Tri-Valley football capsules

Week 3 previews….

No. 2 Monte Vista (2-0) at Castro Valley (0-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: Monte Vista beat Pittsburg 32-29; Castro Valley lost to Berkeley 27-6
Notes: The Trojans sputtered in the second half for the second-straight week and now get the unfortunate task of playing the No. 2 team in the East Bay Super Poll. Castro Valley has been outscored 35-6 in the second half this season and the defense has allowed 410.5 yards per game. RB Johnny Barbieri has emerged as the go-to carrier, averaging six yards per rush. The Mustangs needed a last-second field goal to knock off Pittsburg. Monte Vista is averaging 433 yards of offense per game, getting the bulk of their yardage through the air. QB Brett Nottingham has completed 68-percent of his passes and has thrown five TDs to just one INT. The defense has been shaky, giving up 333.5 yards per game. Castro Valley trailed Monte Vista 42-9 at halftime last year, eventually falling 48-9.

Bonagura prediction:

Monte Vista 52, Castro Valley 17

No. 10 San Leandro (0-2) at No. 3 California (1-1), 7 p.m.
Last week: San Leandro lost to No. 4 San Ramon Valley 38-34, California lost to Bellevue (Wash.) 34-27.
Notes: Both teams are coming off of losses in which they played well. Leroy Green rushed for 173 yards on 31 carries at Qwest Field in Seattle where the Grizzlies faired better than both De La Salle and Long Beach Poly did against Washington state power Bellevue. The Grizzlies also got a breakout game from receiver Nick Zwarg, who caught eight passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns. San Leandro, which lined up an ambitious non-league schedule, will try to avoid its first 0-3 start of the decade. The Pirates are led by QB Travis Gardner (451 passing  yards) and RB George Roberson (204 rushing yards). It is Cal’s first home game after being on the road or at a neutral site in its past five games.

Bonagura prediction:

Cal 24, San Leandro 14

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 benefited 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 shootout 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.

Bonagura prediction:

San Ramon 42, Washington 24

Miramonte (3-0) at No. 6 Foothill (2-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: Foothill beat James Logan 27-19, Miramonte beat Skyline 34-12.
Notes: Junior quarterback Sean Mannion was 10-for-14 for 206 yards in the Falcons’ victory over the host Colts. Brian Babb led the balanced rushing attack with 46 yards on 15 carries and scored on a 2-yard run.  Logan helped out the Falcons, fumbling six times and losing possession on four of those miscues. The Matadors remained unbeaten with a sloppy rout of Skyline. Miramonte’s two QB system was solid, as Conor Lowry and John Vaccaro combined to go 13-for-19 for 290 yards. James King, who cracked 100 yards receiving for the third straight week, had after six catches for 196 yards, including TD grabs of 41 and 16 yards. John Coupin rushed for two scores.

Bonagura prediction:

Foothill 27, Miramonte 13

Granada (2-0) at Vintage-Napa (1-1)
Last week: Granada beat Stallworth Academy (Stockton) 36-29; Vintage beat Vanden 9-7.
Notes: The Matadors rallied for a 36-29 win last week as senior Fred Schoennagel scored the go-ahead TD. Granada took its first lead on an 84-yard pass from Daniel Van Galder to speedster George Atkinson with 4:44 left in the fourth quarter, but Stallworth retook the lead. That set up Schoennagel’s 3-yard score. Van Galder was 7-for-12 for 208 yards. The explosive Mats hammered Kennedy-Fremont 54-6 in their season opener. For Vintage, Paul Archer’s interception on third-and-1 with 2:08 to go helped seal Vintage’s first win of the season. Vintage dropped its opener 44-7 to Lincoln of Stockton.

Bonagura prediction:

Granada 20, Vinatge 17

Amador (1-1) and Del Norte (2-0)
Last week: Amador beat Mt. Eden 31-6, Del Norte beat Brookings-Harbor 39-8.
Notes: The Dons are making the long bus ride up north after a convincing win over the visiting Monarchs. Junior Matt Bonahan returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, and nearly went the distance on a punt return. Dalton Turay is a threat as a runner and receiver. Not an overly physical team, the well-skilled Dons rushed for 244 yards and passed for 111. Del Norte dominated Brookings-Harbor, not allowing a first down until 4:17 remained in the second quarter. Senior Cody Hoffman and Brock Coulson are key RBs. Senior QB Taylor Duncan was 4-for-5 for 82 yards and three touchdowns, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to junior Travis Shellabarger.

Bonagura prediction:

Amador 27, Del Norte 24

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 Division V power St. Elizabeth for its first win of the year last week and will wrap up its non-league slate today.

Bonagura prediction: Dougherty 21-17

Dublin (0-2) at Heritage (2-1), 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Dublin lost to Rodriguez-Suisun 54-20, Heritage lost to Clayton Valley 10-0.
Notes: Despite suffering a fairly lopsided defeat at Rodriguez, the Gaels still made improvements upon their opener in which they managed just 73 total yards against Clayton Valley. Joseph Tanguay is developing into quite a weapon for Dublin, as he kicked his second and third field goals of the season by connecting from 44 and 32 yards out. The Patriots are coming off of their own loss to Clayton Valley, a shutout in which they managed just 179 total yards. Heritage never got inside the Clayton Valley 30-yard line, and turned the ball over three times on interceptions.

Bonagura prediction:

Heritage 35, Dublin 6

Current records for EBAL teams (An excuse to use the helmets again)

2-0   2-0

2-0   2-0

2-0   1-1

1-1   0-3


Kyle Bonagura

Kyle Bonagura is a Pleasanton-based prep sports writer for the Bay Area Newsgroup-East Bay.