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SF Preps: Galileo faces Rio Vista in a rematch of last year’s Northern California 6-A Championship

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Reese Bickart (right) of Galileo catches a two-point conversion against Hoopa Valley. Michael Duran (middle) had a 60-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and Bickart also had a TD reception from Ronald Fox. (Rob Schnitzer / Galileo High School)

Game of the Week: Rio Vista (3-1) @ Galileo (2-0), Saturday, 2 p.m. 

Galileo last met Rio Vista in last year’s Northern California 6-A Championship, winning 20-14 in a gritty defensive battle. Rio Vista enters this one at 3-1, with three blowout wins before losing a close one to Winters last week. The Rams have rode the legs of Ryan Hurley (703 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns) and the arm of coach’s son Ethan Medders (31-48, 5 passing TDs). Yarvell Smith and Jimmie Edwards III have combined for nine touchdowns already for Galileo.

Mission (1-2) @ Sequoia (1-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m. 

Both the Bears and Cherokees are coming off their first wins of the season, and those wins came against Oakland teams as Mission shut out Fremont and Sequoia beat Skyline. Mission will have to find a way to slow down the rushing attack of David Tuakalau and Simon Talauati.

Antioch (4-0) @ Marin Catholic (1-2), Saturday, 2 p.m. 

Fresh off a 50-0 win over Fremont-Kennedy, the Wildcats now have a challenge in an Antioch team that already owns wins over California and Clayton Valley. Quarterback Willem Karnthong is Antioch’s biggest star, and he has a pair of excellent targets in wide receivers Gaudie Campbell and Tommy Jenkins, while Jaysn Wade leads the rushing attack for the Panthers.

Petaluma-St. Vincent de Paul (4-0) @ Burton (2-0), Saturday, noon 

The Pumas sit at 2-0 and have a chance to continue their impressive early-season roll, but to do it, they’ll have to handle a Mustangs team that already has four wins. One of the smallest schools to play 11-man football, with just 234 students, St. Vincent de Paul actually has 38 players on its roster, six more than Burton. Quarterback Trent Free and running back Daniel Burleson have led the Mustangs so far this season against an independent schedule. Burton has scored 98 points over two games, but St. Vincent De Paul have only allowed one opponent beyond 14.

Lowell (0-0) @ Santa Rosa-Piner (1-3), Friday, 7 p.m. 

The Cardinals will finally get their season underway with a trek up Highway 101 to take on a Prospectors team that has struggled to score so far this season. Piner did beat Novato 20-6, but has scored seven points in each of its three losses.

Harbor (0-2) @ Balboa (1-0), Saturday, 2 p.m. 

The Buccaneers having obliterated Lynbrook to open the season, and Harbor has been in a similar position to Lynbrook in the hierarchy of the Central Coast Section, so it’s a promising opportunity for the Bucs to stay hot.

Washington (0-2) @ Richmond (0-3), Friday, 7 p.m. 

Finally, Washington won’t be facing another team called the Eagles. This week’s affair will feature a showdown with an Oilers team that was on the wrong end of a 50-20 thrashing by Burton on the final day of August and has allowed 127 points in three games. Things haven’t been any better for Washington, losing 40-6 and 44-0, but those first two games were against tough opponents in Harker and the California School for the Deaf.

West Catholic Athletic League: No WCAL teams are in action this week, as all eight clubs are taking their bye week with league play set to open next Friday.

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