In the Academic Athletic Association football playoffs, familiarity breeds upsets.
In the past four seasons and in six of the past seven years, a AAA underdog has beaten a higher seed, and the feeling is fresh in the minds of the players and coaches at Mission High School.
A year ago, after completing an undefeated league season, the Bears were stunned by fourth-seeded Balboa in the AAA semifinals. Read More
For this week’s “Game of the Century,” you are presented a team with the longest major college football winning streak in the land, the Heisman Trophy favorite and the early morning arrival of that “look at me, Ma” presentation, ESPN’s “GameDay.”
Yes, as the Stanford band plays, it’s all right now.
Only 4½ years ago, however, it was all wrong. Read More
Critics take note: As the Alex Smith redemption tour makes its way to the nation’s capital Sunday for the 49ers-Redskins game, San Francisco’s once favorite whipping boy is now the NFL’s eighth-rated passer. Who’da thunk it? Read More
Archbishop Riordan High School’s football team is getting better. It’s just hard to see against the West Catholic Athletic League’s best teams.
The Crusaders limited a potent Serra offense to 284 yards, but familiar problems with their young offense led to a 35-10 loss Saturday at Archbishop Riordan High School. Read More
So much for Jason Campbell being the next Jim Plunkett. While Campbell was undergoing surgery for a broken collarbone Monday, the Raiders were plotting a future without the quarterback who won 11 of 18 starts in silver and black. No room for sentiment. No time to waiver. Read More
Valley Christian of San Jose did everything it could to give the St. Ignatius football team a win Saturday afternoon, but the Wildcats simply could not capitalize.
The visiting Warriors made crucial mistakes in the fourth quarter to give St. Ignatius several opportunities to erase a 24-14 lead, but held on for a 24-21 win. Read More
Admit it, you didn’t want Alex Smith back as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. Not this year. Not last.
Let’s clear the air about the transformation we’ve witnessed. Not just in Smith, but in 49ers fans. Talk about letting bygones be bygones.
When Smith steps under center this morning at Ford Field in Detroit, the Niner Nation will be rooting for him to succeed. That hasn’t always been the case the past few years. Read More
No one is shocked to see defending champion Washington High School entering the annual Bell Game rivalry undefeated in Academic Athletic Association play.
Lincoln, however, is a different story.
The Mustangs (2-3, 2-0) have been the biggest surprise of the early AAA season, upsetting 2010 finalist Balboa and 2009 champion Galileo after a winless season last year. Read More
The El Camino High School football team met after the nonleague season and set a goal to win the Peninsula Athletic League Lake Division and make it to the Central Coast Section playoffs.
Capuchino (2-3) feels its nonleague slate prepared it for league play and, if it can remain healthy, can compete.The two meet Friday in PAL Lake action in San Bruno.
“We need to be a disciplined team,” Capuchino coach Adam Hyndman said. “We want the kids to be winners.” Read More
Alex Smith this afternoon or the Giants this offseason both have plenty to prove.
After seven days of the 49er Faithful pushing his bandwagon, Smith has to build upon the “cold-blooded” status he earned during last week’s upset of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Smith showed he can win a big game against a good team. Definitely a step forward. Read More