30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 21): Worth the price of admission

As most of you are, I’m getting fired up to actually see some games next week. That got me thinking for today’s topic.

If you had to buy a ticket, what three nonleague games would you attend this season?

I’ll break it down chronologically.

Aug. 24: Buhach Colony-Atwater at San Ramon Valley
Had to find an opening week game to stoke the fire, and this intersectional battle is going to be a good one. Buhach was undefeated heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section D-II playoffs last year, and got bounced in the semifinals by eventual champion Vacaville. San Ramon also had a good playoff run, making it to the final before losing to De La Salle. Playing SRV represents a definite step up in the nonleague slate for Buhach, but the Wolves will likely have some kinks to work out with a new QB (Cameron Birse) and some new faces up front. For the first week of the season, this is a game to circle on the calendar.

Aug. 31: De La Salle vs. Bellarmine at San Jose City College
Every year, I kind of hope for an easy game to cover in week one because it’s a good opportunity to shake the rust off. This game last year was the complete opposite. Double overtime at Owen Owens Field, capped by a missed PAT that looked for all the world to be the end of De La Salle’s NorCal unbeaten streak and instead turned into one of the Spartans’ most improbable wins ever. What can these two do for an encore? We’ll find out, this time in the South Bay. Bellarmine has some new blood in the offense, and DLS has a new quarterback, so there are definite variables to be worked out. One thing not up for debate? These remain two of Northern California’s absolute best teams.

Sept. 28: James Logan at Del Oro-Loomis
Logan’s┬ádecision to go independent has been well chronicled, and to the Colts’ credit, they scheduled accordingly. This game takes place right in the middle of the season, so barring injuries, you would expect both teams to be running at peak performance when they lock up. The Golden Eagles made it to the CIF Division II bowl game last year, and I would expect them to be bowl contenders again with the services of running back Brandon Monroe and the consistency of head coach Casey Taylor. If Logan wanted to be battle tested before the playoffs this year, this is definitely the way to do it.


Ben Enos

  • Lumberjack

    Ben/Jimmy…Question. How many episodes of The Pigskin Geek are order for this season? I would also like to see a title change, The Pigskin Geeks! Since both of you are doing the show, the shows title should be plural. Make it happen!

  • concrete17

    1) McClymonds vs Minico (Idaho) Sept 5 in Sacramento. Have followed Mack for close to 15 years, very close to my shop. Looking to see how they play early season against the Spartans (9-1 last season, regular games)
    2)Pitt vs Berkeley, Sept 14 in Beserkley. Big fan of Pitt, reminds me of the high school I attended 400 years ago. Curious to see results Galli’s coaching changes. Just wish the game was in Pittsburg…great Friday Night atmosphere & fans.
    3)De La & Bellarmine. After last year’s game,could be another either/or situation.
    4)Ok Ben I owe you one but I would like to see the James Logan-Del Oro Loomis. Followed Del Oro on the Prep boards last couple years. Think Logan’s Warren Miles Long is going to have a blow out year barring any injuries…..one of the most exciting prep players in the Bay Area.

  • Ben Enos

    Lumberjack, well, that’s kind of up in the air. Schedules being what they are, I think if episodes happen this year, you’ll be seeing more of me and less of Jimmy, who is also covering San Jose State.

    Concrete, all good games. Pitt-Berkeley is good every year. I’m hoping that with the new stands and new facilities, Berkeley becomes a Friday Night Lights-type atmosphere too. I think the potential is definitely there.

  • BayAreaSection

    I think San Ramon Valley will come out of this game on top. BC runs the “Fly Offense” well in the SJS South & Granite Bay runs thee “Fly Offense” to perfection in the SJS North. Funny mentioning Vacaville. I have been waiting for a game between SRV vs Vacaville for a couple years now. SRV played Wood of Vacaville, but Wood was no contest.
    DLS may also come out on top. May still be a good game because the QB situation at DLS & alot of players need to be replaced at BCP. But, BCP has a system in which they reload every year.
    Del Oro may come out a victor on this one. DO is a very physical & well coached team. They can play against athletic teams such as they did in the State bowl game.
    BTW, it’s nice to see the NCS Teams schedule Out Of Section Teams.

  • Concrete17…The Mac/Minco game is on Sept. 8th at 4 P.M…At Oakridge High School..This is a four game Smack Down..Mac has the third game….Minco is a team of farm boys..how big or how fast or skilled is the question..but Mac will be tested. Also at 7 P.M. will be Oakridge vs. Washington of Fremont….Two bay area teams tosee in one night….

  • Pitt Alum

    1. Pitt vs Granite Bay- Can Pitt finally beat Granite Bay?

    2. DLS vs Bellarmine – Can the Bells give DLS another tough game?

    3. McClymonds vs Bishop O’Dowd – Best public school in Oakland vs best private school in Oakland

  • BayAreaSection

    @ GM….Minico is from Idaho’s 4A (Second largest classification). Annual playoff team. That Mack vs. BoD is gonna be a nice one! Perhaps they shud call it “The Battle for Oakland?”

