"Island Bowl" Year-by-Year Recap
< * > = Updates to original 2004 article
ALAMEDA - It's hard to believe, but the ``Island Bowl'', the annual football showdown between Alameda and Encinal high schools, is nearly 60 years old.
Alameda and Encinal began playing against each other back in 1955. Alameda won that first game 19-7 and took an enormous lead in the series with 18 victories in the first 19 games (with one tie).
However, Encinal has stormed back in the last two-plus decades, winning 22 of 30 games. Encinal, which won last year 2013, currently holds the ``Island Trophy'', the official name is the ``Alameda Chamber of Commerce Perpetual Trophy, and leads the series 30-27.
There have been two ties, in 1957 and 1975.
following capsules contain highlights from the first 50 meetings between
Alameda and Encinal:
The defending Alameda County Athletic League champion Hornets - coached by Chuck Butler - stopped the Jets in the inaugural game before 3,000 people at Thompson Field.
Hornets ace running back, Jerry Brooks, was held to just 26 yards on 10 carries by a fired-up Encinal team, but Bob Parker picked up the slack with 83 yards rushing and had a TD.
Prado went 9-for-19 with touchdown passes of 8 yards to Berte Estes in the
third quarter and a 52-yard strike to Steve Levy in the fourth.
coached by George Cadwell, tied the game at 6-6 in the second quarter when
Sonny Fonoimoana hit Sherman Lee with a 62-yard touchdown pass.
No. 1 team, coached by Chuck Butler, capped off a perfect 9-0 year with
Hornets allowed just three TDs all year and though Glen Harradine and
Jim Burress were the top runners for the offense, the backups rarely
skipped a beat. Rick Dobbins and Eddie Evans were superb quarterbacks.
Lee once again scored Encinal's lone TD.
capacity crowd of 2,000 people saw the Jets turn two fumbles and an
intercepted pass into touchdowns to hang a tie on highly-touted Alameda.
Hornets went up 14-0 on a 1-yard dive by Ron McEachern and a 33-yard
reverse by Charles Patino.
32-yard interception return by Wallace Numurry set up a 2-yard run by
Tommy Harper to get Encinal on the board. A fumble recovery led to a
17-yard pass from Curtell Motton to Percy Millett to tie the game in the
scored again in the fourth quarter for Encinal but the PAT failed,
making it a 20-14 game. Alameda tied it with a 1-yard run by McEachern
with 42 seconds left, but McEachern was stopped at the goal line on the
two-point conversion run by guard Willie Brackins, leaving the game a
Jets scored the game-winning touchdown with just 26 seconds left to play
in this cliffhanger.
Hornets locked up their fifth consecutive shutout, as the defense
limited the Jets to a mere 113 yards.
Bob Farris provided the bulk of Alameda's scoring with TD runs of 63, 48
and 18 yards. He had 166 yards for the day.
Hornets ramained tied for the Alameda County Athletic League lead, as
Charlie Hodge, Al Dart and John Adams scored touchdowns. Adams' 75-yard
interception return for a touchdown was the game-winner.
down 19-0, rallied in the final quarter on a Curtis Reed 60-yard TD
reception and a 1-yard run by Walter Kidd. However, a full comeback was
denied when Adams picked off another Encinal pass in the final moments.
scored in the first quarter on on a John Read 1-yard run and held on for
suffered its fourth loss in a row after opening the year with five
straight wins. The Jets did score with 9:27 left on a 5-yard run by Bob
Miranda, but the PAT was wide.
Preston Pritchard ran for two touchdowns and threw for 112 yards and
three more, as the Hornets - No. 1 in Northern California - locked up
another ACAL title.
Read had touchdown catches of 19 and 13 yards.
Royer and Mickey Clary had short TD runs and the defense never let
Encinal into the red zone in this one.
Doug Royer scored a pair of touchdowns and Bill Schmitz threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Gerry Crawford in this easy win.
50-yard run by Jin Tensley accounted for the Encinal score.
came into this one 4-0, but first-quarter touchdowns by Gerry Crawford
and Pat Rivas put Alamead out in front 12-0 and the Hornets held on.
