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30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 25): Will title stay in the Den?

Let’s take a look at the Hayward Area Athletic League today.

Bishop O’Dowd won its first title since 1999 last year and appears the team to beat again this year. Hardy Nickerson Jr. leads the defense and should also pick up some carries. QB Dominic Miroglio is still only a junior and a very capable signal caller. T.J. Daniel is a very good TE/DL. We’ve discussed the Dragons enough I think. I’m picking them as the favorite.

Who is the next team though?

San Leandro has always been near the top, but will they stay there. They’ve lost first-team All-HAAL running back Harold Halcomb, but Andre McBride — a star on the track as well after he won the NCS Meet of Champions in the 100 meters and was an All-East Bay pick in that event — is back. He’ll be a WR/KR and DB that should be explosive. He’s definitely got speed.

Arroyo’s signature win in James Barnes’ second year was the victory over the Pirates. It allowed the Dons to tie for second place in the HAAL at 5-2 and is probably the reason the team made the playoffs. Jordan Fogal and Michael Young return for Barnes in year two and they will lead the offense. They should have a shot to do well in league again.

After that, it’s anyone’s guess. Castro Valley was a Division I playoff team last year, but it finished 4-7. The Trojans were 4-3 in the HAAL, so they handled their own in league.

Hayward has new coach Justin Redemer. The Farmers usually are high on athletes, so if Redemer can get them headed in the right direction, Hayward is always a team with potential. We should know early if they have a shot to be good as they open with Central Catholic and Encinal.

Tennyson made its first trip to the NCS playoffs in school history last year. The Lancers finished 4-7, but that elusive playoff berth was pretty big. The team has 16 seniors so they’ll look to build on the success. QB Pablo Magallanes and WR Alson Paston Jr. should be a solid combo.

San Lorenzo returns QB Brandin Murphy and RB Christian Batiste and that should help their offense find some success after a 3-6-1 season last year. Mt. Eden enters year 2 with Paul Perenon and Ron Thompson as co-coaches and will look to improve after a rough 0-10 season that included a forfeit against Bishop O’Dowd due to a lack of players.

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.

  • Truth Be Told

    Truth be told

    Jacob Wright’s offensive playbook was stolen from the crusader mighty mites.

  • Truth Be Told

    Truth be told

    Hardy Nickerson jr. is the most overated player in the East Bay.

  • Billjohnson

    jacob wright every off season will tell how good his team is gonna b den season starts nutn changed there terrible as usual den all his excuses come wat a loser! Terry smith n montgomery from hercules take da cake asfar as scheduling cupcakes these guys really think theyll make ncs please da committee will c past those hollow wins!

  • teehee

    I hear you bill, they should be like your boy Barnes and recruit, and still get smashed on.

  • Truth Be Told

    Truth Be told

    JB doesn’t know offense, defense or special teams. Logan 41 Arroyo 0

  • Truth Be Told

    Truth be told

    The whole HAAL is wearing a kick my face in dress.

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    I heard Arroyo lost quite a few kids to grades or not getting cleared right before the 1st game a la Fremont High. Only had like 14 or 15 on JVs. Also heard a few coaches were dismissed from the staff for some reasons.

  • Billjohnson

    Truth be told show u right bout nickerson i still cant believe he was top 25 as a junior. Teehee atleast barnes is playing a team dat can chew n walk at the same time but he’s got 2 get his paperwork n order wats he think he’s still n da oal.

  • EBfootball

    Does Nickerson go both ways?

  • Truth Be Told

    Truth be told

    Smith and Montgomery always schedule a cupcake to open. Maybe it’s a good way to prepare for the weakest leagues in the ncs. LMAO.

  • scoop

    lets be honest here.. hardy Nickerson jr is a good player here.. i don’t know why he is getting bashed THAT hard, BUt to me he is NOT an top 25 player as a jr or maybe even in the entire bay area

  • teehee

    “Teehee atleast barnes is playing a team dat can chew n walk at the same time but he’s got 2 get his paperwork n order wats he think he’s still n da oal.”

    Well if he had a coaching staff that could ‘chew and walk at the same time’ he wouldnt need to fill out paperwork because he wouldnt need transfers.

