Oakland area football previews

Here’s this week’s previews.



California School for the Deaf (2-4, 1-1) vs. St. Elizabeth (3-3, 0-1) at Burrell Field, 7 p.m.

Last week: CSD-Fremont lost to CSD-Riverside 12-2; St. Elizabeth lost to Berean Christian 7-0

Notes: Both teams are hoping for a better offensive output than last week when the squads combined for two points. The Eagles are averaging 23.1 points per game this season, although that was helped by a 50-point outburst two weeks ago against Emery. The Mustangs are looking to regain the form of last year, when they rallied down the stretch and won the North Coast Section Class B title. Junior running back Dave Douglas was limited to 63 yards on 22 carries last week and St. Elizabeth managed just 181 yards of offense..



Richmond (0-6, 0-2 ACCAL) at Hercules (2-5, 1-2), 7 p.m.

Last week: Richmond did not play, Hercules lost to El Cerrito 28-14.

Notes: The Oilers have been shut out in four of their six games and have scored just 34 points so far this season. Richmond’s offense is averaging 97.3 yards per game, while its defense gives up an average of 298.8 yards. The Oilers will have to watch out for Titan quarterback Michael Montgomery who has thrown for 669 yards and six touchdowns this season. Last week, Montgomery connected on 9-of-22 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to El Cerrito.

Berkeley (5-1, 2-0) v. Alameda (2-5, 2-1), at Thompson Field 7 p.m.

Last Week: Berkeley beat Pinole Valley 14-0; Alameda beat De Anza 34-25

Notes: Alameda got its run game going against De Anza last week, rushing for nearly 300 yards. James Powell had a breakout game with 140 yards and Romel Obecena had 104 yards and a touchdown. Establishing the run will be a key in this game, because Berkeley loves to run the ball. The Yellowjackets ran for 250 yards against Pinole Valley and have run for 760 yards in their last three games as Rickey Galvan has taken advantage and jumped up to second in the ACCAL with 617 yards.. This game will likeley be a run dominated one, but if Alameda falls behind they will rely on sophomore quarterback Tom Ruckman who has thrown for 443 yards this season.

Pinole Valley (3-3, 1-2) at De Anza (0-6, 0-2), 7 p.m.

Last Week: Pinole Valley lost to Berkeley 14-0; De Anza lost to Alameda 34-25

Notes: The Spartans are not used to being 1-2 in league play, so expect them to come out fired up when they travel to face the Dons. Tyrell Smallwood, the league’s leading rusher with 728 yards, was contained to just 53 on 15 carries by the Berkeley defense, which means he might be poised to breakout and take out some frustration on a Dons defense allowing over 220 yards a game on the ground. De Anza got its offense going last week thanks to quarterback Greg Vidal who passed for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He will need to have another good game if the Dons want to break into the win column.


St. Mary’s (2-4, 1-2) at Encinal (6-0, 3-0), 7 p.m.

Last week: St. Mary’s beat Moreau Catholic 52-14; Encinal beat John Swett 70-14

Notes: The Panthers got their first on-field victory of the season, shutting out Moreau until the fourth quarter. RB Jordan Wilder ran for 111 yards and two touchdown and Najee Lovett returned two of his own teams fumbles for scores. The Jets blitzed the Indians with 42 points in the third-quarter to ease their minds after trailing 14-7 after a quarter. RB Dominique Sashington had five touchdowns — three rushing, one interception return and one fumble return — and Encinal racked up 287 rushing yards. Xavier Milton scored twice, including a 48-yard punt return.

Moreau Catholic (0-6, 0-3 BSAL) at John Swett (1-5, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Moreau Catholic lost to St. Mary’s 52-14, John Swett lost to Encinal 70-14.

Notes: The Mariners had trouble with turnovers against the Panthers with two fumbles and one interception being returned for touchdowns. Moreau Catholic rushers also had a hard time finding open field with several runs ending in losses. The Mariners finished with just 4 rushing yards. The Indians got off to an auspicious start scoring on their first two drives to go up 14-7 over an undefeated Encinal team. Unfortunately, for Swett the good times turned bad in a hurry as the Jets went on the offensive scoring 63 unanswered points. Evan Ray rushed for 104 yards, including 82 in the first half.

