Prep football preview: Peninsula

PENINSULA GAME OF THE WEEK

SERRA (7-3) AT BELLARMINE (9-1), SATURDAY, 11 A.M.,

SAN JOSE CITY COLLEGE

Serra coach Patrick Walsh says football isn’t like baseball in the sense that a football team doesn’t save players, i.e. pitchers, while leaving it all on the field in an attempt to win. However, the fifth-seeded Padres are looking at a baseball-type schedule as they begin Central Coast Section Open Division play, squaring off against fourth-seeded Bellarmine for the second consecutive week.

The Bells entered last week’s West Catholic Athletic League finale as the undefeated favorite, but the Padres topped them 24-20 and are expecting another battle.

“They have the personnel that can score in every minute or every play,” Walsh said.

Bellarmine features the WCAL’s top rusher and scorer in Usua Amanam

(1,323 yards and 17 touchdowns), though Serra’s tandem of running back DeLeon Eskridge and quarterback Cody Jackson combined for more than 1,500 rushing yards this season.

SATURDAY’S CCS

PLAYOFF GAMES

Piedmont Hills (San Jose) (6-4) at Aragon (8-2), 1 p.m.

Top running back Seta Pohahau and the Dons will host a Piedmont Hills team hungry to bounce back from its loss in the Large School Division championship game last season. To counter the Pohahau, the Pirates feature a trio of junior linebackers in Chris Fennell, Jose Lopez and Brandon Williams.

Homestead (8-1-1) at Menlo-Atherton (9-1), 1 p.m.

M-A’s last CCS championship came against Homestead of Cupertino in 2002 as the Bears knocked off the Mustangs 48-34 to capture the Division II title.

The Homestead defense has allowed more than 20 points to only two opponents, but will be tested by a balanced M-A offense led by quarterback Troy McCabe and running backs Will Latu and Jamal Wilkins.

El Camino (7-3)

at Palo Alto (8-2), 7 p.m.

The Colts are in the midst of a monumental season, having gone undefeated in the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division to make their first playoff appearance since 1999. EC’s luck of the draw pits it against the reigning CCS Open Division champion, a Palo Alto team that played for the state championship last year.

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