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Week 8: Prep football recap from Friday night

If you missed what happened in the East Bay prep football scene, check out our recap right here of all the East Bay games.

No. 7-ranked Freedom’s wild 49-48 BVAL win over No. 10 Pittsburg was arguably the game of the night. Other than a loss by No. 15 Antioch to Heritage, every other Top 15 team in action picked up a victory, including top-ranked De La Salle, which downed Amador Valley 52-24.

Jon Becker

  • spectator2012

    The antioch loss to heritage was not a surprise at all. Heritage is very down this year but played better competition and was mostly in on all their games except concord and logan. Heritage even scored on logan. Heritage will finish 2-8 this season. Next game for them is the brentwood bowl which is a rivalry with liberty. Freedom’s next game is vs a very good deer valley team. I see dv winning by 2 tds on this game. Dv will win the bval.

  • seven72deuce

    not gonna take any credit away from heritage. But they didn’t score on Logan until the 2nd half. Some 2 way starters were pulled to only play one side. But nonetheless, I’m happy for heritage!

  • Prep Fan

    Cal beats SRV for the 5th time in the last 6 meetings. SRV should probably pick a different team for their homecoming game. The fireworks at halftime were incredible though.

    This was very similar to last week’s MV game, as neither team could stop the other. Cal was lucky enough to have the ball last and was able to just take a knee deep in SRV territory to run out the final minute and a half. Karris Johnson showing once again he is the best back in the EBAL, rushing for 347 yards with 4 TDs including an 80 yard burst. Cal ran for 480 yards against the Wolves. Owen was 6 for 6 for Cal and also ran the ball effectively.

    Birse looked great for SRV and moved the ball at will over the last 3 quarters, but SRV just ran out of time after falling behind early and never were able to get the lead. SRV had 2 inopportune fumbles that were both recovered by the Grizz, one deep in Cal territory and the other inside their own 10 which were back breakers. Great game to watch if you weren’t a defensive coach. Sounds like only the Freedom-Pitt game featured less defense last night.

    So there are 4 teams in the EBAL now with 1 loss, Cal, MV, SRV & Foothill. Of the 4, Cal has what would be considered the easiest road with Livermore next week and Granada to finish out, but those 2 aren’t as easy as they sound as Cal lost to Granada last season and only beat the Cowboys by a point. Granada played Foothill close last night too.

    MV beat Cal head to head, but still has to face AV and then finish with SRV in the rivalry game, so their road looks to be harder than Cal’s. Foothill also faces both SRV and AV, and has a trip to Livermore in between. SRV still must face Foothill and MV, probably the hardest road of the 4. Buckle up for some more offensive battles in the closing weeks of the EBAL season.

  • http://Bluedog2 Bluedog2

    Spectator2012…..It seems that most people thought that Antioch was going to win…but you are right..Antioch didn’t face any tough competition and they were not prepared for what Heritage was going to deliver..
    And what about the free-for-all between Freedom and Pittsburg….This game along with the Deer Valley win over Vacaville and the battle between Monte vista and California has to be the games to have been watched..

  • jack cates

    Ferndale 8-St Bernards 0, 1Q

  • jack cates

    Ferndale 14-St Bernards 0 3:08 1Q

  • http://aol YoMama

    who cares about Ferndale? Call the Salesian coach, he might be interested.

  • jack cates

    Ferndale 27 St Bernards 6 Half

  • jack cates

    Ferndale 39 St Bernards 13 Final

  • http://aol BigDog

    did ferny water the field down like they did against Salesian?

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    YoMama
    Usually you make good points.
    BUT, when a little bitty public high school of less than 150 can year in and year out put a football team on the field that beats(or is at least competitive with) decent teams from schools nearly 10X their size, I think you have to say the Ferndale Wildcats have something very special going for them and deserve interest.
    I’m pretty certain Ferndale is thinking beyond the NCS playoffs so they’re staying in D5 this year. If that’s the case, I doubt if the Salesian coach gives two hoots either (I’m sure he has more to worry about!).

