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Games to watch this weekend

Friday

No. Four Pittsburg (7-Three) at No. 1 De La Salle (10-Zero) in NCS Open Division semifinal, 7 p.m.: This would be the 15th playoff assembly between the groups since Pittsburg beat De La Salle in a 1991 North Coast Part remaining. DLS has gained the earlier 14, together with within the part’s Open Division last final season, by a mean of almost 34 factors per recreation. Pittsburg, ranked fourth by the Bay Space Information Group, is as soon as once more a heavy underdog towards the top-ranked Spartans, this time with no margin for error. The loser Friday will see its season finish. Pittsburg hoped for a rematch towards DLS within the Open last — which has a margin for error becuase the finalists within the Open transfer on to state video games — however these hopes fell by the wayside with tight losses at house towards Clayton Valley Constitution and Liberty. De La Salle hasn’t had a difficult recreation in additional than a month because it cruised via Monte Vista, Foothill, San Ramon Valley and California in East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division play. Pittsburg bounced again from a three-point loss to Liberty to rout Antioch to shut the common season.

— Darren Sabedra

No. 7 San Leandro (6-5) at No. 2 California (7-Three) in NCS Division I quarterfinal, 7 p.m.: This was the hardest division to seed, particularly the highest 5 groups. California beating out three, 4 and 5 seeds Freedom, San Ramon Valley and Monte Vista, respectively, for the No. 2 seed was justified provided that it suffered a aggressive loss to Antioch and beat Freedom and San Ramon Valley. A Cal protection that yielded 16.Eight factors per recreation towards its 9 opponents not named De La Salle gained’t be straightforward to clear up for the guests. San Leandro is 5-1 since a 1-Four begin. Its solely loss in that stretch was by three factors to Bishop O’Dowd, ranked No. 10 within the Bay Space Information Group Prime 25. However the Pirates’ final three wins have been by a mixed 16 factors, and none of these opponents are shut to being nearly as good as No. 16 California. Accidents have been a problem, however coach Brad Bowers stated three of his key gamers — main rusher Osaho Aihie, operating again Jordan Mason and lineman Rashaan Malik Carr — are wholesome. San Leandro runs a reasonably balanced assault, averaging 33 extra yards per recreation on the bottom than passing. Till operating into De La Salle on Oct. 26, Cal had gained three in a row and gave up simply 20 factors in these contests, which included a 21-17 win over San Ramon Valley. The Grizzlies have three strong runners in Adrian Atta, Jahmal Cornwell and Caden Jarvis. Cameron Fitzpatrick is a productive tight finish and Gary Wendschlag is a top quality receiver.

— Mike Lefkow

No. 7 Milpitas (6-Four) at No. 2 Menlo-Atherton (Eight-2) in CCS Open Division I quarterfinal, 5 p.m.: A blind draw on the CCS seeding assembly units up a 3rd assembly in as a few years for these groups within the Open Division I bracket. M-A seeks to avenge a loss in final yr’s semifinals and can depend on a protection anchored by Washington commit Noa Ngalu within the trenches and inside linebacker Daniel Heimuli, who listed Alabama, Oregon, UCLA, Utah and Washington as his remaining 5 faculties. Milpitas has scored 82 factors in its previous two video games, wins over Cupertino and Fremont-Sunnyvale. In losses to Salinas, Palo Alto and Wilcox — all within the Open I bracket — the Trojans have scored a mixed 20 factors. Due to an settlement with the town of Atherton limiting the variety of night time video games, the beginning time was adjusted accordingly.

— Vytas Mazeika

No. 6 Los Gatos (6-Four) at No. Three Palo Alto (9-1) in CCS Open Division I quarterfinal, 7 p.m.: If this matchup sounds very acquainted, it’s as a result of these groups performed Oct. 26, a 35-10 Palo Alto win. The truth is, Los Gatos has not performed a recreation since then as a result of it had a bye final week. It’s additionally been solely two years since these groups met within the playoffs, a 31-6 Los Gatos victory within the first spherical of Open Division II. Within the Oct. 26 recreation, Palo Alto had a 14-10 halftime lead earlier than outscoring Los Gatos 21-Zero within the third quarter. The 35 factors is probably the most the Wildcats, who’ve three shutouts, have given up in a recreation this season. Offensively, Los Gatos likes to unfold the ball round, because it has 9 gamers with greater than 100 yards dashing this season. Palo Alto, ranked ninth by the Bay Space Information Group, has a four-game profitable streak and its solely loss this season is to the No. 1 seed in Open Division I, Wilcox (10-Zero). The Vikings’ offense, behind the passing of Jackson Chryst and the operating of Aiden Chang, has been highly effective. Palo Alto has averaged 364.Three yards and 37.1 factors per recreation and has scored at the very least 21 factors in each recreation.