5-yard run by Ray Cruz late in the game allowed Encinal to avert the
Fascilla ran the opening kickoff back 75 yards for a touchdown to get
the Hornets going. Bill Short, Mike Kotte and Fascilla both finished
with two touchdowns each.
Hornets defense recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes.
Cross and Frank George rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown apiece for
Alameda. Gary Fascilla scored on a 60-yard pass and Mike Amos had an
85-yard interception return.
backup quarterback, Rick Fenstermaker, got his team's only score on a
16-yard strike to Royce Ford.
115-yard, four-touchdown performance by Eric Cross ignited the Hornets
in this early-season rout. Cross scored on runs of 55, 4, 3 and 2 yards
and also intercepted a pass on defense.
Fletcher ran for 192 yards and three touchdowns and the Hornets -
coached by Forrest Klein and ranked No. 1 in Northern California -
wrapped up a third straight 9-0 season and ACAL title.
was Alameda's 32nd consecutive win.
had 1,013 yards and 12 TDs for the year.
Hornets locked up the ACAL South Division crown, as Dale Norton scored
on a 1-yard run and a 30-yard pass from Greg Cockayne. Randy Crawford
had 109 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Leach's 24-yard TD run provided Encinal's only score.
ACAL South Division champion Hornets got TD runs of 18, 12, 11 and 3
yards from Bob Jensen, which proved just enough to hold off a desperate
fourth-quarter rally by Encinal.
28-7, the Jets got a 29-yard interception return for a score from James
Littlejohn. A fumble recovery by Rick Crouse helped set up a 2-yard
touchdown run by Eric Shelton, but Encinal ran out of time.
also got 116 yards rushing from Steve Chavez. Bob Leach paced Encinal
with 178 yards passing and a touchdown.
Reynolds had 154 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback John Duncan
threw for 192 yards and two scores for Alameda. Mark Dorfman had five
catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.
George Calandri threw a 5-yard TD pass to Larry Plummer with one minute
left in the game to secure the victory. Calandri was 11-for-14 passing
for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
Shelton scored his 16th touchdown of the year for Encinal.
first win in 20 attempts by the Jets and it was a resounding win. Dan
Chaix threw three touchdown passes to lead Encinal. He hit Steve Hearne
for scoring passesof 37 and 10 yards, and also found Don Lee on a
Harrison rushed for 103 yards and a TD.
Jets defense held Alameda to just 47 total yards and did not allow a
single first down.
game many will tell you is the greatest one in the history of the
built a 34-13 lead, then watched in horror as Alameda rallied for 21
fourth-quarter points. Only a blocked PAT by Encinal tackle Andy Alfonso
with 1:43 to play allowed the Jets to keep the tie.
Kahuanui, known as the ``Hawaiian Wonder,'' rushed for 261 yards and two
TDs while also throwing for two scores. His 35-yard run in the final two
minutes of the game tied the score.
Crouse rushed for 195 yards and three TDs for the Jets, who also got 139
yards passing and a 2-yard TD run by quarterback Mike Harris.
2-yard run by Jim Ironside, a 28-yard Mike Michelito-to-Bob McClaughlin
pass and Dwayne Brown's 9-yard scamper accounted for the Hornet's scoring.
was held to just 155 yards. Melvin Carver rushed for 75 of them.
'77 Jets, who coach Bob Erbland called ``the finest group of athletes
I've ever been associated with,'' locked up their first ACAL
championship with this bruising win.
Marceline rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns, Eddie Carvert had 114
yards on 22 carries, and quarterback Melvin Carter rushed for 121 yards
and a score to push the Jets into the North Coast Section 2-A playoffs
against San Lorenzo.
Floyd, who rushed for over 1,000 yards this year, ran for three
touchdowns to pace this big win.
Hernandez also threw touchdowns of 27 and 10 yards to Paul Knott, and
Kevin Werk added a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Carver had a touchdown run and Tokumbo Thomas added a 26-yard field goal
Jets ruined Alameda's homecoming and won the Alameda County Athletic
league title, as quarterback Marvin White found Seth Rivard on a 40-yard
TD pass with just over six minutes remaining in the game.
other score came from John Livingston, who picked off a pitch in the
Alameda backfield and rambled 58 yards for a touchdown.
scored on a 15-yard Paul Fenk-to-Jerry Nidhamrong pass for a 7-0 lead in
the second quarter.
