1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 5-0
Phase one of the Spartans' season, which is the first five games against teams from everywhere, is over. Phase two, which is the next five games against Bay Valley Athletic League foes, starts Friday vs. Liberty of Brentwood. Phase one is much more fun to write about than phase two.
2. (2) Poly (Long Beach) 5-0
No way should the Jackrabbits drop behind Loyola or Los Al or any other Southern Section team after the loss to De La Salle. Somebody south of the Grapevine will have to beat Poly for that to happen. The Jackrabbits start Moore League play this week against Millikan.
3. (3) Loyola (Los Angeles) 5-0
Prepping for this week's Serra League opener against Mater Dei, the Cubs looked better last week than the week before with a 22-0 shutout win over Banning of Wilmington. Bo Renaud rushed for 129 yards on 14 carries and scored once to lead the Loyola offense.
4. (4) Los Alamitos 4-0-1
The Griffins had trouble with speedy running back Brandon Myles, but their own offense did enough in a 34-26 win over Carson. Brandon Tripp caught two TD passes from Justin Elway and one from Jeff Kline and Ryan Bagley rambled for 186 yards on 23 carries. Next up: Huntington Beach.
5. (5) Hart (Newhall) 4-0-1
Lakewood didn't look like much on the Indians' schedule before the start of the season, but the Lancers have been strong. Hart still took care of business with a 38-10 triumph that featured Sean Norton passing for 348 yards and five TDs. Three of those TD passes went to Kevin Ciccone, who is in the midst of a terrific season.
6. (6) Chino 5-0 It was another easy win for the Cowboys, this time 47-14 over Compton. All these easy games, though, may not help Chino prepare for tough games later this month vs. Damien and Ayala. Just ask Long Beach Poly about that.
7. (7) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 5-0
The Eagles are building momentum for the Serra League after a 37-7 win over Trabuco Hills. Junior lineman Matt Rupp led the defense with four sacks. Ashton White rushed for 145 yards and one TD on 30 carries and caught a 34-yard TD pass.
8. (8) Mission Viejo 5-0
Coach Bob Johnson and his staff will go up against their former school, El Toro, in this week's game. The Diablos made it 19 straight wins last weekend with a 17-0 shutout of Tustin.
9. (9) San Leandro 5-0
Sam Cheatham caught two TD passes and intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter to key a 21-14 win over previously unbeaten Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland. The Pirates still have another league test awaiting them vs. unbeaten Hayward.
10. (11) Grant (Sacramento) 5-0
Chalk up three more TDs from C.J. Wallace in a 62-6 romp past McClatchy of Sacramento. The Pacers figure to roll up similar numbers this week vs. Kennedy.
11. (12) Taft (Woodland Hills) 5-0
If you go by the scores involving Carson, the Toreadors maybe should be ranked as high as No. 4, ahead of Los Alamitos. Last week, coach Troy Starr unleashed LiTrele Jones against San Fernando for four TDs in a 55-34 victory.
12. (13) Palma (Salinas) 5-0
Luke Lippincott and Blake Spiers scored TDs for the Chieftains as they defeated North Monterey County, 14-6. Palma has been skating by lately, but the program has done enough over the last two years so that a loss will probably be the only way to lose that CCS No. 1 ranking.
13. (15) Monte Vista (Danville) 5-0
Offensively, the Mustangs were right on against Bellarmine of San Jose in their 40-28 win. Kyle Wright threw for 232 yards and two TDs, ran for 33 yards and one TD and Sam DeSa returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score. The defense probably needs to play better, though, in this week's showdown with Foothill of Pleasanton. 14. (16) Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 5-0
It was a breeze for Mira Costa against Hawthorne with a 75-6 final score. It won't be as easy this week against stellar running back Jordan Munde and his mates from South Bay rival Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates.
15. (18) Helix (La Mesa) 4-1
'Defense' was the word on coach Gordon Wood's mind after his Highlanders completely shut down Poway and San Diego Section rushing leader Jason Relyea, pounding the Titans 24-0 on Poway's home turf.
16. (18) Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 5-0
No surprise this week as the Miners pummeled Johnson of Sacramento, as expected, 52-14, in the school's inaugural Metro League game. They get McClatchy this week. Read above for what Grant did to the Lions to see what N.U. probably will do.
17. (19) Buchanan (Clovis) 6-0
Another statement that can be made about the Bears' 40-33 win over Clovis: The Fresno Bee was correct in its ranking of Buchanan at No. 1 and we were wrong in having Clovis on top (although a ranking is never a prediction).
18. (20) Servite (Anaheim) 5-0
The Friars unplugged the Edison Chargers, 32-7, but will have to do something even more electifying to win the rugged Serra League title. Servite gets Bishop Amat first in this week's game, then it's Santa Margarita and Mater Dei in back-to-back showdowns.
19. (nr) Esperanza (Anaheim) 5-0
Hey, there's a lot of winning teams these days in Anaheim besides the Angels. Like Servite, which we added last week since some big upcoming games were looming, the same is true of the Aztecs. They scored on five 80-yard drives last week in a 45-22 win over A.B. Miller of Fontana and in two weeks they'll host Los Al at Bradford Stadium.
20. (nr) Arroyo Grande 5-0
The individual story for the Eagles so far this year has been kicker Billy Vinnedge. He already had a 52-yard field goal on his resume going into last week, but bettered that with a 54-yard splitter in a 31-7 triumph over Santa Maria. Arroyo Grande's top 20 ranking will be put to the test right away, too, with a matchup Friday at Paso Robles.