Were you more impressed with Pinole when they beat Alameda 41-13? If it wasn’t for Alameda’s Quarterback scoring two touchdowns between both games, your team would have only scored one time. Now, while I wasn’t happy with how Pinole played during the first round either … I was not impressed with Alameda’s play at all. In fact, they probably shouldn’t have even made the playoffs.
CN wins 56-35 over BOD. Dragons made a spirited comeback to pull it within 14 twice after being down 42-14 in the third quarter. Still, like I said during the season BOD was a product of a really bad league. People on here thought they should have been higher than a seven seed, looks like the committee got something right. They get credit for playing hard despite being down though and to make it somewhat interesting at the end.
Grant beats St. Mary’s 20-11 despite Shaq Thompson and Ference Lang being out. Grant will have a rematch with Folsom next week in the section finals. Folsom’s star qb Dano Graves went out tonight with an injury as well.
Speed does kill….but tonight I think Ve’e won it with his arm. The Loggers played real hard and seemed to wear the Jets defense down in the late stages. Thats a possiblity with our our lack of size on D though. Encinal had to work hard for every yard tonight. Can’t make the same mistakes next week in Marin…penalties and turnovers. Gutsy game by both teams…..but Encinal prevails with great 3rd down pick ups! Picked up a 3rd and 25 and a 3rd and 15 to ice the game. Ve’e threw some great balls! He has to be a top QB going into next year? What a rifle. Allen ran like a bull also. The Loggers seemed intent on clogging the line of scrimmage and I guess that left the passing game open….
I don’t know that Ve’e is one of the top QB’s for next year. Would be good if he could make it out to some of the summer camps and workouts such as the Nike ones. Elite 11 also runs a regional camp over at Berkeley each year. But as far as this area goes he is behind Houston, Kline, and Lockie right now. But Ve’e and Malik Watson at Pitt could be sleepers who with a good summer could get some looks.
Congrats to the jets. Tough game tonight hard hitting. Loggers played hard enjoyed the game real playoff atmosphere out there. What happen to all those all league defends from berkeley? Why cant berkeley beat a good ebal team? Players? Scheme or coaching?
Encinal’s QB looked really good last night. All his passes were on the money and he is much better than what I gave him credit for. The RB Allen is a beast where is that guy going next year? He runs hard. Eureka made an outstanding effort to come back but Encinal was the better team this night and proved how good they really are.
Tonight it is the battle of danville part 2 SR and MV square off again in this battle for a semifinals berth. last time these two met SR had their best offensive game of the year scoring over 30 points. MV was able to pull of the win with a big play by dalis bruce to score the game winning touchdown. the big hero of the game though was Mcgovern he had four tds and almost single handedly won the game.
In this rematch i expect big plays from Mcgovern again, but if the wolves double or even triple cover him look for davis bound Dane Turner to have a big game. The mustangs will also have sullas running the ball tonight. when he was been healthy the mustangs have been hard to handle. Their defense has steadily improved throughout the season and i would expect for this trend to continue.
On the other side of the feild we have the wolves. they have had an up and down season to say the least. After big nonleague wins including one over mitty they came in to league play as a potential contender but an early lost to granada brought them back to earth. While Kline has been getting a lot of heat for his less then stellar numbers he has actually been playing well recently. The key to the Sr offense is catching the ball. Their entire reciveing corps has had trouble with drops all year. Jr reciver Patrick Worstell stepped up big last week with some big catches look for him to make a difference tonight. The wolves have found a lot of succes running the ball this year with Weiss. He has made huge plays for them this year. On the defensive side of the ball Kyle Egan and Ben Teichman led an expirenced and aggressive defensive that actually gave DLS a tough time earlier this year.
You would think that the rain might play a factor in offensive production but that was not the case for either of these teams in the first round. the mustangs will defeat the wolves for the second time this year and get a chance for redemption against cal in the semis. 41-20 Mustangs
I think there’s a good respect between Encinal’s and Eureka’s programs. I think Eureka showed a lot of heart in their late rally in the last quarter. Two very good teams..Still not sure who Encinal will be playing as of yet. San Rafael is playing scrappy against powerful Marin Cath thus far..
Mild at best. Ferndale only lost to Mclymonds 18-0, and turned the ball over five times in an upset loss of Fortuna 13-18. They would beat Fourtuna 9/10 times they played. They are better than their 8-2 record indicates.
BHS All Leaguers? Not from what we saw Friday Night, plenty of athletes and some big guys but not nearly as strong or as well conditioned as Cal especially up front. In addition, it looked like that was the hardest BHS had been hit all year some big hits and crushing blocks had them hearing footsteps. The Cal Coaches were a little slow to adjust when BHS started blitzing every down, score could have been much higher. Lone BHS Score came against 2′s & 3′s.
