Oakland area football previews

I don’t have time to add in predictions, but here are the previews.


De Anza (0-5, 0-1) at Alameda (3-3, 2-0), 7 p.m.

Last week: De Anza lost to Hercules 28-12; Alameda lost to El Cerrito 23-17

Notes: Alameda will look to shake off last week’s tough loss and get back on the winning track. The Hornets had good success on the ground against El Cerrito, rushing for 169 yards. James Powell and Romel Obecena combined for 148 of those yards and two touchdowns. The Dons are coming off a game in which they played well, and headed into the fourth quarter tied 12-12. Kevin Chatman emerged as a threat for De Anza, running and throwing a touchdown in the loss to Hercules.

El Cerrito (3-3, 2-0) at Hercules (2-4, 1-1), 7 p.m.

Last week: El Cerrito beat Alameda 23-17; Hercules beat De Anza 28-12

Notes: El Cerrito got past another major test last week, beating Alameda thanks to two touchdown passes (27 and 77 yards) from Isaac Goins to Kenneth Green. As long as the Gauchos stay focused, they appear to be in position for a strong ACCAL run heading into their season-ending matchup with Berkeley. The Titans would love to catch the Gauchos looking. Hercules was able to establish the ground game last week as Augustine Vogele and Yusef Akbar combined for 129 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.

Berkeley (4-1, 1-0) at Pinole Valley (3-2, 1-1), 7 p.m.

Last week: Berkeley beat James Logan 13-6; Pinole Valley beat Richmond 35-22

Notes: In what has become the rivalry game of the ACCAL, the Yellowjackets will come into Pinole Valley where they will look to stay unbeaten in league play. Berkeley is coming off a 13-6 win over Logan in which Ricky Galvin rushed for 120 yards and Eyonte Teague had 62 yards and a score. The Spartans could easily get back into the league title picture with a win. They had a balanced effort last week against Richmond with a defensive touchdown, three through the air and one on the ground. Sydney Jones threw two of them, with Derek Crenshaw throwing another.


Emery (0-6, 0-1) vs. Harker-San Jose (2-2, 0-0), at Foothill College, 7 p.m.

Last week: Emery lost to CSD 50-20; Harker lost to Dougherty Valley 30-16

Notes: The Spartans put three touchdowns on the board for the second straight week, although they gave up 50 points for the fifth time this season in five games played (the sixth loss was a forfeit). QB George Henderson threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 45 yards and a score. It’s the BFL opener for the Eagles, who were previously in the league but were independent last year. Harker will be looking for its first BFL win — it went winless in its other two seasons in the league.


John Swett (1-4, 0-2 BSAL), at Encinal (5-0, 2-0), 7 p.m.

Last week: Swett lost to Kennedy-Richmond 58-18; Encinal beat Piedmont 39-18

Notes: The Indians, who are on a four-game slide, couldn’t keep up with Kennedy’s aggressive running game, giving up 361 yards rushing to their own 118. Swett scored three second-half touchdowns but struggled with turnovers, yielding three interceptions and two fumbles. The Jets remain undefeated after a back-and-forth battle with Piedmont last week. Encinal quarterback Jonathan Brown threw for touchdowns No. 7 and 8 and finished 6-for-11 with 123 yards. The Jets’ Dominique Sashington, who sat out against the Highlanders for being ejected from the previous game, will return to face the Indians.

St. Patrick-St. Vincent (4-1, 2-0 BSAL) at Kennedy-Richmond (4-1, 2-0), 6:30 p.m.

Last week: St. Patrick beat St. Mary’s 42-14; Kennedy beat John Swett 58-18

Notes: The Bruins and Eagles come into this matchup both on four-game winning streaks. Kennedy has given up just 25 points over the last four contests, while St. Patrick has allowed 39. The Bruins’ Michael Meekins, who plays on both sides of the ball, scored his sixth touchdown of the season against St. Mary’s, picking up 62 yards rushing. Kennedy spread the love against Swett with six players getting into the end zone. The Eagles’ Jammel Harris ran for three touchdowns, picking up 156 yards on 13 carries.


Bishop O’Dowd (5-0, 2-0) vs. Hayward (2-3, 1-1), at Sunset Field, 7 p.m.

Last week: Bishop O’Dowd beat San Lorenzo 35-6; Hayward beat Tennyson 20-12

Notes: O’Dowd has rolled through the competition thus far with its backfield, including Che’rod Simpson and Mario Brown. The two rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, as overall rushers in the HAAL. The Dragons are giving up just six points per game, but their competition has a combined record of 7-19. The Farmers had their backfield on track last week as Justin Gaines, Dominique Jackson and Brian Jones combined for 255 yards. Hayward fumbled four times. The Farmers have the most turnovers out of any HAAL team this season with 15.


Castlemont (3-1-1) at Oakland Tech (1-4), 3:30 p.m.

