Leland was upset by Willow Glen, but still has the inside track to a BVAL-Mount Hamilton title.
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Weekly Rewind: Pittsburg wins big one; St. Francis surprises Serra

November 6, 2013

Considering Deer Valley appeared to have a decent talent edge over Pittsburg even without the Harris Ross injury, it looked as if it just might be the Wolverines year in the BVAL just like it was in the 2006 and 2009 when they had perfect regular seasons.

We should have known better.

Pittsburg wasn’t going to go without a BVAL title for two straight seasons and its 28-24 home win over Deer Valley was a statement that the Pirates are still the class of East County.

Even more important, it appears to set the Pirates up for a #2 seed in the NCS Division I playoffs, which puts them on the opposite side of the bracket of De La Salle. This hasn’t happened for the program since 2009 when the Pirates, as a #10 seed, made it to the championship game after beating, among others, Deer Valley.

As for the game, Pitt proved that its offensive line and overall blocking for the run game is still top-notch and the Pirates made the key plays down the stretch, outscoring the Wolverines 14-0 in the final quarter.

Junior Jaylyn Morgan rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner from three yards out with 3:27 left. For Morgan, it was his second 100+ yard game in three weeks and he may need to provide an end-of-season spark similar to what Ross gave the Pirates at this last year when he was a junior.

Deer Valley did make too many mistakes, including a bad snap on a punt that set up Pitt at the Wolverines 8-yard line and an interception that set up the game-winning drive, but that shouldn’t take away from the Pirates defensive effort. Pirates junior linebacker Noah Palega proved why he is the best defensive player in the league with plays all over the field and they also held Nsimba Webster to just 7-of-20 passing for 107 yards and an interception.

Webster did run for 156 yards and two scores, but not many other Deer Valley players stepped up and the Wolverines have to make sure they put too much on their star player’s shoulders in the playoffs. Webster is very good, but there is enough talent on this team that other playmakers can also deliver.

Deer Valley also appears headed to the #4 seed in the NCS playoffs, which means the same side of the bracket as DLS, but also a potential dogfight with James Logan in the quarterfinals (see our NCS playoff projections here).

If you’re wondering about a lack of quality wins on the Wolverines resume, keep in mind that their win over Vacaville is very impressive. Since its loss to Deer Valley, Vacaville has won four straight and averaged 51.8 points in those games.

Also of note for the postseason, the Pirates could be without the program’s all-time leading rusher, Ross, for several more weeks. The word is a fractured leg and six-week recovery time, which means he would miss the entire NCS playoffs. If Ross were able to return in four weeks, that would mean the Oregon State commit could play in the NCS semifinals. That may be a reach and is a situation worth monitoring.

St. Francis surprises Serra, Mitty makes halftime adjustments versus SI, plus Valley Christian and Bellarmine cruise

St. Francis had a modest 299 yards of offense but still scored 41 points against Serra’s loaded defense for a 41-34 home win against a team that was regarded as the second best in the Bay Area.

The most positive sign for the 6-2 Lancers, who have close losses to Bellarmine and Mitty, was the breakout game for senior quarterback Will Fischer-Colbrie. The senior Fischer-Colbrie completed 8-of-11 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns in his first four games since sitting out the first four because of transfer rules.

“My receivers did a great job. We set the pass up really well with play-action and a strong running game. For the most part, my pocket was strong, and everything was just clicking,” Fischer-Colbrie told Prep2Prep’s Jack Duffy.

Alex Andrighetto had a key 30-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-one and Landon Baty ran for two scores after Andrighetto got hurt.

While Steve Dinneen (10 solo tackles) and Brandon Retuta (2 sacks) paced a fantastic Lancers defense, Serra’s defensive side is struggling with 65 points allowed over their last two games.

Prep2Prep has released our CCS playoff projections and these teams could have some intriguing Open quarterfinals. Right now, Serra could play undefeated Terra Nova and St. Francis could meet potential De Anza champ Milpitas.

St. Ignatius held a 16-13 lead at the half, but Mitty scored 21 unanswered in the second half for a 34-16 win.

The Monarchs’ offense executed much better after the break and Chandler Ramirez finished with 116 rushing yards and also returned a fumble for a touchdown. Also contributing on both sides was Dakari Monroe, who had 153 rushing yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

Monroe told Prep2Prep’s Jack Sheedy that last season’s CCS Open Semifinal loss was on the minds of the Monarchs: “It definitely left a sour taste in our mouths. We were still extremely bitter from last year’s loss coming in, it was something that was on our minds all week in practice.”

