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30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 23): Along the Shoreline

By Jimmy Durkin
Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 11:04 am in 30 Questions to Kickoff, East Bay Football.

I wrote about the West Alameda County Conference Foothill League yesterday, so today let’s look at the Shoreline League.

Like many leagues in this restructured 2012 football season, this race should be wide open. These are all teams that haven’t generally been competing for league titles recently, so it’ll be a new experience. In the end, I see it being a three-team race between Alameda, Arroyo and Tennyson.

All three of those teams seem to have the potential to emerge. Alameda has had a few down years, but it wasn’t long ago that the Hornets were competitive in the ACCAL. They’ve got some experienced pieces with talent, including QB Jesse Lewis, WR/RB/DB Sulaiman Hameed and TE/DE Weston Tolbert, son of KNBR host and former Warrior Tom Tolbert. They tend to have strong numbers and that depth could be big for them in this league, where they won’t be facing a ton of teams with established strong programs.

Arroyo looked like a team on the rise in 2010, in James Barnes first year as coach. The Dons upset San Leandro and tied for second in the HAAL. They regressed a big last year, but the history of this program is good. With some tough nonleague games such as Concord and O’Dowd, they could be ready to rumble in the Shoreline league and make a run at a title.

Tennyson is coming off an 8-3 season in which it tied a school record for wins and made a second straight NCS playoff berth. The Lancers also finished in a three-way tie for second place in the HAAL, their highest league finish in decades. In an easier league, can they make the jump to league champs? We’ll see. They haven’t won a football league title since 1970 and no team at the school has won a league title since 1990. Yep, that’s 22 years without a single sports team capturing a league title. A lot of key pieces are gone from last year’s team, including Raysean Martin, Alson Paxton Jr. and Pablo Magallanes. But the schedule is manageable and should lead to a return to the playoffs.

As for the rest of the league. You’ve got to think that Paul Perenon will get Mt. Eden competitive, especially without having to face the big dogs like O’Dowd and San Leandro. Piedmont was pretty strong not long ago and I’d expect they’ll be in most games. San Lorenzo’s coming off an 0-10 season, but there should at least be a little excitement because it looks like their new field is complete, at least from the look I got at it from 237.

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  • onetwothreehornetpride

    this new division will be great for Alameda, who has not won a playoff game since 1982. 30 years is long enough. let’s do it Kempton.

  • onetwothreehornetpride

    also it will be good to see Encinal in a league where they aren’t playing some of the worst teams in the area. put up or shutup time for Tenorio.

  • pitt pirates 57

    @hornetpride – alameda is playing the worst team in the area this year so you can’t talk and sulaiman is injured this year how you guys going to win without him ?. Encinal looks really good with senior running back cory sails and one of the best defense of nose guards in the bay area abe hill . Encinal still has big senior 77 aaron ve’e . they got defense this year and they got offense all they need is a quarterback. when i was at alameda high and capolindo scrimmage it looks like alameda high has no defense at all . i bet if pitt high was in both leagues we will run everybody . Encinal looks like they can go 8-2 theres losses will be serra of course and BOD . the jets is really young to and @hornetpride hitmeup tell you guys beat the nail house . hahaha

  • HAAL Fan

    Got to see some of the mt eden vs kennedy scrimmage yesterday and the monarchs had a smashmouth approach with 3 different backs and a big offensive line. they seemed a little bit slower on the defensive side of the ball. but they look much better than last year. does anybody know when and where tennyson is going to scrimmage?

  • HAAL Fan

    Pitt Pirates 57:

    How bad is the injury to sulaiman? How big a blow is this loss for alameda?

  • DJ

    Heard some good things about Mt. Eden.. but I heard the Kennedy had the upper hand.

  • pitt pirates 57

    @HAAL – Well His Knee Pop and he might be out the hole season. i heard kelin doss had a foot injury for alameda but he will be back game 1

  • Dudleydawson

    hornetpride put up or shut up for coach t please doesnt he have a ring? Yes there league was weak but encinal has proved there worth in ncs playoffs something you guys obviously know nothing about. When coach kempton gets a ring then you can talk. Coach t team is in the a league your coach asked to be in the b league so he either thought they were gonna be down or he just scared to play good teams.

  • HAAL Fan

    Pitt Pirates 57:

    hope the injury is not as bad as it sounds and he can make it back for the league season. all these kids put in way to much time during the summer to lose a whole season on a end of the summer injury.

  • pitt pirates 57

    i know i go to every island bowl i want to see sulaiman play against uncial so it would be a good game and @dudleydawson that hornet guy don’t know about coach tenorio he went to 3 championship games when was the last time alameda high was good ? uncial is going to be good this year and i heard they got a freshmen on the team ? jordan parker ? alameda can be good this year to this the only year they can beat encinal they got a lot of weapons but with sulaiman injured they have no chance . if alameda lose this year to encinal . encinal going to win the next 10 years PROMICE THAT.

  • ROEPER

    NEXT 10 YEARS… LOL… Now we are talking. Im not sure why Sulliman went there anyway… terrible decision… AHS is a very solid passing league team I guess.

  • pitt pirates 57

    sulliman will be back game 1 i guess i heard he shoulda went to encinal he made a really bad decision just like micheal chunningham when he went to uncial for like 2 weeks and left to go to alameda.