Follow the live prep football action from the East Bay and beyond Friday with in-game updates and scores beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Here’s our East Bay rankings after the 10th week of play.
|Team||Record||Last Week||Up Next|
|1. De La Salle||7-1||1||vs. James Logan|
|2. Clayton Valley Charter||7-1||2||vs. Ygancio Valley|
|4. Monte Vista||6-2||4||vs. California|
|5. Pittsburg||7-1||5||@ Liberty|
|6. Antioch||4-1||6||vs. Deer Valley|
|7. Campolindo||7-1||7||vs. Miramonte|
|8. Miramonte||8-0||9||@ Campolindo|
|9. James Logan||6-2||11||@De La Salle|
|10. Amador Valley||6-2||11||vs. Livermore|
|11. California||5-3||8||@ Monte Vista|
|12. McClymonds||8-0||12||vs. Skyline|
|14. Berean Christian||7-1||14||vs. De Anza|
|15. Tennyson||7-1||15||@ Berkeley|
On the bubble: John Swett (7-1), Moreau Catholic (7-1), Piedmont (6-2). Results are through Saturday. The East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
An incident happened prior to Friday’s game at Pittsburg HS, when some Deer Valley football players interrupted the Pittsburg High Band’s pregame performance, including the National Anthem.
Deer Valley ended up being penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after coming onto the middle of the field prior to the captains meeting. Pittsburg won the game 31-28.
The last two football matchups between Monte Vista and Foothill have been one-sided in favor of the Falcons, but this year may be different. Backed by a high-powered, pass-happy offense, the Mustangs (5-1, 2-0 East Bay Athletic League) welcome Foothill (7-0, 3-0) on Oct. 16 in a 7 p.m. game that could wind up deciding the league title.
Quarterback Jake Haener bounced back from Monte Vista’s lone loss, a 21-17 defeat at the hands of Clayton Valley Charter, by connecting repeatedly with receiver Noah Sol in a 34-12 win over Amador Valley last week. Twelve of his 18 completions were to Sol, who finished with 164 yards and a touchdown. That combination, along with fellow senior receiver Traehone Banda, should threaten unbeaten Foothill.
The Falcons feature a more run-oriented offense behind running back Isaiah Floyd, whose statistics on MaxPreps are listed at 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns. But their defense is just as important. In three EBAL games this season, Foothill has allowed 14 total points. Its closest margin of victory is a 28-14 non-league win over Freedom, a rematch of last season’s North Coast Section Division 1 semifinal won by Foothill.
Monte Vista and Foothill have two common opponents this season. Both teams planted 42 points on Castro Valley, though the Mustangs allowed fewer points (14) than the Falcons (19). Monte Vista downed Livermore 48-17 while Foothill prevailed 42-7 against the Cowboys.
Even with a win, either the Mustangs or Falcons would have another roadblock en route to an undisputed EBAL crown: California High (5-1, 3-0). Foothill visits the Grizzlies on Oct. 16 and Monte Vista hosts them Oct. 23.
This week California plays Amador Valley (4-2, 1-1) and San Ramon Valley (1-5, 0-2) hosts Livermore (3-4, 0-3).
Alan Jobb wrapped his arms around Victor Galli, who had just become the winningest coach in Pittsburg High football history, and delivered a simple message: “I’m proud of you, man.”
Fourteen year ago, when Galli got the top Pirates job, his lone assistant was Jobb. Now, 114 victories later, Jobb is among 16 guys on Galli’s crew.
“He’s great at bringing people together,” Jobb said.
That sentiment was echoed by Herc Pardi, chairman of the Pittsburg High Hall of Fame committee.
“Vic’s strength is being able to put together an outstanding coaching staff,” said Pardi, whose 27 years with Pittsburg football included helming the program from 1991-1995. “They have some coaches that really have a passion for the game.”
Pardi is an ideal person to comment on Galli’s accomplishment, considering his dad, Herk Pardi, played for the man Galli passed on the all-time wins list at Pittsburg. Pat Bryant coached the Pirates from 1927-1943 and went 113-40-15, according to Bob Lewis, former Pittsburg mayor and unofficial historian of Pirates football.
In two fewer seasons that Bryant, Galli is 114-50-1 and has taken Pittsburg to four North Coast Section title games. The Pirates edged host Freedom 33-29 in a wild Bay Valley Athletic League opener Friday, a game with three lead changes in the last three minutes.
“That was a gutty performance,” Galli said. “I’ve been a part of a lot of big wins, and that ranks right up there with them. Awesome stuff.”
The coach said it was particularly powerful because Pittsburg prevailed over a Falcons team coached by Kevin Hartwig, also in his 14th year in the BVAL.
The way Galli sees it, he said, coaching for that long is an accomplishment in and of itself.
“When I first started the job, I had no gray hair,” Galli said. “I was a young, fresh-faced kid. It’s a hell of a milestone. I sure didn’t get here by myself. All the coaches and people that have been part of my crew. I’m humbled by it.”
Follow the live prep football action from around the East Bay and beyond Friday with in-game updates and scores beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Here’s our East Bay rankings after the sixth week of play.
|Team||Record||Last Week||Up Next|
|1. De La Salle||4-1||1||vs. San Ramon Valley|
|2. Clayton Valley Charter||4-1||2||@Mt. Diablo|
|3. Foothill||6-0||3||vs. Livermore|
|4. Monte Vista||4-1||4||@Amador Valley|
|6. California||4-1||6||vs. Granada|
|8. Campolindo||5-1||8||vs. Alhambra|
|9. James Logan||5-1||11||@Atascadero|
|10. Freedom||3-2||10||vs. Pittsburg|
|11. Amador Valley||4-1||12||vs. Monte Vista|
|12. Miramonte||6-0||13||@Dougherty Valley|
|13. McClymonds||5-0||14||vs. Castlemont|
|15. Swett||5-0||NR||vs. Berean Christian|
On the bubble: Dublin (4-1), Moreau Catholic (5-1), Piedmont (3-2). The East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Ledre McCullough rushed for three touchdowns in the second half and, as Amador Valley coach Rick Sira put it, the Dons “held on for dear life” in a 29-22 EBAL win over host Granada on Oct. 1.
“It was just a great high school football game,” Sira said.
Amador Valley ruined the Matadors’ homecoming game by collecting itself at halftime, when it trailed 16-7.
“Early in the game we turned the ball over and they took advantage of that,” said Sira, noting a 10-0 deficit. “We had not played to the best of our ability. Granada did a good job, not to take away from them. We needed to do the things we were capable of and play at the level we knew we could.”
The Dons (4-1, 1-0 EBAL) did so behind McCullough, who rushed for 229 yards on 29 carries. Along with a 20-yard touchdown that proved to be the game winner, he senior scored on runs of 44 and 3 yards.
The latter, which gave Amador Valley its first lead, was set up by a 31-yard toss from senior quarterback Ronnie Jones to senior wide receiver Grant Huggins.
“It was a really gigantic play on a broken play to keep us in that situation,” Sira said. “If we don’t score there, it gets dark quickly.”
McCullough finished off that drive and, after he scored again, the teams traded punts until Granada (3-3, 0-2 EBAL) got in gear. The Matadors made it to the 30-yard line with a 14-yard drive in the waning minutes, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Throws into the end zone on third and fourth down were broken up, the latter by senior cornerback Vincent Ruso.
Sira praised the play of senior safety Matthew Mahurni, junior lineman Mason Bartolo and senior linebacker/tailback Patrick Loughnane — who scored on a 14-yard run in the first half.