Just got back from MC San Rafael game…Marin is TOUGH…we will need ALL HANDS ON DECK to beat this team and the only way we can do that is if we play hard for 4 quarters,which for 22 varsity players (who have already played 12 weeks and are pretty banged up) very hard to do.BUT……if anyone can beat them in this division it will be us. Marin has two full units (offense/defense) and a 45 man roster Jet players (most of which play both ways) will have a constant team of fresh players in front of them,we had the same scenario at Serra High School (Jets only loss).We controlled the first part of that game as we will next week except this time we will shock the NORTHCOAST when we upset Marin Catholic in front of their home crowd.
Mytwocents……it is going to be a great game next week, i wouldnt be shocked if Encinal won this game…the rivalry is to the point where both teams are top notch and can go either way…..encinal has more individual speed, MC has more depth and strength….cant wait to see this game!
As has been said for most of the season, the D3 playoffs this year were going to be real tough and a lot of fun to watch. For this particular division based on SBG guidelines, I don’t know there is a bracket out there that is tougher this year in NorCal. In my opinion though, for Encinal to win the need Ve’e to have a great game to provide some balance. MC doesn’t have the speed to matchup with Encinal, but they have a pretty good rushing defense and if they don’t have to worry about the pass at all, they will stuff the box to stop the fast paced running game of the Jets. I will admit to not having seen the Jets play this year, but I might put either Allen or Trodder out at WR a few times to give some different looks and take some potential run stuffers with them. If Encinal is up at half, this game is a tossup. Tied or down they lose as I think the depth will play a big role in the 2nd half.
lack of depth will kill the Jets….unless they are ahead at half. As long as they are up, the momentum can keep the fatigue away….but if they get down, I think the fatigue will hit harder. The turf will help the speed. They are going to need to hit on some long runs. If they stack the box too much…Ve’e will make them pay and that will make it a game. The MC coaches saw him throw well last night, so that may impact how they design the run stop?
On D, the Jets will have to scrap all night and fire a lot. The size difference will hurt them. They will have to combat that with speed
Other than that, the Jets need to stop the penalties and fumbles. If they play great, they can win and shock everyone!
Hmm, well renegades10 that’s not exactly how we see it but point taken.We are up against it and MC has been the pic by every who’s who in prep football. One thing we all know is that on “any given day” any team can win, this happens at all levels of Football throughout the country,I cannot explain how it will go down but we will pull off the big upset.
the tough thing about MC this year is that they have 2 QBs who can throw with Goff and Tewhill and they went for over 2,000 yards throwing over 20 TD throws…they also have a 1,000 rusher and close to a 1,000 reciever who also has about 300 yards rushing, they have 2 RB’s with 500 yards each apart from their 1,000 rusher….but Encinal needs to stop the run first and fire the gaps and force MC to throw it………Encinal on offense is going to need to break some runs w/nakamura and allen, suck up that that MC defense and run some PA on man coverage and get behind the MC defense…..it can be done, will be a hell of fight……..most of all Encinal cannot get into grind em out game with MC, b/c MC’s big boys will wear them down
Ive seen several ST Pats and Salesian games and those teams are very evenly matched.It will be interesting to see what Ferndale does on a real football field against Salesian.Ferndale has been getting away with the mud,slop and water for years!
I was told this was mudwrestling,not football.Hate to say it but I think St Pats got the screws this year.
All props to SRV they came to play last night. MV seemed tired and flat just couldn’t get it together just want to say thanks to Sullas, McGovern, Turner, Lockie, and all the rest of the team for a great season I hope they all do well at the next level that I know many of them will be moving on to. Good luck to all the teams finishing the playoffs.
BSAL fan proves he knows nothing that he talks about. Last time I checked both teams played on the same field. And SPSV plays on real grass at home. BSAL, you neglected to complain about the ride north. Curious you omitted that given the way you complain about everything else.
Further Ferndale beat you on a “real” football field in 2007. SPSV ran into a better team that played better. Why not complain about your offense and its self imposed penalties. End of story.
Agree with Scl that the Salesian game should be very good. See you there Saturday.
Went over the mountain to take notes for a possible matchup in 2 weeks and I have to agree with BSAL fan.This field took them out of the game,not Ferndale.You had to be there.Not sure if DLS could have generated any offense there.Players have to deal with wind and rain but the six inches of mud was a joke!
By the way the 07 game was 6-0.The type of battle you would expect from 2 good teams on a “real” field.JC you need to get out of your time warp,mud fields went out with the Colts in about 1968.
My guess is we will be seeing Salesian in a few weeks because their talent wont be erased by the conditions.
BSAL fan real cute excuses……your NOT a real football player if you havent played some ball in some mud and rain…..that is where you dig deep and have to impose your physical will on the other team with some good ole blocking and tackling, sorry if St Pattys couldnt do either out of the comfort of their home
The league champ host rule is pathetic. It just doesn’t make any sense. Especially with the possible 5-6 hour rides up North that teams may have to take. The teams up North definitely have it tough by having to travel but if they get a home game they have a real advantage with always being in those conditions & bus rides other teams have to take.
Not a St. Pats fan at all. But they earned a 2 seed & only lost to a good Encinal team. The to REAL North leagues are pretty average & are always gonna be won by the same 2 teams.
