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Serra quarterback Luke Bottari stands on the sideline during the second half of the Padres' 42-0 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 26, 2018, at Kezar Stadium. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Game of the Week: Serra explodes behind EJ Lahlouh in 42-0 thumping of Sacred Heart Cathedral

KEZAR STADIUM -- On the second play of the season against Southern…

Serra quarterback Luke Bottari stands on the sideline during the second half of the Padres' 42-0 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 26, 2018, at Kezar Stadium. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
St. Ignatius senior running back Mark Biggins (3) celebrates a touchdown catch with Marcus Sweeney (5) and Bryan Blake (8) in the fourth quarter against Archbishop Mitty. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Football: St. Ignatius no longer winless with victory over Mitty

ST. IGNATIUS -- Six straight losses. Three by seven points or fewer.…

St. Ignatius senior running back Mark Biggins (3) celebrates a touchdown catch with Marcus Sweeney (5) and Bryan Blake (8) in the fourth quarter against Archbishop Mitty. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Lincoln quarterback Jovon Baker (4) stiff-arms Mission's McKinley Oliver (7) on a run during the third quarter of the Mustangs' 29-15 win on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Desean Crawford interception seals win for Lincoln over Mission

KEZAR STADIUM -- At the start of this month, Lincoln running back…

Lincoln quarterback Jovon Baker (4) stiff-arms Mission's McKinley Oliver (7) on a run during the third quarter of the Mustangs' 29-15 win on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Skylar Loving-Black and San Jose-Valley Christian celebrate after beating San Mateo-Serra on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Ethan Kassell / Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Mateo-Serra suffers worst league loss since 2001 at the hands of Valley Christian

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The only thing that resembled the last three…

Skylar Loving-Black and San Jose-Valley Christian celebrate after beating San Mateo-Serra on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Ethan Kassell / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Galileo running back Yarvell Smith stiff-arms a would-be Mission tackler during AAA title game in 2017. (Robert Schnitzer / Courtesy)

Galileo pounds Burton Pumas in league opener

BURTON HIGH SCHOOL — The Academic Athletic Association boasts its strongest crop of…

Galileo running back Yarvell Smith stiff-arms a would-be Mission tackler during AAA title game in 2017. (Robert Schnitzer / Courtesy)
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…

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)
Sacred Heart Cathedral running back Anthony Heard (24) is tackled by Kyane Schmidt (54) in a game on Sept. 21, 2018 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Game of the Week: Sacred Heart Cathedral stumbles in WCAL opener

KEZAR STADIUM -- A week after 52-point win over Homestead a week…

Sacred Heart Cathedral running back Anthony Heard (24) is tackled by Kyane Schmidt (54) in a game on Sept. 21, 2018 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
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 roundup: Galileo falls, Lowell opens with milestone

Game of the Week: Galileo 30, Rio Vista 54: In a rematch…

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)
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 Game of the Week: Rio Vista gets revenge on Galileo in state title rematch

With under six minutes left in Saturday's 6-A regional final rematch between…

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)
Archbishop Riordan Crusaders Varsity, Adham Abdelghani (8) scrambles for a 1st down in the first quarter against Napa on Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo: Courtesy / Don Lex)

SF Preps Football: Archbishop Riordan wins shootout in Napa

By Kyle Foster Special to S.F. Examiner NAPA -- There was a…

Archbishop Riordan Crusaders Varsity, Adham Abdelghani (8) scrambles for a 1st down in the first quarter against Napa on Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo: Courtesy / Don Lex)
San Mateo-Serra quarterback Luke Bottari attempts a pass during the third quarter of a game at Pittsburg on Sept. 7, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps Game of the Week: Inconsistent Serra falls to talented Pittsburg

PITTSBURG -- Down by 10 points with under two minutes to go,…

San Mateo-Serra quarterback Luke Bottari attempts a pass during the third quarter of a game at Pittsburg on Sept. 7, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
St. Ignatius running back Jahsai Shannon runs off the field in the second half of the Wildcats' Sept. 1 loss to Moraga-Campolindo. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

