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.
Predictably, Foothill is aiming high with two of the Bay Area’s most heralded players in SMU-bound quarterback Kyle Kearns and USC-bound Isaiah Langley, who is ranked No. 138 on the 2015 ESPN 300 Recruiting Data Base.
“We’d like to really make the senior season for me and the rest of the seniors the one to remember,” said Kearns after he comitted to quarterback guru Junes Jones’ program in early June.
Falcons coach Matt Sweeney offers a note of caution.
“We’ve got a lot of experience at the skill positions, but we’re really, really green on both sides of the ball,” Sweeney said.
Amador Valley, under veteran coach Rick Sira, showed a zesty spirit with a junior-laden squad in 2013, reeling off four straight wins to start the season before struggling down the stretch. The Dons could be ready to take another step. Sira loves his players’ attitude.
Moreover, Amador quarterback Ronnie Jones, a junior, has gotten bigger and stronger, and linebacker Harrison Mayo has emerged as one of the area’s most impressive players.
The EBAL has some bigtime talent, such as California tight end Matt Snyder, who has received multiple offers, and San Ramon Valley’s hard-knocking tandem of Drew Samia and Mitchell Allan, along with the Wolves’ typically impressive cast of receivers. They’re led by J.J. Koski, Carter Nichols and Christian Fuca.
California lost both its quarterbacks from last season, but bullish Simi Hingano could be sitting on a big season. The Grizzlies are experienced in the secondary, led by Zac Guardino and Ryan Groleau. It’s also hard to expect anything but strong offensive and defensive line play, led by Tyler Whisenhunt.
Granada, which had a young team last year, is buoyed by its first playoff berth since the Atkinson brothers blazed a trail to NCS in 2010.
Monte Vista, coming off a tough year, figures to be well-coached again under Craig Bergman, and Livermore has a bunch of exciting players but is exceedingly young.