We are still a little ways out before kickoff of the 2009 season, but I did my best to break down the Hayward Area Athletic League at this point. A lot of coaches are still learning their own rosters, but I was still able to get a pretty good idea how this season might play out. As most of you know, it really isn’t that hard in the HAAL. You got San Leandro and Bishop O’Dowd followed by the usual sleepers: Hayward and Castro Valley. Then there is the rest. Anyway, enjoy!
Today we focus on the big picture and take a look at how the state’s budget problems might affect high school football specifically.
Will the new state budget have an effect on high school football in the East Bay?
There wasn’t quite as much shuffling among the coaching ranks this offseason as in recent years, but still a handful of noteworthy programs took on new leaders. So today Ben and I are gonna give you a Sunday Special of point/counterpoint action. Here’s the question we’ll both be answering.
Which new coach is in the best situation to succeed? Continue Reading
Today we stay west of the Caldecott Tunnel and venture up the I-80 corridor a little to talk about the ACCAL.
Assuming Berkeley is the prohibitive favorite, who else will challenge for the ACCAL title this year?
It’s time to begin our tour of Alameda County. Next week, Michael Bower will provide breakdowns of the HAAL and MVAL and today, I bring you a look at the Oakland Athletic League. I don’t think anyone will mind if we make this a multiple part question.
After last year’s runs from worst to first, can Fremont and Oakland do it again?
We’re down to the three weeks and counting people. That’s good stuff. Now taking the last three days to look at individual programs, we thought we’d field a question looking at the larger picture. And one day after speaking of Clayton Valley’s fantastic 2008, it has us wondering about the new five-division CIF Bowl system and whether it gives teams like the Uglies a chance.
Is the current CIF bowl system a level playing field? Continue Reading
Monte Vista football coach Craig Bergman confirmed today that the Oct. 23rd game between the Mustangs and Foothill will be shown live nationally on ESPNU.
The game will feature a pair of Pac-10 bound quarterbacks in Monte Vista’s Brett Nottingham (UCLA) and Foothill’s Sean Mannion (Oregon State), who both put on a show when they met last year at Foothill with Mannion going 20-for-34 for 398 yards and three scores and Nottingham 25-for-38 for 392 and four touchdowns.
“There is a history of a lot of good games with Foothill,” Bergman said. “(ESPN) was intrigued by the two quarterbacks because they’re both going to play in the Pac-10 … I just signed the contract.”
Bergman said that ESPN asked De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur if there were any games they should be interested in and he pointed the sports network toward Monte Vista/Foothill.
“The experience is going to be a great one for both our teams,” Nottingham said. “It will give people a chance to see us and hopefully we have an exciting game. It’s pretty exciting that Sean and I are both going to play in the Pac-10. He’s a great QB and a great guy and hopefully we can have some more good battles down the road.”
Pending a time change, the game will be played at its originally scheduled time (7 p.m.) at Monte Vista.
Today we venture back into Central Contra Costa and take a look at last year’s DVAL champ, Clayton Valley.
2008 was a historic year for Clayton Valley, going 10-0 and making it to the NCS Division II championship. What will the Uglies have ready for an encore in ’09?
Today’s question takes us from the valley out to East Contra Costa to check in with the defending BVAL champ, Pittsburg.
After landing a spot in last year’s NCS Division I title game, will Pittsburg be rebuilding or reloading for the 2009 season?
Sorry about the late start today, fellas. I’m currently writing this post from my brother’s digs in Fort Collins, CO., and in all the travel shuffle I got a little backed up. But I’m ready to roll now. As for the first two questions of the week, we’ll be taking a peek at two specific programs as they transition into 2009. We’ll start in the EBAL.
What will California look like under new coach Eric Billeci? Continue Reading