Travel won again. Eureka, St. PAts, FOrtuna all went down. Who knows what happens if those schools all get home field.
Observer. Educate me. I went to school there. I grew up there. Good teams overcome adversity. And then if they lose, they take their hat off to the victor. SPSV is all sour grapes today.
Maybe Salesian won’t line up off sides for the first 5 plays like SPSV. SPSV did the same thing shooting themself in the foot in 07. It wasn’t called in the first 07 game, but everyone in the stands could see it. When it got to playoffs (the second 07 game), and refs with a better understanding of the game were used, it was called. The field WAS a factor, but it was the same field for both teams. Surprised you didn’t complain about your ride over the hill.
I havent interviewed any players or coaches but I have talked to some fans who were there.Nobody mentioned the ride or the officials.Everyones account was the same….MUD…!
Its obvious Mr Cates wants to bring something else into this conversation.I got a chance to see SPSV against Moreau and Salesian and their veer offense relies on timing.They also found a very good passing game this year to go along with their run offense,neither of which was possible in the thick mud.Just saying I feel badly for the boys to see all of their hard work and preperation removed because of an intangible.
Ferndale year in and out is a very good team,they play hardnose football.They do however frequently play and practice in these conditions which is a huge advantage.I played occasionally in these conditions over 35 years ago in the Midwest and trust me its nearly impossible to prepare for.
I just enjoy watching football and look foward to going to the Salesian/Ferndale matchup.Good luck to both teams and hope to see you there!
Should have known you were from Ferndale JC.At least you are humble enough to admit the field was a factor.What you dont seem to grasp is that its only a “factor”for the team that doesnt play in it every week.Educated?Enough said….
….of course the field is an advantage. That’s why such a premium is put on winning your league! I’ll say the same thing I said here last year to PV, if you’re gonna blame the opponents field as a reason for losing…..THEN WIN YOUR LEAGUE and you don’t have to worry about it. I guess St Pats lost the DIV NCS Title when Encinal beat them then, right? You have to give the league champs something, with all these 5 different levels of NCS and 1-9 teams making it?
Triton,Wrong Again!What you should have stated is”Thats why such a premium is placed on staying in a “A”division league with 3 teams”.
Ill give you time to re-think this…According to your methodology they could go 3-7 and host 2 or 3 games!!!Give me a break!
By the way”homefield advantage”comes from not having to travel, fan support,noise(ie:making qb audibles or snap counts difficult) NOT having field conditions where the mud is covering your socks!
….good point. But if you give the home game to the higher seed, you put youself at the mercy of a selection group from the NCS that doesn’t even have the confidence to make their picks in public. The secrecy that they hid behind is a joke and makes them not have to be accountable.
BTW, I think that homefield advantage is whatever it brings? Green Bay brings ice, snow and cold…is that fair for Atlanta(dome team) to have to play in? YES! Just because most teams have turf now, doesn’t mean that mud and slush is not a part of football. If the home team played better in the mud….then that’s a homefield advantage!
Since Encinal plays on real turf and it was swampy against Eureka (from all that has been posted here), what’s to say SPSV field was any better? They too play on natural turf. Forget the field conditions. The better team won.
I understand your comment about Green Bay etc. However the NFL requires you do what you can to keep the “playing field” playable.They tarp it,they scrape it whatever is necessary.The problem with Ferndale is they do what they can to make it worse.
I wasnt at the game but spoke with a SP fan who while at a local diner listened to one of the locals ask another if they watered last night.I know this to be true as I witnessed their field in 06 as I was recruiting Javid Best at Salesian..It wasnt rainsoaked it was watersoaked.Leaky hose…you tell me.
There is a reason why bowl games are played where they are.Many bay area teams play in rain and wind,part of the game.In todays world mud is rarely a part of the action.Many sections have playing field requirements in order to host.Why? Because most people want the athletes to determine the outcome.
natural homefield advantages are OK, I think. Watering your field because you have no speed is not OK, and I would never think that this was acceptable in high school football. I also agree that in this day, mud is virtually never a factor.
Encinal’s field was not swampy. I wasn’t on the field, but it hadn’t rained in 3 days. The field definitely wasn’t hard, but it was far from “swampy”. The Jets were slowed by a good defensive gameplan against the run, more than because of a wet field.
KillerD..I only join in from time to time as my schedule allows.When I come across an unfortunate situation such as the one St Patricks had to face.We never see this any longer at the college level and I believe the CIF will standardize their requirements sometime soon. Killer, your insight into the matchups and your breakdowns are impressive keep it up!
The Miramonte vs. Cardinal Newman game should be an entertaining matchup. They both play similar styles of offense, which should help both of their defenses. BOD struggled on defense with Newman’s spread, which can be tough to prepare for in a week, but Miramonte has been practicing against this all year. O’dowd pretty much handled the CN defense, even when they were dropping 8 and 9 into coverage after getting ahead. Two critical turnovers hurt Odowd, or this game would have been much closer. Fatigue may play a role as well, as CN lines up 60 guys (probably some JV’s mixed in there), and only one or two players play both ways. If Miramonte can stop Newman’s tiny but tough qb and running back, they should win, if not, it will look alot like the BOD game.
