Here are the capsules for the HAAL football games today. I apologize to San Leandro quarterback Travis Gardner for his name being butchered (Travis Carmona) in the newspaper. Here are the capsules.
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. They also failed to scored a TD for the first time this year. 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 3A appearance where they lost to Pinole Valley 28-18 in the first round. In last week’s drubbing of Moreau, the Dons rushed for 267 yards led by Marc Kendig’s 100 yards on 15 carries. He also scored three TDs.
Prediction: Newark Memorial 28, Arroyo 13
San Lorenzo (1-1) at Moreau Catholic (0-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: San Lorenzo beat Alameda 28-22; Moreau Catholic lost to Arroyo 48-0
Notes: The past two years Moreau has rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Rebels, including an overtime victory in 2006. San Lorenzo is coming off its first win since 2006, snapping a 15-game losing streak. WR/DB Cory Hall returned a fumble for a TD for the second straight week and caught a TD pass. The Mariners didn’t do much against the Dons. Star RB Eric Storey had 83 yards on 11 carries, but that was just about it for the Mariners, which finished with just 167 yards of offense. Moreau is hoping to end a seven-game losing streak.
Prediction: San Lorenzo 35, Moreau Catholic 21
Ygnacio Valley (1-1) vs. Hayward (1-1) at Sunset Field, 7 p.m.
Last week: Ygnacio Valley lost to Antioch 47-20; Hayward beat Mission-San Francisco 42-41
Notes: Last week, the Farmers showed glimpses of their 2006 HAAL championship squad, which was led by a three-headed monster in the backfield. RBs Dominique Jackson, Eleasaro Niuatoa and Carl Yates all went over the century mark and combined for 398 yards and five TDs. QB Mike Fragoso threw for 140 yards. Ygnacio Valley led 14-13 at the intermission last week before being outscored 34-6 in the second half, erasing a superb effort by RB Patrone Wood (27 carries, 208 yards).
Prediction: Ygnacio Valley 49, Hayward 29
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 6 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 interception. The defense has been shaky, giving up 333.5 yards per game.
Prediction: Monte Vista 45, Castro Valley 17
Bishop O’Dowd (2-0) at San Rafael (0-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: Bishop O’Dowd beat John F. Kennedy 35-14; San Rafael lost to Washington-San Francisco 39-21
Notes: The Dragons continue to ride RBs Che’rod Simpson and Mario Brown, but last week QB Matt Balich showed he can make some throws, too. Balich tossed two TD passes and finished 9-of-14 for 90 yards. Simpson rushed for 90 yards and a TD on 15 carries, while Brown finished with 55 yards and a TD on seven carries. The Bulldogs fell behind early and never caught Washington last week. However, the Bulldogs did show a decent passing attack. QB Connor Loughline threw for 164 yards and three TDs.
Prediction: Bishop O’Dowd 42, San Rafael 13
Tennyson (2-0) vs. American (0-2) at Tak Fudenna Stadium, 7 p.m.
Last week: American lost to Oakland 48-7; Tennyson beat Overfelt-San Jose 21-20
Notes: A year ago, American pulled out a 21-20 win over Tennyson. That was a magical year for the Eagles, who would go on to make the NCS 3A playoffs. After losing four key players from that team to graduation, the Eagles have struggled both offensively and defensively. Tennyson RB T.J. Ner injured his knee last week and is doubtful for tonight. Max Carmona, one of the area’s top QBs, passed for 292 yards and three TDs. His top target was WR Brian Prentiss, who caught five pass for 112 yards and a TD.
Prediction: Tennyson 35, American 7
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 the OAL’s leading rusher with 222 yards. He also has two TDs. The Monarchs have been outscored 71-6 in their first two games. RB Josh Jackai leads the team with 163 yards rushing and its lone TD.
Prediction: Fremont-Oakland 21, Mt. Eden 14
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 fared better than both De La Salle and Long Beach Poly did in past years against Washington state power Bellevue. WR Nick Zwarg had eight catches for 120 yards and three TDs. San Leandro 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).
Prediction: San Leandro 27, California 20