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Bay Area high school football 2022: Week 10 preview, schedule

It’s the penultimate week of the Bay Area’s high school football regular season.

Some teams are closing in on league championships and others are simply trying to get key players healthy for the start of the playoff season.

The big games in Week 10 include Bellarmine traveling to St. Francis, Pittsburg visiting Heritage, Sacred Heart Prep playing host to Menlo-Atherton and The King’s Academy going on the road to face undefeated Sequoia.

Our preview includes storylines for those games and others.

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Here is the Week 10 preview and schedule:

Top matchups

Friday

No. 2 Pittsburg (7-1, 3-0) at Heritage (6-2, 2-1), 7 p.m.: The Pirates are 15-1 against Heritage, and the games have rarely been close. The last tight one was in 2013, when Pittsburg had to rally to beat the 1-9 Patriots 10-7. Two seasons ago, in Dave Fogelstrom’s first year as the Heritage coach, the Patriots managed to stay with Pitt for a half, trailing 14-10 at intermission. Then the Pirates scored two TDs in the third period, ending any suspense. With Fresno State-bound RB Devon Rivers rushing for almost 195 yards (1,558 yards) and three touchdowns (23) per game, there is some thought Heritage could try to keep the ball on the ground. But the Patriots only managed 218 rushing yards and 21 points in their two defeats. Pittsburg counters with five-star QB Jaden Rashada, who’s passed for 21 TDs. The receiver corps has more talent than many colleges. Four stand at least 6-foot-2. Three are committed to D-1 colleges: four-star Rashid Williams (Washington), Zack Card (Oregon State), Khai Taylor (Nevada). Two others – Keynan Higgins, sophomore Jadyn Hudson – have 16 Power 5 offers between them. Sophomore RB Elijah Bow has rushed for 592 yards and eight TDs. Three weeks ago, Pittsburg needed a fourth-quarter field goal to edge Liberty 31-29. In the two games since, the Pirates have won by a combined 113-0. We’ll see which Pittsburg team shows up at Heritage Friday night. — Mike Lefkow

No. 24 Las Lomas (4-4, 2-1) at No. 5 Campolindo (8-0, 2-0), 7 p.m.: If Las Lomas pulls off the upset, it will keep its hopes alive for a share of the Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division championship. If Campo wins, the Cougars can wrap up the outright title next week against Miramonte. Las Lomas will need a big game from star DB/WR Emmanuel Karnley, who picked off UCLA commit Luke Duncan twice in a win last week against Miramonte. He will probably match up against Campo wideout Robbie Mascheroni, who has 788 yards and 11 touchdowns. Campolindo’s Dashiell Weaver has thrown for 20 touchdowns. Las Lomas might try to use its running back tandem Adam Towell and Kaden Lagaya to keep the ball from Campolindo’s explosive offense. Campo has won the previous 10 matchups between the teams. Las Lomas’ last win in the series was in 2010, 30-28. — Joseph Dycus

Bellarmine (3-5, 2-3) at No. 13 St. Francis (5-3, 4-1), 7 p.m.: For much of this century, the Holy War matchup between these longtime rivals has not been a back-and-forth series. Bellarmine dominated for a decade, winning 11 in a row during a 10-year run that included a victory in a Central Coast Section championship game. St. Francis snapped the skid in 2016 and hasn’t lost to the Bells since then. The Lancers have won the past six games between the teams, including a 44-24 victory last year on their way to a West Catholic Athletic League title. No championship will be on the line Friday, but bragging rights certainly will be. St. Francis is the hotter team. The Lancers have won four in a row since falling to Serra 29-7 to open league play. In a 38-0 rout of Archbishop Riordan last week, Bryce Luna ran for 108 yards in eight carries and Matthew Dougherty and Aaron Knapp each threw a TD pass. Bellarmine has struggled since standout running back Ben Pfaff suffered an ankle injury early in a 3-0 victory over Riordan on Oct. 1. The Bells have not won since then, losing to Serra (28-7), Archbishop Mitty (31-17) and Sacred Heart Cathedral (30-17). Coach Jalal Beauchman said Pfaff’s status for Friday will be a “game-time decision.” — Darren Sabedra

