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De La Salle, El Cerrito, McClymonds selected for regional football games

De La Salle, El Cerrito and McClymonds all received good news when the California Interscholastic Federation announced its Northern California regional football pairings on Sunday.
But Miramonte was left disappointed.
De La Salle (Open Division) and McClymonds (small schools) earned repeat trips to next weekend’s games, and El Cerrito, fresh off its first North Coast Section title, is headed to the Division III game.
Winners of the regional games move on to the state championships, scheduled for Dec. 20-21 at the StubHub Center in Carson.
De La Salle (13-0) opposes Folsom (14-0) for the second straight year while McClymonds (10-2) gets a rematch against Central Catholic-Modesto (13-1).
El Cerrito (12-2) faces Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton (12-1) in a regional game debut for both programs.
Miramonte, however, was left out of the Division II game in favor of Enterprise-Redding and Manteca.
The Matadors (12-2) were eligible for the regional championships after upsetting top-seeded Casa Grande-Petaluma in the NCS Division II title game Saturday night. But two early season losses to Marin Catholic-Kentfield and Campolindo — both Division III teams — hurt their resume.
De La Salle got its wish to play closer to home this year. The Spartans will play Folsom at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. Last year, the teams squared off at Sacramento State.
McClymonds faces Central Catholic at Lincoln High in Stockton on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors lost to the Raiders 42-12 in last year’s NorCal small school game, but had a better showing in a Sept. 13 nonleague contest this season, losing 38-24.
McClymonds got the nod over undefeated LeGrand.
El Cerrito and Sacred Heart Prep play at DeAnza High on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
There was little doubt the Gauchos would earn a berth after winning a loaded NCS Division III tournament. Their opponent was the bigger question.

Posted on Sunday, December 8th, 2013
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Comcast to air NCS Div. I football final

Comcast SportsNet California will offer live coverage of Saturday’s North Coast Section Division I football championship between No. 1 seed De La Salle (12-0) and No. 3 California (11-2). The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Dublin High.

Guy Haberman (play-by-play), Mike Pawlawski (color analyst) and Kate Scott (sideline reporter) will call the action.


Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013
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Sites for NCS championship football games

The North Coast Section Division I championship football game is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Dublin High, but locations and dates for the other divisions will depend on the outcomes of this weekend’s semifinals.

The Division II final will likely be played at Rancho Cotate High in Rohnert Park if top-seeded Casa Grande-Petaluma wins its semifinal. If the Gauchos lose, the game will be at Diablo Valley College.

The Division III championship could also be at DVC, but only if Campolindo beats El Cerrito and Analy knocks off top-seeded Marin Catholic.
If either Marin Catholic or El Cerrito advance, the final will be at San Leandro’s Burrell Field on Friday, Dec. 6.

Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
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Joe Mixon named national player of the year finalist

Freedom High’s Joe Mixon is one of six finalists for U.S. Army  national player of the year.

Other finalists in the running for the award, which honors the most outstanding high school senior football player in the country, are running back Nick Chubb (Cedartown High-Georgia), quarterback Will Grier (Davidson Day-North Carolina), running back Elijah Hood (Charlotte Christian-North Carolina), defensive back Marshon Lattimore (Glenville-Cleveland, Ohio) and wide receiver Trey Quinn (Barbe-Lake Charles, Louisiana).

Mixon finished his three-year varsity career with 4,281 rushing yards and 76 touchdowns. He rushed for 470 yards and nine touchdowns in two North Coast Section playoff games this month, but Freedom was eliminated last Friday with a 27-21 loss to Pittsburg.
Mixon tallied 1,704 rushing yards and 28 total touchdowns in his senior season, playing behind a brand new offensive line.

The player of the year will be announced during an awards show on Jan. 3 in San Antonio, just before the Jan. 4 Army All-American game at the Alamodome. Past winners of the award include Adrian Peterson and Terrelle Pryor.

Mixon, a five-star recruit, plans to announce his college choice during the Army All-American game. Mixon has taken official visits to Cal, Florida State, Oklahoma, Washington and Wisconsin this fall. He went on an unofficial visit to UCLA this past weekend.

Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
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All-EBAL football


Sumner Houston (De La Salle) Sr.

First team offense

QB — Cameron Owen (Cal) Sr.; TE — Aran Roberts (San Ramon Valley) Sr.; RB — John Velasco (DLS) Sr., Marcus de la Pena (SRV) Sr.; WR — J.J. Koski (SRV) Jr., Ryan Anderson (F) Sr.; OL — Larry Allen (DLS) Sr., Brian Joyce (DLS) Sr., Brendan Landman (Monte Vista) Sr., Dru Samia (SRV) Jr., Mario Diaz (Cal) Sr.; K — Dan Rodriguiz (Foot) Jr.; Specialist — Casey Soltis (Granada) Sr.

