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Clayton Valley Charter’s Jalen McKenzie out for season

Clayton Valley Charter lineman Jalen McKenzie is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL on the second play of Friday’s loss to Folsom, Ugly Eagles head coach Tim Murphy confirmed to Bay Area News Group on Tuesday evening.

McKenzie is the son of Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and the younger brother of Kahlil McKenzie, now at Tennessee.

Murphy called the situation “horrible.” Particularly considering the injury was initially thought to be an MCL issue, which might have healed in time for McKenzie to return to the field this fall.

“His dad works for Raiders (so) the guy even checked him out,” Murphy said. “From the outside test, they thought it was just going to be cartilage. MRI comes back, finds out his ACL is torn in half.

“It’s a shame. His backup did a good job, but Jalen is the real deal.”

Murphy wound up awarding that backup, junior Jalyn Mitchell, with player of the game honors.

“Good kid and he did an amazing job coming in,” Murphy said of Mitchell. “But Jalen McKenzie isn’t exactly a replaceable kid. Amazing lineman. He might be in the NFL some day. Think about the difference that kid makes.”

On the first play from scrimmage Friday, tailback Ray Jackson III ripped off a 31-yard burst that brought Clayton Valley Charter into Folsom territory. The next snap might replay through McKenzie’s mind for the rest of the season, though it was tough to tell the cause of injury from afar.

“Honestly it was the old-school turf thing, where the foot sticks in the ground and the knee pivots,” Murphy said.

McKenzie, who was going to play both sides of the line, laid on the ground for about five minutes before being helped off the field.

Jackson still racked up 225 yards on the ground in the 27-26 defeat, including an 84-yarder to the 3-yard line that helped keep Clayton Valley Charter close. Murphy credited Jackson, a senior who sat out last year after transferring from College Park, and quarterback Luis Ramos as well as the blockers who remained around him. Center Jacob Linderman and fullback Jake King earned specific mention.

However, McKenzie will surely be missed.

Clayton Valley Charter's Jalen Mckenzie (78) walks on the sideline as steam comes off his head while playing Oakdale in the fourth quarter of their NorCal Division II regional title game at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Clayton Valley Charter defeated Oakdale 28-7. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Clayton Valley Charter’s Jalen Mckenzie (78) walks on the sideline as steam comes off his head while playing Oakdale in the fourth quarter of their NorCal Division II regional title game at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Clayton Valley Charter defeated Oakdale 28-7. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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De La Salle drops to 24th in MaxPreps national rankings

De La Salle dropped from first to 24th in MaxPreps.com’s national top 25 high school football rankings released Monday, reflecting the Spartans’ 26-21 loss to Trinity-Euless of Texas on Saturday night.

Trinity-Euless entered the rankings at 21st after not making the preseason list, which had De La Salle at No. 1 following its CIF State Open Division championship season.

The Spartans suit up against Bay Area rival Serra this Friday in San Mateo.

Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas took over the top spot while Centennial-Corona (No. 3) and St. John Bosco-Bellflower (No. 10) were the other California schools in what MaxPreps calls its “Xcellent 25.” De La Salle is the only team with a loss in the rankings.

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Cal announces Brian Hamilton hiring; a look back at his Concord years

Brian Hamilton’s hiring was announced Wednesday by Cal as quality control coach for offense under head coach Sonny Dykes. Read more about this on Cal beat writer Jeff Faraudo’s BearTalk blog here.

Hamilton had a very successful run at Concord High, where Mark Bywater takes over as head coach.

Here’s a year-by-year look at Hamilton’s Concord years, with a few highlights:

2004: 1-9

2005: 4-6 (most wins since 2000)

2006: 5-6 (made first NCS appearance since 1998, lights installed at renovated stadium)

2007: 3-7

2008: 7-3-1 (reach NCS playoffs)

2009: 8-3 (reached NCS D2 quarterfinals)

2010: 13-1 (won first NCS fb title in school history with 40-37 win over Rancho Cotate in D 2 final; played for NCS title for first time since 1989; QB Ricky Lloyd set Northern California record for passing yards with 4,451).

