East Bay prep football recap: More upsets this week

Wins by Deer Valley High and Campolindo continued the recent trend of upsets among the East Bay’s top 10 ranked teams.

However, we also had the customary victories by highly touted teams such as top-ranked De La Salle, James Logan and San Ramon Valley.

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.


Holiday Classic seeks nominations

The Holiday Classic, the football game pitting East Bay stars vs. Sacramento area stars, is seeking nominations for this year’s team. Nominations can be e-mailed to matt@elitegridirongames.com. The information needed is name, school, position (be specific, they want to know if he plays LT as opposed to RG, so don’t just put OL. Same with differentiating safeties from corners, rather than just DB). Send stats, if available, any offers or interest received from colleges, height, weight and home and/or cell phone numbers to reach the player at. Again, those nominations can go to matt@elitegridirongames.com.

A couple newsy items related to the Holiday Classic.  This year’s East Bay team will be coached by Monte Vista’s Craig Bergman and his staff and joined by Foothill’s Matt Sweeney and former San Ramon Valley coach and current Cal athletic director Dave Kravitz. Also, as has been promised, the game will be played in the East Bay this year. The venue is still being determined, but it will be Friday, Dec. 23. The idea is that the game will rotate every year between the East Bay and Sacramento, but it will depend on how much support the game receives in the East Bay. So consider this the East Bay’s shot to show that it will support the game and that will determine if they’ll continue to rotate sites.


De La Salle hoops ranked No. 35 in nation

We may be in the heart of football season, but the Powerade Fab 50 boys basketball rankings by ESPNHS have been released and reigning CIF Division I NorCal champion De La Salle is ranked No. 35 in the country. Here’s what the writeup has to say about the Spartans.

Coach Frank Allocco’s 2010-11 unit beat playoff teams more individually talented on its way to a Northern California Division I championship. Allocco, whose program has reached the regional final nine of the past 13 years, feels this team’s talent level is much higher. Eight lettermen return, including SF Elliott Pitts (6-5, Jr.), PG Amadi Udenyi (6-0, Sr.) and SG Jeremy Gunder (6-1, Jr.), all three of whom will earn college scholarships.

De La Salle is the only East Bay team in the rankings, but Archbishop Mitty-San Jose checks in at No. 20. The Monarchs won the CIF Division II state title last year and return big man Aaron Gordon, who is a pretty easy call as the best player in the Bay Area. Also, Findlay Prep — featuring Bishop O’Dowd and Salesian transplants Brandon Ashley and Dominic Artis — is ranked No. 8. Defending Division I state champion Mater Dei is ranked No. 6.


St. Elizabeth football forfeit

St. Elizabeth is forfeiting its varsity game Saturday against Salesian, Mustangs coach Greg Morris confirmed to me a few minutes ago.
He said the Mustangs do not have enough healthy players. They have 10 players right now, down from the 16 on their roster to start the year, he said.
“The junior varsity will proceed. We don’t have enough varsity-caliber players. I’m not bringing up freshmen,” Morris said.
Morris said that the status of the Mustangs’ scheduled game against Emery on Oct 29 is still up in the air. St. Elizabeth currently has four varsity players injured.


East Bay prep football poll — 10/17

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (7) 5-1 105 1
2. James Logan 6-0 98 3
3. San Ramon Valley 5-1 91 4
4. California 5-1 84 2
5. Encinal 5-1 77 5
6. Pittsburg 4-2 70 7
7. Miramonte 7-0 61 9
8. Salesian 6-0 56 10
9. Campolindo 7-0 43 12
10. Freedom 5-1 39 6
t11. Las Lomas 5-1 37 8
t11. Monte Vista 3-3 37 11
13. Concord 4-2 21 13
14. Berkeley 4-2 9 NR
t15. Bishop O’Dowd 4-2 6 NR
t15. Valley Christian 6-0 6 NR

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: Three top 10 teams suffer first loss

What shaped up as Big Friday, with six of the East Bay’s top nine ranked teams playing each other, certainly didn’t disappoint.

You couldn’t go wrong if you were attending any of the three marquee matchups Friday night, each of which saw a previously unbeaten team suffer its first loss of the season.

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.