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High school football: Bay Area games to watch this weekend

Friday
Foothill (2-5, 0-2) at No. 1 De La Salle (7-0, 1-0), 7 p.m.: It’s fair to question if DLS will allow another point before the North Coast Section playoffs. Its debut last week in the Mountain Division of the East Bay Athletic League — the first time the Spartans played a league game in seven years — resulted in a 55-0 rout of Monte Vista, which dropped four spots to No. 13 in the rankings. Foothill is coming off a 14-3 loss to No. 16 California and must contend with DLS four-star recruit Henry To’oto’o at outside linebacker and four-star recruit Isaiah Foskey as defensive end. On the other side of the ball, good luck slowing down DLS junior Shamar Garrett, who needed only four carries to notch 171 yards and a pair of TDs last week.
— Vytas Mazeika
No. 6 Serra (4-2, 3-0) at No. 10 Valley Christian (4-2, 2-1), 7 p.m.: After losing at St. Francis 7-3 last week, Valley Christian’s hopes for at least a share of the West Catholic Athletic League championship come down to this game. The Warriors must win. Of course, that’s easy to write, not so easy on the field. Since its 45-35 loss at Pittsburg on Sept. 7 — a respectable result, given the competition — Serra has routed Mitty, Bellarmine and Riordan by a combined score of 142-12.  Luke Bottari, last season’s Bay Area News Group first-team quarterback, has completed 75 percent of his passes for 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Padres have four players who have gained at least 100 yards on the ground, led by Nate Sanchez’s 166 and five TDs. Serra has won seven of its past eight games against Valley, including two wins last season — 35-7 in the regular season and 31-14 in the playoffs, both at Serra. Valley Christian had won. Valley had won four in a row this year before the tough loss against St. Francis. In its two defeats, against St. Francis and Wilcox, Valley has managed just nine points but allowed just 17. The Warriors will probably have to score in the 20s on Friday to keep pace with Serra.
— Darren Sabedra
Menlo School (4-2, 1-0) at No. 8 Menlo-Atherton (4-2, 2-0), 7:30 p.m.: This is the first time since 2014 that the two Atherton schools have played each other. Menlo School won that game 28-20 in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division before competing three straight years in the Ocean Division, where it had a 10-5 record during that span. Menlo, back in the Bay Division this season, blasted Half Moon Bay in the second half last week to win 44-25. Kevin Chen had five receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns for the Knights. Menlo-Atherton has been impressive following a loss to tough Valor Christian of Highlands Ranch, Co. The Bears have outscored their last two opponents by a total of 71-8, including knocking Terra Nova from the unbeaten ranks last week with a 30-8 victory. Troy Franklin caught two passes for 67 yards and a touchdown and also grabbed two interceptions for Menlo-Atherton in the win.
— Phil Jensen
No. 22 Granada (6-1) at No. 13 Monte Vista (5-2), 7 p.m.: Big game for both teams, but Monte Vista appears to have more at stake. A victory over Granada could put the Mustangs in the driver’s seat for the top seed in Division 1 of the North Coast Section playoffs, provided they beat arch-rival San Ramon Valley in their regular-season final. The top two seeds in Division 1 will get first-round byes or a glorified scrimmage against one of the bottom-feeders in the division that doesn’t belong in the playoffs. Granada’s only defeat was by three points to California. A close game against Monte Vista and an 8-2 finish should mean home games until the Div. 2 semifinals. The Matadors are playing their first eight games on the road because of repairs at Granada High’s stadium, which should count for something when the seedings are determined. Granada and Monte Vista is a non-league game despite both teams being in the East Bay Athletic League. Monte Vista is in the tougher Mountain Division while Granada plays in the Valley, though there are EBAL coaches who believe the Mats should be in the Mountain, too. The best player on the field likely will be wide receiver/cornerback Malini Ti’a. He’s a dangerous receiver, a lockdown corner and a tough runner. Running back Zack MacIntire and fullback Octavio Morales are dangerous runners. Monte Vista junior quarterback Jack Stewardson averages nearly 200 yards per game passing. His favorite receiver is fellow junior Nate Rutchena. Gavin Cribb is the leading rusher. He’s a sophomore, an indication of how much talent Monte Vista has returning next season.
