East Bay Football Poll — 11-1

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

Team Record Points Last week Comment
1. De La Salle (7) 8-0 105 1 Racked up nearly 500 yards of offense in blow out of Granada
2. California 8-0 98 2 Scored game’s first 30 points to cruise past Amador
3. Concord 7-1 91 3 Pica’s five TDs lead way to another lopsided win
4. San Ramon Valley 5-3 81 t5 Wolves in control after a brief 7-0 deficit vs. Livermore
5. Monte Vista 5-3 76 8 Mustangs sit alone in third place in EBAL with two to play
6. Foothill 5-3 63 4 Falcons couldn’t stop Monte Vista passing game in loss
7. Encinal 7-1 61 7 Jets overcome sluggish first half to trounce St. Mary’s
8. McClymonds 8-0 58 9 Receiving little resistance in their pursuit of a perfect season
9. Granada 5-3 57 t5 George Atkinson III injured in second quarter of loss to DLS
10. Pinole Valley 7-0-1 45 10 Spartans can clinch at least a share of ACCAL title this week
11. James Logan 6-2 33 12 Colts firing on all cylinders in 55-7 win over Kennedy-Fremont
12. Bishop O’Dowd 7-1 26 13 Can clinch first HAAL title since 1999 Friday vs. San Leandro
13. Heritage 6-2 15 NR Patriots bounce back after loss vs. Pitt to beat Freedom
14. Alhambra 6-2 12 14 Bulldogs go to overtime to outlast Campolindo
15. Miramonte 7-1 11 15 Idle Matadors are among three DFAL teams tied for first at 3-1

Also receiving votes: Berkeley (6-3, 4 points), Northgate (7-1, 2), Pittsburg (3-5, 2). 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.

  • norcalfball

    so annoying hearing all the ridiculous d3 and encinal posts…schedule up (other than just serra) and most importantly win a game vs a ranked opponent please, then argue your ranking…

    until they do..encinal is a great D3 team, but sorry that is it. favorites for the D3 title game does not mean you are ready to take on the EBAL…heck they wouldn’t even be the favorites in D2.

    lets compare d2 to d3
    your #1 Marin catholic struggled with d2 los lomas this year who probably won’t even be a top 10 seed if seeded at all.

    your #2 according to cal preps cardinal newman lost to d2 rancho cotate…

    your #3 miramonte lost to los lomas (see above)…
    your #4 Encinal has 1 win vs a d2 opponent or higher and that is alameda only 27-12, which was vs a team that may not even make the playoffs and if they do will be a 14-16 seed…
    your #6 alhambra lost 33-14 to a D2 dublin team who has only 2 wins on the year and is currently ranked #19 in d2…

    based on this i think YV and O’Dowd should be in your top 3 if you even want a chance vs d2…they are the only ones with plus victories other than MC beating bhigh, but d2 #2 pinole beat bhigh too.

    so not sure where all the D3 faithful keep talking that they are so much better than d2…the only thing d3 is better at is talking…they may be deeper 1-16, but the top 8 in d2 would beat the top 8 in d3 head to head…

    please give me one argument of how D3 is so much better or more entertaining than D2…other than Encinal being the fastest team on the planet vs a bunch of d3 and d4 opponents…no disrespect to encinal because they are a great program but they are what they are a great D3 program.

  • outsider

    I doubt a Division 1 team would even consider scheduling a Division 3 team since if the Division 1 team won then it would not help their standing much but if they lost it would hurt them badly.

  • HS Football Fan

    FB Guru, apparently both San Rafael and Redwood are going to forfeit this week’s games as a punishment for their brawl last week. No way they end up higher than a 7 seed now.

  • HS Football Fan

    KillerD, no argument that Moreau’s tie with San Lorenzo hurts them. My point was that if you have Piedmont and Encinal beating them, there’s no way they end up seeded over Campolindo, and I doubt they’d get seeded over Novato. They may not even get in over Del Norte, El Cerrito or even Kennedy. I think they need to beat Piedmont this week to lock up a bid.

