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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. 26; last week's rank in parentheses)

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 7-0

Defeated Freedom of Oakley, 46-7.

2. (2) San Leandro 7-0

Defeated Mt. Eden of Hayward, 35-7.

3. (3) Monte Vista (Danville) 6-0

Defeated Livermore, 61-7.

4. (5) Skyline (Oakland) 6-0-1

Defeated Technical of Oakland, 34-0.

5. (6) Foothill (Pleasanton) 5-1-1

Defeated San Ramon Valley of Danville, 18-15.

6. (8) Los Gatos 7-0

Defeated Wilcox of Santa Clara, 56-14.

7. (9) Valley Christian (San Jose) 7-0

Defeated Mitty of San Jose, 35-25.

8. (7) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 6-1

Lost to Foothill of Pleasanton, 18-15.

9. (10) McClymonds (Oakland) 6-1*

Defeated Fremont of Oakland, 50-6.

10. (12) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 7-0

Defeated Overfelt of San Jose, 49-21.

11. (11) Miramonte (Orinda) 7-0

Defeated Alhambra of Martinez, 7-6.

12. (13) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 7-0

Defeated Ukiah, 37-7.

13. (14) Hayward 7-0

Defeated San Lorenzo, 47-18.

14. (15) Logan (Union City) 5-1

Defeated American of Fremont, 47-6.

15. (nr) Salinas 6-1

Defeated Palma of Salinas, 24-13.

16. (16) San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 7-0

Defeated Soquel, 26-7.

17. (17) Vacaville 6-1

Defeated Davis, 28-22.

18. (4) Palma (Salinas) 6-1

Lost to Salinas, 24-13.

19. (18) Terra Nova (Pacifica) 7-0

Defeated Mills of Millbrae, 57-7.

20. (19) Bellarmine (San Jose) 4-3

Defeated St. Ignatius of San Francisco, 42-35.

*Note: Does not include losses by forfeit.

Notes & Highlights

One of the toughest rankings situations is when a team like Salinas, with just one loss, pulls off a big win against a major opponent like Palma, especially when hardly any other team in the rankings loses. Should Palma, with back to back CCS titles to its credit, drop from No. 4 to completely out after such a loss?

We've always said no to that type of question. That's why Berkeley, which was No. 20 in last week's rankings, has to be No. 21 this week even though the Yellowjackets won 61-0 over Richmond.

The 24-13 win by the Cowboys was historical on many fronts. It broke a 104-game unbeaten streak by Palma against fellow schools from Monterey County. It also cast a serious doubt over whether the Chieftains will be able to win their 18th straight league title. Travis Dozier paced the win for Salinas with four interceptions on defense, including three in the second half.

The three forfeit losses that were handed down to McClymonds last week did not cost the Warriors in the rankings game. Only on-the-field results do. The forfeits were a result of a player being determined to have been over the CIF age limit. One of them was an 81-6 win over Kennedy of Richmond.

Joey Munn's 22-yard field goal with three seconds left gave Foothill an 18-15 win over San Ramon Valley. Matt Kadematsu caught a pair of TD passes from Justin Barker and the Foothill defense picked SRV's Sam Keller twice and gave up no TD passes. The dreaded three-way tie scenario in the East Bay Athletic League could no take place if SRV bounces back to knock off arch rival Monte Vista on Nov. 14 in the final game of the regular season.

One quarterback who sometimes gets lost in all the hype surrounding big-time recruits like Sam Keller, Kyle Wright of Monte Vista and Dennis Dixon of San Leandro is Las Lomas' J.C. Lewis. He doesn't have the prototype size of the others, but last week's 48-6 win by the Knights over Dublin showed again that Lewis can certainly sling it. On just 10 completions in 15 attempts, Lewis broke his own school record with an amazing 400 yards and three TDs. That's a 40-yard average per completion. Most of the reason for that high average was Lewis connecting with Joe Davis for 85-yard and 70-yard scores. According to the Contra Costa Times, Davis finished with five catches for 280 yards.

Check back on Monday for our state overall top 20 and our state rankings by division.

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