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East Bay football poll — 10/22

By Stephanie Hammon
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 at 2:25 pm in East Bay Football.

Here’s our latest East Bay football poll. Undefeated Deer Valley and Campolindo keep climbing higher.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 7-0 75 1
2. Pittsburg 5-2 70 2
3. California 6-1 65 3
4. Deer Valley 7-0 58 6
5. Clayton Valley 6-1 55 5
6. Campolindo 7-0 52 7
7. James Logan 5-2 45 4
8. Foothill 6-1 39 8
9. El Cerrito 5-2 35 9
10. San Ramon Valley 4-3 31 10
11. Miramonte 5-2 21 13
12. Amador Valley 5-2 18 12
13. Concord 6-1 15 NR
14. Northgate 6-1 10 11
15. McClymonds 4-2 4 NR

Also receiving votes:  Encinal (6-1, 3 votes), Hercules (6-1, 3), Granada (4-3, 1). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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  • Barefoot

    Is San Ramon really worse than all the teams ranked ahead of them

  • ManDown

    EC’s Jalen Harvey switched his commitment to Arizona State!

  • Pez

    The rankings above are screwed!

    I would say top 10 is DLS, Deer Valley, Campo, Logan, SRV Pitt, Cal, Foothill, Clayton Valley, El Cerrito.

    But I would say in all fairness to those doing the rankings, its been a pretty crazy year with EBAL generally not looking as dominant, Pitt getting shocked by D3 Analy, Clayton Valley playing a joke of a schedule and several D3 schools stepping into the higher ranks. Even Miramonte at #11, who beat Analy comfortably, could play straight-up with Pitt, Cal, Foothill, Clayton Valley or El Cerrito and arguably be considered as high as #6.

  • BigJim

    Still wondering what Clayton Valley has done this season…

  • EB Prep Fan

    I’m not trying to start anything here, but I don’t think Miramonte could play with the physical, running game based teams like Pitt, CV or Cal. They are too small up front and would have to ride their QB to stay in the game. He’s good but not sure if he’s THAT good.

  • Perkin

    Deer Valley #2 no doubt undefeated team that has a legit win against Vacaville and a win against Freedom. No doubt Pitt losing to Analy and Cal losing to Pitt means essentially both schools have to absorb that loss. Undefeated Campo a no doubt #3 or #4 very legit schedule maybe Logan ahead of them. Clayton should continue to fall for not playing any good teams.

  • Pez

    I’m comfortable with Mira @ #11 for the reasons you cite. But, I’m just pointing out that some of the historic assumptions about big/small teams is being tested this year and I’m not as intimidated by the size and speed differences as I have been in past years.

  • chalk talk

    I use to mean something to be a VARSITY player.
    Today its like just sign -up
    no 6 minute mile
    no certain bench press to qualify
    no test to make u proud to be apart of a team.
    WOULD U PUT A FEATHER WEIGHT IN THE RING WITH A HEAVY WEIGHT NO……….
    u r not suppose to be on the field if u cant protect yourself.
    COACHES KEEP TALKING ABOUT EFFORT are u serious effort can get u killed. WHATS THE MOTAVATION TO GET BIGGER FATSER STRONGER IF U GET A UNIFORM ANYWAY. plus the people that really can play have to do double duty 4 THE COACHES PET. ( Y IS THAT GUY STARTING WELL HE’S A GREAT STUDENT. WELL SEND GREAT STUDENTS TO THE SCIENCE LAB.)

  • ManDown

    1 DLS
    2 Deer Valley
    3 Pitt
    4 Clayton Valley
    5 Cal High
    6 Campo
    7 Foothill
    8 EC
    9 Logan
    10 Miramonte
    11 SRV
    12 Concord
    13 Northgate
    14 Amador Valley
    15 Mack

  • Perkin

    Thats Logan’s reward for going independent and playing a tough schedule? They stay in the MVAL and beat SL, B-high, & don’t play DLS you rank them 2 mandown. Don’t punish them reward them. Just like Clayton should drop for not playing a tough schedule.

  • ManDown

    Perkin, I hear you and you make valid points but I just don’t think Logan is that good. Clayton Valley maybe I did rank them too high but they will end the season 9-1 and most likely win D2. I don’t understand why Deer Valley is ranked 4 on this poll. That can’t be right considering they’re 7-0.

