1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 6-0
Freedom of Oakley, this week's opponent at home on Friday, might be the best Bay Valley Athletic League opponent the Spartans will face this season. They had no trouble with Liberty of Brentwood last Saturday, rolling to a 48-0 win that put the national win streak record at 131. Maurice Drew ran back the opening kickoff 80 yards for a score and later added two more TD runs.
2. (2) Poly (Long Beach) 5-1
Poor ‘ol Millikan was just what the doctor ordered for the Jackrabbits in the aftermath of their 28-7 loss to De La Salle from two weekends ago. Poly won, 65-0, behind three TDs each from Lorenzo Bursey and Jabbar Morris.
3. (4) Los Alamitos 5-0-1
With previous No. 3 Loyola getting skunked by Mater Dei, the Griffins get to move up one spot in this week's top 20. They won last week, 41-21, over Huntington Beach as Jeff Kline racked up 175 yards passing and two TDs to go with 118 rushing yards and two TDs. But rankings are not on the minds of the players or coaches. Esperanza is, the unbeaten and longtime rivals Los Al will play on Saturday.
4. (5) Hart (Newhall) 5-0-1
The Indians opened their Foothill League schedule with their 54th consecutive league win, this one 56-14 over Burbank. Junior QB Sean Norton continued to shine with five TD passes.
5. (8) Mission Viejo 6-0
Coach Bob Johnson's team blanked El Toro of Lake Forest, 37-0, for its 20th straight win and this week draws a strong San Clemente team. Last year's 21-18 game was the Diablos' closest of the season. Mission Viejo gets to jump ahead of Chino in this week's rankings due to an early season 21-19 win over Mater Dei, which is the same team that just beat Loyola. Another plus for the Diablos is that the Orange County Register ranks them No. 1, even ahead of Los Al.
6. (6) Chino 6-0
Quarterback Kevin Glaab hit on 12 of 21 passes for 164 yards and three TDs as the Cowboys geared up for the toughest part of their regular season schedule with a 26-0 win over Glendora. Note of warning: big, bad Sedrick Ellis was used as a goal-line fullback and scored on a two-yard plunge.
7. (9) San Leandro 6-0
Northern California's No. 2 team marched on with a 50-22 victory over San Lorenzo. QB Dennis Dixon hit on 15 of 18 for 190 yards and four TDs. He broke the league record for career TD passes and now has 46. The previous record of 44 was held by current San Leandro head coach Danny Calcagno. 8. (10) Grant (Sacramento) 6-0
The Sac-Joaquin Section's No. 1 team toyed with Kennedy of Sacramento, 69-0, but tough games against Woodland and Nevada Union loom ahead. The Pacers led 62-0 at halftime. C.J. Wallace carried just seven times, but gained 260 yards and scored five TDs.
9. (11) Taft (Woodland Hills) 6-0
Coach Troy Starr's squad had an easy 41-0 triumph over Chatsworth and once again showed there's more to the offense than QB Cary Dove and WR Steve Smith. This week, Taft plays Cleveland of Reseda and a similar result is expected.
10. (18) Servite (Anaheim) 6-0
The Friars picked up their first ever Serra League win with last week's 37-20 verdict vs. Bishop Amat and now look like a legitimate league title contender, especially after Loyola's loss to Mater Dei and Santa Margarita's loss to St. John Bosco. Ryan Coffelt's 46-yard TD pass to Matthew Slater and another 37-yarder to Slater that set up another score gave Servite some breathing room against Amat after the Lancers and cut the deficit to 17-13. The Friars also are going to get this new high ranking tested this week vs. Santa Margarita. If they win they'll be a solid top 10 team, not a shaky one.
11. (19) Esperanza (Anaheim) 6-0
We always like to move up teams who are involved in showdowns as high in the rankings as possible. That's one reason the Aztecs, who play No. 3 Los Al on Saturday, were able to jump eight positions in this week's top 20. Another is that they impressed in a 31-14 win over Edison of Huntington Beach. Sophomore Michael Kirschner rushed for 130 yards and star senior Shaun Wildenstein returned from an injury to pick up 113 more.
12. (13) Monte Vista (Danville) 6-0
Miami-bound QB Kyle Wright celebrated his birthday by wiping pie off his face in the aftermath of the Mustangs' 26-21 victory over previously unbeaten Foothill of Pleasanton. Most of the sweetness of the win, though, was provided by wideouts Sam DeSa and Kale Turner. Both took short passes from Wright and broke them big for 91-yard and 49-yard scoring plays.
13. (12) Palma (Salinas) 6-0
A third unimpressive win in four weeks causes the Chieftains to flip-flop with Monte Vista in the NorCal top 10 and prevents them from moving up as a result of the Loyola and Santa Margarita losses. One highlight from last week's 21-13 win over North Salinas was QB Chad Bozzo throwing for 112 yards and rushing for 86 yards and one TD.
14. (14) Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 6-0
A terrific first half for the Mustangs in their South Bay rivalry game vs. Peninsula began with a 56-yard pass from Peter Dobush to Nick Haley on the first play. It ended on a 97-yard interception return for a TD by Gregory McIver. That put MiCo up 35-0 at the break and the Mustangs coasted from there and won, 42-0. Michael Okwo had strong numbers as well with 14 carries for 156 yards and four TDs.
15. (15) Helix (La Mesa) 5-1
The locals couldn't be any happier in La Mesa as Highlander star Reggie Bush returned to form in a 33-0 whitewashing of Steele Canyon...and the defense extended its shutout of opponents to nine quarters. Bush barely broke a sweat in just over two quarters of action carrying only 8 times for 161 yards with three touchdown runs of 40, 20 and 68 yards.
16. (16) Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 6-0
Coach Dave Humphers' team blasted McClatchy of Sacramento, 71-0, and face an even weaker opponent this week, Sacramento Kennedy. The Miners do finish the regular season against three much better teams, including two very good ones.
17. (nr) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 5-1
Are the Monarchs back? With all the teams still to play in the Serra League, it's too early to tell. But last week's 28-10 win over Loyola showed that the program's present (with Rafael Rice rushing for 150 yards) and its future (with soph QB Jason Forcier throwing for two TDs and running for another) is definitely on the rise.
18. (3) Loyola (Los Angeles) 5-1
The Cubs still need to be beaten again to drop out of the top 20 since they were so high to start with. They also still are the only team to beat Antelope Valley.
19. (nr) Skyline (Oakland) 5-0-1
The Titans started their league season with a 57-0 romp past Castlemont of Oakland. An impressive pre-league record warrants this rating. Plus, Skyline has at least one tough league opponent to worry about -- defending Silver Bowl champion McClymonds.
20. (nr) Vista 5-1
A big win over previously undefeated Rancho Bernardo of San Diego, 28-20, moves the Panthers back into the state top 20. We also figure we better get Vista back up there since the San Diego Union-Tribune has Vista No. 1, not Helix.