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.