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Week 4: Prep football recap from Friday night

El Cerrito turned in one of the biggest surprises of the young season as the No. 10 Gauchos ended No. 4 Campolindo’s winning streak Friday night.

Also, see why a narrow win by De La Salle has coach Bob Ladouceur a bit displeased. And check out how the other Top 15 teams in the BANG rankings fared, and see which players played starring roles, by checking out our Week 4 prep football recap.

Jon Becker

  • http://aol BigDog

    Undefeated Vacaville fell to Granite Bay. Big game tonite- Holy Bowl- Jesuit with Marlon Blanton vs. Christian Bros. both undefeated.

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    Pretty crazy Friday Night Lights (at least around the state) and not good news for North of the Chowchilla and West of the San Joaquin HS FB Enthusiasts.
    Westlake (who beat both Granite Bay 24-6 and Del Oro 16-13, at least an overtime, Weeks 0 and 1) got clobbered by Southern Section D7 La Serna 8-39 at home. Some consolations are that La Serna is now 4-0, but other than WL, not against particularly tough opponents, and Del Oro got knocked off at home 23-28 by Luther Burbank last night. (LB could be a surprise NorCal team; they beat Grant Union 36-27 last week, and are 3-0 against pretty good competition so far.).
    Vacaville was very decisively beaten 21-47 at Granite Bay. (At least on the road.).
    Worse for us, Palma, who’s supposed to be a CCS power, got beat at home 7-22 by St. Joseph of Santa Maria, now 2-1 against so-so competition.
    Around here, EC squeaked by Campo 16-14 on the road (this game has already been well talked about), O’Dowd had to go to an overtime to get past Sacred Heart Cathedral 30-27 and the Mighty Monolith of the North had big time trouble beating The Holy Mother of Stockton 21-13 at Owen Owens. What’s more, Central Catholic, who beat the Rams 28-21 last week, got dinged 42-45 by unheralded Downey, now 3-1, of Modesto.
    Maybe this wasn’t the year to kick Sparta out of the EBAL. Even a crazier possibility would be for SR to run the EBAL table. That would really make East Bay area football look good!

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    Pretty crazy Friday Night Lights (at least around the state) and not good news for North of the Chowchilla and West of the San Joaquin HS FB Enthusiasts.
    Westlake (who beat both Granite Bay 24-6 and Del Oro 16-13, at least an overtime, Weeks 0 and 1) got clobbered by Southern Section D7 La Serna 8-39 at home. Some consolations are that La Serna is now 4-0, but other than WL, not against particularly tough opponents, and Del Oro got knocked off at home 23-28 by Luther Burbank last night. (LB could be a surprise NorCal team; they beat Grant Union 36-27 last week, and are 3-0 against pretty good competition so far.).
    Vacaville was very decisively beaten 21-47 at Granite Bay. (At least on the road.).
    Worse for us, Palma, who’s supposed to be a CCS power, got beat at home 7-22 by St. Joseph of Santa Maria, now 2-1 against so-so competition.
    Around here, EC squeaked by Campo 16-14 on the road (this game has already been well talked about), O’Dowd had to go to an overtime to get past Sacred Heart Cathedral 30-27 and the Mighty Monolith of the North had big time trouble beating The Holy Mother of Stockton 21-13 at Owen Owens. What’s more, Central Catholic, who beat the Rams 28-21 last week, got dinged 42-45 by unheralded Downey, now 3-1, of Modesto.
    What a night!
    Maybe this wasn’t the year to kick Sparta out of the EBAL. Even a crazier possibility would be for SR to run the EBAL table. That would really make East Bay area football look good!

  • junior

    It is very early to make sweeping proclamations regarding Nor Cal football based on select games. The SJS does not have consistently dominate programs. Each year we see a different team emerge from that section (Grant, Rocklin, Folsom, etc). Clearly, Del Oro has fallen off their perch.

    Lots of football to be played.

  • Stewie

    De La Salle…still 3 & 0. But I would call Friday night lights Friday night strange. Line discipline was missing, general synchronization was lacking, field leadership..somebody or somebodies..juniors or seniors need to step up and speak up and get some fire in the belly burning. Right now it is just smoldering. No time rest now and no time to worry about who is hurt. Time to march on and keep improving & keep the faith in the man next to you. Brotherhood all the way.