  • BayAreaSection…The McClymonds Vs. BOD should be a real war…If any body has the time…this would a game to see…..BOD’s first game against las Lomas on the 24th should be good…So many good games and we can see only one at a time…..

  • Pitt Alum..Lets hope that Pittsburg can stop Granite Bay…But i don’t see it happening…GB is too displined which Pittsburg needs to develop..GB 28 Pitt 7.
    DLS defense will be too much for the Bells..DLS 35 Bells 7

    BOD 35 Mac 27…last team to score wins

  • Oh Boy

    There are several games I would spend my hard-earned money to see in person. Ben, I see your 3 and give you these:
    1. SRV @ Folsom Aug 31 715pm (2 recent state bowl caliber squads face off to establish early NCS/SJS supremacy. Expect a shootout)
    2. Mack @ O’Dowd Aug 31 530pm (Athletes on both sides of the ball for crown of best team in Oakland)
    3. Lincoln-Stockton @ Berkeley Sept 7 715pm (SJS #1 ranked team at Berkeley’s new stadium. Should be a packed house for a physical affair)

    @concrete17 and Ben, Maxpreps and Calpreps say that BHigh travels TO Pitt for that Sept 14 game btw.

  • BayAreaSection

    SRV-fOLSOM Game shud be closer than last year. Last year’s game was a good one too. I believe both teams have more returning on Defense than Offense. However, Folsom has system that is proven no matter who is QB, their “System” works. SRV also is a solid program and worthy opponent.
    Berkeley, I am sorry i don’t know about that team. Whom have they beaten to gain notice? EBAL/BVAL/NBL/MCAL run the NCS. Until Berkeley plays a known opponent or “Out Of Section” caliber teams. then we will find out if they are real. Wud be nice if they “Upset” Lincoln-Stockton (#1 Ranked Team in the 2nd biggest section in Cal).
    Mack & BOD, Most definetly “MusT See” Game! BOD played Franklin-Elk Grove in a good game last year!
    How about Marin Catholic-Vacaville Game. The Wildcats beat a young Bulldogs team last year whom are determined to repeat as Div. II SJS Champions!

  • Very good lineup!
    Buhach Colony has lost most of last year’s MONSTER line and has a new QB. Although their MaxPreps 33.7 power rating seems too low, I doubt the Thunder will be the team they were last year. SR has lots of top athletes and could be better than last year if their defense comes through.
    Bellarmine has only 4 guys returning as starters and nobody at QB to the likes of Tim McHue. The Bells’ JVs did go 8-1-1 playing in the rugged WCAL last year so they should have a strong bench and some starters from that team. Although their MaxPreps Preseason power rating of 49.5 seems generous, Bellarmine is always competitive against top teams. (And they’re playing at home. And against a team they felt they should have beat last year.) DLS, besides the 4 super studs on defense everyone knows about, is DE LA SALLE. Some big questions about the Spartan offense though, especially at QB, but again they are DE LA SALLE!
    James Logan has it all to go all the way to Carson if they put it together this year, especially against the “good” teams.(The Logan-SR match Sept. 7 may be a better one than SR vs. Buhach Colony.)If Del Oro is anywhere near their MaxPreps 51.2 preseason power rating, this game will say a lot as to what the Colts will accomplish this year. If you’ve seen Del Oro play in recent years, I think you’d agree the Golden Eagles are one of the best coached in the state. Last years’ QB, one of the best rollout passers I’ve seen in years, is gone. So is the “power back” half from their stud running back combo. But, Del Oro adjusts during games as well as anybody (that includes a lot of college BCS teams!).
    Speaking of Del Oro, although this only involves out of section teams, a drive up the I-80 Frwy to Loomis on Opening Weekend would be well warranted for aficianados of high school football, especially NorCal aficianados! On Aug.24 and 25 Oaks Christian and Westlake are coming north to take on DO and Granite Bay (in that order) at Del Oro High. Both games start at 7:30. The next weekend, Aug.31 and Sept.1, DO and GB switch opponents at Westlake. This really is a big series for NorCal FB, and to some degree, SoCal FB for that matter. Oaks and Westlake got 65.8 and 63.7 preseason power ratings respectively from MaxPreps-Freeman computor (which, this year seems as prejudice against NorCal football as the HS FB chatrooms in the Southland). A good showing by DO and GB and some wins in this series would close a lot of SoCal Bigmouths (for awhile anyway) and maybe cause Freeman’s computor to implode. Also, at Del Oro on Friday the 24th at 5pm, Franklin of Elk Grove plays Thousand Oaks, a very good team from the Marmonte West League (same league as Oaks, and TO likes Oaks and Westlake as teams and their fans around here like that “particular” team from Concord). Anyway, a lot of good football for one ticket on Aug. 24. Beware, though. Usually, these early season “football festival” type games are more expensive than regular game admissions. Last year it cost 10 bucks (and no senior discount! Nor band either!) to see SR vs Folsom at DVC.

  • OOps a booboo!
    In my Aug. 16 reply, I called last year’s Bellarmine quarter back “Tim”. Sorry Travis, and to anyone else!