    Jack Cates
    Thankyou and please keep it up. No newspapers around here report any scores that far north. And, The Times Standard HS sports website sometimes freezes my computor.

  • Oh Boy

    McClymond’s High is about the same size as Ferndale. Mack was pretty competitive with O’Dowd and Oak Grove-San Jose this year. If they compete in D5 for State, could they possibly match up with Ferndale in a NorCal game?

    Ferndale in West Oakland. I would HAVE to be in the house for that one.

  • Stewie

    EBAL…add Clayton Valley Charter to the league.

  • seven72deuce

    Logan should be added to the EBAL too.

  • Sarpar

    I agree Logan football deserves an Ebal spot this year, but what’s the jv team look like? It was my understanding that this was a one in a lifetime type team. How’s logan in others sports? I respect the hell out of logan for the schedule they put together this year for football.

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    Oh Boy
    Last time I checked, McClymonds’ enrollment was 552 which would make the Warriors inelgible for Cal Bowl D4.
    However, enrollments in OAL schools have been known to change quite rapidly.

  • http://Bluedog2 Bluedog2

    Sapar….The Logan JV team has times when they play good defense…but overall…they need a lot of help..i saw them get beat by Del Oro 45-0…Next season does not look good for the varsity..with the JV’s moving up….This season Logan shines….

  • Bwats61

    Why isn’t there anything about Acalanes dismantling Dougherty Valley 38-7?

  • SalesianDad

    @Schoolmarm…Thank you for championing the small school! Having sons play at Salesian for the last 5 years, I can tell you that Ferndale is no slouch and they will be very competitive is small school division.

  • seven72deuce

    Logan next year is going to be very similar to what the team they have now, was 2 years ago. Prothro QB, Long RB, Beasley RB and Bua LB all started as sophomores. Struggled those first 2 years. There’s some juniors starting for varsity now, but the varsity bench is very thin. Next year is going to be an interesting year as Logan might have a drop in talent drastically. They’ve been consistent from years between 04-08. But after the rashad evans year it has dropped and we haven’t had this talented of a team since then. It’s really surprising to see a HS of 4000 to fluctuate so much. We’re pretty much average in every other sport, only dominant one I can think of is wrestling.

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    TheSchoolmarm’s Greater Bay Area Top 25 Week 7
    All games are league games unless *.

    1.(1) De La Salle 7-0. Beat Amador Valley* 52-24 @ Amador. Next: #4 Monte Vista*(Danville) 6-1.

    2.(2) Bellarmine 5-1. Beat #3 Serra 35-34 OT @ Serra 10/13. Next: St. Francis 3-3.

    3.(3) Serra 5-1. Lost to #2 Bellarmine 34-35 OT 10/13. Next: Sacred Heart Cathedral 1-5 @ Kezar Stadium (SHC home field).

    4.(4) Monte Vista(Danville) 6-1. Beat Livermore 49-14. Next: @ #1 De La Salle* 7-0.

    5.(5) Archbishop Mitty 4-2. Beat Riordan 38-17 @ Riordan. Next: Valley Christian 2-4.

    6.(6) James Logan 6-1. Beat Newark Memorial* 55-6. Next: @ Washington*(Fremont) 5-2.

    7.(7) Marin Catholic 7-1. Beat Terra Linda 45-6 @ Terra Linda 10/13. Next: Francis Drake 4-3 10/20.

    8.(8) St. Ignacius 5-1. Beat St. Francis 22-7 @ St. Francis. Next: @ Riordan 3-3 10/20.

    9.(9) Freedom 5-2. Beat #14 Pittsburg 49-48 @ Pittsburg. Next: Antioch 5-2.

    10.(10) Cardinal Newman 7-0. Beat Maria Carrillo 48-3 @ Carrillo. Next: Windsor 3-4.

    11.(11) El Cerrito 7-0. Bye. Next: Pinole Valley 3-4

    12.(12) California 6-1. Beat (#27) San Ramon Valley 41-38 @ San Ramon. Next: Livermore 2-5.

