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TODAY’S GAMES

Burton (2-5, 2-3) at Lowell (7-1, 5-0), 2:15 p.m.

Lowell has been simply dominant in the Academic Athletic Association this season, outscoring opponents 183-35 during its perfect 5-0 league start. Seven running backs gained positive yardage for the Cardinals in Saturday’s 43-16 win over Washington, with Marcos Cronander contributing two touchdowns to bring his team-leading total to eight. Burton remains in the playoff hunt, but must take care of the ball to have any chance of upsetting Lowell. The Pumas threw five interceptions last week in a 41-12 loss to Lincoln.

Washington (2-6, 2-3) vs. Mission (3-5, 2-3) at Kezar Stadium, 2:15 p.m.

The result of this game will do a lot to clear up the AAA playoff picture. Washington and Mission enter the game tied with Burton for league’s fourth and final playoff berth and the winner of this game will have a significant advantage heading into the regular season’s final week. Washington unveiled a new weapon last week in quarterback Derf Butler, who threw for 201 yards in his debut, a 43-16 loss to Lowell.

Bellarmine (4-4, 2-2) vs. Riordan (4-4, 2-2) at San Jose CC, 7 p.m.

Riordan’s recent stretch has proven once again the importance of taking care of the ball. Two weeks ago, the Crusaders forced seven Serra turnovers and recorded the program’s biggest win in recent memory. Then, last week, Riordan turned the ball over five times in a 42-7 loss to Mitty. Bellarmine is coming off a bye and features quarterback Jordan Vargas, the West Catholic Athletic League’s leading passer.

St. Ignatius (5-2-1, 3-1) at St. Francis (4-3-1, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.

St. Ignatius suffered its first WCAL loss last week, falling 28-16 at Serra. The Wildcats will look to rebound against a St. Francis team that is traditionally near the top of the standings, but struggled to an 0-3 WCAL start. The Lancers could be getting back some of their mojo afteran impressive 27-6 win over Valley Christian a week ago.

Sacred Heart Cathedral (5-3) vs. Sonoma Valley (4-4) at Kezar Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart Cathedral returns to Kezar Stadium for a rare home game against Sonoma Valley. The Irish have played six of their first eight games on the road, including a trip to Eagle Point, Ore., two weeks ago. Last week, Sacred Heart rallied from a 19-0 against Redwood, but ultimately fell 26-19.

Saturday’s games

Balboa (4-4, 4-1) vs. Marshall (0-5, 0-5) at SOTA, 2 p.m.

What a turnaround at Balboa. After starting the season 0-4, the Buccaneers have evened their record after rattling off four consecutive wins, including a crucial 22-18 victory over playoff contender Mission last week. Now, Balboa can clinch a postseason berth with a victory over winless Marshall and set up a Nov. 10 home game against unbeaten Lowell that could be for the AAA’s regular-season title.

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