Hayward Area Football Capsules

The Hayward Area football capsules for Saturday’s games.

Castro Valley (1-6, 1-3) at Bishop O’Dowd (6-1, 3-1), 2:45 p.m.
Last week:
Castro Valley lost to Hayward 47-27; Bishop O’Dowd lost to San Leandro 40-13
Notes: The Trojans were burned on the ground for 321 yards last week. Castro Valley’s defense is ranked No. 6 in the league, allowing 329 yards per game. The Trojans are second in the HAAL in offense (384.3 yards per game), led by QB Michael Rojas and WR’s Darnell Reed and Dominic Shortridge. The Dragons were bruised in last week’s loss, losing QB Matt Balich to injury and RB Mario Brown for part of the game. BOD’s defense was torched on the ground and air, giving up 428 total yards. The Dragons are led by RB’s Brown and Che’Rod Simpson — the No. 2 and No. 3 rushers in the league. 

Bower’s Prediction: Bishop O’Dowd 35, Castro Valley 20

 Arroyo (4-3, 2-2) at San Lorenzo (3-4, 1-3), 2:45 p.m.
Last week:
 Arroyo lost to Tennyson 28-21; San Lorenzo lost to Mt. Eden 25-17
Notes: The inner-city rivalry has added fuel as both teams are fighting for a spot in the NCS Division-II playoffs. Arroyo blew a lead against the Lancers last week. The Dons are ranked third in the HAAL in offense (284.8 yards per game) but last in defense (369 yards per game). Arroyo RB Marc Kendig is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. The Rebels are plus-one in turnover ratio — a big reason for their success. The offense ranks last in the HAAL (166.8 yards per game) and the defense is fifth (285.8 yards per game).

Bower’s Prediction: Arroyo 17, San Lorenzo 14
Piedmont (5-2, 3-1) at Moreau Catholic (0-4, 0-7), 7 p.m.
Last week:
Piedmont beat Kennedy-Richmond 33-26; Moreau Catholic lost to John Swett 47-22
Notes: The Highlanders scored the games first 26 points then held on to beat Kennedy. WR Joey Andrade caught two TD passes, while QB Jeremy George threw for 115 yards and two TDs. The Mariners continued to struggle on offense last week, gaining only 121 yards. RB Christopher Allen had 72 yards on 12 carries. Moreau’s defense was shredded, allowing 431 yards.

Bower’s Prediction: Piedmont 35, Moreau Catholic 13


  • fair catch kick

    Doesn’t the Week #7 HAAL Stats show CV with the fifth Offense in the league?

  • Michael Bower

    Those are overall stats that are up on the blog. CV is No. 2 in offense based on just HAAL games.

  • fair catch kick

    Good stuff Michael, Thanks!

  • Dragon#7

    Michael, IS there an article on the BOD-CV rainfest somewhere?…looks from the box that is was potentially exciting despite the 10 fumbles…

  • Michael Bower

    Here is the article that ran in the Daily Review on Sunday…

    By Tony Gonsalez
    When a team forces eight fumbles and recovers five of them, that team usually has a good chance of winning.
    On Saturday, the Castro Valley High football team did just that against rival Bishop O’Dowd, but the Dragons’ Ma­rio Brown capped off a superb performance with a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:06 left and the host Dragons averted an upset bid by the Trojans with a 21-17 victory in Hay­ward Area Athletic League ac­tion.
    “That was a great high school football game,” O’Dowd coach Paul Perenon said. “Cas­tro Valley is a lot better than its record indicates.”
    Brown was the workhorse for O’Dowd (7-1, 4-1 HAAL), rushing for 225 yards on 43 carries, both season-highs, while scoring all three of the Dragons touchdowns.
    Defensively, the Dragons kept the lid on Castro Valley’s offense all game. The Trojans (1-7, 1-4) were held to just 48 yards on the ground and 138 total yards with six first downs.
    Trailing 17-14, Brown inter­cepted a Dominic Shortridge pass at the Dragons’ 25 with 7:20 left in the game. Facing a fourth-and-9 from midfield, Perenon pulled out a play from his bag of tricks.
    Quarterback Kevin Cooper, who started for the injured Matt Balich, threw a back­ward pass to Joey Demeter. Demeter then lofted a perfect strike to Che’Rod Simpson for a first down at the Trojans 11. Two plays later, Brown took it in from the 2 for an 21-17 O’Dowd lead.
    The Trojans reached the Dragons’ 23 on their final pos­session, but quarterback Mi­chael Rojas’ fourth down pass to tight end Andy Alcaraz fell incomplete.
    “We really grew up a lot from this game,” Perenon said. “This was our biggest game and win of the season.”
    Early on, the Dragons had trouble holding onto the ball, losing four fumbles on their first six possessions.
    One of their fumbles re­sulted in the Trojans first score of the game. Simpson fumbled the ball and Darnell Reed picked it up and ran it back 21 yards for the touchdown with 39 seconds left in the opening quarter.
    Brown scored on a 1-yard dive with 3:40 left in the half and after the holder mishan­dled the snap, Castro Valley led 7-6.
    Alcaraz added a 29-yard field goal with 1:09 left to ex­tend the Trojans lead to 10-6.
    Reed took the second half kickoff from his own 18 and broke a couple of tackles be­fore bouncing outside for a 82-yard touchdown, giving the Trojans a 17-6 lead just 13 sec­onds into the second half.
    Ronnie Irvin ran for 51 yards on 22 carries for Castro Valley.

  • What a game yesterday between Arroyo and san lorenzo Rebels Varsity football game. Nothing but mud and rain. But those young men are real warriors. I’m proud of all of you. Nick Stewart’s dad