Friday’s Forecast

Before we get to this week’s Forecast, I’d like to offer this disclaimer:
After agreeing upon which games we will be making our predictions, Chace and I make blind picks and assign point values independently. We do not, I repeat, DO NOT, conspire on our picks.
We are most decidedly in competion with one another on this Forecast thing. We certainly don’t want to help each other out.
Why mention this? You’ll see when Chace posts his picks tomorrow.

Without further ado, here are my picks for the week:

(5) Monte Vista over Berkeley
The ‘Stangs are at home, and they are tough to beat at home. Plus, they’re averaging over 37 points and 470 yards per game. Conversely, the Yellow Jackets are averaging 189 yards and just 15.5 points per game. Unless those trends reverse themselves quickly, this one could get ugly.

(4) Foothill over Skyline
The Falcons are 2-0. The Titans are 0-2-1. Those are two big reasons for picking Foothill. However, the Falcons have won the past two by the same tight score — 28-21 — and they tied 32-32 in 2002. Plus, Foothill coach Matt Sweeney says he “loves this game” because of the intensity and athleticism Skyline always brings to the field. Plus, it’s in Oakland at 3:30 p.m. Not a comfortable 4-point pick.

(3) Ygnacio Valley over Deer Valley
The Warriors should rebound with a vengence from last week’s sloppy, turnover-filled loss to Clayton Valley. They’re gonna want to take out their aggressions on the Wolverines. Course, super RB Chris Allen is hard to get a hat on. Slippery, if you will. Another tricky pick.

(2) Las Lomas over Alhambra
The Knights and the Bulldogs both got up off the mat in a biiiiig way with their Week 2 Diablo Foothill Athletic League openers. Las Lomas handled Mt. Diablo 39-0 a week after losing 9-0 to Mitty. Alhambra topped Dublin 34-27 behind a 273-yard, three touchdown day from Brandon Rutley after falling 42-16 to YV. Really tough to call this one, too.

(1) Livermore over Alameda
Why not? The Cowboys have a chance to match their season-high win total (3) since 2000 in the third week. This is clearly a different Livermore team than the one that we’ve watched go 10-40 over the past five seasons. And the Hornets defense just got done giving up 49 points and 335 yards to California.

Think you can out-forecast the Forecasters? Bring it on. Post your picks in a comment, and I’ll keep season-long standings.


  • (5)Foothill over Skyline. This isn’t your older brother’s Skyline team, but Foothill is as steady as ever. If the Falcons don’t turn the ball over a bunch of times, they’ll roll.

    (4)Monte Vista over Berkeley. Monte Vista whipped its first two opponents (Antioch, West-Tracy), but Berkeley is a step up in competition. Still, the Yellow Jackets don’t have enough firepower to keep up with MV.

    (3)Deer Valley over Ygnacio Valley. The Wolverines have scored 35 of their 42 points this season in the first half. If they get off to another fast start Friday, it could spell trouble for YV, which has a hard time making comebacks with its double-wing offense.

    (2)Las Lomas over Alhambra. LL has beaten the ‘Dogs four of the last five years. RB Brandon Rutley will have his hands full against a very good Knights front seven.

    (1)Alameda over Livermore. Are the glory days back in L-Town? Not quite. The Hornets will be a little ticked after being spanked by Cal last week.

  • Ben Enos

    Ok, I’m looking for a rebound from last week. Here goes nothing.

    (5) Monte Vista over Berkeley. Berkeley has plenty of athleticism and speed but you get the feeling that they haven’t gotten everything rolling just yet. That said, watch out in the ACCAL for the Yellow Jackets. Just not this week.

    (4) Las Lomas over Alhambra. Alhambra came back strong last week but I’m giving the edge to LL simply because I don’t think that loss to Mitty was an indicator of much. Give them credit for tackling the tough teams, Alhambra being one of them.

    (3)Ygnacio Valley over Deer Valley. I didn’t pick this higher because Chris Allen is the ultimate equalizer. However, I don’t think Becerra and Co. will let him get into clear lanes much. Ask our resident hell week writer, how tough is it to get through that line?

    (2)Livermore over Alameda. This is so tough. Two teams who will have much motivation. Livermore’s record has suffered due to being in such a competitive league in recent years. Alameda is coming off a bad loss and it’s never good to meet a bunch of buzzing Hornets. Still, I think Livermore eeks it out.

    (1)Skyline over Foothill. I’m diverging from the norm again but this week I’m doing it for less points. Skyline’s had a tough, tough time scoring points this season but does anyone really believe these guys would open a season 0-3-1? I know most will say that Foothill’s discipline takes them over the top here but for a point, I’m taking the Titans.