Kennedy (4-2, 2-1) at Piedmont (3-3, 2-1), 7 p.m.

Last Week: Kennedy lost to St. Patrick-St. Vincent 28-7; Piedmont beat Albany

Notes: The Eagles were looking to emerge as more than just a big surprise in the BSAL and make it a huge surprise if they would have beat St. Patrick-St. Vincent last week. The Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first when Jammel Harris got loose on a 55-yard run, but the perrenial power rattled of the next four scores. Kennedy will have another tough game this week, playing a Piedmont team also hoping to stay in the mix. The dangerous Piedmont offense was clicking last week Jeremy George threw for 198 yards last week, and the Highlanders got a pair of touchdowns from Jamel Freeman and a pair of scoring runs from Daniel Summerhill.


McClymonds (2-4, 0-1) at No. 15 Castlemont (4-1-1, 1-0), 3:30 p.m.

Last week: McClymonds lost to Skyline 24-22; Castlemont beat Oakland Tech 40-0

Notes: The Warriors have dropped three straight and are struggling to regain their form of the past three years when they won the Silver Bowl. Mack took a 22-16 lead into hafltime last week before being shut out over the final two quarters. The running game was limited to 21 yards on 19 carries. The Knights won their fourth straight and are unbeaten since the opener against No. 11 Berkeley. QB Deshawn Washington had a rushing and passing touchdown and RB Juvonte Owens ran for a pair of scores.

Skyline (1-5, 1-0) vs. Fremont (5-1, 1-0) at Curt Flood Field, 3:30 p.m.

Last week: Skyline beat McClymonds 24-22; Fremont beat Oakland 31-21

Notes: The Titans picked a good time for their first win by beating the three-time defending Silver Bowl champions. Darquis Rucker continues to be the main source of offense for Skyline. He’s scored every offense touchdown for the Titans and all but one TD on the season, including three last week. The Tigers were sloppy with seven turnovers and 14 penalties, but still beat the Wildcats in the league opener. RBs Clordion Kennedy and Bradley McDonald both rushed for 92 yards and Anthony Robinson had an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Oakland (4-2, 0-1) at Oakland Tech (1-5, 0-1), 3:30 p.m.

Last week: Oakland lost to Fremont 31-21; Oakland Tech lost to Castlemont 40-0

Notes: The Wildcats suffered their first loss on the field a week ago, something coach Desmond Gumbs said could be good for his team in the long run. QB Charles Cobbs threw his first two interceptions on the year, but also threw a pair of touchdown passes to Damonte Horton and recovered two fumbles on defense, including one that he returned one yard for a TD. The Bulldogs were limited to just 33 yards by the stout Knights’ defense and never got anything going. Tech brings a four-game losing streak into this game, with its lone win coming Week 2 against Balboa-San Francisco.



Emery (0-7, 0-2) at Salesian (3-2, 1-0), 1:30 p.m.

Last Week: Emery lost to Harker 55-6; Salesian had a bye

Notes: The Spartans knew that their first season back would be an uphill battle and they will be put to the test against an always powerful Salesian team. In the loss to Harker, George Henderson scored the lone touchdown on a 34-yard scoring run. After getting beat a week before at Castlemont, the Pride went back to Oakland to face McClymonds and left with a 28-0 win as Matt Ching rushed for four touchdowns and 266 yards. Salesian is now coming off of a bye and should be more than prepared to get back into league play.


St. Patrick-St. Vincent (5-1, 3-0 BSAL) at Albany (3-3, 1-1), 1:30 p.m.

Last week: St. Patrick beat Kennedy 28-7, Albany lost to Piedmont 45-30.

Notes: The Bruins run attack was impressive as they out gained Kennedy 153-48 on the ground in the first half. Michael Meekins finished with one rushing touchdown and 128 of the team’s 259 yards rushing. Corey Meshack finished with two scoring runs and 74 yards. The Cougars played tough against Piedmont, but couldn’t keep up with the Highlanders offense. Its defense wasn’t bad either. Albany quarterback Andrew Spivey threw four interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. He finished with one touchdown and 209 yards on 10 completions.

Jimmy Durkin

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