Final Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Ratings

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 final top 20 rankings for the 2002 football season. Presented by the good folks at Team Dealer, Inc., our Bay Area Top 20 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 Dec. 7; last week's rank in parentheses)

1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 13-0

Defeated San Leandro, 42-14, for 11th straight North Coast Section Class 4A championship.

2. (3) Monte Vista (Danville) 13-0

Defeated San Ramon Valley of Danville, 35-14, for second straight NCS Class 3A East Bay title.

3. (2) San Leandro 12-1

Lost to De La Salle in NCS final; fourth straight 12-1 season.

4. (4) Skyline (Oakland) 11-0-1

Defeated McClymonds of Oakland, 47-0, for Oakland Section Silver Bowl title.

5. (7) Valley Christian (San Jose) 12-1

Defeated Bellarmine of San Jose, 19-7, for Central Coast Section Division I title.

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

Lost in NCS Class 4A semifinals to San Leandro; tie vs. Skyline and win over San Ramon Valley.

7. (5) Los Gatos 12-0-1

Tied St. Francis, 21-21, in CCS Div. III final; will take 38-0-1 unbeaten streak into next season.

8. (6) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 10-3

Close loss in first game with Monte Vista; also close loss to Foothill.

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

Defeated Montgomery of Santa Rosa, 34-10, for NCS Class 3A Redwood Empire championship.

10. (11) San Lorenzo Valley (Felton) 13-0

Defeated Burlingame, 42-0, for third CCS Div. IV title in last four years.

11. (10) Bellarmine (San Jose) 8-5

Lost to Valley Christian in CCS Div. I final; defeated two-time defending champ Palma in first round and then Salinas in semis.

12. (15) St. Francis (Mountain View) 7-5-1

Tied Los Gatos in CCS Div. III final; lost by just 14-0 to De La Salle and 14-13 to Valley Christian.

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

All losses to higher-ranked teams.

14. (14) Salinas 10-2

Dethroned perennial champion Palma in tough league.

15. (16) Novato 13-0

Defeated San Marin of Novato, 31-14, for NCS Class 2A Redwood Empire title.

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

Only one loss in last 36 games and it took a last-second TD pass to do it.

17. (nr) Hayward 10-2

Only losses to De La Salle and San Leandro; won over unbeaten Berkeley in first round NCS playoff game.

18. (nr) Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 11-2

Defeated Homestead, 46-34, for CCS Div. II title. That also makes the two earlier losses easier to overcome from a rankings standpoint.

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

Playoff loss was in thriller at end to Homestead; earlier wins over Bellarmine and Oak Grove earn higher ranking.

20. (nr) Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 11-2

Defeated Acalanes of Lafayette, 32-21, for NCS Class 2A East Bay title.

Notes & Highlights

We couldn't quite squeeze in the following teams, but they also should be commended for having outstanding seasons: Palma of Salinas (9-2); McClymonds of Oakland (9-3, not including forfeits); Homestead of Cupertino (10-3), Napa (8-3), Montgomery of Santa Rosa (9-4).

Also winning championships this season: Lowell of San Francisco (won Turkey Bowl game over Washington) and Tomales of Marin County (won NCS Class B title for second straight year).

Teams to watch for our preseason Bay Area Top 20 rankings for 2003: De La Salle, Foothill, Palma, St. Francis, Oak Grove, Valley Christian, San Lorenzo Valley.

De La Salle loses such standouts as RB Maurice Drew, DB Damon Jenkins, QB Britt Cecil, OL-DL Erik Sandie, OL-DL John Chan and WR DeMontae Fitzgerald. Coming back for the Spartans will be DB-RB Willie Glasper, RB-DB Jackie Bates, WR-DB Cameron Colvin, LB Parker Hanks and LB-TE Terrence Kelly. Sometime next season the Spartans figure to stretch their winning streak to a total twice as long as the previous national record.

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

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