Kahlil McKenzie transferring from De La Salle

Kahlil McKenzie announced Monday night that he’s planning to transfer from De La Salle and enroll at Clayton Valley Charter for his senior year.

McKenzie couldn’t be reached for comment but posted to his Twitter account: “Transferring from De La Salle going to Clayton Valley Charter family decision not answering any questions about it but I’m a Ugly Eagle.”

De La Salle football coach Justin Alumbaugh confirmed that McKenzie, a 6-foot-4, 330 pound defensive tackle, is leaving the school.

“Kahlil has withdrawn from De La Salle,” Alumbaugh said. “And I do mean this — Kahlil is a really good kid and will have a great future. We wish him the best.”

The five-star recruit is the son of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and has offers from colleges from across the country. He recently said he has narrowed down his college decision to Tennessee or Arizona and will announce his pick at The Opening, a prestigious Nike football camp, on July 10.

McKenzie played only one season for De La Salle, registering 74 tackles and a team-high 12 sacks after moving to the Bay Area from Wisconsin before his junior year.

Clayton Valley Charter coach Tim Murphy couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Eagles have been one of the top Division II schools in the North Coast Section since Murphy took over before the 2012 season.


Mixon, Houston, Pickett, Webster named to all-state team

The East Bay is well represented on the Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state first team with Freedom’s Joe Mixon, De La Salle’s Sumner Houston, El Cerrito’s Adarius Pickett and Deer Valley’s Nsimba Webster all receiving honors.

Mixon, one of the nation’s hottest college prospects and the MVP of the Army All-America game, was honored at running back. He will sign with Oklahoma on Wednesday when the signing period begins.

Houston (defensive tackle) and Pickett (defensive back) were honored for their defensive prowess, even though both were major contributors on the offensive side of the ball, as well. Pickett, who is headed to UCLA, was the East Bay Player of the Year while Houston (Oregon State) was the East Bay Defensive Player of the Year.

Webster made the team as a multi-purpose pick. The dual-threat quarterback earned East Bay Offensive Player of the Year honors after registering more than 3,500 total yards in his senior year. He’s expected to announce his college decision on Wednesday.


De La Salle announces 2014 football schedule

De La Salle High’s 2014 football schedule could be highlighted by a Sept. 12 home game against South Carolina power Byrnes of Duncan. The Rebels have won 11 state championships and were 12-2 last year, ending their season in the Class AAA I state semifinals. The schools are in discussions about a Sept. 12 game, but a deal has not yet been finalized.

The rest of the Spartans’ schedule was announced Sunday and includes many of Northern California’s top programs. They will have rematches with several of their 2013 opponents, but have also added Jesuit-Carmichael as their season opener, replacing Clayton Valley Charter. The Marauders are coached by Marlon Blanton, a 1991 De La Salle graduate.

Serra-San Mateo, Del Oro-Loomis and Servite-Anaheim will also play De La Salle early on in the season. Serra gave De La Salle its closest regular season game last year, losing 21-14 on a late touchdown run. Del Oro reached the Division I state final in December while Servite is expected to be one of Southern California’s top teams next season.

Here’s the full schedule:

Aug. 29 — JESUIT


Sept. 12 — TBD

Sept. 19 — at Del Oro-Loomis


Oct. 3 — at San Ramon Valley


Oct. 17 — Bye

Oct. 24 — FOOTHILL (senior night)

Nov. 1 — at Amador Valley

Nov. 8 — at California


East Bay all-stars to play in Literacy Classic football game

A collection of top East Bay high school seniors will get the chance to show off their football skills while also raising money for a worthy cause at Saturday’s Literacy Classic All-Star game.
The East Bay all-stars, led by quarterbacks Nsimba Webster of Deer Valley and Drew Anderson of Miramonte, will take on their counterparts from the West Bay (San Jose to San Francisco) at 7 p.m. at San Jose City College.
The game was organized by Charles Nash and Competitive Elite Sports to help raise money for a literacy program that works with students in grades 6-9 on improving their reading, writing and public speaking skills.
Liberty’s Jeff Walters will coach the East Bay squad, and he will have an abundance of talent to work with, especially at the skill positions.
Besides Webster, the East Bay Offensive Player of the Year, and Anderson, who passed for 4,074 yards and 47 touchdowns while leading Miramonte to the North Coast Section Division II title, the East Bay squad also includes some of the area’s most productive receivers and running backs as well as some hard-nosed defenders.
“It’s almost an embarrassment of riches,” Walters said of his quarterback situation. “With Nsimba, we want to put his athleticism to work, so there will be time when (he and Anderson) are both in the game at the same time. We want to give Nsimba a couple of reps at receiver.”
The receiving corps also includes Miramonte’s Dominic Paoletti, St. Mary’s Liam Godfrey, Deer Valley’s Nzuzi Webster (Nsimba’s twin brother) and Northgate tight end Jake Smith, the Diablo Valley Athletic League MVP. Northgate running back Eric Haynes (2,058 rushing yards, 36 TDs) will also help the offense.
De La Salle’s Larry Ross and Deer Valley’s Chibueze Onyeukwu anchor the defense.
Opposing the East Bay team on Saturday will be a group of Central Coast Section all-stars coached by Earl Hansen. After a 26-year career over two stints at Palo Alto, including a state title run in 2010, Hansen is retiring.
Walters, a first-year coach who guided Liberty to the NCS Division I playoffs for the first time in 10 years, spent time with Hansen at a banquet for the literacy program over the weekend.
“What an interesting juxtaposition of having me in my first year and him in his final game,” Walters said. “He’s an awesome guy and I drank in the moment of getting to sit next to a legend in bay area football.”
Tickets to the game are $10 for adults and $6 for students and kids under 13.