SF Prep Football Roundup: Serra bounces back, a star emerges for St. Ignatius

Games of the Week: Oakland Tech 20, Mission 6: Suiting up just…

St. Ignatius running back Jahsai Shannon runs off the field in the second half of the Wildcats' Sept. 1 loss to Moraga-Campolindo. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
St. Ignatius running back Jahsai Shannon runs off the field in the second half of the Wildcats' Sept. 1 loss to Moraga-Campolindo. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Jahsai Shannon emerges as a potentially explosive back, despite St. Ignatius loss to Campolindo

Without its top offensive lineman and its first-string quarterback, St. Ignatius was…

St. Ignatius running back Jahsai Shannon runs off the field in the second half of the Wildcats' Sept. 1 loss to Moraga-Campolindo. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Jelani al Malik of Mission High School runs back a kickoff in the second half of the Bears' 20-6 loss to Oakland Tech at Kezar Stadium on Aug. 31, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Prep Game of the Week: Mission falls to 0-2 despite strong defensive effort

KEZAR STADIUM -- After forfeiting its opener due to lack of eligible…

Jelani al Malik of Mission High School runs back a kickoff in the second half of the Bears' 20-6 loss to Oakland Tech at Kezar Stadium on Aug. 31, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Reese Bickart (right) of Galileo catches a two-point conversion against Hoopa Valley. Michael Duran (middle) had a 60-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and Bickart also had a TD reception from Ronald Fox. (Rob Schnitzer / Galileo High School)

Prep Football Roundup: Galileo wins big, Mission set to host Oakland Tech

Game of the Week: Clash of Serras (Full recap) Galileo 52, Hoopa…

Reese Bickart (right) of Galileo catches a two-point conversion against Hoopa Valley. Michael Duran (middle) had a 60-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and Bickart also had a TD reception from Ronald Fox. (Rob Schnitzer / Galileo High School)
San Mateo-Serra quarterback Luke Bottari (10) leads his teammates Owen Tapang (51), AJ Gonzalez (12) and David Coker (21) onto the field in the second half of the season opener against Gardena-Serra. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Game of the Week: San Mateo-Serra can’t overcome injuries in Honor Bowl loss to Gardena-Serra

MOUNTAIN VIEW -- With its top two defenders sidelined and constant rotation…

San Mateo-Serra quarterback Luke Bottari (10) leads his teammates Owen Tapang (51), AJ Gonzalez (12) and David Coker (21) onto the field in the second half of the season opener against Gardena-Serra. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
San Mateo-Serra's Nick Brown readies to run out to the field before a game in 2017. (Courtesy: Junipero Serra High School)

Prep Focus: San Mateo-Serra opens with clash against Gardena-Serra in Honor Bowl

Having finally climbed the mountain last season, the Serra Padres now have…

San Mateo-Serra's Nick Brown readies to run out to the field before a game in 2017. (Courtesy: Junipero Serra High School)
Greg Hill, left, holds practice at Mission High School last season. Hill is out as head coach, replaced by Tobias Whitley. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Preps: Mission football to forfeit opener

Tobias Whitley’s debut as Mission head football coach will have to wait…

Greg Hill, left, holds practice at Mission High School last season. Hill is out as head coach, replaced by Tobias Whitley. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Greg Hill, left, holds practice at Mission High School last season. Hill is out as head coach, replaced by Tobias Whitley. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Prep Focus: Mission football set to go under new head coach Tobias Whitley

If the Mission Bears are going to continue their presence at the…

Greg Hill, left, holds practice at Mission High School last season. Hill is out as head coach, replaced by Tobias Whitley. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Galileo’s state football title is just one sign of the rise of competition all around the Academic Athletic Association. (Photo: Robert Schnitzer, special to the S.F. Examiner)

Intersectional match-ups headline preseason for San Francisco prep football

While the end of the summer is a mournful occasion for some,…

Galileo’s state football title is just one sign of the rise of competition all around the Academic Athletic Association. (Photo: Robert Schnitzer, special to the S.F. Examiner)