East Bay high school football 2014: League previews

In case anyone missed these earlier, here are the links to our league previews, with analysis of each team and predicted finishes.

BVAL — Pittsburg looks favored again, but Antioch, Heritage and Liberty should all be improved.

De La Salle — Loss to St. John Bosco drives Spartans in 2014

DFAL — Campolindo aims for a fourth straight league title

DVAL — Clayton Valley Charter has questions to answer, so can Concord knock off the Uglies?

EBAL — California aims for repeat performance, but SRV, Foothill will also contend

James Logan — QB Leota has Colts thinking big in 2014

MVAL — Parity rules with no clear-cut favorite for league  title

OAL — McClymonds is head of the class once again

TCAL-Rock — Can St. Mary’s end El Cerrito’s recent dominance?

TCAL-Stone — Plenty of motivation for Kennedy-Richmond in 2014

WACC-Foothill — San Leandro looks primed to repeat

WACC-Shoreline — With Tennyson gone, which team will step up to take control?



Game information for De La Salle vs. Jesuit at Cal’s Memorial Stadium

Here are the details on ticket information, etc. for the De La Salle vs. Jesuit football game on Aug. 29. The game has been moved from Levi’s Stadium to Memorial Stadium on the Cal campus. It’ll be shown live on ESPN2. Here’s what you need to know:

– Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Seating will be general admission.

– Tickets can be purchased in advance at the De La Salle bookstore or online here: https://prepmo.com/games/475/

– Gates open at 7 p.m. Will call opens at 7 p.m.

– Tickets purchased for the Levi’s Stadium game will NOT be accepted at the doors. Contact Ticketmaster or the 49ers for refunds.

– Fans are encouraged to use public transportation. A limited number of on-campus parking lots will be open for day-of-game permit purchase, primarily the Foothill, Upper Hearst, Lower Hearst and Underhill lots.


Countdown to Kickoff Question #8: Can Washington defend its Mission Valley Athletic League title?

With the opening East Bay high school football weekend right upon us, we travel to Southern Alameda County for our next question.
Q: Can Washington defend its Mission Valley Athletic League title?
A: Quite possibly. Washington and coach Ken Wittmer’s track record over the past six seasons show that the Huskies are a consistent league contender. In the past six seasons, Washington has finished lower than second place in the MVAL only once (when it was 3-3 in 2011) and won two MVAL titles.

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Football: Samia, Langley, McKenzie selected preseason all-state

Cal-Hi Sports has released its preseason all-state selections in football and several locals made the list.

Leading the way are San Ramon Valley offensive lineman Dru Samia, Foothill defensive back Isaiah Langley and Clayton Valley Charter defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie, who all made the first-team.

Second team selections included De La Salle defensive lineman Boss Tagaloa and Campolindo tight end Tyler Petite.

Third team picks were De La Salle linebacker Simba Short and Pittsburg defensive back Shurod Thompson.

You can check out the full team here.

Cal-Hi Sports also released its preseason All-East Bay/NCS team recently, which can be viewed here.


Preseason East Bay football poll

The 2014 season is almost here. Check out our first East Bay high school football poll of the season.

Team 2013 Record Points Last year
1. De La Salle (4) 14-1 60 1
2. Pittsburg 10-3 53 3
3. California 11-3 52 2
4. Clayton Valley Charter 11-2 49 9
5. San Ramon Valley 7-5 46 10
6. Foothill 8-3 39 15
7. Campolindo 11-1 37 6
8. James Logan 9-3 32 8
9. San Leandro 6-5 28 NR
10. McClymonds 10-3 22 11
11. Concord 8-4 20 t13
12. Freedom 6-6 13 12
13. Amador Valley 5-6 9 NR
14. St. Mary’s 10-4 8 t13
15. Liberty 5-6 4 NR

Also receiving votes:  Washington (6-5, 3 votes), El Cerrito (12-3-3), Bishop O’Dowd 3-7, 2).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.