Jets upset the undefeated Hornets to earn a co-championship and grab the
automatic spot in the NCS playoffs before an overflow crowd at Willie
White's 51-yard TD pass to John Livingston provided the only score in a
game dominated by the defenses.
a rainy and sloppy game, Alameda fullback Rick Young scored the only
touchdown on a 40-yard run in the second quarter. Young set up the
touchdown by recovering a fumble moments earlier.
Hornets dominated this game, but the margin of victory was provided by
David Kriwinsksi's 28-yard field goal with six seconds left to play.
back David Barbis had 183 yards on 37 carries for the Hornets. Steve
Floyd was the defensive standout with seven tackles and a fumble
Brown, substituting for injured Andre Hillstock, scored on a pair of
2-yard runs for Encinal. David Rider scored on a 6-yard run and Shawn
Edwards recovered a fumble in the end zone.
Jets crushed the Hornets to claim the ACAL title, as Dave Rider hit Carl
Robertson with touchdown passes of 45 and 7 yards. Jesse Mims also had a
5-yard run and Andre Botley had an interception return for a touchdown.
quarterback Greg Fox Jr. hit Mike Hands with a 6-yard pass to account
for the Hornets' only touchdown.
Jets won the ACAL title again with a 27-10 victory over a
formerly-undefeated Alameda team.
Tautalatasi had 117 yards rushing - including a 69-yard TD - while
quarterback Billy McGovern ran for two scores. Blake Nichols had a
turned the ball over five times and also misfired on a punt play deep in
its own territory.
thing, this rivalry. Alameda hadn't been scored on all season, but Blaik
Nichols ended that with a 23-yard TD run in the first half. The TD was
set up by a fumble on an Alameda punt snap that resulted in aa 25-yard
McCall's sack of Sam Florez in the end zone for a safety in the third
quarter finished off the scoring.
Johnson was the story this year, running for two 1-yard touchdowns and a
7-yarder, in addition to throwing TD passes of 51 and 27 yards to
Ryan Jensen caught a 50-yard TD pass from Sam Flores, and James Simon
had an 89-yard kickoff return for a score.
Hornets got touchdown runs of 13 and 9 yards from Craig Martinez to
upend the Jets. Joel Thornton had a 74-yard run for Encinal.
Jets' ``Blue Curtain'' defense did a fine job, twice stopping
fourth-and-goal plays to post the shutout.
quarterback Lamont Rider scored both touchdowns on runs of 3 and 1 yard.
Running back Joel Thornton had 105 yards rushing and Darrell Williams
Shelton rolled up 134 rushing yards and scored three TDs to complete the
Jets' best season (7-3) in five years. Shelton had TD runs of 74 and 4
yards, and also ran a fumble back 75 yards for a score.
Padilla rushed for 60 yards and both of Alameda's touchdowns.
sophomore tailback Dan Nguyen had 201 yards rushing and touchdowns of 51
and 14 yards. Derek Bystrum also had a 6-yard TD run.
Joiner had a 25-yard touchdown run in the first half to give Encinal a
short-lived 7-0 lead.
lost its first four games of the year and had been outscored 97-13, but
the Jets stood tall in this one.
defense held Alameda's star running back, Dan Nguyen to 132 yards on 29
carries, his lowest output of the year. He did, however, score twice on
a 1-yard run and 82-yard kickoff return.
Brown scored on a 55-yard touchdown run and quarterback Ian Dewey had a
5-yard TD romp for the Jets.
Jets came back from a 14-0 deficit behind 93 yards and two touchdowns
from Jeremy Lang.
defense did a superb job on Alameda star Dan Nguyen. The sturdy back had
176 yards and two touchdowns, but was held to just 46 yards in the
Jets completed an undefeated ACCAL season with a 26-point rally at muddy
Chris Campbell hit wide receiver James Finley for touchdown passes of 51
and 22 yards, while running back Chad Jones had 150 yards and a score.
had taken a 7-0 lead just 58 seconds into the game on an 18-yard Scott
Hennessee-to-Nathan Frye pass play. Jeremy Castro had 181 yards in his
final high school game and finished with 1,309 for the year.