  • outsider you dont know jack Novato has played Foothill of the EBAL for the last 5 seasons. This season Novato played Hertiage ,Foothill and Bellermine all DI schools. Get your facts straight before start spouting off

  • HS Football where did you hear that? I cant see that happening because it is a penalty to the school they where supposed to play as well

  • HS Football Fan

    Here’s the story on the Marin Independent Journal’s site:


  • HS Football Fan

    It was in the Marin IJ. For some reason I can’t seem to post the link…

  • HS Football Fan

    Plenty of D-I vs. D-III non conference games already this year. Berkeley/Marin Catholic, Heritage/Novato, Heritage/Kennedy(F), Liberty/Miramonte, College Park/Alhambra just to name a few…

  • outsider

    I stand corrected. Novato plays three tough games in their preseason.

  • ok ESPNRISE posted week 9 Div III bowl stuff today so here it is


    1. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 9-0
    2. (3) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 7-1
    3. (5) Carmel 7-1
    4. (6) Encinal (Alameda) 7-1
    5. (7) Monterey 7-1
    6. (2) Union Mine (El Dorado) 7-1
    7. (9) Lassen (Susanville) 7-2
    8. (4) Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 5-3
    9. (8) North Monterey County (Castroville) 7-1
    10. (10) Jefferson (Daly City) 7-1
    On the Bubble: Escalon 8-1, Colfax 7-2, Healdsburg 6-2, Livingston 7-2, Miramonte (Orinda) 7-1, Salesian (Richmond) 6-2, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 7-1, St. Patrick-St. Vincent (Vallejo) 7-1, Wheatland 8-1.
    Notes & Highlights
    •This division became more difficult to decipher as one of the last two unbeatens, previous No. 2 Union Mine, dropped its first game 10-7 to Vista del Lago of Folsom. While Vista del Lago is in the same league as the Diamondbacks, it is a bigger school. Union Mine also has several quality wins so dropping the team all the way out of the top 10 was not warranted.
    •Even with Carmel going up to No. 3, the likelihood that the CIF bowl game berth in this division will go to whichever team wins the CIF North Coast Section 2A title remains solid. Marin Catholic has been dominant while others that should be in that NCS bracket are Bishop O’Dowd, Encinal, Cardinal Newman and Miramonte. If the Wildcats falter in the playoffs, the team they lose to would probably be next in line to be chosen. Cardinal Newman lost last week 27-21 to Rancho Cotate of Rohnert Park, but like Union Mine that is a bigger school playing in the same league.
    •Since no other teams outside of Union Mine and Cardinal Newman lost, there was no room to move up any newcomers into the top 10. Wheatland posted a signature 13-12 win over longtime league nemisis Sutter and may be the next team in. The Pirates’ lone loss is to Lincoln, but they also have a win over Colfax.

  • I dont know but to me it looks like the Jets are getting no respect what so ever if O’Dowd is being rated above them. Is it the Nickerson factor?

  • football415

    BOD is ovverated….i mean they are legit, but no way they are better than Encinal…….but their improvement is impressive

  • Prep Fan


    1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 8-0
    2. (2) Valley Christian (San Jose) 8-0
    3. (4) California (San Ramon) 8-0
    4. (5) Bellarmine (San Jose) 7-1
    5. (3) Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 8-1
    6. (6) Palo Alto 8-0
    7. (8) Monterey Trail (Elk Grove) 6-3
    8. (7) Franklin (Elk Grove) 8-1
    9. (11) Napa 8-1
    10. (12) Palma (Salinas) 7-0-1
    11. (15) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 5-3
    12. (9) Serra (San Mateo) 5-2-1
    13. (NR) Lincoln (Stockton) 6-3
    14. (NR) Granite Bay 6-3
    15. (NR) Monte Vista (Danville) 5-3
    On the Bubble: Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 4-3-1, Foothill (Pleasanton) 6-3, Granada (Livermore) 5-3, Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 7-2, Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 7-1, St. Francis (Mountain View) 4-3-1.
    Notes & Highlights
    •De La Salle remains in command of this group, but the Spartans probably will face No. 3 California in a 9-0 vs. 9-0 matchup of unbeaten teams in two weeks to decide the East Bay Athletic League title.
    •Previous No. 3 Pleasant Grove only dropped two spots in this division since its loss was to Folsom, one of the top teams in D2 North.
    •Monterey Trail and Franklin flipped spots for a good reason. The Mustangs edged the Wildcats 37-36 and handed them their first loss. Drake Tofi, who also shined when Monterey Trail nearly upset national power Grant three weeks ago, was even better against Franklin. He rushed for 293 yards on 39 carries and scored four touchdowns.
    •Previous No. 10 Turlock suffered perhaps the upset of the year so far in the state as it lost 17-10 to Atwater, which had not yet won this season. Turlock’s only loss coming into the game was by just one point to Buhach Colony of Atwater, which is another top D2 North squad.

