As usual, I’m late with my post. But for those of you reading while at work, I got it to you before you went home.
- I caught two DVAL games last weekend. First, I was impressed with Clayton Valley’s tenacity. They got down a couple times against Concord and came back strong. Also, I think if those two teams played 10 games, they might split. That’s how evenly matched they were. I think if Concord executed a little better on offense in the second half, it would have won.
- My second game was Ygnacio Valley-College Park, a game that seems to have sparked a good deal of debate here on the blog. Here’s my two cents on the issue. It doesn’t matter what you run on offense if you can’t get the other team off the field. Ygnacio Valley dominated the game in the trenches and by the middle of the third quarter, College Park’s defense was gassed. That allowed the Warriors to bust it open.
- In West County, we saw one streak continue and another finally come to a stop. Berkeley tossed its third shutout of the league season and the Yellowjackets have yet to allow a point in three ACCAL games this season. At the same time, Richmond broke a league winless streak that dated back to 1999 (The Oilers got a forfeit win over De Anza in 2000 but their last on-field league win was against Piedmont in ’99). So congrats to both the Jackets and the Oilers.
- In the Tri-Valley area, California knocked off San Ramon Valley to leave just two undefeated teams in the EBAL, Monte Vista and De La Salle. Around 11 PM this Friday, only one will be left unscathed.
- Out in the eastern portion of our fair region, Pittsburg and Freedom both narrowly avoided looking too far ahead and eeked out wins. That sets up this week’s showdown at Pittsburg. Keep an eye out for the Geeks this week, as we’ll preview the game in a way only we can (it’s gonna be good, trust me).
- No questions asked, this Friday will be the best single slate of games in the 2008 regular season. Freedom-Pittsburg, De La Salle-Monte Vista, Las Lomas-Campolindo, Clayton Valley-College Park, Encinal-St. Patrick-St. Vincent, and the list goes on and on.
Alrighty, that’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks to the Concord and Clayton faithful last Friday for making that an awesome atmosphere. It was a lot of fun to cover. I’ll see everyone at Pitt-Freedom this week.