Yeah, We’re looking forward to seeing a incredible game between Concord and Casa Grande. I see you picked Casa to beat Concord … What makes you believe this can happen? I know that both team feature very good quarterbacks and put up alot of points. But, I don’t know much about either teams defense. Will this be the deciding factor?? Between both of those teams, who would you think Pinole (if they get by Rancho) would have a better chance of beating (even if just a slim chance)
The NCS home field advantage rule has been debated for a long time. A team with 4 losses that wins a league with only 4 or 5 teams can end up hosting a 1-loss team that comes in second in a 9-team league. I think they should just give them a home game in the first round, and after that go according to the seeding. And field conditions should be considered when allowing games to go forward. Cal High had to play at Castro Valley in the NCS 1st round last year in baseball when their field did not dry up fast enough, even though Cal was the higher seed and neither was a league champ. So there is some leeway in the NCS deciding not to play at a school if the field conditions are not “up to speed”.
I saw Casa Grande’s QB play against YV, who beat them. He is the least mobile QB I’ve seen all year, hard to believe he’s signed to play at Colorado. If Concord can get him on the run, he’s done. Unlike Ricky, who pulls rabbits out of his hat on the run, this guy was awful when pressured.
Concord wins this one. May not be a blowout like all of Concord’s other games, but it won’t be close.
Go ‘Hounds..Healdsburg’s semifinal game at Middletown should be a dandy. I know Healdsburg will be fired up, playing possibly the best Middletown football team ever. Expect there to be a lot of fans there from both schools..
I was checking out Maxpreps and their Bowl game rankings from a couple days ago and the top five in D3 for the North includes the NCS D3 final four teams with Union Mine. I believe they lost. Which means according to Maxpreps, winner goes to state.
it didnt take 7 turnovers for concord to score 78 points….casa pitching back to back shut outs is impressive , but they came against 2 teams that have no idea how to have balance much less the ability to throw, concord has put a lot of pressure to opposing qbs….ask the last 2 qbs who watched the games from the sidelines
Jimmy Durkin, What do say what do you know? Hey did anybody hear who DE LA is playing next season? Word has it that Bellermine will be the favorites for the CCS title and State next year. I hear the Bells will be Playing De la Salle next year in San Jose.
I also heard Encinal and Grant have been conversating.
ROEPER I sure hope your wrong on the Encinal report. That would be an ugly beating for the Jets. I have seen then Pacers twice and the Jets 4 times this seasson , Grant is head and shoulders above the Jets. Talk about a roster Grant comes 65 players deep with 23 players between 215lb and 299lb and 5 players over 300lb 2 of which are sophmores.
Reggie I pull for the Jets every week. I sat on the EHS side vs Novato and will sit there vs MC. My issue is not with the team. It is with the fans who think the Jets cannot be beat and who do not give respect to the programs who have a long history of Championships
Killer D, I like your breakdown on the RC Pinole game. My son and I will be at that game. I agree RC has seen Pinole already; but Pinole’s run game is very very good, and its hard to defend speed. Alameda saw Pinole in the regular season and the results in the playoffs were the same. I hope RC prepares their defense better than what Rochlin did for Alameda. Someone mentioned watering down their field to minimize the visiting teams speed. 2 years ago Rochlin watered down Thompson prior to the O’Dowd game, Alameda lost by 52…
Yeah, can’t blame you there. Well I’m having fun playing these North Bay teams way better then playing these sorry ass BSAL schools. Only game worth watching was the St. Pats game. Eureka program was very well coached. I liked what they did on D but you can tell that he’s never played teams that pass. Their run D was very good but no real idea how to defend the pass. Probably has a lot to do with the area they play & the elements.
Brackett has traditionally done a great job but something seems to be missing this year. Has some of his coaches quit? Usually much more sound on D & offensively don’t like where they’ve gone. WIng-T Fly stuff from last year & years pass was better then this Spread Shotgun stuff he’s running now. Seems like he’s running stuff that has to have a stud QB which this guy isn’t. Other stuff worked for how many chamoionships why change it? He’s got the Speed to run the FLy/Wing-T.
The Encinal vs Marin game will be a good one this week. I don’t know who will win because both teams seem to be playing really good football this year and it should be a hard hitting game. I went to the Eureka vs Encinal game and it seemed as if Encinal was going to blow them out but Eureka played tough all night long. There QB is much better than what I gave him credit for. He made some big time throws when it counted and was the reason they won.
Pinole could be in some trouble this week if they come into the game cocky thinking its over before it starts. If RC can shut down Pinole’s RB then they will have a good chance at beating them but I think PV will take care of business against RC. RC will give them all they can run for but Pinole’s speed will will get them past RC.
