PREDICTED FINISH

  • 1. Tennyson

  • 2. Alameda

  • 3. Mt. Eden

  • 4. Piedmont

  • 5. Arroyo

  • 6. San Lorenzo

    Last season, the Tennyson High football team set a school record for fewest points allowed average.

    This year, it may be the Lancers offense that powers it to a possible third straight winning season.

    Tennyson is led by returning West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Offensive Player of the Year Joshua Handy.

    "He is the best running back that I have coached in my career," said Tennyson coach Terry Smith, who has been coaching since 1993 and has been the Lancers head coach since the 2003 season. "This could be one of our best offenses ever."

    Alameda High School wide receiver and senior Keelan Doss runs the ball back after an interception during the team’s practice at Thompson Field in
    Alameda High School wide receiver and senior Keelan Doss runs the ball back after an interception during the team's practice at Thompson Field in Alameda, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) ( JANE TYSKA )

    Alameda has been hit hard by graduation, but has some talented skill players such as Sulaiman Hameed to lead the team this season. Mt. Eden has nine starters returning from last year's 6-5 team, including first-team all-Shoreline defensive back Lloyd Digal. New Piedmont coach Scott Coats has brought the pistol offense to Piedmont.

    Here's a team-by-team look at the division:

    Alameda

    COACH: Kemp Moyer, third season

    2012 RECORD: 3-7, 1-4 WACC-Shoreline

    TOP RETURNEES: DB/WR Sulaiman Hameed, Sr.; WR/FS Keelan Doss, Sr; CB Darnell Rose, Sr.; QB Elijah Hernandez, Jr.; SS Jack Wellman, Sr.

    TOP NEWCOMERS: WR/DB Derrick Dizon, Jr.; C/DT Nolan Dacumos, Jr.; G/DT Rahman Kelly, Jr.; NT Max Atkins, Sr.; WR/CB Brian Mulder, Jr.; RB/S Omar Badr, Jr.; LB/RB Mica Sanchez, So.; TE/DT Chris Wynn, Sr.; DE/RB Anthony Joseph

    KEY LOSSES: DE/TE Weston Tolbert, WR Chris Bussey, MLB/OL/LS Jack Rausser, QB/P Jesse Lewis, G/DT Rhys Morgan, OT/DT Olisa Chibueze, C/DT Joe Ruck, RB James Knight

    The Piedmont High football varsity team practice at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
    The Piedmont High football varsity team practice at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) ( RAY CHAVEZ )

    OUTLOOK: The Hornets graduated seven first-team all-Shoreline picks from last season, but do return first-team defensive back pick Darnell Rose. Keelan Doss is an accomplished wide receiver and returns for a very experience defensive backfield. "I'm confident that we can compete, but I know that we will have some growth along the way," said Moyer about his squad.

    Arroyo

    COACH: Chad Sullivan, first season

    2012 RECORD: 6-4, 4-1

    TOP RETURNEES: RB/CB Chris Harrison, Sr.; QB/WR/FS Malcom Hale, Sr.; OG/DT Bruce Burns, Jr.; NT/TE Ben Sira, Sr.; RT/DT Marcos Fraile, So.

    TOP NEWCOMERS: QB Carlos Gomez, Jr.; WR/OLB John Scherrer, Jr.; QB/WR/F Devin Delatorre

    KEY LOSSES: SS/TE Caleb Guarino, MLB/OL Eduardo Martinez, DE/FB Nick Jordan, CB/TB/KR Ryan Gordon, FS/RB/QB Dejon Savage, LB/OL Isaiah Cassidy, QB Isaac Tapia

    OUTLOOK: New coach Sullivan, who was the linebackers coach last year, is learning to know his team. "It's a new coaching staff with quite a few new kids, so going in we really don't know what we have yet," he said. First-team all-Shoreline running back Harrison will help carry the offensive load behind a line with varsity experience. Linebacker/offensive lineman Isaiah Cassidy and quarterback Isaac Tapia transferred to Berkeley and Encinal respectively, Sullivan said.

    Mt. Eden

    COACH: Paul Perenon, fourth season

    2012 RECORD: 6-5, 3-2

    TOP RETURNEES: DB Lloyd Digal, Sr.; QB/DB Jonathan Sturholm, Sr.; WR/RB/SS Giovanni Remmen, Jr.; WR/DB Ray Fat, Sr.; LB/RB Tookey Stevenson, Jr.; LB/OL Bo Samuela, Jr.; TE/DE Curtis Keeling Jr., Sr.; DB/WR/RB Dominic Williams, Jr.; C Andres Guzman, Jr.