  • Prep Fan


    1. (1) Grant (Sacramento) 9-0
    2. (2) Folsom 8-1
    3. (3) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 8-1
    4. (4) Vacaville 8-1
    5. (5) Buhach Colony (Atwater) 9-0
    6. (8) Foothill (Palo Cedro) 9-0
    7. (NR) Del Oro (Loomis) 5-4
    8. (9) Del Campo (Fair Oaks) 7-2
    9. (10) Inderkum (Sacramento) 8-1
    10. (NR) Manteca 9-0
    On the Bubble: Casa Grande (Petaluma) 7-1, Concord 7-1, McClymonds (Oakland) 8-0, Paradise 8-1, Patterson 8-1, Pioneer (Woodland) 8-1, River City (West Sacramento) 9-0, Rocklin 6-3, Roseville 6-3.
    Notes & Highlights
    •With Folsom posting its big win over Pleasant Grove, the top five teams in this division should be staying put until the playoffs. All five should be in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II field, too.
    •The major upheaval is due to the competitive nature of all the teams in the Sierra Foothill League. Previous No. 6 Roseville lost 31-21 to Del Oro while previous No. 7 Rocklin lost 42-41 to Granite Bay.
    •Two of Del Oro’s four losses are to powerhouses Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas and Clovis West of Fresno. The Golden Eagles have turned it around with Bobby Heatherington at quarterback, who completed 12 of 18 passes for 150 yards and two scores vs. Roseville. Kenny Andri also had 20 carries for 135 yards and one touchdown. The team’s other quarterback, Max Magleby, starred against Roseville as well on defense. He blocked a punt and came up with a clutch interception in the second half.
    •Del Oro projects to be in the Sac-Joaquin Div. III playoffs and considered its strength of schedule would be tough to beat. Another in that field should be Manteca, which improved to 9-0 with a 35-27 triumph over Oakdale. Under head coach Eric Reis, the Buffaloes have won three section titles since 2001.

  • renegades10

    All I know is NCS D3 is going to be one helluva playoff bracket. I can’t remember a year where it was this stacked with solid football squads. I am going to stick with MC until someone finds a way to beat them. They are a solid squad with some good size players. My dark horse in D3 is CN. I know they just had a tough loss to Cotate, but the team is battle tested and that definitely can help in the playoffs.

  • renegades10

    And KillerD that is a gutsy pick to say the least, especially given the fact that over the years DLS has been much tougher to play the 2nd time around in a season if they have a rematch. I would say Cal’s chances are higher in the regular season than the post season. I am pretty sure MV did it in 1987 by losing to DLS first time and then beating them in the finals. Also believe Pitt accomplished the same feat in 91, by beating DLS in their 2nd meeting of the year in the NCS finals. I may be wrong on those, but I am pretty sure that is correct. So maybe history is on Cal’s side there as it seems DLS is vulnerable in a 2nd meeting in the finals. Hmmm….it’s going to be a real interesting week on this board leading into the game in a week.