Final East Bay football poll


Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 14-1 75 1
2. California 11-3 70 3
3. Pittsburg 10-3 64 2
4. Deer Valley 11-2 59 5
5. El Cerrito 12-3 56 8
6. Campolindo 11-1 46 4
7. Miramonte 12-2 45 11
8. James Logan 9-3 43 7
9. Clayton Valley Charter 11-2 37 6
10. San Ramon Valley 7-5 35 9
11. McClymonds 10-3 23 13
12. Freedom 6-6 18 NR
t13. St. Mary’s 10-4 8 NR
t13. Concord 8-4 8 NR
15. Foothill 8-3 7 10

Also receiving votes:  Northgate (9-3, 5), Salesian (8-5, 4), Granada (7-5, 2).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.


De La Salle vs. St. John Bosco story links

As De La Salle prepares for St. John Bosco in Saturday’s Open Division state championship, here are some links to stories from us and our Media News Group sister paper, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, previewing what should be a thrilling game.

Chris Williams isn’t your prototypical QB — but he’s 29-0 as De La Salle’s starter 

St. John Bosco has lived up to expectations

Strength vs. strength: How De La Salle and St. John Bosco stack up in the trenches

St. John Bosco has at least a dozen Division I recruits. Here’s a look at the players to watch

St. John Bosco prepares for De La Salle’s O-line

Best team in the nation? Bosco makes its case, along with Florida, Texas powers

St. John Bosco sophomore Sean McGrew having unexpected, unforgettable season



De La Salle vs. St. John Bosco will be televised live

The much anticipated Open Division state championship football game between De La Salle and St. John Bosco-Bellflower will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet-Plus at 8 p.m. Saturday night. (The San Jose Sharks game is on CSN California at the same time). The broadcast team includes Barry Tompkins (play-by-play), Mike Pawlawski (analyst) and Kelli Tennant (sideline reporter).

Comcast will also provide live coverage of the other four state championship games. Here are the details:

Friday, Dec. 20, 4 p.m. DIVISION IV: Central Catholic-Modesto (14-1) vs. Bakersfield Christian (12-2) on CSN Bay Area

Friday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m. DIVISION I: Del Oro-Loomis (13-2) vs. Bakersfield (12-2) on CSN Bay Area

Saturday, Dec. 21, noon. DIVISION III: Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton (13-1) vs. Corona del Mar-Newport Beach (15-0) on CSN California

Saturday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m. DIVISION II: Enterprise-Redding (13-0) vs. Chaminade-West Hills (13-2) on CSN California and CSN-Plus (for cable subscribers in the Sacramento Kings market).


All-DFAL football team

First team offense
QB — Drew Anderson (Miramonte) Sr.; RB — Rene Clark (M) Sr., Peter Mitchell (Acalanes) Sr.; WR — Phillip Rei (Campolindo) Sr., Will Fuller (M) Sr., Dominic Paoletti (M) Sr., Johnny Marinchak (Las Lomas) Sr., Robbie Stern (Aca) Sr.; TE — Tyler Petite (C) Jr.; OL — Bennett Stehr (M) Sr., Kieffer Longson (Dougherty Valley) Jr., Daniel Samaniego (C) Sr., Kris Booze (M) Sr., Will Simmons (C) Sr., Max Nevis (LL) Sr.; UTL — Isaac Christian (C) Sr.; P — Darrell Millinder (Dublin) Jr.; K — Cristian Antezana (C) Jr.

First team defense
DL — Peter Golesorkhi (C) Sr., Aviv Elor (LL) Jr., Ben Wood (LL) Jr., Kris Booze (M) Sr., Tom Hofmeister (Aca) Jr.; LB — Isaac Christian (C) Sr., John Lauth (Aca) Sr., Bennett Stehr (M) Sr., Jonathan McDonald (M) Sr.; DB — Rene Clark (M) Sr., Andrew Ahazie (C) Sr., Brett Merrill (Aca) Sr., Justin Dunn (C) Sr.

Second team offense
QB — Andrew Zolintakis (C) Sr.; RB — Zack Fulks (LL) Jr., Greyson Bromstad (LL) Sr., Nick Fadelli (C) Jr.; WR — Justin Dunn (C) Sr., Andrew Bosshart (Aca) Sr., Jabari Jefferson (D) Jr., Monte Cabrera (Alhambra) Sr., Grant Hill (Alh) Jr.; OL — Brady Aiello (Aca) Jr., Noah Meyers (LL) Jr., Jamal Malone (DV) Sr., Matt Lee (D) Jr., Alec Bizieff (M), Drew Rule (Aca) Sr.; UTL — Darrell Millinder (D) Sr.; K — Andrew Totaro (D) Sr.; P — Calvin Montano (DV) Jr.

