Falcons face Cal High Friday after weekend win over Monte Vista

Game televised on ESPNU

The Foothill Falcons will face Cal High this weekend, coming off a satisfying 41-37 win against Monte Vista High Friday night.

The game was televised on ESPNU, a college channel of the sports network, and broadcast nationally.

Foothill quarterback Sean Mannion, who is headed to Oregon State University after he graduates next spring, had an outstanding evening up in Danville, passing for nearly 400 yards.

The Falcons are 5-2 this season, with a 50-50 record in East Bay Athletic League play.

The fifth win makes the team eligible for the playoffs, with the last games of the season scheduled against Cal High Friday, De la Salle Nov. 3 and Amador Valley Nov. 13.

The first round of playoffs will be held Nov. 20-21.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Congratulations Falcons!

I know Monte Vista is always a tough team, and that game was truly exciting.

Best of luck the rest of the way!

Go Foothill!

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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 28, 2009 at 8:27 am

Who cares about Foothill. They are ranked about 1400th and Amador is about 400th in nation with one less loss which was against DLS. Amador is the football team to watch but not a word about them from the PW.

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Posted by Agree
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 28, 2009 at 8:44 am

I also find it interesting that after huge wins vs Monte Vista 2 weeks ago, and then coming back to beat Cal High after being down 21-7 at the half to win by a final of 35-24(on homecoming night no less),the Don's have gotten no coverage whatsoever from the weekly.

Foothill already has league losses to Granada and San Ramon Valley and has the most difficult part of its schedule remaining in league with games vs Cal, De LaSalle, and Amador Valley. The Don's have already beaten Monte Vista, and previously unbeaten in league Cal Hign and Granada. The Don's have SRV, Livermore and Foothill remaining. I also find it interesting that to note in the article that 5 wins makes Foothill "playoff eligible" like this is somehow the BCS?

Foothill has seemingly always gotten more than its fair share of love from the local media, it would sure be nice to see the Don's get some long overdue recognition.

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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

Agree- Exactly. I shouldn't have said who cares about Foothill because I know the answer, the PW.
Amador ranked 423rd in nation, 47th in state
Foothill ranked 1408th in nation, 145th in state
Tell me where the local story is...

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Posted by Greg
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 28, 2009 at 11:32 am

Ok people. Lets all just calm down. I think the article was mainly written because Foothill played on national TV. Maybe you guys should be complaining to ESPN. The article wasn't trying to imply that the Falcons are better than the Dons, just trying to congratulate them on their airtime. Geesh.

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Posted by bird watcher
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 28, 2009 at 11:49 am

Geez is right, Amador had a nice write up in the Weekly a few weeks back. Does anyone know the record over last 10 years between the two schools?

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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 28, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Ok, the reason Foothill was on ESPN was because before the season started they were thought to be a very strong team. They are not though losing to mediocre teams that Amador beat. Amador is a Cinderella story with their ranking rising with each game why Foothills falls. Much like the NFLs Broncos (Amador) and the Chargers (Foothill). I'm not worried about the PWs coverage of Foothill, they should be covering them and reporting on local sports. My problem is that Amador is a huge story and it's not being covered. As far as historical records of Amador Vs. Foothill it's irreleavant, except that it is further evidence that Amador's team is something special this year. A highschool team is basically completely new every two years unlike pro sports so they need to be judged year to year not over a ten year span against one team. I just think Amador's varsity football team deserves more coverage and praise, but Foothill gets the pictures and articles. Nothing against Foothill or their players or ESPNU, it's about Amadorand and the PW.

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Posted by caren
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Oct 28, 2009 at 3:02 pm

The reason Foothill/Monte Vista was televised is because ESPNU asked the coach from DeLaSalle who he thought would be a good game for them to cover. Because both QB's are headed to Pac-10 schools the coach mentioned the Foothill/MV game. Amador is doing a great job this year. They get their media coverage. Why the complaints. They are both our hometown schools. Let's be proud of both of them.

