Galileo running back Yarvell Smith sits injured on the sidelines during the Lions' loss to Rio Vista on Sept. 15, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: League showdowns all around a busy weekend of prep football

Galileo (3-1) @ Burton (4-0), Saturday, 2 p.m.

The resurgent Pumas made a serious statement with last week’s 48-14 win over California School for the Deaf, holding the high-flying Eagles to just 14 points while Jericho Niko and quarterback Alfonzo Smith each ran for a pair of touchdowns. Galileo also returned to form with a 54-0 shutout of San Lorenzo, and the Lions now have three rushers over 340 yards on the season. Yarvell Smith leads the pack with 410 yards on 28 carries, but he’s not alone. Jimmie Edwards III has 384 yards and nine touchdowns, and Ronald Fox has 345 yards on 26 carries while completing 17 of 33 passes.

St. Francis (3-1, 1-0 WCAL) @ Sacred Heart Cathedral (2-2, 0-1), Friday, 7 p.m. at Kezar Stadium

As if last week’s game against Valley Christian wasn’t tough enough, the Fightin’ Irish now have to face a defending state champion in St. Francis. Just how close this game is could be telling for the Bruce-Mahoney Game, as the Lancers beat St. Ignatius 31-6 last week. The SHC passing game will get another weapon this week with sophomore transfer Cian Dowling becoming eligible, and the additional focus needed to stop the Irish in the air should open up more options for running back Anthony Heard, who was limited to 31 yards against Valley Christian last week.

Mitty (2-2, 0-1 WCAL) @ Riordan (1-3, 0-1), Saturday, 1 p.m. at CCSF

Riordan’s offense put up 20 points in the first half at Bellarmine last week, including an 80-yard touchdown pass from Adham Abdelghani to Marcus Williams, but was shut out in the second half as the Bells hung on for a 34-20 win. Mitty, meanwhile, got stomped in a league opener against San Mateo-Serra, a 42-6 defeat that ended with a running clock as the Monarch offensive line was unable to protect stellar dual-threat quarterback Shamir Bey. If Riordan’s defense can contain Bey, the Crusaders would have a chance to beat the Monarchs for the first time since 2015.

St. Ignatius (0-4, 0-1 WCAL) @ Valley Christian (3-1, 1-0), Saturday, 6 p.m.

The trek down to the south end of San Jose is never an easy one, but considering the difficulty of last week’s trip to St. Francis and the three preceding non-league games, the Wildcats will certainly be no strangers to the quality of competition and level of performance needed to take down the Warriors. SI hasn’t beaten Valley Christian since 2012, and in the past five years, they’ve been held to 15 points or fewer against the Warriors. Defense is always Valley Christian’s m.o., but the Warriors do have a strong deep passing threat in Cory Taylor and a 3-star national recruit in tight end/defensive end Skylar Loving-Black, who has drawn offers from Nebraska, Boise State and a handful of Pac-12 schools.

Marin Catholic (2-3) @ Terra Linda (2-3, 1-1 MCAL), Friday, 7 p.m. at San Rafael HS

Now that their gauntlet of a non-league schedule is through, Marin Catholic opens league play with a Trojan team that has a quality win over San Marin but has suffered defeats against Petaluma and Redwood. With the unbalanced MCAL schedule to avoid Marin Catholic playing blowout games that would be all but a formality, it’s the league opener for the Wildcats, though Terra Linda has already played two league contests.

Bellarmine (2-2, 0-1 WCAL) @ Serra (2-2, 1-0), Saturday, 1 p.m.

The buzz usually surrounding this game is all but absent as the Bells have been trending downward over the past few years. Last year, Serra dealt them a 48-0 shutout, and with a lack of size in the trenches, Bellarmine has struggled to keep up within the WCAL in the past two years. Serra returned to form with last week’s 42-6 thrashing of Mitty, and the Padres will look to extend a six-game home winning streak that dates back to last September. Serra has put up exactly 48 points in back-to-back meetings with Bellarmine, and with Nate Sanchez and Malakai Rango establishing themselves as rushing options, the Padres offense is firing on all cylinders.

Lowell (0-2) @ Balboa (2-1), Saturday, 2 p.m.

Last week’s loss to Santa Rosa was the Buccaneers’ first serious test, and though they lost 33-13, the step up in competition should be beneficial entering league play. The Cardinals were shut out in last week’s loss at Harker, but they’re still acclimating to things after getting a late start.

Washington (1-3) @ Mission (2-2), Thursday, 3 p.m. at Kezar Stadium

The week will get started with Thursday’s matchup at Kezar. Washington has yet to win on the field, picking up a forfeit win over Madison Park Academy. With a week off after a quality win at Sequoia, Mission is on a two-game winning streak and is well-rested entering AAA play.

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