The King’s Academy (6-2, 4-0) at Sequoia (8-0, 4-0), 7 p.m.: The PAL/SCVAL El Camino Division championship will be on the line as these sizzling teams meet to close out the league schedule. Sequoia is on the brink of its first nine-win season since 2012. TKA has won six in a row since opening the season with losses to Mountain View and Menlo School. Sequoia’s Johnny Larios has thrown for 11 touchdowns without an interception and has run for five TDs. Junior halfbacks Logan Kern and Luck Ulrich have combined for 500-plus rushing yards, and defensive backs Jack Elgaaen and Luke Rowell have intercepted three passes apiece. TKA’s Jeaden Underwood has rushed for 1,008 yards and 12 TDs and caught seven passes for 116 yards and two TDs. Tylek Barnett helps stretch the field with 29 receptions for 616 yards and seven TDs. Linebacker Matthew Kennedy has 99 tackles, including nine behind the line of scrimmage. — Joseph Dycus 

Granada (4-4, 2-0) at Foothill (5-4, 3-0), 7 p.m.: Granada is Foothill’s last hurdle in the Pleasanton school’s quest for a third consecutive undefeated record in East Bay Athletic League Valley Division play. Foothill went 4-0 against league opponents in the pandemic-shortened spring 2021 season and 4-0 last fall. If Granada wins, the division race could end with two one-loss teams at the top of the standings. Granada still has one game left after this one, next week against crosstown rival Livermore. Granada and Livermore each have one league loss. Foothill is 16-2 against Granada in the MaxPreps era (2004-present) and has won the past three games between the teams. The Falcons barely survived last week against Dublin, prevailing in overtime 28-22 as Chris Lawson caught three touchdown passes to lead the way. Lawson has 11 TD receptions this season. Before last week’s bye, Granada beat Dublin 28-21 and Dougherty Valley 24-22 to open league play. Quinn Boyd threw two TD passes and ran for one and sophomore Peyton Richards had 100-plus receiving yards against Dougherty Valley. — Darren Sabedra

Mt. Eden (5-3, 2-1) at Berkeley (5-3, 3-0), 7 p.m.: Berkeley is closing in on the MVAL/WACC Mission Division championship. The Yellow Jackets, who finish their league schedule against Irvington next week, have won three in a row and hold a one-game lead over Mt. Eden and Moreau Catholic. Berkeley wide receiver Jackson Harris makes quarterback Drew Henderson’s life on a football field easier. Harris has caught 18 touchdowns and run for one. Mt. Eden is coming off a win over Washington-Fremont. Safety Michael Gastrock and linebacker Andres Viernes are both solid defenders for Mt. Eden, and quarterback Kyree Fudge is an elusive runner who can make plays. Among common opponents, one stands out: Mt. Eden lost to Hayward 41-7. Berkeley beat Hayward 44-41 last week. — Joseph Dycus

Saturday

No. 15 Menlo-Atherton (5-3, 3-1) at No. 7 Sacred Heart Prep (7-1, 3-0), 2 p.m.: This could be a low-scoring contest. Jurrion Dickey, M-A’s five-star wide receiver, will not play against Sacred Heart Prep. The Oregon commit is recovering from what he described to BANG correspondent David Kiefer as a “little meniscus tear.” Dickey added that he will “be back this year,” but M-A coach Chris Saunders texted that it won’t be Saturday. Meanwhile, SHP’s leading rusher, Andrew Latu, has returned. He had eight carries for 31 yards last week against Aragon after he had only two carries against Half Moon Bay and missed the entire Burlingame contest. This game will determine the winner of the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division. SHP is 3-0 in league play. If it beats M-A but loses to Menlo in its regular-season finale, it would have the head-to-head advantage. The Bears are 3-1 in Bay play, so the same head-to-head deal applies if they win Saturday. Defense could determine the outcome. The Gators have allowed 60 points all season. M-A has yielded 50 in the four games Dickey has missed. Both teams still have plenty of potential offensive firepower. For SHP, in addition to Latu,  junior Anthony Noto has rushed for 390 yards and five TDs. WR Carter Shaw, son of Stanford coach David Shaw, has caught five TD passes. M-A’s running game features Sherrod Smith with 707 yards and 11 scores. The Bears also hand the ball to Jordan Masuisui, a 5-9, 270-pound junior. Jayden Moss, the younger brother of former M-A star Jalen Moss, has a team-leading 25 catches. — Mike Lefkow

Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 27

SOUTH BAY/PENINSULA/SF

BVAL Mt. Hamilton

Oak Grove at Christopher, 7 p.m.   

Santa Teresa at Lincoln-San Jose, 7:30 p.m.   

Leland at Live Oak, 7 p.m.   

BVAL West Valley

Evergreen Valley at Del Mar, 7 p.m.   

