Alhambra football team looking for rebound season

The seniors on the Alhambra High football team are looking for a happy ending to what has so far been a turbulent high school career.

With good chemistry, team speed, an experienced quarterback and a revamped playbook, the Bulldogs have reason to be optimistic that this season will turn out better than the last few.

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Here’s a quick look at the Bulldogs:

COACH: Alan Hern, fourth season
2012 RECORD: 3-7, 2-4 DFAL
TOP RETURNERS: QB Josh Evans, Jr.; RB Ciazonne Foster, Jr.; C/LB Matt Brady, Sr.; OL Hugo Paredes, Sr.; G/LB Max Licht, Sr.
TOP NEWCOMERS: TE/LB Josh Abraham, So.; NT Jarrett Blagg, Sr.; RB/S James Gonsalves, Jr.; RB/FS Chris Young, Jr.; WR/LB Greg Rossi, Jr.
KEY LOSSES: RB Taylor Poyadue, TE/LB Ethan Little, OL/DL Miguel Lara, LB Julian Archuleta
OUTLOOK: Hern has simplified the playbook and altered the tempo and structure of practices, hoping those changes lead to better execution on the field and more victories. The Bulldogs have also made defense a bigger focus. Josh Evans returns at quarterback to lead the offense but the graduation of RB Taylor Poyadue and lineman Miguel Lara are big holes to fill.


Freedom’s Joe Mixon announces his top 10

Preparations for the high school football season are still in their early stages, but there was some news Friday afternoon as Freedom High running back Joe Mixon, the East Bay’s most sought-after football recruit this year, announced via twitter who his top 10 schools are.

They are, in no particular order it appears: Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, Texas A&M, Cal, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Ohio St., Oregon St. and Washington.

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Mack’s Lavon Washington picks… Washington

McClymonds football player Lavon Washington has orally committed to Washington, according to various recruiting sites. The defensive back made his commitment over the weekend, ESPN reports.

Washington also held offers from several other Pac-12 schools, like Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State, along with San Diego State and San Jose State. He was an electric playmaker on both sides of the ball for a McClymonds team that won the Silver Bowl and was selected to play in the Northern California Regional Division IV final last season.


De La Salle football tabbed preseason No. 1 by MaxPreps

As if there wasn’t already enough pressure for new De La Salle football coach Justin Alumbaugh. In his first year taking over for the legendary Bob Ladouceur, Alumbaugh’s Spartans will enter the fall as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team by MaxPreps.com.

MaxPreps points to a talented group of lineman as well as returning starters QB Chris Williams and RB Das Tautalatasi as the Spartans’ biggest strengths.  Here’s more of what Maxpreps has to say about DLS and why it’s ranked No. 1.


D.J. Moffitt to sign with UNLV

Less than a week before signing day, De La Salle linebacker D.J. Moffitt gave an oral commitment to play at UNLV.

Moffitt (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) will enroll at UNLV in January of 2014 unless a fall scholarship opens up. He said he could use the fall to get bigger, strong and faster, and isn’t bothered by possibly having to wait to join the team.

“After my official visit, I just felt like it was the right decision,” Moffitt said. “I like the staff and what they have going on there.”

Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout and Rivals, Moffitt is the fourth member of the De La Salle defense to commit to a Division I school. Michael Hutchings (USC), Austin Hooper (Stanford) and Victor Egu (Yale) will also ink their letters of intent next week.

Moffitt, who had offers from Arizona, Colorado, Washington State and Nevada among others, said UNLV was his only official visit.

He will join former De La Salle teammate Anthony Williams at UNLV.

Hutchings, Hooper, Long receive all-state honors

Three East Bay football players were selected to Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state first-team. De La Salle’s Michael Hutchings and Austin Hooper were selected to the first-team defense while James Logan’s Warren Miles Long was a multi-purpose selection. De La Salle and Narbonne-Harbor City were the only schools to have multiple first-team selections. Hutchings, a USC-bound linebacker, was already named California’s Mr. Football by Cal-Hi Sports. Hooper is a defensive end headed to Stanford. Long, who thrived at running back and linebacker this year, will play at Northwestern.

Check here for the full first-team list.

Additionally, Clayton Valley’s Joe Protheroe was selected to the second team as a running back. Third team picks include Freedom WR Darrell Daniels, Pittsburg OL Antonia Huey, De La Salle RB Tiapepe Vitale, San Ramon Valley kicker Matt Anderson, De La Salle DL Victor Egu, De La Salle LB D.J. Moffitt and Foothill FB/LB Griffith Gates.

The full second and third team lists can be found here.


De La Salle’s 2013 football schedule

There will be no national powerhouses for the De La Salle football team in Justin Alumbaugh’s first season as head coach. But since the Spartans are no longer playing a full East Bay Athletic League schedule, there are a few more opportunities for them to take on some out-of-section squads in 2013. A road game at Servite, which lost to De La Salle in the 2010 Open Division state bowl game, is the furthest the Spartans will travel this season. Here’s the full schedule.

Week 0: At Livermore

Week 1: At Serra

Week 2: At St. Mary’s-Stockton

Week 3: Del Oro

Week 4: San Ramon Valley

Week 5: At Servite

Week 6: Bye

Week 7: James Logan

Week 8: Amador Valley

Week 9: At Monte Vista

Week 10: California


DLS’ Victor Egu switches up commitment

After originally committing to Cal, De La Salle High’s Victor Egu now plans to play football at Yale.

Egu, expecting to play linebacker at Cal, had given his verbal commitment to Jeff Tedford in early November. After Tedford was fired, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior didn’t see himself fitting in the Bears’ system anymore.

“The new coaching staff informed me that they wanted me to play defensive end, which I was fine with,” Egu said. “But they were full at that position. They didn’t need me really. I thought, I’m not going to stay where I’m not really needed.”

Egu, who held offers from several Pac-12 schools as well as Notre Dame and Nebraska, switched his commitment to the Ivy League school this week.

“They were a school that was after me really early in the process,” Egu said of Yale. “Education was also a factor. I know football isn’t everything and with a degree from Yale I’ll have a wide range of opportunities.”

Egu played defensive end for the Spartans in their 15-0 season, but expects to play linebacker at Yale.


Michael Hutchings of De La Salle named Mr. Football

De La Salle linebacker Michael Hutchings was named Mr. Football by Cal-Hi Sports, an honor reserved for California’s top high school football player. The USC-bound senior joins Amani Toomer, D.J. Williams and Derek Landri as former Spartans to win the award.

Hutchings is the first East Bay player to earn the honor since Landri in 2001. He’s also the first linebacker to be named Mr. Football since Williams in 1999.

Hutchings, who led De La Salle to a fourth consecutive Open Division state title last month, recently participated at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio.