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Mack’s first male cheerleader: jumps higher, does the splits

silver13malecheerleaderDavonte Braud, a McClymonds cheerleader, poses one of his favorite cheer positions

Story and photo by Anthony Beron

McClymonds’ secret weapon jumps high and moves fast on the football field. But it’s during halftime as part of the cheerleading squad’s festive halftime routine.

Davonte Braud, a junior at Mack, is the first male cheerleader in the school’s recent history. And the only one in the Oakland Athletic League.

Braud does not mind the effeminate connotation allegedly brought with the sport.

“I’ve been cheering since Pop Warner at age 3,” said Braud, who challenges the female cheerleaders with his athleticism, energy and dance moves. “I’ve modeled too.”

The junior has also played football himself. “They urged me to join the team, but I joined the cheerleading squad instead,” he said. He then leaps and does a mid-air split.

Braud was recently threatened expulsion from Mack’s cheerleading team by Humphrey Garrett, a McClymonds School Security Officer, for being obstreperous during a geometry class lecture.

Many feel Braud is a valuable asset to the team. “He’s an athlete like everyone else,” said Darlisha McGlothen, a senior. “He just jumps higher than anyone else.”

However, not everyone agrees. Some of the alumni and fathers tease the players, calling out to them,”He has your jersey number,” said Nakaya LaForte, a freshman who frequently attends Mack sports games. “It’s good natured, but they are kind’ve also insensitive.”

“We just like the cheering,” said Jacquari Warfield, a sophomore wide receiver. As for it coming from a male cheerleader? “I don’t think much about it.”

Four-Peat: Mack dominates Oakland High 44-16 to capture Silver Bowl

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photos by Anthony Beron

by Anthony Beron

Relying on the running game and special teams, McClymonds High School won their fourth consecutive Silver Bowl title 44-16  despite a more zealous performance by Oakland High in a tighter than expected first half.

With no time to celebrate, the team started preparing this week for a possible state championship showdown against rival Central Catholic, which beat them earlier this season in a close game 38-24.

It was Oakland High’s first appearance in the section championship since 1994.

During the Silver Bowl, McClymonds had its challenges in the first half, as they fumbled once and threw an interception. Oakland High scored first on a field goal, which was the first of three by sophomore Jose Rivas.

McClymonds quarterback, senior Emoni Fountain, ran for 8 yards, giving the Warriors their first lead. After a successful two-point conversion in the first half, the Warriors led 8-3.

After another Rivas field goal, the lead narrowed to 8-6.

“We’ve gotten a lot better over the season,” said McClymonds coach Michael Peters. “We have to set the tempo and be more aggressive earlier in the game.”

That increase in tempo finally came during the second half; after a pep talk by the Mack coaching staff at halftime, immediate touchdowns followed. Louis White, a junior, returned the 2nd half’s initiating kickoff from Oakland High to score a 79-yard touchdown.

This stretched Mack’s lead, creating a gulf that Oakland High had a hard time narrowing .

“Their linemen were really uncoordinated and couldn’t keep up with the heat we were throwing. I pancaked my guy twice, and I barely got any playing time,” said Mel Fulava Jr., a Mack junior.

Lavance Warren of McClymonds showed an outstanding running performance, rushing for 142 yards and scoring two touchdowns, while Oakland High’s quarterback, Kesomi Mafi , rushed for 153 yards and threw a touchdown, according statistics in the San Jose Mercury and MaxPreps.

As they await word about CIF Division IV playoffs, Mack coaches are trying to keep their players ready for the post-season.

“We’re just keeping everything crisp on our team,” said Dwayne Patterson, Mack defensive coach. “We’re probably going to meet Central Catholic again. At this point we need to focus on their running game and just beating them; they’re a solid ‘hit ’em in the mouth’ kind of team.”

Day with the Mack OGs (Oldest Graduates)

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by Jacob Miles

From the oldest grads of the 1950’s to the class of 2012,  Mack spirit flew all around DeFremery Park on Mack Alumni on September 28.