Lick at Hill, 7 p.m.   

Yerba Buena at San Jose, 7 p.m.   

Mt. Pleasant at Willow Glen, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL Bay

Menlo School at Burlingame, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL Lake

Lynbrook at South San Francisco, 7 p.m.   

Friday, Oct. 28

EAST BAY

Bay Valley

Antioch at Freedom, 7 p.m.   

Deer Valley at Liberty, 7 p.m.   

Pittsburg at Heritage, 7 p.m.   

DAL Foothill

Miramonte at Acalanes, 7 p.m.   

Las Lomas at Campolindo, 7 p.m.   

Northgate at Benicia, 7 p.m.   

DAL Valley

Alhambra at Ygnacio Valley, 7 p.m.   

Mt. Diablo at College Park, 7 p.m.   

Berean Christian at Concord, 7 p.m.   

EBAL Mountain

Clayton Valley at Monte Vista, 7 p.m.   

De La Salle at Amador Valley, 7 p.m.   

California at San Ramon Valley, 7 p.m.   

EBAL Valley

Granada at Foothill, 7 p.m.   

Livermore at Dublin, 7 p.m.  

MVAL/WACC Foothill

Logan at Bishop O’Dowd, 7 p.m.   

San Leandro at Castro Valley, 7 p.m.   

Tennyson at Encinal, 7 p.m.   

MVAL/WACC Mission

Mt. Eden at Berkeley, 7 p.m.   

Irvington at Hayward, 7 p.m.   

Washington-Fremont at Moreau Catholic, 7 p.m.   

MVAL/WACC Shoreline

American vs. San Lorenzo at Washington-Fremont, 7 p.m.   

Arroyo at Newark Memorial, 7 p.m.   

Oakland Athletic League

Castlemont at Skyline, 7 p.m.   

Fremont-Oakland at McClymonds, 7 p.m.   

Oakland at Oakland Tech, 7 p.m.   

TCAL Rock

El Cerrito at De Anza, 7 p.m.   

TCAL Stone

Kennedy-Richmond at Richmond, 7 p.m.   

St. Patrick-St. Vincent at Vallejo, 7:30 p.m.   

SOUTH BAY/PENINSULA/SF

BVAL Santa Teresa-Foothill

Branham at Piedmont Hills, 7 p.m.   

Gilroy at Pioneer, 7 p.m.   

Independence at Silver Creek, 7 p.m.   

BVAL Santa Teresa-Valley

Sobrato at Leigh, 7 p.m.   

Gunderson at Overfelt, 7 p.m.   

Westmont at Prospect, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL De Anza

Los Gatos at Mountain View, 7 p.m.   

Milpitas at Palo Alto, 7 p.m.   

Homestead at Wilcox, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL Bay

Half Moon Bay at Aragon, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL Ocean

Hillsdale at Carlmont, 7 p.m.   

Capuchino at San Mateo, 7 p.m.   

Terra Nova at Jefferson, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL El Camino

King’s Academy at Sequoia, 7 p.m.   

Cupertino at Los Altos, 7 p.m.   

Gunn at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL Lake

Mills at Fremont-Sunnyvale, 7 p.m.   

Saratoga at Woodside, 7 p.m.   

West Catholic

Mitty at Valley Christian, 7 p.m.   

Serra at St. Ignatius, 7 p.m.   

Bellarmine at St. Francis, 7 p.m.   

Saturday, Oct. 29

EAST BAY

MVAL/WACC Shoreline

Alameda vs. Kennedy-Fremont at Washington-Fremont, 1 p.m.   

TCAL Rock

Pinole Valley vs. Bethel at Vallejo, 7:30 p.m.   

Hercules at Salesian, 1:30 p.m.   

Non-league

Carrillo-Santa Rosa at St. Mary’s-Berkeley, 1 p.m.   

SOUTH BAY/PENINSULA/SF

PAL/SCVAL Bay

Menlo-Atherton at Sacred Heart Prep, 2 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL Lake

Monta Vista at El Camino, 1 p.m.   

West Catholic

Sacred Heart Cathedral at Riordan, 2 p.m.

How to report results/game details

We encourage Bay Area coaches or team statisticians to email the final score and key scoring plays (a few stats, if you have them) to highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com right after each game. Please include the school names in the subject line.

Predictions

Look here as the Bay Area News Group’s Darren Sabedra, Joseph Dycus, and correspondent Mike Lefkow make their weekly predictions.

   

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