OVERALL STATE TOP 20 FB RANKINGS

Three newcomers join the club as replacements for Palma, Loyola and Vista. This week's major match up will be No. 10 vs. No. 14 on Saturday night.

(After games of Oct. 26; last week's rank listed in parentheses)

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

Another game and another kick return for a score by Maurice Drew. This one on a punt covered 71 yards early in the third quarter and gave the Spartans a 29-7 lead in their eventual 46-7 win over Freedom of Oakley. Drew also finished with 100 yards rushing. De La Salle plays Pittsburg this week, which happens to be the last team it lost to. The Pirates are still struggling to find the form of their teams in the early 1990s, though, and shouldn't be much of a threat to the Spartans' national record win streak, which now stands at 132 games.

2. (2) Poly (Long Beach) 6-1

Coach Raul Lara may not actually have to try too hard to motivate the Jackrabbits in this week's Moore League game against Lakewood. The host Lancers are probably the second-best team in the league this season and will enter the game at 6-1 with their only loss being to No. 4 Hart. The Jackrabbits won last week, 48-0, over Compton as junior wideout phenom Derrick Jones caught TD passes of 75, 75 and 73 yards.

3. (3) Los Alamitos 6-0-1

Jeff Kline's one-yard sneak in the fourth quarter and a subsequent interception by teammate Brandon Tripp enabled the Griffins to win, 16-12, last Saturday over previously unbeaten Esperanza. In addition to the TD run, Kline also threw for 189 yards (16 of 25), including a 16-yard TD to Jeremy Childs. In addition to the pick, Tripp wound up with seven catches for 84 yards. Los Al has the seemingly weaker part of its Sunset League schedule left, but the Griffins haven't exactly dominated everybody they've played so they might not want to slack off very much.

4. (4) Hart (Newhall) 6-0-1

The Indians rolled over previously unbeaten Canyon of Canyon Country, 35-9, which seems like the last roadblock to an undefeated regular season. The 10th game against Valencia could be tough, but it always seems like the Vikings come up short against Hart.

5. (5) Mission Viejo 7-0

Ryan Holmes powered himself for 107 yards on 15 carries and scored two TDs as the Diablos impressed again with a 49-14 win over San Clemente. Marty Tadman led the defense with a 20-yard interception return for a score. This is the same team that a year ago played Mission Viejo to a 21-18 score and returned 12 strarters. The Tritons, though, did have to play without quarterback Beau Budde, who is currently out with an injury.

6. (6) Chino 7-0

You have to pick your poison vs. the Cowboys with both Jacob Flowe and Kes Ekpre-Olomu in the backfield. But it still might not be easier when one of them gets hurt, like with Flowe injuring his ankle last week in a showdown vs. Damien of La Verne. Ekpre-Olomu stepped up with 30 carries for 186 yards and recorded a key sack in the fourth quarter of Chino's 26-21 win. This week, another tough test against Ayala of Chino Hills is on the schedule.

7. (7) San Leandro 7-0

The Pirates pummeled Mt. Eden of Hayward, 35-7, but they still have better-than-expected Hayward to contend with in their league. A non-league game vs. 6-1 James Logan of Union City also is still on the horizon.

8. (8) Grant (Sacramento) 7-0

Coach Mike Alberghini's club handed Woodland its first loss of the season by a 21-17 score in last week's top game in the Sacramento area. The Pacers drove the ball on the Wolves for most of the contest and the score was reflective of two spirited Woodland goal line stands.

9. (9) Taft (Woodland Hills) 7-0

The Toreadors romped past Cleveland of Reseda as expected, 50-7. Taft has depth this year and is definitely the top L.A. City Section title contender.

10. (10) Servite (Anaheim) 7-0

About the only thing the Friars didn't do in their 35-20 win last week over Santa Margarita was stop SM wideout Bobby Whithorne. Despite Whithorne's 13 catches for 197 yds and one TD, plus an 87-yard kickoff return, Servite still had too much balance for the Eagles. Joel Rubalcaba ran for 185 yards on 28 carries and scored twice and Dillon Bedard picked off a pair of passes to go with three more TDs running. On Saturday, the Friars will play their biggest game in years with a matchup at Cal State Fullerton against longtime Orange County rival Mater Dei.

11. (12) Monte Vista (Danville) 7-0

How can junior Tom Haug rush for 123 yards and three TDs -- plus go 75 yards for a score on a pass play -- and still get second billing after the Mustangs' 61-7 blowout of Livermore? Simple, when the quarterback is Kyle Wright. All Wright did was complete 10 of 10 passes for 261 yards and four TDs.

12. (14) Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 7-0

Coach Don Morrow's team had little trouble with explosive Inglewood in a key Bay League game. The Mustangs won, 43-20, and did it with balance on offense. Michael Okwo picked up 155 yards on 20 carries and scored twice, while QB Peter Dobush tossed a pair of TD passes.

13. (15) Helix (La Mesa) 6-1

Reggie Bush scored four touchdowns in only eight touches of the ball as Helix raced past Valhalla of El Cajon, 68-7. The win also makes the Highlanders the consensus No. 1 team in San Diego County once again due to Vista's surprising 21-6 loss to Torrey Pines.

14. (17) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 6-1

Rafael Rice continued his strong season for the Monarchs with 131 yards rushing and two TDs in a 27-6 win over Bishop Amat of La Puente. Sophomore QB Jason Forcier added two TDs himself on the ground. Next up for Mater Dei is a showdown against No. 10 Servite of Anaheim on Saturday at Cal State Fullerton. The winner probably will be Serra League champion, although surprising St. John Bosco will likely be in the mix as well.

15. (16) Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 7-0

The Miners stayed sharp with a 49-14 triumph over Kennedy of Sacramento. They'll need to stay sharp, too, as this week's home game against Woodland will be against a squad hungry for a win after a tough loss to No. 8 Grant.

16. (11) Esperanza (Anaheim) 6-1

Shaun Wildenstein had 22 carries for 130 yards to keep the Aztecs in it in their 16-12 loss to Los Alamitos. The trick for Halloween night against Huntington Beach will be to treat Oilers' running back Pat Harrigan as if he's a fiendish villain and hold him down to below 150 yards.

17. (19) Skyline (Oakland) 6-0-1

Coach John Beam's squad blanked Oakland Tech, 34-0, and is now a heavy favorite to win the Oakland Athletic League regular season championship, especially now that defending champ McClymonds has had to take a forfeit league loss (plus two other forfeit losses) due to the use of an overage player.

18. (nr) Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 7-0

A 45-12 win over Alemany of Mission Hills kept the Golden Knights unbeaten. What gets them into the rankings, though, is an early season win over a good Birmingham of Van Nuys team. The second win over Westlake of Westlake Village is looking better and better, too.

19. (nr) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 6-1

The Trojans pounded Ponderosa of Shingle Springs, 51-14, for their 27th consecutive league win. Their only loss was by just 13-12 to Grant, the No. 1 team in the Sacramento area and No. 8 in the state. Oak Ridge has a very balanced offense with QB Shane Steichen, RB James Keeler and WR Marcus Spann.

20. (nr) Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) 7-0*

The Conquerors, who won last week by 62-6 over Garey of Pomona, are the sixth Division II team in the top 20, which may be a record. This is due to Division II being stronger than usual and Division I appearing to be not as strong as usual. *On field record; forfeit loss not included.


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