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    Junior and Stewie,

    First, I agree with you, Junior, there’s still a long season ahead and most teams don’t hit their “stride” until the 4th or 5th game. And, perhaps my sarcasm about San Ramon, the EBAL, and Eastbay football was too strong. However, the caliber of a team, its league, its section, its playoff division, and/or its region are judged and determined by how well they play against quality competition, especially outside their local area. And, since California doesn’t have a state football playoff “tournament”, these determinations are mostly made from earlier season non-league games. The Southern Section uses this type of criteria along with geographic proximity to determine a team’s playoff division, and in football, its football league, rather than just enrollment. Although NCS who uses a division classification system based almost entirely by enrollment, because it’s way much smaller than SS, couldn’t entirely duplicate SS’s playoff system, would be better off to use a “sliding” performance as well as enrollment criteria similiar to what SJS uses for playoff division classifications.
    Anyway, to get back to the gist of my Crazy Friday Night Lights comments, there have been 9 games that I know of between NorCal (NS,NCS,CCS,SJS,OS, and SFS) and SoCal (SS,LACS, and SDS) high school football teams so far this season. I’m leaving out CS games outside of their section (I won’t go into why. It’s way to complicated to go into here.) SoCal won 6 of those games at least decisively (a margin of 10 or more points). Del Oro was able to take Westlake to an overtime in their 13-16 loss to the Warriors 8/31. Franklin of Elk Grove beat 1000 Oaks 38-28 8/24, and Monterey beat Santee (a “middle of the pack” team in the Southern League, a weak LACS league) 54-7, Friday night. Then when you look at the Cal Bowl results over the years, SoCal has been very dominate, with one exception, over the North.

    And, that exception, of course, is at 1130 Winton Drive in Concord.
    So Stewie, I think your prognosis of DeLa’s performance (or lack of) against a not one of the better St. Marys team was probably right on. I was not at that game; I saw Campolindo (who certainly did not have the Fairy Godmother and her magic with them that night. Neither did El Cerrito for that matter.)lose 14-16 to EC.
    My comment about DLS not being in the EBAL race this season was not at all intended to indicate that the Spartans might be a lesser team than in the past; but that if there are more crazy Friday Night Lights this season, especially around the entire state, the unthinkable could happen. I happen to be an admirer and supporter of De La Salle football, especially when playing someone south of the Chowchilla or even across the Bay, but like many would like to see them get knocked off by a “good” team around here.

  • N-Ya

    Can the players at EC get some respect!!! Can’t wait to see the polls this week!!!

  • ManDown

    EC got hot at the right time to pull away with the win. They have some of the best athletes in the Bay Area and future division 1 prospects. Now the pressure is on you guys EC to do somthing this season with the players you have.

  • billjohnson

    dublin 28 mats 24 mv 31 foothill 13 freedom 30 castro v 27 pinole v 20 salesian 14 college park 27 hayward 20 ec 24 vc 20 logan 42 bhigh 0

  • mvalfan

    Bill are these ur pics for the upcoming week?? Some of these scores seem a little close!!

  • mvalfan

    freedom over cstro by only 3??? wow!!! Pinole beats Salesian??

  • mrrhubarb

    The SJS is beating the heck out of each other this year. Looks like Luther Burbank might be the darkhorse here in Sactown and abroad. Folsom is undefeated but they are consistently playing 7 sophmores (QB) and a Freshmen. Lots of first year Juniors playing also…look for them to be real good next year. They are playing Bay area teams the last two years (San Ramon and Deer Valley) to get a chance to get on DLS schedule in next two years when they have monster teams. DLS is the class of CA, folsom wants a shot at them. They were the two best at State in 2010 when they won open and Div II.

  • Prep Fan

    I was a little worried about 3-0 Cal HS after last week’s 8 point win at Castro Valley. But this weekend, Castro Valley showed their running game is for real and works against non-EBAL schools as well as they put up over 300 yards rushing against Liberty in the first half alone. Cal’s prior opponent Pitt came back from 2 losses to EBAL teams to completely shut down Berkeley 31-0 and get back on track. Cal’s other game was against what appeared to be a very week Washington team, who this week took down defending NCS D2 champion Windsor in impressive fashion.

