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2013 All-EBAL Selections

1st Team - Offense

     Specialist - Casey Soltis (Granada) Sr.


1st Team - Defense

     LB - Dominix Kovacs (Granada) Sr.


2nd Team - Defense

     DL — Artemio Fennoy (Gran) Sr.

     DL - Aaron Andrews (Gran) So.

     LB - Colton Paynter (Gran) Sr.

     LB - Riley Draa (Gran) Sr.


Honorable Mention

     RB - Jacob Shinnick (Gran) Sr.

     RB - Casey Soltis (Gran) Sr.

     OL - Reece Backman (Gran) Sr.

     OL - Caipo Brodanini (Gran) Sr.

     DL - Victor Mitchell (Gran) So.


2012 All-East Bay Selection

3rd Team - Defense

*  Kyle Campiotti (Sr)

2012 All-EBAL Selections


     1st Team

          *  Zach Sturgill (Sr)

     2nd Team

          *  Casey Soltis (Jr)



     1st Team

          *  Kyle Campiotti (Sr)

     2nd Team

          *  Julian Buenrostro (Sr)

     Honorable Mention

          *  Nick Pletschette (Sr)

2011 All-East Bay Selection

3rd Team - Defense

*  Jake Kearney (Sr) - LB

2011 All-EBAL Selections


     2nd Team

          *  Jake Kearney (RB)

          *  Joe Zavier (OL)

          *  Jeremy Mata (Kicker)

     Honorable Mention

          *  Jeremy Mata (QB)

          *  Kevin Kutchera (WR)

          *  Nick Pletschette (OL)



     2nd Team

          *  Greg White (DL)

          *  Jake Kearney (LB)

     Honorable Mention

          *  Kyle Farnady (DB)

2010 All East Bay Selection

3rd Team

     *  George Atkinson III (Sr.) - UTL

2010 Final East Bay Rankings

1.  DLS

2.  Cal

3.  Concord

4.  McClymonds

5.  Encinal

6.  Pinole Valley

7.  San Ramon Valley

8.  Monte Vista

9.  Granada

10.  Miramonte

2010 All-EBAL Selections


     1st Team

          *  George Atkinson (RB)

     2nd Team

          *  Tyler Amick (WR)

     Honorable Mention

          *  Eddie Horn (RB)



     2nd Team

          *  Tanner Clark (DL)

          *  Eddie Horn (LB)

          *  Josh Atkinson (DB)

          *  George Atkinson (DB)

     Honorable Mention

          *  Jake Kearney (LB)

GHS Makes it to NCS

NCS Championships

     Round 1 - GHS (5) vs Freedom (12) - Sat, Nov. 20th, 7:00 pm

               Location:  Granada

               RESULTS:  WON (19-13) 2OT


     Round 2 - GHS (5) vs College Park (13)

               Sat, Nov. 27, 7:00 PM

               Location:  Granada

               RESULTS:  WON (40-14)


     Round 3 - GHS (5) vs DLS (1)

               Fri, Dec. 3, 7:00 PM

               Location:  at DLS

               RESULTS:  Lost (49-10)

Athlete of the Week

George Atkinson (GHS Senior RB/DB) has been named "Athlete of the Week" by the Bay Area News Group.  "Atkinson ran for 202 yards and 3 touchdowns and played strong defense in the secondary in the Matador's 28-14 win over host Amador Valley.  The Notre Dame-bound speedster ranks second in EBAL rushing (800 yds) and scoring (86 pts)."  (10/22/10)

George Atkinson to play in the All-American Bowl

"Granada's George Atkinson III was announced as a participant in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  He'll be a member of the West team at the Alamodome in San Antonio on January 8, 2011 as a defensive back.  The Notre Dame commit has also excelled on offense this season for the Matadors, who are 4-0 and tied for #3 in the Bay Area News Group East Bay poll.  He's rushed for 508 yards and 7 touchdowns on jus 45 carries (11.3 yds/carry) and has caught 6 passes for 191 yds and a touchdown.  Granada's defense is 3rd in EBAL, allowing 255 yds per game, and is fresh off a 21-0 shutout of SRV.  Atkinson was honored with an on-campus ceremony where he was presented with his All-American jersey."  (The Valley Times, 10/7/10)

GHS Remains Undefeated

"After going 3-0 in preseason and earning the #13 ranking in the East Bay, Granada High's football players and coaches didn't really fell they had to legitimize the Matadors.  The did anyway.  With the defense setting the tone and running back George Atkinson rushing for 122 yds and 2 touchdowns, visiting Granada stunned #2 San Ramon Valley 21-0 in both teams' EBAL opener.  The Granada defense, which has shined this season, turned up the heat on the Wolves and their Cal-bound quarterback, Zach Kline.  The Matadors sacked Kline 6 times and kept him to 113 yds passing."  (The Valley Times, 10/2/10)



     George Atkinson (RB) - 2 TD (15 yd and 88 yd runs)

     Tyler Amick (TE) - 1 TD (12 yd pass from Mata)

     Jeremy Mata (QB) 

Defense - 6 QB sacks/2 blocked punts/held QB to 113 passing yds

     Eddie Horn - 2 blocked punts, 1.5 QB sacks, multiple tackles

     Tanner Clark - 1.5 QB sacks, 6 tackles

     Jake Kearney - 2 QB sacks, 4 tackles

     Other Key Defensive Players:  Wagner, Lopez, Gonzalez, Farnady,

     J. Atkinson, G. Atkinson 

Atkinson Brothers Headed to Notre Dame

George and Josh Atkinson have verbally committed to playing football for the University of Notre Dame starting in the Fall of 2011!

