OVERALL STATE TOP 20 FB RANKINGS

This week's biggest game on Friday, one day before De La Salle plays Poly, will be in the Central Section between district rivals Clovis and Buchanan. Both are now in the top 20, too, as Buchanan along with Servite of Anaheim have been picked to replace Vista and San Clemente.

(After games of Oct. 5; last week's rank listed in parentheses)

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

One key player who was absent in last week's 56-27 win over La Costa Canyon was super DB Damon Jenkins, who has a slight shoulder separation. Jenkins should be ready to go this week against Long Beach Poly.

2. (2) Poly (Long Beach) 4-0

The Jackrabbits have not played in Berkeley in their long storied history, but they have played Berkeley. In 1919, Poly met Berkeley High, which at the time also was a power, in a game at Pasadena and won by 21-14. The Jackrabbits didn't play a NorCal foe again until last year vs. De La Salle.

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

A blocked field goal attempt of 26 yards by Jesus Cuellar with nine seconds left assured the Cubs of a 21-19 win over Antelope Valley. This week's game will be against Wilmington Banning.

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

Coach John Barnes probably wasn't too pleased that the Griffins only won by 24-20 over La Habra, one week after winning by 24-14 over St. John Bosco. Neither score seems worthy of the state's No. 4 team, but there's still the tie vs. Hart and a strong upcoming schedule, including this week's game vs. Carson.

5. (5) Hart (Newhall) 3-0-1

The Indians were knotted at 14-14 vs. Birmingham of Van Nuys in the third quarter when Brian Elledge picked up a fumble and scored on a 46-yard return. Sean Norton's 30-yard TD pass to Kevin Ciccone late in the game sealed a 27-14 win.

6. (6) Chino 4-0

Jacob Flowe scored all five TDs for the Cowboys in their 35-12 triumph over Brea-Olinda. The schedule stays unchallenging this week vs. Compton, but there are back-to-back games looming later in the month vs. more testy foes Damien and Ayala.

7. (7) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 4-0

After a quiet start to the season, big-time back Ashton White may be heating up for the Eagles. White missed the first half of last week's game vs. Fountain Valley reportedly because he was sick during the week and missed too much practice. In the second half, he scored three times and ran for more than 100 yards as SM won, 28-7.

8. (9) Mission Viejo 4-0 Ryan Holmes' pounding runs behind that terrific offensive line sure makes it easier for the Diablos even with injuries at the quarterback spot. They knocked around L.A. City team Crenshaw at home last week by 31-6 and are beginning to make a strong argument that they should be considered No. 1 for Orange County, not Los Al or Santa Margarita.

9. (10) San Leandro 4-0

Coach Dan Calcagno's club routed Tennyson of Hayward, 56-14, behind the stellar play of QB Dennis Dixon. This year's Hayward league standings so far also include two other unbeatens: Bishop O'Dowd and Hayward. San Leandro meets O'Dowd Saturday the same time De La Salle and Poly are gettin' it on up at Cal.

10. (12) Centennial (Corona) 4-0

Shaun Lewis threw for three TDs and ran for another as the Huskies were disappointing to head coach Matt Logan but still won, 26-12, over previous No. 20 San Clemente. Centennial will be on the road again this week to play Redlands.

11. (11) Grant (Sacramento) 4-0

The Pacers put it together for a 55-6 romp past Johnson of Sacramento. C.J. Wallace again sparkled, rushing for 183 yards and three TDs. Junior Gerwin Williams, brother of former De La Salle star D.J. Williams, added 130 yards rushing and two scores.

12. (13) Taft (Woodland Hills) 4-0

Coach Troy Starr's bunch has been in cruise control since that big win over Carson in week two. The latest was 35-0 vs. Kennedy of Granada Hills. This week should be more of the same vs. San Fernando.

13. (14) Palma (Salinas) 4-0

The Cheiftains got by Monterey, 26-8, and now appear headed toward an undefeated regular season. They play yet another Saturday game this week vs. North Monterey County.

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

Kyle Wright threw big, going 16 of 21 for 265 yards and three TDs, as the Mustangs poured it on offensively in a 55-25 rout of Amador Valley. They have a league bye this week, but there won't be any time off. Monte Vista instead will host Central Coast Section power Bellarmine of San Jose.

15. (16) Clovis 5-0

The biggest game on Friday night in the state will be between the Cougars, ranked No. 1 in the Central Section, and Buchanan, ranked No. 2. Clovis won its game last week, 53-14, over Monache of Porterville as Tyler Clutts passes for 272 yards and four TDs and rushed for 34 yards and two more scores.

16. (17) Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 4-0

After its win over Wilmington Banning the week before, the Mustangs came out flat against West Torrance. A strong second half, though, resulted in an easy 46-10 victory. Mira Costa plays Hawthorne in this week's game.

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

A bye allowed the Highlanders to watch Oceanside, a team they beat, knock Vista out of the state top 20 with a 33-21 win. Although Helix has a loss to Vista, the thinking in San Diego seems to be that Helix played that game with both Reggie Bush and Derrell Hutsona at less than 100 percent due to injuries.

18. (19) Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 4-0

The Miners surprised again, this time with an uncharacteristic passing attack that netted a 39-27 win from Del Campo of Fair Oaks. NU plays McClatchy of Sacramento in this week's game.

19. (nr) Buchanan (Clovis) 5-0

Coach Mike Vogt's return to the Bears has been terrific so far. They gave the Roosevelt Roughriders of Fresno a rough time last week, 70-13, and looked ready for their showdown this week against No. 15 Clovis.

20. (nr) Servite (Anaheim) 4-0

The Friars are looking good after downing Long Beach Wilson, 41-12, and they need to be ranked since they'll be banging heads soon with the likes of Loyola, Santa Margarita and Mater Dei.


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