East Bay Football Poll — 10/11

Here’s the latest East Bay football poll. Enjoy.

Team Record Points Last week Comment
1. De La Salle (7) 5-0 105 1 DLS rolls Amador 56-0 in prep for meeting with Monte Vista.
2. California 5-0 98 2 Grizzlies keep rolling, cruise past SRV 38-19.
3. Concord 4-1 91 t3 Idle Minutemen open DVAL play Friday against Clayton Valley.
t4. Foothill 4-1 80 7 Falcons slow down Granada to earn big road EBAL win.
t4. Monte Vista 3-2 80 6 Mustangs get back on track by routing Livermore.
6. Granada 4-1 67 t3 Matadors fall behind early, dealt first loss of season.
7. Encinal 4-1 59 8 Jets top 400 yards rushing for second straight week in victory.
8. San Ramon Valley 3-2 58 5 Wolves were dominated in second half of loss to Cal.
9. McClymonds 5-0 49 9 Warriors rest up and prepare for start of OAL action.
10. Deer Valley 4-1 41 10 Wolverines set to open BVAL play with showdown vs. Pittsburg.
11. Heritage 4-1 37 11 Patriots return from bye with BVAL opener at Liberty.
12. Pinole Valley 5-0-1 33 13 Spartans stay unbeaten with easy 42-0 win over De Anza.
13. Miramonte 6-0 17 NR East Bay’s first six-win team of 2010 makes debut in poll.
14. Northgate 5-0 10 15 Broncos bring unbeaten record into start of DVAL play.
15. James Logan 4-2 8 NR Colts return to poll after blasting MSJ 53-0.

Also receiving votes: Amador Valley (3-2, 7 points). Records are through Saturday. The East Bay poll is voted upon by the prep sports staff of the Bay Area News Group-East Bay.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.

  • Prep Fan

    That’s pretty gutsy to move MV up to the 4 slot, given they are almost certain to dip back down to 3-3 this week vs. DLS. They don’t really have any impressive wins, having barely beaten a winless Pitt squad that is struggling to find itself, and scoring 120+ points in destroying 2 completely overmatched teams in Hayward & Livermore.

    We won’t really know what MV is capable of until their last 4 weeks of EBAL play with the 2 Pleasanton schools, Granada and SRV. They could very well run the table in those games and go 5-2 in EBAL play, but we’ll have to wait and see.

  • renegades10

    1. DLS
    2. Cal
    3. Foothill
    4. Concord
    5. Granada
    6. Monte Vista
    7. SRV
    8. Mack
    9. Encinal
    10. Heritage
    11. Pinole Valley
    12. Deer Valley
    13. James Logan
    14. Miramonte
    15. AV

    Still not convinced about Northgate and have a hard time dropping AV below them for getting smacked by DLS. League play could help change that perception. MV, jury is still out and probably won’t be helped much this week against DLS. Heritage looks like the top team in the BVAL should be above DV.

    Games to Watch For

    BSAL: SPSV@Encinal- This should determine the league champ. Both teams have explosive offenses and should put up points. But I believe the defensive advantage lies with the Jets and since they are playing at the nail house, they win 35-21.

    BVAL: Pitt@DV- This time last year, this game was for first place in the league. But this time the game bears a different significance for both teams. Pitt has started off 0-5 and I don’t know the last time that happened. They really need to win out in league to give themselves the best shot at qualifying for playoffs. DV on the other hand has been anything but impressive in compiling a 4-1 record and were pummeled at home by Vacaville in their last game, giving up 600 yards of total offense. This also is a grudge match since Pitt beat DV in their second meeting last year during the playoffs. But I like the Pirates here. They have had a week off to regroup and refocus, and after struggling during preseason last year found a way to make it to an NCS championship. 28-14 Pirates win.

    DFAL: Acalanes@Alhambra- This is big matchup in the DFAL. Alhambra’s shocking loss to Dublin last week has created quite the battle for who will challenge Miramonte for league supremacy. Acalanes in the meantime rebounded from their blowout loss to the Mats to get a close victory over the reeling Cougars of Campolindo. Given the physical nature of both teams offense I expect this to be grinding battle with Alhambra getting back on track with a 21-14 victory.

    DVAL: Northgate vs. CP@DVC- While some might consider the Concord-CV game the best one this week in the DVAL, I believe it is this one. Northgate has steamrolled most foes with a big running game. They have been riding the ultimate high after their hard fought win over Las Lomas three weeks ago. They come into league play with high expectations, but face a decent test against the Falcons. Although 1-4 they have been in every game in the 4th quarter except against Cal. They will need to be strong against the run this week and need Valdez to have a huge game, but I think at the end of the day, they just don’t have the horses to get them over the top, Northgate wins 42-28.

