San Francisco prep football matchups

Today’s game

Mission at Lowell, 3 p.m.
The Cardinals (0-2) and Bears (0-3) both had forgettable non-league seasons, but both have new life with the beginning of Academic Athletic Association play and will look to secure playoff spots behind favorites Galileo and Washington.

Friday’s games

Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Archbishop Mitty at Foothill College, 7 p.m.
The Fightin’ Irish (3-0) will get their toughest test in both teams’ WCAL opener. We’ll get a good sense of just how good the Irish offense is as they face a Mitty defense that allowed just over 12 points per game last season. After sharing a WCAL title in 2009, Mitty might be showing slight signs of weakness with two losses in nonleague play, albeit to tough Palo Alto and San Ramon Valley teams.

Riordan at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m.
The Crusaders’ (0-3) struggles figure to continue against the Lancers (2-0-1), who beat Riordan 42-13 last season. Short of something miraculous, St. Francis should cruise in its WCAL opener.

Saturday’s games

Stuart Hall vs. Pinewood at Treasure Island, 1 p.m.
After getting their first win in school history against Trinity Christian of Monterey last week, the Knights (1-1) will look to get their first Coastal League win over Pinewood (1-1).

Bellarmine at St. Ignatius, 1 p.m.
Will the Wildcats (1-1-1) continue to improve? Their game against 2009 co-league champ Bellarmine (3-0) will be a good gauge of that. St. Ignatius played the Bells tough in 2009, falling 18-11 on the road, but Bellarmine has been dominant in 2010, outscoring opponents 125-41 in its three wins.

Marshall at Balboa, 2:30 p.m.
Like so many other AAA squads, nonleague play was difficult for both teams and league play brings new life. The big-play Bucs (0-4) offense should be able to lift off against a Marshall (0-3) defense that has allowed 125 points in three games.

Galileo at Burton, 2:30 p.m.
This game may not be a repeat of the 27-0 Galileo shutout last season. After their opening-week win over Mills of Millbrae, the Lions (1-3) have rattled off three consecutive losses and Burton’s (1-2) offense awoke in a 42-30 win over De Anza of Richmond in its last nonleague game.

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