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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. 30; last week's rank in parentheses)

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 12-0

Defeated Hayward, 47-7.

2. (2) San Leandro 12-0

Defeated Foothill of Pleasanton, 28-9.

3. (3) Monte Vista (Danville) 12-0

Defeated Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland, 41-8.

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

Did not play; vs. McClymonds Friday for Silver Bowl title.

5. (6) Los Gatos 12-0

Defeated Leigh of San Jose, 48-0.

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

Defeated Arroyo of San Lorenzo, 42-6.

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

Defeated Milpitas 35-0.

8. (5) Foothill (Pleasanton) 9-2-1

Lost to San Leandro, 28-9.

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

Defeated Eureka, 17-6.

10. (17) Bellarmine (San Jose) 8-4

Defeated Salinas, 35-17.

11. (14) San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 12-0

Defeated Mountain View, 33-21.

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

Did not play; vs. Skyline Friday in Silver Bowl.

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

Did not play; season over.

14. (7) Salinas 10-2

Lost to Bellarmine of San Jose, 35-17.

15. (nr) St. Francis (Mountain View) 7-5

Defeated Gunn of Palo Alto, 33-14.

16. (19) Novato 12-0

Defeated Fortuna, 35-24.

17. (nr) Burlingame 12-0

Defeated Mountain View, 33-21.

18. (12) Miramonte (Orinda) 11-1

Lost to Acalanes of Lafayette, 14-10.

19. (nr) Homestead (Cupertino) 10-2

Defeated Piedmont Hills of San Jose, 21-17.

20. (8) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 11-1

Lost to Homestead of Cupertino, 21-17.

*Note: Does not include losses by forfeit.

Notes & Highlights

Wow, this was toughest week of the season to determine the teams and the order for this particular ranking of teams.

What to do with Foothill? We would have been justified at leaving the Falcons ahead of San Ramon Valley (after all, Foothill holds a win over SRV), but since the Wolves would be ahead of them IF they come up with a win over Monte Vista in the NCS Class 3A final we went ahead and glided them up for this week. If Monte Vista wins in this week's game, SRV would go back behind Foothill.

What to do with Los Gatos? We could have leap-frogged Valley Christian into the No. 5 spot, especially after its 35-0 win over Milpitas. For now, though, we left Los Gatos as the No. 1 CCS team. Here's how it shapes up for this weekend: If LG wins big in the Div. III final and VC scrapes in the Div. I final, then it's LG. If LG scrapes and VC wins big, it goes to VC. If they both win big or scrape, then it's probably VC. Strength of schedule would appear to be too much for Los Gatos at that point. It's looking more and more like VC's recent 7-6 loss to Serra was a strange aberration to a dominant season. If we were Wildcat fans, we'd be pulling for the Bells. Of course, playing St. Francis in a CCS final is no walk in the park.

What to do with Miramonte? It took a great play from QB Zach Clark with 26 seconds left for Acalanes to knock off the Matadors and end Miramonte's 35-game win streak. Since Miramonte had a win earlier this year over the Dons and had such a strong regular season, we kept Miramonte in this week's rankings and will wait to see who wins between Acalanes and Las Lomas in the NCS Class 2A East Bay final. The winner will go in next week and just might go in ahead of the Matadors, too.

In addition to the winner of Acalanes vs. Las Lomas, three others who've already ended their seasons but who could earn a final top 20 ranking for the region are Hayward (10-2), Palma of Salinas (9-2) and Napa (8-3).

It could be the greatest doubleheader in Northern California history on Saturday at the Coliseum when Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley stage their rematch of their recent 46-44 classic with the NCS 3A East Bay title on the line and then De La Salle meets San Leandro for the NCS Class 4A title. Of course, all DLS will be putting on the line is the nation's No. 1 ranking and a 137-game win streak. A win also will cap another mythical national championship season for the Spartans.

Another hyped high school football doubleheader will be going on at the same time in Southern California at Edison International Field. They're saying as many as 25,000 might show up for it. Can the Bay Area show what it's got and perhaps outdraw the SoCal folks? It'll sure be interesting to find out.

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

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