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Pleasanton Preps: Football season begins amid head-scratching changes to EBAL

Original post made on Aug 14, 2018

Believe it or not, we have arrived at the start of the high school football season as both Amador Valley and Foothill start their campaigns this Friday night. (Our 2018 football preview issue will run on next Friday.)

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Posted by Phoenix45
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 14, 2018 at 11:49 am

"Imagine entering a season and knowing you have no chance to win the title. "

Way to stay positive.

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Posted by Everyone gets a trophy
a resident of Foothill High School
on Aug 15, 2018 at 10:25 am

Congratulations! For being the 6th best team in the EBAL you get a banner and an automatic bid!

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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Imagine if politics, money and Adults were taken out of the equation. Should return to geographic league boundaries regardless of school population size. All about money. I bet the kids could come up with a better idea for leagues and competition likeness.

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Posted by Mr Soccer
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 15, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Having been down the road with Foothill's football teams for four years and the outstanding coaching of the Sweeney era I can see that this new EBAL system sucks! De La Salle along with some of the other teams in this country, like it or not are recruiting and there is a cost, or not a cost as the case would be, if you have a skilled prospect to be a part of their system. How can a community school play on the same level as they do? To Pheonix45 it's not about staying positive it's about telling the truth about your chances. It's a David and Goliath situation. Not that it can't be done but it takes a lot of things to happen to make it fall in your favor. To say they are deep is an understatement. To date it has not happened for many of years. Look at some specs: Web Link
To say you have a great team and your going to compete with them is being very optimistic at best. The best you can do is blow up everyone else in your division and give them the best you have to make them know that they had to bring their A game to beat you. If the stars align and you win then you have done the one thing that many have not for many years.

To go down the path of being relegated to play for a banner is not honorable but something that will likely happen. When you find yourself in a bad way at the start of the season there are those that will just find it easier to layoff for a year and pick it back up for the next year.

Hope the best for both Amador and Foothill's football programs and that they will still play for the love of the game no mater who they are playing.

Mr. Soccer
Amador Grad of 84

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Posted by Don Daddy
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 15, 2018 at 2:14 pm

This should help De La Salle on their way to more CIF State Championship games. They will still ROLL through whatever competition the EBAL has to offer. Really, when is the last time that an EBAL team beat them? Without having to play teams from the Valley/B division DLS's strength of schedule will increase thus making them an even stronger candidate to be picked for CIF title games. The NCS should create a six team power football league with the likes of DLS, Pitt, SRV, Cal, Clayton, Foothill or whoever else in the NCS would like to apply. Let teams petition into the league annually. Money maker for NCS and schools involved.

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Posted by Moved away but still interested
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2018 at 4:03 pm

I live in Folsom now and we play De La Salle for our first game this week. I don't think they should have ever been allowed to join EBAL and hope that Folsom beats the snot out of them.

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Posted by What about the other sports?
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 15, 2018 at 9:54 pm

What about the other sports? is a registered user.

How do the EBAL changes impact the other fall, winter and spring high school sports teams?

I realize football is a huge deal for many people, but in terms of total student participation the other sports have far more players and matches affected.

So it would be good to see this topic fleshed out for the other athletes and their families and fans.

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Posted by Basketball Fan
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 15, 2018 at 10:49 pm

"Imagine entering a season and knowing you have no chance to win the title."

Basically the NBA for the past 3 seasons

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Posted by Hansen Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 16, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Hansen Curious is a registered user.

All the teams in the EBAL are public while Del La Salle is a private school. Why in the world are they allowed to compete in the same league? That is crazy. They should be playing against other private high schools like Bellermine or Mitty. Public schools cannot recruit students, coaches, and fund college level training programs like private schools.

Why not create a division system like is done in college sports? Div 1 teams do not play div 3 schools and the playing field (pun intended) is mostly level.

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a resident of Nolan Farms
on Oct 24, 2018 at 10:46 am

As competitive balance swings more and more in favor to higher ranking competitive schools and our communities less and less interest in our beloved sport it is imperative that the EBAL recognizes what is happening to our programs. The only solution to fight the Private schools in Football is have the football kids decide early to join the best program available for our kids. One that is centrally located to the I-680 and I-580 Corridor. Football kids from Danville, South to Pleasanton, and East to Livermore make the conscious decision that this is the best way to Combat the Private Schools. Create a powerhouse in the EBAL. All it takes is a few parents to create a Forum and start communicating. This is what they do in Southern California already. Folsom is building a Bully as well.

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