2011: 10-4 (reached NCS D2 final; RB Olito Thompson carried 54 times for 285 yards. He set Northern California record for rushing yards in a season with 3,488, which broke mark of 3,224 set in 13 games by Jahvid Best at Salesian  in 2006)

2012: 10-3 (reached NCS D2 semifinals)

2013: 8-4 (reached NCS D2 quarterfinals)

2014: 12-2 (reached NCS D2 championship game)

Concord Head Coach Brian Hamilton hugs quarterback Ricky Lloyd after defeating Rancho Cotate in the North Coast Section Division II Championship on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

Concord Head Coach Brian Hamilton hugs quarterback Ricky Lloyd after defeating Rancho Cotate in the North Coast Section Division II Championship on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

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Concord High has new football coach

Concord High has a new football coach for the first time in 11 years. Mark Bywater is the new Minutemen head coach, with longtime coach Brian Hamilton leaving last week for an offensive quality control coaching position at Cal. Cal has not announced the hiring, but sources have confirmed the move.
First reported by prep2prep.com’s Nate Smith, the news marks the end of Hamilton’s 11-year run at Concord High. The entire Concord coaching staff is remaining, said Randy Coddington, in his 11th year as Concord’s defensive coordinator.
In Hamilton’s time as head coach, Concord went 81-48-1. The Minutemen won the school’s first and only NCS football championship in 2010 with a 40-37 win over Rancho Cotate in the Division II final. Concord also reached title games in 2011 and 2014. The Minutemen made the NCS playoffs eight times, including each of the past seven seasons.
Bywater spent last season as Concord’s linebackers and wide receivers coach.
“They’ve done a great job and I’ m smart enough not to change what works,” Bywater said of the staff, which has three members who have been with the program for at least a decade. “We have good rapport and the staff’s very cohesive.”
Prior to coming to Concord, Bywater spent three years at Dublin and five at Miramonte as defensive coordinator. He spent a year as Las Lomas head coach in the late 1980s and was Clayton Valley’s head coach from 1992-96, where he coached Coddington as a player. An Oakland native, Bywater taught in the Antioch Unified School District for 22 years prior to retiring.
Concord opens the season Aug. 28 at Benicia High.

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De La Salle football ranked No. 1 in nation

De La Salle High is ranked No. 1 in the nation in MaxPreps.com’s preseason top 25 high school football rankings, which were announced Monday.
The Spartans, who have an impressive array of returnees from their 2014 state Open Division championship team, were ranked ahead of Central-Miami and Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas for the top spot. Other California schools in the top 25 are Centennial-Corona — which De La Salle beat 63-42 in last year’s state title game — at No. 6, St. John Bosco-Bellflower at No. 15 and Bishop Amat-La Puente at No. 24
The Spartans also received a No. 1 national preseason ranking from highschoolfootballamerica.com.
De La Salle opens the 2015 season with a high-profile road game on Aug. 29 in Texas, playing Trinity-Euless.

De La Salle's Antoine Custer (28) scores a touchdown past Centennial's Chacho Ulloa) in the third quarter of their 2014 CIF State Football Bowl Championship Open Division game at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. De La Salle defeated Centennial 63-42. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

De La Salle’s Antoine Custer (28) scores a touchdown past Centennial’s Chacho Ulloa in the third quarter of their 2014 CIF State Football Bowl Championship Open Division game at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. De La Salle defeated Centennial 63-42. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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East Bay high school football 2014: League previews

In case anyone missed these earlier, here are the links to our league previews, with analysis of each team and predicted finishes.

BVAL — Pittsburg looks favored again, but Antioch, Heritage and Liberty should all be improved.

De La Salle — Loss to St. John Bosco drives Spartans in 2014

DFAL — Campolindo aims for a fourth straight league title

DVAL — Clayton Valley Charter has questions to answer, so can Concord knock off the Uglies?

EBAL — California aims for repeat performance, but SRV, Foothill will also contend

James Logan — QB Leota has Colts thinking big in 2014

MVAL — Parity rules with no clear-cut favorite for league  title

OAL — McClymonds is head of the class once again

TCAL-Rock — Can St. Mary’s end El Cerrito’s recent dominance?

TCAL-Stone — Plenty of motivation for Kennedy-Richmond in 2014

WACC-Foothill — San Leandro looks primed to repeat

WACC-Shoreline — With Tennyson gone, which team will step up to take control?

 

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Countdown to Kickoff Question #4: Can the TCAL-Rock Division have multiple NCS champions once again?

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Today we continue our look at the East Bay high school football scene as the season inches closer. Here’s the fourth of 10 daily posts.

For this one, we head to West Contra Costa/Northern Alameda counties to check in with what may be the best small school league in Northern California.

Q: Will the TCAL-Rock Division have multiple section champions once again in 2014?

Few leagues around Northern California could claim the type of postseason success the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division enjoyed in football last season.
For the first time in each school’s history, El Cerrito won the Division III title and St. Mary’s won the Division IV crown. In the Division V championship game, Salesian beat Valley Christian-Dublin for its fourth section title since 2005.
“It was like a perfect storm,” Salesian coach Chad Nightingale said after last season. “To get all the teams into the playoffs that we did, and then to perform as well as we did, well that’s pretty exciting for our league.”
Could the league have multiple section champions again? Definitely.

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