  • norcalfball

    i agree prep fan. CV is hot and has looked solid. Cal can show 3 decent wins now. I think a lot of people wrote washington off after two ugly losses to cal and oak ridge. i dont think anybody around here knows anything about oakridge though. they may be one of the best teams if they were in NCS. Beat rocklin and grant already by good margins as well.

    also not sure why all the negative pub on logan. they have clearly been the 2nd best team in NCS this year. when you beat a team like SR 35-0 you are good. Sorry but i dont see concord (especially) or MV, cal, etc put that kind of dominating performance on them. now can logan win in the playoffs that is another story.

    my top 5 overall right now i see it #1 – DLS
    #2 – logan
    #3 – MV
    #4 – Cal
    #5 – freedom

  • norcalfball

    before all the bashers on freedom at #5. i just think they are a top 5 team. havent completely proven yet, but giving them a pass. i do think DV is a team coming on though which is going to make the BVAL the most interesting league this year. concord (just not a big fan of there out of league schedule so far), av, foothill all considered as well.

  • GAUCHOFAN

    Anybody see that EC vs Campo game? If there are any doubts remaining about the determination of this team, I hope this gutsy victory removed them. Kudos to the EC coaching staff on proving all the naysayers wrong. Hats off to their brilliant defensive coordinator, as his defense was staunch and his team was fired up.

  • Voice of Reason

    Sorry Norcalfball, El Cerrito will take the #5 spot over Freedom and before the regular season is over they may move up to #3.

    I was impressed at the number of athletes El Cerrito had on the field Friday night vs Campolindo. The only knock on them Friday night was the play at the QB position. I thought El Cerrito’s coach made a nice adjustment at halftime and as a result they had no turnovers in the second half. If the QB continues to grow into his position the rest of the year the Gauchos should easily run through their league, finish 10-0, and get a #2 or #3 seed in the Division 3 playoffs.

    On the other hand, Campolindo came within a whisker of defeating El Cerrito in a game that shouldn’t have been that close. Credit the Campo defense for keeping the game close.

    With DFAL league games starting this weekend I see the league now becoming a two team race between Miramonte & Campolindo. I’m not sold on Acalanes yet due to their weak non-league schedule but they are in the next tier down with Las Lomas & Dublin; we’ll see how they do against Campolindo this week.

    After all the hype of Acalanes becoming a more balanced team on offense they are, in fact, going the other way. Against Tennyson they had zero yards passing on 13 attempts, but their running game came to the rescue and they won 7-0. As well as Campo shut down El Cerrito’s running game, this could be a long night for the Dons if they can’t throw the ball either.

  • http://bluedog2 George Manley

    Gauchofan…..The only problem I see with the el Cerrito offense is the QB broadcasting the direction of the end sweeps to the right….there was no deception..The Campolindo linebackers and defensive backs could see what direction the running back was going and they moved in and shut the run down..

  • DJ

    Ec got a nice win but they definetly didnt play their best football without those 4 interceptions they kill campo they actually played terrible game offensively ec qb was rattled after 2nd interception but i must say that qb stephens of campo had a terrible game as well hope to see this game again in playoffs with both teams firing on all cylinders would probably be played at ec if both sweep thru their leagues.

  • N-Ya

    I must say I was shocked to see the limited use of EC’s #21 Pippen on offense. I don’t think he touched the ball all night. He is clearly the best athlete on both sides of the ball.I’ve seen his highlight video he is a D1 talent.

  • MiraMan

    Voice of Reason,

    I like hearing that DFAL is a two-horse race between Mira and Campo, but unfortunately I see it as a four-horse race.

    Going from bottom to top:

    Dougherty Valley – Dead!

    Alhambra – I gave them benefit of the doubt, but without lead blocker Justin Green (graduation) and an injured linemen or two, Poyadue is just abaove average. QB play is poor. Without an upset of Las Lomas this weekend, they are done.

    Acalanes – Stout defense, maybe, good running game, maybe, so they could beat a team or two in league. But 0-13 passing! Are you serious!! Against Tennyson!!! Can you say “9-in-the-box”! Without an upset or stout game against Campo, they are likely out of league contention in my mind.

