Prep football games of the week

TODAY

Balboa at Lowell, 3 p.m.

The two teams are in entirely different stages than last season, when Lowell was winless at this point and Balboa was in the thick of a playoff race.

This season, the Cardinals (3-2, 2-1) are tied for third place and the Bucs (1-5, 0-3) are struggling mightily and coming off a loss to Marshall.

Galileo vs. Mission at Kezar Stadium, 3 p.m.

If the Lions (3-3, 1-2) want to keep their slim playoffs hopes alive, they will have to upset the first-place Bears (4-2, 3-0) and their dominant defense. Mission has yet to allow a single point in AAA play and has only allowed 18 points in six games.

 

FRIDAY

Terra Nova at Burlingame, 8 p.m.

Terra Nova has looked sharp of late behind QB Chris Forbes, reeling off three straight victories to earn a share of the PAL Bay Division lead with Menlo-Atherton. On the flip side, the Panthers have dropped three straight, two of which were decided by three points or less. Last year, the teams played a classic 23-21 game, with Terra Nova prevailing.

 

SATURDAY

Stuart Hall vs. Mendocino at Treasure Island, 1 p.m.

With a bye last week, the Knights (5-1) had to stew over their first loss of the season, but will be favored again against the Cardinals (2-3).

Serra at Riordan, 1 p.m.

The Crusaders’ (1-5, 0-3) daunting trek through the WCAL season continues with another power rushing team in Serra (5-1, 2-1), which received its first loss against Mitty last week.

Washington at Burton, 2 p.m.

The defending AAA champs will have their first true AAA road game of the season and will be considerable favorites over Burton (0-4, 0-3). Washington (4-2, 3-0) has outscored AAA opponents 93-28 this season.

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