  • Prep Fan

    Cal still has to play at Foothill this week, and that is no easy game. But even if Cal loses to Foothill, the EBAL title would still be on the line vs. DLS, just not the perfect regular season. And of course DLS still must fend off the challenge from Livermore. 🙂

  • Scl alum

    Any predictions on Casa Grande vs Windsor (at Windsor) Friday night?

  • KillerD

    SclAlum, to answer your question about a Hypothetical game between Healdsburg and Miramonte and Yes understanding their recent big games history. Healdsburg wins at Home and Miramonte wins at Home. Both teams equal, but a field goal difference for home field advantage.

    Encinal vs. BOD: the chatter amongst Jets and Dragon supporters is sizzling. I believe it would be one of the best games at any level. Who would win? Jets would win at home but toss up at BOD if it is a Day game, that would mean the Jets would be in their standard Day game Malaise and slow to awaken because they are a different animal at night, fierce and nasty.

    To Red Raider’s statement of Moreau will defeat Piedmont: Mariners have a better defense and attack this year over the Highlanders. But upon further review Piedmont has played a far tougher schedule than Moreau and Mariners have yet to face Encinal. Piedmont must win to get into playoffs but Moreau will get in with a 5-4-1 record. My call is Piedmont by 10 points based on strength of schedule and the fact St. Patricks hung 49 points of them but only put 28 on Piedmont, both recent games.

    DLS vs. Cal High in the NCS Title Game: Assuming Cal defeats all comers and goes into Showdown week with the Only loss a week 10 bruiser to DLS, then Cal high will have had penty of time to recover, win and build and revamp for DLS in the final. Cal high is approaching a SHEER physical presence rarely seen in NorCal football. This year Bishop Gorman of Nevada, a team not nearly what it was last year, held DLS to 28 points. Cal high has the OL to sustain LONG drives via the run and some pass, and Cal high has the Big, strong fast defense to put a Python Grip on any team in the state, even DLS.

    I would guess now if both teams win out in the playoffs, it would be Cal 28 vs. DLS 20 in Finals.

  • renegades10

    some sensationalist writing there killerD. While Cal is playing very physical, to say they are approaching a physical presence rarely seen in NorCal might be a bit of an overstatement. The top WCAL teams, DLS, some of the great Pitt, SL, and Logan teams and many of the top SJS teams over the years such as Grant, Del Oro, Nevada Union have all featured suffocating, hard hitting defenses.

  • Prep Fan

    I agree Renegades. While Cal has played very physical this year, to say they are approaching a physical presence rarely seen in NorCal is a bit of a stretch.

  • FB Guru

    HS FB Fan, I was curious if Redwood and San Rafael would be punished. I hadn’t seen any information on these blogs but making both teams sit is the right decision IMHO. This will drop San Rafael out of the top 6 in Div III.

  • junior

    Killerd- you are comparing Cal to BG? wow.

    DLS has given up 8 TD’s this year.

  • KillerD

    Recall from my literati above…….I said Cal high is approaching a physical presence RARELY seen in NorCal football.

    Rarely would thereby encompass ALL of those great teams some of you mentioned and other squads fondly recalled in memoirs and respectfully honored for their dominance tallied.

    I for one am happy to see fresh blood on the scene and am hoping Cal high if they win out can break the streak of DLS. I admire DLS immensely, I just believe it would be good for a public school to win D1 in NCS.

  • Footballman

    Bleachercoach what are you a parent that sits in the bleacher and thinks he knows everything Bod may not play in the greatest league but they are very good they got talent having Coach Nickerson has nothing tbo do with the rating come on u know that what is he paying people to place Bod higher i mean really theres allot of profesional ex football players as coaches the only reason your getting at Bod is becausebthere doing good and your trying to find some excuse.

  • Footballman

    Football415 you probably play in san fransico so of course or going to hate Bod what are you saying Bod is overated let me ask you from What i know enicinal has a great run game right well Bod is 3 in run they would stop them defensive wins games.

  • ManDown

    Footballman, I like BOD this year and I think they can match well with Encinal. Both teams play really good defense and Encinal has a explosive offense and ODowd plays good offense. It would be a good game no doubt. I just think Encinal has many weapons on Offense and gets good games from a differnt player every week.

