It looks like Kyle Bonagura needs to update his blurb about Kyle Reed in his post from earlier today. I was just down at San Jose State’s season opener against UC Davis and boy, was Reed impressive. He took the ball in the second half with the Spartans trailing the Aggies 10-0 and on his first drive he led SJSU to its first TD of the game. Then, in what might be SJSU’s defining moment of the season (I’ll explain more later) he led a perfectly scripted drive in the final minute and a half and threw a 17-yard TD on fourth down with 8 seconds left to Kevin Jurovich to give the Spartans a 13-10 win.
So I was sitting around watching College Gameday this morning and I got to thinking …. How many kids from the East Bay are playing D-I football and who should we keep an eye on this year. So I compiled a list of kids from the area playing D-I ball in the Pac-10, Mountain West and WAC along with who is where on their respective depth charts.
With the football preview on its way to your door step Sept. 4, you are just going to have to wait for the Hayward Area Athletic League preview. But I do want to give everyone a list of possible HAAL story lines to watch for this season. This should be a fun year!
Five questions to go. Aren’t you going to miss all this?
Ben’s question: CalHiSports.com came out with its preseason state rankings earlier this week and De La Salle was atop them once again. With San Ramon Valley and San Leandro also on the list, the race for the state bowl series seems to be taking shape slowly but surely in the East Bay. What’s your take on the inital rankings?
Chace’s question: I think it’s a pretty solid 50, and of course, there’s no debate on the selection for No. 1. Continue Reading
Now that the offense has been established, how about the other side of the ball?
Chace’s question: There’s no shortage of defensive talent throughout Contra Costa County and lower regions of the Tri-Valley Area. So who makes the cut? I have a feeling a few guys from Pittsburg might be considered.
Ben’s answer: Nothin I can do here, Pitt’s got the horses. Now, about those other positions.
I know, my colleagues know, and I bet most of you have a pretty good idea who the No. 1 team will be in our preseason football poll. It will be printed in our Sept. 4 special Prep Football Preview Section that will appear in all of our East Bay papers. However, just like we started during last year’s basketball season, our loyal Prep Corner readers will get a sneak preview. While the voting for our preseason poll is complete, nothing builds up excitement like a little anticipation so I’m going to make you wait around until Tuesday, Sept. 2. Then throughout the season, make sure to check out Prep Corner every Monday night when I will post the poll for you to get a sneak preview and leave your comments. Speaking of comments, let’s get them rolling? The No. 1 spot is pretty obvious, but who do you think will be No. 2, or 3 or 4 or 15? Speaking of which, we have dropped this year’s poll from 20 teams back down to 15. That’s what we do for other sports and that’s what we always did before the merger of ANG and the Contra Costa Times and it’s been decided we should return to that. Let’s start the discussion.
With all due respect to my buddy Mitch Stephens, I’ve got to say — what the heck is up with MaxPreps? I remember the first time I stumbled across the site back with I was a first-year free-lance reporter for the Daily Review. I had to cover a Hayward High football game up in Napa and started browsing around on the internet to see if I could find a Napa roster. I’ve used it ever since for tracking down rosters, sometimes schedules and occasionally even scores.
I am sure high school football fans all around the Bay Area can hardly contain themselves with the season quickly approaching. I for one am not getting much sleep thanks to my eagerness to get out and cover a game. It has almost been a year!
While I have been counting down the days until the opening of the football season, I have also been gathering ideas for our blog on Friday nights. We obviously want to bring the quickest and most up-to-date coverage possible right here.
The following is a list of some things you can expect to see at Prep Corner Friday nights:
1. We will have a list of final scores from all the games in the East Bay (our live scoreboard can be found at www.insidebayarea.com/prepfootball).
2. Interesting tidbits from games we were at and just our random rants or thoughts about any of the happenings from the day.
3. A video recapping the scores and key stats of the day and perhaps some player interviews from a couple games. This probably won’t be posted until midnight since we must do our stuff for the print edition before creating the video. Midnight is our goal, but we have never done this before so give us a break the first couple of weeks if it doesn’t appear until 1 a.m. or so.
Those are the three major things that I can think of at the moment. I wanted to open it up to everyone out there for ideas, though. If there is something you would like to see on the blog Friday nights then let us know. We will do everything in our power to get you all the information you desire.
Comment below and let us know!
Let’s throw out some preseason awards, shall we?
Ben’s question: We’ve listed breakout players, breakout coaches and everything in between. Now, we step back for a minute and give our preseason All-Times offense and defense (for our purposes, we’ll confine our search to the Times coverage area – essentially Contra Costa County with the EBAL tossed in). Today, Chace takes care of the offense.
Chace’s answer: Well, the quarterback for this team was pretty much a slam dunk. I don’t think anybody is going to be arguing with the selection of San Ramon Valley’s, Joe Southwick. I think passing for over 3,000 yards and tossing 35 TD passes in 2007 makes him qualified for this honor. Continue Reading
The first set of CalHiSports.com state football rankings are out today and, to pretty much no one’s surprise, De La Salle is ranked No. 1. The Spartans are followed by Long Beach Poly, Lutheran-Orange, Mater Dei-Santa Ana and Bellarmine-San Jose. Other local schools in the top 50 are San Ramon Valley (No. 21) and San Leandro (No. 48)
I took a look at the entire top 50 and what stood out to me is that all the big names are here for the party this year. Last year, I know a lot of fans wondered who Centennial-Corona was when the Huskies made the CIF Division I state bowl game and they wondered where those traditional big names (Poly, Mater Dei, etc.) were. Well, they’re here this year. And, in case you thought Centennial was just a flash in the pan last season, the Huskies open the season ranked No. 6.