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Posted by Agree
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 29, 2009 at 9:24 am

Caren is absolutely correct in why the M.V. vs Foothill game was broadcast. Pre-season early season predictions for our league were

1. De LaSalle
2. Monte Vista
3. Foothill
5. Cal High
6. Amador Valley
7. Granada
8. Livermore

No one really thought AV and Cal would be #2 and #3 at this point in the season.

bird watcher likes to say "look at the last 10 years" (which I might do when I get the time), but I will bet/guess Foothill and Amador's records over that time are much closer than most will imagine. Amador did have an undefeated season going in the NCS championship game at 12-0 as recently as 2004.

I have lived in good old P-town since 1988. I can tell you for whatever reason. Foothill has recieved the bulk of media coverage always. Matt Sweeney is always mentioned as a coach who "gets the most out of his players", but Rick Sira (who has coached for a year longer) at Amador, gets little of similar type credit. In my book book we are blessed to have 2 incredible football coaches in our little town! I just wish there was a little more balance between coverage of Foothill and Amador.

I had a very funny experience just 2 weeks ago heading through the Oakland Airport. I was wearing my Amador Valley Football Est. 1928 hat. A TSA security guy at the airport spotted my hat going through the metal detector and said "you know its all about Foothill"?

I must agree. In Pleasanton it does seem that its all about Foothill.

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Posted by Facts
a resident of Amador Estates
on Oct 29, 2009 at 9:41 am

Both are strong programs. Yes, Amador had a undefeated season until the NCS final in 2004. Foothill did the same, undefeated seasom, 12-0 until NCS final, in 2006. Celebrate both teams.

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Posted by derek
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Oct 29, 2009 at 10:43 am

Lets see -
The team with the better players gets more coverage?
Makes sense to me.

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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Better players at Foothill? Then that means they play poorly together (and it's a team sport) or their coaching is worse. Not sure how someone determines who has better players except who wins. Fothill does have very good players (QB and Kicker to name two), but Amador has a better team thus record. I support both teams and coaches, just wished Amador was getting their due respect and coverage. As far as the past that's for books, we are talking current newspaper coverage of this years team. That being said the worse a team was in the past makes the great present team an even larger story.

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Posted by Move on
a resident of Foothill High School
on Oct 29, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Let's all move on to more important things. Both schools are consistently solid in athletics across the board. Foothill has had more success in football the last 20 years, but Amador is not a weak program by any means. As far as the coverage from the Weekly, TH needs to stop complaining. Foothill was on national TV (ESPNU) and beat a good MOnte Vista team. Both starting QBs are going to play D1 football in the Pac-10, good story and was a good game. Not once did the article bash on Amador so stop complaining. Look at these links and tell me if the Weekly has been biased this year:

Web Link
Web Link (both teams on cover of Weekly)

Looks even to me. Yes, Foothill gets more coverage typically, but that's what success brings.

Just look at the number of league titles, NCS titles, Play-off appearances and you will see why FHS gets noticed. Amador does have a good team this year and they are playing great football. I will be the first to agree with that, but please stop whining about the media coverage of a local paper.

One last point, Amador almost every year gets better athletes than Foothill, but Foothill typically comes out on top in Football. Great coaching wins. Sira has success this year so far, but it is time for him to step aside and let some new energy take over. Once Amador gets rid of that ridiculous Fly offense they could be a real powerhouse every year.

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Posted by DTB
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm

When was the last time AVHS won the EBAL or went to the NCS championship game? Anyone?

I believe the article celebrates the fact a local High School team received national exposure for the first time. ESPNU also likes to highlight kids that have college careers locked down. I believe the Foothill qb has a full ride to Oregon State, and MV always has a number of kids with scholarships.

And yes the NCS playoffs operates more like the FCS rather than the FBS (BCS) where there are automatic seeds for divisional champions and open seeds for ranked teams. Amador and Foothill both play in NCS Div 1,4A - which is the top category football for the state championship.


