Playoff ‘casting

Well, so much for that momentum I talked about last week. I went 3-3 with my predictions in week 10 of the regular season, so I’ve got a little work to do if I want to catch Ben and Chace before the end of the year. Fortunately, the games we’ve picked this week look pretty unpredictable. So I’ll either gain ground, or fall flat on my face.

(6) Alhambra over Alameda: The Hornets have won four straight and have been pretty good on the road this season (3-1). But the Bulldogs may be the most complete team they have faced this year. Alhambra can run the ball, throw it if need be and play good defense. Dave Silveira and crew are movin’ on.

(5) Campolindo over Acalanes: The Cougars beat the Dons 10-0 back on Oct. 6. Another close game this time around? Maybe. But Campolindo has improved every week and is peaking at the right time. Acalanes, on the other hand, has lost three of its last four.

(4) Deer Valley over Pittsburg: I know the Pirates have been hungry for a rematch since they lost to the Wolverines on Oct. 14. But the loss the Antioch had to shake their confidence a little. And, believe it or not, Deer Valley is a better team now than it was a month ago.

(3) Clayton Valley over Irvington: The Eagles are a better team than their 41-0 loss to Deer Valley might indicate. They can move the ball through the air and their running game isn’t bad either. Maybe it’s just a case of not having much faith in the 510 teams, but I think Clayton Valley is more battle-tested over the past five weeks than Irvington.

(2) Ygnacio Valley over Bishop O’Dowd: The Warriors’ season hit rock bottom last week with a 55-7 loss to De La Salle. There’s nowhere to go but up, right?

(1) San Ramon Valley over Monte Vista: Okay, I’m finally a believer. Beating the same team twice in a row is tough, but the Wolves have shown that they are capable of just about anything.