By Jimmy Durkin
Thursday, September 25th, 2008 at 5:13 pm in East Bay Football.
Here’s a look at the local action in the Oakland area this week along with predictions from Calpreps.com and myself.
Skyline (0-2) at Campolindo (3-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: Skyline lost to Miramonte 34-12, Campolindo beat El Cerrito 34-14.
Notes: The Titans’ offense has struggled in its first two games scoring 19 points total. Wide receiver Darquis Rucker has had a hand in all three of Skyline’s touchdowns this season, including a 94 yard kick return against Miramonte on Sept. 19. Skyline’s defense, which has given up 77 points in its first two games, will need to keep the pressure on Cougar quarterback Tommy Stephens. The junior threw three touchdown passes, two of which came in the last 1:03 of the first half, against El Cerrito last week. He finished the night 12 of 22 for 165 yards.
John Swett (1-1) at Dougherty Valley (3-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: Swett lost to St. Elizabeth 18-7, Dougherty Valley beat Berean Christian 30-27.
Notes: Playing without seniors, the Wildcats have gotten out to a 3-0 start in their first full year of varsity football. In its win against Berean Christian, Dougherty forced and recovered five fumbles and were led by a good passing effort from Michael Spivey (142 yards). Swett beat St. Elizabeth, last year’s NCS Class B champion, for its first win of the year last week and will wrap up its nonleague slate today.
Calpreps.com prediction: Dougherty Valley 28, John Swett 21
Durkin prediction: Dougherty Valley 35, John Swett 21
Lincoln-San Francisco (2-1) at El Cerrito (0-3), 7 p.m.
Last week: Lincoln lost to South San Francisco 36-15; El Cerrito lost to Campolindo 34-14
Notes: The Gauchos are looking for the elusive first win as they host another team from San Francisco. The Gauchos have already hosted Mission, losing a tough 12-9 game. El Cerrito found success in the passing game last week, doing so behind Patrick Cummings who threw for over 150 yards in the loss to Campolindo. The Mustangs are led by a very good running back in Eric Beverly who has rushed for 294 yards in wins over Montgomery-Santa Rosa and Gunn-Palo Alto. He will definitely be the focal point of the El Cerrito defense.
Mission San Jose (0-2) at Hercules (0-3), 7 p.m.
Last week: Mission San Jose lost to Albany 28-6; Hercules def. by Drake-San Anselmo 34-6
Notes: Both teams are searching for thei 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 untracked 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 yards in that game.
Galileo-S.F (0-2) at Kennedy (1-1), 3:30 p.m.
Last week: Galileo lost to Tamalpais 56-0, Kennedy beat Richmond 32-0.
Notes: The Lions managed only 66 yards total offense in their loss to the Red-tailed Hawks. The Eagles took a 26-0 halftime lead against Richmond and limited the Oilers to only 60 yards of offense in the game.
Calpreps.com prediction: Kennedy 35, Galileo 6
Durkin prediction: Kennedy 31, Galileo 21
Encinal (2-0) vs. Monterey (2-0), at Monterey Peninsula College, 6:30 p.m.
Last week: Encinal had a bye, Monterey beat Half Moon Bay 13-10
Notes: The Jets will see if they can keep their outstanding play alive, as they have averaged 36.5 points per game this season and allowed only an average of eight points a game.Monterey coach Pete Noble, a former Encinal coach, has been with the Toreadores for five seasons in his second stint there. Monterey’s top running backs are Markeen Williams and Joel Kemper.
Alameda (0-3) at Milpitas (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Alameda lost to San Lorenzo 28-22; Milpitas beatNewark Memorial 28-3
Notes: The Hornets are knocking on the door of 0-4, and it’s a very tough task to avoid staying winless. Milpitas is fresh off a 28-3 win over Newark, a team ranked in the East Bay’s top 15 poll. Don’t count the Hornets out just yet as they looked much better against San Lorenzo last week. They lost by just six points and got a huge contribution from Qais Shaghashi who brought in a pair of touchdown passes.
Calpreps.com prediction: Milpitas 48, Alameda 6
Durkin prediction: Milpitas 27, Alameda 14
Fremont (2-0) vs. Mt. Eden (0-2) at Chabot College, 7 p.m.
Last week: Fremont beat Kennedy-Sacramento 23-8; Mt. Eden lost to Amador Valley 31-6
Notes: The Tigers are 2-0 for the first time since 2002 when they opened with wins over Richmond and Rodriguez-Fairfield. They finished 4-6 that year, going 1-4 in the OAL to miss the playoffs. RB Clordion Kennedy is currently the OAL’s leading rusher with 222 yards. He also has two TDs. The Monarchs were 5-5 last year, but have been outscored 71-6 in their first two games. The offense has struggled, ranking last in the HAAL with 154.5 allowed yards per contest. RB Josh Jackai leads the team with 163 yards rushing and its lone TD.
McClymonds (2-0) at Oakdale (0-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: McClymonds beat Pinole Valley 38-28; Oakdale lost to West-Tracy 23-14
Notes: The Warriors made a statement with last week’s nonleague win and will look to do the same again.Darion Jefferson leads the league in scoring, with 30 points, and is fifth in rushing with 171 yards. WR Mikal Hardy is coming off a four catch, 107 yard performance that including an interception return for a TD. Oakdale is off to a slow start after a fantastic 12-1 season a year ago. The Mustangs won the Sac-Joaquin Section DIv. IV title and only loss came against NCS 3A runner-up Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa.
Calpreps.com prediction: Oakdale 28, McClymonds 19
Durkin prediction: McClymonds 26, Oakdale 21
Oakland Tech (1-1) at Pinole Valley (1-1), 7 p.m.
