State bowl game scenarios — Division I

This is the second year that the CIF will use three bowl games to determine California football champions and with two weeks remaining in the NorCal Sectional playoffs here is how things are looking:

CalPreps.com does a ranking of each team, so I’ll just go off that for now and play off of “what-ifs”

1. De La Salle, NCS, 12-0
2. Oak Grove, CCS, 11-1
3. Napa, SJS, 11-1
4. Elk Grove, SJS, 12-0
5. Gilroy, CCS, 10-2
6. California, NCS, 11-1
7. San Ramon Valley, NCS, 10-1-1

Obviously DLS is the favorite to return to Carson, when its season ended in defeat to Canyon last year. If it beats Cal, there will be nothing to discuss. However, if Cal High can pull off the shocker and get by DLS it will have a good shot at repping NorCal.

Oak Grove has a good resume with wins over Bellarmine, Gilroy, Mitty and last year’s D-II representative, Palo Alto. However, its loss (St. Francis), was by 16 points and to a non-playoff team that won 40% of its games (4-4-2).
Napa still has to get by Elk Grove and the winner of Lincoln and St. Mary’s (both of Stockton) and has beaten just two good teams so far (Vacaville and Pleasant Grove). Its loss was by double-digits to Granite Bay (which is ranked No. 8 on this list).
Elk Grove is the only undefeated team besides DLS and would need to beat Napa and one of the Stockton schools. Like Napa, it beat Vacaville, but other than that nothing too impressive (Franklin, Vintage…). If they finish the year 14-0 it would be hard to keep EG out.
Gilroy probably doesn’t have a chance because it has two losses, although it will have a chance to get payback against OG in the CCS open title game.
Cal comes in No. 6. If it beats DLS, the Grizzlies will be 12-1 with a win against one of the nations top teams. Add wins over previously unbeaten Logan, then Monte Vista, Pittsburg, Foothill and San Leandro, the Grizzlies would have wins against the other six teams that make up the NCS 4-A top seven. Cal’s loss? A missed p.a.t. against SRV, which could very well wind up the NCS 3-A champ. Hard to penalize a team for a 1-point loss to a great team.
SRV will cruise by Pinole then will have a tough game with Cardinal Newman. It would be tough to vault Cal over SRV based on the head-to-head, but if Cal beats DLS that would more than make up for that loss in my opinion. Plus SRV lost to MV and a Washington team that will (record-wise) go down as a team with a losing record.

Fun to discuss, but let’s be honest. DLS will probably win and none of this will likely matter.

Keep checking back for D-II and D-III analysis.

-Kyle Bonagura


All-East Bay Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year

The season is winding down and I just want to hear what everyone’s thoughts are on who should be the All-East Bay Offensive Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year.  Us prep writers get to officially vote on this since it is our award, but I want to hear your thoughts and nominations for the two awards.  Post the name and give me some reasons.


Cal High vs. De La Salle History lesson

Cal and DLS have played twice in history, first in 1978 a 20-6 Cal win, then again in 1979 and Cal came out on top again, this time, 3-0.

The Spartans have been shutout just twice then and the Grizzlies and Bellevue (Wash.) are the only teams in the world with winning records against DLS (maybe Clovis West also).

Ladoucer grew up on Broadmoor Drive in San Ramon, the same street that is home to Cal.

Also, Lad’s daughter went to Cal High.

Class dismissed.


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.


Cal bends, never breaks

The Cal High football team has been playing with a rubber-band defense all season long and most people thought the defense would eventually break, but it never has and now they are playing De La Salle in the NCS 4-A East Bay title game.

I am sure the rubber band will snap against the Spartans, but that doesn’t really matter. Cal proved a lot of people wrong (including myself) by riding its fiesty and stubborn defense to the title game for the first time in school history.

James Logan’s Rashaad Evans was slowed by a hamstring injury and eventually couldn’t finish the game, but it was still a remarkable effort by Cal to shutdown the entire Colts’ offense once it reached the Red Zone.

