Mission (3-0, 0-0) at Lowell (2-1, 0-0), 3 p.m.
Mission is the Academic Athletic Association’s last remaining unbeaten team, having won its three nonleague games against East Bay teams by a combined score of 95-27 (including a 24-0 shutout of St. Elizabeth’s of Berkeley last week). DeAngelo Winston, the Bears’ leading rusher, didn’t play Saturday and his status against Lowell is uncertain, but backup Shawn Williams ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns last week. Lowell will look to grind it out on the ground and Cardinals coach Danny Chan said it would be interesting to see how his teams’ straight-ahead style would fare against speedy Mission.
“This will be a pretty big game for us,” Chan said. “Mission’s very athletic with a very aggressive defense, and we’re more of a lumbering team.”
Galileo (0-3, 0-0) at Washington (0-3, 0-0), 3 p.m.
The Lions should be ready to go after being forced to forfeit last week’s game against Pittsburg due to a lack of healthy bodies. Galileo was overmatched against top-level competition in nonleague games and was outscored 112-6 in its first two games against heavyweights Menlo-Atherton and Grant of Sacramento. Washington has had victories snatched away in the final seconds of two of its three losses, including last week’s 32-27 setback against Fremont of Oakland in which Fremont scored a touchdown on the final play of regulation. Galileo won last year’s game 20-14.
Lincoln (2-1, 0-0) vs. Balboa (0-3, 0-0) at Kezar Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
All eyes in the AAA will be on this prime-time rematch of last year’s Turkey Bowl, won 21-20 by Lincoln. The Mustangs impressed in a 2-1 nonleague schedule, led by a strong defense and all-everything running back David Henderson. The Buccaneers played East Bay power Oakland Tech tough before losing big last week to Jesse Bethel of Vallejo.
“We feel we could have played even better in the Turkey Bowl last year,” Lincoln lineman David Garcia said. “It’s exciting to know we’ll get our chance.”
Sacred Heart Cathedral (3-1) vs. Salesian (Richmond) (3-0) at Kezar Stadium, 1 p.m.
The Irish will have to regroup quickly after last week’s Bruce-Mahoney game loss to rival St. Ignatius in order to beat undefeated Salesian. The Chieftains were the only team to defeat Sacred Heart a year ago, winning 14-11, and boast Jahvid Best, one of the Bay Area’s top running backs. Sophomore running back Dee Yarnway scored the only Sacred Heart touchdown against SI and could be a key to getting the ground game going this week.
Valley Christian (2-2, 0-0) at Riordan (2-2, 0-0), 1 p.m.
New Riordan coach Mike Langridge doesn’t have to wait long to see how the Crusaders stack up with the West Catholic Athletic League League’s best. Two-time defending champion Valley Christian comes to Riordan in the league opener for both teams and the Warriors won last year’s game 44-7. Both schools have split their four-game nonleague schedule, with Riordan having won its last two games and seemingly gaining confidence in its new system each week.
“If we’re not ready now,” Langridge said, “we’ll never be ready.”
Marshall (0-1, 0-0) vs. Burton (0-2, 0-0) at SOTA, 1:30 p.m.
The odds seemed long that this one would even be played last week, when Marshall looked like it might have to fold its varsity program for the season. But a late recruiting effort has the Phoenix ready to go and this has been a close game the past few years. Burton won 20-18 last season for its only win.