The game was similar to the Monarchs’ opener, when they trailed 14-12 at the break before a 28-14 win against Los Gatos.

The Monarchs are 8-0 and haven’t allowed more than 16 points in any contest with games versus Bellarmine and Serra to close out the year.

For SI, Joe Lang did return a punt for a touchdown for the third time in four weeks.

The Wildcats are 1-7 with six losses to teams in the Bay Area Top 25. Despite the record, SI will be favored in the Bruce-Mahoney game on Friday and could win CCS Division III, especially if Valley Christian makes the Open Division.

It’s been different players stepping up each week for 6-2 Bellarmine. Gavin Lynam rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns in Bellarmine’s 34-7 win at Kezar over Sacred Heart Cathedral. It was the first time the Bells held an opponent to less than 14 points this season.

After ending its 22-game WCAL losing streak last week, Riordan played Valley Christian tough early, but couldn’t contain Warriors junior back Kirk Johnson in a 47-13 loss. Johnson finished with 209 yards and three touchdowns and is 25 yards away from the 1,000-yard mark. Fellow junior Tre McCloud had over a hundred yards (119) for the second straight week and scored twice.

As for the postseason, Valley Christian could have a tough time in the CCS Open Division or be a huge favorite in Division III.

Ugly Eagles survive in Claycord Cup

Clayton Valley Charter took the Claycord Cup for the second straight year, 49-48, over Concord but needed a dropped two-point conversion pass with 20 seconds left to stay undefeated in the DVAL.

Before the two-point try, Concord’s Mitch Daniels found Mason Knight to convert a fourth-and-goal from the six-yard line with 20 seconds left and that meant a 348-yard, four touchdown passing night for the junior quarterback.

The difference for the Ugly Eagles was a ground game that put together 454 rushing yards, including 185 yards and three touchdowns from Miles Harrison. Tanner Wraa added 128 yards and scored twice.

Concord’s Malik Blackburn wasn’t too shabby with 27 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

This may have been a game that Clayton Valley needed as their starters have rarely played in the second half this season, save for the opener at De La Salle.

In our conversation from Friday night, Eagles coach Tim Murphy said he felt his team’s defensive game plan wasn’t aggressive enough. He also added that the offense might be ahead of last year’s NCS championship team at this time of year, but the defense is behind where they were a year ago.

A big question is if Clayton Valley will get a #1 seed in the NCS Division II playoffs. It appears that 9-0 Casa Grande has played a tougher schedule and the Eagles best case is they played De La Salle well in a 34-14 loss, but that was over two months ago and the Spartans’ first game when they’re usually more vulnerable.

Terra Nova responds with another dominating second half

John Wallace ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game due to injury in the third quarter as Terra Nova defeated Menlo-Atherton, 57-27.

After outscoring Menlo, 22-0, in the second half last week, the Tigers outscored the Bears 29-6 in the final 24 minutes this week. That usually speaks to great coaching.

It was the third time the Tigers scored 50+ points, as Anthony Gordon completed 35-of-46 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns and Matt Sese, Wallace's replacement, scored two touchdowns.

It will be a treat to watch Terra Nova’s explosive offense against Sacred Heart Prep’s stingy defense in a Friday afternoon meeting among unbeatens.

Liberty and Freedom win ahead of their Bell Game

Congratulations are in order for the Liberty program as the 5-4 Lions became playoff eligible for the first time since 2005 and also won the Brentwood Bowl for the first time ever, 14-7, over Heritage.

The Lions had to overcome two forfeit defeats and have won as many BVAL games this season (2) as they had over the previous seven seasons combined. The Lions were just 2-37 in the BVAL since 2006.

Liberty’s offense has struggled in league play and it had only 60 rushing yards and 154 total yards versus Heritage, but Ivan Oseguera scored from two-yards out with 5:26 left for the game-winner.

The Lions need to get something going in the passing department in the Bell game versus Freedom. With a win, they could be seeded anywhere from #8-#11 in the playoffs.

Freedom needs to win that rivalry game to qualify for the NCS playoffs.

The Falcons avoided a big upset and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 28-27 overtime win over last-place Antioch.

Freedom benefitted from Antioch missing an extra point in overtime, but the concern is top recruit Joe Mixon was ejected in this game and that makes him suspended for the Liberty game.

SRV capitalizes on seven Foothill turnovers, Cal wins first outright EBAL title, and Granada becomes playoff eligible

San Ramon Valley has one of the more explosive offenses in the Bay Area and rattled off 34 unanswered points in the first half against a good Foothill team for a 54-42 home win.

