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High school football: Foothill vs. San Leandro

Foothill’s Isaiah Floyd (22) runs the ball for a touchdown against San Leandro’s Omari Land (23) in the second quarter of their high school football game in Pleasanton, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

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East Bay football rankings — 9/2

Here’s our East Bay rankings after the first week of play.

Team Record Last Week Up Next
1. De La Salle 0-1 1 @Serra
2. Pittsburg 1-0 2 @SRV
3. Clayton Valley Charter 0-1 3 @Tracy
4. Foothill 1-0 4 @Freedom
5. Freedom 1-0 7 vs. Foothill
6. Campolindo 1-0 6 St. Ignatius
7. California 1-0 5 Kennedy-Fre.
8. Monte Vista 1-0 8 BYE
9. San Ramon Valley 1-0 9 vs. Pittsburg
10. Concord 1-0 10 vs. Wood
11. James Logan 1-0 11 vs. San Leandro
12. Antioch 1-0 12 vs. Milpitas
13. Amador Valley 1-0 13 BYE
14. Piedmont 1-0 15 Fremont
15. Liberty 1-0 NR @Chico

On the bubble:  Kennedy-Fremont (0-1), McClymonds (0-0), Moreau Catholic (1-0), Salesian (1-0). The East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

 

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Clayton Valley Charter’s Jalen McKenzie out for season

Clayton Valley Charter lineman Jalen McKenzie is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL on the second play of Friday’s loss to Folsom, Ugly Eagles head coach Tim Murphy confirmed to Bay Area News Group on Tuesday evening.

McKenzie is the son of Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and the younger brother of Kahlil McKenzie, now at Tennessee.

Murphy called the situation “horrible.” Particularly considering the injury was initially thought to be an MCL issue, which might have healed in time for McKenzie to return to the field this fall.

“His dad works for Raiders (so) the guy even checked him out,” Murphy said. “From the outside test, they thought it was just going to be cartilage. MRI comes back, finds out his ACL is torn in half.

“It’s a shame. His backup did a good job, but Jalen is the real deal.”

Murphy wound up awarding that backup, junior Jalyn Mitchell, with player of the game honors.

“Good kid and he did an amazing job coming in,” Murphy said of Mitchell. “But Jalen McKenzie isn’t exactly a replaceable kid. Amazing lineman. He might be in the NFL some day. Think about the difference that kid makes.”

On the first play from scrimmage Friday, tailback Ray Jackson III ripped off a 31-yard burst that brought Clayton Valley Charter into Folsom territory. The next snap might replay through McKenzie’s mind for the rest of the season, though it was tough to tell the cause of injury from afar.

“Honestly it was the old-school turf thing, where the foot sticks in the ground and the knee pivots,” Murphy said.

McKenzie, who was going to play both sides of the line, laid on the ground for about five minutes before being helped off the field.

Jackson still racked up 225 yards on the ground in the 27-26 defeat, including an 84-yarder to the 3-yard line that helped keep Clayton Valley Charter close. Murphy credited Jackson, a senior who sat out last year after transferring from College Park, and quarterback Luis Ramos as well as the blockers who remained around him. Center Jacob Linderman and fullback Jake King earned specific mention.

However, McKenzie will surely be missed.

Clayton Valley Charter's Jalen Mckenzie (78) walks on the sideline as steam comes off his head while playing Oakdale in the fourth quarter of their NorCal Division II regional title game at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Clayton Valley Charter defeated Oakdale 28-7. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Clayton Valley Charter’s Jalen Mckenzie (78) walks on the sideline as steam comes off his head while playing Oakdale in the fourth quarter of their NorCal Division II regional title game at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Clayton Valley Charter defeated Oakdale 28-7. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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De La Salle lacrosse: Jonathan Christmas takes over for Bob O’Meara

De La Salle lacrosse will be led by Jonathan Christmas starting this season, the first without program founder Bob O’Meara.

Christmas comes to Concord with a decorated prep and collegiate career in lacrosse. He was a three-time All-American with Lower Merion (Penn.) High and two-time All-American at University of Virginia, where he majored in sociology and started on the 2003 team that captured the NCAA championship.

“I am extremely excited to be part of a great academic and athletic high school,” Christmas said in a news release sent by the school. “The culture here will truly help continue the tradition academic and athletic excellence.”

That’s music to the ears of Brother Robert Wickman, principal of De La Salle.

“I am particularly taken with the ways in which he uses lacrosse as a means to build character and sportsmanship among the student-athletes he has developed,” Wickman said in the release. “I welcome him to the De La Salle community.  I thank Coach O’Meara for his many years of dedicated service to our boys.”

O’Meara brought lacrosse to De La Salle in 2001 as a club team and has overseen the now-varsity program’s eight North Coast Section championship game appearances and four titles (2007, ’09, ’10, ’14). His overall record was 222-79.

“We want to thank Bob for his long service as coach and for building an excellent program,” De La Salle athletic director Leo Lopoz said in the release. “We are blessed to move into the next Spartan lacrosse era with Coach Christmas. His passion for the game and focus on developing student athletes both on and off the field of play will benefit our community in many ways.”

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De La Salle drops to 24th in MaxPreps national rankings

De La Salle dropped from first to 24th in MaxPreps.com’s national top 25 high school football rankings released Monday, reflecting the Spartans’ 26-21 loss to Trinity-Euless of Texas on Saturday night.