    Now the potential league champions from bottom to top:

    Las Lomas – Not alot of targets for the two QBs. One of the targets a TE and I’m not a big believer of TE’s being game changers at the HS level. Other target is very good, but not great receiver in Ow. Running game sucks! But the will beat Alhambra to go to 2-3/1-0 and they have the big d-line that may still pave the way to a league title.

    Miramonte – Plucky upstarts with strong game against Marin Catholic and heartbraker loss to very good Analy. Other two wins blow-outs, one against an underrated Alameda team. But still haven’t consistently stopped the run and the running game…well sucks! Have good depth, so shuffling of personnel may solve some problems and offense is able to outscore some problems on defense. Must stop Dublin running game on Friday!

    Dublin – I’d have to give Dublin second ranking due to strong win over San Leandro and tough loss to Amador Valley. Also, in HS football nothing beat a couple of big linemen and a large running back. Problem is no suitable QB to be league champion and questionable DBs. DBs must put dent in Mira’s passing attach on Friday!

    Campo – Still #1, but I must say I was more troubled by the performance against El Cerrito than apparently others were. Stephens appeared off his game and lack of depth at receiver was a big problem. I like Windatt alot, but he’s no big-time receiver. They’ve lost Hoffman and Ewing is AWOL. And their running game…well sucks! Their defense may be good, or maybe four foolish picks can make any defense look good. I’m guessing they’ll smoke Acalanes’ DBs and score alot, but if its a close game, it could be trouble for Campo going forward.

    MiraMan says:

    1. Campo
    2. Dublin
    3. Miramonte
    4. Las Lomas
    5. Acalanes
    6. Alhambra
    7. Dougherty Valley

  • DJ

    @miraman do you see campo goin undefeated in league this year? DFAL seems like a gaunlet i was impressed with campo but this years team seems to have little margin of error

  • MiraMan

    DJ,

    I don’t think anyone goes undefeated in DFAL this year. The most likely candidates to beat Campo I think are Mira and Las Lomas. I still like Las Lomas and think they have some big games in them, especially on defense. Mira matches up with Campo well; Campo can’t run, Mira can’t stop the run; Campo throws to average receivers and Mira’s DBs have been unexpectedly good against Marin Catholic, Analy and Alameda (Eureka didn’t pass hardly any). If Mira can get a pass rush, I think we win.

    While I’m not predicting an upset, I’m still curious about Acalanes. They are undefeated and have only allowed two touchdowns in three games. Part of me thinks Campo comes out flat and if Acalanes can control the ball and score once or twice it could be closer than people think with an outside chance of an upset.

  • WAC Man

    WAC predictions – week 4

    Foothill
    Freedom 33 Castro Valley 14
    Deer Valley 55 San Leandro 13
    Logan 44 Berkeley 6
    College Park 24,Hayward 12

    Shoreline
    Hercules 27 San Lorenzo 20
    Alameda 40 Hillsdale 0
    Mt.Eden 34 Mt.Diablo 21
    Arroyo 34 Oakland Tech 14
    Washington 33 Piedmont 4
    Tennyson 20 Oaklnd High 6

  • http://bluedog2 George Manley

    #21…Miraman…Alhambra’s QB Leo Costa suffered a cuscussion in the Maria Carrillo game and if he doesn’t play..Josh Evans will step in..I don’t think that Evans will make the mistakes that Costa does, but if he does…Las Lomas will win..
    The way Acalanes has been running makes you wonder how they will do against Campolindo…From what i saw defense wish for Campo…I think that they will contain acalanes and if Stephens is on..the Air game will win it for the Cougars…O don’t think that there will be any run-aways this year…..

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    Here’s TheSchoolmarm’s Greater Bay Area(NCS&CCS) Top 25
    for after Week 3. (Out of section teams will have their section shown)

    1.(1) De La Salle 3-0. Beat St. Marys(Stockton)(SJS) 21-13. Next: @ Granada* 3-0.

    2.(2) James Logan 4-0. Beat Heritage 48-14. Next: Berkeley 0-3.

    3.(3) Serra 2-0. Beat Encinal 56-7. Next: Buhach Colony(SJS) 3-1 @ Atwater HS.

    4.(5) Bellarmine 2-1. Beat Leland 34-7. Next: @ #14 Palo Alto 1-1.