James Logan had the ball inside the 5-yard line of the Grizzlies twice in the first half and managed just 3 points. A field goal and then a fumble on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

James Logan is no slouch, but the old cliche rang true, “offense wins games and defense wins championships.” Granted it wasn’t a championship game, but it might as well have been. The winner of this one was going to lose to De La Salle the next week.

Cal didn’t have my respect until this week. I seen them play San Leandro earlier in the season and came away unimpressed. I kept hearing about these goal line stands all year long and figured eventually the defense would snap and the Grizzlies would fall apart. It never happened and everyone, except the East Bay Athletic League bandwagoner’s, were wrong.

Just a great job by the Grizzlies. Good luck to them against the Spartans in a preview of what should be plenty of matchups with the mighty squad from Concord. DLS of course will be in the EBAL next season.


Site crash

I just wanted to apologize to everyone who was following along with our live blog until around 9 p.m., when the site crashed. Of course, it crashes at the best part of the Logan-Cal football game! ugh…….Obviously, Cal stuffed Logan on four straight plays and then got the knockout TD. The crowd chanted “California….California” as the final seconds ticked off. It was a great high school football game and great atmosphere at James Logan Saturday night.

The blog just got back up and running. Most of you will read about the games in the morning. I just want to say congrats to California for advancing by James Logan. I was a skeptic all season of Cal and the Grizzlies proved all the doubters wrong every step of the way. Great job! It’s a great story. Anyway, I apologize again and I appreciate everyone for following along with us on Saturday night.

Here are the scores in case you never were able to hunt them down:

No. 3 California 27, No. 2 James Logan 9

No. 3 Pinole Valley 35, No. 7 Washington 28

No. 1 Las Lomas 35, No. 5 Ygnacio Valley 20

NCS 4-A title game on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at McAfee Coliseum: No. 3 California vs. No. 1 De La Salle

NCS 3-A East Bay Regional Recognition game Saturday at 7 p.m. at Dublin High: No. 3 Pinole Valley vs. No. 1 San Ramon Valley

NCS 2-A East Bay Regional Recognition game Friday at 7 p.m. at Las Lomas High: No. 1 Las Lomas vs. No. 7 Campolindo

Congrats to all and good luck!


California at James Logan: 4th Qtr, 27-9 CAL WINS

– Sorry everyone. The site crashed at this point. I am just inserting the final score now at 1:46 a.m.!! Again, very sorry about the crash. I couldn’t imagine the frustration since the last post really left you hanging! 

– Cal goes for it. Stompro scrambles and nearly fumbles. comes up short and Logan takes over at its own 25 with 2:57 left and a backup qb in who doesn’t see much playing time. Joseph Parras is the backup QB for logan. 

– False start on Cal. It will be fourth-and-10 now from the 29. Timeout cal. Just some more info on Rashad Evans. He looks to be done in this one. He has a coat on and can only watch from the sideline. Still not sure of the injury. 

– Logan defense holding stong. It is fourth-and-5 from the Logan 24 for Cal. they’re going for it. 

– Logan forced to Punt. Evans is off the table. But a short Punt gives Cal great field position at the Logan 29 with 4:30 to go.  

– Sorry internet. But Logan punched it into the endzone. missed the two-point conversion. And Rashad Evans is out and hurting bad. Dont know if it is his shoulder or ribs but he is out of the game. It is 14-9 Cal with under 6 minutes left. Logan as the ball on its own 7 

– After a short gain on a run, Evans throws incomplete. Now third and goal from the 7. Cal is tough down there. 

– Godfrey gets  the first down. First and goal from the 9 for Logan. They have to get this TD. 

– Godfrey short gain. Second down at the 13 now. 

– Evans uses his speed and finally gets outside and gets a HUGE first down for Logan at the 20 of Cal 

– Fourth and 4 from Cal’s 25.  Logan going for it. 

