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VIDEO: Incident with Deer Valley football, Pittsburg High band

An incident happened prior to Friday’s game at Pittsburg HS, when some Deer Valley football players interrupted the Pittsburg High Band’s pregame performance, including the National Anthem.
Deer Valley ended up being penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after coming onto the middle of the field prior to the captains meeting. Pittsburg won the game 31-28.

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Live updates tonight from East Bay prep football games

Castlemont quarterback Joe Feao (1) is pressured by Castlemont's Ramone Sanders (25) and Jayshaun Thomas (86) in the first half of their Oakland Athletic League game at McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Castlemont quarterback Joe Feao (1) is pressured by Castlemont’s Ramone Sanders (25) and Jayshaun Thomas (86) in the first half of their Oakland Athletic League game at McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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Improved Monte Vista High football hosts EBAL co-leader Foothill

Foothill's Isaiah Floyd (22) celebrates a touchdown with Ruben Mercado (1) in the second quarter of their high school football game against San Leandro in Pleasanton, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group File)

Foothill’s Isaiah Floyd (22) celebrates a touchdown with Ruben Mercado (1) in the second quarter of their high school football game against San Leandro in Pleasanton, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group File)

The last two football matchups between Monte Vista and Foothill have been one-sided in favor of the Falcons, but this year may be different. Backed by a high-powered, pass-happy offense, the Mustangs (5-1, 2-0 East Bay Athletic League) welcome Foothill (7-0, 3-0) on Oct. 16 in a 7 p.m. game that could wind up deciding the league title.

Quarterback Jake Haener bounced back from Monte Vista’s lone loss, a 21-17 defeat at the hands of Clayton Valley Charter, by connecting repeatedly with receiver Noah Sol in a 34-12 win over Amador Valley last week. Twelve of his 18 completions were to Sol, who finished with 164 yards and a touchdown. That combination, along with fellow senior receiver Traehone Banda, should threaten unbeaten Foothill.

The Falcons feature a more run-oriented offense behind running back Isaiah Floyd, whose statistics on MaxPreps are listed at 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns. But their defense is just as important. In three EBAL games this season, Foothill has allowed 14 total points. Its closest margin of victory is a 28-14 non-league win over Freedom, a rematch of last season’s North Coast Section Division 1 semifinal won by Foothill.

Monte Vista and Foothill have two common opponents this season. Both teams planted 42 points on Castro Valley, though the Mustangs allowed fewer points (14) than the Falcons (19). Monte Vista downed Livermore 48-17 while Foothill prevailed 42-7 against the Cowboys.

Even with a win, either the Mustangs or Falcons would have another roadblock en route to an undisputed EBAL crown: California High (5-1, 3-0). Foothill visits the Grizzlies on Oct. 16 and Monte Vista hosts them Oct. 23.

This week California plays Amador Valley (4-2, 1-1) and San Ramon Valley (1-5, 0-2) hosts Livermore (3-4, 0-3).

 

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Pittsburg High football Victor Galli becomes all-time win leader in school’s long history

Pittsburg head coach Victor Galli speaks to Jordan Parker (2) while playing against Freedom in the first quarter of their game at Freedom High School in Oakley, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Pittsburg head coach Victor Galli speaks to Jordan Parker (2) while playing against Freedom in the first quarter of their game at Freedom High School in Oakley, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Alan Jobb wrapped his arms around Victor Galli, who had just become the winningest coach in Pittsburg High football history, and delivered a simple message: “I’m proud of you, man.”

Fourteen year ago, when Galli got the top Pirates job, his lone assistant was Jobb. Now, 114 victories later, Jobb is among 16 guys on Galli’s crew.

“He’s great at bringing people together,” Jobb said.

That sentiment was echoed by Herc Pardi, chairman of the Pittsburg High Hall of Fame committee.

“Vic’s strength is being able to put together an outstanding coaching staff,” said Pardi, whose 27 years with Pittsburg football included helming the program from 1991-1995. “They have some coaches that really have a passion for the game.”

Pardi is an ideal person to comment on Galli’s accomplishment, considering his dad, Herk Pardi, played for the man Galli passed on the all-time wins list at Pittsburg. Pat Bryant coached the Pirates from 1927-1943 and went 113-40-15, according to Bob Lewis, former Pittsburg mayor and unofficial historian of Pirates football.

In two fewer seasons that Bryant, Galli is 114-50-1 and has taken Pittsburg to four North Coast Section title games. The Pirates edged host Freedom 33-29 in a wild Bay Valley Athletic League opener Friday, a game with three lead changes in the last three minutes.

“That was a gutty performance,” Galli said. “I’ve been a part of a lot of big wins, and that ranks right up there with them. Awesome stuff.”

The coach said it was particularly powerful because Pittsburg prevailed over a Falcons team coached by Kevin Hartwig, also in his 14th year in the BVAL.

The way Galli sees it, he said, coaching for that long is an accomplishment in and of itself.

