Follow the live prep football action from around the East Bay and beyond Friday with in-game updates and scores beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Here’s our East Bay rankings after the fourth week of play.
|Team||Record||Last Week||Up Next|
|1. De La Salle||3-1||1||BYE|
|2. Clayton Valley Charter||3-1||3||BYE|
|3. Foothill||4-0||4||vs. Granada|
|4. Monte Vista||3-0||7||@Livermore|
|5. Pittsburg||3-1||6||vs. Vacaville|
|6. California||2-1||6||vs. San Ramon Valley|
|7. Antioch||4-0||8||@Pinole Valley|
|8. Campolindo||3-1||5||vs. Dublin|
|9. Freedom||3-1||9||@Will C. Wood|
|10. Moreau Catholic||4-0||11||@Mission San Jose|
|11. James Logan||3-1||10||@Castro Valley|
|12. Amador Valley||2-1||13||vs. Northgate|
|13. San Ramon Valley||1-2||12||@California|
On the bubble: Concord (3-1), Piedmont (3-1), Pinole Valley (3-1). The East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Follow the live action Saturday at 7 p.m. as De La Salle High plays host to Southern California power Lutheran High of Orange.
Here’s our East Bay rankings after the second week of play.
|Team||Record||Last Week||Up Next|
|1. De La Salle||1-1||1||vs. Servite|
|2. Pittsburg||2-0||2||@Monte Vista|
|3. Clayton Valley Charter||1-1||3||vs. Cardinal Newman|
|5. Campolindo||2-0||6||vs. Deer Valley|
|7. Monte Vista||1-0||8||vs. Pittsburg|
|8. Antioch||2-0||12||vs. San Leandro|
|9. Freedom||1-1||5||vs. Amador Valley|
|10. San Ramon Valley||1-1||9||@James Logan|
|11. James Logan||2-0||11||vs. San Ramon Valley|
|12. Amador Valley||1-0||13||@Freedom|
|13. Piedmont||2-0||14||@Moreau Catholic|
|14. Moreau Catholic||2-0||NR||vs. Piedmont|
On the bubble: Miramonte (2-0), McClymonds (1-0), Concord (1-1), Liberty (1-1). The East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
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.
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.
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:
2005: 4-6 (most wins since 2000)
2006: 5-6 (made first NCS appearance since 1998, lights installed at renovated stadium)
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 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.