Trinity-Euless entered the rankings at 21st after not making the preseason list, which had De La Salle at No. 1 following its CIF State Open Division championship season.

The Spartans suit up against Bay Area rival Serra this Friday in San Mateo.

Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas took over the top spot while Centennial-Corona (No. 3) and St. John Bosco-Bellflower (No. 10) were the other California schools in what MaxPreps calls its “Xcellent 25.” De La Salle is the only team with a loss in the rankings.

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Minyon Moore commits to USC

Salesian High girls basketball star Minyon Moore orally committed to USC today, according to Pride coach Steve Pezzola.

As a junior wing last high school season, the 5-foot-8 Moore filled up stat sheets for the 28-4 Pride. She averaged 13.8 points, 6.8 assists, 5.4 steals, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for the North Coast Section Division IV champions. The squad also competed in the CIF NorCal Open Division playoffs. Moore was a first-team all-East Bay selection and a first-team all-Tri-County Athletic League pick last season.

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Cal announces Brian Hamilton hiring; a look back at his Concord years

Brian Hamilton’s hiring was announced Wednesday by Cal as quality control coach for offense under head coach Sonny Dykes. Read more about this on Cal beat writer Jeff Faraudo’s BearTalk blog here.

Hamilton had a very successful run at Concord High, where Mark Bywater takes over as head coach.

Here’s a year-by-year look at Hamilton’s Concord years, with a few highlights:

2004: 1-9

2005: 4-6 (most wins since 2000)

2006: 5-6 (made first NCS appearance since 1998, lights installed at renovated stadium)

2007: 3-7

2008: 7-3-1 (reach NCS playoffs)

2009: 8-3 (reached NCS D2 quarterfinals)

2010: 13-1 (won first NCS fb title in school history with 40-37 win over Rancho Cotate in D 2 final; played for NCS title for first time since 1989; QB Ricky Lloyd set Northern California record for passing yards with 4,451).

2011: 10-4 (reached NCS D2 final; RB Olito Thompson carried 54 times for 285 yards. He set Northern California record for rushing yards in a season with 3,488, which broke mark of 3,224 set in 13 games by Jahvid Best at Salesian  in 2006)

2012: 10-3 (reached NCS D2 semifinals)

2013: 8-4 (reached NCS D2 quarterfinals)

2014: 12-2 (reached NCS D2 championship game)

Concord Head Coach Brian Hamilton hugs quarterback Ricky Lloyd after defeating Rancho Cotate in the North Coast Section Division II Championship on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

Concord Head Coach Brian Hamilton hugs quarterback Ricky Lloyd after defeating Rancho Cotate in the North Coast Section Division II Championship on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

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Concord High has new football coach

Concord High has a new football coach for the first time in 11 years. Mark Bywater is the new Minutemen head coach, with longtime coach Brian Hamilton leaving last week for an offensive quality control coaching position at Cal. Cal has not announced the hiring, but sources have confirmed the move.
First reported by prep2prep.com’s Nate Smith, the news marks the end of Hamilton’s 11-year run at Concord High. The entire Concord coaching staff is remaining, said Randy Coddington, in his 11th year as Concord’s defensive coordinator.
In Hamilton’s time as head coach, Concord went 81-48-1. The Minutemen won the school’s first and only NCS football championship in 2010 with a 40-37 win over Rancho Cotate in the Division II final. Concord also reached title games in 2011 and 2014. The Minutemen made the NCS playoffs eight times, including each of the past seven seasons.
Bywater spent last season as Concord’s linebackers and wide receivers coach.
“They’ve done a great job and I’ m smart enough not to change what works,” Bywater said of the staff, which has three members who have been with the program for at least a decade. “We have good rapport and the staff’s very cohesive.”
Prior to coming to Concord, Bywater spent three years at Dublin and five at Miramonte as defensive coordinator. He spent a year as Las Lomas head coach in the late 1980s and was Clayton Valley’s head coach from 1992-96, where he coached Coddington as a player. An Oakland native, Bywater taught in the Antioch Unified School District for 22 years prior to retiring.
Concord opens the season Aug. 28 at Benicia High.

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De La Salle football ranked No. 1 in nation

De La Salle High is ranked No. 1 in the nation in MaxPreps.com’s preseason top 25 high school football rankings, which were announced Monday.
The Spartans, who have an impressive array of returnees from their 2014 state Open Division championship team, were ranked ahead of Central-Miami and Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas for the top spot. Other California schools in the top 25 are Centennial-Corona — which De La Salle beat 63-42 in last year’s state title game — at No. 6, St. John Bosco-Bellflower at No. 15 and Bishop Amat-La Puente at No. 24
The Spartans also received a No. 1 national preseason ranking from highschoolfootballamerica.com.
De La Salle opens the 2015 season with a high-profile road game on Aug. 29 in Texas, playing Trinity-Euless.

De La Salle's Antoine Custer (28) scores a touchdown past Centennial's Chacho Ulloa) in the third quarter of their 2014 CIF State Football Bowl Championship Open Division game at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. De La Salle defeated Centennial 63-42. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

De La Salle’s Antoine Custer (28) scores a touchdown past Centennial’s Chacho Ulloa in the third quarter of their 2014 CIF State Football Bowl Championship Open Division game at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. De La Salle defeated Centennial 63-42. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)