    13.(15) Oak Grove 6-0. Beat Piedmont Hills 38-14. Next: @ Santa Teresa 3-3 10/20.

    14.(16) Deer Valley 6-1. Beat Liberty 38-7 @ Liberty. Next: #15 Pittsburg 4-3.

    15.(14) Pittsburg 4-3. Lost to #9 Freedom 48-49. Next: @ #14 Deer Valley 6-1.

    16.(13) Foothill 5-2. Beat Granada 21-14 @ Granada. Next: (#27) San Ramon Valley 3-4.

    17.(17) Clayton Valley 6-1. Beat College Park 49-7. Next: @ #24 Concord 6-1.

    18.(20) Rancho Cotate 7-0. Beat Casa Grande 28-7. Next: @ Maria Carrillo 3-4.

    19.(18) Analy 8-0. Beat El Molino 55-0 @ El Molino. Next: Elsie Allen 0-7.

    20.(19) Bishop O’Dowd 6-1. Beat Castro Valley 34-20. Next: Hayward 3-4.

    21.(21) Milpitas 5-1. Beat Santa Clara 23-0 @ Santa Clara. Next: Wilcox 3-3.

    22.(22) Palo Alto 4-2. Beat Wilcox 38-12 @ Wilcox. Next: @ (#26) Los Gatos 4-2.

    23.(23) Seaside 6-0. Beat Monte Vista Christian 12-7. Next: North Salinas 2-4 @ Salinas Sports Complex.

    24.(24) Concord 6-1. Beat Ygnacio Valley 54-12. Next: #17 Clayton Valley 6-1.

    25.(25) Palma 4-2. Beat North Monterey County* 35-7. Next: @ Alvarez 0-6.

    No Drops From Week 6 Top 25. No Top 25 teams lost to unranked teams.

    The following East Bay Area teams are shown so there will be 15 ranked East Bay teams:

    (27)(27) San Ramon Valley 3-4. Lost to #12 California 38-41. Next: @ #16 Foothill 5-2.

    (28)(29) Northgate 6-1. Beat Mt. Diablo 64-0 @ Mt. Diablo. Next: College Park 3-4 @ DVC (College Park home field).

    (32)(NR) Amador Valley 2-4. Lost to #1 De La Salle 24-52. Next: Granada 3-4.

  • UC rancher

    @20 Duece, u sure u went to Logan? Cause you if u did u would know the Logan has a pretty good track & field program, A baseball program two years removed from winning NCS, and a Softball program that is ranked 4th in the nation.

  • Prep Fan

    The Logan girls track team has been dominant for the past 20 years (not quite DLS football, but close), and the boys team is always right up there.

    @18, what did you really expect would happen when Acalanes played Dougherty? I’m surprised they only won by 31. Calpreps had them favored 50-10.

  • Ewes

    Most kids at logan are into band which has won nationals alot. Football there is not a big deal compared to other activities.

  • redandblue2

    Marm, I guess you must not be a fan of Campolindo football now that Stephens is no longer playing? The Chronicle and Mark Tennis have Campo at #15 in the bay area; MaxPreps have them at #17 in the bay area; the east bay poll has them at #9; yet you chose to not mention them.

    Actually, Coach Macy would just as soon stay under the radar; but with access to so many polls from people and organizations with more knowledge than you Marm, I don’t know why you bother.

  • Prep Fan

    Don’t get upset at Marm. I like his ratings each week. Campo will have their chance to move up in the rankings if they keep winning once the playoffs start, which is how they shot up last season.

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    Redandblue2

    I’m afraid I can’t find the ratings you’re refering to.

