Here’s my next crack at predicting the games from the Alameda County leagues, excluding the EBAL since I’m guessing Kyle might cover that.
Berkeley (8-0, 4-0) at Hercules (2-5, 0-3), 6 p.m.
Galvin, Ned and the ‘Jackets should roll to another easy ACCAL victory. Score: Berkeley 59, Hercules 0
Actual score: Berkeley 62, Hercules 6
Pinole Valley (5-1, 2-1) at El Cerrito (4-3, 2-1), 7 p.m.
This should be a hard-fought and intense game. The Gauchos were embarassed during their homecoming game with Berkeley in a 50-0 loss and they’ll need to rebound from that. Pinole cruised by Hercules to get ready for this one. Having seen El Cerrito being blown out twice (granted, those were against the Nos. 3 and 5 teams in the East Bay), I have a hard time picking the Gauchos in this one. Score: Pinole Valley 28, El Cerrito 21.
Actual score: El Cerrito 17, Pinole Valley 13
Richmond (3-5, 2-2) vs. Alameda (3-3-1, 2-1), at Thompson Field, 7 p.m.
The Hornets can’t afford to lose another game this year and they’ll be prepared for this one. Score: Alameda 34, Richmond 12.
Actual score: Alameda 56, Richmond 0
St. Elizabeth (2-5, 0-3) at CSD (3-5, 1-2), 7 p.m.
Huge game for the Mustangs, who are playoff-qualified but need every win they can get. I think the offense will get hot again and earn the victory. Score: St. Elizabeth 32, CSD 14.
Actual score: St. Elizabeth 60, CSD 12
Encinal (6-1, 4-0) at St. Patrick-St. Vincent (5-2, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.
Those who read the blog commments regularly know there is no love lost in this rivalry. Encinal blew out the Bruins at home last year and will try to do it again. I think SPSV is motivated because of the egg it laid last year and comes out more fired up at home, but that won’t be enough to knock off the Jets. Score: Encinal 41, SPSV 27.
Actual score: Encinal 55, SPSV 27
Moreau Catholic (4-3, 3-1) at Piedmont (4-3, 2-2), 7 p.m.
Huge, huge, huge as far as Division III playoff implications go. If the Mariners earn the road victory, they can pretty much stamp their ticket to the dance for the first time in a long while. If Piedmont wins, its playoff hopes are likely secured and Moreau will be stuck needing to upset SPSV or Encinal to help solidify its postseason aspirations. While Moreau has made great strides this year, I don’t think it’s quite ready to knock off Piedmont. Score: Piedmont 31, Moreau Catholic 21.
Actual score: Piedmont 55, Moreau Catholic 21
Castro Valley (2-5, 2-2) vs. Hayward (5-2, 3-1), at Sunset Field, 7 p.m.
Hayward needs every win it can get and should take this one going away. Score: Hayward 34, Castro Valley 12.
Actual score: Hayward 28, Castro Valley 13
Mt. Eden (1-6, 1-3) at San Lorenzo (4-3, 3-1), 3:30 p.m.
The Rebels’ bubble burst last week against San Leandro, although I can’t say the score surprised me. Time for them to bounce back with a nice win. Score: San Lorenzo 20, Mt. Eden 6.
Actual score: San Lorenzo 19, Mt. Eden 12
American (3-4, 2-2) at Newark Memorial (3-4, 1-2), 7 p.m.
A pair of non-contenders battle in this one. My hunch is Newark is still a program that’s a notch above. Score: Newark Memorial 27, American 6.
Actual score: Newark Memorial 23, American 14
James Logan (5-3, 3-0) vs. Mission San Jose (0-7, 0-4), at Tak Fudenna Stadium, 7 p.m.
Another easy win for the Colts and let’s keep adding to the Warriors’ losing streak, now at 20 on the field (a loss to Albany last year became a forfeit win, so technically the streak is at 15). Score: James Logan 51, Mission San Jose 0.
Actual score: James Logan 58, Mission San Jose 0
McClymonds (4-3, 1-1) vs. Fremont (1-6, 1-1), at Curt Flood Field, 3:30 p.m.
Why do I even attempt to predict the OAL anymore? In all seriousness, last week’s win by Fremont shouldn’t be all that surprising because at the beginning of the year I pegged them as a potential favorite, but when they lost a bunch of players to ineligibility, they stumbled. Now at full strength, they are once again a contender. But so is Mack and this is a very intriguing game that could go either way. Score: Fremont 26, McClymonds 20.
Actual score: Fremont 12, McClymonds 6
Oakland (2-4-1, 0-2) at Castlemont (3-3, 2-0), 3:30 p.m.
The Wildcats are a shell of what they were expected to be, thanks to the loss of QB Charles Cobbs to injury. The defending Silver Bowl champion Knights are in sole posssession of first place and at home and looking to avenge last year’s only loss to an OAL squad. I think they’ll do it. Score: Castlemont 27, Oakland 14.
Castlemont 31, Oakland 26
Skyline (2-5, 1-1) at Oakland Tech (5-2, 1-1), 3:30 p.m.
I don’t know quite what to make of Oakland Tech. I was very impressed when I saw them beat Ygnacio Valley, but their deficiencies at quarterback hurt them against Fremont. My hunch is last week’s loss was more about what Fremont did than what Tech didn’t do. Also, Skyline is a team that is showing to be capable of being very competitive after holding a 10-0 lead at halftime over Castlemont last week. The common opponent factor of what these teams did against Fremont can’t be used since it was two different Fremont teams, so I’ll pick Tech to bounch back, although if I was setting a line, I’d call this a pick ‘em game. Score: Oakland Tech 22, Skyline 20.
Oakland Tech 42, Skyline 26
Valley Christian (4-3, 2-1) at Salesian (6-1, 3-0), 1:30 p.m.
After last week’s blowout loss against Berean Christian, the air is out of Valley Christian’s balloon. Move Salesian closer to an unbeaten run through the BFL. Score: Salesian 34, Valley Christian 14.
Actual score: Salesian 40, Valley Christian 7
John Swett (3-4, 1-3) at St. Mary’s (5-2, 3-1), 1:30 p.m.
The Panthers proved they can compete with the league’s best with last week’s performance against Encinal. They’ll get back in the win column this week against a team not nearly up to the Jets’ caliber. Score: St. Mary’s 32, John Swett 6.
Actual score: St. Mary’s 42, John Swett 7
San Leandro (5-2, 4-0) at Bishop O’Dowd (2-4-1, 2-2), 1:45p.m.
This may be the most lopsided matchup in this rivalry in quite a few years. Who knows? The Dragons could shock everybody and play their best game of the year and get a win. It also could be over by halftime. I’m guessing the more likely possibility is the latter. score: San Leandro 46, Bishop O’Dowd 20.
Tennyson (2-5, 0-4) at Arroyo (2-5, 1-3), 1 p.m.
Arroyo seems to be getting hot and the Lancers are ice cold, plus they typically struggle playing at Arroyo. Score: Arroyo 34, Tennyson 14.
Actual score: Arroyo 42, Tennyson 28
Kennedy-Fremont (4-3, 2-1) vs. Washington (5-2, 3-0), at Tak Fudenna Stadium, 7 p.m.
The Titans are a solid team and the clear No. 4 in this league behind Washington, Logan and Newark. They should be a playoff squad after they get past American next week. But this is not a game they’ll have a chance in. Score: Washington 31, Kennedy 7.