1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 6-0
Defeated Liberty of Brentwood, 48-0.
2. (2) San Leandro 6-0
Defeated San Lorenzo, 50-22.
3. (4) Monte Vista (Danville) 6-0
Defeated Foothill of Pleasanton, 26-21.
4. (3) Palma (Salinas) 6-0
Defeated North Salinas of Salinas, 21-13.
5. (6) Skyline (Oakland) 5-0-1
Defeated Castlemont of Oakland, 57-0.
6. (5) Foothill (Pleasanton) 4-1-1
Lost to Monte Vista of Danville, 26-21.
7. (7) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 6-0
Defeated Granada of Livermore, 23-13.
8. (8) Los Gatos 6-0
Defeated Los Altos, 49-0.
9. (9) Valley Christian (San Jose) 6-0
Did not play.
10. (10) McClymonds (Oakland) 5-1
Defeated Oakland, 55-0.
11. (11) Miramonte (Orinda) 6-0
Defeated Campolindo of Moraga, 50-21.
12. (12) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 6-0
Defeated Pioneer of San Jose, 37-19.
13. (13) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 6-0
Defeated Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa, 20-0.
14. (19) Hayward 6-0
Defeated Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland, 31-13.
15. (14) Logan (Union City) 4-1
Defeated Washington of Fremont, 51-20.
16. (16) San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 6-0
Defeated Harbor of Santa Cruz, 48-0.
17. (17) Vacaville 5-1
Defeated Hogan of Vallejo, 35-0.
18. (18) Terra Nova (Pacifica) 6-0
Defeated South San Francisco, 42-25.
19. (nr) Bellarmine (San Jose) 3-3
Defeated Riordan of San Francisco, 35-6.
20. (20) Berkeley 5-0
Defeated Hercules, 34-28, in overtime.
Notes & Highlights
Our host, Robert Braunstein, nailed it when he said on Sunday's show that Hayward made a statement with its 31-13 victory over Bishop O'Dowd. It's a statement we heard loud and clear. The Farmers not only improved to 6-0 with their win, they won by an even bigger comparative score than No. 2 San Leandro did one week earler over the same team. Hayward was thus jumped up to the No. 14 spot in this week's rankings. Stevelan Harper, who is looking more and more like the second-best 5-8 running back in the Bay Area behind De La Salle's Maurice Drew, led Hayward with 18 carries for 167 yards and three touchdowns.
Another switch in this week's rankings involves heavyweights Monte Vista and Palma. After Monte Vista turned back previously unbeaten Foothill, 26-21, and Palma struggled for yet another week in a 21-13 win over North Salinas, it's time to flip-flop the Mustangs up to No. 3 in these rankings with the Cheiftains dropping a spot to No. 4. Super plays by receivers Sam DaSa and Kale Turner sparked Monte Vista to its win. For Palma, quarterback Chad Bozzo sparkled with 112 yards passing plus 86 yards rushing and one touchdown. With four minutes left, however, North Salinas (which has only won twice this season) missed a field goal that would have given it a 16-14 lead. Palma also has squeeked by North Monterey County and Serra of San Mateo in recent weeks.
The only new team in this week's rankings is Bellarmine. Yes, the Bells have three losses, but those three are to No. 3 Monte Vista, No. 9 Valley Christian and No. 12 Piedmont Hills. The Bells also looked super in their 35-6 win last Friday over Riordan. Chris Blanco's three interceptions led the defense, while Jarred Belser and Chris Parrette led the offense. Belser scored three times and had 130 yards on 18 carries. Parrette added one TD, but had more yards with 17 carries for 144 yards.
Check back on Monday for our state overall top 20 and our state rankings by division.