Here’s a look at the MVAL games this weekend.
Irvington (2-1) at Clayton Valley (3-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: Irvington beat Livermore 30-10, Clayton Valley beat Heritage 10-0.
Notes: If the Eagles want to be successful their defense has to figure out a way to contain the Vikings’ running back combination of Jesse Herrera and Ross Larson. The seniors rushed for a combined 223 yards and two touchdowns against Livermore. The Eagles, who have shutout wins against Liberty and Heritage held Livermore to a field goal and Heritage ran for just 33 yards in the first half last week. Clayton Valley’s Vince Buhagiar, who scored the game’s only touchdown, finished with 100 yards on eight carries.
Mission San Jose (0-2) at Hercules (0-3), 7 p.m.
Last Week: Mission San Jose lost to Albany 28-6; Hercules lost to Drake-San Anselmo 34-6
Notes: Both teams are searching for their first win and for the Titans, success rests on the right arm of quarterback Michael Montgomery. The senior has thrown for 472 yards this year as he looks to get the offense back on track after a tough loss to Drake. Montgomery had 167 yards in that loss. Mission San Jose was defeated soundly by Albany as the Warriors will look to get David McKenzie going after having 55-yard rushing effort.
No. 15 Deer Valley (2-0) at James Logan (0-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: Logan lost to Foothill 27-19; Deer Valley beat Sacred Heart Cathedral 19-14
Notes: Logan is trying to avoid its worst start since the 1985 season when it opened with an 0-4 start that included losses to Mt. Diablo (33-0), Monte Vista (43-6), Stagg (13-6) and Gilroy (18-8). That was a dismal year for the Colts, who would go on to finish 1-7-2 and that included a 1-3-2 MVAL mark. In last week’s loss, the Colts showed their potential at times. RB Maurice Baldwin rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries. QB Jonathan Willis passed for 74 yards that included a pair of touchdowns. Deer Valley has matched last year’s 2-0 start with wins over Washington (27-26) and SHC last week. Yet the Wolverines know all to well the importance of nonleague games as they failed to make the postseason last year despite a 7-3 mark. In last week’s win, RBs Traysean Alexander rushed for 188 yards and Deryle Jackson rushed fro 95 yards. The two combined to score three touchdowns.
Arroyo (2-0) at No. 14 Newark Memorial (2-1), 7 p.m.
Last week: Newark lost to Milpitas 28-3; Arroyo beat Moreau Catholic 48-0
Notes: Newark’s first loss of the season came against a fast Milpitas team. The Cougars shot themselves in the foot with three fumbles. The Cougars failed to scored a TD for the first time this year. The lone score as a 34-yard field goal by Anthony Benavente. The defense held Milpitas to 99 yards rushing and 145 passing yet allowed 28 points through the first three quarters. Arroyo is trying to match last year’s 3-0 start (one win was a forfeit over Washington to open the season). Last year’s start led the Dons into a NCS 3-A appearance where they lost to Pinole Valley in the first round, 28-18. In last week’s drubbing over Moreau, the Dons rushed for 267 yards led by Marc Kendig’s 100 yards on 15 carries. He also scored a trio of TDs.
Tennyson (2-0) vs. American (0-2) at Tak Fudenna Stadium, 7 p.m.
Last week: American lost to Oakland 48-7; Tennyson beat 21-20
Notes: A year ago, American pulled out a thrilling 21-20 win over Tennyson. That was a magical year for the Eagles, who would go on to make the NCS 3-A playoffs. After losing four key players from that team to graduation, the Eagles have struggled both offensively and defensively. The managed a mere one TD last week and that came late in the fourth quarter. The also turned the ball over eight times (four fumbles and four interceptions). Tennyson RB T.J. Ner injured his knee last week and is doubtful for today. QB Max Carmona, one of the area’s top QBs, passed for 292 yards and a trio of TDs. His top target was WR Brian Prentiss, who caught five pass for 112 yards and a TD. Fellow WR Benjamyn Tupuola caught two TD passes.
Washington (0-3) at No. 4 San Ramon Valley (2-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: Washington lost to No. 13 College Park 69-47, San Ramon Valley beat No. 9 San Leandro 38-34.
Notes: Last year, San Ramon Valley went on the road and held a 35-21 lead before a late rally by the Huskies forced a 35-35 tie. The Wolves are coming off a thrilling come-from-behind win against San Leandro and are led by Boise State-bound QB Joe Southwick, who has thrown for 521 yards and 5 touchdowns so far this year — he is 14-1-1 as the starter since taking over the roll at the start of last season. San Ramon has also benefitted from the emergence of RB Brett Trimble, who has rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns and caught nine passes for 144 yards and a score. Washington’s loss in the 116-point, 1,140-yard was its fourth in a row dating back to last season. The Huskies are led by WR Rahsaan Vaughn, who caught six balls for 138 yards last week.