Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CIF has pushed back the California high school football season to January. Most sections are now scheduled to start practice in December and play games starting in early January.
As teams across the state finalize their 2020-21 football schedules, SBLive will take a closer look at the schedules and best matchups for California’s top programs.
Here’s an inside look at Alemany’s 2021 schedule:
- 1/8 vs. Helix
- 1/15 @ St. John Bosco
- 1/22 @ Oaks Christian
- 1/29 vs. Mission Viejo
- 2/5 @ Lawndale
- 2/12 vs. Notre Dame
- 2/19 @ Bishop Amat
- 2/26 vs. Cathedral
- 3/5 vs. Chaminade
- 3/12 @ Serra Gardena
2019 RECORD: 9-3. Alemany lost in the semifinals of the Division 3 Southern Section playoffs 48-21 to eventual champion Corona del Mar last season.
2021 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS: This is a challenging schedule. Where things stand in early September, it looks like Alemany will play eight top 25 teams in Southern California in 2021. That number could even jump to nine if Lawndale breaks into the Top 25 during the upcoming season.
All eyes will be on Alemany junior quarterback Dylan Gebbia following the announcement that would-be Alemany QB Finn Collins plans to graduate early and enroll at Arizona State in January. Last year’s starter Miller Moss transferred to Mater Dei in June.
Gebbia transferred to Alemany from Calabasas this offseason. He’ll be tasked with leading the Warriors through one of the toughest schedules in the state.
Even if some of Alemany’s top seniors opt out of the 2021 season, the Warriors still have a lot of talent, especially on defense. 2022 linebacker Niuafe Tuihalamaka has committed to USC, 2022 safety Ephesians Prysock is a four-star recruit, and 2022 defensive tackle Damonic Williams has seven scholarship offers, per 247Sports.com. 2023 defensive backs RJ Jones and Jshawn Frausto-Ramos will become national recruits as well. Alemany is loaded, which is why despite having an inexperienced QB, they’ll win games.
CAN’T MISS CONTESTS: Alemany will be big favorites against Cathedral, but besides that game, every matchup for the Warriors is a marquee one. There are a few that stick out more than others though.
- Week 2 at St. John Bosco: Like Alemany, St. John Bosco also has to replace their quarterback following the graduation of DJ Uiagalelei. The Braves will also have to deal with seniors opting out of the season due to graduating early. Does that mean Alemany will be competitive in this one against last year’s Division 1 Southern Section champions? We’ll see.
- Week 4 vs. Mission Viejo: Mission Viejo quarterback Peter Costelli, a Utah commit, going up against a stout Alemany defense will be very fun to watch.
- Week 9 vs. Chaminade: This game was an overtime thriller in 2019 with Alemany coming out on top. What will the 2021 matchup have in store?
TRAP GAME: Week 8 vs. Cathedral
As previously stated, Alemany will be favorites in this one. The Warriors can’t get caught looking ahead to Chaminade in this game.