Marcus de la Pena continues to make a push towards a Division I scholarship with 154 rushing yards and five touchdowns. De la Pena has at least 135 yards in every EBAL game.

Wolves coach Mark Kessler told Prep2Prep’s Chris Jackson: “I think a little bit of our senior leadership (made the difference). We came out sluggish, had a poor week of practice after a tough loss to Cal and faced a tough Foothill team and we started shaky, but the seniors were able to lead us through it and have a real good first half.”

Kyle Kearns threw three interceptions in this game after just one in the first eight contests and the Falcons turned it over seven times.

Foothill lost Jamirr Holland for the season because of a broken foot suffered the week before and it appears there will be a major adjustment period for a team that doesn’t have much depth. Holland was one of the best two-way players in the Bay Area and had scored in each of the first eight games.

The Falcons were once 6-0 and looking at a high seed, but a loss to rival Amador Valley on Friday night could drop them to a #10 or #11 seed. Right now, we have the Falcons as a #7 seed in Division I.

The 5-4 Wolves probably can’t be seeded higher than James Logan because of their 21-18 loss to the Colts and are probably looking at a #6 seed in the playoffs, which would mean a tough first round test.

After sharing the title last season, California won its first outright EBAL title with a 21-3 win over Livermore to cap a perfect league season.

The story, though, was the last-place Cowboys trailing only 7-3 at halftime, and outgaining the Grizzlies, 303-256. James Silva rushed for a season-high 111 yards

Blake Bierwith ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns and the Grizzlies played turnover-free ball for the fourth time in six league games. Bierwith has 21 rushing touchdowns this year and is approaching the 1,500 yard mark.

It’s hard to see Cal, which plays at De La Salle on Friday, as anything but a #3 seed in the playoffs, which could mean a rematch with Pitt in the semifinals.

Granada doubled up Amador Valley, 42-21, as the Dons lost for the fourth time in five games.

Javonn Williams finished with three touchdowns, including a 61-yard punt return in a second quarter when the Mats erupted for 21 points and broke open a 28-7 halftime lead.

Granada has qualified for the playoffs for just the second time in the last eight years and could be in the #8-#9 first-round matchup.

Ronnie Jones threw three touchdown passes to Collin Miller for Amador Valley and the sophomore quarterback is a bright spot for a struggling team.

De La Salle and James Logan run over former league foes

De La Salle scored on its first four possessions and made quick work of Monte Vista thanks to a running clock in a 35-7 final. John Velasco ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns as the Spartans finished off their 35th consecutive win.

De La Salle’s ground game still hasn’t missed a beat although the 256 yards were the second lowest of the season.

It would have been much more but it appeared that Monte Vista wanted to end the game as fast as possible as the clock ran throughout the second half even when it was a 28-point game.

On Thursday, James Logan tallied season-highs of 56 points and 501 yards in its 56-18 drubbing of Irvington. Christian Leota threw an interception but was 10-of-15 for 175 yards and two touchdowns, plus a touchdown run as the Colts look to get their passing game in order for the playoffs.

We project the Colts as a #5 seed in NCS Division I.

Miramonte takes second place in the DFAL, Campolindo’s Dunn has great night, and Acalanes completes regular season at 7-3

Las Lomas led 14-7 before Miramonte ended the first half with two touchdowns on its way to a 42-21 win.

Drew Anderson finished with 385 yards passing and five touchdowns. He now has 12 over the three-game Mats winning streak and could be leading the Mats to a possible #3 seed in the NCS Division II playoffs.

Will Fuller and Dominic Paoletti combined for 344 yards receiving and have together accounted for 1,608 yards this season for a team averaging 46 points per game over the last three.

Zach Fulks of Las Lomas returned an interception 83 yards for a touchdown but the Mats’ defense held him to 28 yards on 10 carries.

Campolindo has played without receiver Phillip Rei for the last three games, but the offense hasn’t slowed down and that includes a 49-14 Friday win at Dougherty Valley.

Andrew Zolintakis passed for 263 yards and five touchdowns and four of his touchdowns went to Justin Dunn. Dunn had his second 100+ receiving yard game in the last three.

Nick Fadelli added 145 rushing yards on 13 carries and the Campo ground game produced 268 yards.

The running game will be very important for the postseason where the Cougars are in line for a #1 or, more likely, a #2 seed in NCS Division III.