Hornets rallied from a 14-0 deficit to win this one, as junior Trevor
Davis - playing his first varsity game - rushed for 168 yards and a
touchdown. Quarterback Andy Zell threw a touchdown and Keith Releay's
interception set up Alameda's winning TD.
got a 66-yard TD run from quarterback Adam Beverly and a 73-yard
touchdown by running back Kevin Ward.
Davis, who played at Alameda in 1995 and then transferred to Encinal,
paced the Jets to this easy win with 196 yards rushing and three
fans, who saw their Homecoming ruined by Davis, spent the game chanting
``Traitor Trevor, don't come back.''
defense was led by sophomore tackle Jamerio Hickmon, a 6-5, 278-pounder
who repeatedly stuffed the Hornets' running game. The only Alameda
runner with any success was Shaun Bryson, who ran for 128 yards.
happened early on - in the second quarter, actually - but placekicker
Eric Wilson made the key play in this one viewed by an estimated 4,000
blown PAT snap forced Wilson to run with the ball and he barely reached
the end zone with a dive and a stretch to give the Jets a 15-14 lead.
Kevin Ward also had 116 rushing for the Jets.
Mike Knudsen threw a pair of touchdown passes for Alameda.
back Tyree Wright was a human highlight film, rushing for 300 yards and
three touchdowns to pace an easy Hornets win.
had plenty of support, though. Luis Licea also ran for 131 yards and two
touchdowns and even quarterback Larry Collins had 105 yards and two
Jets' highlight consisted of Jermale Jackson's 150 yards passing and two
Jets avenged the 1998 blowout, as DeVonn Harding exploded for 198 yards
and three touchdowns. Alameda running back Ryan Smith had 14 carries for
80 yards and both of the team's touchdowns.
could stop Jets running back Tyree Jackson this night. He went for 217
yards and touchdowns of 49, 46 and 19 yards, as Encinal rallied from a
7-0 halftime deficit.
Ikaika chipped in on defense, scoring touchdowns on a 37-yard
interception return and a 17-yard fumble return.
Ballerina had a 2-yard TD run for the Hornets, under the leadership of
first-year coach Kevin Hennessee.
Green had an 84-yard touchdown run on the Jets' first possession and it
was smooth running after that. Green finished with 170 yards.
Lankford rushed for 46 yards and two touchdowns for Alameda.
Gillman was everywhere in this one for the Hornets.
caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Tom Gay and also had a
sack, fumble recovery and interception on defense. Teammate Tavis Ve'e
contributed 118 rushing yards and a touchdown.
finished 7-3 for the year, but was stiffed by NCS in its quest for an
Dozier's 75-yard touchdown run was the highlight for Encinal.
of the glory years, the Hornets clinch the Alameda Contra Costa Athletic
League title with tough win over the Jets.
Ve'e, the league rushing champion and MVP, ran for 190 yards and three
touchdowns to nail down the win. Even better, the title gave Alameda the
automatic ACCAL berth into the NCS playoffs. It marked the first time
since 1978 Alameda played in the postseason.
Dozier put on a yeoman performance for Encinal in the loss, running for
198 yards and two touchdowns.
Recaps before 2004
( 50th Anniversary Game )
the 50th Anniversary of the Island Bowl, the Hornets scored
50 points en route to 50-36 win over the Jets.
offense relied on the tandem running of Xavier Miller (204-yds, 3 TDs)
and Jonathan Ve’e (101-yds, 4 TDs), while the Jets rode the back of
the equally able Cyrus Grant (168-yds, 4 TDs).
outcome was still in question until deep into the 4th Quarter when
Encinal came roaring back to within one score, but instead of the
expected onside kick, the Jets tried to catch the Hornets off guard and
booted the ball deep. Devin Grigg ended the suspense by running the kick
back 79 yards to set up a clinching Hornet touchdown.
two teams combined for an Island Bowl record 86 cumulative points in
this 50th Anniversary match-up.
In another exciting finish, Alameda held on to beat the host Jets in this 51st meeting of the two cross-town rivals.