Granada Erupts for 600 Yards and 56 Points to Outscore Sierra

"The Granada High football team trailed 34-28 early in the 2nd half against host Sierra-Manteca, then scored 4 touchdowns in an 11-minute span to claim a 56-42 nonleague victory.  The game featured more than 1,000 yds of total offense, including 600 by Granada (2-0).  A wild first half ended dramatically, with Granada's Eddie Horn hanging on to a 4-yd touchdown pass from Jeremy Mata on 4th and goal as time expired to tie the game at 28.  Sierra (1-2) then recovered a Granada fumble on the opening kickoff of the 2nd half and scored 3 plays later to take a 6-pt lead.  But it took the Matadors just 2 plays to cover 63 yds on their next possession, taking a 35-34 lead on a Jake Kearney 32-yd run and never looked back.  Granada's George Atkinson caught a 73-yd touchdown pass from Mata for the game's first score, and finished with 114 yds rushing, 141 yds receiving, and 3 total touchdowns.  Mata completed 12 of 23 passes for 256 yds and 2 scores.  Kearney ran for 101 yds on just 3 carries.  Josh Atkinson had a 73-yd touchdown run in the 2nd quarter."  (The Valley Times, 9/11/10)


*  George Atkinson - RB/DB - 114 yds Rushing/141 yds Receiving; 72-yd TD pass reception; 14-yd TD run; 64-yd TD run; 67-yd pass reception

*  Josh Atkinson - RB/DB - 83 yds Rushing; 73-yd TD run

*  Jake Kearney - RB/LB - 101 yds Rushing; 32-yd TD run; 30-yd run (led to a TD)

*  Eddie Horn - FB/LB - 50 yds Rushing; - yd TD pass; 1-yd TD run; 2-yd TD run

*  Jeremy Mata - QB - Passing 12 of 23 for 256 yds

*  Caleb Knight - RB/DB - interception

*  KEY Defensive Players:  Eddie Horn, Tanner Clark, Brett Wagner, Caleb Knight, Kyle Farnady, Jake Kearney 

Nor Cal - 25 Players to Watch

The Valley Times - 2010 High School Football Preview (9/2/10)


George Atkinson III - GHS - RB/DB

"The 6'2", 195-lb speedster is one of the East Bay's hottest commodities in the recruiting game, with heavy interest from the likes of Alabama, USC, Notre Dame, Oregon, Cal and Miami."


Josh Atkinson - GHS - RB/DB

"The twin brother of George checks in at 6', 180 lbs, but possesses the same type of lightning speed and is generating a similar buzz on the recruiting trail."

2009 GHS Varsity All-EBAL Selections

2nd Team

     George Atkinson III (Jr)

     Eddie Horn (Jr)

     Ryan Marples (Sr)

Honorable Mention

     Josh Atkinson (Jr)

     Dylan Austin (Sr)

     Robert Guy (Sr)

     Bryan Lent (Jr)

GHS Victorious Over Cross-Town Rival LHS

Final Score 28-7

     *  Ortuno - 3 TD

     *  Guy - Receiving (6-113); 1 TD

     *  Mata - Passing (8-19)

     *  Marples - 23 yd FG

2009 - "25 Players to Watch"

George Atkinson III (GHS - RB/DB) - "The son of the former Raider might be sitting on a breakout season after a spring track season in which, as a sophomore, he finished third in the state in the 100 meters (10.66 sec) and fourth in the 200 (21.46).  He has bulked up and is a constant scoring threat."   Valley Times 9/3/09

2008 GHS Varsity All-EBAL Selections


     2nd Team - RB - Freddie Schoennagel - Sr

     2nd Team - OL - Joe Eiras - Sr

     Honorable Mention - OL - Ryan Marples - Jr


     2nd Team - DL - Dylan Austin - Jr

     2nd Team - LB - Kingston Vi - Sr

     Honorable Mention - LB - Ian Marriott - Sr

     Honorable Mention - DB - Kenny Kiser - Sr


(The Valley Times  11-15-08)


The Granada High football team turned the Battle of Livermore into a rout Friday night, rolling over Livermore 56-15 in East Bay Athletic League Action.  The Matadors dominated the line of scrimmage and piled up 397 rushing yards in the season finale for both schools.


*  George Atkinson (Sophomore Running Back)

      7 carries - 111 yds - 3 touchdowns (on runs of 51, 14, and 23 yds)

*  Fred Schoenagel (Senior Fullback)

      15 carries - 99 yds - 2 touchdowns (on runs of 3 and 9 yds)

*  Daniel Van Galder (Senior Quarterback)

      4/7 passing (58 yds) - 1 touchdown (9 yd run)

*  Kyle Kearney (Junior Quarterback)

      1 touchdown (17 yd run)

*  Alex Ortuno (Junior Running Back)

      6 carries - 53 yrds - 1 touchdown (20 yd run)

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TV 30 Games

Tri-Valley TV will be at Foothill High School on Friday, October 25th to cover the Granada at Foothill High School football game. The game will not air live but is scheduled to begin broadcast the next day on Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. Tune in to watch the game on TV30 on Comcast Cable, AT & T U-verse via Channel 99 and streaming live on the Tri-Valley TV website at

The following week, TV30 will be broadcasting the GHS vs AVHS game here at Granada. 

DVDs of the games may also be purchased by going to