No. 1 De La Salle (5-1) at No. 6 Monte Vista (4-1), 7 p.m.: It’s hard to fathom DLS losing again before the postseason, considering the Spartans haven’t lost to anyone north of Fresno since 1991. While other elite teams in the East Bay Athletic League such as the Mustangs are contenders in the North Coast Section playoffs, last year they were no match for De La Salle in 55-0, 55-10, 49-14 and 49-0 routs. To slow down the Spartans, pick your poison between dual-threat quarterback Dorian Hale, running back Shamar Garrett and wide receiver Grant Daley. Meanwhile, Monte Vista must rely on the decision-making of quarterback Jack Stewardson (61 percent completion percentage, 192 ypg, 15 TDs, 11 INTs), whose favorite target is Nate Rutchena with 20 catches for 373 yards and seven touchdowns. Running back Gavin Cribb provides balance with an average of 6.0 yards per carry.
— Vytas Mazeika
Antioch (1-5, 1-0) at No. 4 Liberty (6-0, 1-0), 7:15 p.m.: The wait is over! Liberty will play its first true home game of the season at a renovated Ohmstede Field, with a new scoreboard and all. Home will undoubtedly feel extra sweet for Liberty, which has traveled well, nonetheless. The Lions have prevailed at Vacaville, Oakdale, James Logan (against Clayton Valley Charter), Heritage (against Monte Vista) and Freedom twice (against Cardinal Newman and Freedom). The Lions, dubbed the “Cardiac Cats” during a stretch of four straight wins, each by no more than five points, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 21, have been true road grinders. In a 44-14 romp over Freedom in the Bell Game last week, Lions QB Jay Butterfield, an Oregon commit, passed for three TDS and workhouse back Darrion Bartley ran for three TDs as the Lions extended their regular-season winning streak to 17. Bartley is averaging 111.7 yards a game and Butterfield is averaging 183.8 yards a game passing. Last year, the Lions beat Antioch 52-0 en route to Division I-A state championship. Antioch’s record is a bit deceiving. The Panthers lost by two points to unbeaten California (5-0) and by one to San Ramon Valley (4-1). They finally broke through with a 14-13 win over Heritage in their Bay Valley Athletic League opener.
— Matt Schwab
No. 14 Los Gatos (5-0, 1-0) at No. 9 Wilcox (3-2, 1-0), 7 p.m: It’s only the second league game for both teams, but a championship could be decided Friday night. If Wilcox wins, it will have cleared its two biggest hurdles in its quest to repeat as Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division champion, having beaten Palo Alto last week. Wilcox welcomed back Paul M. Rosa from a severe groin injury against Palo Alto, and the reigning league MVP responded with 164 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Teammate Isaiah Flores was one yard better as he ran for 165 yards and a touchdown in 28 attempts. The win was a nice bounce-back outcome for Wilcox, which suffered a heartbreaking loss at Pittsburg a week earlier. Los Gatos opened De Anza play with a 34-3 rout of Milpitas, getting 132 yards and four touchdowns from Adam Garwood in just nine carries. The game Friday figures to be a physical battle as both teams pack a punch on the lines. Los Gatos is 12-4-1 against Wilcox in the MaxPreps era (2004-present), but the Chargers have won the past two meetings.
— Darren Sabedra
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No. 10 Clayton Valley Charter (4-1) at No. 16 California (5-0), 7 p.m.: Clayton Valley Charter makes its East Bay Athletic League debut against unbeaten California. Both teams should be plenty fired up. Clayton Valley wasn’t exactly welcomed to the East Bay Athletic League with open arms. California will be trying to prove its No. 16 ranking is a bit low for a team that’s undefeated halfway through the season. Look for this to be a low-scoring affair. California has to keep the ball away from the Ugly Eagles, who are averaging right around 500 yards per game. Makhi Gervais has rushed for 766 yards in four games and has added another 147 yards in pass receptions. Sophomore Rahsaan Woodland is another dangerous runner. CVC can also catch opponents off-guard with a passing game that is averaging 121 yards per game. California relies on defense. It has allowed 81 points in five games, but almost half of those came in a wild 44-40 victory over Freedom. The Grizzlies spread the ball around to three different runners in seniors Giovanni Phillips and Hasani Savage and junior Daniel Desota. They run behind a physical offensive line led by 6-5, 255-pound senior Austin Anderson, who has a couple of offers including Cal Poly, according to 247sports.
— Mike Lefkow
No. 15 Half Moon Bay (4-0) at San Mateo (4-0), 7 p.m.: This Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division opener pits teams that have posted undefeated records in different ways. Half Moon Bay is averaging 48.5 points per game and its closest margin of victory has been 19 points. The most points that San Mateo has scored in a game this season is 34, and its past two games have been decided by a total of 11 points. Both teams have two shutouts, including nine straight scoreless quarters by Half Moon Bay’s defense entering this game. In a 40-0 rout of Sacred Heart Prep, Half Moon Bay got 104 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Tristan Hofmann, in addition to impressive play from him as a middle linebacker. San Mateo’s ground attack is led by Luke Bergstrom (252 yards, five touchdowns). San Mateo’s Kevin Pelaez has 32 solo tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery this season.
