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Today’s games

Burton (2-4, 2-2) at Lincoln (5-2, 3-1), 3 p.m.

It’s gut-check time for Burton, which won its first two Academic Athletic Association games, but now has dropped two straight, including a disappointing 44-0 loss to Balboa in the first game at the Pumas’ new field last week. Now the Pumas must travel to defending Turkey Bowl champion Lincoln and try to right the ship. Lincoln’s ground game has been tough to stop this season. David Henderson (1,402 yards on the season, tops in The City) and Phillipe Lewis ran for more than 100 yards a week ago in the Mustangs’ 11-6 win over Washington.

Galileo (0-7, 0-4) vs. Marshall (0-4, 0-4) at SOTA, 3 p.m.

Two AAA teams that have struggled this season will be fighting to pick up their first win. Galileo coach Kevin Adams took some positives away from the second half of last week’s 38-0 loss to Lowell, as the Lions only allowed six points after intermission. Marshall is still working to establish a solid running attack and master tackling fundamentals in coach Mitch Oster’s first year at the helm. For one team, the hard work it has been putting in since the summertime will be rewarded with a satisfying victory.

Saturday’s games

Mitty (5-2, 1-2) at Riordan (4-3, 2-1), 1 p.m.

Riordan is coming off its biggest win in recent memory, a 38-14 win at Serra in which the Crusaders forced seven Padres turnovers. Now Riordan, which hadn’t won a West Catholic Athletic League game in three seasons, sits just one game behind St. Ignatius for first place. The stats say the Crusaders should have an advantage: Mitty is averaging the fewest offensive yards per game in league play, while Riordan has allowed the fewest points of any WCAL team throughout the course of the season.

St. Ignatius (5-1-1, 3-0) at Serra (6-2, 3-1), 1 p.m.

While a lot of talk surrounding St. Ignatius has focused on the offense, especially mountainous tackle Matt Summers-Gavin and outstanding quarterback Chris McCaffery, the Wildcats have shown they can play some defense. After last week’s 28-2 win over Mitty, linebacker Tommy Kilgore and St. Ignatius have allowed the fewest yards and points in WCAL play. The unit will face a stiff challenge in Serra, which boasts DeLeon Eskridge (the WCAL’s leading rusher) and quality sophomore quarterback Cody Jackson.

Mission (3-4, 2-2) at Balboa (3-4, 3-1), 2 p.m.

A key game in the AAA race as both teams reached the postseason a year ago and fancy themselves playoff contenders again. Running back DeAngelo Winston is back for Mission and has rushed for 400 yards and an astonishing 10.5 yards per carry in the three games this season. Balboa is on a roll, having won three straight behind bruising back Soloman Walker (1,042 yards, 16 touchdowns).

Sacred Heart Cathedral (5-2) at Redwood (3-4), 2 p.m.

This trip up Highway 101 should be a breeze for Sacred Heart Cathedral, which last week went all the way up to Oregon to play Eagle Point. Sophomore Dasarte Yarnway made sure the bus ride home was a good one, running for 339 yards and five touchdowns as the Irish won 49-39. Redwood, which plays in the Marin County League, is coming off a 45-0 win over Tamalpais.

Lowell (6-1, 4-0) vs. Washington (2-5, 2-2) at Kezar Stadium, 6 p.m.

The Battle of the Birds could be a tougher test for high-flying Lowell than some expect. Aside from a 50-26 loss at Jefferson, Washington has been in every game, dropping three contests by less than a touchdown, including last week’s 11-6 loss to Lincoln. To beat Lowell, the Eagles will have to limit the Cardinals’ time of possession — something easier said than done.

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