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 football team fought off a slow start to take down the Piedmont Highlanders 28-21 last Friday on the road.
The Highlanders scored two quick touchdowns in the opening period before the Jets’ offense could even touch the ball. On the opening possession of the game, the Highlanders capped off a length-of-the-field drive, which included a key fourth-down conversion for 13 yards, with a five-yard touchdown run by senior Julian Turner.
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.
Football kicked off the beginning of the fall sports season last week, but most of the other fall sports are just about ready to get underway.
Majority of high school sports takes place in the fall. Water polo, women’s volleyball, tennis and cross country will take place before the end of 2016.
All six Alameda high school basketball teams are competing in the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs in their respective divisions.
The Alameda men’s team (11-18) has been slotted in the 11th seed — out of 15 teams — in the Div. II playoffs. They faced six-seed Las Lomas of Walnut Creek on Feb. 23. The winner plays the winner of El Cerrito and Acalanes of Lafayette tomorrow.