Second team defense
DL — Greg Corbin (LL) Sr., Jack O’Donnell (C) Sr.; LB — Willie Amen (LL) Jr., Henry Brunner (LL) Sr., Tommy Kresnak (Aca) Sr., Greg Rossi (Alh) Jr., Adam Remotto (C) Jr.; DB — Conner Wong (M) Sr., Kevin Lehman (C) Sr., Tiger Garcia (C) Jr.

Honorable mention
QB — Casey Harrington (Aca) Jr., Josh Evans (Alh) Jr., Josh Nobida (D) Jr.; RB — Conner McNally (C) Jr.; WR — Hunter Rosenbaum (C) Sr., Tai Ahmad (D) Sr., Michael Pangelinan (DV) Jr.; TE — Greg Corbin (LL) Sr.; OL — Hugo Paredes (Alh) Sr., Max Licht (Alh) Sr., Alex Zavala (D) Jr., Brian Chaney (C) Sr., Devin Spivey (DV) Sr., Conner Nelson (LL) Sr.; UTL — John Lauth (Aca) Sr., Ben Wood (LL) Jr.; K — Kyle Visher (M) Sr., Chad Johnson (Aca) Jr.; P — Justin Dunn (C) Sr.; DL — Clark Jackman (D) Sr., Rohit Verma (C) Sr., Alfred Komlev (DV) Sr., Terrance Frank (M) Sr., Kyle Kinnear (Aca) Sr.; LB — Jack Shurtz (C) Jr., Spencer Grenly (DV) Jr., Clayton Stehr (M) So., Jared Finney (Aca) Jr.; DB — Phillip Rei (C) Sr., Ryan Anderson (M) So., Jack Kane (LL) So., Andrew Bosshart (Aca) Sr.


All-DVAL football team

As selected by the coaches…

Jake Smith (Northgate)

Lineman of the Year
Jax Carter (Clayton Valley Charter) Jr.

First team offense
QB — Mitchell Daniels (Concord) Jr., Gabe Taylor (Clayton Valley Charter) Sr.; RB — Miles Harrison (CVC) Jr., Eric Haynes (N) Sr., Ray Jackson (College Park) So.; WR — Darneail Jenkins (Mt. Diablo) Sr., Mason Knight (Con) Jr.; TE — Dylan Jue (CVC) Sr.; OL — Justin Rogers (CVC) Sr., Brenden Crabble (CVC) Sr., Max Connor (CVC) Sr., Robert Liu (Con) Jr., Diego Lopez (Ygnacio Valley) Jr., Deven Michael (Con) Sr., Angel Moreno (CP) Sr., Chris Slininger (CP) Sr.

First team defense
DL — Quinten Casey (Con) Sr., Michael Ihejeto (N) Jr., Yemi Fashola (CVC) Sr., Angel Moreno (CP) Sr.; LB — Rich Peralta (CVC) Jr., Mark Rubio (Con) Sr., Will Rivas (YV) Jr.; DB — Nick Mastrelli (N) Sr., Timmy Jackson (CP) Sr., Dimitri Salido (CP) Sr., Tanner Wraa (CVC) Sr.; K — Sam Dale (N) Sr.

Second team offense
QB — Kyle Austin (N) Sr., Austin Hunt (MD) Sr.; RB — Malik Blackburn (Con) Jr.; Ben Davis (CVC) Sr., Ruben Vega (CVC) Sr., Trevor Sprung (CP) Sr.; WR — Ronnie Algood (Con) Sr., Jed Gwynn (Con) Jr., Michael Sabeti (CP) Sr.; OL — Sam Armstrong (CP) Sr., Julius Ioane (N) Sr., Paul Farr (CVC) Sr., Tyler Modlin (N) Sr., David Valenzuela (Con) Jr.

Second team defense
DL — Floyd Armenta (N) Jr., Griffin Bently (CVC) Jr.; LB — Jesse Escobar (Con) Sr., Dominic Buscaglia (CP) Sr., Ryan Cooper (CVC) Jr., Gage Messier (CP) Jr., Justin Zapanta (CVC) Jr.; DB — Cesar Medina (Con) Sr., Steven Cuneo (N) Sr., Zach Dominguez (CVC) Sr., Shane Morris (CVC) Sr.; K — Gil Cisneros (Con) Sr.

Honorable mention
QB — Hodari Cooper (YV) Sr.; OL — Xavier Sheehan (MD) Jr., Alex Vargas (C) Jr., Jeremy Lee (C) Jr.; WR — Davail Jenkins (MD) Jr.; DL — Jose Rivera (C) So., Alim Margiyev (N) Sr.; LB — Kyle Muller (N) Sr.; RB  Michael Nocerino (CVC); K   Daniel Ferrell (CVC); TE  Brandon Estrada (CVC).


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.