Follow the live prep football action from around the Bay Area Friday with in-game updates and scores beginning tonight at 7.
In case anyone missed these earlier, here are the links to our league previews, with analysis of each team and predicted finishes.
De La Salle — Loss to St. John Bosco drives Spartans in 2014
James Logan — QB Leota has Colts thinking big in 2014
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?
Our Countdown to Kickoff series resumes with a look at a league that always seems to have a say in the NCS Division II playoffs – the Diablo Valley Athletic League. The question: Can anyone slow down Clayton Valley Charter?
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.
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.
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.
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|
|4. Clayton Valley Charter||11-2||49||9|
|5. San Ramon Valley||7-5||46||10|
|8. James Logan||9-3||32||8|
|9. San Leandro||6-5||28||NR|
|13. Amador Valley||5-6||9||NR|
|14. St. Mary’s||10-4||8||t13|
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.
Highly respected Max Luckhurst has resigned as the Campolindo High baseball coach after a successful 16-year run in the program.
The BVAL football race is looking a little like one of those sprints in which everybody seems to have a shot at crossing the finish line first.
California and San Ramon Valley, each with new quarterbacks and proven track records, appear well-stocked for another strong run in East Bay Athletic League football.