OVERALL STATE TOP 20 FB RANKINGS

Hart gets the last-second tie vs. Los Al and gets rewarded by moving up two spots from its preseason position. Also on the move up are Vista, Palma and Corona Centennial.

(After games of Sept. 14; preseason rank listed in parentheses)

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

It's one of the smallest Spartan teams in recent memory, but it's also perhaps the one with the best team speed ever. Win streak at 126 heading into major tilt this weekend in Hawaii.

2. (2) Poly (Long Beach) 1-0

A Poly-Westchester boys basketball matchup makes for a great game, but this is football and Poly romped to a 45-0 win in first game.

3. (4) Helix (La Mesa) 2-0

Another shootout looms in this week's showdown vs. No. 10 Vista. Last week's win was 28-20 over Fallbrook as Reggie Bush ran for 258 yards on 18 tries and scored 3 TDs.

4. (5) Loyola (Los Angeles) 1-0

Bo Renaud rambled for 132 yards on 17 carries and scored twice as Cubs rolled over Hawthorne, 34-6, in first game. They're heavily favored again this week vs. Narbonne of Harbor City, which lost its first game to Venice.

5. (3) Los Alamitos 0-0-1

The Griffins took a 21-14 lead over longtime power Hart with 28 seconds left but couldn't hold on and settled for a 21-21 tie. Now they have to hope Hart wins in its showdown with St. Bonaventure. If St. Bonnie wins, the Seraphs might have to jump into next week's top five.

6. (8) Hart (Newhall) 0-0-1

On the same weekend in which Cal (Kyle Boller) and Stanford (Kyle Matter) were led by former Hart quarterbacks, the latest Indian standout emerged as junior Sean Norton threw for 308 yards in the 21-21 tie with Los Al.

7. (6) Chino 1-0

The Cowboys blanked Pacific of San Bernardino in their opener while scoring 35 themselves.

8. (8) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 1-0

The way they played in last year's first game (a loss to Ayala) the Eagles had to be happy to get past El Modena of Orange, 17-10, in this year's first game.

9. (10) Mission Viejo 1-0

Coach Bob Johnson's club is off to a fast start based on a 48-0 win in first game over Fountain Valley. That could change, though, if QB Jake Rodarmel is missed too much in this week's game against Mater Dei. Rodarmel will be out for about a month with a broken collarbone.

10. (12) Vista 1-0

The Panthers scored on their first five possessions in 47-20 win last week over Bonita Vista of Chula Vista. Next up is Helix and a win for Vista would be almost as big as last year's Div. I section championship.

11. (11) San Leandro 1-0

The Pirates are proving to be more than QB Dennis Dixon and WR Sam Cheatham. In their 38-12 win last week over Serra of San Mateo, both RB Junior Faeeteete and WR-DB Reggie McPherson looked impressive.

12. (14) Grant (Sacramento) 1-0

Sophomore Sid Thompson looked good, scoring on a 68-yard punt return and on a 63-yard pass reception as the Pacers downed Franklin of Stockton, 29-12.

13. (15) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 1-0

Last week's bye will give the team two weeks to prepare for its biggest game ever, a matchup on Friday at College of the Canyons vs. No. 6 Hart.

14. (16) Elk Grove 1-0

Chris Gordon's interception return for a score was the key play in a 33-14 win over Grace Davis of Modesto. Thundering Herd have now won 15 straight games.

15. (20) Palma (Salinas) 1-0

The Chieftains had an impressive 49-0 victory over Alhambra of Martinez, but it won't be nearly as easy this week as they'll receive a stern test against Paso Robles.

16. (16) Taft (Woodland Hills) 1-0

Cary Dove passed for 237 yards and three TDs and Ian Bell rushed for 145 yards in the Toreadors' 38-26 triumph over Crenshaw of Los Angeles.

17. (21) Monte Vista (Danville) 1-0

The passing of Kyle Wright and the receiving of Sam DeSa and Kale Turner was too much for Antioch as Monte Vista took its opener, 47-33.

18. (25) J.W. North (Riverside) 1-0

Joshua Barnett's work at running back could prove to be a great balance to Dion Morton at quarterback. The Huskies used the combo well in last week's 29-12 win over Rancho Verde.

19. (32) Centennial (Corona) 1-0

We really wanted to jump this team up as much as possible after its 49-0 romp over Eisenhower of Rialto. The Eagles are under a new coach this year, but still 49-0 over Eisenhower just doesn't happen every year.

20. (27) Clovis 2-0

The Cougars followed up their 37-0 win over Madera in their opener with another easy win of 42-13 last week over Bullard of Fresno.

DROPPED OUT: Former No. 7 Oceanside; No. 13 Edison (Huntington Beach); No. 18 Bakersfield; No. 19 San Clemente.

NEXT IN LINE (listed alphabetically): Arroyo Grande 1-0; Buchanan (Clovis) 2-0; Carson 1-0; Edison (Fresno) 1-0; El Camino (Oceanside) 1-0; Foothill (Pleasanton) 1-0; Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 1-0; Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 1-0; Redlands 1-0; San Clemente 1-0.


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