    Last I heard, Mitch Stephens does (or at least co-ordinates) the Chronicle’s Bay Area Poll, not Mark Tennis of CalHiSports. Mitch Stephens was affiliated with Cal Preps/Max Preps who take their rankings straight from Freeman’s Computor power ratings, which after Week 7 gave Campolindo a 29.4. That put Campo 16th in NCS. In CCS, there are 10 teams with higher Freeman power ratings than Campo. Since NCS and CCS, along with the OAL and AAA, are the area my rankings cover, Campo would be 26th if I were using Freeman’s Computor. Even if you don’t care, Campo would have been 33rd, right behind Amador, on my list for Week 7, but I only show enough East Bay teams so there are at least 15 to compare with the Times East Bay
    Top 15.
    Last week, CalHiSports had Campolindo 6th in the CIF Bowl D3 North Rankings, ahead of O’Dowd (7th) and Analy (Bubble) both of whom were ranked ahead of Campo in my rankings. Other than that, I can’t find any CalHi ranking list with Campolindo on it. I don’t always agree with CalHiSports rankings. Neither do Freeman, Massey, Scout, NorCal Preps, etc. Nor with each other. Such is the nature of ranking teams.(Max Preps currently has De La Salle 8th in California!).
    One team I feel I’ve been right about so far and have had them ranked higher than any other ranking system (including the LA Times Poll) is Mater Dei.(Currently, after Friday night’s win, I have them #3 in the state behind Narbonne and De La Salle) In case you haven’t heard or care, last Friday’s score was Mater Dei 24, Santa Margarita 7. I might refer you to EAST BAY POLL 9/24 comment #68. It’s somewhat long in that I was explaining my NorCal Rankings for that week. I seldom predict games until at least the semis in the playoffs and the Cal Bowls, but I stuck my neck out on that one (and a few others this year).
    I like Campolindo. I like their fans, the way the players play and conduct themselves on the field, and the school in general. Coach Macy, in my opinion, is one of the best around in all aspects. Pre-season, I had Campolindo #3 in the state for Cal Bowl D3&4 teams. However, based on my research/calculations (and I look around the whole state: I follow over 450 teams from all the sections and playoff divisions every week) I’m afraid at this point I can’t rank the Cougars higher than 33rd in NCS/CCS. What criteria others use in their rankings I don’t know.
    As for my high school football knowledge being near or at the bottom of the totem pole,
    well,
    sticks ‘n stones, luv.

  • spectator2012

    will antioch still make the playoffs, if they go 0-5 in the bval league? that would make them 5-5 overall. how does it work?

  • redandblue2

    Campolindo is ranked 15th in the SF Chronicle Poll by Mitch Stephens (I mistakenly said Mark Tennis). By the way, Stephens writes a nice article in today’s paper regarding Campo. Stephens covers the same area you cover as does Max Preps.

    Stephens also produces the Max Preps bay area poll which includes teams from the south bay and Monterey. Seaside & Oak Grove are included in this poll which drops Campo to #17; here is the link to that poll. Interesting that you and Mitch Stephens agree on 14 of the top 17 in each of your polls; the one glaring omission is Campolindo which, as you state, you have at #33.

    http://www.maxpreps.com/news/N8UVPpQ79k6j6U8f3kdflQ/san-francisco-bay-area-top-25-high-school-football-rankings.htm

    Finally, the best source for all thing high school football in the bay area, with apologies to East Bay Prep Corner, is the PrepFeed website, which provides all the cogent rankings from acknowledged experts.

    http://prepfeed.com/ncs/football/

    Marm, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, as is anyone else. My question to you again is, with so many rating services, from people who do this for a living, why do you bother?

  • EastBay Ray

    Prep Fan:

    Schoolmarm is a woman (by definition):

    school·marm (sk l märm ) also school·ma’am (-mäm , -m m ). n. A woman teacher, especially one who is regarded as strict or old-fashioned.

  • http://aol BigDog

    Red and Blue- Schoolmarm has a lot of info and insite to prep football in the state.
    His insite to Mater Dei and other socal powers is info a lot of bloggers don’t get or see.
    As far as Campo, we’ll see in the playoffs. Stephens is done and your team moves on, hopefully successful.
    They are way behind CN and MC this year in the polls and ratings. I saw the state game last year and both teams didn’t look very good. Let’s kep it real, Campo is a div-3 team who controls their league and had excellent success in NCS playoffs last year. It isn’t a dynasty.