First team defense

DL — Larry Ross (DLS) Sr., Kahlil McKenzie (DLS) Jr., Boss Tagaloa (DLS) So., Perry Cheney (Foot) Sr.; LB — Simba Short (DLS) Jr., Mitchell Allan (SRV) Jr., Dominix Kovacs (Granada) Sr., Johann Bolt (Foot) Sr.; DB — Kevin Griffin (DLS) Sr., Dasmond Tautalatasi (DLS) Sr., Isaiah Langley (Foot) Jr.

Second team offense

QB — Matt Winaker (SRV) Sr.; TE — Matt Snyder (Cal) Jr.; RB — Michael White (Amador Valley) Sr., Blake Bierwith (Cal) Sr.; WR — Marquis Morris (DLS) Sr., Marco Zamora (MV) Sr., Collin Miller (AV) Jr.; OL — Drew Sullivan (DLS) Jr., Dominique Arotzarena (SRV) Sr., Tyler Whisenhunt (Cal) Jr., Jeffrey Huettenhain (Cal) Sr., Dean Heinz (Cal) Sr.; K — Spencer Thompson-Meyer (Cal) Sr.; Specialist — CJ Cornwell (Cal) Sr.

Second team defense

DL — Artemio Fennoy (Gran) Sr., Aaron Andrews (Gran) So., Sam Ogee (Livermore) Sr., Mario Diaz (Cal) Sr.; LB — David Ortega (DLS) Sr., Joe Burkhart (SRV) Sr., Colton Paynter (Gran) Sr., Kyle Walsworth (Foot) Sr., Cash Connolly (Foot) So., Riley Draa (Gran) Sr., Peter Tagliaferri (SRV) Sr.; DB — Zac Guardino (Cal) Jr., Jamirr Holland (Foot) Sr., Carter Nichols (SRV) Jr.

Honorable mention

QB — Chris Williams (DLS) Sr., Kyle Kearns (Foot) Jr.; TE — Eric Mensendick (MV) Sr.; RB — Matt Rood (MV) Sr., Casey Soltis (Gran) Sr., Jacob Shinnick (Gran) Sr., James Silva (Liv) Jr., Antoine Custer (DLS) So.; WR — Andrei Kasten (Liv) Sr., Parker Newman (AV) Sr., Eric Dobberpuhl (MV) Jr.; OL — Kaelib Thomas (MV) Sr., Reece Backman (Gran) Sr., Kevin Amaral (Liv) Sr., James Moore (AV) Jr., Kurt Olson (Cal) Sr., Willie Theofanopoulos (Foot) Sr., Caipo Brodanini (Gran) Sr.; K — Tyler Duncan (DLS) Sr., Jake DeMaio (MV) Sr., Mitchell Allan (SRV) Jr.; DL — Richard Martinez (MV) Sr., Armando Roca (SRV) Sr., Devin McPherson (SRV) Sr., Victor Mitchell (Gran) So., Everett Powell (Liv) Sr., Corbin Cofer (Liv) Sr., Taylor Disbrow (Liv) Sr., Alex Jader (AV) Sr., James Moore (AV) Jr.; Lorenzo Richardson (Cal) Jr., Alex Jenzon (Foot) Sr., Matt Lucey (Foot) Sr.; LB — Patrick Pipitone (AV) Jr., Taylor Disbrow (Liv) Sr.; DB — Ben Wensley (MV) Sr., Collin Miller (AV) Jr., Kevan Knaggs (AV) Sr., Blake Brown (Cal) Sr.

Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013
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All-BVAL football selections

Deer Valley QB Nsimba Webster was named Bay Valley Athletic League MVP and his twin brother, WR/DB Nzuzi Webster, was one of just two players to earn first-team accolades on both sides of the ball. Pittsburg lineman Larry Serna-Cruz is the other. Below is the complete list. We’ll post other leagues as they are released.

Nsimba Webster (Deer Valley) Sr.

First team offense

QB — Nsimba Webster* (DV) Sr.; RB — Harris Ross* (Pittsburg) Sr., Joe Mixon* (Freedom) Sr., Kyle McDonald (DV) Sr., Jaylyn Morgan (Pitt) Jr.; WR — Nick Garcia* (Free) Sr., Mike Hamilton* (DV) Sr., Nzuzi Webster (DV) Sr.; TE — Marcus Franks* (Pitt) Sr.; OL — Larry Serna-Cruz* (Pitt) Sr., Cranberry Gato* (Antioch) Sr., Mesake Afu* (DV) Sr., Jacob Smith* (Heritage) Sr., Shane Goodwin (Liberty) Jr., Rene Cardona (Pitt) Sr.; UT — Ivan Oseguera* (Liberty) Sr.

