Welcome to the return of FORECAST, where we take a look at some of the weekend’s upcoming games and add our spin and predictions.
For most teams, it’s only Week 2 and there’s still time to tune up and build momentum. For the 10 teams in the DFAL, there’s no more do-overs. Games start counting tonight.
Here’s a rundown of tonight’s DFAL openers, three of which could be one-sided, and two which could be verrrry interesting.
Alhambra (1-0) at Miramonte (1-0): This is easily the biggest, and most appealing, of the five openers. Miramonte enters as the No. 12 team in the most recent Times East Bay Football Poll, and Alhambra comes in at No. 17. Bulldogs RB Brandon Rutley is coming off a three-TD performance against Ygnacio Valley, but Miramonte was one of the most effective defenses in stopping Rutley last season. Expect something similar to last year’s matchup when the Matadors won 21-14 on a fourth quarter TD. Prediction: Miramonte 17, Alhambra 13
Dublin (0-1) at Las Lomas (0-1): Had Las Lomas come up with a win over Paradise last week, this might have been a perfect "trap" game for Dublin to take advantage of. Instead, the Gaels are in deep trouble. The Knights have never started a season 0-2 in their seven seasons under Doug Longero. As much as we like Gaels RB Devon Ferguson, this one will go to Las Lomas. Prediction: Las Lomas 24, Dublin 10.
Acalanes (1-0) at Northgate (0-1): Connor Ring looked awful good in the Dons opening win. Expect him to look good again this week as he faces a Broncos team which gave up 53 points to El Cerrito last Friday. Predicition: Acalanes 38, Northgate 13.
Campolindo (1-0) at Mt. Diablo (1-0): It was nice to see the Red Devils win their season opener against Fremont-Oakland. However, Campolindo is coming off showcased quite a few offensive weapons in its thrilling come-from-behind win over Piedmont. The Cougars shouldn’t have too much trouble here. Prediction: Campolindo 27, Mt. Diablo 6.
College Park (0-1) at Concord (0-1): I’ll admit, the Minutemen’s loss at Livermore was a bit of a shock. College Park’s loss was somewhat expected against Clayton Valley, but the Falcons still showed some good things. I think Concord bounces back, and gets a mini-upset over The Park. Prediction: Concord 30, College Park 28.
Here’s five more games we’re daring enough to call.
Foothill (1-0) over Berekley (0-1): Defense dominates
California (0-1) over Alameda (1-0): Hornets offense will seem to be in slo-motion to the Grizzlies after playing Hayward last week.
Deer Valley (1-0) over Granada (0-1): Wolverines have too much speed.
Antioch (1-0) over Buhach Colony-Atwater (0-1): Eells Field sees a win for the first time since 2003.
De La Salle (1-0) over Elder-Cincinnati (3-0): Spartans always rise for the big games.
Enjoy Week 2, and we’ll see you for Monday Evening QB.