ManDown, Our kids put a;ot of work into this season , and despite all the injuries, these kids played their hearts out , only to have this guy not step up and give them the type of head coach they deserve. You can judge me all you want; but ,when my son went down in week 4 , Rochlin didn’t even ask me how he was doing ,nor did he ever check to make sure he was good after the surgery.He told me not to have my son get cut on unless he plans on playing again, and then he has to want to play ! He questioned his injury and then told the team it wasn’t a serious knee injury. He has done the same with Ruckman in regards to his season ending knee injury. This man is no longer my head coach , and if Alameda was smart , they would replace him. ManDown I have always respected your comments and still do, but I’ve been holding my tongue all season and taking sh#$% from alot of bloggers about our program. Seasons over, my son graduates…I know that sounds selfish , but thats how I feel.
thedude, Come on man we all know PV wants to give the ball to James Lewis all game long. If you can contain him and play mistake free football on offense this PV team is very beatable. They want to feed Lewis 20-25 times a game and throw the ball deep. Thats it thats all
island02, I’ve heard the bad things that go on over there in Alameda from these blogs but I didnt think any of that was true. I feel your pain and it has to suck for a Alameda team with some talent just can’t get it done. Good luck to you and your son and I hope you guys can get it together down in Alameda.
The Bells game is news to me, I have understood next years schedule to be St. Mary’s, a SoCal power, and OOS team. But if DLS is traveling to SJ to take on the Bells someone who can promote it needs to jump on the EBAL-WCAL showcase. SRV and MV are also traveling to Mitty and Serra respectively next year. Put those three games at one location like SJCC would be great for all.
Reggie Hammond Novato was at the very best if they got lucky and beat Hearitage or Foothill a 7-3 team when the season started. After the first game and the Offence could not move the ball it looked like they would be 6-4 and thats where they should have finished they got homed by the Refs at the San Marin Game had 2 TD’s called back in the last 2 minutes of the game but thats what happens when your an average team.
The biggest issue for Novato this season was injury bug 6 senior startes where out buy the end of the regular season 2 guys really that were really missed both started on D and one was getting some DI looks before he blew out his knee in game 2.
In the end it is part of the game happens from pop warner to the pros it just sucks when it happens to you lol
ManDown, Thanks man, I’m sure this won’t be the last time you hear anything about Alameda’s program. There is alot of work to do in that camp. The talent is there for next season, and who knows whats going to happen with the 2 schools. Anyways ,thanks for all your support.
lmaooooooooooooooo ahahahhaha every one look at post #233 ahahahahahhahaahhahahahahahha! bleacher coach is a joke………… YOUR A MARIN FAN… but your a novatio die hard.. thats like being a monte vista fan and a San ramon valley wolfes fan.. either you like one or thats it… how u gone hope on every teams sack.. and lie and say your an encinal fan.. SO fake and lame…
Those decisions won’t come until we know the matchups. D-1 is already at the Coliseum and I’d think whichever game between D-2 and D-3 has more East Bay teams would get the other Coliseum game. If D-2 is Concord-Pinole, that would stand a good chance. Likewise if D-3 is Encinal-Miramonte. If all four of those teams made the finals, I could see one getting the Coliseum and the other being at Dublin. Since the NCS usually puts the game closer to the higher seed, you can look at sights like Santa Rosa as possibilities if teams like Newman, Marin Catholic and Cotate are in. We’ll just have to wait and see. The decisions won’t be made until after Saturday’s games.
island02 i dont care what talent is coming back it won’t matter if rocklin is head coach n kemp the o.c. we know what u think about the fly sweep. all peni says is he shoulda went to encinal.you n i know were cunningham jr shoulda went.i’m just glad your finally telling it like it is.alameda also watered the field in ’08 vs. the jets.heat wave all week that year but thompson was real soggy.if you really cared about those kids on jv you would tell them to get out of there cuz they aint gonna get no scholarship or win a postseason game.
wait a minute mandown…. I do believe Mr. Hill is more than capable of carrying the load for pv. So i don’t know if they want to hand off 20-25 time a game to Lewis. Hell does he even get the ball many that times?
You are a joke as a parent and as a coach. You are a perfect example of why parents shouldn’t be allowed to coach high school ball. Your actions are typical of something that happens in little league or pop warner.
First of all, you get on here and publicly announce that 2 games into the season your son has decided to quit football & concentrate on his grades, he is then labeled a quitter by many, damaging his reputation.
You knew that your son was ineligible going into the season and at the point where he decided to “concentrate on his grades”. Putting him through unnecessary b.s. brought on by you. The bull crap reasons you posted up here were laughable. Corruption had to have made him eligible.
Then your son has to get on here to clear his name, because of his father’s “pre-mature” retirement speech. You do damage control and backtrack and then lie about your interpretations of the matter.
As far as coaching goes,
You serve on the AHS staff, then get fire/released/quit whatever and decide to throw Rochlin under the bus. Saying he didn’t prepare the Alameda team for their game against Pinole Valley. Pinole Valley would have beat Alameda every day of the week. Any unbiased person knows that. Alameda was a terrible team. They didn’t belong in the playoffs.