  • ManDown

    Perkin, Do you believe that Encinal has a good chance to win the next two games? These will be the best two teams your boys will play other than Serra. Why are you so confident in D3 when you guys cant score points?

  • chalk talk

    WHEN DID THE PAPERBOY
    BECOME THE PAPERMAN
    waking up early rubberbanding paper carrying 50 plus pounds of paper riding up and down hills NOT ONLY TAUGHT U RESPONSIBLITY BUT ALSO developed muscle

  • renegades10

    Logan has one of the best defenses in the section. Forget the DLS score for a second (DLS had numerous short fields), they can make life miserable for a lot of other teams, like SRV. They play hard and hit hard. Their offense struggled against DLS, but DLS’ defense played pretty well and Muhammad didn’t get the ball enough for Logan. I think they will most definitely be a factor in the playoffs again.

  • Perkin

    I believe that Encinal does not have a lot of good football players on their team and I”m shocked that they have the record they have. We all remember them from from their runs 2007-1011 and they could score. They play as good as the points they score that’s how it has been the 4 games I have been too and it seems the same for the ones that I have missed. I think that they will go 2-1 the rest of the way only because these teams seem to fall right into their plans and run the ball. It seems like the right plan because Encinal’s size is not very good but they play with a lot of heart and courage.

    I don’t know if I have ever stated that I have confidence in them in D3 I simply stated the same D1 bias that has been talked about that you seem to follow. Also one that I happen to believe. Encinal has been out matched size, speed, and numbers in every game they have played. Those will even up come the play offs and I would assume that they will be very use to playing against bigger stronger teams with more numbers. They should be battle tested and their coaching has shown they can win in the play offs. But winning out is not out of the question they beat SL last year when they had no business being on the same field as them so who knows. Remember all the teams the play down the stretch are real use to losing while they are use to gutting out games for every inch and yard they get and winning. It factors in these guys have an incredible knack to get teams to play their game and then they beat them. Their strength and conditioning program is phenomenal it showed in the games I have been too other then Serra.

  • Thewatchman

    No way mack is 15………..

  • chalk talk

    WHEN U ARE A COMPETITOR AND U HAVE PASSION 4 A SPORT U WOULD RATHER DIE THAN “GIVE UP”

    all in is when u turn around and there is nothing but darkness behind YOU!!!!

    ((((IF U DONT HIT UNTIL THE WHISTLE BLOWS ur not all in

    HOW DARE U GO INTO A VICTORY FORMATION THE PLAY ANIT OVER UNTIL THE WHISTLE BLOWS, PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES.

    there is a different mentality some people eat others wait for scraps and some just wait around to be eaten!!!!! ))))

    *** VICTIMS DONT TEACH PREDATORS HOW TO HUNT***

  • barononionfb

    When you really get down to it, there aren’t that many good teams in the East Bay this year. At least at the D1 and D2 level.

  • Tampa2

    Beat the dead horse Clayton Valley again should be ranked no higher the then 12 spot. They have a nothing schedule. NEXT

  • chalk talk

    who are the good coaches at the D1 AND D2 LEVELS

  • BigJim

    I agree. I hope the bow committee sees this and shoves it right back in that douche coaches face.

  • chalk talk

    TAMPA2 im the dead horse beater round hear lol

  • EB Prep Fan

    2 things you can count on with Encinal…….the kids will play their hearts out with a chip on their shoulder, and they will be well coached.

  • Tampa2

    So many teams that DLS plays are gassed mid way 3rd qtr.
    90% of the time the Spartans are driving the final nail into the coffin 6 min to go 3rd qtr. You see that 2nd and 3rd effort on from the starters and the 2nd and 3rd rotations till the clock is at 00:00

  • Prep Fan 1

    SRV will get their chance to move up from #10 over the next 8 days, as they face #3 Cal and 8 Foothill. If they win both and follow up with a W vs MV in their rivalry game, they’ll be outright EBAL champs. Beat Cal and lose to Foothill and it could be a 3-way tie for the title. If Cal wins, they’ll be the outright champs if they get by Livermore in week 9. SRV-Cal promises to be a high scoring affair that could hinge on who has the ball last.

    Deer Valley can likely move past Pitt to #2 if they can beat the Pirates in BVAL play. Those 2 leagues settle the rankings on the field as they face each other. That makes things a little easier for the BANG voters.

