The Examiner breaks down this weeks prep football action.
SAN FRANCISCO GAME OF THE WEEK
Washington (1-0) at Jefferson (0-1), 7 p.m.
Fans who were at last year’s game between these nonconference foes won’t soon forget it. The two teams combined for 31 first-quarter points in what eventually became a 50-26 Jefferson win in which Washington kick returner Keith Smith brought back two kickoffs for scores in the first nine minutes of the game. Jefferson won it on the ground, rushing for 351 yards and seven touchdowns.
This year, however, the Eagles enter the game with a much different mind-set. In 2006, Washington was coming off a tough-to-take 12-7 loss to El Camino in which Colts quarterback Gerald Maranan tossed a touchdown pass in the final seconds. Now, the Eagles are riding the momentum of a close 28-26 win over El Camino in which star running back Maurice Barton ran for 222 yards and two touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner with 2 minutes, 54 seconds remaining. The key play came late in the fourth quarter when Washington quarterback Derf Butler completed a 40-yard pass to Anthony Marshall on fourth-and-14, setting up Barton’s score and giving new Eagles coach Karl Finley a win in his debut.
“It was close,” Finley said. “But it was a great one for us to get.”
— Matt Elliser
TODAY'S SAN FRANCISCO GAMES
Lincoln (0-2) at South San Francisco (0-1), 7 p.m.
A challenging nonleague schedule continues for the Mustangs, who lost 27-9 to physical Montgomery of Santa Rosa last week and now face a Warriors team long known for its big, tough lines.
Balboa (0-1) at Oakland Tech (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
Quarterback Eric Lara showed the ability to throw the deep ball in Balboa’s 26-14 loss to Kennedy of Fremont a week ago, tossing for 220 yards and a touchdown. Next up is a Tech defense that gave up several big plays and nearly 400 yards of total offense in a 49-7 loss to San Leandro in its opener.
Terra Nova (0-1) at Sacred Heart Cath. (2-0), Kezar Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
How’s this for a recipe for success? The Irish held Burlingame to just 51 first-half yards in last week’s 31-10 victory and have allowed an average of just 11 points per game in two wins on the road.
Burton (0-1) at Analy (Sebastopol) (0-1), 7:30 p.m.
The Pumas allowed just 172 yards of total offense in their season-opening loss to South Fork of Miranda and now will try to slow down a Tigers team coming off a heartbreaking defeat. Analy led Piner of Santa Rosa 38-14 in the third quarter last week but fell 42-38 in its first game of the season.
SATURDAY'S SAN FRANCISCO GAMES
San Lorenzo Valley (1-1) at St. Ignatius (2-0), 2 p.m.
Five players have scored touchdowns already in the Wildcats’ 2-0 start and quarterback Abe Waziri has completed better than 50 percent of his passes while throwing for four scores and no interceptions.
Wilson Prep (Oakland) (0-0) vs. Mission (0-0) at San Leandro, 7:30 p.m.
The Bears must replace a number of key players from last year’s playoff team and face their first test of the new season against the Golden Eagles. Mission won the 2006 opener between these two teams, but later had to forfeit the game due to the use of an ineligible player.
— Matt Elliser