Prep Focus: Third week of high school football headlined by big games

Game of the Week: San Mateo-Serra (1-1) @ Pittsburg (1-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

Don’t be fooled by the Pirates’ 1-2 record. Those losses are to Clayton Valley in double overtime and to Southern California powerhouse Corona-Centennial, and Pittsburg has beaten the Padres each of the last two years. Both teams made state championship runs after the Pirates beat Serra 35-28 in San Mateo last September, but it was Serra that ended up bringing home hardware while Pittsburg squandered a three-score lead. This year, the Pirates have a healthy star quarterback in Trey Turner, making for a great showdown with Serra’s Luke Bottari.

Galileo (1-0) @ Ygnacio Valley (1-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

The Lions will be taking the field on Friday right down the street from De La Salle, taking on a Warriors team that opened the season by beating Fremont-Oakland. Fremont plays Mission on Saturday, so the way Galileo plays could paint a picture of how the AAA will look down the road.

Mission (0-2) @ Oakland-Fremont (0-2), Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at Curt Flood Field

A week after a crossbay showdown with Oakland Tech, one of the stronger teams of the OAL, the Bears hope for better luck against Fremont. Mission showed some jitters and inconsistency typical of an early-season game. With some experience under their belts, Saturday’s showing could be far better.

Lincoln (1-0) @ Mt. Eden (0-3), Friday, 7 p.m.

With a win over Capuchino already under their belts, the Mustangs have a chance to pick up a road nonleague win against the Monarchs. Mt. Eden and Mission posted similar results against Oakland Tech, making Friday a big measuring stick for Lincoln. It’s also a chance for Desean Crawford to follow up on his monster 201-yard performance in a season-opening win over Capuchino.

Fremont-Kennedy (0-3) @ Marin Catholic (0-2), Saturday, 2 p.m.

Marin Catholic is off to an uncharacteristic 0-2 start, but those losses are to excellent teams in Campolindo and McClymonds. They’ll have a chance to get back on track against a Kennedy team that made headlines for canceling and ultimately forfeiting a game against Bishop O’Dowd due to poor air quality. The two games the Titans have played were blowout losses to San Marin and Heritage.

Cupertino-Homestead (0-2) @ Sacred Heart Cathedral (1-1), Friday, 7 p.m. at Kezar Stadium

The Fightin’ Irish put up a strong showing in a loss to Palma, which bodes well for a home opener against a team off to an 0-2 start against teams from lower divisions in power leagues. The Mustangs are in the SCVAL’s De Anza Division, which is classified as an “A” league, which will help SHC in the playoff points system.

Washington (0-1) @ California School for the Deaf (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Washington will have a second consecutive game against a team called the Eagles, though this one certainly won’t be like last week’s showdown with Harker. CSD is one of the top deaf teams in the country and was the subject of an ESPN feature in 2016. Those Eagles are already 3-0, and they’ve yet to play another deaf school, having run roughshod over competition from the Sacramento area and Tahoe area.

Riordan (0-2) @ Napa (0-3), Saturday, 7:15 p.m.

Neither team has been able to make a stop on defense so far this year, meaning it could be an offensive shootout in one of the best settings for high school football in all of Northern California. Napa’s Memorial Stadium hosts both of the city’s teams, and though each team allows over 50 points per game so far, they’ll have a chance to get on track in a fantastic venue this weekend.

Note: Burton was supposed to play Oakland Military Institute this week, but OMI is not fielding a varsity team.

Ethan Kassel

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