    HAAL: Hayward@San Leandro- In a matchup between league unbeaten’s something will have to give at Burrell field. San Leandro has been the picture of domination on the gridiron in the HAAL, but early struggles have left many wondering if this was the year they slip from the top spot. While both only have wins over unimpressive teams, I believe that the Pirates will win this matchup to setup a showdown with BOD for the league crown. 35-28.

    EBAL Previews:

    MV@DLS: This game the last two years was supposed to be for first place in the EBAL. MV played DLS incredibly close last year in the 1st matchup, but found themselves on the bad end of a blowout in the playoffs. This year finds a bit of a different scenario for the Mustangs who have already suffered a big loss in league at the hands of Cal. Unless MV Alum offers something different, I believe Sullas will return as the starter in the backfield this week and they will need him as he has been the most consistent offensive weapon since the QB play has been spotty at best. DLS has played very well to start the season, and will need to keep it going and avoid a mid-season let down. Offering a much more balanced attack this year has made the Spartans tough to stop despite the absence of a big name back, although Lucas Dunne has certainly turned in some great performances. For MV to have a chance, not only do they need Sullas to be able to run, but they need Lockie or Finnegan to get the ball to receivers as pass defense has been the main weakness of the Spartans on defense. If they aren’t passing well, the front 7 for DLS will tee off on any runners. Regardless when these two meet it has the feeling of a rivalry game, more than with any other team in the section and I’m sure it will be an intense game. DLS wins 42-14.

    Livermore@Cal- Cal dominates, enough said.

    Granada@AV- With their big win two weeks ago against SRV, many wondered if Granada was finally going to take that next step to becoming a top three team in the EBAL. That was erased quickly by the craft Coach Sweeney and his Foothill Falcons. Granada should be a playoff team regardless, but they have a matchup they should not take lightly against the Dons. Although this is a rebuilding year for AV, they have played beyond expectations and getting drilled by DLS is nothing to get down about. Still, while Atkinson III has been well contained on most runs he seems to break at least one big one a game. I think that kind of run will be the difference in this matchup 28-21 Granada tops the Dons.

    SRV@Foothill- This is probably the EBAL game of the week. It was only 5 games ago when SRV took down Mitty, many including myself, said that this was a team to challenge DLS for the top spot this year in the league. But their offense has been anything but good. I said it earlier, I wonder how Kravitz would have done with this team. Some feel Kline may be overrated, I feel that he hasn’t been given enough of a chance to showcase his abilities while the offense tries to remain very balanced. Rushing the ball doesn’t seem to be working so I think it’s time Kline airs out the ball 30 times in a game. Meanwhile, crafty Sweeney has been surprising opponents left and right and the Falcons had a big win over Granada to avenge last year’s defeat. I said after their loss to DLS to not sleep on these Falcons, their defense is better than last year’s believe it or not. While SRV may have the talent edge, Foothill has the coaching edge, and Sweeney will put together another great game plan to topple the Wolves and send them to fighting for their playoff lives. 35-17 Foothill wins.

  • BayShoreFan

    I say SPSV will upset Encinal

  • BAYShoreFan whats your final score for that game? SPSV doesn’t have a very good D so they might have to put up 50 to beat Encinal & Patrick would have to play the whole game on D something that he doesn’t do. I don’t even think he starts on D.

  • mytwocents

    Encinal needs to fix a few mental issues with the kids.The past games have been
    plagued with penalties and they make things tough to beat a good team like SPSV
    Encinal’s only loss came from a good Serra team that they dominated the first half but ran out of gas in the 80 degree weather plus the heat on the turf.

    SPSV will lose a shoot out with Encinal,this team is faster than the past two teams which includes 2008 undefeated team and 2009 NCS runner up team and THATS FAST… SPSV squeezed by Salesian 33-27 and beat St. Mary’s 35-21 but used 2 kickoff returns to do so.If you have not seen the Jets this year you have no idea just how athletic they really are.There are 7 different guys that can break long gains anywhere on the field and even with a loss Encinal plays much better defense than St Pat’s. add into the equation that Encinal has more experience,a better O and D better coaches and plays at NAILHOUSE where they know where all the sprinkler heads,dips shadows and holes are located and it does not look very good
    for the visiting team.If your going to the game please drive carefully as highway patrol has posted signs through out the field that SPEED KILLS.