Last week: Oakland Tech def. Balboa-San Francisco 38-7; Pinole Valley def. by McClymonds 38-28.
Notes: Oakland Tech head coach Delton Edwards will be in Pinole this time around as he will see his son on the other side of the field for the second straight year. Delton Edwards Jr. is the Spartans top receiver as they look to bounce back from a tough loss to McClymonds. Pinole Valley led 21-12 heading into the fourth, but got outscored 26-7 in the final quarter. Tyrell Smallwood had a very good game, rushing for 163 yards and three touchdowns. The Bulldogs are coming off a very big 38-7 win over Balboa, but might be without their best rusher, Tommy Clark, who was ejected from that game after rushing for 129 yards.
Calpreps.com prediction: Pinole Valley 27, Oakland Tech 26
Durkin prediction: Oakland Tech 35, Pinole Valley 31
Berkeley (2-0) at Pittsburg (1-1), 7 p.m.
Last week: Berkeley beat Castro Valley 27-6; Pittsburg lost to Monte Vista 32-29
Notes: The Yellowjackets led Castro Valley 12-6 at halftime before breaking the game open in the second half. They’ll come to Pittsburg with an intent to run the ball, led by Rickey Galvin and Eyonte Teague. Galvin had 125 yards and Teague added 93 against Castro Valley. The Pirates enter on a much different note after allowing Monte Vista WR Tom Hemmingsen to rack up 230 yards receiving in the Mustangs’ win. RB Bryce Flowers continued to be Pittsburg’s most consistent offensive threat, rushing for 162 yards on 17 carries.
Elsie Allen-Santa Rosa (0-2) at Richmond (0-3), 5:00 p.m.
Last week: Elsie Allen lost to El Molino 29-0; Richmond lost to Kennedy-Richmond 32-0
Notes: Both teams will be looking for win number one as the Oilers will host the Lobos, looking to put last week’s loss to crosstown rival Kennedy in the past. In fact, neither of these teams has scored in their combined five games as that will most certainly change. Richmond will hope that Desandre Mapp and Rob Moulder can get the offense going, which would really help keep the defense off the field.
Calpreps.com prediction: Elsie Allen 26, Richmond 10
Durkin prediction: Elsie Allen 31, Richmond 7
St. Elizabeth (1-1) at Tomales (1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: St. Elizabeth beat John Swett 18-7; Tomales beat Emery 64-0
Notes: The Mustangs led 12-0 at halftime en route to their first win of the season. RB Dave Douglas gained 85 yards on 22 carries and scored the first touchdown of the game. QB Keith Seales through for 66 yards and a pair of scores. Tomales had its way last week against Emery after getting routed in its opener 34-0 to St. Vincent — which St. Elizabeth beat in last year’s NCS Class B title game. This is a potential playoff preview of two of the top NCS Division V teams.
Calpreps.com prediction: Tomales 17, St. Elizabeth 14
Durkin prediction: St. Elizabeth 19, Tomales 14
Castlemont (0-1-1) at Windsor (1-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: Castlemont tied Concord 20-20; Windsor beat Santa Rosa 49-7
Notes: Despite playing well in their first two games, the Knights are still looking for their first win. Aaron Horne has emerged as a playmaker, scoring four touchdowns in the first two games and the defense has allowed just 207.5 yards per game. Windsor got its first win last week, destroying Santa Rosa. Cameron Erion rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries and DJ King caught five passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing TD. QB Blake Schmidt was 14-of-19 for 181 yards, three TDs and no interceptions.
Calpreps.com prediction: Windsor 24, Castlemont 20
Durkin prediction: Castlemont 26, Windsor 18
Oakland (1-1) at Balboa-S.F. (0-3), 2 p.m.
Last week: Oakland beat American 48-7; Balboa lost to Oakland Tech 38-7
Notes: After having to forfeit their season-opening win, the Wildcats wasted no time getting back into the win column. QB Charles Cobss continues to be efficient. He’s completed 56 percent of his passes on the year for four touchdowns and no interceptions.LB D’marco Jimmerson already has three defensive touchdowns. Balboa’s pass defense was sketchy against Tech last week, giving up 270 yards on only five completions, something Oakland definitely has the talent to exploit.
Calpreps.com prediction: Oakland 44, Balboa 3
Durkin prediction: Oakland 42, Balboa 7
Albany (2-0) vs. Monte Vista Christian (1-2) at John Swett, 1:30 p.m.
Last week: Albany beat Mission San Jose 28-6, Monte Vista Christian beat Robert Louis Stevenson 48-19
Notes: The Cougars have pounced out to quick leads in both their games this season. After scoring five touchdowns in their first five possessions in their opening 55-0 win, they took a 22-0 first-half lead against Mission San Jose. The Mustangs are led offensively by quarterback Clark Eckert, who threw for more than 2,000 yards last season. Monte Vista Christian had a 5-5 record last season.
St. Mary’s (1-1) at Salesian (1-1), 1:30 p.m.
Last week: St. Mary’s def. by Acalanes 14-9; Salesian def. by Middletown 49-20
Notes: Before taking on a pair of tough Oakland Athletic League teams in Castlemont and McClymonds, the Pride will look to snag a win in a non-league game with the Panthers. Coming off a 49-20 loss to Middletown, Salesian is going to be fired up. The Panthers have been in both of their losses, losing close games to Oakland and Acalanes, although the Oakland loss was turned into a forfeit win. Jordan Wilder ran for 108 yards against the Dons, nearly carrying them to their first on-field win of the season.