OVERALL STATE TOP 20 FB RANKINGS

Taft of Woodland Hills jumps to No. 13 after big win over Carson while Helix of La Mesa hangs on at No. 20 after loss to Vista. El Camino of Oceanside and Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach are the only two newcomers to this week's rankings.

(After games of Sept. 21; last week's rank listed in parentheses)

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 2-0

Tony Binswanger was an unsung hero in the 31-21 win over St. Louis of Honolulu with his frequent kickoffs into the end zone, a 42-yard field goal and a punt (his only of the game) that went out of bounds at the 3-yard line.

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

Two of the three Jackrabbits who met the media after their 42-16 romp past Kahuku of Hawaii -- QB Leon Jackson and RB Lorenzo Bursey -- were teammates two years ago at Beverly Hills. The former Normans could be stormin' throughout the season.

3. (4) Loyola (Los Angeles) 2-0

The Cubs were strong in the first half of their 35-20 win last week over Narbonne of Harbor City. They could run roughshod offensively this week vs. Muir of Pasadena, which surrendered 49 points last week to Bishop Amat, but the pass defense will certainly be tested going against Muir's Richard Irvin, who already has more than 900 yards passing for the season.

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

The Griffins' 21-21 tie in their opener vs. Hart of Newhall gained in significance when Hart whipped St. Bonaventure. Los Al's second outing was impressive, too, as QB Jeff Kline hit on 19 of 23 passes for 227 yards and three TDs in a 56-10 win over Brea-Olinda.

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

Sean Norton completed 15 or 31 passes for 356 yards and three TDs as the Indians welcomed previous No. 13 St. Bonaventure to the big time with a 31-6 demolition. Kevin Ciccone was Hart's top receiver with seven catches for 158 yards.

6. (7) Chino 2-0

The Milk Can Game vs. Don Lugo was a kicking reminiscent of a different animal as the Cowboys cruised, 51-7. Jacob Flowe rushed for 166 yards on 15 carries and scored four TDs. Kes Ekpre-Olomu starred as well with 13 carries for 145 yards and one score.

7. (8) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 2-0

Despite a sore knee, Ashton White churned out 180 yards on 29 carries and scored one TD in a 38-14 victory over Redlands. The Eagles host defending L.A. City champ Dorsey in this week's game.

8. (10) Vista 2-0

Salo Faraimo rushed for three scores and the Panther defense held All-American Reggie Bush to just 15 yards on 10 carries in a 26-14 win vs. Helix of La Mesa. Helix came into the game at No. 4 in the top 20.

9. (9) Mission Viejo 2-0

The Diablos held on to beat Mater Dei of Santa Ana, 21-19, thanks to Justin Williams' sack on Mater Dei's quarterback during a two-point conversion attempt with 4:35 left. Brandon Johnston led the offense with 123 yards rushing and two TDs.

10. (10) San Leandro 2-0

Dennis Dixon tossed four TD passes as the Pirates rolled past Castro Valley in their second game. With Logan losing big to Skyline, San Leandro now looks more certain to be a 10-0 squad heading to the postseason.

11. (12) Grant (Sacramento) 2-0

As Onterrio Smith stars at Oregon and Donte Stallworth already has three TD catches for the New Orleans Saints, the Pacers have things rolling on the home front. They won last week, 61-0, over Valley as Tommy Hall threw for four TDs and Ken Edwards and C.J. Wallace both scored twice.

12. (14) Elk Grove 2-0

Chris Gordon is starting to look like he's got as much speed as Jeff Gordon. Chris ran back the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score and Jeremiah Lopez followed shortly afterward with a 35-yard interception return as the Herd blistered Deer Valley of Antioch, 42-7.

13. (16) Taft (Woodland Hills) 2-0

Pregame talk said Taft and Carson were the two frontrunners in the L.A. City Section, so when the Toreadors go out and spank the Colts, 39-0, does that make them a heavy favorite or was it just a horrible outing for Carson?

14. (15) Palma (Salinas) 2-0

Yes, Palma only won by 29-28 over Paso Robles, but the Bearcats could wind up as a top 20 team themselves by the end of the year and Palma won despite losing three linebackers during the game to injury.

15. (17) Monte Vista (Danville) 2-0

Kyle Wright only passed for 103 yards and one TD in the Mustangs' game last week vs. Pinole Valley, but he frustrated the Spartans anyway with 104 yards rushing plus two TDs scored in a 42-0 victory.

16. (19) Centennial (Corona) 2-0

It was 49-0 at halftime of the Huskies' eventual 70-0 win last Friday over Manual Arts of Los Angeles. Terrell Jackson carried 18 times, gained 239 yards and scored six TDs. For the year, it's now Centennial 119, Opponents 0. 17. (20) Clovis 3-0

The CIF Central Section's No. 1 team kept on winning with a 28-14 decision over Stockdale of Bakersfield. Tyler Clutts starred with 20 carries for 128 yards and two TDs rushing plus 231 yards passing.

18. (nr) El Camino (Oceanside) 2-0

Coach Herb Meyer's squad is now No. 2 in San Diego County following Vista's win over Helix. The Wildcats get Helix this week. They won last week, 44-0, over Morse of San Diego.

19. (nr) Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 2-0

Michael Okwo returned to the offense after skipping a game with a hip injury and rushed for 187 yards on 15 carries in a 35-6 win over Warren of Downey. Peter Dobush added four TD passes.

20. (3) Helix (La Mesa) 2-1

Reggie Bush played with a cast on his hand in the loss to Vista and fellow RB Derrell Hutsona was still feeling the effects of a concussion from the week before. Coach Gordon Wood will need both at full strength this week in matchup vs. No. 18 El Camino.

DROPPED OUT

Previous No. 13 St. Bonaventure (Ventura); No. 18 J.W. North (Riverside).

ON THE BUBBLE (listed alpabetically)

Arroyo Grande 2-0, Bishop Amat (La Puente) 2-0, Buchanan (Clovis) 3-0, Carlsbad 2-0, Clovis East (Clovis) 3-0, Esperanza (Anaheim) 2-0, Foothill (Pleasanton) 3-0, Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 3-0, San Clemente 2-0, Skyline (Oakland) 3-0.


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