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In support of our weekly highlights show that airs every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on KRON TV, Channel 4, in San Francisco, here's the first top 20 rankings for the 2002 football season. Our Bay Area Top 20 rankings includes teams from the CIF Central Coast and CIF North Coast sections only plus teams from Solano and Napa counties of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.

1. De La Salle (Concord) 1-0

Defeated Mitty of San Jose, 24-0.

2. San Leandro 1-0

Defeated Serra of San Mateo, 38-12.

3. Palma (Salinas) 1-0

Defeated Alhambra of Martinez, 49-0.

4. Monte Vista (Danville) 1-0

Defeated Antioch, 47-33.

5. Foothill (Pleasanton) 1-0

Defeated Stagg of Stockton, 20-0.

6. Salinas 1-0

Defeated Seaside 21-6.

7. Skyline (Oakland) 2-0

Defeated Ygnacio Valley of Concord, 32-13.

8. San Ramon Valley (Danville) 1-0

Defeated Liberty of Brentwood, 34-7.

9. Los Gatos 1-0

Defeated Aragon of San Mateo, 34-0.

10. McClymonds (Oakland) 1-0

Defeated Natomas of Sacramento, 12-7.

11. James Logan (Union City) 1-0

Defeated Pittsburg, 40-6.

12. Valley Christian (San Jose) 2-0

Defeated Alvarez of Salinas, 39-10.

13. Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 1-0

Defeated Napa, 25-14.

14. Mitty (San Jose) 1-1

Lost to De La Salle, 24-0.

15. Miramonte (Orinda) 1-0

Defeated Buhach Colony of Atwater, 62-0.

16. Vallejo 1-0

Defeated Atwater, 21-19.

17. Sonoma Valley (Sonoma) 1-0

Defeated San Marin of Novato, 17-15.

18. Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 1-0

Defeated Bellarmine of San Jose, 20-17.

19. St. Francis (Mountain View) 1-0

Defeated Oak Grove of San Jose, 28-0.

20. Bethel (Vallejo) 1-0

Defeated Oakland, 50-0.

Notes & Highlights

•Piedmont Hills of San Jose is one of those schools you don't hear much about in sports. Last year, though, the football team raised a few eyes with a 17-0 win late in the season over perennial power Oak Grove (a school you do hear a lot about). Piedmont Hills came into this season's first game ranked No. 8 in the Central Coast Section by the San Jose Mercury-News and faced No. 4 Bellarmine (another school you hear a lot about). The Pirates had never beaten a team from the West Catholic Athletic League, but in Friday's game on their home field they showed they could be a team that will be heard from a lot this year. Piedmont Hills won, 20-17, and overcame a 17-7 deficit in the fourth quarter. The winning score came on a five-yard run by Jeremy Jones. He also scored on a 66-yard run in the first quarter and finished with 18 carries for 154 yards.

•Everybody knows that De La Salle's win streak, which could be in jeopardy next Saturday in Honolulu if standout running back Maurice Drew isn't able to play against nationally-ranked St. Louis, is the longest in national history. But did you know that No. 3 on the current state list is Los Gatos? The Wildcats won their 27th straight game on Friday with a 34-0 blanking of San Mateo Aragon. Trent Edwards is no longer the QB, but Los Gatos figures to be as balanced offensively as ever with Dennis Freeman running the ball and Alex Rollin throwing it. The only other school in the state other than De La Salle with a longer current win streak than the Wildcats is St. Bonaventure of Ventura, which has won 44 in a row.

It might be a good idea if you're the athletic director of a new school not to schedule your first football game ever against Miramonte. The Matadors took on new school Buhach Colony of Atwater on Friday and rolled to a 62-0 victory.

An unbeaten team from last year that lost its first game this weekend was San Marin of Novato. Sonoma Valley, probably the top team in the Redwood Empire this year, did the honors with a 17-15 win over the Mustangs. The Dragons won even though three key players, including major college linebacker recruit Mark Van Paris, did not play.

Check back to the site tomorrow for the updated state top 20.

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