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Posted by Agree
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 31, 2009 at 9:10 am

Amador Valley went undefeated in 2004 12-0 and played but lost to DeLaSalle in the NCS championship game at UC Berkeley.

PS, Foothill got their clock cleaned by Cal High last night 45-24 and is now 2-3 in EBAL action with De LaSalle and AV left to play.

To the person that commmented AV "always has better athletes".

Foothill rode the back of Rob Andrews for 3 years and also had Austin Day, EBAL MVP Jordan Johnson and many other outstanding playmakers. Rob is playing D-1 ball at San Diego State. Sean Mannion is going to be a Pac-10 QB at Oregon State, yet AV is winning games as a "team". I can't remember the last Amador athlete to be offered a D-1 scholarship. May have been Scott Peters (at ASU). You get the athletes that live in your area, unless of course they choose to transfer from Amador to Foothill. This isn't allowed (due to Amador's over capacity), in the other direction.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 1, 2009 at 1:26 am

Can someone please educate me...

I was told that since De LaSalle is essentially a Catholic high school they are allowed to recruit athletes from the entire East Bay, while "local" high schools are limited to the athletes that reside in "their area"...

If this is true, and they are allowed to skim the cream of the crop from the Catholic population over the entire East Bay, how can other high schools be expected to compete against them...

On the other hand, I've also been told their success is related to the coaching at De LaSalle...

What ever it is, they're a power house that could probably give some Div. 1A teams a run for their money...

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Posted by Agree
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 1, 2009 at 9:28 am


This has been a topic of frustration for quite some time. De LaSalle do not technically "recruit", mainly because they don't have to. Based on reputation the best players want to go there. I do believe they provide "tuition assistance" for some who cannot afford it. Many of thier top players come from Richmond, Pittsburg, Antioch and other areas including Danville and Pleasanton. When Amador Valley lost to De LaSalle in the NCS Championship in 2004 the Spartan QB was Kevin Lopina who was from Pleasanton! I believe the next 2 years they were Quarterbacked by a young man from Livermore.

What is really unique about the De LaSalle situation is the broad geographic area that they draw from with no competition from any other Catholic HS. Valley Christian in San Jose is probably thier toughest cometition. On the other hand over on the West Bay Peninsula you've got Valley Christian, Bellarmine, St. Francis, and Serra and in SF you've got Riordan and St Ignatius. The talent pool while still great gets a bit more "diluted".

This is a rare year where DLS has proven to be vulnerable having had close calls in several games in the EBAL vs Amador and Monte Vista. They still have to play Foothill and Cal High and both should provide stiff competition.

Interesting about the coaching, because while they have a great coaching philosophy, the run the Veer offense, which dosen't really prepare guys well to play at the next level. Joe Montana's so left De LaSalle last year as a Jr. and transferred to Oaks Christian which is a small football factory in Thousand Oaks. Thier coach is renouned to producing great QB's such as Jimmy Clausen currently at Notre Dame. Joe's son has gone on to be one of the most recruited QB's in the country and recently commited to the Univ. of Washington. I don't think he would have had the same success at De LaSalle running the Veer and he's had running a Pro-Style offense at Oaks Christian.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 2, 2009 at 1:01 am

Thanks for the info, Agree(Downtown neighborhood)...

From what I've heard and read on a thread here(the Amador aau thread)it would seem there's quite a bit of politics in high school sports...

It would seem some parents need their kids to be "varsity" for, perhaps, "bragging rights" or to stroke their own ego...

Many years ago I was involved in Little League with my son. That was my first taste of politics in "organized sports". My phone rang constantly with parents campaigning for their son be the pitcher...

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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm

For the few posters on this thread saying Foothill and their players are better this year, fothill lost again and Amador won. New Rankings are...
Amador Valley - 42nd in State - 320th in Nation
Foothill - 173rd in State - 1800 in Nation
Pretty good for the team that people have said have a worse coach, players, and recent history.

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