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Tennyson-Castro Valley shootout sets NCS records

Tennyson’s wild 85-77 overtime victory over Castro Valley on Friday set multiple North Coast Section records and was just short of a couple state marks. The combined 162 points and Castro Valley’s 77 points in a loss are both the most in NCS history in a single game. Both marks are also just barely off the state records produced when Porterville beat Tulare 86-79 in regulation in 2012. The numbers from Friday’s game will go down as No. 2 in state history.

Both Tennyson and Castro Valley rushed for over 500 yards in the WACC-Foothill league game where defense was virtually nonexistent. Tennyson quarterback Christian Silva completed 15 of 19 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Castro Valley’s Namane Modise and Damon Mitchell combined for 501 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

The game would have been high scoring even for basketball. Last basketball season, Tennyson never scored 85 points and Castro Valley hit 77 points just once.

Here’s our recap and boxscore of the game. 

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Five East Bay high school football games to watch: Week 7

With first-place showdowns all over the place, what happens this weekend could play a big role in determining the champion in several leagues. Here’s a look at some of the top games of the week.St. Mary's vs Bishop O'Dowd high school football Berkeley

- Pittsburg (4-2) at Heritage (4-2), Friday, 7 p.m. — A week after ruining rival Liberty’s perfect season, Heritage will try to take down the BVAL’s defending champion. The Patriots will be feeling good about themselves after Ezra Magalei hauled in a 21-yard touchdown catch with 1:37 left for the go-ahead score against Liberty last week. The Patriots, who went 1-9 last year, have now won three straight. But Heritage has only beaten Pittsburg once since the Patriots began varsity competition in 2007. That win was an upset in the 2010 NCS playoffs. Like Heritage, Pittsburg won its BVAL opener last week with its third shutout of the season. A challenging nonleague schedule paid off for the Pirates, who routed Deer Valley 50-0 last week.

- Las Lomas (5-1) at Campolindo (7-0), Friday, 7 p.m. — The Cougars have played one more game than the Knights, giving them a half-game lead and meaning Friday’s winner will have sole possession of first place in the DFAL standings. Las Lomas looks like one of two teams (Acalanes is the other) capable of ending Campolindo’s three-year reign in the DFAL. The Cougars’ 55-21 win over Alhambra last week was their 21st straight victory in DFAL play. Las Lomas has won five straight games this season. Both teams feature solid quarterbacks (Jack Stephens for Campo; Ben Wood for Las Lomas) and good running games.

- California (5-1) at Foothill (6-0), Friday, 7 p.m. — Like San Ramon Valley, California has been a thorn in Foothill’s side for several years. The Falcons finally beat SRV earlier this year. Perhaps this is also their year to beat Cal High for the first time since Eric Billeci took over as the Grizzlies’ head coach. The game is for the EBAL lead with both Cal and Foothill holding 3-0 EBAL records. Since the 40-28 win over SRV, Foothill has posted easy wins over Livermore and Monte Vista, winning a combined 92-7. Cal has won five straight after grinding out a 17-7 win over Amador Valley last week. Cal is the defending EBAL champion.

- San Ramon Valley (3-3) at Amador Valley (4-2), Friday, 7 p.m. — Amador Valley, which started the season 4-0, will need to beat the Wolves in order to avoid a three-game EBAL losing streak. The Wolves have also struggled lately. They briefly trailed against Livermore last week before winning 33-10. Before that SRV, lost to Foothill and gave up 70 points in a loss to De La Salle. Both teams need a win to avoid falling too far behind in the EBAL standings.

- St. Mary’s (7-0) at Salesian (4-2), Saturday, 1:30 p.m. — The only two teams still unbeaten in TCAL-Rock play get together to decide who gets to sit all alone in first place. Both teams are defending NCS champions. St. Mary’s is one of the hottest teams around and hasn’t lost since Nov. 2, 2013 — a span of 12 games. Though the Panthers won the NCS Division IV title last year, they lost three games in league play, including a 14-3 setback to Salesian. St. Mary’s hasn’t beaten Salesian since 2009 (though there were a few years when they weren’t in the same league and didn’t meet). Salesian, which won the NCS Division V title a year ago, has won three straight games.