  • Perkin, I say Encinal should win by 14. SPSV has a soft defense, not like the 06 and 07 teams. In fact, SPSAV hasn’t matcvhed up defensively since back when.
    As for Nightgale and Blanton, they’re both better than Teniorio overall because they are the complete coach and teacher. Coach T is a walk on. Nightgale is the AD and also coaches track. Both of them had college player potential, Nightgale mplayed at Cal.
    You’re entitled to your opinion, Nightgale has Salesian in that weaker league, but they certainly play up and win in playoffs. SPSV has had Novato, Cardinal Newman and Palma turn them down for games in the past. You’re right, Berean Christian shouldn’t be scheduled, but they beat St. Mary’s a couple of years back and no one said jive after that.

  • monarch86

    Ren10, I agree and I don’t think people know how sick the Sullas kid was and what he brings to the table for that offense. After seeing SRV I’m not sure I agree with them at 7, they were physical but the defense is not that great those kids got beat

  • Tenorio being off-campus is every reason why he’s better then both of them. Hasn’t that been the talk of the day on these blogs Catholic school advantages add being an on campus teacher to that.

    When did Novato EVER turn anybody down for a game?? & Palma come on now they played DLS for years I don’t see Blanton playing anybody near that level in his stint as a coach why wouldn’t Palma take a game with them. Best team they played was MC in 08 & he dropped them quick after he lost.

    Nightengale COWARD! Said it before & I’ll say it again lets see how they do now that they’ve hit league & play CSD & St. Liz. Looks liks SPSV will be headed back to Salesian in the play-offs even though they have head to head win.

  • EBfootball

    Why does Nightengale avoid the BSAL? Every other team at Salesian is in the BSAL except for football. If he makes moves like that why is he in a greatness conversation?

  • MV Alum

    R10: I think your comments and top 15 are right on, my understanding is Sullas is coming back which is needed nothing against Anderson or Bruce both have speed but need some seasoning as far as running the ball. I think MV will play better I saw alot and I mean ALOT of improvement on the defensive side (I know, Livermore, but Drew is a good runner) they held him to maybe 40yds he didn’t do anything until the 2nd/3rd teamers came in after the game was done. Sullas will give Lockie an out cuz he can run and if DLS just looks pass and drops 7 like Cal did he will eat them up. Do I think we can win, if the moon is full we get 3-4 turnovers then we have a 50-50 chance (maybe). I think we will give them a better game than either Foothill or AV but everything will need to fall into place and I will buy a lottery ticket after that. DLS 49-MV 28.

  • 617lemon

    Big joe you cant be serious encinal offense is way better than blantons. Just compare the qb play plus i see blanton aint runnin the 44 defense anymore. Spsv kills everyteam n the bsal its ok encinal does the same thing n they should be out the league. big joe do you know why blanton wants encinal out? Please dont say enrollment cause albany is bigger n ive never heard blanton complain about them.

  • football fan

    Look for a St Pats upset over Encinal.Patrick must go huge but look for QB Souza to control the game in the air and on ground as he did against Salesian.The key will be defense.Big question will they bring in Patrick at OLB to plug holes and Souza at DB to shut down receivers.Encinal has great backs they must be slowed down by SPs pair of 300 pounders and the Tarentino kid at LB.SPSV 35 Encinal 31.

  • bigeasy

    After the first two league games in the ebal things are starting to take shape for multiple teams but some big question marks still remain. my ebal rankings are as follows.
    1. DLS clearly the best team in NCS. playing much better then the state championship team of last year at this point in the year.
    2. Cal clearly the second best team in NCS. Potentially the best team ever at CAL. they will definatly give DLS a run for their money in the season finale. Best chance of any team to break DLs unbeaten streak against NCS opponents
    3. Foothill for me they are almost tied with MV. But i put them hear becaus they have a more quality win and defeat in ebal (beating granada and losing to DLS) definatly a notch or two below the two top teams in the league and so far the double wing seems to be working out for them.
    4. MV They have been beaten by two quality teams and are about to be handed there third defeat from a qualtiy team. they also have zero quality wins with two blowouts to terribale teams and a close game with an extremly down pitt. their true identity will not show for another two weeks
    5. Granada the atkinsons seem to be getting it done for a more complete granda squad then in many years. they look to make the playoffs and for them their succes will be determined in the playoffs.
    6. SRV they looked to contend for the league title but a slow start in league has derailed this hope. they are just looking to make the playoffs now. If kline can get back on the right track this looks to be a definate possiblity but everyone one on this talented team needs to step up.
    7. Amador they got stuck in a rebuilding year during one of the best years overall for the EBAL ever. they will most likely only get one more win this season. which is unfortunate for a relativly good team.
    8. Livermore wins the most improved team award this year. they are giving everybody better games then ever. there only hope for a league win is against amador. they will look to build on this year success next year when hopefully the ebal is down.