“When I first started the job, I had no gray hair,” Galli said. “I was a young, fresh-faced kid. It’s a hell of a milestone. I sure didn’t get here by myself. All the coaches and people that have been part of my crew. I’m humbled by it.”

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East Bay football rankings — 10/8

Here’s our East Bay rankings after the sixth week of play.

Team Record Last Week Up Next
1. De La Salle 4-1 1 vs. San Ramon Valley
2. Clayton Valley Charter 4-1 2 @Mt. Diablo
3. Foothill 6-0 3 vs. Livermore
4. Monte Vista 4-1 4 @Amador Valley
5. Pittsburg 4-1 5 @Freedom
6. California 4-1 6 vs. Granada
7. Antioch 5-0 7 @Heritage
8. Campolindo 5-1 8 vs. Alhambra
9. James Logan 5-1 11 @Atascadero
10. Freedom 3-2 10 vs. Pittsburg
11. Amador Valley 4-1 12 vs. Monte Vista
12. Miramonte 6-0 13 @Dougherty Valley
13. McClymonds 5-0 14 vs. Castlemont
14. American 5-1 NR @Washington
15. Swett 5-0 NR vs. Berean Christian

On the bubble: Dublin (4-1), Moreau Catholic (5-1), Piedmont (3-2). The East Bay rankings are compiled by the Bay Area News Group, selected from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

 

 

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Prep football: Amador Valley edged Granada in EBAL showdown

Ledre McCullough rushed for three touchdowns in the second half and, as Amador Valley coach Rick Sira put it, the Dons “held on for dear life” in a 29-22 EBAL win over host Granada on Oct. 1.

“It was just a great high school football game,” Sira said.

Amador Valley ruined the Matadors’ homecoming game by collecting itself at halftime, when it trailed 16-7.

“Early in the game we turned the ball over and they took advantage of that,” said Sira, noting a 10-0 deficit. “We had not played to the best of our ability. Granada did a good job, not to take away from them. We needed to do the things we were capable of and play at the level we knew we could.”

The Dons (4-1, 1-0 EBAL) did so behind McCullough, who rushed for 229 yards on 29 carries. Along with a 20-yard touchdown that proved to be the game winner, he senior scored on runs of 44 and 3 yards.

The latter, which gave Amador Valley its first lead, was set up by a 31-yard toss from senior quarterback Ronnie Jones to senior wide receiver Grant Huggins.

“It was a really gigantic play on a broken play to keep us in that situation,” Sira said. “If we don’t score there, it gets dark quickly.”
McCullough finished off that drive and, after he scored again, the teams traded punts until Granada (3-3, 0-2 EBAL) got in gear. The Matadors made it to the 30-yard line with a 14-yard drive in the waning minutes, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Throws into the end zone on third and fourth down were broken up, the latter by senior cornerback Vincent Ruso.

Sira praised the play of senior safety Matthew Mahurni, junior lineman Mason Bartolo and senior linebacker/tailback Patrick Loughnane — who scored on a 14-yard run in the first half.

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Prep football: Berean Christian beat Salesian for first time since 2001

Berean Christian High football downed Salesian on Saturday for the first time since 2001 with a second-half surge powered by inserted quarterback Vince Guarisco and an interception returned for a score by Isaiah Hodgins in the 47-30 win.

Berean Christian coach James Hodgins said he prepares his team to treat all games with the same importance. “But the reality is,” he said, “it had some special meaning to us because we hadn’t beaten them in so long and because the rivalry has been so lopsided over the years.”

For example, Salesian has won the last four matchups by a combined score of 188-27. This time, Salesian took an early 8-0 advantage and led 8-7 at halftime, ceding only a 92-yard punt return for a score by Isaiah Hodgins — the coach’s son.

But the third quarter proved problematic for the Pride. Guarisco, who came into the game in the second quarter, found senior receiver Michael Fulton for a 28-yard score that put Berean Christian up 14-8. After Salesian tied the game at 14-all midway through the third quarter, Guarisco tossed a checkdown to Joshua Smith which the senior receiver ran 84 yards for a touchdown.

“He turned on the jets and took off,” James Hodgins said of the 6-foot-2-inch, 230-pound Smith. “I tell the colleges when they come around that he’s the biggest guy on the field, but he’s also the fastest.”

Then Isaiah Hodgins snagged his second interception of the game and returned it 46 yards for the pick-six for a three-score advantage. Salesian junior Alex Hutchison ran the kickoff back to edge Salesian within 34-22 before Berean Christian senior Joey Esco scored a 74-yard rushing touchdown. Salesian scored again but couldn’t convert an onside kick, ending its comeback attempt.

“Our guys just made plays,” James Hodgins said. “Those big plays gave us the momentum and gave us what we needed to put it past them.”

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East Bay football rankings — 9/23

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
14. Miramonte 4-0 14 @Alhambra
15. McClymonds 3-0 NR @Stagg

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.