Both teams relied heavily on their running games, with Cyrus Grant (108-yds, 2-TDs) carrying the load for Encinal, and Jonathan Ve'e (153-yds, 2-TDs) for Alameda.
The lead changed hands 5 times, with the Jets scoring in the closing minutes to pull within 1-pt. Encinal then elected to go for the 2-pt conversion and the win instead of the tie, but the Hornet defense kept them out of the end zone.
still had a chance to snatch victory from defeat in the closing seconds,
when they recovered their onside kick and were approaching Alameda's red
zone. But on 4th-and-three, Alameda safety Devin Grigg (despite
having broken his hand earlier during the onside kick) broke
through Encinal's line, and tackled Grant -- who was running a sweep --
for a 2-yard loss to end the threat, and the game.
In a game marred by a record number of penalties, Alameda kept its focus and recorded the first Island Bowl shutout in 17 years; beating their cross-town rivals 31-0.
Despite the lopsided score, Encinal was in this contest, but they kept shooting themselves in the foot with inopportune turnovers and disastrous personal foul penalties, which halted Jet drives and helped keep the Hornets on the move.
Spear-heading the Hornet offense, Jeff Murphy hit Niko Aumua for two TD passes, while Cameron Brown and Blake Reno-Bautista combined for nearly 200-yds on the ground. But it was the Hornet defense that was the real star of this game; bending - but not breaking - and keeping the Jet offense out of the end-zone till the final gun.
Encinal's Jeff Owens rushed for 204 yards and three TDs to lead the Jets over the visiting Hornets. The win snapped a 5-game Encinal losing streak to cross-town rival Alameda.
A muddied QB, Wes Moyer, was all over the field for Alameda in this one; throwing, running and playing a tenacious linebacker, but it was not enough to spark the Hornets.
Cameron Brown scored the lone TD for Alameda on a 2-yard run in the 3rd quarter.
Encinal's Dominique Sashington scored three touchdowns, and quarterback Jonathan Brown added one on a 64-yard romp in the third quarter as the Jets' speed and athleticism simply was too much for the young Hornets.
Sashington started things off just a minute and a half into the game when he intercepted a tipped pass and ran 26 yards for a touchdown. Other scorers for the Jets included Tyronne Duckett with a 22-yard TD run and Corey Portis who booted a 28-yard field goal.
For the Hornets, James Powell ran well but just couldn't get untracked. QB Tim Han scored Alameda's only TD on a 1-yard run and Edgar Casteneda added a 34-yard field goal to cap Alameda's scoring.
The Jets built a 34-3 lead midway through the fourth quarter before the Hornets were finally able to crack their red zone woes and cross the goal line for two late scores.
The tone was set early when Tony Nix ran the opening kick-off 100-yds down to the Hornet 1-yard line. Encinal then got touchdown runs by Tyrone Duckett, Kimani Washington, and Matt Meno. The Jets also scored on a 63-yard pass from Duckett to Paul Okamura.
Alameda got an early field goal from Edgar Casteneda, and then Hornet QB Tom Ruckman threw a pair of late touchdowns to Qais Shaghashi and Keith Murray to cap the Hornet scoring. Michael Cunningham carried the load for Alameda, rushing for 123-yds on 27 carries.
In the 56th playing of the Island Bowl, the Hornets played the bigger, faster Jets close in the first quarter, but then Encinal's athleticism began take it's toll.
Jonathan Allen rushed for 100 yards and two TDs to lead the Jet charge. Paul Okamura added 141 more yards of offense for Encinal to help keep the chains moving and the ball away from Alameda.
The Hornets were inconsistent on offense, looking good at times, but they never could get into a rhythm, with two nice drives ultimately ending in field goals. Defensively, Alameda made many excellent plays, but allowed the occasional a big play, which was all that Encinal would need.
Encinal scored first blood on a 66-yard TD run by Allen. But the Hornets responded with an 8-play, 58-yard drive capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tom Ruckman to Zac Alfers to tie the game at 6-6.
From there, the Jets methodically built a 20-9 lead at halftime, and were able to hold on for the win.
No. 6-ranked Encinal (2-1) avoided an upset as it blocked a pair of punts that led to touchdowns, and rallied to beat upstart cross-town rival Alameda 45-41 in the 57th annual Island Bowl.