  • Prep Fan

    I understand that a schoolmarm is a woman, but I would be very impressed if “TheSchoolmarm” is a woman, with the insight shown regarding the high school football landscape. I’m not saying it can’t be a woman, just that I would be very impressed if it actually was.

    Mitch Stevens certainly knows HS football, but his opinions may be no more valid than the Marm in terms of which teams are the strongest. Campo gets a lot of credit for their state bowl game run last season, and rightfully so, but that doesn’t mean they would necessarily beat a Pitt, SRV or even a Clayton Valley or Concord if they actually played. Campo is a D3 team for a reason, and let’s see how their playoff run against other mid-sized schools this year goes before trying to get the Marm to stop making his/her rankings just because Campo isn’t prominantely featured.

    Remember, Campo came in last place in the DFAL 2 years ago, behind even Dougherty Valley. I wish them well and hope they can recapture some of that NCS magic from last season, but I just don’t think they have the same talent level this season. And evidently neither does the Marm.

  • S1lverngreen

    I think the marm is gades10 in disguise….ha ha, or perhaps chalktalk?

  • redandblue2

    My point to marm was that his poll is essentially the same as those published by other reputable organizations/people with one glaring omission. You would think that if he is trying to appeal to the people of this forum he/she should be able to shed some insight on why he/she feels a particular team should be ranked higher (or lower) than some of the other local teams.

    One example is Seaside. Most of the other polls have Seaside ranked around 10 spots higher than in marm’s poll. Of course, very few people in the east bay know anything about Seaside, so it doesn’t get much notice. But when marm ranks Campolindo 16 spots lower than more distinguished polls than his/hers, he/she comes off either mistaken, unenlightened, or has a chip on his/her shoulder. Any way you slice it, and this is just my opinion, the marm’s polls are irrelevant in the face of more reasoned and experienced human polls which are readily accesible.

    By the way, Mater Dei defeating Santa Margarita without injured QB Johnny Stanton was certainly no surprise.

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    Re: Redandblue2
    1st: THX for the prepfeed.com website.I agree that it is as comprehensive as any in reporting and co-ordinating high school football information for around here and Calif., with all due respect to East Bay Prep Corner (however, the 2 sites seem to concentrate on some different aspects).