    CV and Campo likely won’t be tested until the playoffs. If the D2 and D3 teams feel slighted and should be ranked ahead of the big boys, then they should schedule some top tier EBAL and BVAL teams. CV played and lost to Pitt last year, but other than their opener an automatic L to DLS, it is hard to imagine how their preseason schedule could be any softer. With the DVAL being such a weak league, you would think they would challenge themselves in the games they can choose. Campo at least has played a tougher schedule and is in a much better league.

  • Old Former Meddling Coach

    On the 2008-09 Ring from D-3: 22 ATW. 22 against the world. I think that sums up the mind set of Encinal Football! Jet Pride!

  • EB Prep Fan

    That’s been Encinal’s attitude since the school was built in the 50′s! Nothing new……but Tenorio and his staff have done a great job of passing it on.

  • Old Former Meddling Coach

    Well EB, All i know is (And by the way, I agree with the spirit of the post) The First time I coached against Encinal (Coach Joe was a Frosh or Soph I believe Back then) I was impressed with the spirit and fight they showed and was glad when my Son Became a Jet and that is why I’m a Jet Fan. Jet Pride!

  • EB Prep Fan

    That was a valuable part of every kids life! Taught the value of money and what hard work was like!

  • Prep Fan 1

    SRV started well scoring on their first 2 drives and leading 14-7 at the end of the 1st quarter. But the Grizz then dominated the rest of the night, putting up 28 unanswered points to go up 35-14, until a late SRV score got them within 14 but the game and EBAL lead had already been decided.

    Winaker and DeLa Pena both had solid games stat wise for SRV, as did Koski, but the Grizz D came up big when it needed to over the final 3 quarters. I don’t think SRV ever punted in this one, but they lost the ball on downs several times as Cal dominated the line of scrimmage and shut the Wolves down when it counted.

    Owen was 8-10 for Cal for 138 yards and 2 TDs, and also ran for 106 yards as he outfoxed the Wolves. Blake the beast Bierwith continued to terrorize EBAL defenses with 3 more rushing TDs and another bruising 100 yard performance.

    SRV was uncharacteristically undisciplined as they made mistake after costly mistake, which had to drive the Wolves’ coaching staff nuts. Twice the SRV line jumped offside in 4th down situations, enabling Cal to sustain TD drives when they had lined up to punt and kick a FG. They were also called for too many men on the field twice.

    Cal has now clinched at least a share of the EBAL title for the 2nd time in a row, and they can win it outright for the first time in school history next week with a win at Livermore. SRV faces Foothill in a game that should decide 2nd place in the EBAL and will have major NCS seeding implications.

  • Old Former Meddling Coach

    Had to gut one out this week but the kids didn’t quit Defense got stops when we needed them but the Offense Gave us the production we needed for the W. Castro Valley was Tough! These guys keep coming at you. Jet Pride!

  • BigJim

    Clayton Valley is a soft team that is a wannabe De La Salle.

  • Perkin

    I definitely wouldn’t say Clayton Valley is soft Murphy just made a poor decision in scheduling his non-league. But we don’t know the whole story. He may have had issues scheduling usually good power running teams have that issue. I hear that good Sac-Joaquin sections teams are always looking for games he also could have found games from that Tri-River league he just left. I personally think that he though his team was gonna be down losing his QB and best RB from last year and wanted a cake walk year.

  • Pez

    To the most annoying team in NCS, all I can say is great win!

  • Perkin

    Mira, give me your break down for the seeding D3 for Encinal with scenario of them winning out CN wins out, Splitting and CN wins out, & Splitting and CN splits? I don’t think they can jump Analy with Analy’s win over Pitt even if the Jets win out.

  • Old Former Meddling Coach

    Pez, First let me say Great all around win by the Mats! Good play on both sides of the ball and good coaching. Next i’d like to ask, What Makes Encinal The Most annoying team in NCS? No big, Just wondering why u say that? Jet pride!

  • EB Prep Fan

    Some might say Miramonte is the most annoying? And only one person posts for them…..
    Indeed, good win for the Jets! Jets are like Dave Stewart. Whatever it takes to win……1-0 or 8-7….. Gut it out and get it done.

  • Pez

    Good one EB. It’s only annoying because some of the teams you face really ought to be able to beat you. But somehow you get it done. Much respect!