— Phil Jensen

Saturday

No. Three Clayton Valley Constitution (9-1) at No. 2 Liberty (10-Zero) in NCS Open Division semifinal, 7 p.m.: There’s extra on the road in this one than advancing to the part’s Open ultimate. The winner will qualify for a state recreation regardless of the end result within the last. Clayton Valley has performed in this spherical every season because the NCS added a four-team Open Division in 2016, dropping to De La Salle on the 2 earlier events. Liberty can be making its maiden voyage into the Open after profitable the NCS Division I championship final season. Liberty gained its first league championship in 33 years on its means to an ideal common season. The staff’s three-headed monster of quarterback Jay Butterfield, receiver Sianoe Vaki and operating again Tyerell Sturges-Cofer get a lot of the consideration. However the Lions’ assault additionally consists of standouts Jerrin Easter-Williams and Adrik Lamar, who mixed for 9 receptions within the staff’s largest win of the season, 24-21 over Pittsburg three weeks in the past. Clayton Valley additionally gained narrowly at Pittburg however misplaced 35-34 at residence towards Antioch, which was pummeled by Liberty 52-Zero. Makhi Gervais (1,419 yards, 17 TDs) and Carson Sumter (828 yards, 11 TDs) lead Clayton Valley’s dashing recreation. Logan Sumter handles the passing duties. He has thrown for 1,360 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. CVC is Eight-1 towards Liberty since 2004, however the groups haven’t met in six years.

— Darren Sabedra

No. 5 Monte Vista (7-Three) at No. Four San Ramon Valley (6-Four) in NCS Division I quarterfinal, 7 p.m.: After each groups had first-round byes, the Wolves and the Mustangs face one another for the second time in three weeks, with San Ramon Valley internet hosting the sport after it gained 17-10 at Monte Vista on Oct. 26. Job No. 1 for Monte Vista’s protection will probably be slowing down Stanford-bound Tristan Sinclair, who scored two touchdowns, together with the game-winner on a 13-yard run within the remaining minute, to carry San Ramon Valley. Monte Vista is 5-1 this season when quarterback Jack Stewardson throws for 200 yards or extra. He enters the sport with 2,175 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. He had 169 yards passing two weeks in the past. That is San Ramon Valley’s first playoff recreation at residence since 2012, and the primary time the 2 rivals are enjoying one another within the postseason because the 2011 Division I semifinals. Word: In partnership with norcalsportstv.com, the sport might be streamed by the NFHS Community and proven stay to Comcast subscribers in Danville, Alamo, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Nice Hill and Martinez on CCTV Channel 26.

— Curtis Pashelka

No. 5 Marin Catholic (Eight-Three) at No. Four Granada (9-2) in NCS Division II quarterfinal, 7 p.m.: One of many extra intriguing matchups of the weekend no matter division. A victory over Marin Catholic can be an enormous assertion by No. 21 Granada. The Matadors suffered their solely losses to ranked opponents California and San Ramon Valley, however they don’t have a signature win, both. Marin Catholic has gained seven in a row since opening 1-Three. These defeats have been towards No. 18 Campolindo, No. 17 McClymonds and No. 13 Antioch. Marin Catholic coach Mazi Moayed has by no means gained fewer than 10 video games throughout his eight full seasons on the faculty, and his groups are Eight-Zero of their second playoff recreation. Miramonte is a three-time sufferer. Marin Catholic runs a balanced offense. One of the best participant is junior Jamar Sekona, a 6-foot-Three, 305-pound defensive deal with who has presents from Cal and USC. Granada’s most harmful participant is senior Malini Ti’a. The Matadors use him to run the ball and receiver it, and he is a wonderful defensive again. Fullback Octavio Morales is a troublesome runner who excels briefly yardage conditions. Granada additionally likes to pound the ball with operating again Zack MacIntire. A key might be how the Mats will match up with Marin Catholic’s line on offense and protection.