    TOP NEWCOMERS: LB/OG Danny Isias, Jr.; TE/DE Isaiah Fihaki, Jr.

    KEY LOSSES: RB/DB Devante McGowan, TB/DB Khalil Thomas, OG/DL Juan Pardo, K/P Miguel Esteban, LB Koa Sibley, FB Justin Gindlesberger

    OUTLOOK: Mt. Eden has a returning starting quarterback in Sturholm and plenty of playmakers back from a team that averaged 23.7 points per game during the regular season last year. The keys for the team will be line play and special teams. "Everything is predicated with 'if.' If the line play is formidable, we will be good," Perenon said.

    Piedmont

    COACH: Scott Coats, first season

    2012 RECORD: 5-6, 1-4

    TOP RETURNEES: QB Spencer Kim, Sr.; OL/DL Andrew Jara, OL/DL/LB Ted Adams, Sr.; RB/LB Michael Tam, Sr.

    TOP NEWCOMERS:WR/RB/LB Gabe Watson, So.; LB Fiachra Collins, Jr.

    KEY LOSSES: LB/H-back Aaron Fahey; RB/LB Ryan Ellis, WR/S Will Meredith

    OUTLOOK: Coats, who was the assistant head coach at James Logan for seven seasons, has made changes to the program. "It is a complete overhaul of both schemes and the coaching staffs," Coats said. He has a smart and talented quarterback in Kim, and the attack zone defense is led by Jara, Adams, Watson and Collins.

    San Lorenzo

    COACH: John Trotman Jr., first season

    2012 RECORD: 2-8, 1-4

    TOP RETURNEES: TE/DE Hamilton To'o, Sr ; WR/DB Keenan Johnson, Sr.; RB/FS Raymon Moore, Sr.; DE/TE Rigo Mendoza, Sr.; QB Kevin Mosi, Jr.; MLB Charles Scroggins, Jr.; OL/DL Malcom Roy, Sr.; OL/DL Charquay East, Jr.; OL/DL Terrance Burns, Sr.

    TOP NEWCOMERS: RB/DB Ramiah Marshall, Jr.; WR/CB Bejour Wilson, Jr.; SS/RB Dejuan Sephers, Jr.; OL/DL Kevin Patino, Jr.

    KEY LOSSES: OLB/TE Charlie Davis, WR/CB/KR Aaron Jones, QB/FS Andre Benson Jr.

    OUTLOOK: Trotman Jr., who was the head coach at Albany for the past two seasons, has made an emphasis on conditioning and trying to win the second half of games. "We are trying to pay attention to detail," Trotman Jr. said. "I thought (former coach Jacob) Wright had something going here with his organizational skills. He was on point."

    Tennyson

    COACH: Terry Smith, 11th season

    2012 RECORD: 9-2, 5-0

    TOP RETURNEES: RB/LB Joshua Handy, Sr.; RB/CB Isaiah Rogers, Sr.; RT/DE Paco Williams, Sr.; CB/WR Vonte Andrews, Sr.; OL/LB Mario Saballos, Sr.; DT/LT Maka Lopeti, Sr.; DT Stanley Falenofoa, So.; SS Kijana Wood, Jr.; RB/LB Landon Ayala, Sr.

    TOP NEWCOMERS: DT/OG Dylan Matauti, Sr.; WR/DB Jacob Watson, Jr; DE/TE Roland Ocansey, Jr.; DE Marvin Pale, Sr.; QB Christian Silva, So.; WR/CB Nathan Silva

    KEY LOSSES: OG/DE Stephan Pangelina, DT/FB Hau Moala, OL//DL Nestor Aguirre, DE/TE Dashaun Cosby, OT/LB Raul Rodriquez, WR/DB Datron Smith, RB/DB Quinzell Moore, WR/CB Jalen Crusoe, QB Gilberto Magallanes, TE/DE/P Jacob Brown, WR/DB Tony Foster, WR/FS Larry Lloyd

    OUTLOOK: The Lancers averaged 29.4 points per game during the regular season last year, but this offense could be even better. Depth and youth are an issue for the Lancers, however. "We have tall receivers that can go get the ball, our quarterback can run and throw, we have an MVP back, ... Everybody's dangerous. Everybody can make plays in space," Smith said.