The other Mustangs

Most of the talk on here has been about the North Coast Section 4-A, 3-A East Bay and 2-A East Bay playoffs (and rightfully so), but it’s time to give a little love to St. Elizabeth, which reached the NCS Class B title game with a 20-7 win over South Fork on Saturday.
Coach Fred Sims and his staff do a great job at the small school in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, guiding the Mustangs (7-4) to their fourth playoff berth in the last five seasons. It is also the second appearance in the final for St. Elizabeth, which fell to St. Bernard Catholic 19-7 in 2003.
St. Elizabeth missed the playoffs last season when it lost nine players – seven of whom were linemen – to injury by Week 3 and stumbled to an 0-9 mark. This year, the Mustangs opened 4-1 before dropping their first three Bay Football League games. But St. Elizabeth bounced back and closed with wins over California School for the Deaf and Berean Christian to make the playoffs.
Against South Fork, St. Elizabeth showed a speedy 1-2 punch at running back with sophomore Dave Douglas (a potential Division I recruit down the line) and Damario Robertson. Douglas finished with 114 yards and had a spectacular 32-yard run in the second half that saw him make a nice cutback and then spin away from several South Fork defenders. The Mustangs also have a physical defense featuring lineman Harry Jamerson and rangy safety Charles Johnson, who came down with two interceptions and four key catches on offense.
“It couldn’t get any worse than last year,” Sims said after the win over South Fork. “We knew we could only improve and we knew we had talent coming back.”
No. 2 St. Elizabeth takes on top-seeded St. Vincent of Petaluma (8-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Santa Rosa High for the Class B championship.


  • Mustangmomma17

    Thank you! Finally a little love for Coach Sims and his Mustangs! This team has worked hard all season to bring it back. The boys of Coolidge can be seen running to and from St. Liz to Curt Flood Field on a regular basis. Go Mustangs!

  • Jimmy Durkin

    You can’t help but root for the Mustangs. Winless to an NCS championship game is impressive. And what Dave Douglas has done is REALLY impressive. He broke his leg last year and came back and was on fire the first two weeks before breaking his collarbone. He averaged more than 150 yards in his three regular season games (he came back to play in the Week 10) and then had this big game in the playoffs. Look out for him.

  • Alan

    Good to see SEH get some love regarding it’s football program. The Mustangs have come a LONG way. We didn’t even have a football team when I was a student there (’80-’82) and now they are playing for a championship! WAY TO GO!!! I’m glad were not just a “Basketball School”!

  • lujan

    I love Drew Mcalister!!

  • eklatt

    It’s really heart warming to see football at SEH come back to prominence, making playoffs four of the last five years. When I was there (grad 64′) we were in a rebuilding mode that culminated in a 7-1 season in 64 and I’m glad to see it happening again. Good luck in the finals!