1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 11-0
Coach Bob Ladouceur's club blitzed Antioch, 62-13, for consecutive win No. 136. If you didn't know, wouldn't you think that was a typo? Willie Glasper, probably one of the best junior DBs in the nation, came up with two picks early in the game to jumpstart the Spartans. Maurice Drew took it from there. The stellar senior finished with 11 carries for 195 yards and five TDs. It was 42-6 at halftime and the starters were essentially done. The CIF North Coast Section Class 4A playoffs will continue this week when De La Salle plays Hayward (10-1). A win over the Farmers and the Spartans will appear in the NCS finals for the 19th straight season (again, not a typo).
2. (2) Poly (Long Beach) 10-1
The Leon Jackson-Derrick Jones connection has been going so smoothly lately that JLo and Ben Affleck should be calling for advice. In the Jackrabbits' 30-7 romp past Edison of Huntington Beach in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Div. I playoffs, Jackson went to Jones for TDs of 83, 45 and 53 yards. Jackson finished 13 of 19 for 245 yards. Jones had eight catches for an even 200. The Poly defense looked strong as well as it sacked Edison QB Tommy Grady an astounding 10 times. The Jackrabbits meet Eisenhower of Rialto (7-4) in this week's quarterfinals.
3. (3) Los Alamitos 10-0-1
The Griffins figure to have a tougher quarterfinal game of the CIFSS Div. I playoffs this week than Poly does. They're going up against a Bishop Amat of La Puente squad that last week had three different 100-yard rushers in its win. In Los Al's 59-14 win over Millikan of Long Beach, Ryan Bagley ran for 175 yards on 18 carries and scored three TDs. Jeff Kline added a pair of TD passes and completed 17 of 22 for 164 yards.
4. (4) Hart (Newhall) 10-0-1
The last two weeks Hart has played better than Mission Viejo as the two continue to head toward a possible showdown for the CIFSS Div. II title. The Indians played El Toro last week and crushed the Chargers, 52-0. Sean Norton threw for two TDs and ran for two others. Brian Elledge also came through by intercepting a pass and returning it 20 yards for a score. Hart meets Ayala of Chino Hills in this week's game.
5. (5) Mission Viejo 11-0
Starting quarterback Josh Rodarmel had to leave the Diablos' game vs. Diamond Bar with another collarbone injury. That may have contributed to the team's five turnovers and kept the score close in a 28-14 triumph. Mission Viejo didn't take the lead until the third quarter when Marty Tadman, the replacement for Rodarmel, came through with an 18-yard scoring run. Next up for the Diablos is a quarterfinal matchup on the road vs. 10-1 Canyon of Canyon Country.
6. (6) San Leandro 11-0
The Pirates got a bit of a scare in their CIF NCS Class 4A playoff opener, but they prevailed, 36-28, over Pittsburg. They'll need to play better this week as their opponent in the semis is No. 19 Foothill. It's the same team San Leandro faced and defeated in last year's semifinals.
7. (7) Taft (Woodland Hills) 11-0
Coach Troy Starr's squad whacked Banning of Wilmington, 42-14, in a first round CIF L.A. City Section playoff game. Quarterback Cary Dove had perhaps his best game of the season as he completed 17 of 21 passes for 389 yards and three TDs. Steve Smith also added to his all-time career receiving marks with eight catches for 145 yards and one TD. Banning was coming off a loss to Carson, which was the No. 2 seed behind Taft but was upset by L.A. Jefferson, 48-28, in its first playoff game. Taft will play Dorsey next, the same team it lost to in last year's final. Premature celebrating definitely will be banned.
8. (8) Esperanza (Anaheim) 10-1
Outgoing coach Gary Meek may be working well into December the way his Aztecs dismantled Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita, 41-7, in the first round of the CIFSS Div. I playoffs. Shaun Wildenstein led the offense with 26 carries for 212 yards and three TDs. Defensively, Tom Storing was the story with a 26-yard interception return for a score. Since Mater Dei, this week's opponent in the quarterfinals, lost recently by 19-0 to Santa Margarita, does that make Esperanza a strong favorite?
