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Bay Area games to watch this weekend

Bay Area games to watch this weekend

Friday

St. Francis (11-2) at Del Oro (12-1) in CIF Northern California Division 2-AA championship recreation, 7:30 p.m.: The search for back-to-back state titles sends St. Francis to Loomis after a runner-up end within the CCS Open Division II playoffs for a 3rd time in 4 years. The outright WCAL champs look to bounce again from a 31-30 loss in double extra time and should cope with the Sac-Joaquin Part Division II champion. Del Oro gained a state title in 2015 and completed as a runner-up twice (’13, ’16). St. Francis should include operating again Nick Huppe (1,404 yards, 22 TDs) and fellow senior Daniel Hart (704 yards, Eight TDs) in a ground-oriented offense. Little question the Lancers are up to the duty, with Stanford commit Joshua Pakola at outdoors linebacker and WCAL most beneficial defensive lineman Afa Sanft within the trenches. On offense, St. Francis will depend on bruising again Opeti Fangupo, who final week ran it 27 occasions for 114 yards and two touchdowns. If stuffed, large receiver Evan Williams is an choice after amassing six passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday.

— Vytas Mazeika

Menlo-Atherton (11-2) vs. Eureka (12-Zero) at McKinleyville Excessive in CIF Northern California Division Three-AA championship recreation, 7:30 p.m.: Eureka gained a coin toss to advance out of the NCS Division III bracket, whereas M-A erased a 21-point deficit towards beforehand unbeaten Wilcox to declare the CCS Open Division I title. Regardless of the purpose — locker rooms underneath development, majority of NCS groups opting out of the state playoffs, poor subject circumstances — neither staff will get to host this recreation. You gained’t hear Eureka complain a few 15-mile bus experience to McKinleyville, whereas M-A should trek over 300 miles and booked a two-night keep. The Bears will play on grass for the primary time this yr, and it is perhaps a recreation of musical chairs on the sector. Eureka quarterback Cruz Montana threw for 23 touchdowns with solely three interceptions through the common season, spreading the ball to seven targets that amassed at the very least 200 yards via the air. On the bottom, the Loggers had eight gamers log at the very least 100 dashing yards. M-A should depend on inside linebacker Daniel Heimuli, a four-star recruit with provides from Alabama and a plethora of Pac-12 faculties, together with nostril guard Noa Ngalu, a Washington commit. Each performed key roles as sophomores when the Bears completed as a state runner-up.

— Vytas Mazeika

Saturday

De La Salle (12-Zero) vs. Mater Dei-Santa Ana (12-2) in CIF Open Division state championship recreation at Cerritos School in Norwalk, Eight p.m.: Mater Dei is 13-1 on the sector however 12-2 formally, having forfeited a season-opening win due to an ineligible participant. Crushed by St. John Bosco 41-18 in mid-October, Mater Dei bounced again to oust the Braves 17-13 within the Southern Part Division I championship recreation two weekends in the past. QB Bryce Younger, who transferred from Cathedral-Los Angeles to substitute JT Daniels, has handed for Three,550 yards and 37 TDs. Glenn Harper has rushed for 1,150 yards, and Bru McCoy has caught 71 passes for 1,312 yards and 17 TDs. Elias Ricks has 9 interceptions. Defeated soundly prior to now two Open Division state title games, by St. John Bosco in 2016 and Mater Dei final yr, DLS received extra athletic on protection and extra balanced on offense in a quest to proper the ship. The Spartans have certainly one of their all-time greatest defenses, led by major-college prospects Henry To’oto’o at linebacker and Isaiah Foskey at defensive finish. Twin-threat QB Dorian Hale continues to enhance operating the veer choice. Within the win over Liberty, the sophomore ran for 2 touchdowns and threw for one. Sharmar Garrett has rushed for greater than 1,000 yards, and Grant Daley has made massive catches all season, together with one for a TD final week. DLS is 7-5 in state finals, final profitable one in 2015. TV: NBC Sports activities Bay Area.