    Sorry, I just have no love for recruiting coaches. None.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jimmydurkintrib Jimmy Durkin

    Let me clarify something…. Our 25 to watch list is not a list of the top 25 players. It’s exactly what it says it is…25 to watch. It’s 25 players that we feel are worth watching out for. In that regard, being the son of an NFL Pro Bowler in itself makes Nickerson worth watching. But he also has the talent to back it up. He played very well in the Franklin game. Was all over the field making tackles. And yes, he goes both ways. He also plays fullback. He’s No. 10 and you can see him making a catch if you watch the video of that game I posted. He also is the person who made the catch on the two-point conversion in the fourth quarter but was stopped at the goal line.

  • Coach JB / Arroyo Don

    1) Teehee for the last time I have three transfers that’s it I don’t have any body else on my roster that came from another school. So get your fact right Burks and Gant are no longer at Arroyo.
    Two came from schools with a Gpa under 2.0 and in the HAAL they will miss the 2011 season and one paper is on hold because of legal problems. I never new these kids before that date.. So your trying to make me sound like I am recruiting and I am not . Check my 2) Castlemont teams no recruiting all my kids came from my area.
    3) Now paper work was not the problem the problem with the JV team is there grades coming from middle school and the admin is refusing to sign waivers for them I can’t control grades at the middle schools and I back my Admin up so yes we have 21 on JV.
    4) Also paper work was not the problem for my coaches is was the district office because they are close for the summer so some of my coaches had to wait for there background to clear my bad 2 of my coaches the rest already cleared. One coach was dismissed because of he didn’t pass DOJ.
    5) Arroyo dad u seem to have a lot to say so don’t hide behind the name and bring your comments to my parent meeting Thursday 6:00pm /S-17.

  • Truth Be Told

    Truth Be Told.

    If anybody really believes that JB don’t recruit. I can get Dave Chappelle to perform at your school’s halftime show for nuthin. That coach be all up in the San Leandro Crusaders.

  • pirate football

    lol thats funny i heard the same thing from crusader coaches themselves so i guess the truth is told

  • Coach JB / Arroyo Don

    You no what the problem is when I go to Crusaders practice I am recruiting but when SL hold there practice on the same field and Logan and Hayward coaches is walking through the Crusader practice talking to player its called something else funny.
    I have been to one practice I don’t talk to anyone but three kids my own. My twins play Jr-pee-wee (The best players on the team) and my little one plays cadet. And it funny because there are four or more players on the Crusader Midgets that go to Arroyo and three transferred out to SL this year.
    So once again get your facts right and if the Crusader coaches said I have been recruiting there kids they are lying and I will be glad to tell them face to face. Because they want high school kids to play to the age of 15 so there are kids on the Crusaders that are 10th graders playing Pop Warner that’s a joke when they should be playing for there high school making grades.

    P.S At the end of the day I will go after my San Lorenzo kids and I will not let other high schools come to my backyard and steal my players !!! check the address of some of these player at other high school and if you want a list I can provide that also (SAN LORENZO address) …

  • KillerD

    1. Congrats to Nickerson, Jr. for getting a full ride to Cal. That is outstanding news. People should not dis minors on this board, that is not cool at all.

    2. Arroyo Recruiting & Coach Barnes: Are you KiDDING?

    3. It is hard enough for a solid coach like Barnes to get his OWN kids out for football at Arroyo, let alone spend the time, energy and all else to RECRUIT kids to go to Arroyo. ARROYO!

    4. My unsolicited advice to Coach Barnes: You have done a very good job at your previous coaching stops, and are working with hard fight at Arroyo. The Dons are lucky to have you, and most of the players and parents and your admin surely know that.

    If I were you, I would NOT post on blogs, it lessens the legitimacy of your attained well earned position, and if you give voice to your critics, it brings you down in the mud with them.

    Keep up the good fight, get those kids a high school degree and teach them life through football.

    Your hard work is not going unnoticed.

  • WARRIOR JACKET

    I have seen Arroyo’s team, I dont think there is a lot of recruiting going on there.
    Hey JB, if the situation is getting funky at Arroyo the Berkeley job should be open soon.

  • former dragon

    Nickerson played like a regular high school kid. Nothing special. He didn’t do anything to overwhelm Franklin. Good players change gameplans but Franklin did not even change he game plan. Hardy Nickerson Sr. Is not a qualified coach. Really? But because you have pro bowls it means what? Nothing losing to a Franklin team that they could have probably beaten. No technique and they were getting blown off the ball.

