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Bay Area high school football 2022: Week 8 preview, schedule

Clayton Valley has sizzled the past two weeks, winning road games against Jesuit-Carmichael and Amador Valley.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier Friday as the Ugly Eagles visit San Ramon Valley, which will be aiming to bounce back from a 45-42 loss at McClymonds last week.

In Moraga, Campolindo will play host to Acalanes in a matchup of undefeated teams.

In the South Bay, rivals Archbishop Mitty and Bellarmine will collide at San Jose City College.

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Here is the Week 8 preview and schedule:

Top matchups

Friday

No. 3 De La Salle (3-3, 0-0) at No. 14 California (5-1, 1-0), 7 p.m.: A 45-35 loss to St. Mary’s-Stockton last week was De La Salle’s third to a NorCal team this season and fifth in the past 13 months, showing once again that the days of Spartan invincibility in the northern part of the state are gone. Should California defeat De La Salle on Friday, it will eliminate the last vestige of Spartan mystique: An unbeaten streak in North Coast Section play that has existed since Pittsburg defeated De La Salle in 1991. California’s Jayden Macedo has thrown for 10 touchdowns and no interceptions and does not seem like a quarterback DLS can rely on to gift the defense opportunities. Running back Devan Love has run for 364 yards as a reliable backfield option and is also a ballhawk on a defense that features pass rushers like Brody Bartusch (4.0 sacks). Running back Charles Greer is De La Salle’s most explosive player on offense, but the Spartans will need to get stops from a defense that struggled to do that last week. Notre Dame commit Cooper Flanagan will have an opportunity to impact the game as a defensive lineman when he isn’t playing tight end. — Joseph Dycus

No. 15 Clayton Valley Charter (3-3, 1-0) at No. 6 San Ramon Valley (5-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.: Fans attending Friday night’s EBAL Mountain showdown between Clayton Valley and San Ramon Valley might want to plan on being there late. Both teams will put the ball in the air. SRV junior quarterback Luke Baker, a shortstop committed to Santa Clara, has thrown for 2,010 yards – 335 yards per game – and 21 touchdowns. Last week he riddled McClymonds’ talented defense for 513 yards and five TDs in a 45-42 defeat. Clayton Valley senior Christian Aguilar transferred from Pittsburg after beating the Ugly Eagles in the North Coast Section playoffs last year. His passing numbers are 1,525 yards – 254.2 yards per game – and 13 touchdowns. The Uglies posted their second straight impressive win last week after a 1-3 start. They seem to be settling into their new offense, which includes a lot more passing. In fact, for the first time since 2016, CVC will not have a running back reach 1,000 yards. Clayton Valley has also played a tough schedule. This game should be a dandy with two good coaches (CVC’s Tim Murphy and SRV’s Aaron Becker), two talented quarterbacks and a plethora of excellent receivers. This game might take a few extra minutes to play, and it might be worth it. — Mike Lefkow

No. 13 Acalanes (6-0, 1-0) at No. 7 Campolindo (6-0, 1-0), 7 p.m.: This one will probably decide the Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division championship. Acalanes has breezed through six games, outscoring opponents 215-62. Campolindo hasn’t been as dominant, scoring 197 points and allowing 113. But the Cougars have successfully navigated a schedule that included Aptos and Windsor. Campo’s Kevin Macy and Acalanes’ Floyd Burnsed are among the Bay Area’s top coaches. Campo has had the upper hand in this matchup, winning 11 of the past 13 games between the teams. Trevor Rogers has been the primary offensive weapon for Acalanes. The junior has 31 receptions for 638 yards and 10 touchdowns. Acalanes has two effective QBs. Both are juniors. Sully Bailey has passed for 917 yards and eight TDs. Jake Boselli has thrown for 443 yards and four TDs. Campo’s Dashiell Weaver has passed for 1,435 yards and 17 TDs. Robbie Mascheroni is his favorite target. The 6-3 senior has caught 33 passes for 728 yards (22.1 yards per reception) and nine TDs. Two-thirds of Campo’s offense is through the air. Calpreps.com’s computer picks Acalanes to win 24-17. — Darren Sabedra

