It’s time to take a glance at the Mission Valley Athletic League.
I’ve already spoken highly about James Logan a couple of times. I think they really grew as the season went on last year, even if they did fall in the first round of the NCS playoffs to Berkeley. Warren Miles Long (the name he’s now requested to be refered to as) is back at running back. You’ve got to think he’s got the potential to put up some HUGE career numbers. He ran for 1,545 yards, including the playoff game, and still has two more years to rack up the numbers. Backfield mate Damond Beasley had 865 yards and also has two more seasons left. TE J.J. Jones is very good and I’m not going to keep repeating myself, I really like Logan this season. I expect them to be the favorite.
Washington has been right there in the mix with Logan for several years and Ken Wittmer and company have done a good job with the Huskies. Despite the exodus of talent, led by first-team All-East Bay UTL Deandre Carter, Washington should be near the top of the standings again.
After that, who knows? Newark Memorial has kind of been that third team in the league for a while and usually is able to win games against the lower tiered teams in the league. Rich Swift enters his 34th years as coach and FINALLY becomes the longest tenured coach in the MVAL thanks to the retirement of Pete Michaletos at Kennedy. The Titans have former Logan standout Damian Mackey in charge and return QB Jesse Ochoa and RB Isaiah Cortez. They could mix things up in the middle of the standings.
American has a new coach in Bret Casey. The Eagles have reached the playoffs the last two years, but haven’t scored a point in either of those two playoff games. Their lost postseason points came in a 55-7 loss to San Ramon Valley in 2007. But hey, you have to give them credit for being able to make postseason appearances.
Irvington will look to grow in coach Zach Silvernale’s second year after going 2-8 with a 2-4 MVAL mark last year. RB/DB/KR Raeshawn Lee should be the Vikings top playmaker.
And then there’s Mission San Jose. The Warriors have lost 34 straight MVAL games since a 20-18 win over Newark Memorial on Oct. 15, 2005. The team did snap a 24-game overall losing streak (only counting on field results, not forfeit wins) when it beat De Anza 27-6 last year. Believe it or not, but I think this year’s MSJ team has a chance to get off to a decent start. The Warriors open with a winnable game against Emery. Then they take on De Anza again. 2-0 is a possibility. The third game is against California School for the Deaf, a game that seemingly should’ve been on the schedule for years with as close as those two schools are (geographically and competitively). If MSJ could win that one too, a 3-0 start would be pretty exciting. Sure, the competition has to be taken into account. But considering where MSJ has been, it’ll take wins against whoever it can get them against. It may not translate into MVAL success, but it could be a small building block.