NEW OVERALL STATE TOP 20 FOOTBALL RANKINGS

As No. 1 De La Salle gets ready to play a game on national TV later this week, will the rest of the state's top teams be rooting for or against the Spartans? Two of those teams that are new to this week's top 20 are Servite of Anaheim and Nevada Union of Grass Valley.

(Compiled by CalHiSports.com)

(After games of Saturday, Oct. 18)

(Previous ranking in parentheses)

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 6-0

If the Spartans weren't playing Evangel Christian of Louisiana on national TV this week and didn't need to work previously ineligible receiver Cameron Colvin into the lineup, they might have taken it easier on Freedom of Oakley in last week's game. Instead, the Falcons went down, 63-7. De La Salle has now doubled the previous national record of 72 straight wins and will go for No. 145 in a row against the powerful Louisianans. Evangel warmed up for its trip out west with a 55-0 romp past Natchitoches Central, but already has two losses this year.

2. (2) Los Alamitos 6-0

Edison of Huntington Beach took a 21-14 lead in the third quarter, but the Griffins battled back to win, 28-21. The tying TD came on a 49-yard pass interception return by junior linebacker Matt Quinn. Los Al is one California team that might be rooting for Evangel to beat De La Salle since it is currently No. 2 in one national ranking. Most who saw Los Al's close wins over Hart, Brea-Olinda and now Edison, however, aren't talking about the Griffins being that good. This week's game is Friday at home against Fountain Valley. The Barons, remember, only lost by 14-13 in their first game vs. No. 3 Mission Viejo.

3. (3) Mission Viejo 6-0

The Diablos blasted Trabuco Hills of Mission Viejo, 47-0, for their 34th consecutive win. Mark Sanchez threw a pair of TD passes and reserve RB Ramon Scott scored twice in a mop up role. Mission Viejo might be rooting for De La Salle against Evangel since there's been speculation that the Diablos might play the Spartans next year and any team on De La Salle's schedule isn't goint to want some other school to be the one to finally break the streak. In this week's game, Mission Viejo plays El Toro.

4. (4) J.W. North (Riverside) 6-0

There was a time when Riverside Poly was the football powerhouse of the city and J.W. North was an afterthought. Now, though, there's no doubt who rules this roost as the Huskies trounced Poly last week, 59-14. Damon Morton caught TD passes of 39, 43 and 56 yards and also returned a punt 76 yards for a score. J.W. North had a 565-81 advantage in total yards. Next up for the Huskies is a matchup this week vs. Moreno Valley.

5. (5) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 6-0

Matt Lee scored four touchdowns as the Seraphs recorded their first shutout of the season, 35-0, over Buena of Ventura. St. Bonnie is probably too far down in the national rankings to care that much about the De La Salle-Evangel game, but a win for Evangel would give the Seraphs a better record for the 2000s than the Spartans as they've only lost once and have played more games. St. Bonaventure meets Ventura High in this week's game.

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

It might be a good idea for coach Jim Benkert not to play QB Rudy Carpenter this week against his former team from Newbury Park. The Panthers have struggled this year, partly due to Carpenter's transfer to Westlake, and the Warriors appear to be much stronger even if Carpenter is on the sidelines. Westlake had its way with Calabasas last Friday as Carpenter tossed four TD passes and the defense prevented the Coyotes from crossing the 50-yard line even once in a 59-0 rout.

7. (7) Lutheran (Orange) 5-0

The Lancers opened Empire League competition with an 35-0 victory over Valencia of Placentia. Junior QB Seth Blackamore passed to standout Anthony Vernaglia twice for touchdowns and also ran for a pair of scores. Orange Lutheran, which plays at Katella in this week's game, is just glad to be where it's at right now, so the De La Salle-Evangel game probably doesn't mean much to the Lancers.

8. (8) Clovis West (Fresno) 6-0-1

Coach Jim Hartigan's club defeated always-tough Clovis, 17-7, as the Golden Eagles continued their unbeaten ways. Jeff Schott was the leader of the offense with 177 yards passing. Clovis West meets 4-3 Bullard of Fresno on Friday in the first of three Tri-City League games. The Golden Eagles will be rooting for De La Salle this week as well and here's why: They play the Spartans next season and hope to be the team that ends the streak, not some boys from the South.

9. (9) Venice 6-0

The Gondoliers cruised past Hamilton of Los Angeles, 49-3, as Beau Davis threw for four more TD passes after having tossed six in his previous outing. Venice is now mostly concerned with completing an undefeated season and probably doesn't care at all about the De La Salle-Evangel game. The L.A. City Section leaders meet University at home on Friday.

10. (10) Hart (Newhall) 3-3

Sean Norton completed 20 of 28 passes for 244 yards and three TDs as the Indians downed Burbank, 45-7, for their 59th straight league win. Daniel Howell added 12 carries for 92 yards and three TDs plus an interception on defense. Hart has its own big game this Friday at No. 16 Canyon of Canyon Country, so the De La Salle-Evangel game means nothing to the Indians at all.