— Darren Sabedra

Liberty (11-1) at Valley Christian (12-2) in CIF Northern California Division I-A championship recreation, 6 p.m.: Collision of arguably the 2 greatest groups within the Bay Area not named De La Salle. The result could possibly be decided by how Liberty’s offense performs towards the Warriors’ protection. Liberty is averaging 42 factors per recreation and has two big-time school recruits in junior quarterback Jay Butterfield and receiver Sione Vaki. The Lions may also flip to three-star operating again Tyerell Sturges-Cofer. Butterfield, the son of former Stanford and Antioch quarterback Mark Butterfield, has provides from 9 Energy 5 faculties together with Michigan, in accordance to 247sports activities.com. Considered one of Michigan’s lead recruiters for Butterfield is Chris Partridge, the cousin of Liberty coach Ryan Partridge. Butterfield has thrown for two,848 yards and 40 touchdowns, however he was intercepted 4 occasions final week in a 42-7 loss to De La Salle. Vaki has presents from USC, Utah, Washington State and Tennessee amongst others, however probably will delay his school profession with a two-year Mormon mission after highschool. The Warriors’ prime participant is 6-Three, 220-pound tight finish/defensive finish Skylar Loving-Black, a three-star recruit whose inventory has been capturing up. He has seven Energy 5 faculties chasing him, with Colorado showing to be out in entrance, in accordance to 247sports activities. He in all probability performs tight finish in school, The protection is led by senior center linebacker Judaea Moon. The Warriors are permitting 9 factors a recreation, and managed a mixed 9 factors of their two defeats. The protection gave up a complete of 17 factors in these two games. Valley Christian has gained 20 in a row at house, final dropping 21-16 to St. Francis on Oct. 9, 2015.

— Mike Lefkow

Capital Christian (13-Zero) at Wilcox (12-1) in CIF Northern California Division Three-A championship recreation, 6 p.m.: An undefeated marketing campaign slipped out of the grasp of the Chargers after seven turnovers within the CCS Open Division I championship recreation. Not all is misplaced, although. Wilcox was awarded a regional house recreation as a result of, after being warned towards misbehavior, a Capital Christian participant was ejected for showboating throughout its victory within the Sac-Joaquin Part Division III ultimate. The unbeaten Cougars completed as a state runner-up in 2014 and 2016. On the helm for his second yr at Capital Christian is Casey Taylor, who left Del Oro after 15 seasons, which included a state title in 2015. A balanced offense options quarterback Cooper Crick (2,Zero12 yards, 25 TDs, 6 INTs) and operating again D’Marcus Ross (2003 yards, 21 TDs) — the latter additionally accounting for 433 receiving yards and 6 extra touchdowns. Wilcox includes a two-headed monster within the backfield of SCVAL De Anza MVP Paul M. Rosa (1,377 yards, 17 TDs) and Gabriel Herrera (1,268 yards, 19 TDs), with the previous additionally the main receiver (26 catches, 573 yards, Eight TDs). That is the primary look within the NorCal playoffs for Wilcox.

— Vytas Mazeika

McClymonds (10-2) at Aptos (11-2) in CIF Northern California Division Four-A championship recreation, 6 p.m.: That is McClymonds’ fourth straight journey to a regional title recreation, and the third time it’ll be enjoying because the street group. The Warriors, state champions the previous two seasons, are led by their protection, which has 9 shutouts this season and didn’t permit some extent to a Oakland Athletic League opponent this yr. They’ll unquestionably get a stiffer check from Aptos, which has rushed for a staggering Four,716 yards in 13 games this season. The Mariners are led by senior Marcos Reyes, who has 1,815 yards and 32 touchdowns on the bottom. In final week’s 35-34 victory over Sacred Coronary heart Prep within the Central Coast Part Open Division III title recreation, Reyes had 214 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. One of many keys for Aptos can be how properly it defends McClymonds’ operating recreation, a thunder-and-lightning sort assault with the speedy Adi Anderson and the bruising Jarmar Julien main the best way. If the Mariners can drive the Warriors into some second- and third-and-long conditions, that’ll put extra strain on freshman quarterback Dreyan Paul to make performs. Paul threw three landing passes in Mack’s 38-Zero Silver Bowl win over Oakland final week, but in addition three interceptions. Paul took over behind middle after Okay’aun Inexperienced suffered a season-ending damage halfway by means of the yr. The winner will play Garfield-Los Angeles within the Four-A state title recreation Dec. 15.

