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McClymonds wins Silver Bowl

McClymonds beat Fremont 42-26 to win the 30th Silver Bowl at Laney College and finish 12-0. The Warriors are the second team in Oakland Section history to go 12-0, joining Skyline in 1997. I have to write my story now, but hopefully I can post more later.

Jimmy Durkin

I cover mostly San Jose State football for the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group, but also fill in from time to time with the 49ers, Warriors, A's and Giants.

  • Titan5

    Congrats to them. Mack has great talent this year. Probably the 3rd best group talent wise since 2000. 3rd to 2004′s team with kyle reed, mario cox, Henderson, blackwell, derrick hill, nadarious ward, etc… 2nd best I would say is the team in 2001 with the Vital brothers. Although, I would say this 2010 team seems to have the best attitude. I’ve seen them on many youtube videos and they represent well.

    -Joe Bates

  • dgreen

    Congrats to the Mack House for an undefeated season and winning the Silver Bowl! Coach Curt has done an awesome job there in just 2 years!

  • http://ibabuzz.com Reggie Hammond

    Props to Mack for winning your league. Again.

  • EBfootball

    Congratulations Mack. You deserve to be considered for state but you won’t be unless you join the NCS. Beating better teams in the playoffs would get you there.

  • Jack Cates

    Would love to see Mack in State Finals.

  • Scl alum

    What division would McClymonds be if they’re selected for State Bowl?

  • ManDown

    Congrats Mack for winning the Silver Bowl

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    No division. Can’t go to state for winning a less then avereage league twice.

  • bhsfan

    oal has to apply for div 2 for state, too bad they cant apply for the small school div cause thats what they are

  • EBfootball

    They would be able to apply for the small schools division if the OAL was a league in the NCS. Everything would remain the same for the OAL if they were in the NCS. The only thing that would change is that the OAL section commissioner would be out of a job and he’s the one that recommended the OAL stay it’s own section.

  • bhsfan

    ebfootball ur so right and the kids are the one’s that suffer, its been time when either football and/or basketball had 3 or 4 really good teams and wouldve done very well in their ncs div.

  • thedude

    Mr. Durkin nothing from the commish for accal all leauge and M.V.P?

  • Saundra McCauley

    Congratulations to Coach Curtis D. McCauley!! The family is very proud of you and your coaching staff as well as the players. Continue your focus on education and football. I hope you all get to go to the state championships. We can’t wait!

  • Titan5

    OAL always has one dominant team that can play with and beat ncs elite teams.

  • E_CULB

    Good job Mack!

  • All Day

    If the CIF goes to state playoff there is no need for the OAL to merge with the NCS.

  • Jack Cates

    All Day…the CIF HAS gone to state playoff.

  • renegades10

    No there is no state playoff, it’s a state bowl for two teams selected by a committee. A playoff would involve more than two teams in each division. Pretty much, we have the BCS in California.

  • mob56

    Give them a shot at state!

  • EBfootball

    How would Mack do in NCS D3? Where would they be in that bracket? The winner of that division is going to State for sure. And the biggest reason is because of the playoff wins. They’re bangin with the best in the region not the the city. Let’s say for example Encinal wins NCS that means they beat Novato, Eureka, Marin Catholic, and probably Cardinal Newman. That means a whole he’ll of a lot more than beating Tech and Fremont in your playoffs. And I’m not hatin. I’d love to see you considered for state but as long as the OAL is it’s own section it probably won’t happen.

  • Ivory

    I think its interesting that McClymonds can play larger schools in basketball and win state against a school 10 times (enrollment) its size, yet be considered “not good enough” because they play in a “weak” football league. Let’s not kid ourselves, outside of DLS, the NCS cannot boast of many victories in the state championship game, so I wouldn’t be so quick to say Mack needs to move to the more “competitive” NCS. I don’t know how they would fare in NCS Div. 3 playoff bracket, however, I do know that they beat 2 teams that are currently in the NCS Div. 4 playoffs (Ferndale & Salesian) Both wins came on the road as did Mack’s victory against Pittsburg (an NCS playoff and league champion team). All this with an enrollment of about 250.

