Having a good preseason is nothing new to the South City football team.
Translating that success into Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division play would be a change coach Frank Moro is hoping for.
“We’ve been talking about October all year,” Moro said. “You have to get off to a good start. This game is huge.”
The Warriors (4-0) open division play Friday against another undefeated team, Menlo (4-0), who finished just behind Jefferson for the Ocean championship last season.
“They like to spread teams out,” Moro said. “Having two weeks to prepare for them is always nice.”
Menlo won the last meeting 32-28 in the Ocean Division finale last season. Moro says his players are ready for the league opener.
“We had a great practice [Monday], picking up their intensity,” Moro said.
Moro is hoping for a physical game, thinking it will play into South City’s strengths.
Moro believes his team can run against any team, and the duo of Maligi Maluia and Anthony Shkuratov makes it difficult to argue.
Maluia and Shkuratov each have over 200 yards on the ground.
But having the strong running game has not been enough to be a success in the Ocean. Because of that, South City has been more proactive in its preparation, Moro said.
“We worked on things we think we’re going to need to do.”
A big part of this preparation has been the development of quarterback Brad Los.
“We knew Brad could throw the ball well,” Moro said. “He has really progressed each week.”
Los’ growing cohesion with wide receiver Jerick Anicete has given South City another aspect to the team’s offense that was primarily reliant on the running game.
Going into Friday, Los has thrown for 616 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.
Anicete has made 18 receptions while collecting 223 yards.
The versatility of the offense will be key as the Menlo defense has tightened up with each game, and rolled to a 37-0 win at Mills last Friday.
Menlo has given up 18, 12, seven and zero points in consecutive games.
South City has scored 32 points in each of its past two games.
The two weeks also allowed South City to rest some hurting players and Moro said everybody looks ready to go.
South City has a sign posted in its locker room with the combined record of the Ocean teams, “19-4-1,” written on it as a reminder that there are no breaks in league.
“We’ve got to be ready,” Moro said.
Menlo has used three different quarterbacks, but Moro said it looks like they have settled on one.
The Warriors are 11-2 in nonleague games and are only 4-6 in league play since 2009.
South City won its last game on Sept. 23 in a 32-14 contest at Jefferson.
South City (4-0) vs. Menlo (4-0)
WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: South San Francisco High School
PREVIOUS GAMES: South City beat Jefferson 32-14; Menlo beat Mills 37-0