I am not a fan of Rochlin, but for some ex-coach to get on this blog after he gets fired/released/quit and bad mouth the head coach says everything we need to know. You were part of the problem. You get on here and talk up the Hornets all during the pre-season & then turn on the program after the season doesn’t go as planned. Injuries,no talent & some buffoon blogging coach were what wrecked this Alameda team.
P.S. – Good luck to your son, I hope he heals and does well in the future. I also hope that he doesn’t have his dad opening his mouth and embarassing him anymore.
c.sparks the only joke on this blogg is you and the only football you know is from the video games you play on your Atari.
I played for the Jets durning there strongest era when we had the ranked teams for longer than your current steak and we NEVER LOST TO ALAMEDA . However my kids attended Novato I have followed and supported that program for 12 years.
It is a win win for me either way.
Unlike you I am not so biased that I cannot form an objective opinion about another team.
Island squaw , you’re the joke. I didn’t get fired I chose not to go back and coach for my own reasons. You know nothing about me or my son or our family. I’ve been raising him since he was 4 and u call me a bad parent? I laugh at you and everything you stand for.
Uh….I think we are going a little overboard on this stuff? This is a blogg meant for shooting the shit about high school football. I don’t think it was intended to attack HIGH SCHOOL coaches or players. It especially wasn’t meant to attack someone’s parenting skills? Why don’t we all step back and use this board for what it is for?
By the way…..Encinal is not closing and there is no need to pick only 1 coach for next year on the island! Don’t you guys read anything other than this blog? None of the current proposals involve closing Encinal HS! I think everyone is getting all caught up in the hype…..
IslandChief and Island02…………I have no interest in your open-blog war of words, but might I say if this were a boxing match or MMA event, in my humble opinion it would be IslandChief with a decisive knockout stone cold of Island02.
I don’t know either of you but am fully disclosed on the previous postings by Island02 regarding his son’s playing status for the Hornets.
I also have no interest in the value of Island02′s parenting, as that is none of my business.
But, as Michael Buffer might say while presiding in an imaginary ring or octagon over the Blogwaves………….
“Are you Ready to Ruuuuuuummmmbbbbbbbbbbbllllllle!?”
Because you two have some history it’s interesting to read IslandChief’s facts and takes on the situation.
Island02, it is hard to fathom why you posted a LOT of stuff about your son and his situation for the world to see??????
Some situations are better left buried and in time return anew to life, than resurrected like an unwanted zombie.
BleacherCoach I’ve probably seen Novato play 5 times over the years Miramonte 06 Colisiem, State 07, Encinal 08/10, & Marin Catholic 09. He ran the best Fly package I thought in the Bay. Everything was Wing-T based then he’d have a lil I, then it grew to some crazy 5 wide stuff also. These are the plays that I’m sure he won all his championships with the best looking team being the 06 team. Why did this guy BRackett change what was a NCS muti-championship offense? Or did somebody leave that ran all his plays? Cuz at the Encinal 10 game it looks like all that stuff is gone.
#271 Here is the problem with Novato. Although some issues are coaches or lack there of, most has to do with players coming in and thinking they will win games just because they play for Novato. Not willing to work in the off season is not going to win games. Not showing up to practice but still getting to play will piss off other players, including coaches. Lack of respect for the game/team and entitlement issues is what broke apart the team. When the coaching staff turns their backs and have blinders on it only gets worse and spreads like the plague. I don’t blame bracket since he could only work with what he had but the rest of his staff needs to figure out how to get back to the basics. If the players weren’t in the weight room on Monday after the Encinal game, don’t expect anything to change next year either.
dude, can everynone back up and give island002 his Freaking space. i am a Encinal fan, and some of you guys take this way to far. From what i hear Micheal cunningham i an outstanding and huble young man… * i bet he gets it from his dad..so lets not even GO there! number two.. this man is entilted to his opinion… and i would agree.. becuase he seen everything firsthand… lets not be like litte F***** kids…. *Island cheif* you just mad becuase you not gone with with that culture at AHs.. kemp great coach.. and i think he needs to be a head coach….rocklin needs to go….. the talent is there…
Man down, I believe you forgot to mention that Pinole’s got a pretty decent defense too! A lot of speed that Rancho’s offense will have to deal with. And as far as Lewis carrying the ball 20-25 times … That’s not the case at all. In fact they’ve had games where he’s carried the ball under 5 times (like the De Anza game). Now if only they had a deeper passing game … Their wide receiver coach sucks and needs to be replaced (this guy is blinded by size and doesn’t know how to use his other skilled players) Coach Krash … You could learn a thing or two if you had a passing game modeled after the Washington Huskies attack. Their speedy smaller receivers did better than your tall receivers. Speed kills … Look at what LJ does if you don’t believe me.
