.

3. (3) Mission Viejo 4-0

Coach Bob Johnson's club got by dangerous Long Beach Poly, 28-27, in a long awaited matchup and the Diablos tied an Orange County record with consecutive win number 32. Wide receiver Marty Tadman threw two TD passes on trick plays, the second of which gave Mission Viejo a 28-21 lead. This week's game is at home against Tustin with the South Coast League schedule coming up.

4. (4) J.W. North (Riverside) 4-0

The Huskies took a 38-0 lead in a 38-21 win over Eisenhower of Rialto as Dion Morton completed all seven of his passes for 190 yards and three TDs. Three of the completions went to twin Damon for 56 yards and one of the TDs. Each Morton twin also had a pass interception on defense. J.W. North will try to stay on its roll this week at Alta Loma.

5. (5) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 4-0

After a sluggish first half, the Seraphs rolled to a 41-7 win ovr Saugus. In the first half, though, St. Bonnie came within 14 seconds of not scoring in the first half for the first time in five years. This week, the Seraphs host Burroughs of Ridgecrest (4-0), which is coming off a 59-9 romp against Paraclete of Lancaster. Burroughs still may in over its heads against St. Bonnie, but the matchup of Seraphs CB Terrail Lambert vs. Burros' WR Anthony Celestine might be worth the price of admission alone.

6. (6) Westlake (Westlake Village) 4-0

The Warriors grabbed a 35-0 halftime lead on the way to a 49-7 trouncing over Thousand Oaks. It was Westlake's 12th straight league victory as Rudy Carpenter passed for 314 yards and five TDs. He only played the first half. This week, the Warriors face perhaps their toughest game of their Marmonte League schedule with a matchup vs. 4-0 Agoura of Agoura Hills. They've won by just 28-21 and 20-16 the last two times vs. Agoura and the Chargers looked good last week as well with a 42-14 romp over Royal of Simi Valley.

7. (9) Lutheran (Orange) 4-0

Coach Jim Kunau's Lancers defeated Marina of Huntington Beach, 34-14. The 20-point win as their "smallest" margin of victory so far this season. The CIF Southern Section Master Schedule still lists Bishop's of La Jolla as this week's opponent. But Bishop's is now playing eight-man football. Instead, Orange Lutheran has a bye and will get ready for its Empire League opener the following week against Brea-Olinda.

8. (10) Clovis East (Clovis) 5-0

The Timberwolves blasted winless Tulare Western, 55-14, as homecoming king Rodney Oliver ran 71 yards to a touchdown on the team's first play from scrimmage. This week's foe, though, is Clovis West and this is one East-West game to get excited about.

9. (11) Clovis West (Fresno) 4-0-1

Coach Jim Hartigan's squad continues to climb and doesn't have to look far to see who's next on the ladder. It's the team it will be playing this week, Long Beach Poly-beater Clovis East. The Golden Eagles got ready for their showdown against the Timberwolves by blanking Carson of the L.A. City Section, 21-0. Jose Rojas rushed for 175 yards on 33 carries.

10. (13) Venice 4-0

Welcome to the top 10, Gondoliers. The latest win for this bunch was 28-0 over previously unbeaten Granada Hills. The Highlanders were smothered by the Venice defense to the tune of -65 yards rushing. James Lewis caught two TD passes and Ryan Graves had one TD catch to lead the Venice offense. Venice's ranking also gets helped out by Loyola winning against Antelope Valley. This week's game is against Franklin of Los Angeles.

11. (14) Poly (Long Beach) 2-2

It's strange to jump up somebody who lost, but by most accounts the Jackrabbits maybe should have won in their big game against No. 3 Mission Viejo. Poly missed on a two-point conversion that would have given it a 29-28 lead with two minutes left. Instead, the Diablos held on for a 28-27 win. Another reason Poly went up despite that loss is due to losses by previous No. 7 Foothill, previous No. 8 Valley Christian and previous No. 12 Corona Centennial. The first Moore League game for the Jackrabbits is this week against Millikan of Long Beach.