– Fourth quarter is set to start. Logan needs to punch this in badly.


Washington 14, Pinole Valley 7 at the half

I got a wireless signal out here in Pinole, so I thought I’d go ahead a chip in with some halftime analysis.

Washington’s offense looked unstoppable in the first quarter, running numerous receiver “fly” runs. Vaughn made a nice catch on the first TD and Silva and Anthony King have been running hard. Deonte Purvis hasn’t been playing much for Pinole, but when he has he has shown some explosiveness.

First half stats:

Washington: Silva 8-51, Andrade 3-11, A.King 5-67, Vaughn 1-19, Mozzetti 3-0, Santos 1-4.
Pinole: Smallwood 9-15, Purvis 4-22, Mobley 1-1, Crenshaw 1-(-7), Huey 2-6.

Wash: Mozzetti 2-5-26-1.
PV Crenshaw 3-7-33-0.

Wash: Vaughn 2-26 (1 TD)
PV Edwards 2-24, Purvis 1-9.

Both defenses played well in the second quarter, but I think Pinole may just be hanging around. PV receives the kick in the second half.

Well the players are coming out the locker rooms now, so I’m going to drop the comp back in my bad. I’ll keep updating Bower with scores as thing continue to unfold here in freezying Pinole. I should have brought gloves…..

-Kyle Bonagura


California at James Logan: 3rd Qtr, 14-3 CAL


– Logan will have a third-and-9 from Cal’s 30 to start the fourth quarter. 

– Brooks picks up about 9 for Logan. They are at the 41 of Cal. 

– Logan needs to stop running up the middle. They are getting drilled. 

– cal is forced to Punt and logan will start its drive at about the 50 

– Cal has the ball on its own 22 and it is already third-and-13 with 2:16 left in the quarter. 

– Double-reverse is stuffed. Logan has to punt. Logan is in trouble. They can’t run the ball and Evans is being contained.  

– Evans throws it away. He has been bottled up. Nowhere to run. It is third down and 6 

– Godfrey up the middle for about 5.  

– Bailey picks up about 11 and a colts first down. to the 38 of Logan. 

– The momentum is all for the Grizzlies. Logan needs something big to happen here. First and 10 from their own 28. 

– Evans for some reason hasn’t been playing DB and this time the Colts get burned. Cal QB Nick Spalliero throws a perfect deep bomb to Camden Codx. Codx catches it in stride and races in for the score. A 64-yard hookup and the kick is good. It is 14-3 Cal with just over five minutes left in the quarter. 

– Godfrey gets the ball and is hit just before the first down marker. Cal’s defense comes up huge again. It is Cal’s ball. First and 10 at their own 36 

– Evans keeps it and gets nothing. It is fourth down and 4 and logan is going for it. 

– It is third-and-4 from the 44 of Cal for Logan. There is 6:36 left in the quarter. 

– Wow. this could be the break logan needed. James Logan recovered a Cal fumble. The ball was on the turf for about 10 seconds as everyone scrambled for it and it squirted around. Logan’s Joe Bailey finall got it and Logan has the ball on Cal’s 39. 

– First and 10 from the Logan 12 for Cal. Nick Spalliero is in at QB. 

– Stompro has the offense moving but now Alex Spalliero is in the shotgun and keeps it and goes up the middle for a big gain inside the Logan 5, but a illegal block brings it back. 

– I was wrong and Stompro is still in at QB and completes a long pass to Zwarb. Cal has the ball in Logan territory at the 31. 

– Stompro comes into QB for Cal and throws an incomplete pass. Not sure why he came in, but Spalliero runs back on the field now for second and 10 

– Spalliero completes to Hunting on a curl route for a first down at Cal’s 37. 

– Spalliero throws incomplete. He is having a tough time throwing tonight. His pass was wide of an open receiver.  Third down. 

