We’re continuing on through our tour of the leagues by talking about the Bay Shore Athletic League.
Encinal has already generated some discussion here before. The Jets have never lost a BSAL game, going undefeated in all three years in the league. This is their last year before departing for the newly formed super league, so the question becomes: Can Encinal finish off a perfect run as a BSAL member?
They are certainly capable. Kaniela Kahuanui has been discussed a couple times and in addition to his duties at linebacker, he’ll move to a spot as a running back this year. This is after playing on the offensive line last season. How’s that for a switch? Jon Trodder has recovered quickly from a torn ACL that he suffered in the NCS Division III championship game and the Jets return QB Andrew Ve’e and WR/DB Bo Banks. Encinal will be good and will be the favorite.
Other teams certainly can contend. St. Patrick-St. Vincent is always competitive. The Bruins graduated a lot of talent in BSAL leading rusher Naji Patrick, QB Danny Souza and WRs Robbie Herndon and Brenzel Guillory. Marlon Blanton’s crew will reload, but should enter the year with some question marks.
Moreau Catholic has been a budding program for a few years and Andrew Cotter has done a great job. TE Chris Baca is very talented, as is linebacker Tim Kondo. The Mariners might’ve been the biggest NCS playoff snub last year when they were squeezed out despite a 6-3-1 record. I was certainly shocked to see they didn’t make it. QB Adam Robinson has graduated, so how he is replaced should signal if the Mariners can make the jump to a playoff team and possible league contender.
Kennedy was a team that had high expectations. Kenneth Walker III is a primo recruit and OL Leonard Walden is a stalwart on the line. Unfortunately, there are too many question marks to expect anything from Kennedy. According to the Kennedy administration, the head coaching position was re-opened and interviews have or are taking place. I’m waiting to hear back on the latest, but uncertainty this late in the game isn’t good.
St. Mary’s has some returning talent, including QB Kevin Flemer. Flemer played quite a bit last year when Francisco Torres was injured, so he will be an experienced player to help lead the Panthers. Piedmont is led by former defensive coordinator Kevin Anderson, who plans to expand on the A-11 offense the Highlanders used under Kurt Bryan. QB Eric Huppert has a good target in Max Elliott and so those are a couple good pieces to build around. John Swett returns a 1,000 yard rusher in Kyle Labroi and that’s always nice to have, so the Indians have some reason to be excited. Albany has former San Leandro offensive coordinator John Trotman Jr. running the show and he’s very enthusiastic and is looking to change the culture. With five wide receivers over 6-2 and aspects of the spread offense, the Cougars could be exciting to watch.