The Encinal Jets travel across town to take on the host Alameda Hornets in the 58th annual Island Bowl football game Friday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is 4 p.m. for the JV teams and 7 p.m. for the varsity at Thompson Field, Alameda High School's home field at the corner of Walnut and Clement Streets (between Clement and Buena Vista Avenue).
Admission is $6 (per game) for adults, $4 for seniors and high school students, and $3 for grades K-8. No bills over $20 are accepted. BBQ, chili, pizza and other snacks will be available.
According to the Alameda Unified School District, since the first Island Bowl on Sept. 30, 1955 the Alameda Hornets have won “the Big Game” 30 times, the Encinal Jets have won 25 times and there have been two ties.
More recently Encinal has had the edge, winning 13 of the last 20, and each of the last five games, including last year’s thriller that ended in a 45-41 victory for the Jets.
Each year, the winner of the game earns the right to keep the Island Trophy, officially named the “Alameda Chamber of Commerce Perpetual Trophy,” for the next year.
More information is available at the Hornet Football website.
You can see some highlights from last year's game in the Alameda Patch video above.