Encinal scored first, but Alameda responded with two quick TDs to take a 14-7 lead to end the 1st quarter. The Jets tied the game and took the lead in the 2nd quarter, but the game remained close throughout the contest, with the Jets ultimately holding on for the win.
The Jets were lead by QB Andrew Ve'e, who was 6/11 passing for 91 yards and 1 TD. Ve'e also ran for 70 yards and added 2 more scores. Bo Banks caught 4 passes for 58 yards and a TD; Jon Trodder rushed for 92 yards and a score, and kicker Aladdin Natouf contributed 9-pts, going 6/6 on PATs + a field goal.
For the Hornets, Zac Alfers caught 7 passes for 144 yards and 2 TDs, and Keelan Doss gained 112 yards on 7 receptions and scored a TD of his own. Andrew Cooper and Sulaiman Hameed both added touchdowns, with Hameed adding ten tackles and a fumble recovery on defense. But the star of the evening was Antonio Manibusan, the Hornet QB, who passed for 392 yards (23/36), 5 touchdowns, with no interceptions. Antonio also rushed for 43 yards including an end zone run, and was all over the field contributing 12 tackles on defense.
The 58th Annual Island Bowl was another nail-biter, with the score changing hands and remaining close throughout, before the Jets snagged their 6th win in a row with a last minute electrifying 97-yard run.
Alameda scored first on a sustained drive capped by a 2-yd plunge by Adam Awa. But Encinal came roaring back to take the lead in the 3rd, scoring on it's first two possessions on runs by Austin Ve'e and Isaiah Hunter.
In the 4th, the Hornets came back to life and re-took the lead on a 13-yard Jesse Lewis to Chris Bussey TD pass, capped by a gutsy call for a 2-pt conversion. James Knight carried the ball into the end zone for a 15-14 Hornet lead.
But the Jets were able to retain the Island Bowl trophy, when -- with less than a minute left and backed up against their own goal-line, Tyrell Carrigan broke through the Hornet defense and raced 97-yards for the winning touchdown.
Though the game was mostly dominated by strong defensive play, Encinal's Carrigan did rush for 106 yards (most coming from his game winning run), while Alameda's Knight carried for 75, and Bussey collected 78 yards in the air.
For the 59th Annual Island Bowl, the weather down at Encinal's field could not have been nicer. In fact, it was perfect.
But that was the highlight of the evening for Hornet fans, as the team struggled to maintain any consistency on offense, and could only muster a 1st quarter Eli Hernandez to Keelan Doss 15-yd touchdown pass, plus a Nick Chen 36-yd FG tacked on in the 3rd.
Encinal was not faring a whole lot better, however, and this was anyone's game for the taking down to the final minutes. The Hornet defense played the Jets tough for most of the game, but a special teams lapse in the 3rd quarter, allowed a 60-yd kickoff return by the Jet's Jordan Parker, which set up the Jets go-ahead touchdown; an Isaiah Hunter 1-yard plunge.
Hunter also scored the Jet's first TD, a 6-yard run, which had tied up the game 7-7 midway through the 2nd quarter.
Beyond Parker's 60-yd kick return, this game lacked what has become a trademark of past Island Bowls... big, dramatic plays.
wins by forfeit
wins by forfeit
wins by forfeit
The Encinal High varsity football team forfeited what would have been the 60th Island Bowl game between the two rivals, after a fight broke out on the field the preceding week (in a game vs. Center-Antelope) and most of the Encinal players on the bench ran out onto the field.
39, Jets 23
Alameda 39, Jets 23
Alameda already had the trophy due to last year's Encinal forfeit, but they wanted to win it back outright, which is just what they did - helped in large part by jumping out to an early 26-0 lead.
The Hornet attack was led by QB Devin Nash who threw 3 TD passes to Antonio Riley (2) and Josh Bolding (1); Adam Joo added a rushing TD; plus Kenden Robinson returned a fumble for a TD; and Taj Banks rounded out the scoring with a pick-6 to cap the win.
After a frustrating/scoreless first half, the Jets finally managed to get on the board in the 2nd half, scoring 3 times, but it was not nearly enough to overcome the early deficit.