— Phil Jensen
Foothill (4-1) at No. 24 San Ramon Valley (4-1), 7 p.m.: The teams will come in to their EBAL Mountain Division opener with identical 4-1 records, but San Ramon Valley will be the solid favorite, partly because of a non-league schedule that calpreps.com rates being almost three times as tough as Foothill’s. But neither team played a particularly riveting schedule. Foothill’s opponents are 6-21, SRV’s 10-19. Perhaps a more valid comparison would be early-season games against Heritage. SRV beat the Patriots 34-7, Foothill won 34-13. Heritage was the visitor in both. SRV is a young team and could have nights like it did Sept. 6, when it was gouged by Monterey Trail-Elk Grove 48-6. Quarterback Jack Quigley is a sophomore. Its three leading receivers — Tanner Salisbury, Charlie Tagliaferri and tight end J.P. Murphy — are underclassmen. Two-way lineman Kyle Ecker, whom the colleges are beginning to notice, is a junior. That inexperience is off-set by running back Jacob Himan and offensive tackle/defensive tackle Colin Moroney, who has offers from all eight Ivy League schools. The Wolves like to pass and gain about two-thirds of their yardage through the air. Foothill has made strides under second-year coach Greg Haubner. But SRV is easily the toughest opponent Foothill has faced this season. A victory Friday night would be a huge step forward for the Falcons.
— Mike Lefkow
BVAL Mt. Hamilton
Lincoln-San Jose at Leland, 7 p.m.
BVAL West Valley
Evergreen Valley at Lick, 7 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant at Gunderson, 7 p.m.
Amador Valley at Dougherty Valley, 7 p.m.
California School for the Deaf at Delta Charter, 4 p.m.
Heritage at Deer Valley, 5 p.m.
Antioch at Liberty, 7 p.m.
Pittsburg at Freedom, 7 p.m.
BVAL Mt. Hamilton
Pioneer at Live Oak, 7 p.m.
Independence at Oak Grove, 7 p.m.
Piedmont Hills at Santa Teresa, 7 p.m.
BVAL Santa Teresa
Del Mar at Branham, 7 p.m.
Overfelt at Silver Creek, 7 p.m.
Willow Glen at Westmont, 7 p.m.
BVAL West Valley
Yerba Buena at Hill, 7 p.m.
Prospect at San Jose, 7 p.m.
Campolindo at Alhambra, 7 p.m.
Las Lomas at Miramonte, 7 p.m.
Mt. Diablo at Benicia, 7 p.m.
Ygnacio Valley at College Park, 7 p.m.
Concord at Northgate, 7 p.m.
Clayton Valley at California, 7 p.m.
De La Salle at Monte Vista, 7 p.m.
Foothill at San Ramon Valley, 7 p.m.
Granada at Dublin, 7 p.m.
Novato at San Rafael, 7 p.m.
Kennedy-Fremont at Newark Memorial, 7 p.m.
Irvington at Washington-Fremont, 7 p.m.
North Bay Oak
Cardinal Newman at Rancho Cotate, 7 p.m.
Carrillo at Ukiah, 7:30 p.m.
Analy at Windsor, 7:30 p.m.
North Bay Redwood
El Molino at Santa Rosa, 7 p.m.
Piner vs. Healdsburg at Rec Park, 7 p.m.
Aragon at Burlingame, 7 p.m.
Terra Nova at Sacred Heart Prep, 3 p.m.
Half Moon Bay at San Mateo, 7 p.m.
Hillsdale at Menlo, 3 p.m.
Gonzales at King City, 7:30 p.m.
Soquel at North Monterey County (Castroville, CA), 7:30 p.m.
Palma vs. Gilroy at Salinas Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.
Salinas at Alvarez, 7:30 p.m.
Christopher at San Benito, 7:30 p.m.
Scotts Valley at Alisal, 7:30 p.m.
Monte Vista Christian at Monterey, 7:30 p.m.
North Salinas at Seaside, 7:30 p.m.
PCAL Santa Lucia
Pacific Grove at Harbor, 7:30 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Pajaro Valley at Watsonville, 7:30 p.m.
Stevenson at Greenfield, 7:30 p.m.
SCVAL De Anza
Los Gatos at Wilcox, 7 p.m.
Mountain View at Milpitas, 7 p.m.
Palo Alto at Santa Clara, 7:15 p.m.
SCVAL El Camino
Lynbrook at Cupertino, 7 p.m.
Los Altos at Homestead, 7 p.m.
Saratoga at Monta Vista, 7 p.m.
Kennedy-Richmond at Hercules, 5 p.m.
El Cerrito at St. Patrick-St. Vincent, 7 p.m.
Bethel vs.Pinole Valley at Vallejo, 7 p.m.
De Anza at Swett, 6 p.m.
Vallejo at Richmond, 5 p.m.
American Canyon vs.Napa at Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sonoma Valley at Justin-Siena, 7 p.m.
Vintage at Petaluma, 7 p.m.
Bishop O’Dowd at Berkeley, 7 p.m.
Castro Valley at Encinal, 7 p.m.
San Leandro vs. Piedmont at Burrell Field, 7 p.m.
Oakland Military Institute at Hayward, 7 p.m.
Arroyo at Mt. Eden, 7 p.m.
Tennyson vs. Alameda at Thompson Field, 7 p.m.
Mitty vs. Riordan at Foothill College, 7 p.m.
Serra vs. Bellarmine at San Jose City College, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart Cathedral at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Stellar Prep at Fortuna, 6:30 p.m.
San Lorenzo at Skyline, 7 p.m.
Cochrane-Alberta at King’s Academy, 7 p.m.
Arroyo Grande at Menlo-Atherton, 7 p.m.
Sequoia at North Central-Spokane, 7 p.m.
BVAL Santa Teresa
Leigh at Sobrato, 3 p.m.
Terra Linda at Marin Catholic, 2 p.m.
San Marin at Redwood, 2 p.m.
Tamalpais at Drake, 2 p.m.
Moreau Catholic vs. American at Washington-Fremont, 1 p.m.
Santa Cruz at San Lorenzo Valley, 2 p.m.
Aptos at Carmel, 2 p.m.
Salesian at St. Mary’s-Berkeley, 1:30 p.m.
Valley Christian at St. Ignatius, 2 p.m.
St. Vincent at Morro Bay, 7 p.m.
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