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East Bay football poll — 10/8

Here’s our final East Bay poll before league play gets underway for everyone this week.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 5-0 75 1
2. Pittsburg 3-2 70 2
3. California 4-1 65 3
4. James Logan 5-1 60 4
5. Clayton Valley 4-1 51 5
6. Foothill 6-0 50 6
7. Deer Valley 5-0 49 7
8. Campolindo 6-0 40 8
9. El Cerrito 4-2 35 9
10. San Ramon Valley 2-3 29 11
11. Northgate 5-0 24 t14
12. Amador Valley 4-1 22 10
13. Miramonte 4-2 12 12
14. Hercules 4-1 7 NR
t15. McClymonds 3-2 5 t14
t15. Las Lomas 4-2 5 NR

Also receiving votes:  Granada (3-2, 1 vote). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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East Bay football poll — 10/1

Very few changes this week. Amador Valley and SRV swap spots as do Acalanes and Miramonte.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 5-0 75 1
2. Pittsburg 3-2 70 2
3. California 3-1 63 3
4. James Logan 4-1 62 4
5. Clayton Valley 3-1 54 5
6. Foothill 5-0 49 t6
7. Deer Valley 4-0 45 t6
8. Campolindo 5-0 42 8
9. El Cerrito 3-2 35 9
10. Amador Valley 4-0 27 11
11. San Ramon Valley 1-3 26 10
12. Miramonte 4-1 20 13
13. Acalanes 4-1 12 12
t14. McClymonds 3-1 9 14
t14. Northgate 5-0 9 15

Also receiving votes:  Hercules (3-1, 1 vote), Granada (3-2, 1). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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Ready for kickoff in the DFAL, EBAL, MVAL and TCAL-Rock

With league play beginning this week in the DFAL, EBAL, MVAL and Tri-County Rock, I thought it would be a good time to take a closer look at those divisions. Who are the favorites, which teams have surprised and what games should high school football aficionados make sure they see? We’ll take a look at the other leagues when they kick off in the next few weeks.

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East Bay football poll — 9/17

Here’s our latest poll. Miramonte jumps in at No. 13 after its win against Analy while James Logan climbs a few spots after beating SRV.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 3-0 75 1
2. El Cerrito 2-1 68 t3
3. Pittsburg 2-1 67 t3
4. California 2-1 60 5
5. James Logan 2-1 55 8
6. San Ramon Valley 1-1 48 2
7. Clayton Valley 1-1 43 6
8. Deer Valley 2-0 42 7
9. Foothill 3-0 37 9
10. Campolindo 3-0 29 10
11. Amador Valley 3-0 26 11
12. Acalanes 3-0 19 14
13. Miramonte 2-1 10 NR
14. McClymonds 2-1 9 13
15. Monte Vista 1-2 8 12

Also receiving votes:  Northgate (3-0, 2 votes), Hercules (2-1, 2). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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Liberty High forfeiting two football wins

The Liberty High football team is forfeiting its wins over Concord and West-Tracy due to the use of an academically ineligible player.
The Lions, who were off to their best start since 1998, are now 0-2 after self-reporting the problem.
“Our head coach was doing a grade check and realized that one of the kids may have been out of compliance,” Liberty athletic director Curtis Cunningham said. “We started investigating and realized that he was out of compliance. It’s really important to us that we uphold the values of integrity, honesty and good sportsmanship, so we self-reported as soon as we could… It was just a clerical error, it kind of just slipped through.”
After finishing 2-8 last season, Liberty was off to a strong start under new coach Jeff Walters, having outscored Concord and West by a combined 98-37. Instead, Concord and West will each be credited with a victory for those games.
Liberty’s next game is at home against Hayward on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“Everyone’s disappointed, but I think Jeff is doing a good job of turning it into a rallying point,” Cunningham said.

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East Bay football poll — 9/3

Here’s our latest poll. Castro Valley and Amador Valley enter this week.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 1-0 75 1
2. California 1-0 70 2
3. El Cerrito 1-0 64 t3
4. San Ramon Valley 1-0 61 5
5. Pittsburg 0-1 53 t3
6. Clayton Valley 0-1 50 t7
7. Deer Valley 0-0 46 t7
8. James Logan 0-1 43 6
9. Foothill 1-0 30 11
10. Berkeley 1-0 27 12
11. Castro Valley 1-0 21 NR
12. Campolindo 1-0 18 13
13. Monte Vista 0-1 16 10
14. Amador Valley 1-0 11 NR
15. Freedom 0-1 9 9

Also receiving votes:  McClymonds (1-0, 8 votes). The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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El Cerrito cornerback Adarius Pickett commits to UCLA

El Cerrito High cornerback Adarius Pickett committed to UCLA on Tuesday, just days after returning from his official visit to the school.
Pickett, a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, had earlier narrowed his long list of offers to a top 13. But the 6-foot, 185-pound senior says he’s done with the recruiting process after his first and only official visit over the past weekend.
“I was just talking to my parents about it and they said it’s my decision,” Pickett said. “Today just seemed like a great day to do it.”
Pickett listed the coaching staff as well as the school’s academics as major reasons for his commitment to UCLA.
“My cousin goes there and I get along with all the players,” he added.
Pickett is the third El Cerrito senior to commit to a Pac-12 school this year, joining teammates Jalen Harvey (Cal) and D.J. Calhoun (USC).
The Gauchos won their season opener against Sutter last Friday 34-14.

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East Bay high school football preview section

Our 2013 East Bay high school football preview season hit the web Thursday and the papers Friday. There are quite a few elements, so here are the links to everything in one spot:

A story on how social media is changing the recruiting game.

A story on Freedom’s Joe Mixon, one of the nation’s hottest recruits.

A story on how some coaches view the role of social media in recruiting.

Our 25 Players to Watch (with photos)

Five games to watch

Our East Bay preseason poll

And, of course, our league by league breakdowns with predicted order of finish. (We’ll add links for North Central II and the OAL later this week)

Bay Valley Athletic League: Mixon, Ross take center stage in run-heavy league

Diablo Foothill Athletic League: Campolindo looks for three-peat in balanced league

Diablo Valley Athletic League: Clayton Valley Charter looks to repeat

East Bay Athletic League: California may have slight edge in Year of the Lineman

Mission Valley Athletic League: Returning starters should keep Newark Memorial on top

TCAL-Rock: El Cerrito eyes another league title, and much more

WACC-Foothill: Berkeley’s defense will be tough to beat

WACC-Shoreline: Ground game should power Tennyson’s offense

James Logan not backing down

De La Salle well-stocked for new coach Justin Alumbaugh