In Week 3 — the final week of nonleague play for teams in the EBAL and DFAL (and some in the TCAL and MVAL) — close games were hard to come by. Even ones that looked like they could be good ones on paper, like the Battle of the Creek game between Northgate and Las Lomas, were one-sided. Here’s a breakdown of the action.
- I headed to Danville to see Liberty play Monte Vista. The Lions won 34-7 and start the season 4-0 for the first time since 1967. Liberty certainly has a good thing going since Jeff Walters took over as head coach before last season. It was interesting to hear him address the team afterwards. The win was a good one, but the Lions are thinking bigger. Next week’s game with San Leandro will be a fun one for sure.
- De La Salle went to Loomis, but Del Oro’s rowdy crowd was silenced by the Spartans. Antoine Custer rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as De La Salle won 52-0. A matchup with SoCal power Servite-Anaheim comes next week for De La Salle.
- Two other teams are a somewhat surprising 4-0: Alhambra and Kennedy-Fremont. I wrote about both teams in our football notebook earlier in the week. Alhambra put up monster offensive numbers again in a 62-20 win over Washington as QB Mark Azevedo passed for 252 yards and accounted for six touchdowns. Kennedy dominated Hercules 62-0.
- In the Battle of the Creek, Zack Fulks score on the first play from scrimmage and Las Lomas never looked back. The Knights won 38-8 to break a tw0-game losing streak against their Walnut Creek rival, Northgate.
- El Cerrito vs. Amador Valley was another one that looked interesting on paper, but ended up being a one-sided game. The Gauchos scored first, but Amador Valley scored the next 39 to win 39-7. The Dons are undefeated at 3-0 and face Granada next week in their EBAL opener.