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.
This season, Wittmer has a rebuilding job on his hands with his offense. Washington graduated quarterback Tylan Vinson, (last year’s MVAL Offensive Player of the Year), running back Nate Woudstra, and three starting receivers.
But senior quarterback Jordan Montoya has some varsity experience, and look for senior Emory Simmons to be used in a variety of different ways. Running backs Mark Colbert and Julian Nava will also see a number of carries this season.
Washington also continues its usual tough nonleague schedule. After opening at Amador Valley on Friday, the Huskies host Campolindo on Sept. 12, then face another Diablo Foothill Athletic League team (Alhambra) on Sept. 19.
I’m not saying that Washington is a clear favorite for the MVAL title. Newark Memorial, American and Moreau Catholic are among the teams who could claim that banner. But Washington has the track record to suggest that it will be right in the thick of the MVAL title chase.