– A penalty backed up Cal and a short gain now makes it second-and-9 from the 24  

– Cal fumbles the kickoff but recovers and starts at its own 23 yard line. 

– The third quarter is about to begin. An interesting note here: Logan has never trailed until now at the half. 

– Both of these teams will lose to DLS by about 40 or so in my opinion. 

– Some halftime stats for ya provided by Steve R. Waterhouse: Godfrey has 15 carries for 83 yards. The big story here: Rashad Evans has nine carries for minus-7 yards. But Cal only has 50 total yards of offense. This one should go down to the wire. Wow. Evans with 7 yards. What a job by the Cal defense. 

– Thanks for commenting. I feel better now. What is the score of that KU-Mizzou game by the way?

– It is halftime right now and I must say the environment here is great! The DJ out at Logan has the crowd going wild. My thoughts: James Logan is having a tough time getting the big punch in. They have had the ball inside the 5-yard line twice and only came away with 3 points. The Grizzlies aren’t doing anything on offense and are leading due to the kickoff return. Even though the Colts are down 7-3, I think they are having more success on offense and it is only a matter of time until they punch in these opportunities.


California at James Logan: 2nd Qtr, 7-3 CAL


Scoring summary:  JL _ De La Cruz 20 FG

                                   CAL _ Alex Spalliero kickoff return around 75 yards  

– Sorry it was fourth down and 14. Logan got a nice punt off and there is two seconds for Cal, who just took a knee to end the half. It is 7-3 CAL. 

– Evans is sacked again for a big loss. There is 11 seconds to go and it is third-and-14 from Logan’s 46. Cal calls a timeout. 

– While we are at timeout. I would like to say that I WANT TO SEE SOME COMMENTS!! Where is everyone?????????? 

– Evans tries to run but is stuffed for a loss by Leroy Green. Timeout Logan with 25 seconds before the half on the ball on Cal’s 46 

– 31 seconds to go in the half. Evans runs for about 3 yards to the 39 of Cal 

– Logan will start at the Grizzlies 42 after the punt. 

– Spalliero nearly completes the pass but ruled out of bounds and the Cal fans cheering Bull$$$$. But Cal will punt. 

– Cal struggling to get any offense. After a couple of Rosato runs it is third and 7 from their own 7 

– Colts go for it and Godfrey fumbles the ball and Cal recovers. Godrey tried to go up the middle and Cal’s defense stuffed him and forced him to fumble. I have seen Cals goaline defense a couple times this year and it has been solid every time. Cal’s ball at its own 3. 

– Godfrey up the middle and decision time. Ball on the 1 and fourth down. 

– The Grizzlies have showed some feisty goaline defense. 

– The colts continue to drive while I was taking other scores. It is second and 2 from the two-yard line. The Colts were just stuffed. Now third down from about the 3. 

– Brooks this time to the right side. It is third-and-1 from the 20 

– Godfrey with a big gain up to the 30 

– Wow. Logan nearly answered.  Justin Brooks with a long return to the Grizzlies’ 40 

– Cal’s Alex Spalliero sucked the wind out of Logan with about a 75-yard kickoff return for a TD. The extra point is good and the Grizzly fans are going wild. It is 7-3 Cal with 8:45 left before the half. WOW! Spalliero made a couple guys miss and went down the sideline and beat everyone to the end zone.  

– De La Cruz connects on the 20-yard FG and the Colts take a 3-0 lead with nine minutes before halftime. 

– Evans rolls right but throws out of the back of the end zone. And the field goal unit comes onto the field for Logan. 

– Timeout Logan. 

– Godfrey to the right side up to the 2-yard line. Third and goal 

– Godfrey to the left side no gain. 

– Godfrey up the middle and gets a couple yards and a first down. First and goal from the 4 

– Colts have a third and 1 from the 6 of the Grizzlies. 

– Second quarter starting.