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State champion CVC, DLS schedule top opponents for non-league football games

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Concord’s two powerhouse high school football teams, State 2-AA champions Clayton Valley Charter and perennial open division finalist De La Salle, have announced their 2020 fall schedules that include some top out of state and California opponents.

Jake Kern

De La Salle will venture back to Texas to open its 2020 season against two-time defending 6A D1 state champion North Shore in Houston in an ESPN game.

First-time CIF champion Clayton Valley has a Sept. 12 date at the Honor Bowl in Union City against defending Washington 3A champion Eastside Catholic and its top national recruit J. T. Tuimoloau, who is the No. 1 Class of 2021 defensive tackle recruit in the nation. Tuimoloau, 6-4-1/2 and 277 pounds, has Ohio State, USC, Alabama, USC and Washington showing as his top schools.

The Ugly Eagles of coach Tim Murphy also has another game with Canyon Springs of North Las Vegas as well as against 2019 league champions Turlock and Menlo-Atherton.

CVCHS has been moved back to Division I by North Coast Section after the team won Division II last winter in a crazy season that saw the team post a 5-5 record in the regular season, including only one victory in their inaugural East Bay Athletic League season.

Then the team won three straight as top seed at NCS, won the Regional Bowl over Elk Grove 28-26 in an incredible comeback and then held off Aquinas of San Bernardino 10-7 for the CIF 2-AA championship, a first in school history after falling short twice earlier last decade in State Bowl Games.

Murphy will have post-season stars quarterback Jake Kern and runningback Omari Taylor returning for their senior seasons along with standouts Dylan Seeley, Tyler Charbonneau and Erik Christopherson as they return to D-I.

De La Salle has its incredible 310- game streak of never losing to a team north of Fresno since 1991 once again at stake this fall. But before that is even challenged the Spartans will return to Texas to Houston to play two-time defending Texas 6A D1 champion North Shore. DLS also went to Texas in its 2015 opener, losing to Trinity 26-21 for their only loss in the Concord school’s last state championship season.

Coach Justin Alumbaugh will have fourth-year quarterback Dorian Hale and a host of other offensive weapons to lead the attack in a schedule that also includes games against Cathedral Catholic of San Diego and perennial Sacramento-area power Folsom (third year in a row for this matchup). DLS has won the NCS championship 28 years in a row.

The Concord schools conclude their regular-season and EBAL schedules against one another at Gonsalves Stadium Nov. 6.

Clayton Valley Charter – 8/28 @ Turlock, 9/12 Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, WA) Honor Bowl @ James Logan (Union City),  9/18 Canyon Springs (North Las Vegas), 9/25 @ Granada (Livermore), 10/2 Menlo-Atherton, 10/9 California, 10/16 @ San Ramon Valley, 10/23 Amador Valley, 10/30 @ Monte Vista, 11/6 De La Salle.

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