  • Pez

    I don’t know exactly what you are referring to. I figure Encinal either gets seeded at 5 or 6 behind Campo, MC, EC and Analy. I assume they split last 2 games. If CN splits then Encinal is 8-2, CN is 7-3. I would think its a 50/50 chance that Encinal gets 5th seed and CN gets 6th (Encinal with better record but CN with better wins and tougher league). But remember, CN has Ranch and Casa left. They could drop both!

    My prior comment is that if Encinal gets 5th seed, then they get #4 Analy in round 2. If they drop to #6, they get #3 El Cerrito in round 2.

  • Outsider

    I am glad that Cal is doing as well as they are, and it will be great if they end up taking the EBAL title outright for the first time in school history. But this has only been possible in recent history since De La Salle left EBAL and went independent. I think the 2010 Grizzlies that went undefeated except for playing De La Salle TWICE might have been the better team. They would have easily won the EBAL title that year if De La Salle was not in the league.

  • EB Prep Fan

    More the point Pez, how do you see Miramonte in the D2 seedlings?

  • EB Prep Fan

    I think CV is hardly soft. But due to their horrible schedule they will have to enter NCS without knowing how good they really are. Other than DLS, which will seem like a year ago, they will pretty much come in untested….kinda scary???

  • Old Former Meddling Coach

    Mira, Sometimes when the mindset is right and that collective mind decides nothing is going to stop them then nothing will. When guys buy into what you are teaching and trying to get done, The sky might not be the limit. That can be true for any team anywhere anytime. Jet Pride!

  • Pez

    Clearly the big question is whether or not Mira beats Las Lomas.

    If Casa, CVC, Monty and Mira win-out, then there’s your 1,2,3,4 seeds. In case you’re wondering, CVC still has Northgate and Concord, so if CVC wins-out, then those two take at least one additional loss. Mira outranks any two-loss team due to SOS; more quality wins and losses to better opponents.

    Monty still has two tough games left and hasn’t looked that good, so they could take a second loss and fall in which case Mira could go to #3.

    A Mira loss to Las Lomas would make things ugly and Mira could fall to #7 or #8.

  • EBAL fan

    According to Cal’s coach when interviewed by Kate Scott (Comcast) after the MV (squeaker) win he’s got the “best QB in the Bay Area.” That’s a pretty bold statement with the likes of Carta-Samuels, Mahalak, Wilkins and Chryst getting big time D1 offers. At least he’s promoting him, albeit awkwardly.
    Now, let’s see how his D stacks up at Winton in a few weeks.

  • renegades10

    They will sell out to stop the run and force Williams to beat them with his arm. They’ll call the usual run blitzes until DLS proves that they can get their yards through the air. DLS has been putting a big emphasis on the passing game in practice recently and showcased that against Amador this last week with many early drives being more pass heavy. It was anise game for Williams, but this passing game has been inconsistent all year so won’t proclaim that it is there yet.

    The more interesting battle I think will be Cal’s offense against the DLS defense. This is a pretty dominant D-line that DLS has. And the secondary is pretty good as well. The LB’s have not been good, but their recent play has been a dramatic improvement after the bye week. Owen can move though and DLS has been susceptible to mobile QB’s over the years. We will see what Cal draws up to try and get some points on the board.

  • Outsider

    I don’t know if I agree that Cameron Owen is the best in the Bay Area, but I am happy to see the Cal coach promoting his team. For the past five years or so I have seen Cal have some players that were at least as good as players on other teams. The other players were getting looks while the Cal players were not. It has a lot to do with promotion from the coaches.

  • Outsider

    Cal’s pass defense has not been very good this year. This might be a good weakness for DLS to exploit. Cal’s passing game has been OK but they have not been as successful with the long pass as they have been in the past. I would like to see Cal use the tight end pass more for short to medium gain.

  • EBAL fan

    As Outsider writes, the prize for the big boys really isn’t an EBAL banner in D1. It’s the chance to meet/defeat DLS in week 14. The shifty proven runner QB for Cal may get flushed, but designed runs will happen more in NCS, not week 10. Don’t forget Reil sat out NCS game 1 in ’10 concussed from his runs against Sparta the week before. Cal then scored 7 TDs to none vs. CastroV in NCS first round in the monsoon rain. Street talk is Cal’s scout team is much weaker now and the backup this year has essentially zero reps.