De La Salle football in final stages of moving season opener to Levi’s Stadium

De La Salle High is nearing an agreement to move its season opener against Jesuit-Carmichael to Levi’s Stadium, the San Francisco 49ers new billion-dollar home.
De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh confirmed Wednesday that the deal is in its final stages.
The game would likely be part of a doubleheader on Aug. 29 along with Wilcox-Santa Clara vs. Manteca. Wilcox cleared a big hurdle on Wednesday when the Central County Section’s Board of Managers granted the program a waiver to open the season a week early. That agreement is also close to being finalized, the Mercury News reports.
Interest in the De La Salle program should be intensified for a game at Levi’s with the release of “When the Game Stands Tall,” a movie focused on the Spartans program and its 151-game winning streak slated to be released the week before on Aug. 22.


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).


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


Pittsburg RB Harris Ross changes college plans

Pittsburg High running back Harris Ross has flipped his college commitment to Oregon State.

The senior with 1,368 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns in six games had originally orally committed to Hawaii. He made the switch on Wednesday night after being offered by the Pac-12 school.
Ross suffered a leg injury in the second half of Pittsburg’s win over Heritage last week, but said he expects to be back in action when the Pirates take on Liberty on Friday.

East Bay football poll — 10/15

Here’s our latest East Bay football poll. Deer Valley and Campolindo each move up a spot.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 6-0 75 1
2. Pittsburg 4-2 69 2
3. California 5-1 66 3
4. James Logan 5-1 60 4
5. Clayton Valley 5-1 55 5
6. Deer Valley 6-0 50 7
7. Campolindo 6-0 44 8
8. Foothill 6-1 40 6
9. El Cerrito 5-2 35 9
10. San Ramon Valley 3-3 31 10
11. Northgate 6-0 25 11
12. Amador Valley 4-2 17 12
13. Miramonte 5-2 15 13
14. Las Lomas 5-1 7 t15
15. Hercules 5-1 6 14

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


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.


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.


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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