Acalanes finished the regular season at 7-3 and look ticketed for a first-round home game after a 31-18 win over Alhambra. Peter Mitchell totaled 34 carries for 177 yards and a touchdown as the Dons beat the Bulldogs for the third straight time.

San Leandro takes WACC Foothill with another convincing win, Castro Valley playoff hopes alive, Berkeley’s hopes shatter, and a three-way tie in the Shoreline is still in play

San Leandro won a league title for the first time in four years with a 35-14 victory over Encinal. Stephen Johnson continues to dominate as the junior ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns, while also throwing two scores to Keone Foumai.

Johnson has nine touchdown passes and eight touchdown runs over his last five games.

Isaiah Hunter scored two touchdowns for the Jets, who were held to 215 total yards and failed to score more than 14 points for the seventh time this season.

As for the postseason, it appears that San Leandro could get a #8 seed in Division I, while Encinal looks to be a #5-#7 seed in Division III assuming both teams win their season finales.

Demareyeh Lane rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns, including a 94-yarder as the Castro Valley crushed Hayward, 42-0. The Trojans held the Farmers to just 82 total yards and kept their playoff hopes alive. Castro Valley needs a win over Berkeley in the finale for a postseason berth.

Bishop O’Dowd ended Berkeley’s playoff hopes with a 21-0 win. Majied Bay scored a defensive touchdown for the second straight week.

Tennyson kept its WACC Shoreline hopes alive with a 37-34 triumph over Mt. Eden as Christian Silva found D’mario Temple for a 17-yard scoring pass with 33 seconds left. Tennyson, Alameda, and Piedmont are on track to finish in a three-way tie for first.

Wilcox puts an emphatic stop to the win streak of Los Gatos in a night of SCVAL blowouts

Wilcox used big plays to end the five-game losing streak of Los Gatos in a 42-7 rout.

Delshawn Mitchell delivered 49 and 64 yard scoring jaunts and Kenny Dipko had touchdown runs of 54, 53, and 27 yards.

Of great concern for Los Gatos was the margin of defeat to a team that is as talented as Palo Alto and Milpitas, the Wildcats final two opponents. Los Gatos can still hope for a tie for first place, but the Wildcats run into speedy, big play teams in the final two contests.

The Wilcox defense has allowed only seven points over the last three weeks and should get wins over Santa Clara and Saratoga to finish 9-1.

Milpitas led 28-0 after the first quarter in a 56-0 hammering of Fremont. Junior backs Savion Black and Sean Barnes each scored two touchdowns.

Palo Alto smacked Mountain View, 41-0, as Keller Chryst passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 attempts, including a 95-yard scoring pass to Keesean Johnson.

Saratoga won its first De Anza game, 42-28, versus Santa Clara, as Jonathan Walters threw four touchdown passes.

Monta Vista clinched the SCVAL El Camino title by crushing Gunn, 48-7. Justin Cena rushed for 203 yards and two scores on 25 carries and now has over 1,500 yards rushing on the year.

Porchivina sets Casa school record, Cardinal Newman escapes, and Montgomery survives again

John Porchivina was already going down in the annals of Casa Grande football, but the senior back added to his nameplate with a school-record 301 rushing yards in a 42-28 win over Windsor.

The 9-0 Gauchos look for the NBL outright title and to complete a perfect regular season with a win over Cardinal Newman on Friday.

4-5 Windsor needs a win versus Montgomery in the finale to get in to the playoffs.

Cardinal Newman overcame a 21-0 hole and held on for a 42-41 win over Rancho Cotate thanks to a bad snap and botched extra point from the Cougars.

The Cardinals have overcome slow starts plenty of times this season and got a big night from junior Craig Lucey, who ran for 167 yards on 31 carries.

Montgomery received a test from a lesser team for the third straight week but held on for a 39-30 win over Maria Carrillo. Logan Francavilla ran for 198 yards and four touchdowns for the 8-1 Vikings, who are trying to position themselves for a top-four seed in NCS Division II.

TCAL teams position for the playoffs

In the first half on Saturday, St. Mary’s played El Cerrito tougher than any TCAL Rock team has in the last two years. The Gauchos, however, outscored the Panthers 29-0 in the second half for a 43-7 win and pick up their 9th straight TCAL win.

The Panthers were held to just 74 total yards and the Gauchos defense also got two pick-sixes from Jalen Harvey and Adarius Pickett. Pickett also ran for a touchdown and caught a 47-yard scoring pass from Keilan Benjamin.