    To answer your questions the best I can.
    I “bother” with doing rankings (at least on this site) because I feel very strongly about California High School football (I hope to see a workable state playoff that isn’t overbalanced with way more teams in the Southern Region, as well as the Northern teams usually having to play noticeably larger Southern schools in the same division like in the CIF basketball playoffs) and I wanted to play an active role in improving the interest and development Of California HS football (and all Sports). I feel doing rankings helps create more interest: the more different rankings there are, the more to compare and complain about. Since the occurance of the Cal Bowls, I started combing the high school sports websites to learn as much as I could as to what was happening in high school football around the state. Also, I called on old acquaintances around the state that I thought had inside information and knowledge about the HS game. Starting with the 2009 season, I began my rankings for the state, gradually adding regional and various division rankings, but I only emailed them to various people and institutions. All the feedback I got was that I should try to make them public. Of course no established media website was going to put them out there, unless I used one of their “chatrooms”. The interaction on most of them seemed like “The Jerry Springer Show” that I wanted no part of. Then I heard about East Bay Prep Corner, that it had a lot more “class” than most, so now all of you are stuck with my rankings and 2 bits worth.
    As to why I have Campolindo lower ranked than on the more well known lists is because my criteria puts them where they are. As I said in a previous comment, I don’t know what others criteria for ranking or raiting are. The specifics of my criteria I feel are my business and I shouldn’t have to share it. Freeman and Massey certainly don’t tell the world what they feed into their computors (I doubt if they share it with MaxPreps and High School Sports whom they’re contracted with). I will say that I take strength of schedule very seriously and up to a point, the game score. Also I feel field and weather conditions can make a noticeable difference. So do home vs. away, travel distances, and certain coaches vs. certain other coaches. Also, there’s a big jump from D3 to D2, at least in most other sections. Yes, the best in NCS D3 are better than the best in NCS D2 and most in NCS D1. However, MC, Newman, and O’Dowd would at least be D2 in LACS (yeah, there are only LA public schools), SS(in one of the first eight divisions which are all Cal Bowl D1or2), CS, or SJS where division placement is based or partially based on performance rather than just or mostly enrollment. Campolindo is a very good D3 team. If I were still doing a state D3and4 Top 30, I’m sure the Cougars would be on it (probably in the top 25). So would EC, Analy, Seaside, and maybe Salesian. Ealier in the year I would have (and did) ranked Campo considerably higher, but Campo doesn’t have the Oline or backfield they had last year. They depended very much on Brett Stephens for their offense. Now that he’s out, I haven’t seen a backup that can carry near the offensive load that Stephens did. I thought Campo had a lot more trouble with Lomas than they would have had had he been playing. Anyway, I wish the Cougars luck for the rest of the season and have a playoff run similiar to last year that will show me to be currently wrong.
    MaxPreps would have Campo 26th in the area I cover. Seaside tied with O’Dowd at 24th. Seaside’s ranking is very close to mine (23). Perhaps I may have the Dragons overated at 19th, but I feel they’ve earned it and haven’t made the numerous playing field mistakes they made last year (The D3 qtr final game with the Cougars was a good example of Dragon dumb mistakes).
    Why the Chronicle has Seaside 13th is beyond me. And, I was wrong, their poll is no longer from Freeman’s computor/MaxPreps as it seemed to be earlier in the year. I seldom read the Chronicle on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
    Of course you and everybody else can honor the “status” rankings over mine.

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    PrepFan #32
    I will refer you to East Bay Poll 9/18, comment #48.

    S1Ivergreen #33
    Nope.

  • Prep Fan

    Well said Marm. Keep up the good work.

    Prep Feed is a great source of information, but all it really does is give you the links to articles and rankings done by various other publications. I don’t believe they do any articles or rankings themselves, or at least I haven’t seen any. They do put together an NCS/CCS top 25, but they just use the data straight from Calpreps. They also do a good job coordinating articles and rankings for NCS & CCS with basketball and baseball.

  • Prep Fan

    Very nice Marm. Did you make it over to Elliots that night?

  • http://TheSchoolmarm TheSchoolmarm

    Re: Redandblue2
    1st: THX for the prepfeed.com website.I agree that it is as comprehensive as any in reporting and co-ordinating high school football information for around here and Calif., with all due respect to East Bay Prep Corner (however, the 2 sites seem to concentrate on some different aspects).