12. (15) Hart (Newhall) 1-3

The Indians tasted victory for the first time with a 45-22 win over defending L.A. City Section champ Birmingham of Lake Balboa. They get another tough opponent this week in No. 14 Loyola. It's conceivable Hart could lose in a another close game and still be state-ranked next week at 1-4.

13. (16) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 4-0

Coach Kiki Mendoza's team blasted Downey, 38-0. The Braves have one more seemingly easy game this week vs. Narbonne of the L.A. City Section before taking on Mater Dei, Santa Margarita and Loyola. If they were to get through that minefield, look for a rankings bump.

14. (18) Loyola (Los Angeles) 3-1

Trason Bragg carried 29 times for 172 yards and one TD as the Cubs defeated Antelope Valley of Lancaster, 16-7. Quarterback Scott Deke also had another good game with 10 completions in 17 attempts for 165 yards and one score. Antelope Valley coach Brent Newcomb was going for his 200th win officially, but we already have him with 202 on-the-field varsity wins. Three of those victories were later taken away by forfeits. Loyola could move up in next week's rankings since this week's game is against No. 12 Hart.

15. (nr) Serra (San Mateo) 5-0

We're going for the Padres as the next team from NorCal. We like their schedule so far and what's coming up better than either Lincoln of Stockton or Oak Ridge. Coach Patrick Walsh's team held off St. Ignatius of San Francisco, 42-35, last week after leading 42-14 with three minutes left. The Padres, however, earned this rating with earlier wins over Skyline of Oakland and Palma of Salinas. In the St. Ignatius game, Angelo Fobbs-Valentino rushed for 170 yards on 11 carries and scored four TDs. Serra hosts Mitty of San Jose in this week's game.

16. (nr) St. Francis (Mountain View) 4-1

The Lancers are back in the top 20 after defeating previous No. 8 Valley Christian of San Jose, 14-10, on two Kyle Spraker to Andrew Smythe TD passes. Their loss was to De La Salle (39-8), but the two weeks before that they beat Oak Grove and Los Gatos. Both of those teams have lost just once -- to St. Francis -- and Los Gatos had a 40-game unbeaten streak. On Saturday, St. Francis treks up to San Francisco for a matchup against St. Ignatius.

17. (17) Lincoln (Stockton) 4-0

Another holdup for the Trojans moving up is that their local newspaper, the Stockton Record, still has St. Mary's at No. 1 and Lincoln at No. 2. This causes us to want to position those two as close together as the season unfolds and we haven't yet been able to get St. Mary's into the top 20. Lincoln defeated visiting West of Tracy, 45-6, as Henry Sok had three sacks on West's first four plays and Kevin Brown intercepted two passes. Junior Billy Smith rushed for 145 yards on 12 carries and scored two TDs. Lincoln should have another easy time with the other Tracy school this week as the Tracy High Bulldogs will visit on Friday.

18. (19) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 4-0

The Trojans have been No. 1 in the calpreps.com power ratings (done by a computer), even ahead of De La Salle. While that assertion is ridiculous, it does point to just how dominant Oak Ridge has been so far this year. The Trojans whipped Roseville last week, 50-20, and led 30-0 after three quarters. This week, they face off with Christian Brothers of Sacramento, the week before taking on Max Miller's resurgent Cordova Lancers of Rancho Cordova.

19. (20) Edison (Fresno) 4-0-1

The Tigers clawed Madera 21-14 as Dalen Mason scored on a 35-yard run late in the fourth quarter. Coach Tim McDonald's team shouldn't have too much trouble the rest of their regular season, although this week's game at Reedley could be tough. Just ask Sanger.

20. (nr) Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) 4-0

Coach Greg Cano's club pulled away from Ayala of Chino Hills in the second half for a 44-13 victory after leading 23-13 at halftime. Los Altos QBs Jason Estrada and Daniel Sandello combined for three TD passes, two by Sandello. Up next for the Conquerors is a matchup on Friday against Western of Anaheim, known mostly for being the alma mater of Tiger Woods.


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