Bay Area News Group high school football predictions: Section championship weekend

We’re nearing the end of our all-in-fun Bay Area News Group picks competition.

The race now between yours truly, Mike Lefkow and The Kid — aka Joseph Dycus — might be for second place as Lefkow’s lead over Dycus has shrunk to three games while my advantage over Lefkow has stretched to seven.

We pick 12 games this weekend — all five Central Coast Section finals, five North Coast Section finals, the Oakland Athletic League championship game and, as a bonus, the Southern Section Division I final at Rose Bowl between Mater Dei and St. John Bosco.

In the video podcast, we discuss the fascinating matchup in the CCS Division I final on Friday night between Serra and Archbishop Mitty of the West Catholic Athletic League. Serra, given the teams it has beaten and how it has played, is clearly one of the CCS’s all-time great teams. Mitty, given that it won one game last season, is one of the CCS’s all-time great stories.

We also discuss the wild storylines in the NCS Division I final between Clayton Valley Charter and Pittsburg. Who will feel more pressure in this game — CVC quarterback Christian Aguilar, Pittsburg quarterback Jaden Rashada or Pittsburg coach Victor Galli?

Aguilar, before transferring to Clayton Valley, started in place of the injured Rashada in last year’s NCS Division I final and beat Clayton Valley. Galli, after 21 years as Pittsburg’s coach, has announced that he will step down when the season ends. He and the Pirates obviously hope that won’t happen Friday.

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Saturday’s CCS Division II final: No. 5 Bellarmine (6-6) vs. No. 2 St. Ignatius (6-6) at San Jose City College, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Bellarmine

Dycus: Bellarmine

Lefkow: Bellarmine

Saturday’s CCS Division III final: No. 5 Hollister (7-5) vs. No. 3 Menlo School (7-5) at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Hollister

Dycus: Hollister

Lefkow: Menlo School

Saturday’s CCS Division IV final: No. 4 Santa Teresa (7-5) vs. No. 3 Branham (11-1) at San Jose City College, 1 p.m.

Sabedra: Branham

Dycus: Santa Teresa

Lefkow: Santa Teresa

Friday’s CCS Division V final: No. 5 Monterey (8-4) vs. No. 2 Palo Alto (6-6) at Sequoia HS, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Palo Alto

Dycus: Palo Alto

Lefkow: Palo Alto

Friday’s NCS Division III final: No. 2 Windsor (9-2) vs. No. 1 El Cerrito (12-0) at Benicia HS, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: El Cerrito

Dycus: El Cerrito

Lefkow: El Cerrito

Friday’s NCS Division V final: No. 2 Miramonte (8-4) vs. No. 1 San Marin (10-2) at Rancho Cotate HS, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: San Marin

Dycus: Miramonte

Lefkow: San Marin

Friday’s NCS Division VI final: No. 4 Pinole Valley (7-4) vs. No. 3 Justin-Siena (7-5) at Memorial Stadium in Napa, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Pinole Valley

Dycus: Pinole Valley

Lefkow: Pinole Valley

Saturday’s Oakland Section final: McClymonds (10-1) vs. Castlemont (6-5) at Fremont-Oakland HS, 6 p.m.

Sabedra: McClymonds

Dycus: McClymonds

Lefkow: McClymonds

Friday’s NCS Division II final: No. 2 Campolindo (12-0) vs. No. 1 San Ramon Valley (10-2) at Dublin HS, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Campolindo

Dycus: San Ramon Valley

Lefkow:San Ramon Valley

Friday’s CCS Division I final: No. 6 Archbishop Mitty (9-3) vs. No. 1 Serra (12-0) at San Jose City College, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Serra

Dycus: Serra

Lefkow: Serra

Friday’s NCS Division I final: No. 3 Clayton Valley Charter (8-4) vs. No. 2 Pittsburg (10-2) at Heritage HS, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Pittsburg

Dycus: Clayton Valley

Lefkow: Pittsburg

Friday’s Southern Section Division I final: No. 1 Mater Dei-Santa Ana (12-0) vs. No. 2 St. John Bosco-Bellflower (11-1) at Rose Bowl, 7:30 p.m.

Sabedra: Mater Dei

Dycus: St. John Bosco

Lefkow: Mater Dei


CCS Division I: No. 6 Archbishop Mitty 42, No. 2 St. Francis 41 (OT)

Sabedra: St. Francis (L)

Dycus: Archbishop Mitty (W)

Lefkow: St. Francis (L)

CCS Division II: No. 5 Bellarmine 21, No. 1 Wilcox 17

Sabedra: Wilcox (L)

Dycus: Wilcox (L)

Lefkow: Wilcox (L)

CCS Division II: No. 2 St. Ignatius 28, No. 3 Aptos 14

Sabedra: St. Ignatius (W)

Dycus: St. Ignatius (W)

Lefkow: Aptos (L)

CCS Division III: No. 3 Menlo School 21, No. 2 Live Oak 14

Sabedra: Menlo School (W)

Dycus: Live Oak (L)

Lefkow: Live Oak (L)

CCS Division IV: No. 3 Branham 68, No. 2 Mountain View 45

Sabedra: Branham (W)

Dycus: Branham (W)

Lefkow: Branham (W)

CCS Division IV: No. 4 Santa Teresa 31, No. 1 Sequoia 18

Sabedra: Santa Teresa (W)

Dycus: Santa Teresa (W)

Lefkow: Sequoia (L)

CCS Division V: No. 5 Monterey 37, No. 1 Westmont 14

Sabedra: Westmont (L)

Dycus: Westmont (L)

Lefkow: Westmont (L)

NCS Open/Division I: No. 3 Clayton Valley Charter 21, No. 4 Liberty 13

Sabedra: Clayton Valley Charter (W)

Dycus: Clayton Valley Charter (W)

Lefkow: Clayton Valley Charter (W)

NCS Division II: No. 1 San Ramon Valley 42, No. 4 Foothill 13

Sabedra: San Ramon Valley (W)

Dycus: San Ramon Valley (W)

Lefkow: San Ramon Valley (W)

NCS Division II: No. 2 Campolindo 42, No. 3 Rancho Cotate 41

Sabedra: Campolindo (W)

Dycus: Campolindo (W)

Lefkow: Campolindo (W)

NCS Division IV: No. 3 Cardinal Newman 17, No. 2 Acalanes 14

Sabedra: Acalanes (L)

Dycus: Acalanes (L)

Lefkow: Acalanes (L)

NCS Division V: No. 2 Miramonte 34, No. 3 Analy 6

Sabedra: Miramonte (W)

Dycus: Miramonte (W)

Lefkow: Miramonte (W)

NCS Open final: No. 1 De La Salle 30, No. 2 Pittsburg 23

Sabedra: De La Salle (W)

Dycus: De La Salle (W)

Lefkow: De La Salle (W)

CCS Division I: No. 1 Serra 57, No. 4 Salinas 21

Sabedra: Serra (W)

Dycus: Serra (W)

Lefkow: Serra (W)

NCS Division VI: No. 4 Pinole Valley 20, No. 1 St. Mary’s-Berkeley 7

Sabedra: St. Mary’s-Berkeley (L)

Dycus: St. Mary’s-Berkeley (L)

Lefkow: St. Mary’s-Berkeley (L)


Dycus: 10-5

Sabedra: 10-5

Lefkow: 7-8


Sabedra: 136-61

Lefkow: 129-68


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