MISSION (2-4, 1-2) VS. MARSHALL (0-3, 0-3) at SOTA, 11 A.M.
Strong-armed quarterback Greg Tucker led Mission to a crucial 39-0 win over Burton last week, throwing for 196 yards and two touchdowns against a team that had been 2-0 in AAA play. The Bears also got a boost from Harry Howard, a former wide receiver who gained 127 yards on the ground and scored twice in his debut at running back. Marshall is basically in the position of an expansion team, looking for small steps of progress as it builds for the future. Anthony Brewer provided a highlight in last week’s loss to Washington, running 81 yards for the first Phoenix touchdown of the year.
Washington (2-4, 2-1) at Lincoln (4-2, 2-1), 11 a.m.
This will be the 62nd incarnation of the Bell Game, one of the AAA’s best and oldest rivalries. Lincoln won 49-14 last year, breaking a 14-year losing streak to the Eagles. Washington waxed Marshall 74-6 a week ago and has won two of its last three, which should give the Eagles some confidence heading into the game. Lincoln is coming off a tough 14-13 loss at Lowell, but no one has been able to stop Mustangs’ running back David Henderson (1,285 rush yards, 13 TDs) all season.
Mitty (5-1, 1-1) at St. Ignatius (4-1-1, 2-0), 1 p.m.
St. Ignatius is back at it after a hard-earned 14-7 win over Riordan last week, and now faces a talented Mitty team coming off a bye week. The Wildcats defense has been stout this season, having allowed a league-low 26 points through two league games. CornerbackB.J. Domingo made a huge play against Riordan, intercepting a pass at his own goal line to end a Crusaders’ drive.
Riordan (3-3, 1-1) at Serra (6-1, 3-0), 1 p.m.
This should be an emotional game for Riordan coach Mike Langridge, a Serra grad who coached at the school for 10 years before moving to the Crusaders this season. He will bring the WCAL’s top defense with him to San Mateo, as Riordan has allowed an average of just 192 yards per game this year. The Crusaders will have their hands full with Serra running back DeLeon Eskridge, who has already eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark (1,050) in just seven games.
Balboa (2-4, 2-1) at Burton (2-3, 2-1), 2 p.m.
Upstart Burton will have plenty of emotion going into this one, as the Pumas are unveiling their brand-new field turf football field against Balboa. Burton has already had its most successful season in the five-year history of the program, as the Pumas have won two league games in the same season for the first time, and have legitimate playoff aspirations. To get to the next level, they’ll have to beat a Balboa team that has been there before, and is playing the best it has all season heading into the game. The Bucs have won two straight games after dropping its first four contests.