OVERALL STATE TOP 20 FB RANKINGS

There was no movement among the first 10 in this week's rankings but previous No. 12 Elk Grove and previous No. 18 El Camino of Oceanside fell out to make room for Nevada Union and San Clemente.

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

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

Coach Bob Ladouceur said in Hawaii he sure hopes this team doesn't just hang its hat on the considerable talents of Maurice Drew. That's why he had to be a little disappointed in the four fumbles and only 14 points scored in last week's 14-0 win over St. Francis of Mountain View with Drew on the sidelines with a sore ankle.

2. (2) Poly (Long Beach) 3-0

The Jackrabbits certainly have the talent to beat De La Salle this year, but once they finally play the Spartans on Oct. 12 will the weak schedule leading up to it have properly prepared them? Poly beat Narbonne of Harbor City last week, 34-20, as Leon Jackson passed for 295 yards and four TDs and Derrick Jones caught five passes for 162 yards and three TDs.

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

Three interceptions, four fumble recoveries and a third 100-yard rushing performance by Bo Renaud paced the Cubs over Muir of Pasadena, 38-6. This week's game against 3-0 Antelope Valley of Lancaster figures to be a much tougher test. 4. (4) Los Alamitos 2-0-1

The Griffin defense keyed a 24-14 victory over St. John Bosco of Bellflower as they scored 17 points in the second half off of turnovers. This week, Los Al plays La Habra before concluding the nonleague schedule against Carson.

5. (5) Hart (Newhall) 2-0-1

No Hail Mary needed here as the Indians downed Westlake of Westlake Village, 38-13. They'll continue a very strong preleague schedule this week vs. Birmingham of Lake Balboa. 6. (6) Chino 3-0

Add another win the Cowboys' ledger after an easy 38-0 romp past winless Chaffey of Ontario. It looks like Ayala of Chino Hills will provide the strongest opposition during the regular season, but that won'be be until Nov. 1.

7. (7) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 3-0

It was another close game for the Eagles but another win as they blanked dangerous Dorsey of Los Angeles, 5-0. The Dons won last year's L.A. City Section crown and came in after a 28-24 win over McClymonds of Oakland. Look for Santa Margarita to move ahead of Chino if they keep on winning in the Serra League.

8. (8) Vista 3-0

It was Dick Haines Night at the Panthers' home field and their dominant 38-8 win over San Diego Morse would have no doubt made the legendary coach proud. Haines, who had 320 all-time wins in a varied, multi-state career, died last February of a heart attack.

9. (9) Mission Viejo 3-0

It was just enough offense for the second straight week as the Diablos edged Marina of Huntington Beach, 10-7. That result also upped Mission's current win streak to 17 games. This week, Crenshaw of Los Angeles comes down for a culture clash as well as a game. 10. (10) San Leandro 3-0

The Pirates rolled past Arroyo of San Lorenzo, 35-12, doing most of the damage in the first half as Dennis Dixon completed 11 of 13 passes for 224 yards and two TDs. San Leandro took a 29-6 halftime lead and coasted in from there.

11. (11) Grant (Sacramento) 3-0

C.J. Wallace was like a D.J. with all the right moves in the Pacers' 13-12 win over Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills. In a game matching the No. 1 and No. 4 teams in the Sacramento Bee's rankings, Wallace scored on runs of 46 and 6 yards and with less than two minutes left put on a hit defensively to stop a two-point conversion attempt by Oak Ridge that would have won the game.

12. (16) Centennial (Corona) 3-0

Another impressive win moves the Huskies up on the rankings ladder. This time it was a 42-13 pounding of Fresno Clovis West. Super junior Terrell Jackson racked up six TDs and rushed for 330 yards on 32 carries. This week's opponent is 3-0 San Clemente, which was put in at No. 20 in this week's state top 20.

13. (13) Taft (Woodland Hills) 3-0

The Toreadors romped past L.A. Jefferson, 42-6, in a game that was over before it ever started. It might not be much more difficult in this week's game vs. Kennedy of Granada Hills.

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

Rallying in the fourth quarter to beat a ranked team like Paso Robles doesn't cause concern, but for the Chieftains to have to do it a second straight week and against a 1-2 Serra of San Mateo team, that could be the sign of problems. Palma won, 20-16, as Ted Taylor scored the game-winner on a 4-yard run.

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

The Mustangs defeated Freedom of Oakley in a surprisingly close game, 17-10, as Freedom held standout quarterback Kyle Wright to just 69 yards passing. After last week's 102-yard passing output, has somebody seen something on film that will slow down Wright and the MV receivers?

16. (17) Clovis 4-0

Correspondent and Central Section historian Bob Barnett says this could be one of the weakest years for the Yosemite Division. This was after Clovis West got hammered by Centennial of Corona and Clovis won by just 18-13 over Liberty of Bakersfield. The Cougars needed a 25-yard fumble return with four minutes left by Scott Ferguson to secure the win.

17. (19) Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 3-0

An impressive 28-22 win over Banning of Wilmington solidifies the Mustangs' top 20 state ranking. Michael Okwo carried 20 times for 110 yards and one TD.

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

Despite the absence of star RB Reggie Bush (broken bone in wrist), the Highlanders still ran over El Camino of Oceanside, 30-21. Junior Ken Cornist picked up the slack with 18 carries for 122 yards and super-quick wideout Charles Smith caught TD passes of 36 and 38 yards. Smith also scored on a 56-yard reverse.

19. (nr) Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 3-0

The state's most surprising result of the weekend saw the Miners defeat favored and state No. 14 Elk Grove, 35-9. A powerful offensive line that's no longer a secret in the Sac-Joaquin Section sprung Miner backs for big gains throughout the night.

20. (nr) San Clemente 3-0

We could go in a number of directions for this spot, but we're going with the Tritons because they just cruised past Aliso Niguel, 38-14, and their game this week is against No. 12 Corona Centennial.


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