  • http://ibabuzz.com PERKIN

    B-High carrying a Frosh team this year or is that gone too?

  • pirate football

    perkin
    yes they have a freshman team they beat SL freshman last week on thur, didnt get a score though

    jb
    c’mon man 1st i just agreed but let me clarify i was told you are up at crusader practice. you would b a fool not to try and get as many as you can

  • hold the mayo

    any comments on stephen johnson the freshman qb from sl ? he could be something special

  • HaalPlayer_08

    MAN CHECK THIS OUT THIS GOES OUT TO ALL OF THE SAN LEANDRO COACHING STAFF ALL OF Y’ALL SOME MARKS AND PUSSYS BRAD BOWERS,MATT MAUGHAN, MO JOHNSON AND ETC TALKING ABOUT RECRUITING LAST YEAR Y’ALL WAS TRYING TO RECRUIT MIKE YOUNG AND JORDAN FOGAL ALL UP AT THE CHABOT GAMES AND UP AT OUR GAMES TALKING TO THEM AFTER THE GAMES ..SMH Y’ALL SOME JOKES FOR REAL … AND THE CRUSADERS PRACTICE GOES WE NOT TALKING TO NO CRUSADERS KIDS OR PARENTS WE ONLY HAVE 1 PLAYER ON THE DONS FROM THE CRUSADERS FROM LAST YEARS TEAM. ITS SEEM LIKE Y’ALL HAVE JB AND ARROYO DONS IN Y’ALL MOUTH .. IS YOU GUYS SCARED OF THE DONS HUH ???

    TRUTH BE TOLD
    WHO EVER YOU IS YOU A PUSSY TOO COME QUIT HIDING BEHIND BLOGGING AND COME TO OURS COACHES AND PARENTS MEETING TOMORROW SEPT 8, 2011 IN S17 AT 6:00PM IF YOU NOT A PUSSY . LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD .

  • HaalPlayer_08

    TRUTH BE TOLD:

    THAT FRESHMAN QB FROM SAN LEANDRO IS NOT EVEN GOOD HE DIDNT DO NOTHING FOR REAL.. THE RB AND FOTU DID ALL THE WORK .. LIL SHORT 5 YARD ROUTES TURN INTO SOMETHING BIG WHY YALL NOT GIVING CREDIT TO FOTU AND THE RUNNING BACK HUH??? THATS GONE BE ANOTHER KID THATS GOING TO A JC OUT OF SAN LEANDRO HIGH .
    I AM NOT HATING ON NO KID AT ALL BUT THATS THE TRUTH FACTS FOR REAL

  • Truth Be Told

    Truth be Told

    JB’s recruits could not get into Arroyo so they went back. Crusaders need to stay home and spend the rest of their high school days running it up on the Dons.

  • Truth Be Told

    Truth be told

    I don’t think the arroyo coach should be criticizing the crusader midget players for playing PAL. Why should he care if san Leandro kids are playing high school ball or not?

  • Truth Be Told

    Truth be told

    I don’t think the arroyo coach should be criticizing the crusader midget players for playing PAL. Why should he care if san Leandro kids are playing high school ball or not?

  • HaalPlayer_08

    TRUTH BE TOLD

    YOU IS A JOKE… THE CRUSADERS IS A JOKE TOO. WE NOT TRIPPING YOU THE ONE TALKING ABUT WE RECRUITING …

    BY THE WAY THE CRUSADERS IS NOT EVEN GOOD NO MORE AFTER MIKE YOUNG JORDAN FOGAL AND JUSTIN PORTER LEFT THEM SMH .. TRUTH BE TOLD WHY YOU HIDIN YOUR NAME AND COME OUT!!!!

  • HaalPlayer_08

    JB FIRST YEAR WITH THE DONS

    FLASHBACK DID HE BEAT SAN LEANDRO LAST YEAR AS FIRST YEAR AS THE HEAD COACH OF THE DONS??

    JB 1-0
    BOOM 0-1

    LMAO

  • Truth Be Told

    Truth be told

    SL sent way more players to the college ranks than arroyo.
    San Lorenzo gets more kids out on football scholarships than JB AND THEY SUCK. Arroyo got nobody playin.