11. (11) Poly (Long Beach) 4-2

The Jackrabbits had a tougher-than-expected 24-7 win over Cabrillo of Long Beach as junior Cruz Parsons threw three TD passes. Poly is still smarting from that loss to Clovis East in September and only cares about the rest of its schedule. That includes a game this Friday vs. Compton. The Jackrabbits don't even want to think about De La Salle.

12. (12) St. Francis (Mountain View) 6-1

Will Taufoou rushed for 202 yards and two TDs as the Lancers recorded their second straight shutout with a 48-0 triumph over Riordan of San Francisco. As the highest ranked team that has lost to De La Salle so far this year, the Lancers also have to be highly rooting for the Spartans in their showdown vs. Evangel.

13. (14) Lincoln (Stockton) 6-0

We wrote last week how there wasn't much doubt about the Trojans being No. 1 locally, but that was before the Stockton Record jumped Edison to the top of its rankings. Now that Edison has joined St. Mary's as once-beatens -- the Vikings fell to a previously winless opponent, too -- Lincoln really will be No. 1. The Trojans rolled on with a 39-7 win over Stagg of Stockton last week as junior Billy Smith went over the 200-yard mark for the second straight week. He finished with 202 yards on 20 carries and scored two TDs. The Trojans are playing Lodi this week, the same team that just upset Edison, so they shouldn't pay too much attention to the Flames' 1-5 record.

14. (16) Edison (Fresno) 6-0-1

The Tigers smashed Fresno High, 50-3, as junior Arkelon Hall completed eight of 14 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns. Edison continues North Yosemite League play this week against Roosevelt of Fresno in what shapes up as another lopsided win. In fact, the Tigers probably have already faced their toughest league test of the season when they traveled to Reedley two weeks ago.

15. (17) Clovis East (Clovis) 6-1

The CIF Central Section now has three of the top 15 teams in the state after the Timberwolves bounced back nicely from their 27-7 loss to Clovis West and beat Buchanan of Clovis, 42-21. We feel compelled this week to answer criticism of Clovis East being behind Long Beach Poly in the rankings even though it has a 17-13 win over the Jackrabbits. First, that game was close and hinged on only a few key plays. If it was a more convincing win, then Clovis East would still be ahead of Poly. Second, the Clovis East loss to Clovis West was by 20 points. If that game was more like the one vs. Poly, then again Clovis East would be ahead. Third, Poly came back from its defeat to Clovis East to smash St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs (which just beat Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks) and lost by just one point to No. 3 Mission Viejo. Fourth, Poly still has the chance to run into some very highly-ranked opponents in the CIF Southern Section Div. I playoffs. Finally, most importantly, the season isn't over yet. If Poly and Clovis East find themselves somewhat in the same range for the final rankings, that head-to-head result will serve as a tie-breaker. Clovis East's opponent in this week's game is 4-3 Central of Fresno.

16. (19) Canyon (Canyon Country) 6-0

Coach Harry Welch's squad defeated Valencia in a wild shootout, 52-45. That game had nine TD passes between Canyon's Nate Longshore and Valencia's Michael Herrick and the two QBs combined for 735 passing yards. All that offense should set the stage for the Cowboys' huge matchup this Friday at home against No. 10 Hart. The visiting Indians enter with a 59-game league win streak. A win for Canyon also could vault the team into next week's top 10.

17. (18) Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) 6-0

Coach Greg Cano's team conquered Bonita of La Verne, 49-0, with Randall Brown scoring three TDs before Cano summoned the reserves. Like Canyon, Los Altos also has its major league showdown this week as the Conquerors will play 6-0 South Hills of West Covina. South Hills is No. 9 this week in the same Division II state rankings in which Los Altos sits as No. 5.

18. (20) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 6-0

Fullback Jon Rubin rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries as the Falcons blanked San Marcos, 49-0. This week, Torrey Pines hosts Vista in what could be the Game of the Week in the San Diego Section. The Panthers were the Division I section champion two years ago and last year they reached the final. Vista also comes in after strong wins over Rancho Bernardo and Carlsbad in the last two weeks.

19. (nr) Servite (Anaheim) 6-0

The Friars outscored perennial power Loyola of Los Angeles, 35-32, the most points Loyola has given up in a game since 1995. Sophomore Ken Ashley was a workhorse for Servite with 32 carries that netted 147 yards and two TDs. In the Serra League, though, there's no rest for the ranked as the Friars will play Bishop Amat of La Puente in this week's game.

20. (nr) Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 6-0

Cordova of Rancho Cordova's big 29-28 upset win over previous No. 15 Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills pushes Nevada Union into the top 20 for this week. Cordova coach Max Miller, by the way, was Nevada Union's first T-formation quarterback, in 1956. Before that, the Miners ran the single wing. Last week, Nevada Union had an easy win of 68-0 over winless McClatchy of Sacramento. This week, the Miners play Kennedy of Sacramento. They do have difficult games remaining in their Metro League schedule, however, with matchups vs. Grant of Sacramento and Woodland.


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