It was the second straight week that Pickett scored three touchdowns and had a pick-six.

Despite the loss, it’s possible that 5-4 St. Mary’s, with a win over Pinole Valley on Saturday, could be a #2 seed in the NCS Division IV playoffs.

Salesian led 42-0 at the half in a 49-6 win over Berean Christian to become playoff eligible. Hernandez rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass, while the Pride defense held the Eagles to just three yards rushing.

Salesian is now playoff eligible and should get a home game in the Division V playoffs.

Valley Christian-Dublin is 6-3, has won four straight, and could be playing the Pride for the #1 seed in Division V on Saturday. The Vikings were 44-26 winners over Pinole Valley.

Hercules held John Swett to 92 total yards in a 51-16 win and is now 8-1.

Antwuin Prowes passed for a touchdown and ran for two more and now the 8-1 Titans look for their second straight outright TCAL Stone title when they host Kennedy.

Hercules has scored at least 46 points for five straight games and is heading towards a top-eight seed in the Division III playoffs.

Other Notable Games:

• Northgate hopes to knock off Clayton Valley in the season finale this week and the Broncos beat College Park for the first time ever in Walnut Creek, 49-14. Eric Haynes ran for 189 yards and four touchdowns, offsetting a 172-yard night from College Park’s Ray Jackson.

A big debate could be if Northgate deserves to be seeded over Concord. The Broncos just hammered a College Park team that beat Concord and have a better resume with wins over Las Lomas and San Marin. The Minutemen, however, own a head-to-head win over the Broncos and the NCS committee usually heavily favors those head-to-head wins.

• San Marin was not looking ahead to its big Saturday date with Marin Catholic, nor should it with a rematch of last season’s NCS Division IV championship.

The Mustangs avenged a 27-13 title game loss to Justin-Siena with a 35-7 home win that included 158 rushing yards and three scores from Kyle Chernoff, plus two interceptions from Vince Sbragia.

No matter its result with Marin Catholic, San Marin appears ticketed for the top seed in the NCS Division IV playoffs.

• Analy completed a perfect season in the SCL and finished the regular season at 9-1 with a 42-13 rout of Petaluma. J’Narrick James had 173 rushing yards and three touchdowns and the Tigers look solid as a #4 seed in NCS Division III.

• Washington’s 23-point second quarter was the difference in a 30-20 win over Newark Memorial as the Huskies improved to 5-4 and 5-0 in the Mission Valley. Nate Woudstra ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns and Tylan Vinson had 183 passing yards and two scores. The Huskies are a win away from the outright MVAL title.

“Tonight we just played great as a team. I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without my line protecting and pushing me forward,” Woudstra told Prep2Prep’s Erin Woll.

• For the first time since running for 1,209 yards in his first four contests, Moreau Catholic running back Jason Hinton had a 100+ yard game. The junior finished with 135 yards and three touchdowns, plus a 56-yard scoring reception, in the 5-4 Mariners’ 42-6 drubbing of Mission San Jose.

• With wins over Pioneer and Piedmont Hills, Leland appeared to have the Mt. Hamilton wrapped up. The Chargers, though, are now in a three-way tie for first after a 35-17 upset loss to Willow Glen. Rams running back Hakeem Mays had 247 yards and four touchdowns. However, Leland does own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Pioneer and Piedmont Hills.

• Anthony McBride found Joseph Romero for the winning touchdown, and second time in the game, with less than three minutes left in the Piedmont Hills 20-17 win over Independence. WR Joseph Romero catches winning TD with less than 3 minutes left as the Pirates topped their archrivals.

• Live Oak’s Trevor Bearden became the CCS all-time leading rusher with 39 carries and 276 yards but, even more importantly, the Acorns scored 17 points unanswered in the final quarter for a 24-21 win at Lincoln to virtually assure Live Oak a Santa Teresa league title.

"I'm happy to get the record, but I wanted the win for the team. I wouldn't have cared if I got five yards, just as long as we got the win,” Bearden told Prep2Prep’s John Murphy.

Bearden has 5,600 career yards with at least two games left in his high school career and Live Oak is now 5-0 in games decided by eight points or less and the last three wins have been by a total of 17 points.

• Andrew Hill scored 29 in the final quarter of a 63-36 win over Prospect to take over driver’s seat in the West Valley. Angel Guillen passed for 363 yards and three scores as the Falcons topped 60 points for the third straight game.