Novato, good insight. I really have a lot of respect for this guy & his program I just don’t know how everything fell out all of the sudden this year. The talent seems to be there but I noticed last year with that scatback who was their main guy that the weightroom isn’t really there like it was in 06-08. Same with this years team skinny don’t look like they lift. That samoan kid lots of talen but he gasses real quick. I see him doing crunches & faking an injury instead of running gassers. Don’t know if he’s gotten any better since last year(or 08).
It is keen to note many dropoffs of good football programs with established excellent coaches in place all stem from an overwhelming lack of players not willing to work hard in the weight room results in them getting crushed on Friday nights.
Unfortunately for Novato football from what I have been told and I am very close friends with a veteran and very well respected coach in the Marin area is thus:
Brackett (whom I consider an A+ coach) has had a brutal time getting support from some administrators and parents regarding a severe lack of work ethic from most of the kids. Kids not willing to put in demanding work most of the off season but still understanding that they will be a starter for the most part because they happen to be the best guy at that position.
Ugly behavior by some kids and I believe it leaks out from the parents attitudes.
What should happen is a line needs to be drawn in the sand that says, “Lift and run year round or you are gone for good from this football program.”
Or, is that the wrong approach for high school football?
Touchy issue for sure when dealing with affluent families and their kids.
c.sparks kemp is the head coach. what is on the field is his vision thats his offense he has already said he runs kickoff coaches the q.b position. this is rochlin 1st year calling anything besides the timeouts. you see what kinda defense he had.
Hey C.Sparks, I have looked at their record! And while 11-0-1 is great. This young team could have been even better with more depth if they rotated their players during the regular season. They had the potential to be the number 1 seed, undefeated and with more depth in the passing game. Believe me when I say I hope we win it all and that I’m proven wrong. But, if not … I bet it’s because we fall behind this week or next week and they won’t be able to make up the score by running the ball. And as far as why Krash is the wr coach … Who knows? All I know is some of the players on both sides of the ball think he’s a joke. In fact I know of at least one coach agrees with me.
#280 Exactly!! The only thing that is incorrect is the “affluent” part. Novato’s demographics have changed considerably in the last 5 years. Affluent parents send their kids to MC or St Vincents. There are BIG ISSUES with the parents….flipping off Bracket as they drop off their kids shows the slide in parental support. When my boys played, the volunteer/supply list would fill up before the first game. I went to opening day and our announcer was asking fans to go to the store to get ice since no parents brought any….it was 95 degrees and 120 on the field. I am a single parent and I always made sure that i started saving in Dec for the fall football “donations” that are requested to run the program. I made sure that I had the money for the ice and oranges or red bulls when it was my turn. There is no excuse for parents who complain then walk away without lifting a finger….I’m rambling now, sorry. Just sad how far things have fallen and I’m worried that things won’t change.
One more thing….getting back to basics means getting back to basics. No more cross fit sh&t and start running the monster hills around town. Grades, Weights and Running, in that order. Year round. Eat 3 or 4 pbj’s, lots of eggs and milk, EVERYDAY. My boys did it and they both have NCS bling to prove it works!
…..as much as I hate to say it, parents are always the problem! From youth football all the way up until College (Craig James?) The kids usually all understand what is right and wrong, but their parents just react and lash out. I am speaking about the Novato situation based on what I have read, not what I know firsthand. When parents bad mouth coaches at home, it kills whatever leadership capabilities that are possible at practice and games. If this is true, it is sad. My question would be how do all these parents throughout the community suddenly turn on a coach that is so respected and successful?
well put…..and I have experienced all bullet points above as a coach dealing with parents. The only thing I would add, would be….when parents get pissed because they have invested so much money in a personal pitching or hitting coach for little Johnny…and he still doesn’t play enough for them. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you pay for a coach…the kid has to have something to work with. Investment$$$ in player doesn’t correlate with more playing time automatically. Parents don’t understand that…and as a parent, myself, I understand it is tough to realize.
I’m just wondering, and not overly familiar with this year’s Novato team. Did they have some “key” players who returned as seniors this year, or has this been chiefly a rebuilding year for the Hornets?
Marin vs Encinal…for all of you Wildcats fans I will say that your team is bigger, you have a huge line with good Quarterback,backs,receivers and a great Defense to go with it.Your roster (55 vs our 25) gives you tremendous depth and a constant flow of fresher players. You played a tougher schedule are undefeated and ranked in the
top 25 in the State.Just about everyone is picking you to win DIII and to easily beat us.We play at your place during the day time and we come into the game averaging about 50 yards in penalties per.game.You shut us out in the DIII 2009 Championship
27-0. Wow…..EVERYTHING IS STACKED AGAINST US….now all we have to do is show up and play the game.Lucky for us this is not College or Pro its High School and were all still learning to play the game, so far on paper you have played it better and accomplished much more.On Saturday we will find out which team will advance to the finals and I want you all to think about how many times in the history of SPORTS that you have seen the Underdog win a game……..
Well I guess i’ll put in “my two cents” And say that My Jets have a Big Mountain to climb in a Outstanding Team facing us Saturday but i have Faith in Our Young Men and i believe we can do what quite a few believe we can’t do. That is because we believe in ourselves and I know if we give our all, We can do it all. Jet Pride!
