Scrimmage Schedule; De La Salle will play 10 non-league games; CHN Broadcast Schedule; and more
It’s not easy to find all of the scrimmages taking place this weekend, but here is a list of the ones we know about (feel free to let us know about the ones we’re missing):
At Pittsburg – Pitt, De La Salle, James Logan, California
At San Ramon Valley – SRV, Monte Vista, Windsor, and Deer Valley
At Las Lomas – Las Lomas, College Park, Freedom, and Concord
At Foothill – Foothill, Heritage, and Livermore
Campolindo at Alameda
Antioch at Dublin
Acalanes at Clayton Valley
El Cerrito at Bishop O’Dowd
Salesian at Albany
Cardinal Newman at Marin Catholic
Santa Rosa at Sonoma Valley
At Berean Christian – Berean Christian, CSD, San Rafael, Cloverdale
Miramonte at American Canyon
Moreau Catholic at St. Mary’s (I believe there are two other teams here)
Dougherty Valley at Napa
El Molino at St. Helena
- Make sure to bookmark our football page to keep up on our latest previews as we track down coaches throughout the Bay Area.
- In an odd development, De La Salle’s schedule this season will count as ten non-league games, as Ben Enos reports. The Spartans will still play their seven games against EBAL opponents, and will receive the conference’s automatic bid, but are not eligible to win the league title. The oddity is, of course, if De La Salle by chance doesn’t finish with the league’s best record yet still gets an automatic bid and home game in the playoffs. That would be a shock, however, considering the Spartans haven’t lost to a Northern California school since 1991 and, as Enos notes, are 28-0 in their four EBAL seasons with an average margin of victory of 34.6 points.
EBAL commissioner Don Nelson: “De La Salle has done nothing wrong. They have not demanded anything. They have been very easy to work with. Obviously they want what’s right and they want their fair share, but they are no more demanding than any other team in the league.”
Livermore coach Greg Haubner: “I think also it’s a tribute to De La Salle. They are just that good… It’s a point of pride in the area, but when it comes down to it, when they’re in your backyard every year and you’ve got to play them every year, and you don’t have a choice, mentally it can be pretty humbling.”
California coach Eric Billeci: “It’s one of those things where if you do go 9-1 and your loss is to De La Salle, are you going to celebrate a league championship? I wouldn’t think we’d be raising banners and making a bunch of T-shirts if that was the case.”
- Congratulations to De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur, who will be inducted into San Jose State Hall of Fame. Ladouceur played two seasons at SJSU.
- San Ramon Valley is ranked #21 in Cal-Hi Sports top 50 teams in the state. Bay Preps talked to coach Mark Kessler a few weeks back.
- Jimmy Durkin breaks down the WAAC-12 Foothill, and thinks Bishop O’Dowd may be the favorite.
- Bishop O’Dowd plays Las Lomas in their opener and the Knights are banking on experience, as Stephanie Hammon writes.
Longero: “We have a big senior class and a lot of experience. We’ve just gotta get everyone healthy.”
You can listen to our interview with coach Longero here.
- At Concord, Olito Thompson and the Minutemen are hungry to get back to the title game.
Thompson: “Every year a lot of people doubt us and say oh, this person went away and Concord High isn’t going to be this or that. That not only disrespects the players but it disrespects the coaches because it basically says they’re not coaching enough. It says they only had good players who had good talent.”
You can listen to our interview with coach Brian Hamilton here.
- Tim Murphy, formerly at Ygnacio Valley and Clovis East, takes over at Clayton Valley.
Murphy: “They’ve played some football. When I was at Ygnacio Valley and even at Clovis, the kids hadn’t played quite as much football when they were younger. These guys have experience.”
You can listen to our interview with coach Murphy here.
- Comcast Hometown Network will air 21 regular season football games this year, and four of those will be live. Serra at Buhach Colony on Thursday, September 20th is one of those four games that will be live.
- Mitch Stephens put together an interesting recruiting scoring scale, and Florida is the #1 state for high school talent, while California is surprisingly tied for ninth.
- O’Dowd’s Dominic Miroglio, Benicia’s Willie Calhoun, and Willow Glen’s John Riley were recognized as some of the top hitters at the Area Code Games.
- Former Serra basketball star Stephen Lumpkins is going to use up his final year of eligibility at American University.
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