East Bay Football Poll — 10/31

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (7) 7-1 105 1
2. James Logan 8-0 98 2
3. San Ramon Valley 6-2 89 3
4. Encinal 7-1 86 5
5. California 6-2 74 4
6. Campolindo 9-0 69 6
7. Salesian 8-0 62 7
8. Pittsburg 5-3 58 8
9. Freedom 7-1 50 9
10. Concord 6-2 37 11
11. Deer Valley 4-4 34 10
12. Miramonte 8-1 25 12
13. Las Lomas 7-1 18 13
14. Berkeley 5-3 17 14
15. Monte Vista 4-4 11 15

Also receiving votes: Bishop O’Dowd (6-2, 6 points), El Cerrito (6-1-1, 1. The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


East Bay prep football recap: De La Salle beats SRV in showdown

De La Salle High and its quarterback Bart Houston were dominant Friday night in a thorough 40-3 victory over No. 3 San Ramon Valley.

Houston threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns in a showdown against the Wolves and Cal-bound signal-caller Zach Kline.

Meanwhile, the biggest upset of the night was Granada’s 26-22 victory over No. 3 California. And the most intriguing game may have been No. 9 Freedom’s 21-14 victory over No. 10 Deer Valley, which threw the Bay Valley Athletic League into a four-way tie for first place.

Here’s the link to our weekly prep football recap, where you’ll find links to stories on each game played on Friday night, plus a slideshow of photos from the games.


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MSJ’s VanDeusen fired as football coach

Rob VanDeusen was fired as Mission San Jose High football coach on Tuesday, vice principal Zack Larsen and athletic director Tom Thomsen confirmed.
Neither person would speak of the reasons for the firing. VanDeusen declined to comment when he was reached by phone.
Jason Cain, one of the team’s varsity assistants, will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season, beginning with Friday’s game at Newark Memorial at 7 p.m.
VanDeusen is still a teacher at the school, Larsen said.
“Today we met with all of the students to introduce their new head coach,” Larsen said. “The kids are looking forward to having as strong a finish as possible.”
The Warriors are 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the Mission Valley Athletic League. They’ve lost 37 straight MVAL games since their last league win in 2005.


East Bay prep football poll – 10/25

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (7) 6-1 105 1
2. James Logan 7-0 98 2
3. San Ramon Valley 6-1 91 3
4. California 6-1 84 4
5. Encinal 6-1 77 5
6. Campolindo 8-0 66 9
7. Salesian 7-0 61 8
8. Pittsburg 5-3 48 6
9. Freedom 6-1 47 10
10. Deer Valley 4-3 46 NR
11. Concord 5-2 34 13
12. Miramonte 7-1 27 7
13. Las Lomas 6-1 23 t11
14. Berkeley 4-3 16 14
15. Monte Vista 3-4 11 t11

Also receiving votes: Bishop O’Dowd (5-2, 6 points). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.


O’Dowd’s Longrus commits to Washington State

This news is a few days old, but I finally got a chance to catch up with Bishop O’Dowd boys basketball star Richard Longrus, who committed to Washington State last Tuesday.

Longrus, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, chose Washington State over the likes of Stanford, St. Mary’s and UC Santa Barbara.

“I liked the visit a lot,” said Longrus, who took a trip to the Pullman, Wash., campus the weekend of Oct. 15-16. “I like it a lot more than I though I would coming in.”

He credited his commitment to “the comfortability that I had with the players and all the guys up there. There were a lot of things I liked prior to the visit, and that just put it over the edge.”

Longrus said Washington State plans to use him at the three position in their four-out, one-in offense.