  • junior

    I would put Granada above MV right now. MV, as in recent years, cannot stop the run: They have already given up over a 1,000 yards rushing.

    No way in heck MV scores 28 on DLS.

  • bigeasy

    i can agree with granda above mv. really from foothill down to srv it is kinda a crap shoot. you could maybe even throw amador in there

  • Prep Fan

    SRV just needs 2 more wins in their last 5 to make the playoffs, and they have not yet played Livermore or DLS. So they really just need one other win against either AV, MV, or Foothill. If they don’t make the playoffs after that 3-0 start, that would be brutal but they have looked anything but impressive in their 1st 2 EBAL matchups.

    Cal and DLS are already qualified for the playoffs. Foothill and Granada each just need 1 more win and should get it done. MV & AV both went 2-1 in preseason and both sit at 3-2 and need 2 more wins, but both have already used up their Livermore card. I see MV getting 2 more wins, but maybe not AV. I think SRV will get it done and there will be 6 of the 8 EBAL teams qualified for NCS.

    Just because you qualify doesn’t mean you’re in. Only league champs get automatic entry (DLS), so if more than 16 teams qualify it could get interesting. Who else might qualify? Heritage, Pitt (they just need to win 3 of 5 in BVAL play despite the 0-5 start), DV, Freedom, Berkeley, Washington, Logan, SL. I don’t think they’ll be 16 teams that qualify. CP would need to step it up in DVAL play, and I can’t see Antioch or Liberty making a move. Maybe Newark? Washington and American both made it last year, but moved down to D2 this year. It looks like DLS and maybe the #2 seed could be getting a bye in the 1st round this year unless some teams improve dramatically in the 2nd half of the season.

  • renegades10

    I hope for the sake of competitiveness they do not try and fill out the bracket with 16 teams.

  • mytwocents

    Hey football fan do you honestly believe that defense wins this game to see who
    will control the BSAL ? Good, because your team statistically does not do it very well.
    28.9 is the average amount of points scored against this team.Encinal has 8 of the return starters that pounded you guys 55-19 last year.SPSV runs an offense that most teams have a difficult time containing but thats not the case with Tenario and Defensive coach Guerro.I believe it will be a good game but the Jets will impose their wills on them and come out victorious.The good news is you guys will dominate theBSAL for years to come as Encinal will probably be in the ACAL due to the combining of Alameda and Encinal High schools, but all in all ” beat the King, be the King”..


  • Prep Fan

    They took all 16 that qualified last season, so I would imagine they would do it again if they get the chance. You just never know when a team like #14 seed CP is going to stun the #3 seed AV, which happened last season. But that is the exception, and most of the time it would result in the bottom seeds being blown out in round 1.

  • eastbayfbfan

    miramonte will be 7-0 after they play campo this friday.

  • HSFootballFan

    All the questions about the BSAL/BFL talk for Salesian & Blanton wanting Encinal out should be answered when the NCS re-aligns the leagues for 2012. It would be nice to see all 3 teams in the same league. All 3 coaches have won an NCS championship with very talented teams. I have a feeling that in 2012 the BSAL is going to look like the old ACCAL back in the 90’s.

  • HSFootballFan

    I’m taking Encinal over SPSV by 14. This is a bigger game for them. Much larger implications for the stacked DIII playoffs. Marin Catholic, Eureka, Cardinal Newman – Yikes!

  • BayShoreFan

    Perkin, SPSV’s Defense IS soft. If they put more emphasis on making their defense better this week, and If N.Patrick is able to make plays like he has been doing; SPSV 22 Encinal 14.

  • MoellerMan

    I was at the game two weeks ago where Cal dominated Monte Vista. What struck me was how the MV coach, Bergman, was trying to run the same offense as last year when his alternating QBs were nowhere near the QB Nottingham was. In a very similar situation, Sweeney at Foothill evaluated his talent and completely rebuilt his offense to match his squad.

  • MV Alum

    MoellerMan: Bergman has always run the same offense over the seasons and he has had the horses to do it, with Lockie obviously a young talent he didn’t step up in that game when he needed to and the running backs they had couldn’t either. Losing Sullas was a big blow to them because he complemented Lockie with the run and contrary to belief from others on this site he would have made a big differece in that game. MV was actually in the RZ 7 times that night and couldn’t score they would have with Sullas and it could have changed the dynamics of the game itself. I am certainly not putting down CAL because I really like the way they play and the team they have it just would have been more competitive game overall. MV will play better and will score 28 on DLS I just don’t think they will stop DLS unfortunately.