This is a true David vs Goliath story…Los Lomas played them tough they were up on them 8-7 at half but lost 20-8. Berkeley lost to them 28-20 and these are two teams that I think we are as goos as if not better.Tenario has played these guys twice so its not his first rodeo. I like our postion going into this game the pressure is on them to win so when we put them in an unfamiliar spot will have to see how they respond.I do not think they will stop us from scoring 3 or 4 touchdowns and just like every other team we have played they are going to feel the team speed.
We have had good practices and all hands are on deck ready to go just one more last thought, what are the chances of a team like Marin Catholic playing 13 perfect games without ever making any costly mistakes or even losing a game ?
You Encinal fans sound like you’re preparing to lose this game. What’s up with that? Scared of the mighty wildcats? Lol. Still having nightmares of last years loss? Not much confidence this game huh? Don’t get all humble on me now after all that trash that was being said all year.
There is no doubt that MC is the favorite…they are big and have numbers on the Jets. They were big and had numbers on them in 2008 too? There is no doubt that this will be a tough game, but if they get off to a quick start, pop a few long runs and get a couple turnovers….there have been much bigger upsets! Penalties have to be kept to a minimum. I think our RBs are better, top to bottom. If the Jets protect Ve’e and he is on, they will be tough to beat. What scares me is our lack of size on defense, though. The kids have to play a great game….if they do that, I don’t think it’s crazy to see a vicory for the Jets! It definitely wouldn’t hurt matters to get a nice special team TD…ala Xavier Milton!!!!!
Mandown, I guess we can’t win for losing. Bleacher Coach says we give other teams no credit, You say were getting ready for a loss by giving props. We have always given MC their respect. but giving props doesn’t equal to bowing down because i believe we will be the Victors! Jet Pride!
I just looked at it……we think the same in terms of Sat.’s game. Early lead is very important for momentum. These kids won’t quit, but they need some enthusiasm to keep the fatigue at bay. Special teams score is a must.
The one thing that puzzles me is the “not getting homered by the refs”? Is that a posibility at this point in the season? I hope not. How are they picked? Is it the best of the best, or whoevr wants to do it?
Triton……..one can always expect to be the unlucky recipient of more yellow flags when on the road in the playoffs.
When the MC crowd frenzies up, the Refs or some Refs will get caught up in it, and they WILl toss a flag for a questionable Block in the Back or marginal Holding call that might have otherwise fitted away.
Go MC (myt alma mater) but it will be a good game that i am sure of, it will not be a repeat of last year and of course MC can be beat…….i think MC wins a close one, but of course im pulling for my Cats, nothing but respect for the Jets and wish you guys luck on saturday……..but i do think everyone underestimates the athletes on MC, they just arent “big” they have some speed with Parker, Terry, Tewhill, Petrini and Scott….not Encinals gamebreakers, but not that far off either…..safe travels to all in their treks to their respective playoff games!
Okay, so one of the coach’s from the Pinole staff has told me that my comments are disrespectful to him, the staff and the team. I apologized to him as that was not my intentions. Believe me when I say that I am a huge fan of this team and only wish to see them (all of them) do well and win. Which they have done and hopefully will continue to do so … I am very proud of this team. My comments were not of disrespect, but of my opinion of what I believe is an area that could be better. An area which I believe should have been addressed or tested during the regular season. Regardless, this will be my last blog as I don’t want to upset the coaching staff. Good luck Spartans, go out there and play hard and continue to make us all proud.
eastbayfan it will be Valley Center from north san diego county….they have RB travis bernard who is a total stud and have a couple other d1 athletes…….they beat Los Alamitos this season and a couple of other good teams
hey i got me a score, salesian 76, ferndale 28. they were run out of dodge in richmond,cal. now, if they are still on san pablo ave, i can recomend a good diner to get a bite to eat., MAC donalds, the women fans can get free tube steak or trouser trout. just be aware, there is no free water, as you came down here with hose and could not find the water bib to turn it on. you must pay for the sodas. get a good night sleep drivin through the iron triangle on the way to the bridge.
It seems some serious credence must be given to SPSVs claims that the field condition being so muddy should have been declared unplayable in their quarterfinal game in Ferndale last weekend.Salesian,much like St Pats, relies on speed and precision.Today it was clear,on a field without mud,Ferndale is no match.
Its been reported that an unscheduled inspection was done on their field Friday at the request of the NCS to be reviewed at a later date.I havent got verification but this along with homefield advantage guidelines are suppose to be on the agenda.
cates can smoke his way back home, like ferny was smoked in the hood. i want my cows milked at five in the morning, sunday, just like you was milked down here. bye the way, some of your women decided to stay in the bay after today. they want real men who pay attention, not get up so very early to screw a cow.
i think i saw cates at the game this afternoon. he was trying to get the water bib on, had a hose hidden in his draws. when the bib did not work, he knelt down to suck the water out. all he got was mud. stay home homer.