1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 8-0
Defeated Pittsburg, 65-6.
2. (2) San Leandro 8-0
Defeated Moreau Catholic of Hayward, 36-3.
3. (3) Monte Vista (Danville) 8-0
Defeated California of San Ramon, 20-10.
4. (4) Skyline (Oakland) 7-0-1
Defeated McClymonds of Oakland, 33-6.
5. (5) Foothill (Pleasanton) 6-1-1
Defeated Livermore, 28-6.
6. (6) Los Gatos 8-0
Defeated Gunn of Palo Alto, 49-0.
7. (7) Valley Christian (San Jose) 8-0
Defeated Riordan of San Francisco, 28-0.
8. (8) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 7-1
Defeated Amador Valley of Pleasanton, 54-34.
9. (10) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 8-0
Defeated Gunderson of San Jose, 53-7.
10. (13) Hayward 8-0
Defeated Mt. Eden of Hayward, 56-14.
11. (11) Miramonte (Orinda) 8-0
Defeated Mt. Diablo of Concord, 21-12.
12. (12) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 8-0
Defeated Santa Rosa, 56-10.
13. (14) Logan (Union City) 6-1
Defeated Newark Memorial of Newark, 39-8.
14. (15) Salinas 7-1
Defeated Live Oak of Morgan Hill, 35-0.
15. (17) Vacaville 7-1
Defeated Vintage of Napa, 35-14.
16. (16) San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 8-0
Defeated Aptos, 14-3.
17. (18) Palma (Salinas) 7-1
Defeated Gilroy, 28-13.
18. (9) McClymonds (Oakland) 6-2*
Lost to Skyline of Oakland, 33-6.
19. (19) Terra Nova (Pacifica) 8-0
Defeated Aragon of San Mateo, 21-7.
20. (nr) Berkeley 7-0
Defeated Pinole Valley of Pinole, 17-0.
*Note: Does not include losses by forfeit.
Notes & Highlights
It looked like Skyline would probably win its Oakland Athletic League showdown on Saturday against McClymonds since the Titans had an impressive win against the same L.A. Dorsey team that handed the Warriors their only loss. And while the score was 33-6 in favor of Skyline, the game was much closer than that. It was 0-0 at halftime and two big plays basically won it for the Titans -- a 70-yard kickoff return by Yonus Davis after Mack's only score that set up another score by Skyline and a 38-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Brandon Sanders. Frank Summers also turned in a strong game for Skyline with 110 yards rushing and three TDs.
As big as the game was, it was maybe even bigger news last week that this year's Silver Bowl title game for the OAL will be held at Network Associates Coliseum. That will probably be the Skyline-Mack rematch. Oakland kids haven't been able to play in the big house in the past, so major congratulations are in order to OAL commissioner Jerry Luzar and to the Coliseum for being able to work something out.
Bellarmine was the only team to drop out from last week's rankings after the Bells fell to Serra of San Mateo, 28-23. Chris Denny-Brown reached the end zone on a 61-yard punt return and on a 20-yard run to lead Serra. The Bells trailed 21-3 and did come close to pulling out the win, but it turned out to be the team's fourth loss of the season. Serra plays this week at St. Francis, a team the Padres haven't beaten in 30 years.
We almost moved Serra into this week's rankings to replace Bellarmine. The Padres are only 5-3, but their losses are to ranked squads San Leandro, Skyline and Palma. The Palma game was close, too. But we had to be fair to Berkeley, which had to drop last week even though it won 61-0. The Yellowjackets also remained unbeaten with a big win on Friday of 17-0 over Pinole Valley. It marked the team's third shutout of the season.
Finally, yes, we know that Valley Christian and others are now ahead of Los Gatos in the CCS rankings by the Mercury-News. There's no question Los Gatos won't be involved in as tough a playoff bracket as the Warriors, not to mention Salinas and Palma. According to our system of compiling rankings, however, it's easier to leave Los Gatos where it is and reward the Div. I playoff teams later in the season by leap-frogging them over the Wildcats. And if we were to match the Mercury-News' rankings exactly, we'd have to drop Los Gatos a bunch of spots and that is unquestionably not fair to a team with the second-longest winning streak in the state.
Check back on Monday for our state overall top 20 and our state rankings by division.