    And is the Arroyo parent meeting goin to address Crusader recruiting? I’ll be at the SL game when they bank 40 on the scoreboard and the frosh qb takes a knee on your title hopes. SL 40 Arroyo 0.

  • pirate football

    hey jimmy
    this guy haalplayer_08 has some anger issues,

    haalplayer_08
    u mustve went to arroyo are you still mad that u couldnt win against THE SAN LEANDRO PIRATES, sorry lil buddy get over it. i give jb his props, he is a good guy, but y are u so offended bout people saying he is trying to get crusaders, the teams that SL have go to the championship vs dls the was lots of blue and gold on those teams. jb is a very smart guy. wow the crusaders arent that good anymore but the pee wee, jr midgets, and midgets all made the playoffs last year with the jm’s and midgets winning the ship, in fact the midgets have won at least 5 of the last 6 but they not good anymore thanks for the laugh. and ur saying they play 15 year olds, sure thing buddy, dont think that will set well wit that organization, oh yeah they not good anymore. u mustve got cut from them u seem to really not like them, did u play youth football did u even play high school, u calling out another guy well who are u then would love to see ur playing days highlights u would think yall arroyo fans would b quiet after 41-0

  • pirate football

    jb no disrespect to you, you keep working hard for ur kids, i wasnt go say anything but 1 of ur supports whoever that person is went a bit too far, hope the arroyo admin give you full support, talked to some of ur players from the castle and they loved playing for you, most wish they wouldve listened more, dana and peanut said they playing at that jc in gilroy, keep up the hard work, i have much respect for you, berkeley shouldve hired you lol

  • KillerD

    To Arroyo coach Barnes,

    Some of the above posters comments border on inexplicable, wholly unreadable, and define the term ridiculous better than Websters Dictionary.

    Keep up the great work Barnes, and you will continue to look superior on all accounts.

    Dons are improving under brutal circumstances, generally

  • HaalPlayer_08

    am not talking no more lmao we just gone see

  • teehee

    Haalplayer_08.. one helluva role model.

  • Former_PIRATE07

    I went to san leandro in 2007 Brad Bowers dont care about the players or other coaches! He just worry about winning HAAL Title each year. I do agree with “HaalPlayer_08″everything you is saying Brad Bowers dont send kids out to college. Coach JB who ever you if I was you I watch BOOM !!!

    Arroyo Don
    Brad Bowers do be recruiting when I played crusaders “BOOM” He went to my house (WEST OAKLAND)and called my parents and told them and asked “is your son_____ coming to san leandro high for the next 4 years” my parents said “YES” . Boom told me all this stuff and put it in my ear saying I was going to play Varisty my 2nd year in high school I regret going to San Leandro High School.

  • HaalPlayer_08

    I WENT TO SAN LEANDRO HIGH I KNOW WHATS BE GOING ON UP THERE.

    I SEE PIRATE FOOTBALL CHANGE UP REAL QUICK HUH !! LMAO TRYING TO BE ON COACH BARNES GOOD SIDE HUH LMAO SMMH EVERYBODY HAVE A GOOD SEASON .

  • scoop

    man a lot of people hating on a FRESHMEN QB… its not like its a college freshmen whose is 18 years old.. WERE TALKING ABOUT A kid that was an 8th grade last year….Man when i was a freshmen at my high school you must of been REAL good starting on jv… Skipping the whole freshmen team to play on jv.. this kid is starting.. MAD PROPS! and to all the 10th graders playing varsity as well

  • Former_PIRATE07

    yeah i give much love to the qb .. am not hatin tho..

  • pirate football

    teehee i agree with you

    haal player 08
    i dont have to get on jb “good side” lol im always going to give props to a hard working coach, i dont have anything against him or his program, its u lil buddy on here bashing 2 programs i was apart of that taught me alot on and off the field. i have heard on this blog and from other people lots of not too good things bout coach boom, if whats been said is true then thats not good. im going to always support the pirate sports programs and the crusader organization. i dont know coach boom as much as you and former pirate i didnt play for the man and wont bash the guy, i wasnt very happy with my coach there either but got over it and moved on, if both of you played at SL im pretty sure i made it to a game or 2 of urs, support the kids

    scoop i like the young kid and sky is the limit for a freshman qb b high qb is a soph he settled down after the 1st 2 plays and made some nice throws #6 from b high was all over the place, really good player.