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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. 23; last week's rank in parentheses)

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 11-0

Defeated Antioch, 62-13.

2. (2) San Leandro 11-0

Defeated Pittsburg, 36-28.

3. (3) Monte Vista (Danville) 11-0

Defeated Ygnacio Valley of Concord, 38-14.

4. (4) Skyline (Oakland) 10-0-1

Defeated Oakland, 63-6.

5. (5) Foothill (Pleasanton) 9-1-1

Defeated James Logan of Union City, 31-25.

6. (6) Los Gatos 11-0

Defeated South San Francisco, 55-7.

7. (7) Salinas 10-1

Defeated Independence of San Jose, 38-2.

8. (9) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 11-0

Defeated Yerba Buena of San Jose, 35-0.

9. (10) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 9-2

Defeated Freedom of Oakley, 32-21.

10. (11) Valley Christian (San Jose) 10-1

Defeated Watsonville, 42-7.

11. (13) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 11-0

Defeated Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa, 42-14.

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

Defeated St. Mary's of Berkeley, 42-7.

13. (16) Hayward 10-1

Defeated Berkeley, 24-0.

14. (15) San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 11-0

Defeated Carmel, 49-7.

15. (17) McClymonds (Oakland) 9-2*

Defeated Oakland Tech, 26-12.

16. (nr) Milipitas 9-2

Defeated Serra of San Mateo, 14-10.

17. (nr) Bellarmine (San Jose) 7-4

Defeated Palma of Salinas, 17-7.

18. (14) James Logan (Union City) 8-3

Lost to Foothill of Pleasanton, 31-25.

19. (20) Novato 11-0

Defeated Marin Catholic of Kentfield, 42-7.

20. (nr) Silver Creek (San Jose) 10-1

Defeated Alvarez of Salinas, 28-13.

*Note: Does not include losses by forfeit.

Notes & Highlights

Record book searching has been part of covering this year's Los Gatos football team almost from day one. Now, the Wildcats have an individual to chart as well as their entire team. With his four touchdowns in a 55-7 win over South San Francisco in the first round of the CCS Div. III playoffs, Dennis Freeman now has 33 TDs for the season. He ranked in a tie for seventh in the state for scoring in the regular season and it now looks like he'll contend for the state overall scoring crown.

On the win streak front, Los Gatos now has a 37-game mark heading into this week's semifinals vs. Leigh. It's a CCS mark if you are counting from the years since there's been a CCS. There is a current CCS school, though, with a longer one in its history. It's Willow Glen and the Rams had one of 42 games that lasted from 1958 to 1962.

Two previously unbeaten teams that lost and are not ranked this week are Terra Nova of Pacifica and Berkeley. It really wasn't all that surprising, though, that the Tigers lost 31-19 to St. Francis or that Berkeley lost 24-0 to Hayward. St. Francis has one of the best playoff records in Northern California over the last 20 years and the Lancers had played a much stronger schedule than Terra Nova. Hayward simply bounced back nicely from its 43-21 loss to San Leandro from the week before.

Also falling out of this week's rankings was previous No. 7 Palma, which lost to Bellarmine, 17-7. The Chieftains were going for their third straight CCS Div. I title. The Bells were coming off a strong 28-20 win over St. Francis. Their four losses have been to Serra, Valley Christian, Piedmont Hills and Monte Vista. Three of those are currently in the top 10 and the Valley Christian, Piedmont Hills games were close.

We have to say we're sorry to Burlingame. Last week we mentioned a couple of small schools that were undefeated and unranked and didn't mention the Panthers, who aren't from the type of small school we had in mind. We still couldn't stick Burlingame (11-0) into this week's top 20, despite the team winning its CCS playoff opener 31-21 over Pioneer of San Jose. After what happened to Terra Nova, we were more comfortable with the Bells. Cloverdale (11-0) and John Swett of Crockett (11-0) were the schools we did mention last week and both won their first playoff games as well.

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


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