SportStars Magazine — the NorCal high school sports publication that also produces the SportStories Podcast — now offers up 7 Friday Night: A weekly high school football-specific series hosted by SportStars editor Chace Bryson and his longtime friend and colleague, Ben Enos. With former De La Salle-Concord coaching legend Terry Eidson as a regular guest, 7 Friday Night will be a lively conversation between three men (and sometimes more!) who care deeply for high school football.
Pirates & Pies (w/ Pittsburg HC Charlie Ramirez)
It's our annual Thanksgiving/Section Championship episode full of delicious (yeah, we went there) commentary on all things pigskin along with a visit from Pittsburg coach Charlie Ramirez. Chace & Ben review semifinals (and Open Championship) weekend before diving into thoughts, analysis and picks on several of this week's biggest section finals.
One such final is the North Coast Section Div. I showdown between Pittsburg and San Ramon Valley. Coach Ramirez spends 15 minutes with the guys discussing the matchup, the nuances of his first season as head coach, and revealing the Pirates uniform combination.
Finally, Coach Eidson drops in for his weekly segment and offers perspective on De La Salle's 31st straight NCS title. He also weighs in on the controversial special-teams related ending to the Central Section semifinal involving Shafter High. And finally, the boys talk best Thanksgiving pies.
Touchdowns vs. Home Runs, Pt. 3 (w/ St. Ignatius-SF QB Soren Hummel)
It's another playoff mega-episode with multiple guests, beginning with St. Ignatius-SF quarterback Soren Hummel. Soren details his team's last second win over Valley Christian-San Jose as well as they keys to Wildcats success this season. He also casts the tie-breaking vote in our season-long poll of whether it's a greater feeling to hit a walk-off home run or an 80-yard game-winning TD pass.
Chace and Ben break down all the scores and notes from last week's playoff action before diving into the slew of great semifinal matchups this week. They also play a few rounds of "Fill The Gap" and make their picks for the week.
Finally, Coach Terry Eidson makes his usual stop to talk about trying to stop San Ramon Valley's Luke Baker for the second time this season. He also makes a few of his own playoff picks and delivers some "Dumb Football."
Playoff Weather (w/ San Marin QB Dom Ingrassia)
As Coach Eidson waxes poetic about a nip in the air, the changing leaves and the stadium lights turning on by 5 o'clock, the 7FN team breaks down playoff brackets and matchups from throughout NorCal. Chace and Ben chat seedings, results, matchups and more.
The show also welcomes first-time guest, Dom Ingrassia, after he helped lead San Marin-Novato to the program's first win over Marin Catholic-Kentfield since 2008. Ingrassia talks about what it meant to the team to snap the 15-game skid to the Wildcats, what makes this Mustangs team tick, and how Ingrassia Family dynamics played out during the week.
Coach Eidson recounts his trip to the Breeder's Cup, weighs in on some NCS seedings and pairings, and offers up some Dumb AND Smart Football. Finally, all three members of the pod make their picks for the week.
It's All Happening
This week the crew breaks down the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff brackets and shares thoughts on the biggest surprises, best first-round matchups and best potential quarterfinal or semifinal clashes.
There's also plenty of chatter about the final week of North Coast Section action, which includes Ben and Chace asking Coach Eidson to put his seeding committee hat on when it comes to separating the resumes of Pittsburg and San Ramon Valley-Danville.
Finally, Coach Eidson also brings back "Dumb Football" and all three members make their picks for the week. Can Ben hold on to his narrow lead?
Memories & Mayhem (w/ Acalanes WR Trevor Rogers)
The entire 7 Friday Night team opens the show on a somber note as they gather to share some thoughts on the passing of De La Salle assistant coach Steve Jacoby. After, Chace and Ben begin dissecting the loads of good football happening throughout NorCal.
Ben recounts attending the Metro League classic between Grant-Sacramento and Monterey Trail-Elk Grove. They also look ahead to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs which are just a week away before turning their attention to the Bay Area and welcoming Acalanes-Lafayette receiver Trevor Rogers. Rogers shares about the Dons' big game at Las Lomas-Walnut Creek this week, the keys to his team's turnaround after an 0-3 start, and his serendipitous middle initial.
Finally, Coach Eidson returns for his own regularly scheduled segment and brings praise for El Cerrito. All three eventually make a number of picks for the week, and they don't feel great about any of them.
An Instant Classic
All three members of the podcast just happened to be at the biggest game of last week, and perhaps the biggest game of the year so far: De La Salle at San Ramon Valley. So naturally, there's a good deal of discussion about the Wolves' near victory and eventual overtime loss.
Chace and Ben also revisit NorCal's Week 9 scoreboard with some kudos for 12 Bridges-Lincoln, Alhambra-Martinez and more. They also make their weekly picks, and Chace plays dirty in hopes of making up ground.
Finally, Coach Eidson brings all the content this week. Thoughts on De La Salle's narrow escape, more tales of burritos, a rousing edition of "Dumb Football" and a story about his 6-month old puppy, Harlow.