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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 Oct. 5; last week's rank in parentheses)

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 4-0

Defeated La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad, 14-0.

2. (2) San Leandro 4-0

Defeated Tennyson of Hayward, 56-14.

3. (3) Palma (Salinas) 4-0

Defeated Monterey, 26-8.

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

Defeated Amador Valley of Pleasanton, 55-25.

5. (5) Foothill (Pleasanton) 3-0-1

Defeated Antioch, 35-22.

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

Did not play.

7. (8) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 4-0

Defeated Livermore, 50-0.

8. (9) Los Gatos 4-0

Defeated Milpitas, 34-12

9. (10) Valley Christian (San Jose) 5-0

Defeated Bellarmine of San Jose, 7-3.

10. (11) McClymonds (Oakland) 3-1

Defeated St. Mary's of Berkeley, 42-6.

11. (12) Miramonte (Orinda) 4-0

Defeated College Park of Pleasant Hill, 48-28.

12. (14) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 4-0

Defeated Santa Teresa of San Jose, 38-6.

13. (16) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 4-0

Defeated Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa, 49-28

14. (17) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 4-0

Defeated Moreau Catholic of Hayward, 37-7.

15. (18) Logan (Union City) 3-1

Defeated Irvington of Fremont, 36-0.

16. (19) San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 4-0

Defeated Santa Cruz, 31-8.

17. (15) Bellarmine (San Jose) 2-2

Lost to Valley Christian of San Jose, 7-3.

18. (nr) Vacaville 3-1

Defeated Armijo of Fairfield, 38-7

19. (nr) Terra Nova (Pacifica) 4-0

Defeated Menlo-Atherton of Atherton, 55-36

20. (nr) Hayward 4-0

Defeated Arroyo of San Lorenzo, 44-14

Notes & Highlights

Perhaps the biggest high school football game ever played in the Bay Area will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cal's Memorial Stadium when De La Salle will put its No. 1 state and national ranking on the line -- not to mention its 129-game winning streak -- against Long Beach Poly, the best program in Southern California over the last six seasons. De La Salle's previous two "home" games against top SoCal program Mater Dei of Santa Ana were held outside the Bay Area at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. We also can't think of another time in which a high school game has been held at the famed local college stadium, site of some of the most memorable college games ever. De La Salle warmed up for the showdown with a 56-27 triumph over previously unbeaten La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad.

Long Beach Poly, which lost its only game last year and its only game since 1998 with a 29-15 defeat at the hands of the Spartans, crushed Rialto in its game last Friday, 48-0. There are some prep sports journalists in Southern California who say the Jackrabbits might be an even better team this year. One of them said, "If the streak doesn't end this week, who knows when it ever will?"

The most stunning result of the weekend as Alvarez's 32-20 victory over previous No. 7 Salinas. It was stunning not so much that Salinas lost, but that Alvarez came into the game winless and that the Eagles actually took a 32-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys self-destructed by turning the ball over three times on interceptions and twice on fumbles. They also had two punt snaps roll between their punter's legs, one that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.

Also losing last week and dropping from this week's top 20 is previous No. 13 Mitty (lost to St. Ignatius, 7-6) and previous No. 20 Milpitas (lost to Los Gatos, 34-12).

Of the teams that moved in, Terra Nova of Pacifica didn't go in as high as Vacaville, but the Tigers certainly impressed in their 55-36 triumph over Menlo-Atherton. The game featured a duel between two outstanding quarterbacks, Stanford-bound T.C. Ostrander of the Bears and junior Craig Reynolds of the Tigers. Ostrander had the better individual numbers, but Reynolds, who is nearly 6-6 in height, looks like he's got major collge potential for next year written all over him.

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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