Last week: Castlemont beat Tamalpais 49-7; Oakland Tech lost to Ygnacio Valley 34-20

Notes: The Knights kick off OAL play as the favorite and coming off their most complete performance. The defense is tops in the league, allowing 145.4 yards per game after leading the East Bay in defense a year ago. Utility man Aaron Horne has 12 touchdowns on the year and has scored in every game. The Bulldogs bring a three-game losing streak into OAL play and will look to ride the arm of QB Justin Wilson, who leads the league in passing yards. Tech brings a balanced attack, with 709 rushing yards to 708 passing yards.

Oakland (4-1) vs. Fremont (4-1) at Curt Flood Field, 3:30 p.m.

Last week: Oakland beat Liberty 35-25; Fremont lost to Pittsburg 41-0

Notes: The Wildcats are coming off their two most impressive wins of the year, considering the competition has improved over their first three games. RB Dominique Ferrell is third in the OAL in rushing and RB/WR Damante Horton is tied for second in scoring. The Tigers faced the toughest team any OAL school will see all year in losing to Pittsburg. Despite being held without a rushing yard in nine carries, Clordion Kennedy still ranks second in the league in rushing.

McClymonds (2-3) at Skyline (0-5), 3:30 p.m.

Last week: McClymonds lost to Salesian 28-0; Skyline lost to Heritage 33-6

Notes: These teams have met in the Silver Bowl four times since 2001 — splitting those matchups — but enter this game looking to get untracked. The Warriors have scored just six points in their last three games and have been shut out twice. RBs Denzale Johnson and Darion Jefferson have shared the load, although Jefferson leads the team with five TDs. The Titans are averaging only 8.8 points per game on the year while facing the league’s toughest overall nonleague schedule. Darquis Rucker has been the main threat with six of the team’s seven touchdowns.


St. Mary’s-Berkeley (1-4, 0-2) at Moreau Catholic (0-5, 0-2), 7 p.m.

Last week: St. Mary’s lost to St.Patrick-St.Vincent 42-14; Moreau Catholic lost to Albany 28-0

Notes: The Panthers went into the half tied 7-7 against St. Patrick-St.Vincent last week, but were outscored 35-7 the rest of the way. The Panthers gave up 193 yards rushing and managed just 188 yards of offense. Moreau was blanked for the second time this season last week. The Mariners are averaging only 5.2 points per game and are giving up 32.2 points per game. RB Eric Storey has all three of the Mariners’ touchdowns this season. He is averaging 7 yards per carry. Moreau has turned the ball over 18 times and have only collected six takeaways.



St. Elizabeth (3-2) at Berean Christian (3-2), 1:30 p.m.

Last week: St. Elizabeth beat St. Bernards-Eureka 14-0, Berean Christian did not play

Notes: This will be the BFL opener for both teams. Each team lost its season-opener and has won three out of four since. The Eagles are getting used to nail-biting finishes as each of their past three games have been decided by six points or less. The Mustangs won last year’s meeting 16-7. Berean won the 2006 contest 27-6.


Piedmont (2-3, 1-1 BSAL) at Albany (1-3, 1-1), 3 p.m.

Last week: Piedmont lost to Encinal 39-18, Albany beat Moreau Catholic 28-0.

Notes: The Highlanders took three leads over the undefeated Jets last week, including one with 2:02 left in the third quarter. Piedmont’s Devin Brown dove for an interception and quarterback Jeremy George capped a 91-yard drive by hitting Joey Andrada for a 19-yard score to go up 18-17. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to keep the Jets at bay. Andrada finished with five catches for 126 yards. The Cougars blanked a feisty Moreau Catholic team whose running game dominated the clock in the first half. Albany was up just 6-0 at halftime, but they scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to put the game away. Albany has been forced to forfeit a win against Mission San Jose because of the use of an ineligible player, but is appealing the decision made by the North Coast Section.




Laney (3-2) at Cabrillo (2-3), 7 p.m.

Last week: Laney did not play; Cabrillo lost to American River 29-27.

Notes: The Eagles are rested for their Golden Gate Conference opener, having had a week off. Running back Chizzy Dimude (Mt. Eden) rushed for 148 yards on 11 carries in 49-19 victory over College of the Siskiyous on Oct. 3 in Oakland. Dimude had a 78-yard TD run. Quarterback Tom Murphy (Alameda) threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns, both to Terrell Woodall (Clayton Valley). Terrell had six receptions for 106 yards. The Eagles gained a season-high 548 yards against Siskiyous. Cabrillo lost to ARC when a field goal attempt was blocked in the last 30 seconds. The Seahawks have been outscored 37-10 in the fourth quarter. Both teams are new to the GGC; Laney won the Mid-Emipre Conference last year, Cabrillo was Coast Conference champion in 2007.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.