— Curtis Pashelka

No. Three Freedom (9-Three) vs. No. Four San Ramon Valley (Eight-Four), NCS Division I championship at Heritage HS, 7 p.m.: That is the primary time that the Division I part title recreation, because the Open Division was created in 2016, will function groups not seeded first and second. It additionally contains a distinction in types. The run-heavy Wolves have a tendency to be extra conservative with their offensive play-calling and aren’t afraid to play a area place recreation, particularly with Jackson Foster averaging over 37 yards per punt. The Falcons, enjoying for a Division I crown for a second straight yr, have a tendency to be extra explosive. Final week towards No. 2 California, Freedom racked up 484 yards of offense, with quarterback Joey Aguilar throwing for 4 touchdowns, together with one on a 66-yard completion to Michigan commit Giles Jackson. When Freedom beat San Ramon Valley 37-24 on Sept. 14,Jackson had a monster recreation with seven catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Aguilar had 4 TD throws and 342 yards passing. However San Ramon Valley could also be enjoying its greatest protection of the season proper now, with simply 30 factors allowed in its final three games. Jacob Himan has been SRV’s go-to operating again since Stanford-bound Tristan Sinclair was injured Nov. 24 towards Monte Vista. Himan has 206 yards on 41 carries in his final two games, and SRV will want to management the soccer and the clock to assist Freedom’s offense off the sector. Freedom is in search of its first-ever NCS title. San Ramon Valley is in search of its third, and its first since 2007.

— Curtis Pashelka

No. 5 Marin Catholic (10-Three) vs. No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd (11-2), NCS Division II championship at Hayward HS, 7 p.m.: This can be a rematch of the 2016 NCS Division III championship recreation, which Bishop O’Dowd gained 27-7. In final yr’s NCS Division III semifinals, Marin Catholic eradicated the Dragons with a 25-20 win on the best way to a championship of its personal. A standard opponent for the 2 groups is Campolindo — the Wildcats misplaced their opener to the Cougars 35-21; the Dragons beat Campolindo 35-14 in a semifinal Saturday. Marin Catholic was restricted to one rating in its semifinal, nevertheless it was sufficient to upset No. 1 seed Rancho Cotate 7-2. Since a 1-Three begin, Marin Catholic has not allowed greater than 14 factors in a recreation and allowed a mean of solely 7.1 factors per recreation. However will probably be challenged by a potent Bishop O’Dowd offense, which options Stanford-bound Austin Jones (1,848 yards dashing, 23 dashing touchdowns) and explosive receiver Jelani Warren (44 catches, 952 yards, 21.6 yards per catch, 17 touchdowns).

— Phil Jensen

No. 2 Salesian (Eight-Four) vs. No. 5 Middletown (10-Three), NCS Division IV championship, at Alhambra HS, 7 p.m.: Few games this weekend will function two groups, and two coaches, extra conversant in one another thanMiddletown and Salesian. The 2 packages met yearly in a season-opening nonleague recreation from 2006-2016, plus 3 times within the playoffs. The Satisfaction, coached by Chad Nightingale, largely dominated these encounters, and comes into Saturday with only one loss in its final eight games. The Mustangs, coached by Invoice Foltmer, are additionally peaking on the proper time with 4 straight wins to attain the Division V remaining for the second straight yr. In Middletown’s 14-12 upset victory over No. 1 Kelseyville within the semifinals final week,quarterback RH Hess threw landing passes to operating again Nico Barrio and receiver Man Boyd, and the Mustangs protection slowed down an offense that had averaged 41 factors over its earlier 4 games. Salesian, on the lookout for its fifth NCS title in 9 years, has Josh Del Sol and Jaylen Williams cut up dashing duties, though Del Sol led all rushers final week with 80 yards on 11 carries in Salesian’s 31-18 win over Stellar Prep. Quarterback Ronald Robertson accomplished 11-of-22 passes for 150 yards. His landing cross to Kailan Chang within the first quarter gave him 40 for the season, a brand new group document. Middletown is on the lookout for its first NCS title since 2001.

— Curtis Pashelka


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