OG’s walked with canes up to the ones in wheelchairs, each more eager to reminisce about  the school’s victories in sports and its grads’ success in politics.

The smell of old school fish, summer BBQ,and OG’s with beers filled the air.

A sea of black and orange. No drama this year. A few years ago, a fight marred the festivities.

 Alumni Day is more than just memories. It’s always a good time for the alumni to meet the football team that may well make Mack history by winning its fourth Silver Bowl in a row, with  a shot at the state trophy.

The alumni showed as much respect to the football team as the team showed them, students said.

“I just walked passed a booth from the 70s and a alumnus asked me, did I want a plate just because I had on a Mack jersey,”said  Joseph Sanford, a senior and lineman who always finds the picnic “amazing.”

“This happens every year: it’s the best thing that could happen at Mack and for the future too,” said Head Coach Marcus Peters, a McClymonds grad himself.


Mack dominates Tech after tough first quarter to win OAL title

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story by Romanalyn Inocencio

(with stats fromMaxPreps and Bay Area News Group)

It was the one Oakland team that could have offered McClymonds a challenge. And during the first quarter only,  the Oakland Tech Bulldogs pulled it off, keeping the Warriors from scoring in a 0-0 battle of defenses.

In the end, the McClymonds Warriors did what they have done all season in the Oakland Athletic League: win easily. Quarterback Keith Williams threw bullet passes, leading the team to its 36-14 victory on Saturday and its third straight Oakland Athletic League title.

Mack (7-3 and 5-0 in the OAL)  will be the number 1 seed in the Oakland section playoffs, hosting Fremont this week in its playoff game. The Silver Bowl is scheduled for Friday November 23 at 1pm at Laney College.

The first touchdown for Mack came when LaVance Warren rushed 3 yards. It followed a pass by Williams to Jailen Thompson. Thompson scored the next touchdown on Mack’s next possession. Then Williams threw a 56-yard pass to LaVon  Washington and Mack led 20-0 at halftime.

The fourth quarter began with Mack leading 28-0, when Tech scored its first touchdown on a two-yard run by Jeremiah Varnedoe, followed by a successful point-after kick, making it 28-7.

But McClymonds made any comeback impossible: it scored a touchdown (on a 1-yard run by Williams) and a two-point conversion (by LaVon Washington).

For the second year in a row, Mack wins Silver Bowl

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Photos by Silvia Cardona-Tapia and Ashley Stills

with stats and play-by-play  from MaxPreps and Oakland Tribune

by Silvia Cardona-Tapia

Despite a younger team (only 7 seniors) and a close first half (score tied at 13-13), the McClymonds Warriors  scored three touchdowns in the second half to win the Silver Bowl Friday over Skyline by 33-19.

This was the second consecutive Silver Bowl victory  to which quarterback Eddie Heard  led the Mack team. The team finished 9-2.

Senior running back Harold Halcomb III ran for 162 years and two touchdowns including the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, according to news reports.

After that play, Skyline attempted a lateral, which was fumbled and recovered by Mack’s Jason Brooks for a touchdown, stretching the lead to 25-13. A similar play led to a  40-yard run and touchdown by Lovell Samuels, making the score 33-13. Coming off the field, the Warriors were all smiles. One said, “We got this game.”

But Skyline quarterback Jamal Mayo managed to run for a touchdown, his second in the game, to make the score 33-19. The game ended with another interception by Eddie Heard.

Several Mack grads who had played football rushed onto the field, including Denzale Johnson, now a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley. Johnson was part of last year’s squad  finished the season undefeated 12-0, with the only other school to do so, Skyline in 1997.

“Feels good to watch Mack win. That’s what we’re here for,” said Johnson.

“Skyline has a great program, they came prepared.  Now we are going to enjoy the victory, come February it’s back to the weight room, ” said Coach Curtis McCauley.

McClymonds has won four of the past six championship games and adds another Silver Bowl title to its collection of six, second behind Skyline, which holds 16 titles.