    5.(4) Monte Vista(Danville) 3-0. Bye. Next: @ Foothill* 2-1.

    6.(8) Archbishop Mitty 3-0. Beat #20 Palo Alto 28-27 @ Palo Alto. Next: Bye.

    7.(9) California 3-0. Bye. Next: #18 Amador Valley* 2-1.

    8.(11) Concord 4-0. Beat Bethel(SJS) 50-13. Next: @ Heritage 0-4.

    9.(7) Marin Catholic 3-1. Beat Justin-Siena* 47-7 @ Justin-Siena. Next: San Marin* 1-3 9/22.

    10.(12) Cardinal Newman 4-0. Bye. Next: Ukiah* 1-2.

    11.(14) Freedom 2-2. Beat San Leandro 43-6. Next: @ Castro Valley 2-2.

    12.(15) St. Ignacius 2-1. Beat MenloAtherton 31-7. Next: Bye.

    13.(11) Valley Christian(San Jose) 1-1. Next: #23 Milpitas 2-0.

    14.(19) Palo Alto 1-1. Lost to #8 Archbishop Mitty 27-28. Next: Gunn 2-1.

    15.(17) Foothill 2-1. Bye. Next: #5 Monte Vista* 3-0.

    16.(27) Oak Grove 2-0. Beat #18 Los Gatos 24-21. Next: McClymonds 1-2.

    17.(21) Amador Valley 2-1. Bye. Next: @ #7 California* 3-0.

    18.(26) Pittsburg 2-2. Beat Berkeley 31-0. Next:
    @ Granite Bay(SJS) 1-2.

    19.(16) El Cerrito 4-0. Beat #6 Campolindo 16-14 @ Campolindo. Next:#28 Valley Christian(Dublin)* 4-0 @ Chabot College.

    20.(24) Clayton Valley 3-1. Beat Vintage(SJS) 68-21 @ Napa Memorial Stadium. Next: Liberty 2-2.

    21.(25) Analy 4-0. Beat Santa Rosa 48-0. Next: Sonoma Valley* 2-2.

    22.(6) Campolindo 3-1. Lost to #16 El Cerrito 14-16. Next: Acalanes* 3-0.

    23.(30) Milpitas 2-0. Beat Andrew Hill 56-0 @ Hill. Next: @ #13 Valley Christian 1-1.

    24.(19) Bishop O’Dowd 3-1. Beat Sacred Heart Cathedral 30-27 in an overtime. Next: Bye.

    25.(23) Salesian 4-0. Beat Kennedy(Richmond) 42-0 @ Kennedy. Next: @ Pinole Valley* 1-3.

    (27) Deer Valley 3-1. Lost to Folsom(SJS) 38-50 @ Folsom. Next: San Leandro 0-4.

    (28) Valley Christian(Dublin) 4-0. Beat Lower Lake
    49-0 @ Lower Lake. Next: #19 El Cerrito* 4-0.

    Teams dropped from Week 2 Top 25

    (18) Los Gatos 1-2. Lost to #27 Oak Grove 21-24 @ Oak Grove.

    (22) McClymonds 1-2. Lost to West Valley(Cottonwood)(NS) 18-20.

    * League game

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    Regarding The Top 25 Week 3

    There should be no asterisk after “Granada”. De La Salle is not officially in the EBAL for football this year.

  • Eastbay Funk

    @N-Ya, We came to see him play, we heard ec was the greatest show on turf. What highlights?

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    Regarding The Top 25 Week 3

    Another mistake! Bellarmine played at and beat Piedmont Hills 56-7 9/14 and has a bye next week; not beating Leland 34-7 and playing at Palo Alto next week as reported.
    I guess my eyes were in the wrong column of my notes. Sorry everyone.

  • N-Ya

    @Eastbay Pippen highlights check it out.

    http://youtu.be/R73SWugUBvY

  • TJ

    Damn San Lorenzo loses to hercules?

  • TBH

    Glad to see VC Dublin coming out strong– theyve got a strong foundation for only fielding football since ’09 and for being a 320 enrollment school including females. They are getting stronger every year and are becoming more versatile. They are an easy team to overlook, but I foresee that changing soon. They have their work cut out for them VS. El Cerrito this week.