It’s about time to take a look at our smallest league in the East Bay, which has reverted back to being an exclusively East Bay league this year. That’s the Bay Football League.
Harker of San Jose is out and Emery has rejoined the league. Football has been an on-again, off-again experiment at Emery. With so few students, it’s very difficult to field a team year in and year out. But the Spartans return to the field at the varsity level this year with David Winford at the helm. Expect a young team that could take some lumps.
Jumping into talking about the favorite and it’s no surprise that it’s once again Salesian’s league to lose. The Pride have won I believe at least a share of nine straight titles (at this point, it’s easy to lose count). Until they don’t win it, they have to be considered the favorite. Freddie Tagaloa anchors an offensive line that has good size and is more than just Tagaloa. Tim Curry will hold down the other tackle position and is very good and will make Salesian tough to penetrate. Marcial Malic will likely see his workload increase as the feature back and he’s also the returning defensive player of the year in the league. Players such as Joey Marchini and Travis Earby will also be key.
Berean Christian has put together a very solid program. RB Logan Lisle was second in the East Bay (to some guy from DLS named Lucas Dunne) in the regular season in scoring last year with 165 points. He scored 20 TD and served as their kicker, booting 33 PATs and added six two-point conversions. At the small school level especially, an explosive scorer like that can be extremely key.
Valley Christian lost league co-MVP Ryan Toney (he shared the honors with Salesian QB Ikaika Woolsey). Toney was third in the East Bay with 154 points and a big reason why Valley Christian was fourth in the East Bay in total offense (Salesian was just ahead in third). But Camryn Harris and Zach Parrella are back and VC should be in the upper half of the standings.
California School for the Deaf had a solid 6-5 season last year with a playoff berth, although it struggled to just 1-4 in the BFL. The team was young and should return some key players as last year’s QB Carlos Lopez was just a sophomore. He was among five underclassmen to make all-league for CSD last year, so that could signal a solid season this year.
St. Elizabeth took it on the chin last year in their first season since Fred Sims departure. Greg Morris was hired extremely late, but with a full year of preparation I would expect the Mustangs to be more competitive and in a better position to succeed.