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East Bay football poll — 10/14

The top 10 stays pretty much the same, but there are some changes after that in our latest East Bay prep football poll.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (6) 7-0 90 1
2. Foothill 6-0 84 2
3. California 5-1 77 3
4. Clayton Valley Charter 6-0 71 4
5. Pittsburg 4-2 68 5
t6. San Ramon Valley 3-3 57 6
t6. Campolindo 7-0 57 7
8. McClymonds 5-0 46 8
9. James Logan 4-2 44 9
10. Concord 6-0 36 10
11. St. Mary’s 7-0 29 12
12. Las Lomas 5-1 20 13
13. Freedom 4-2 14 14
t14. Heritage 4-2 9 NR
t14. Liberty 5-1 9 11

Also receiving votes:  Amador Valley (4-2, 4 votes), Kennedy-Fremont (6-0, 3), Acalanes (5-1, 2).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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Clayton Valley Charter’s Kahlil McKenzie loses CIF appeal

On the same day that he was honored for his selection to the U.S. Army All-American game, Kahlil McKenzie announced on Twitter that he lost his appeal with the California Interscholastic Federation regarding his athletic eligibility.

McKenzie, a Tennessee commit and one of the nation’s top college prospects, was ruled ineligible for his senior season by the North Coast Section for a violation of transfer rules after leaving De La Salle for Clayton Valley Charter over the summer. McKenzie’s family appealed the ruling with the CIF appeals board, but the three-member panel upheld the NCS’ decision. He won’t be able to play at all his senior season.

The senior defensive lineman posted his own statement about the matter on Twitter.

“I am of course disappointed but I understand God is in control and I am fully confident in this fact,” McKenzie wrote. “I’m gonna continue to support my team and school and help in whatever way I can to help us win games.”

Clayton Valley is 6-0 this season and beat Mt. Diablo 65-7 on Friday in its Diablo Valley Athletic League opener.

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Foothill High’s Isaiah Langley is presented with his All-American jersey

Foothill High football star Isaiah Langley was presented with his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey today, signifying his official selection as a 2015 U.S. Army All-American. Langley, a USC commit, is ranked as a four-star cornerback by rivals.com, which also ranks him as the No. 8 senior defensive back in the nation.
Langley has been selected to play in the 2015 US. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

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Five East Bay high school football games to watch: Week 6

With league play now underway pretty much everywhere, here are five games to watch.

Washington vs Campolindo High School Football Fremont MoragaAntioch (4-1) at Freedom (3-2), Friday, 7 p.m. — The Bay Valley Athletic League opens with all six teams holding a winning record in nonleague play, signaling that the league should be pretty competitive week in and week out. This opener could be the best. Freedom has played a challenging schedule in the post-Joe Mixon era with respectable results. The only losses were to Granite Bay and Foothill. Meanwhile, Antioch is two points away from being undefeated this year after going 1-9 in 2013. Running back Najee Harris has been a key part of their emergence with over 1,000 rushing yards in just five games.

 Campolindo (6-0) at Alhambra (5-1), Friday, 7 p.m. — The Cougars continue to make winning look easy while the Bulldogs are coming off their first loss of the season, a 28-7 defeat to Acalanes. After dominating in nonleague play, Alhambra has come back to earth a little since DFAL play begin, but could surprise Campolindo. The Cougars are tough to stop on offense with QB Jack Stephens directing the passing game and Nick Fadelli providing balance on the ground.

Amador Valley (4-1) at California (4-1), Friday, 7 p.m. — This game was a little more intriguing before Amador Valley was upset by Monte Vista 17-14 last week, but it is still important. The Grizzlies will have to be careful not to look past the Dons to their Oct. 17 matchup against Foothill that could decide the EBAL title. Amador Valley will be motivated after Monte Vista ended its unbeaten season. Cal QB Jacob Wooldridge is coming off one of his best games of the season, completing 8 of 11 passes for 192 yards and four touchdowns.

