Predicted Finish

1. Tomales

2. Upper Lake

3. Stellar Prep

4. St. Vincent

5. California School for the Deaf

6. Calistoga

7. Emery

8. St. Elizabeth

When the Bay Football League split up, the three smallest schools joined forces with Tomales, Upper Lake, St. Vincent and Calistoga of the North Central II league.

The newly formed league, comprised entirely of Division V schools, also created a home for new varsity program Stellar Prep.

While there will be some long road trips, East Bay coaches are pleased with the makeup of the league.

"It's a great fit for us, hopefully we can get some more wins out of it," new St. Elizabeth coach Charles Wright said. "Everyone has the same kind of kids and same type of talent."

Tomales, which reached the NCS Division V championship game a year ago, will be the favorite. Upper Lake is also coming off a strong season.

Three of the league four East Bay schools -- St. Elizabeth, Emery and California School for the Deaf -- all have new head coaches this year that were promoted from within the program.

Here's a closer look at the four local teams in the league:

California School for the Deaf

COACH: Warren Keller, first season

2011 RECORD: 8-4, 2-3 BFL

TOP RETURNEES: RB/LB Brian Freeman, Sr.; TE/LB Jacy Pedersen-Dike, Sr.; QB/LB Carlos Lopez, Sr.; OL/DL Paul Padilla, Sr.

TOP NEWCOMERS: N/A

KEY LOSSES: WR/S Conrad Baer, WR/LB Steven La, OL/DL Shawn Benavente, and OL/DL Jordan Kray.

OUTLOOK: Former coach Kevin Bella left to become the defensive coordinator at Mission San Jose, leaving the program in the hands of Keller, a former junior varsity assistant. The Eagles return just eight players from last year's roster, but that includes four-year starting quarterback Carlos Lopez. Keller is pleased with his group's passion and ability to adjust to different situations.

Emery

COACH: Ken Wright, first season

2011 RECORD: 1-10, 1-4 BFL

TOP RETURNEES: OL Antonio Duran, Sr.; RB/S Melvin Brown, Sr.; OL/DL Darrell Thomas, Jr.; WR/CB Damion Martin, Sr.

TOP NEWCOMERS: WR/DE Aubrey Cunhs, Jr.; WR/DE Alex Wright, Jr.; OL/DL Matthew Clark, Jr.; QB/WR/S Alyx Sims, Jr.

KEY LOSSES: RB/S Eddie Bailey, DT Patrick Hall.

OUTLOOK: The Spartans will field a varsity team for the second straight year. Wright, who is in his first year as head coach but has been around the program since 2007, says the team is older and its football IQ is improved from a year ago. Duran and Thomas are both returning all-BFL first-team picks and will anchor the offensive line.

Stellar Prep

COACH: Desmond Gumbs, second season

2011 RECORD: N/A

TOP RETURNEES: QB Cameron Burston, So.; WR/CB Chandler Gumbs, So.; RB Kahlil Liner, So.

TOP NEWCOMERS: OL/DL Charles Fordyce, So.; OL/DL Tau Fifita, So.; LB Qadeer Atlas, So.; DB Keldon Hunter, So.

KEY LOSSES: N/A

OUTLOOK: Gumbs, who has coached several different area teams, is guiding Stellar Prep in its first varsity campaign. His squad will consist of 35 sophomores that completed an undefeated season a year ago playing a freshman schedule. Gumbs is thrilled with his team's athleticism and team speed. All 70 students at the two-year-old all-boys school play on either the varsity or freshman football teams, Gumbs said.

St. Elizabeth

COACH: Charles Wright, first season

2011 RECORD: 0-10, 0-5 BFL

TOP RETURNEES: WR/DB Frank Stephens, Sr; LB Justin Cuevas, Sr.; DB/WR Michael Branner, Sr.; OL/DL Darius Powell, Jr.

TOP NEWCOMERS: RB Jerry Ochoa, Jr.; K Ivan Flores, So.; LB Marcello Rodriguez, So.; FB Henry Zavala, Jr.; OL Jose Herrera, So.; QB David Iniguez, So.

KEY LOSSES: OL/DL Juan Salcedo, RB/DB Avi Maldonado, RB/LB Lorenzo Shelton, RB/LB Robert Herrera-Schaffer

OUTLOOK: Wright hopes to turn around a program that has gone 0-20 the last two seasons. As the defensive coordinator previously, Wright has familiarity with the kids. "We're further ahead than we expected," he said. "We have the same group, but there's a new energy, willingness to learn and effort that we hadn't seen." After finishing last year with just 14 players, the Mustangs will start the year with 22.