• Burlingame led 21-0 after the opening quarter in a 41-0 victory of Capuchino. Robbie Baumgarten returned the opening kickoff for a 96-yard touchdown and he also scored on a 57-yard run, while the defense delivered their fourth shutout of the year and is allowing just 6.1 points per game.

• Sacred Heart Prep didn’t look ahead to its big matchup with Terra Nova as the Gators crushed Sequoia, 33-3. Andrew Segre scored four touchdowns to take his season total to 13, and he also delivered 118 yards rushing

The Gators are allowing 5.5 points per game and haven’t allowed more than 12 points in any contest.

• Jack Heneghan tossed seven touchdown passes to lead Menlo past South City, 48-22.

• Hillsdale is still in position to win the PAL Lake after a 28-6 win over El Camino.

• Middletown, hoping for a high seed in the NCS Division V playoffs, clinched at least share of the NCL I crown with a 38-6 win over Clear Lake. Austin Benson ran for four touchdowns.

• St. Vincent hammered Upper Lake, 68-0, but the story was head coach Gary Galloway picking up his 200th career win.

• Gilroy’s Brandon Boyd was not only held to under 200 rushing yards for the first time this season, but was actually held to under a hundred (98) in the Mustangs 64-26 loss to Everett Alvarez.

Players of the Week

Offense: Miles Harrison, Clayton Valley. Harrison had some help, but every one of his 185 rushing yards and three touchdowns were needed in a 49-48 win over Concord.

Defense: Steve Dinneen, St. Francis. His team allowed 34 points, but Dinneen was all over the field with 11 tackles, including 10 solo, in the Lancers’ big win over the Bay Area’s second-ranked Serra Padres, 41-34.

Special Teams: Joe Lang, St. Ignatius. His team lost, but we should acknowledge a return man who has returned punts for touchdowns in three of the last four weeks in the tough WCAL.

Recruiting News

Freedom’s Joe Mixon took a visit to Florida State and witness the Seminoles’ impressive win over Miami.

Mixon’s teammate, defensive end Patrick Choudja, was offered by San Jose State.

Contra Costa College, linebacker Travon Brooks of Deer Valley, was offered by Idaho.

They Said It

"We took a humongous step tonight. The top back in the state didn't play in the game. Our quarterback is out for the season, our best lineman is hurt. The list goes on. Just for these other guys to step up and have everyone rally and play for each other, I'm very happy with these guys." –Pittsburg coach Victor Galli to the Contra Costa Times.

“When I say I never seen a person wit so much speed . I finally seen it tonight!” –Tweet from Pitt’s Harris Ross, who was impressed by Deer Valley twins, Nsimba and Nzuzi Webster.

“We wanted this game more than any game we ever played. This game showed the character of this team, how much heart this team has.” –St. Francis RB/DB Landon Baty to the Mercury News after the Lancers’ big win over Serra.

“At the end St. Francis was just more disciplined than we were. We made a lot more mistakes; that's what killed us. They had no penalties, we had a lot of penalties. They're a real good team. The WCAL is not an easy league." –Serra’s Kava Cassidy to the Mercury News.

“Catholic league not looking that tough..you must have QB” –Tweet from Harold Abend of CalHiSports.

"It's one of those things. We are having a great year, but we may not be tooled for the playoffs." –Campolindo coach Kevin Macy, whose quotes sometimes can be confused with Lou Holtz, to the Times after his Cougars improved to 9-0.

“I can’t recall the last time I covered a game between two high-level programs in which one team had so many long — and I do mean long — touchdowns plays.” –Darren Sabedra of the Mercury News after the Wilcox win over Los Gatos.

“Come playoff time, we are going to have to be a lot more crisp than we have been the last few games. Step it up another notch in all areas.” –Analy coach Daniel Bourdon to the Press Democrat.

“Porchivina is one of the most physical players I’ve coached.” –Casa Grande coach Trent Herzog to the Press Democrat after his senior back set a school record.

"It feels good to get a little bit of revenge. But the offensive line was getting on their blocks (today), and it was a pretty open field for me out there." –San Marin’s Kyle Chernoff to the Marin Independent-Journal after his Mustangs won a NCS Division IV rematch with Justin-Siena.

Top Games for This Week

1. Mitty vs. Bellarmine at SJCC

2. California at De La Salle

3. St. Francis at Valley Christian

4. Terra Nova at Sacred Heart Prep

5. Marin Catholic at San Marin

6. Clayton Valley at Northgate

7. Casa Grande at Cardinal Newman

8. Liberty at Freedom

9. Amador Valley at Foothill

10. Menlo at Menlo-Atherton

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