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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 latest top 20 rankings for the 2002 football season. Presented by the good folks at Team Dealer, Inc. 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.

(After games of Sept. 28; last week's rank in parentheses)

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 3-0

Defeated St. Francis of Mountain View, 14-0.

2. (2) San Leandro 3-0

Defeated Arroyo of San Lorenzo, 35-13.

3. (3) Palma (Salinas) 3-0

Defeated Serra of San Mateo, 20-16.

4. (4) Monte Vista (Danville) 3-0

Defeated Freedom of Oakley, 17-10.

5. (5) Foothill (Pleasanton) 2-0-1

Tied Skyline of Oakland, 32-32.

6. (6) Skyline (Oakland) 3-0-1

Tied Foothill of Pleasanton, 32-32.

7. (7) Salinas 3-0

Defeated Mitty of San Jose, 13-10.

8. (8) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 3-0

Defeated St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo, 42-12.

9. (9) Los Gatos 3-0

Defeated Monta Vista of Cupertino, 49-0.

10. (10) Valley Christian (San Jose) 4-0

Defeated Gunderson of San Jose, 66-12.

11. (13) McClymonds (Oakland) 2-1

Defeated Galileo of San Francisco, 26-0.

12. (11) Miramonte (Orinda) 3-0

Defeated Dublin, 21-20.

13. (12) Mitty (San Jose) 2-2

Lost to Salinas, 13-10.

14. (14) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 3-0

Defeated Independence of San Jose, 19-6.

15. (16) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 3-0

Defeated Petaluma, 20-0.

16. (17) Bellarmine (San Jose) 2-1

Defeated Pioneer of San Jose, 38-7.

17. (18) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 3-0

Defeated Mt. Eden of Hayward, 38-0.

18. (19) Logan (Union City) 2-1

Defeated Clayton Valley of Concord, 27-10.

19. (20) San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 3-0

Defeated Gilroy, 34-7.

20. (nr) Milpitas 3-0

Defeated Los Altos, 40-7.

Notes & Highlights

How come Foothill and Skyline tied last week and they're not tied in the rankings? First, there should never be ties in rankings. If you do enough research and have a rankings system in place that rewards strength of schedule and considers many other factors, there's no need for a tie. It seems Skyline should have won the game, but a late fumble was pounced on by the Falcons in the game's last minute. That set the stage for Kyle Barker's touchdown pass to Joey Munn plus a two-point conversion pass to Munn with four seconds left that forced the tie. Foothill is ranked just one spot higher than Skyline only because the East Bay Athletic League this year, with Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley and Amador Valley, is absolutely fantastic. If the Falcons win against all those opponents, they might be ranked ahead of everybody in the Bay Area other than De La Salle.

We thought so much of the Foothill-Skyline tie that we couldn't bring ourselves to move Salinas ahead of either, although the Cowboys certainly deserve kudos for downing Mitty in the Monster Game.

The non-league schedule has normally provided the toughest tests of the year for Skyline. With McClymonds coming on so strong in the last two seasons, though, that's no longer the case. The Warriors played the first home night game in their school's history last Friday and blanked Galileo of San Francisco, 26-0. Darnell Henderson rushed for 96 yards on 18 carries and scored twice, then sealed the deal with a 93-yard interception return. The win avenged McClymonds' only loss from last season. It came one week after the Warriors narrowly lost, 28-24, to defending L.A. City champ Dorsey. Since Skyline did so well in its non-league games, too, whoever wins in the Silver Bowl this year is almost guaranteed a very high state ranking.

The only team to drop out of our top 20 was Vallejo. The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section school lost to Vacaville, 30-20, in its Monticello Empire League opener. Milpitas was chosen to go in for Vallejo. The Trojans not only won last week by such a wide margin over Los Altos they also have a chance this week to really make some waves. They host Los Gatos, which has the state's second-longest current win streak at 29 games.

Check back to the site tomorrow for the updated state rankings by division and region plus to overall state top 20.

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