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The Alameda High School Hornets will visit Encinal High School at Willie Stargell Field to face off against their cross-town rival Jets this Friday, Sept. 7, in the annual Island Bowl. The Hornets bring a 3-0 record into the game starting with an impressive 60-14 win over American High School of Fremont. The team then shut Berkeley High School out 16-0 and scored big against Pleasant Hill’s College Park High School, winning 52-14.  

The Encinal High School (EHS) Jets football team used its defensive prowess to give previously unbeaten Skyline High (3-1) of Oakland its first loss on the season Friday, Sept. 20 at Stargell Field.

The Jets best offense in the non-conference bout was its defense. With its offense sputtering for much of the contest the Jets turned to its defense to put points on the board. The Jets forced five turnovers in the game. They returned three of those turnovers for touchdowns.

 

Maybe it was rust from the long layoff. Or maybe it was going up against the first seed in the North Coast Section (NCS) Div. III playoffs. Either way the Encinal High football team was out matched in its 56-21 NCS quarterfinal game defeat to Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa Saturday, Nov. 24.

The Jets entered the road contest as the underdog and it showed. From the outset the eighth-seeded Jets were unable to keep up with the high scoring capabilities of the Cardinals.

Encinal High beat Alameda High 22-18 this weekend at the 2018 Island Bowl. This victory secured yet another win for the Jets, who have lost to the Hornets only twice in the past 10 years. The game, which took place at the Jets’ home of Willie Stargell Field last Friday, saw the two teams neck and neck with each other throughout its entirety. 

This Sunday, Feb. 4, football fans can watch Super Bowl 52 live at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex for no charge. The theater will present the live simulcast of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New England Patriots on the 50-foot screen in the Historic Theatre. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available only at the Theatre Box Office on a first-come, first-served basis. A $5 donation is requested per ticket to benefit a local charity.

The theatre snack bar will be open for hot dogs, beer and wine. No outside food or beverages allowed.

 

The Encinal High football team suffered its first and last loss of the 2017 season. The Jets undefeated season ended after a 49-32 defeat to Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa Friday, Nov. 17, on the road.

 

The Encinal High football team completed an undefeated regular season with a 57-7 thrashing of San Lorenzo Friday, Nov. 3, on the road.

The Rebels were no match for the Jets’ high-powered offense led by senior quarterback Theori Oliver. Oliver accounted for five of the Jets’ eight touchdowns in the contest. He threw for two scores and ran for three more. The Jets’ offense faced little resistance from the Rebels. 

 

This year’s Island Bowl had the makings of being a competitive ballgame. Both teams were on impressive hot stretches leading up to the contest. Encinal High was a perfect 8-0 and Alameda High was in the midst of a three-game win streak before the game last Friday on Thompson Field. But the Jets made sure any thought of a close ballgame in the 63rd Island Bowl never materialized on the way to its 44-6 victory. 

The Encinal Jets moved to 2-0 after their 46-6 drubbing of American of Fremont last Friday, Sept. 1, on Stargell Field. 

Senior quarterback Theori Oliver threw for three touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown in the game. Senior running back Abdul Holland rushed for 109 yards on just seven carries. He also rushed for three touchdowns. The Jets defense held American to under 150 total yards in the 40-point victory. 

 

Part Two
The second half of the year saw just as many, if not more, sports highlights on the Island. The basketball courts and baseball diamonds gave way to the football fields and cross country courses in the second half of 2016. Here are some of the major sports moments from the second half of 2016.

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