After holding two well-attended, successful football championship games at Dublin High last season, North Coast Section associate commissioner Karen Smith said Monday the section will likely hold its biggest title game, the Division I final, at Dublin once again this year.
"We're hoping that we can fix a few more of the kinks and have it back there again," Smith said.
Last year, the NCS held the Division I and III titles games at Dublin with each drawing healthy crowds. Both games featured a great atmosphere, something the cavernous Oakland Coliseum sometimes lacked as a championship site.
Pittsburg coach Victor Galli conceded he does enjoy it when the NCS uses the Coliseum, mostly because it gives the players a chance to play in an NFL stadium. But Galli did say Dublin had some unique advantages, even though the Pirates ultimately lost the 2008 Division I final to De La Salle.
"I liked it better because De La Salle is used to playing in the Coliseum, and I figured it was to our advantage because we wouldn't be in awe of the stadium," Galli said. "It felt just like a regular game."
Smith said the section has yet to determine where the other title games will be held, but she said two of the sites used last year — Santa Rosa High and Alhambra — could be used again this season. She added there are a few other schools that might be considered, as well.
Filling the stat column: It would've been difficult to find a more valuable player Friday than Deer Valley's Kristoff Williams.
Already the team leader in rushing coming into the game, Williams started at his usual quarterback spot against host Pittsburg. By halftime, though, the Pirates had held Williams to minus-19 yards on the ground. His biggest contribution came on the receiving end of a 70-yard halfback option pass that put the Wolverines down 27-14 at halftime.
In the second half, Williams switched to wide receiver. The focus shifted to a vertical passing game, with new quarterback Mike Behr finding Williams for a 77-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter.
With Deer Valley up by a point after the touchdown and PAT, Williams switched back to quarterback and promptly ripped off a 54-yard TD run that ended up being the game-winner in a 35-33 victory. Williams led the team in rushing (12 carries, 63 yards) and receiving (three catches, 150 yards), and he was one of three Wolverines to complete a pass.
Schierholtz inducted: Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz was inducted into the San Ramon Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday. Schierholtz graduated from San Ramon Valley in 2002, was an All-American at Chabot College in 2003 and was a member of the U.S.'s bronze medal-winning baseball team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This season was his first full year with the Giants.
Rick McMillen (Class of 1956), Bill McMillen (1957), Jim Scannella (1979) and Melissa Cartmell-Larson (1997) were also inducted.
Dougherty Valley hosts N.Y. jets: In preparation for their game with the Raiders at the Coliseum on Sunday, the New York Jets held their Saturday walk-through practice at Dougherty Valley. The fourth-year high school was an ideal location for the NFL team, which got into town Friday night and stayed in San Ramon.
Staff writer Kyle Bonagura contributed to this notebook.