  • Footballman

    Thank you for a respectful answer mandown as a Bod alum i go have to go for Odowd but yes it would not be a blow out it would be a field goal game and i beleave odowd would win.

  • BabyHitler

    Footballman shutup! Until BOD plays a quality opponent then we can determine if they are the REAL DEAL

  • Footballman

    really babyhitler i mean really

  • monarch86

    KillerD, stay strong in your position, the Cal kids are a tough, strong bunch who know how to win. If they can stay focused on this week’s challenge the DLS showdown will be fun. I also think it will be interesting to see how sharp De La is after they roll over Livermore – is it better for a team to come off an easy victory or a competitive game when facing a tough opponent the following week?

  • outsider

    I am rooting for Cal too and I believe they have the talent, conditioning and game plan to win. I am a little worried that they have not really had a hard game this season since Washington and so are not battle-tested like De La Salle. If it is a close, hard-fought game I have to give the edge to De La Salle because they have been there. But as Monarch86 said De La Salle has not had any tough games since Bishop Gorman. This Cal team is the one that beat De La Salle at the JV level, which usually doesn’t happen, so they know it can be done, they just need to continue to believe even when things get tough.

  • junior

    Cal will be a tough opponent for DLS no doubt.

    One thing the Grizzley players might find a challenge is their memory of the jamboree at Pitt HS this summer. DLS dominated Cal that night.

  • renegades10

    DLS had to slug one out against SRV when they were not at their usual level so to say they haven’t had a tough game since BG would not be true. I think playing Livermore is fine, they will play some series, stay game ready, if score gets big fast they will come out fast and it will give an opportunity to get some guys healthy. I think it will be a great game, and Cal has the ability to win the game this year I just thought that the comment of approaching a sheer physical presence rarely seen in NorCal was an overstatement.

  • c.sparks

    Encinal on any given night can have a great game by jon trodder, if not him jonathen allen, if not him naim pascal, if not him paul okamura, or vee, or banks? waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy tooo many weapons.. not to mention stud meno….. all those guys are d1 or d1aa talent… i dont see how O dowd stopping them atleast.. marin is the only team caplable of beating them.. i can wait too see this brackett, oh yeah and miramonte… QB,,,, pshhh watch out for this kid.. i am telling you guys.. HE IS A STAR IN THE MAKING!!.. you will see

  • Chs1012

    R10- one game at a time… Saturday will come soon enough.

  • fyi

    I said it earlier… Cal is primed to get DeLa this year… I’ll certainly be there…

  • Footballer11

    renegades 10 is a BOD hater the Dragons just mached down to Burrell Field and handed San Leandro their first loss to BOD in over 10 years, clinching the league title as well. The Pirates were intimidated by o’dowd’s defense, which stepped up big with 2 defensive td’s in the second half. SL choked under pressure and BOD’d offense handled their business. Odowd is capable of doing big things in the playoffs

  • Footballer11

    renegades 10 is a BOD hater the Dragons just marched down to Burrell Field and handed San Leandro their first loss to BOD in over 10 years, clinching the league title as well. The Pirates were intimidated by o’dowd’s defense, which stepped up big with 2 defensive td’s in the second half. SL choked under pressure and BOD’d offense handled their business. Odowd is capable of doing big things in the playoffs

  • renegades10

    Not hating to say that I don’t think they have earned a ranking yet. Good for them to beat SL, but don’t forget Logan went to Burrell field and shut out SL and Arroyo went there two weeks ago and beat them as well. So it’s not like BOD accomplished this incredible feat. Congrats to the Dragons on the league title, but I will say it again the HAAL is awful this year. And BOD’s non-league wins were over a bad Alameda team and a really bad Skyline team. Their loss is to a two win Saint Ignatius team. Nothing about that says this team should be ranked in the top 15. If they go out to what will be the most competitive NCS bracket this year in D3 and knock off some teams, then and only then should they be considered a top 15 team imo.