Tri-Valley football previews


Monte Vista (7-0, 4-0 EBAL) at De La Salle (6-1, 4-0), 7 p.m.

Last week: Monte Vista beat Livermore 51-16, De La Salle beat Amador Valley 34-14.
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Notes: The Spartans enter the game as the No. 3-ranked team in the state by CalHiSports.com, and the Mustangs come in at No. 16. Monte Vista has scored 30 points or more in six of its seven games, and 40 points or more in five of them. De La Salle has allowed 30 points to just one opponent over its last 30 games (31 to Centennial-Corona in the 2007 CIF Division I state bowl game). This will be the 10th meeting between the programs during the past 30 seasons. De La Salle has won eight of the first nine.

Bonagura pick:

38 31

No. 7 San Ramon Valley (6-1, 3-1) at No. 5 Foothill (5-2, 2-2), 7 p.m.

Last week: Foothill beat Granada 38-21; San Ramon lost to No. 6 Cal 24-21.

Notes: The Wolves’ 10-game winning streak ended last week with the loss to Cal and the road doesn’t get any easier with a road game against No. 5 Foothill. The Falcons have won four of the last six meetings between the two schools, but San Ramon was a 24-3 winner last year. Two of the East Bay’s top quarterbacks will be on display with San Ramon’s Joe Southwick (1,887 yards, 22 TD, 4 INT) and Foothill’s Sean Mannion (1,495 yards, 15 TD, 6 INT).

Bonagura pick:

31, 28

Granada (3-4, 0-4) at Amador Valley (3-4, 1-3), 7 p.m.

Last week: Granada lost to No. 5 Foothill 38-21; Amador lost to No. 1 De La Salle 34-14.
Notes: This figures to be competitive, entertaining battle. Things kind of fell apart in the fourth quarter for the Matadors against the Falcons last week. The Mats were intercepted on three straight possessions in an otherwise even game. RB Fred Schoennagel rushed for 117 yards and three TDs and had five receptions for 41 yards. The Falcons were pushed off the ball in the first half by the Mats’ offensive line. To their credit, the Dons gave the Spartans a battle. The Dons played to win, not just stay close. Mitch Glaser’s 1-yard TD run, which was set up by Matt Banahan’s 50-yard kickoff return, put the Dons behind 21-7 in the third quarter. Amador needs better execution on its kicking game, but its return game remains explosive. The always-dangerous Banahan rounded out the scoring with a 99-yard kick return for a touchdown.

Bonagura pick:

28, 24

Livermore (0-7, 0-4) at No. 6 California

Last week: Cal beat San Ramon 24-21, LIvermore lost to Monte Vista 51-13.

Notes: This game is going to be a blowout.

Bonagura pick:

45, 7

Mission San Jose (1-6) at Dougherty Valley (5-2), 7 p.m.

Last week: Mission lost to Logan 49-0; Dougherty Valley lost to Burton-San Francisco 20-9

Notes: Mission wraps up nonleague play with this game. The Warriors welcome nonleague play after going scoreless in all four MVAL games. They have been shutout five straight weeks. Dougherty Valley’s first-year varsity program has been a success under former Irvington coach Bob Spain. The Wildcats are an Independent team this year and will join the Diablo Foothill Athletic League next year.

Bonagura pick: Dougherty 28-0.

Miramonte (5-2, 1-1) at Dublin (1-6, 0-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: Miramonte beat Acalanes 31-17; Dublin lost to Campolindo 49-25.
Notes: The Gaels roared to life in the second half against Campolindo after trailing 28-0. Dublin got on the board on Joseph Tanguay’s 52-yard field goal. The Gaels later scored on three straight possessions, with senior Anthony McKee throwing TD passes to Ronald Fletcher and Alex Gallup. Max Rhodes ran 18 yards for a score. But the Cougars sealed the win with 14 unanswered points. A week after getting shut out, the Miramonte offense returned against Acalanes. QB Conor Lowery Lowery threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns, including a 91-yard touchdown pass to Alex Epstein.

Bonagura pick: Miramonte 35-14.

Kyle Bonagura

Kyle Bonagura is a Pleasanton-based prep sports writer for the Bay Area Newsgroup-East Bay.