— Mike Lefkow
Friday
BVAL Mt. Hamilton
Santa Teresa at Lincoln, 7 p.m.
Leland at Live Oak, 7 p.m.
Oak Grove at Pioneer, 7 p.m.
Piedmont Hills at Westmont, 7 p.m.
BVAL Santa Teresa
Branham at Independence, 7 p.m.
Overfelt at Del Mar, 7 p.m.
Silver Creek at Leigh, 7 p.m.
Gunderson at Willow Glen, 7 p.m.
BVAL West Valley
Prospect at Evergreen Valley, 7 p.m.
Lick at Hill, 7 p.m.
Sobrato at San Jose, 7 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant at Yerba Buena, 7 p.m.

SCVAL De Anza
Los Gatos at Cupertino, 7 p.m.
Palo Alto at Fremont, 7 p.m.
Homestead at Wilcox, 7 p.m.
SCVAL El Camino
Los Altos at Monta Vista, 7 p.m.
Lynbrook at Mountain View, 3 p.m.
Saratoga at Gunn, 7 p.m.
Pacific Coast Gabilan
Gilroy at Aptos, 7:30 p.m.
Palma vs. Christopher at Salinas Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m.
Seaside at Salinas, 7:30 p.m.
San Benito at Alvarez 7:30 p.m.
PAL Bay
Menlo at Menlo-Atherton, 7:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Prep at Half Moon Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Aragon at Terra Nova, 7 p.m.
PAL Ocean
Burlingame at Hillsdale, 7:30 p.m.
Sequoia at King’s Academy, 7:30 p.m.
South San Francisco at San Mateo, 7:30 p.m.
PAL Lake
El Camino at Capuchino, 7:30 p.m.
Carlmont at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m.
Woodside at Mills, 7:30 p.m.
West Catholic
Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Bellarmine at San Jose City College, 7 p.m.
Serra at Valley Christian, 7 p.m.
Riordan at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
DAL Foothill
Northgate at Alhambra, 7 p.m.
Acalanes at Campolindo, 7 p.m.
Clayton Valley at Miramonte, 7 p.m.
DAL Valley
Concord at Benicia, 7 p.m.
Ygnacio Valley at Las Lomas, 7 p.m.
EBAL Mountain
California at San Ramon Valley, 7 p.m.
Foothill at De La Salle, 7 p.m.
EBAL Valley
Amador Valley at Dublin, 7 p.m.
Dougherty Valley at Livermore, 7 p.m.
Mission Valley
American at Moreau Catholic, 7 p.m.
Irvington at Washington, 7 p.m.
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Tri-County Rock
El Cerrito at Hercules, 7 p.m.
Tri-County Stone
Bethel at Vallejo, 7 p.m.
Albany at Pinole Valley, 7 p.m.
Richmond at Swett, 7 p.m.
West Alameda Foothill
Bishop O’Dowd at Piedmont, 7 p.m.
Berkeley at Encinal, 7 p.m.
San Leandro at Castro Valley, 7 p.m.
West Alameda Shoreline
Alameda at Arroyo, 3:30 p.m.
San Lorenzo at Hayward, 7 p.m.
Mt. Eden at Tennyson, 7 p.m.
Non-league
Granada at Monte Vista, 7 p.m.
Stellar Prep at Cornerstone Christian-San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Oakland Military Institute at Harker, 7 p.m.
Saturday
West Catholic
Mitty at St. Ignatius, 1 p.m.
DAL Valley
Mt. Diablo at Berean Christian, 1:30 p.m.
Mission Valley
Kennedy-Fremont vs. Newark Memorial at Washington-Fremont, 1 p.m.
Tri-County Rock
Kennedy-Richmond at St. Mary’s-Berkeley, 1:30 p.m.
St. Patrick-St. Vincent at Salesian, 1:30 p.m.
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