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Bay Area News Group high school football predictions: Week 3, 2023

It’s time for another week of high school football picks.

Joseph Dycus and yours truly went 10-6 in Week 2 to pull even with Mike Lefkow in the season standings. Lefkow finished 9-7.

We’re all 18-14 through two weekends.

We pick 16 more games in Week 3, highlighted by De La Salle’s return to St. Francis for the first time since the Lancers stunned the Concord powerhouse two years ago, ending the Spartans’ 30-year unbeaten streak against regional opponents.

We also pick Amador Valley at Acalanes, Bishop O’Dowd at McClymonds, Grant-Sacramento at Los Gatos and several more.

In our video roundtable, we discuss De La Salle’s vulnerability, Serra’s dominance and whether this week’s trip to Central Catholic-Modesto is a trap game and McClymonds’ reloaded roster.

“I think De La Salle has come back to the pack a little bit and, to be honest, I am not sure they’re going to get through their schedule, the North Coast Section part of the schedule, unbeaten,” Lefkow said.

Wait. You think DLS will lose to an NCS team for the first time since 1991?

“I could see them losing to San Ramon Valley,” Lefkow added, referring to a matchup between the teams on Oct. 13 at SRV. “I don’t think anybody else in the EBAL is capable of beating them. Well, maybe Clayton Valley, but I don’t know. I think San Ramon Valley is a real good team, and it’s going to depend on what kind of attitude they take into the game.

“Then you get into the playoffs. We don’t know how good Pittsburg is right now. We’re getting an idea, but we’re not sure yet how good Pittsburg is. That Division I in NCS is loaded.”

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Enjoy the video.

WEEK 3 PICKS

Friday

Amador Valley (1-1) at Acalanes (0-2), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Amador Valley

Dycus: Acalanes

Lefkow: Acalanes

Bellarmine (1-1) at Monte Vista (2-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Monte Vista

Dycus: Monte Vista

Lefkow: Monte Vista

Hillsdale (2-0) at Woodside (2-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Woodside

Dycus: Woodside

Lefkow: Woodside

Leigh (2-0) at Mountain View (1-1), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Mountain View

Dycus: Mountain View

Lefkow: Mountain View

Hollister (1-1) at Valley Christian (2-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Valley Christian

Dycus: Valley Christian

Lefkow: Valley Christian

Wood-Vacaville (3-0) at Liberty (1-1), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Liberty

Dycus: Liberty

Lefkow: Liberty

Windsor (0-1) at Campolindo (1-1), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Campolindo

Dycus: Campolindo

Lefkow: Campolindo

Grant-Sacramento (2-1) at Los Gatos (2-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Grant

Dycus: Los Gatos

Lefkow: Los Gatos

Bishop O’Dowd (1-1) at McClymonds (1-0), 7:15 p.m.

Sabedra: McClymonds

Dycus: McClymonds

Lefkow: McClymonds

San Ramon Valley (2-0) at Elk Grove (1-2), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: San Ramon Valley

Dycus: San Ramon Valley

Lefkow: San Ramon Valley

Serra (2-0) at Central Catholic-Modesto (2-1), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Serra

Dycus: Serra

Lefkow: Serra

De La Salle (0-2) at St. Francis (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Sabedra: De La Salle

Dycus: St. Francis

Lefkow: De La Salle

Saturday

Salesian (2-0) at St. Mary’s-Berkeley (2-0), 1:30 p.m.

Sabedra: Salesian

Dycus: St. Mary’s-Berkeley

Lefkow: St. Mary’s-Berkeley

St. Bonaventure-Ventura (1-2) at Riordan (2-0), 2 p.m.

Sabedra: Riordan

Dycus: Riordan

Lefkow: Riordan

Sacred Heart Prep (1-1) at Palo Alto (2-0), 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Sacred Heart Prep

Dycus: Palo Alto

Lefkow: Sacred Heart Prep

Clayton Valley (1-1) at Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills (3-0), 7:30 p.m.

Sabedra: Oak Ridge

Dycus: Clayton Valley

Lefkow: Oak Ridge

WEEK 2 RESULTS

San Mateo 34, Half Moon Bay 8

Sabedra: HMB (L)

Dycus: HMB (L)

Lefkow: HMB (L)

Wilcox 19, Hollister 9

Sabedra: Wilcox (W)

Dycus: Wilcox (W)

Lefkow: Hollister (L)

Amador Valley 6, Campolindo 0

Sabedra: Campolindo (L)

Dycus: Campolindo (L)

Lefkow: Campolindo (L)

Mitty 41, Aptos 28

Sabedra: Mitty (W)

Dycus: Mitty (W)

Lefkow: Mitty (W)

Los Gatos 35, Liberty 34

Sabedra: Los Gatos (W)

Dycus: Los Gatos (W)

Lefkow: Los Gatos (W)

McClymonds 40, Bellarmine 0

Sabedra: Bellarmine (L)

Dycus: McClymonds (W)

Lefkow: Bellarmine (L)

Menlo-Atherton 20, Elk Grove 14

Sabedra: Elk Grove (L)

Dycus: Elk Grove (L)

Lefkow: Elk Grove (L)

Palo Alto 38, Leland 20

Sabedra: Leland (L)

Dycus: Leland (L)

Lefkow: Leland (L)

Leigh 21, Pioneer 7

Sabedra: Leigh (W)

Dycus: Pioneer (L)

Lefkow: Leigh (W)

Pittsburg 41, Granite Bay 21

Sabedra: Pittsburg (W)

Dycus: Pittsburg (W)

Lefkow: Pittsburg (W)

St. Francis 28, Monterey Trail-Elk Grove 21

Sabedra: Monterey Trail (L)

Dycus: St. Francis (W)

Lefkow: Monterey Trail (L)

Monte Vista 50, San Leandro 8

Sabedra: Monte Vista (W)

Dycus: Monte Vista (W)

Lefkow: Monte Vista (W)

San Ramon Valley 44, Acalanes 21

Sabedra: SRV (W)

Dycus: SRV (W)

Lefkow: SRV (W)

Valley Christian 16, Salinas 8

Sabedra: Valley Christian (W)

Dycus: Valley Christian (W)

Lefkow: Valley Christian (W)

Sacred Heart Prep 42, Sacred Heart Cathedral 23

Sabedra: SHP (W)

Dycus: SHP (W)

Lefkow: SHP (W)

Serra 28, De La Salle 0

Sabedra: Serra (W)

Dycus: DLS (L)

Lefkow: Serra (W)

WEEK 2 STANDINGS

Dycus: 10-6

Sabedra: 10-6

Lefkow: 9-7

SEASON STANDINGS

Lefkow: 18-14

Dycus: 18-14

Sabedra: 18-14

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