Monday Morning Punter: Week 2

Another week of high school football is in the books. I went to three games this weekend and yes, my head is still spinning from that De La Salle/Serra game

  • We all know what happened in the DLS/Serra game, so there’s not much need to go over that again. Another fairly big game on Saturday was Berkeley/Castlemont and the Yellowjackets won 26-18. Tough to get a read on how good the Jackets are after just one game but that’s a quality win to be sure. In more ACCAL news, Pinole Valley beat Hogan-Vallejo and one name stood out to be in the box score. I’m assuming the “McDaniel” in the box is Eric McDaniel Jr., and if that’s the case, the Spartans just added one heckuva talented runner to go with Tyrell Smallwood.
  • Um, I believe the luster has now worn off of Piedmont and the A-11 offense. I bet they’ll bounce back at some point but for now, I think we’ll focus on some other BSAL teams. Of course, Encinal continues to roll through the nonleague season. When the Jets play St. Patrick-St. Vincent, it’ll be a sight to see.
  • On to Friday night. I had a ton of fun watching Pittsburg at Sacred Heart Cathedral. I do think the Pirates had some first-game jitters but I also think that the Pirates won’t see a better running back than Dasarte Yarnway. I haven’t seen anyone in the East Bay that is as big and as talented as that kid. The last high school back I saw hit the hole that hard was a fella named Marshawn Lynch at Oakland Tech.
  • Hop on the Freedom bandwagon after the Falcons rolled through Castro Valley on Friday night. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been skeptical of Freedom after last season’s disappointment but I’m coming around to the fact that the Falcons may be the most serious contender for Pitt to deal with in the BVAL this year.
  • California played, by all accounts, a sloppy game against Las Lomas and still came out with the win. Sounds to me like the Grizzlies had the Knights schemed pretty well to take Diante Jackson out of the equation. Let’s see how Cal does in Bellevue this weekend without the services of Reggie Davis.
  • All is well in Danville after both Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley cruised to wins on Friday. Monte Vista vs. Pitt this Friday will be a good game. No, I don’t think Pitt will roll and no, I don’t think Monte Vista is going to lay down. The challenge for Monte Vista will be establishing a passing game against a premier set of corners in Tracy Clark and Avery Patterson.

Alright, of course there was a ton more action last week but I only have room for so much. I’d be happy to give my thoughts on any game not mentioned.


  • MoellerMan

    The battle in the EBAL got more interesting this weekend as Granada, Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley, Cal and Foothill all had impressive wins and De La Salle showed vulnerability that we have not seen in years.

  • c

    can you talk about el cerrito?

  • smoke-a-lot

    what were diante jackson stats?

  • Contra Costa Times Prep Sports Staff

    Diante finished with seven catches for 48 yards.

  • Contra Costa Times Prep Sports Staff

    I honestly couldn’t tell you much about the Mighty Gauchos so far this season. It’s a rebuilding year on Ashbury Ave, no doubt about it. They’re going to take some more lumps this week against Campo but they might have a chance to pick up a win against Lincoln-SF next week. Then again, it would be easy to see a scenario where they go winless in nonleague play. I’ll be out at Campo to see them firsthand this week so ask me again next Monday.

  • Kyle Bonagura

    Ben- Reggie Davis will play against Bellevue.

  • Contra Costa Times Prep Sports Staff

    Yep, I heard. Just a sprained foot. He’ll be fine.