No. 11 Archbishop Mitty (5-1, 2-1) vs. No. 12 Bellarmine (3-3, 2-1) at SJCC, 7 p.m.: Bellarmine has scored 10 points in its past two games, albeit one was against top-ranked Serra. The Bells lost to Serra 28-7 last week after beating Archbishop Riordan 3-0 in their previous game. RB Ben Pfaff did not play against Serra after suffering an ankle injury early against Riordan. Pfaff’s status is week-to-week, coach Jalal Beauchman said after the Serra game. Bellarmine will probably need more than three points to beat Mitty, which rolled past Riordan 34-13 last week after falling at Serra 35-7 a week earlier. Wills Towers threw for 269 yards and three TDs — two to Danny Scudero — in the victory over Riordan. Scudero finished with four catches for 125 yards. Bellarmine is 11-7-1 against Mitty in the MaxPreps era (2004 to present) and won last year’s game between the teams 42-24. Calpreps.com’s computer is taking Mitty, 28-14. — Darren Sabedra

No. 17 Half Moon Bay (5-1, 1-1) at Menlo School (4-2, 1-0), 3 p.m.: These teams have played 13 times since 2005. On only three occasions has the game been decided by one score. Half Moon Bay won all three. The schools split the other 10 contests. Most were one-sided. None of the last four – two wins for each team – has been closer than 17 points. Will it be more of the same Friday? Half Moon Bay appears to be much-improved after back-to-back .500 seasons. There are no cupcakes left on the Cougars’ schedule, but a win against Menlo makes a 9-1 regular season a distinct possibility. The Knights were bound to take a step back after last year’s 12-1 season. Still, they are 20-4 under third-year coach Todd Smith, and senior Jake Bianchi, who has replaced Sergio Beltran at quarterback, is passing for 208.3 yards per game. He has thrown 11 TD passes. Menlo’s two defeats have come in the East Bay, 38-14 at Freedom and 14-6 at Amador Valley. That’s not a good sign for the Knights. The calpreps.com computer ranks Half Moon Bay 143rd in California, significantly higher than Amador Valley (173) or Freedom (178). The Cougars prefer to run, averaging 271.5 yards per game rushing to 97.3 ypg passing. Senior PJ Modena has rushed for 809 yards and nine TDs, and six of his teammates also have rushing TDs. — Mike Lefkow

Live Oak (5-1, 1-0) at Santa Teresa (4-2, 1-0), 7 p.m.: Two of the better teams in the Blossom Valley Athletic League’s Mt. Hamilton Division rely on stingy defenses to make plays. Live Oak’s Keaton Dietz and Raymond Rameriz both have pick-sixes this season. Jordan Fuentes leads the team with 704 rushing yards and also has returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Meanwhile, Santa Teresa has given up a combined 16 points over its last three games thanks to a turnover-forcing defense. Safety Joshua Reyes averages almost 10 tackles per game, and cornerback Noah Gardere has a fumble recovery and an interception. Jeffrey Kerr has five sacks and seven tackles for loss on a defense that has 14 sacks on the season. Live Oak routed Oak Grove 41-14 last week. Santa Teresa had a bye. — Joseph Dycus 

Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 13

EAST BAY

MVAL/WACC Shoreline

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

SOUTH BAY/PENINSULA/SF

BVAL Santa Teresa-Foothill

Independence at Gilroy, 7 p.m.   

BVAL Santra Teresa-Valley

Overfelt at Prospect, 7 p.m.   

Westmont at Leigh, 7 p.m.   

BVAL West Valley

Del Mar at Yerba Buena, 7 p.m.   

Hill at Evergreen Valley, 7 p.m.   