  • c.sparks

    hear me out on this. encinal wins by 3 touchdowns.. remember i said it.. st pats is a little overratted, plays a very weak non leaugue… and will get punched in the mouth..

  • c.sparks

    just like they have in the past 2 years

  • ManDown

    C.Sparks, I don’t know how good Encinal is this year but I think it could be a good game this year between the two teams. I’ll be attending this one and we will see just how good both teams really are.

  • Prep Fan

    MV Alum, I think most on here believe that Sullas would have made a big difference in that game. Certainly, MV would have had a much better offense with him in there. It is just that the MV defense couldn’t stop Cal the Cal offense and when a team loses by 42 points, it is hard to place the blame on 1 player that is missing. If the 2 teams should meet up again in the playoffs with Sullas healthy, I’m sure it would be a much closer game.

  • outsider

    I agree that the MV vs Cal game would have been closer if Sullas were there. On the other hand I think that Cal expected a closer game from SRV and it didn’t happen either. We will watch and learn.

  • MV Alum

    Prep I am not saying MV would have won the game Cal played great and backed it up against SRV, I just believe it would have had a different feel and honestly 1 player can make a difference. That one 1st down they couldn’t make with him, the fumble inside the 5, a more honest D on the Cal side, small things but they add up. I have nothing but respect for CAL they are the 2nd best team in the league right now and will give DLS all they can handle. I wish they would push that game back a day so we could all go, it is going to be great…

  • c.sparks

    exactly, i think encinal is a bit slower and smaller from the years before… thats my take on it, did you see the serra game? mandown? i didnt get a chance to go to that one?

  • Jet4Ever52

    Encinal 35 St.Pats 14

    Jet Pride!

  • Perkins, Blanton played Encinal(pre-bsal), Healdsburg, Benicia, Ferndale, Salesian and Justin during his championship runs in 06 and 07. All these were out of league games. Doesn’t look like he avoided anyone during that 21 game streak.
    I agree, the last 3years schedule is way weaker. Cardinal Newman and Palma coaching staff both had openings and declined, reason, no reason to play a smaller Div team, doesn’t help their program and ratings. I watched Palma in 06 and 07, SPSV would have given them all they could handle. I spoke to De La players on those teams and they said SPSV about 3-4 tds behind them if all went right. DLS pounded Palma those 2 years. I don’t think you remember that SPSV had 2 1800 yd. backs in 06 and 3 1000 yd backs in 07.
    The 06 QB is starting at Cal Poly at LB-safety. They put some players in Div 1 and 2 from both those years. They also beat Encinal soundly in 06.
    With all that said, Encinal is truly the top dog in the league last 3 years, lots of speed, however SPSV had a crack relay team to NCS finals in 06 and a sprinter that went to state 3 yrs running and 2 long jumpers off those teams who also went to state. They also had 2 top weightmen in the small school Div. They stopped Javid Best cold in the second half of a championship game, actually almost putting him out of his last high school game. Alex Wong, playing DEiv 1 in Missouri stopped him cold in the second half. They had lots of speed. Lets give them some credit, they have 300-350 boys to work with.
    Also, Blanton’s got that program in a lot of playoffs over the years.
    Encinal should handle SPSV with no problems again this year.

  • ManDown

    Big Joe, I just did a little reseacrh and I found out that the year you guys beat Encinal they went 2-8. The past 4 games you guys played (05,06,08,09) Encinal won 3 out of the 4 in blowouts. I don’t know how good Encinal really is this year because against Alameda they didnt look very great but we will see against a very good SPSV team.

  • ManDown

    c.sparks, I didnt go to the Serra game but I attened the Alameda game and Encinal didnt look very great. They cannot tackle and a bunch of penalties on there side against a weak Alameda team. They can’t cover on defense and with all those athletes they should be able too. I didnt see any small guys on there team that I can remember but they did have a tiny LB and DT. I like both there defensive and offensive line, they played very good dominating the LOS. One thing they are is very explosive they have the ability to break a game open with there run game. Allen is a beast and I like #23 whoever he is. He juked the whole Alameda team on one play.

  • ManDown

    c.sparks, I didnt go to the Serra game but I attened the Alameda game and Encinal didnt look very great. They cannot tackle and a bunch of penalties on there side against a weak Alameda team. They can’t cover on defense and with all those athletes they should be able too. I didnt see any small guys on there team that I can remember but they did have a tiny LB and DT. I like both there defensive and offensive line, they played very good dominating the LOS. One thing they are is very explosive they have the ability to break a game open with there run game. Allen is a beast and I like #23 whoever he is. He juked the whole Alameda team on one play.