    To answer your questions the best I can.
    I “bother” with doing rankings (at least on this site) because I feel very strongly about California High School football (I hope to see a workable state playoff that isn’t overbalanced with way more teams in the Southern Region, as well as the Northern teams usually having to play noticeably larger Southern schools in the same division like in the CIF basketball playoffs) and I wanted to play an active role in improving the interest and development Of California HS football (and all Sports). I feel doing rankings helps create more interest: the more different rankings there are, the more to compare and complain about. Since the occurance of the Cal Bowls, I started combing the high school sports websites to learn as much as I could as to what was happening in high school football around the state. Also, I called on old acquaintances around the state that I thought had inside information and knowledge about the HS game. Starting with the 2009 season, I began my rankings for the state, gradually adding regional and various division rankings, but I only emailed them to various people and institutions. All the feedback I got was that I should try to make them public. Of course no established media website was going to put them out there, unless I used one of their “chatrooms”. The interaction on most of them seemed like “The Jerry Springer Show” that I wanted no part of. Then I heard about East Bay Prep Corner, that it had a lot more “class” than most, so now all of you are stuck with my rankings and 2 bits worth.
    As to why I have Campolindo lower ranked than on the more well known lists is because my criteria puts them where they are. As I said in a previous comment, I don’t know what others criteria for ranking or raiting are. The specifics of my criteria I feel are my business and I shouldn’t have to share it. Freeman and Massey certainly don’t tell the world what they feed into their computors (I doubt if they share it with MaxPreps and High School Sports whom they’re contracted with). I will say that I take strength of schedule very seriously and up to a point, the game score. Also I feel field and weather conditions can make a noticeable difference. So do home vs. away, travel distances, and certain coaches vs. certain other coaches. Also, there’s a big jump from D3 to D2, at least in most other sections. Yes, the best in NCS D3 are better than the best in NCS D2 and most in NCS D1. However, MC, Newman, and O’Dowd would at least be D2 in LACS (yeah, there are only LA public schools), SS(in one of the first eight divisions which are all Cal Bowl D1or2), CS, or SJS where division placement is based or partially based on performance rather than just or mostly enrollment. Campolindo is a very good D3 team. If I were still doing a state D3and4 Top 30, I’m sure the Cougars would be on it (probably in the top 25). So would EC, Analy, Seaside, and maybe Salesian. Ealier in the year I would have (and did) ranked Campo considerably higher, but Campo doesn’t have the Oline or backfield they had last year. They depended very much on Brett Stephens for their offense. Now that he’s out, I haven’t seen a backup that can carry near the offensive load that Stephens did. I thought Campo had a lot more trouble with Lomas than they would have had had he been playing. Anyway, I wish the Cougars luck for the rest of the season and have a playoff run similiar to last year that will show me to be currently wrong.
    MaxPreps would have Campo 26th in the area I cover. Seaside tied with O’Dowd at 24th. Seaside’s ranking is very close to mine (23). Perhaps I may have the Dragons overated at 19th, but I feel they’ve earned it and haven’t made the numerous playing field mistakes they made last year (The D3 qtr final game with the Cougars was a good example of Dragon dumb mistakes).
    Why the Chronicle has Seaside 13th is beyond me. And, I was wrong, their poll is no longer from Freeman’s computor/MaxPreps as it seemed to be earlier in the year. I seldom read the Chronicle on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
    Of course you and everybody else are certainly free to honor the “status” rankings over mine.

  • redandblue2

    Well marm, you more than answered my question. You obviously have a passion for HS football and far be it from me to question that. I certainly agree Campo would have had an easier time with Las Lomas with Stephens behind center. I do believe one of their strengths this year has been their OL & DL though.

    Alhambra is the type of team that will give Campo fits with their featured back Poyadue, similar to Acalanes & El Cerrito’s running game. However, as Campo moves ahead in the post Stephens era, it will be interesting to follow the rise of their new QB Zolintakis. Campo survived a punch in the mouth last year by Alhambra and should be able to do so again Friday night in Martinez.

  • http://aol BigDog

    Campo better beat Alhambra. The Bulldogs were terrible in the pre-league.

  • sportsfan

    I think Alhambra will be a tough opponent this week for Campo. Alhambra has a good team and it’s not surprising that they beat Dublin with their star running back having a fractured leg. Also, it will be very tough sledding for Campo without Stephens at the quarterback position going forward. Thier success will be directly impacted by a kid named Zolintakis. Although he is inexperienced at the varsity level, I believe that he will be very good. The way he played against LL last week spoke volumes. With only 1 day of preparation time and virtually no snaps this year, he was elusive and on target with his passing. Having said all of that, I can’t help but wonder how the blogs would read if Campo would have pulled off the victory over El Cerrito. With that 16-14 loss, it seems that a lot of folks have written Campo off. If you were at that game you realize that it came down to a missed field goal by Campo in the last few minutes of the game. Clearly Campo is not the same team as last year, however, they have a lot of heart and resiliency and up to this point, have shown to be a very competitive team (6-1). Also, I disagree with the comment above by Marm about the O-line. My sense is that this year’s O-line is better than last year. There are 3 returning starters and the two new additions are bigger and stronger than the seniors that graduated. I’m looking forward to finishing the regular season and see how things shape up in the playoffs.