Once DLS plays tonight, the non-league schedule is over for all the EBAL teams meaning league is ready to start and all the questions surrounding who is better than who will be answered.
Aside from Livermore, it has been a near-perfect non-league campaign for the league. With Livermore out of the equation, EBAL teams have gone 18-2 so far.
Amador– Del Norte is a good D-III school and I thought the game had potential to be close because of that long bus trip up there, but the Dons took care of business — easily. I think the Dons will drop their next two (Cal then SRV) before picking moving to 3-3 with a win against Livermore on Oct. 17. Playoffs are probably out of the question as Amador will likely being playing the spoiler role.
Cal- Couple interesting notes from the Cal game. Cal went up 27-7 early in the third and kicked an onside kick, but did not recover. After going up 41-7 by the end of the third, Cal pulled its starters. San Leandro did not and the Pirates starters sheddred the Cal 2nd and 3rd stringers to make the final score 41-22. The last TD came on the Cal first team (but most of the yards on that drive came against the backups), which was subbed back into the game when it was obvious SL wasn’t going to put its backups in for mop up time. Cal took exception to SL throwing the ball deep on its backups and subbed its starting O back in with less than a minute to go. They needed four plays to get the ball to the SL goal like, running the hurry up, before letting the clock expire. The SL coaches were pissed after the game.
I did not get a chance to talk with SL coach Brad Bowers after the game because I had a 1015 deadline to meet and he was still talking to his team in the endzone by the time I had to leave to get back to the office … so I didn’t get a chance to ask him about any of that.
I’d like to hear some opinions from people who were there about how that played out because there was definitely some tension on the field when the game was over. I can understand SL wanting to keep its starters in because they need to get better, I can understand Cal wanting to play with subs because the game was over at that point and I can understand how both teams might have a gripe with each other for the way it played out …
Foothill – After the dominant win against Novato, the Falcons haven’t been as impressive the past two weeks, but solid nonetheless. I’m really excited for next week’s Monte Vista-Foothill game, definitely the game of the week in the league. If there is one thing I’d say Foothill has to improve upon, its the running game. Brian Babb had a good game with 123 yards on 12 carries, but through three games, Foothill is averaging 3.9 yards a carry as a team. Mannion is a very good passer, but teams will be able to focus on that even more if the running game doesn’t progress. Schedule makers weren’t kind either, Foothill has MV, Cal, DLS to open league play.
Granada – Of all the teams in the league, I think Granada is still the biggest unknown (and I saw them play). The Mats beat up on Kennedy in week 1, which was expected. But Stallworth and Vintage are teams no one really knows about (around here at least) and its hard to gauge where Granada is compared to other area teams. They blew a 17-0 before coming back to win 24-20 … second week in a row witha last minute touchdown.
Livermore – It’s going to be a long year for Livermore. Hopefully they’ll make some games competitive.
Monte Vista – A case could be made that Monte Vista is playing better than anyone in the league (including De La Salle). Brett Nottingham went 11-for-11 for 208 yards and 4 TDs. He is now 45-for-61 for 776 yards, 9 TD and 1 INT. 73.8 comp. He’s in a very similar posistion to the one Joe Southwick was in at SRV last year, when he replaced a D-I player at QB on a team dominated by seniors and experienced immediate success … Three defensive TDs in the 55-0 win … Tom Hemmingsen had another good game with 2 Tds (1 int, 1 rec) … no carries in this one for Dave Wilkerson. Anyone know if he played?
San Ramon – Got the revenge they wanted against Washington for that 35-35 tie last year … Simliar scoring summary to the Cal-SL game. SRV up 20-9 at the half … big third quarter puts the game out of reach …. Washington makes it look closer than it was with a big fourth. Southwick’s numbers so far: 54-85 811 yards, 10 TD, 1 INT 63.5%.
DLS vs Bosco tonight on ESPNU.
League play should be a lot of fun.