Yep, it’s Aug. 23. We’ve finally reached No. 30 in our 30 Questions to Kickoff countdown. The season officially kicks off today when Concord travels to face Kennedy-Fremont at Tak Fudenna Stadium in Fremont. And then we really get underway with a host of games tomorrow. I know we’re all excited. So let’s get to our final question?
Who will win section titles?
JIMMY: Let’s start with Division I. Uh, not gonna waste time. It’s De La Salle. Anybody question that?
In Division II, I like Olito Thompson to lead Concord back to the NCS title game and I see the Minutemen winning their second title in the last three years.
Division III, to me, is always the most interesting. It’s such a great mix of really strong programs. Ignore what you see in the NCS divisions that are posted on their web site, there’s no way Cardinal Newman and Marin Catholic don’t move up to Division III. I see this as a year where Bishop O’Dowd could finally get itself back into NCS title contention and I’ll pick them as a team to reach the finals. But I’ve got to go with Marin Catholic to win it all. Jared Goff is possibly the best quarterback in the section and I think he’ll redeem a less-than-stellar outing in last year’s NCS finals.
On to Division IV. Salesian has won this two years in a row, but I’m not sure they’ve got the same level of talent from those teams. I still expect them to be good, but not sure if they have enough to win it all. Ferndale is always in the mix and from glancing at their roster, it looks like they had a lot of underclassmen next year. I’ll take them to win it.
Division V is usually a mystery. Those schools are so small that the turnover from year to year is great. Tomales is usually near the top and their roster from last year shows they were fairly young, so I’ll take them.
Finally, in the OAL, I’ve got to go with McClymonds to win the Silver Bowl. They’ve got a lot coming back and seem to be well ahead of the rest of the league.
BEN: I get to cover a game tonight! Fired up.
OK, on to business. There’s no secret in Division I. It’s De La Salle’s to lose yet again. The trickier part is to pick their opponent. I might take James Logan this year.
We’ll find out a lot about Division II tonight when Concord kicks off the season against Kennedy-Fremont. The reason that last year’s run-heavy offense worked was because nobody was expecting it. This year? I bet the Minutemen are more balanced when it comes to the run and pass breakdown. I’ll take them to win it as well.
Division III is crazy good again this year. I agree with Jimmy that this looks like the year BOD gets itself back in the hunt. I really like Hardy Nickerson as a coach, and I think they’re in it for sure. But, I also agree with Jimmy that the road to the title runs through Kentfield. No better pure passer in the area than Jared Goff, and Marin Catholic is going to be hungry to get back to Carson. I’m taking the Wildcats.
Division IV is a little more interesting this year. I say that because the potential is there for Salesian to be far more banged up than ever before once the playoffs start. Never tremendously heavy on numbers, the Pride is now playing bigger schools a bit more. I’m actually going to upset the apple cart on this one. I’m taking St. Mary’s as champion. Kevin Flemer at quarterback, Caleb Coleman at receiver and I think Keith Minor has done a good job to turn that program around. I’m going with the Panthers.
Like Jimmy, I know almost nothing about D-V. Gimme Tomales as well.
And, in the OAL, I think Mack has separated itself for the time being from the rest of the league. Coach Mac and co. get it done again.
Alright everyone. Hope you guys enjoyed the 30 questions this year. I know Jimmy and I are excited to get the season underway. See you all on the field this weekend!