Comeback Kid

The Dizzy got rope-a-doped in last week’s Forecast, hitting on just one of the five games he picked, plus his swing game, and scoring just 4 points. And with Chace’s big week (5-for-6, 11 points), the Dizzy now trails Chace in the season standings, 60-54. Ben, who went 2-3 for 3 points, now stands at 43, just one point ahead of Curtis (who missed the first week of the Forecast and went 2-3 for 5 last week).

He’s going to stop talking about himself in the third person now, though, and hopes it will spark a late-season rally.

5) Pinole Valley over El Cerrito: Look, we’ve already accepted as fact that, outside of Berkeley some weeks, there is no defense in the ACCAL. The Spartans proved it when they scored 54 points and BARELY beat Alameda, 54-51 two weeks ago. Last week, a generally low-scoring Encinal team scored 34 in a two-point win over the scuffling Gauchos. What do you think that means for high-flying Pinole? Personally, I think it means big offense, big points and a big win to clinch the ACCAL title.

4) Foothill over Liberty: It’s tough to pick against a team riding the emotional high the Lions are on after rallying around their grieving coach and knocking off Pittsburg last week. But Foothill gave unbeaten Monte Vista all it could handle in a 35-28 loss in Danville last week, and I just don’t know if Liberty is gonna have the horses to keep pace with the Falcons.

3) MV over AV: Last year, when the Dons were at the Mustangs, this game featured one of the most bizarre endings to a game that I have ever seen. Monte Vista missed a game-winning field goal as time expired, but Amador Valley was called for running into the kicker.
The 5-yard penalty was never marked off, Monte Vista kicked again (from the same spot), and AV’s Nate Young shot through the line and blocked the kick to save a 16-14 Dons win, and their undefeated EBAL championship season.
If you don’t think the Mustangs have been chewing on that one for the past 12 months, you’re crazy. And this year, they have the beef up front to push the Dons around a little bit. I don’t think this one’s going to come down to a late-game field goal…

2) Alh over Aca: Not to knock Dublin’s Mike Plimmer, a fine back in his own right, but if Plimmer can go for 253 against the Acalanes defense, what can we expect from Alhambra’s Mr. Everything, Brandon Rutley? Here’s guessing more than his average of 191 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game on Homecoming Night for the ‘Dawgs.

1) Pitt over Casa Grande: Pittsburg (5-3) hasn’t lost four regular-season games since 1998. It hasn’t lost four games in a season, period, since 2001, which was also the last time it lost three games in a row. I don’t think any of those streaks is coming to a close at a tough Gauchos squad, despite the fact that Casa Grande has yet to lose a home game this year. This could be a good one…

SWING TIME: California over SRV. I hate to kick the Wolves while they’re down, but as we established last week, I picked the Griz to win this league. Gotta stick by my pick, however wrong it ended up being…


  • benos

    The season is winding down faster than the Dizzy’s head and I’m almost out of hope after last week’s debacle. So, I’ll press on and make some outstanding selections this week.

    (5) Foothill over Liberty
    There is not one game among these 5 that I want to rank for 5 points. Did I pick against Liberty last week and get burned, yes. This week, I’ll take a guess that Foothill’s D improves.

    (4) Monte Vista over Amador Valley
    Will my mother kill me for picking against her alma mater? I wouldn’t put it past her. But, I’m taking a Monte Vista team that has served me in good stead all year.

    (3) Alhambra over Acalanes
    Maybe we should start treating the Brandons in the area with just one name, Pele style. In this game, all I need is one name: Rutley.

    (2) Casa Grande over Pittsburg
    Last week, I picked San Leandro to beat SRV based solely on the fact that the game was in San Leandro. This week, I’m applying that same logic to this game. No losses at home yet this year? While I do think Pitt will be fired up after last week’s loss, I think their intensity would be better matched by a home crowd, one they will not have this week.

    (1) Pinole Valley over El Cerrito
    Alright, the enigma that is the Gaucho football team burned me good last week. That’s not to take anything away from a gritty Encinal team, because they’ve proven they can hang with the big boys. But, I’m ranking this for one point because Pinole has a history of having some weird games with El Cerrito. Plus, this game is in EC where the field condition will less than pristine this afternoon after the rain and that may slow the Spartans a bit. Still, it’s hard to pick against a team that allows a guy to run for 400 yards on them and still wins.

    (Swing) Berkeley over Encinal
    Here I go picking against the Jets again. The Saturday afternoon start time means that the Berkeley turf will have had time to dry and that means that the going will be fast and to the players it’ll feel like their being tackled on concrete. Berkeley has roughed up a lot of teams this year and Encinal doesn’t have that many players to begin with. Still, this is going to be a barnburner if Antoine Young, Cyrus Grant, and Donovan Brown are able to dictate the game’s pace like they did last week. I’m playing the home team.