  • outsider

    Ivory,
    Maybe I don’t know what I am talking about but football and basketball have entirely different needs in terms of roster size and how each game affects the players. BB has five players who play both defense and offense. Even if your school is small it is possible to have five really good athletes. FB needs many more athletes which is harder to fill for the smaller schools. BB does not beat on you as hard as FB does. Why do you think the NBA can play so many games and the NFL does not. The bigger schools have deeper rosters. I know that does not address the NCS vs OAL question but it possibly explains why MACK can compete in BB with much larger schools but it is much harder in FB.

  • renegades10

    If Mack really wants to be considered for a state bowl game in the future, they need to take a look at who their competition is for the bowl game and play them in the non-league part of the schedule. The Pitt win is nice, but a committee will not care if a D2 team for bowl purposes beat two D4 playoff teams that are considered small school for the state bowl games.

  • ManDown

    Before Mack starts talking about state they need to win a NCS playoff brackett first. Talk about state if they win a real playoff system with good teams not a “League Championship” system. Mack would not win a championship in division 1-3 in my opinion.

  • EBfootball

    OAL teams only qualify for the DII state game. Folsom or Grant will get that spot. Mack’s best chance for state this year would have been if they were in NCS and petitioned up to DIII (they are naturally DIV). They would have got the 1 or 2 seed and banged it out with the best to see who was the best to get that state DIII spot.

  • http://ibabuzz.com/prepcorner Jimmy Durkin

    Remember that the changes the CIF made to its bowl selection process regarding divisions came in late June. By that point, I’m pretty sure Mack’s schedule was already in place. Mack was a Division IV team last year and probably assumed it would be Division IV again this year. Had they been D-4, their schedule would’ve been considered VERY good, since they would have played a good Division I team (Pitt), a good Division III team (Salesian, which is D-3 for state) and a very well-regarded Division IV team (Ferndale) that would be a competitor for the state bid. The McKinleyville game was completing a two-year home and home and the Marshall game was needed to fill the schedule. Plus, Mack went 5-6 last year, so they weren’t world beaters. Really, I’d say it’s that change to Division II that hurt Mack, not it’s scheduling.

  • Ivory

    Outsider,

    I don’t think Mack is being excluded due to the physical nature of football. I’ve followed Mack football during the past 20 years. To my knowledge, Mack is one of the state leaders in terms of athletes getting Div 1 football scholarships. I think Mack would be able to compete with any school based on talent and regardless of their roster size. Oddly enough, the basketball team plays Div 1, instead of Div 3. I guess enrollment sizes and division play mean little when comparing the 2 sports.

  • outsider

    Ivory,
    Mack can compete in Division 1 basketball because they have the talent and BB does not depend on a deep bench. Mack could compete in Division 1 football based solely on talent for awhile but would not have a deep enough bench to sustain a season. From what I have seen the number of Division 1 football scholarships a team has is not necessarily a reflection of how well your team does.

  • All Day

    J. Cates, when did the CIF goto a state playoff system that many other states use, instead of this BCS popularity contest that is used now. Basketball, Track, Wrestling, and Cross-Country employ a state playoff that crowns a state champion in each classification.

  • Ivory

    Outsider,

    I’m speaking from my own experience, having played multiple sports in the OAL, won a Silver Bowl with McClymonds in 1987, and played Div 1 football. I’m not sure what team(s) you watched that had a number of Div 1 players where their performance did not translate to victories or championships. I’m not saying the number of athletes getting Div 1 scholarships will always translate to winning, but it does help and at times can be a determining factor (big plays) in a game. Of course the matter of coaching is at the helm of most championships. In my opinion, depth has very little to do with high school football as usually the best player will remain on the field. Well conditioned athletes can stay on the field for a great deal of the game. Myself and most of my teammates (high school & college) rarely came out of a game because of fatigue or because the opposition put in a new player. I’m sure most coaches would agree with my assessment

  • coach ben tapscott

    congratulation to the “school of champions” on your silver bowl victory. remember you must be champions in the classroom too.congratulation to coach mccauley,his staff and the team.all this “talk” about divisons.schedule “the real playoff”and let see.mack does not fear any school or division. proud of you