Bishop O’Dowd (2-3) at Tennyson (2-2-1), Friday, 3:45 p.m. — Tennyson leaves the WACC’s Shoreline league after winning two straight titles and takes on O’Dowd in its opener as a WACC-Foothill member. The Lancers can be tough to stop on offense behind QB Christian Silva and RB Tukai Laginikoro, but defense is a bit of a concern. O’Dowd and Tennyson have a common opponent in James Logan. The Dragons lost 27-22 last week while the Lancers fells 28-14 in their season opener.

James Logan (4-1) vs. De La Salle (6-0), Saturday, 3 p.m. — If quarterback Christian Leota can’t play (the Colts’ dual-threat star was injured in last week’s 27-22 win over Bishop O’Dowd), James Logan could be in for a long afternoon against a De La Salle team coming off a 70-14 thumping of San Ramon Valley. But no matter the result, both teams (and fans) will get to enjoy Levi’s Stadium, the new billion dollar home of the San Francisco 49ers. The game is part of a prep quadrupleheader at Levi’s, featuring teams from across Northern California. The event was originally scheduled to be a doubleheader on Aug. 29, but a turf issue at the stadium forced the cancellation and the four originally scheduled teams were invited back to play this weekend.

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This year’s inductees into the James Logan Hall of Fame

Seven individuals and one team are being inducted into the James Logan High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 8.
The inductees include Melanie Alkire (a 1997 graduate who starred in softball and basketball), Vince Amey (1994, football), Kirk Fitzpatrick (2002, wrestling), Alvaro Ruiz (1998, baseball), Tom Rosenthal (wrestling coach 1983-2000, eight North Coast Section team championships, athletic director 12 years), Tracey Stewart (2006, track and field), Kelli White (1995, track and field), and the 2006 girls track and field team, which won a co-state championship title.
The Seventh Annual James Logan Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet will take place on Nov. 8 at the James Logan High School Pavilion, starting at 6 p.m. The price is $50 for individuals and $450 for a group of 10. The deadline to buy tickets is Nov. 5 at 12 p.m. For ticket information, contact Sarah Muse at 510-471-2520, ext. 60118 or smuse@nhusd.k12.ca.us

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East Bay football poll — 10/7

With several teams coming off a bye week, there’s minimal movement in our latest East Bay football poll.

Team Record Points Last week
1. De La Salle (5) 6-0 75 1
2. Foothill 5-0 70 2
3. California 4-1 62 3
4. Clayton Valley Charter 5-0 61 4
5. Pittsburg 3-2 56 5
6. San Ramon Valley 2-3 49 6
7. Campolindo 6-0 47 7
8. McClymonds 4-0 38 8
9. James Logan 4-1 37 9
10. Concord 5-0 30 10
11. Liberty 5-0 25 12
12. St. Mary’s 6-0 20 13
13. Las Lomas 5-1 12 NR
14. Freedom 3-2 6 15
t15. Antioch 4-1 5 NR
t15. Amador Valley 4-1 5 11

Also receiving votes:  Las Lomas (4-1, 1 vote), Kennedy-Fremont (5-0, 1), Antioch (4-1, 1).  The East Bay Football Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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Army All-American tour to visit Clayton Valley Charter

CTR-DVALPREV-0829-03The Army All-American Bowl selection tour is coming to Clayton Valley Charter next week to honor defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie. The Tennessee commit was selected for the prestigious all-star game, which will be played Jan. 3 at the Alamodome, earlier this year.

McKenzie will be honored in a ceremony on Oct. 10 at the school. He’ll receive his honorary jersey for the game in front of family, friends, teammates and classmates.

McKenzie hasn’t played a down of football yet this season after the North Coast Section ruled him ineligible following his transfer from De La Salle. McKenzie has appealed the decision and recently met with the CIF’s appeals committee. The committee’s decision is expected within the next couple weeks.