San Jose at Mt. Pleasant, 7 p.m.   

Willow Glen at Lick, 7 p.m.   

Friday, Oct. 14

EAST BAY

Bay Valley

Heritage at Antioch, 7 p.m.   

Freedom at Liberty, 7 p.m.   

Pittsburg at Deer Valley, 7 p.m.

   

DAL Foothill

Acalanes at Campolindo, 7 p.m.   

Las Lomas at Northgate, 7 p.m.   

Benicia at Miramonte, 7 p.m.   

DAL Valley

Alhambra at Mt. Diablo, 7 p.m.   

Ygnacio Valley at Concord, 7 p.m.   

EBAL Mountain

Amador Valley at Monte Vista, 7 p.m.   

De La Salle at California, 7 p.m.   

Clayton Valley at San Ramon Valley, 7 p.m.   

EBAL Valley

Foothill at Livermore, 7 p.m.   

Dougherty Valley at Granada, 7 p.m.   

MVAL/WACC Foothill

Encinal at Bishop O’Dowd, 7 p.m.   

Logan at Castro Valley, 7 p.m.   

San Leandro at Tennyson, 7 p.m.   

MVAL/WACC Mission

Hayward at Moreau Catholic, 7 p.m.   

Mt. Eden vs. Irvington at Washington-Fremont, 7 p.m.   

MVAL/WACC Shoreline

Arroyo vs. Alameda at Thompson Field in Alameda, 7 p.m.   

American at Newark Memorial, 7 p.m.   

Oakland Athletic League

Castlemont at Oakland, 7 p.m.   

McClymonds at Skyline, 7 p.m.   

Oakland Tech at Fremont-Oakland, 7 p.m.   

TCAL Rock

Bethel at Hercules, 7 p.m.   

El Cerrito at Pinole Valley, 7 p.m.   

SOUTH BAY/PENINSULA/SF

BVAL Mt. Hamilton

Leland at Christopher, 7 p.m.   

Lincoln-San Jose at Oak Grove, 7 p.m.   

Live Oak at Santa Teresa, 7 p.m.   

BVAL Santa Teresa-Foothill

Piedmont Hills at Pioneer, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL De Anza

Los Gatos at Homestead, 7 p.m.   

Mountain View at Milpitas, 7 p.m.   

Palo Alto at Wilcox, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL El Camino

King’s Academy at Cupertino, 7 p.m.   

Santa Clara at Los Altos, 7 p.m.   

Sequoia at Gunn, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL Bay

Aragon at Menlo-Atherton, 7 p.m.   

Half Moon Bay at Menlo School, 3 p.m.   

Sacred Heart Prep at Burlingame, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL Ocean

Jefferson at Hillsdale, 7 p.m.   

Carlmont at San Mateo, 7 p.m.   

Terra Nova at Capuchino, 7 p.m.   

PAL/SCVAL Lake

Saratoga at El Camino, 7 p.m.   

Lynbrook at Monta Vista, 7 p.m.   

Mills at South San Francisco, 7 p.m.   

Woodside at Fremont-Sunnyvale, 7 p.m.   

West Catholic

Mitty vs. Bellarmine at San Jose City College, 7 p.m.   

St. Ignatius vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, 7 p.m.   

St. Francis at Valley Christian, 7 p.m.   

Saturday, Oct. 15

EAST BAY

DAL Valley

College Park at Berean Christian, 12:30 p.m.   

MVAL/WACC Mission

Washington-Fremont at Berkeley, 2:30 p.m.

TCAL Rock

De Anza at Salesian, 1 p.m.   

TCAL Stone

Vallejo at St. Mary’s-Berkeley, 1:30 p.m.   

St. Patrick-St. Vincent at Kennedy-Richmond, 2 p.m.   

SOUTH BAY/PENINSULA/SF

BVAL Santa Teresa-Valley

Gunderson at Sobrato, 2:30 p.m.   

West Catholic

Serra 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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