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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 Nov. 9; last week's rank in parentheses)

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 9-0

Defeated Clayton Valley of Concord, 42-0.

2. (2) San Leandro 9-0

Defeated Logan of Union City, 21-6.

3. (3) Monte Vista (Danville) 9-0

Defeated Granada of Livermore, 49-8.

4. (4) Skyline (Oakland) 8-0-1

Defeated Fremont of Oakland, 41-18.

5. (5) Foothill (Pleasanton) 7-1-1

Defeated Amador Valley of Pleasanton, 20-13.

6. (6) Los Gatos 9-0

Defeated Palo Alto, 49-20.

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

Defeated St. Ignatius of San Francisco, 21-0.

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

Defeated Yerba Buena of San Jose, 37-8.

9. (9) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 9-0

Defeated Prospect of Saratoga, 36-7.

10. (10) Hayward 9-0

Defeated Moreau Catholic of Hayward, 47-7.

11. (11) Miramonte (Orinda) 9-0

Defeated Northgate of Walnut Creek, 21-6.

12. (12) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 9-0

Defeated Montgomery of Santa Rosa, 35-18.

13. (14) Salinas 8-1

Defeated Hollister, 17-0.

14. (17) Palma (Salinas) 8-1

Defeated Live Oak of Morgan Hill, 20-0.

15. (13) Logan (Union City) 6-2

Lost to San Leandro, 21-6.

16. (16) San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 9-0

Defeated King City, 35-7.

17. (18) McClymonds (Oakland) 7-2*

Defeated Castlemont of Oakland, 22-0.

18. (19) Terra Nova (Pacifica) 9-0

Defeated Capuchino of San Bruno, 48-8.

19. (20) Berkeley 8-0

Defeated Alameda, 50-0.

20. (nr) Novato 9-0

Defeated Redwood of Larkspur, 28-7.

*Note: Does not include losses by forfeit.

Notes & Highlights

Let the hype begin for the Bay Area's best showdown game of the season between two teams from the same league -- San Leandro (9-0) vs. Hayward (9-0) on Friday night at Chabot College. At stake will not only be the Hayward Area Athletic League title but a probable No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCS Class 4A playoffs. The winner of this game could be in the NCS final at the Coliseum vs. De La Salle. The loser may have to face De La Salle in an earlier round game.

San Leandro faced Logan in a nonleague matchup of ranked teams on Friday and emerged with a 21-6 triumph. QB Dennis Dixon was only 11 of 19 for 121 yards and one TD, but rugged back Sekeli Faaeteete made up for it by running for 134 yards and one TD on 27 carries. The Pirates also got a 53-yard scoring run by Michael Ignont.

Hayward had an even easier time of it as the Farmers rolled over Moreau Catholic, 47-7. QB John Russell fired scoring strikes of 90 yards to Josh Ferguson and 60 yards to Antonio Pennyman for Hayward. RB Stevelan Harper added three more TDs scoring and rushed for 110 yards on 10 carries.

Previous No. 15 Vacaville was the only team from last week that fell out of this week's rankings. The Bulldogs ventured to venerable Napa Memorial Stadium and got bushwacked by host Napa, 42-7. Unbeaten Novato was picked to go in as a replacement.

Rancho Cotate captured the North Bay League championship on Saturday with a 35-18 win over Montgomery of Santa Rosa. The Ranch has a hard time proving how good it really is each season because it doesn't play the NCS power teams of the East Bay in the playoffs. But this year's team seems legit as a running team. Against Montgomery, running back Gary Callinan piled up 175 yards on 18 carries and scored one TD. Two other players -- Blake Robinson (95 yards rushing, 3 TDs) and quarterback Derrick Olivera (76 yards rushing, 1 TD) -- were productive on offense as well.

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

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