High school football: Bay Area games to watch this weekend


No. 13 California (6-0, 1-0) at No. 1 De La Salle (6-1, 1-0), 7 p.m.: California has been one of the surprise teams of the season, its undefeated start highlighted by a 17-14 victory over Clayton Valley Charter in an East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division opener last week. But, like most teams on De La Salle’s schedule, the Grizzlies will be a heavy underdog Friday night. California is 0-16 against De La Salle in the MapPreps era (2004-present) and has scored just nine points in the past five meetings between the teams, including four shutouts. Three of California’s wins this season have been by a total of nine points. Last week, Teddy Booras threw a 30-yard pass to Belal Alatasi for the go-ahead touchdown with 49 seconds left, and linebacker Josh Gerlach sealed the win with an interception. Da La Salle has won six in a row since opening the season with a 24-14 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas-Florida. The Spartans are coming off a 49-14 win over Monte Vista as Shamar Garrett (13 carries, 110 yards, two TDs) and James Coby (five carries, 103 yards, one TD) led the ground attack and Dorian Hale threw for 183 yards and a TD.

— Darren Sabedra

No. 19 Archbishop Mitty (4-1, 2-0) at No. 2 Serra (5-0, 2-0), 7 p.m.: A trip to San Mateo will provide the ultimate litmus test for the Monarchs and second-year coach Sione Ta’ufo’ou. Mitty is on a three-game win streak after suffering its only loss, Sept. 7 at No. 11 Marin Catholic. The trio of quarterback Shamir Bey (855 passing yards, 8 TDs), running back Zach Tabangcura (452 yards, 6 TDs) and wide receiver Reymello Murphy (450 yards, 5 TDs) will be required to light up the scoreboard in order to keep pace with the unbeaten Padres, who are averaging 46 points per game. Dual-threat QB Daylin McLemore hasn’t missed a beat as the successor to Luke Bottari, who is now at College of San Mateo, which is ranked No. 1 in the state. Serra certainly doesn’t lack in weapons on offense between running back Nate Sanchez and wide receiver Terence Loville. On defense, the Padres recorded back-to-back shutouts to open play in the West Catholic Athletic League.

— Vytas Mazeika


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Foothill (5-1, 1-0) at No. 8 Monte Vista (4-2, 0-1), 7 p.m.: After surprising San Ramon Valley last week, all eyes will be on Foothill to see if it can spring another upset. Monte Vista has lost twice — to No. 1 De La Salle and No. 4 Liberty — and is the best …read more

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