First team defense

DL — Patrick Choudja* (Free) Sr., Chibueze Onyeukwu (DV) Sr., David Letuligasenoa (Her) So., Larry Serna-Cruz (Pitt) Sr., David Lui (Pitt) Jr.; LB — Malik Hutchings* (DV) Sr., Cole Caligari* (Her) Sr., Noah Palega* (Pitt) Jr.; Kobie Beltram (Ant) So., Steven Costello (Free) Jr.; DB — Shurod Thompson* (Pitt) So., Daniel Sheppard* (Pitt) Sr., Kyle Trego (Lib) Jr., Nzuzi Webster (DV) Sr.; K — Anthony Martinez* (Lib) Sr.

Second team offense

QB — Joe Sweeney (Free) So.; RB — Nick Perry (Ant) So., Noah Thompson (Free) Jr., Jeff Robinson (DV) Sr.; WR — Alex Hull (Lib) Jr., Scotty Sanders (Free) Jr.; TE — Brian Taatalale (DV) Sr.; OL — Antonio Baldazo (Pitt) Sr., Leonard Grillo (Ant) Sr., Dylan Goodwin (Free) Sr., Dominic Fredrickson (Free) Jr., De’Angelo Powell (Pitt) Sr., Fernando Nunez (Pitt) Sr.; UT — Sam Hinn (Her) Jr.

Second team defense

DL — Erin Austin (Her) Sr., Shane Goodwin (Lib) Jr., Tyler Bergen (Free) Sr., Cranberry Gato (Ant) Sr., John Woodruff (Her) Sr.; LB — Alex Espinoza (Lib) Jr., Matt Gavello (DV) Sr., Isaiah Lopez (Pitt) Jr., Leonard Grillo (Ant) Sr., Kristian Simmons (Free) Sr., Tyell Bell (DV) Sr.; DB — Robert Taylor (DV) Sr., Aaron Mullins (Free) Sr., Jimmie Smith (Lib) Sr., Deante Fortenberry (Pitt) Jr.; K — Christian Quintanilla (DV) Sr.

Honorable mention

DL — Dylan Gilfoy (Lib) Jr., Addison Hughes (Her) Sr., Manny Lopez (Lib) Sr.; DB — Coltin Selin (Her) Sr., Kenya Edner (Pitt) Sr.

*indicates unanimous selection

Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
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Live East Bay prep football results here tonight

Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013
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NCS football playoff picture

Who’s in, who’s out, who needs to win on Friday to become eligible? Here’s a quick look at the North Coast Section playoff picture in Divisions I-IV.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
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East Bay football poll — 11/5

Here’s our last East Bay football poll of the regular season. New teams in the fold — Northgate, Liberty and Granada.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 9-0 75 1
2. Pittsburg 7-2 70 2
3. California 8-1 65 3
4. Campolindo 9-0 60 6
5. Deer Valley 8-1 52 4
6. Clayton Valley 8-1 49 5
7. James Logan 7-2 48 7
8. El Cerrito 7-2 40 9
9. San Ramon Valley 5-4 36 10
10. Foothill 7-2 30 8
11. Miramonte 7-2 25 11
12. Northgate 8-1 20 NR
13. McClymonds 6-2 12 15
14. Granada 5-4 9 NR
15. Liberty 5-4 4 NR

Also receiving votes:  Washington (5-4, 2 votes), Concord (6-3, 2), San Leandro (5-4, 1).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
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East Bay football poll — 10/29

Here’s our latest East Bay football poll. College Park and Encinal crack the rankings.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 8-0 75 1
2. Pittsburg 6-2 70 2
3. California 7-1 65 3
4. Deer Valley 8-0 60 4
5. Clayton Valley 7-1 53 5
6. Campolindo 8-0 52 6
7. James Logan 6-2 45 7
8. Foothill 7-1 39 8
9. El Cerrito 6-2 36 9
10. San Ramon Valley 4-4 29 10
11. Miramonte 6-2 26 11
t12. College Park 5-2-1 13 NR
t12. Encinal 7-1 13 NR
14. Amador Valley 5-3 10 12
15. McClymonds 5-2 7 15

Also receiving votes:  Concord (6-2, 4 votes), Northgate (7-1, 2), Hercules (7-1, 1).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
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