East Bay football poll — 9/9

After two weeks of action, here’s our latest East Bay prep football poll.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (6) 2-0 90 1
2. San Ramon Valley 2-0 84 5
3. Pittsburg 1-1 78 2
4. California 1-1 72 3
5. Clayton Valley Charter 2-0 64 4
6. Foothill 2-0 60 6
7. Campolindo 2-0 56 7
8. McClymonds 2-0 47 9
9. Concord 2-0 41 10
10. San Leandro 1-1 37 12
11. Amador Valley 2-0 28 11
12. James Logan 1-1 27 8
13. Liberty 2-0 17 t14
t14. Freedom 1-1 6 13
t14. St. Mary’s 2-0 6 t14

Also receiving votes:  Antioch (2-0, 4 points), Bishop O’Dowd (1-0, 3).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.


East Bay football poll — 9/2

A week of football is in the books, but there isn’t much movement in the poll. Notably, Cal High stays at No. 3 after losing to No. 2 Pittsburg.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (4) 1-0 60 1
2. Pittsburg 1-0 56 2
3. California 0-1 49 3
4. Clayton Valley Charter 1-0 48 4
5. San Ramon Valley 1-0 47 5
6. Foothill 1-0 39 6
7. Campolindo 1-0 37 7
8. James Logan 1-0 32 8
9. McClymonds 1-0 27 10
10. Concord 1-0 25 11
11. Amador Valley 1-0 18 13
12. San Leandro 0-1 16 9
13. Freedom 1-0 11 12
t14. Liberty 1-0 6 15
t14. St. Mary’s 1-0 6 14

Also receiving votes:  Bishop O’Dowd (0-0, 3 votes).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.


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.


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.


CIF eliminates Open Division regional games

Open Division regional games in football are a thing of the past, the California Interscholastic Federation announced Monday.

Instead, the CIF will now select the best team from the North and best team from the South to bypass the regional finals and compete against each other in the Open Division state championship game.

Since the regional championships were created in 2012, the CIF had been selecting the two best teams in each region to square off in a regional final with the winner earning a spot in the premier state championship game. The issue with that format was that the losers of the Open Division regionals — the second best teams — were not included in the state championships.

Regional championship games for Divisions I-IV will continue.

So what does this mean for East Bay teams? The most obvious team it affects is De La Salle, which has played in and won the NorCal Open Division regional final the last two years. Both wins have come against Folsom. Should the Spartans have another dominant season, we’ll likely see them getting the bye into the Open Division state final.

The new format could also make it harder for other local teams to earn a spot in the regional championships simply because there are now fewer spots to go around.


De La Salle could be without two key players for season opener

Injuries will likely keep two of De La Salle’s top players out of action for at least next Friday’s season opener against Jesuit-Carmichael, if not longer.

Starting quarterback Anthony Sweeney suffered a knee injury and Northwestern-bound linebacker Simba Short hurt his shoulder at yesterday’s Pittsburg Jamboree, an annual four-team scrimmage. Both players are team captains.

De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh texted on Saturday morning that both players are still being evaluated and though the team is hoping for a quick recovery for both, they are unlikely to play next week.

The bad news came the same day De La Salle learned that it won’t play Jesuit at the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, as originally planned. Issues with the sod at the new facility forced the 49ers to cancel the event. De La Salle will instead play Logan at Levi’s on Oct. 11.

A new venue for the De La Salle-Jesuit game has yet to be determined.

Chris Vanderklugt will start at quarterback if Sweeney can’t play. Vanderklugt was the junior varsity starter last year.


High school doubleheader at Levi’s Stadium cancelled

De La Salle High’s football team will not be opening the season at Levi’s Stadium next week, but the Spartans are expected to play at the 49ers brand new facility at some point this season.

The Spartans’ Aug. 29 game with Jesuit-Carmichael was supposed to be part of a prep doubleheader to help open the shiny new stadium, but a problem with the turf has forced the 49ers to call off the event.

There’s no word yet on where De La Salle and Jesuit will play next week in a game scheduled to be televised by ESPN2, but all four of the involved high school teams are expected to play at the new stadium later in the season instead.

Wilcox-Santa Clara and Manteca made up the other half of the doubleheader.

Here’s a Q and A our 49ers beat reporter, Cam Inman, did with 49ers COO Al Guido.

Q: What is the status for the Aug. 29 high school games?

A: “We are looking into rescheduling the high school games. I can confirm they will not be played next Friday. We are talking to the (athletics directors) at the schools and we feel real good we’ll be able to reschedule these for later in the year. The good news on that front is if we’re able to get them rescheduled, we have dates in mind, and we’re waiting on final confirmation. We’ll play four high school games which would make it so eight football teams will be able to play on our field, over the course of a Friday-Saturday in between a good break for the 49ers.”

Q: The other two games?

A: “I can’t confirm yet. What I will tell you is we had four teams playing on Friday. They can’t reschedule those games so they’ll occur (elsewhere). The teams they’d be playing regularly on those weekends would be the participants in those games. We wanted to make sure the four teams that were playing (next Friday) would have the opportunity to play at Levi’s. To do that, you have to play additional games now since they’re not playing each other.”

Q: So those two originally schedule games still will happen, just not at Levi’s?

A: “They will absolutely happen. They may happen at other locations, not at the high schools, but they will happen.”