9. (9) Nevada Union (Grass Valley) 11-0
The Miners buried Laguna Creek of Elk Grove, 42-7, under an avalanche of running backs and will move on into this week's CIF Sac Joaquin Section quarterfinals for a matchup vs. 10-1 Florin of Sacramento. Sophomore Ryan Herrera scored three times and now has six TDs in two varsity games. QB Jon Sheets threw the ball well too, going 10-of-14 for 147 yards. Laguna Creek, on the other hand, didn't throw the ball well as the Miner defense gobbled up five interceptions.
10. (10) Monte Vista (Danville) 11-0
Kyle Wright stayed hot with 17 completions in 29 throws for 210 yards and four TDs in a 38-14 victory over Ygnacio Valley of Concord. Sam DeSa was the top receiver with eight catches for 112 yards and one TD. The CIFNCS Class 3A East Bay playoffs will continue with semifinal games this week. Monte Vista will meet 8-3 Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland.
11. (12) Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 11-0
Behind QB Peter Dobush and RB Michael Okwo, the Mustangs routed Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta, 68-34, in the CIFSS Div. III playoffs. They continue to gain momentum and are increasing their creditability with each win. Dobush only threw nine passes in the game, but completed six for 212 yards and four TDs. Okwo raced for 337 yards on 26 carries and scored four TDs. Mira Costa meets St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs (7-3-1) in this week's quarterfinals.
12. (13) Helix (La Mesa) 8-1
The Highlanders will open the CIF San Diego Section Div. II playoffs with a game this week against the Patrick Henry Patriots, a 35-28 winner on the road over West Hills. Helix had a first-round bye last week. The Patriots will need more than muskets to stop Reggie Bush and company.
13. (14) Skyline (Oakland) 10-0-1
Yonus Davis showcased some exceptional skills in the Titans' 63-6 victory over Oakland. The senior took two punts and ran them both back for TDs. He also caught a kickoff and returned the ball for yet another score. The win put Skyline into the Oakland Section Silver Bowl championship. The Titans will play defending champ McClymonds on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Oakland Coliseum.
14. (15) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 9-2
The Braves won their CIFSS Div. I playoff opener, 27-16, over Fountain Valley, but they may be wearing down a little after playing what could be called the state's toughest regular season schedule. Their next game will be in the quarterfinals against league rival Loyola (8-3), which knows a thing or two about winning in the playoffs.
15. Jesuit (Carmichael) 10-0
The Marauder defense came through and stopped Sacramento Grant's Worrell Williams just short of the goal line on a two-point attempt in overtime that would have won the game for the Pacers. Jesuit's 35-34 victory advanced it into this week's Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I quarterfinals. The Marauders will play at home again vs. Woodland (9-2).
16. (16) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 10-1
Shane Steichen connected on 16 of 25 passes for 220 yards and two TDs as the Trojans opened the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II playoffs with an easy 45-7 triumph over Vintage of Napa. Their only loss was to Grant in a close game, which is why Jesuit now has to move ahead of them in the rankings.
17. (17) Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 11-0
The Golden Knights downed Downey, 45-14, in the CIFSS Div. III playoffs. They'll next play 7-4 Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates, which also will provide a barometer of comparing Notre Dame to Mira Costa. The two teams are seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in this division.
18. (18) Oceanside 8-2
Coach John Carroll's team didn't get an easy first round CIF San Diego Section Div. II playoff game. The Pirates got a bye instead. They'll now get a rematch with Escondido, a team they blanked in league play. Look for Oceanside to score early and often as it continues on a collision course with Helix.
19. (19) Foothill (Pleasanton) 9-1-1
Joey Munn, a junior college scouts already know about, kicked a field goal, intercepted a pass and had a 72-yard pass reception for the Falcons in their 31-25 playoff win over James Logan of Union City. Foothill advanced to an NCS Class 4A semifinal date vs. unbeaten San Leandro.
20. (nr) Los Gatos 11-0
Coach Butch Cattolico's team has shown it's at least as good as last season when the Wildcats were a top 20 team. Los Gatos won its 37th straight game last week by 55-7 over South San Francisco and plays 8-3 Leigh of San Jose this week in the CIF Central Coast Section Div. III semifinals. Another plus for Los Gatos was that Milpitas, a team it beat, ousted Serra of San Mateo from the Div. I playoffs.