— Mike Lefkow

No. 11 Terra Linda (7-Four) at No. Three Las Lomas (11-Zero) in NCS Division III quarterfinal, 7 p.m.: Apart from staying undefeated, Las Lomas is trying to win two NCS playoff video games in a season for the primary time since 2008. The Knights’ big success within the common season carried over to the postseason as they scored the primary 27 factors of their playoff opener towards Newark Memorial on their approach to a 54-7 victory. Las Lomas, ranked No. 11 by Bay Space Information Group, has allowed a complete of solely 20 factors in its previous eight video games. Terra Linda, which had a 5-2 document within the Marin County Athletic League, upset No. 6 Pinole Valley 21-20 final week. The visiting Trojans took a 21-14 lead within the third quarter and held on for the victory. Terra Linda has constructed a five-game profitable streak since a 35-6 loss to Marin Catholic on Sept. 28.

— Phil Jensen

No. 5 Miramonte (Eight-Three) at No. Four El Cerrito (Eight-Three) in NCS Division III quarterfinal, 7 p.m.: The Matadors face the Gauchos in a rematch of a heart-stopping Division III first spherical recreation from final yr when Miramonte erased a double-digit El Cerrito lead late within the fourth quarter to pull out a 31-30 win. El Cerrito is on a six-game win streak, and is coming off a 55-7 victory over No. 13 Tamalpais. The Gauchos had a 41-Zero lead at halftime. Miramonte hoped for the No. Four seed so it might have this recreation at residence. However the Matadors are 5-1 on the street this season, and are coming off a 48-21 win at No. 12 Alameda final week during which they scored 34 factors within the second half. Each Miramonte and El Cerrito this season beat Acalanes and De Anza and misplaced to Campolindo.

— Curtis Pashelka

No. 7 St. Ignatius (Three-7) at No. 2 Sacred Coronary heart Prep (9-1) in CCS Open Division III quarterfinal, 1 p.m.: Solely Aragon at 2-Eight has a worse document in the whole CCS playoffs, however a 34-Zero victory over Bellarmine to shut out the common season secured the facility factors wanted for SI to qualify as an at-large group. The reward is a visit to Atherton to face an SHP squad that prides itself on profitable the battle within the trenches, led by defensive linemen Jake Davison and Joey Dahlkemper together with center linebacker John Willard, who scored three touchdowns final week in a 53-15 rout of neighbor Menlo Faculty within the Valpo Bowl.

— Vytas Mazeika

North Coast Part playoffs

Open Division

Friday

No. Four Pittsburg (7-Three) at No. 1 De La Salle (10-Zero), 7 p.m.

Saturday

No. Three Clayton Valley Constitution (9-1) at No. 2 Liberty (10-Zero), 7 p.m.

Division I

Scond spherical

Friday

No. Eight Classic (9-2) at No. 1 Antioch (7-Three), 7 p.m.

No. 7 San Leandro (6-5) at No. 2 California (7-Three), 7 p.m.

Saturday

No. 5 Monte Vista (7-Three) at No. Four San Ramon Valley (6-Four), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Amador Valley (Eight-2) at No. Three Freedom (7-Three), 7 p.m.

Division II

Second spherical

Friday

No. Eight American Canyon (6-5) at No. 1 Rancho Cotate (10-1), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Benicia (Eight-Three) at No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd (9-2), 7 p.m.

Saturday

No. 5 Marin Catholic (Eight-Three) at No. Four Granada (9-2), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Ukiah (Eight-Three) at No. Three Campolindo (9-2), 7 p.m.

Division III

Second spherical

Friday

No. Eight Encinal (Eight-Three) at No. 1 Cardinal Newman (10-1), 7 p.m.

No. 7 De Anza (7-Four) at No. 2 Eureka (11-Zero), 7 p.m.

Saturday

No. 5 Miramonte (Eight-Three) at No. Four El Cerrito (Eight-Three), 7 p.m.

No. 11 Terra Linda (7-Four) at No. Three Las Lomas (11-Zero), 7 p.m.

Division IV

Second spherical

Friday

No. Eight St. Patrick-St. Vincent (6-5) at No. 1 Moreau Catholic (10-Zero), 7 p.m.

No. 10 Justin-Siena (5-6) at No. 2 Del Norte (Eight-2), 7 p.m.

Saturday

No. 5 St. Bernard’s (7-Four) at No. Four San Marin (7-Three), 1 p.m.

No. 6 Fortuna (6-5) at No. Three Kennedy-Richmond (Eight-2), 7 p.m.

Division V

Second spherical

Friday

No. Eight Cloverdale (7-Four) at No. 1 Kelseyville (9-1), 7 p.m.

Saturday

No. 7 St. Helena (7-Four) at No. 2 Salesian (6-Four), 1 p.m.

No. Three Stellar Prep (Three-6) at No. 6 Berean Christian (5-Four), 1 p.m.

No. 5 Middletown (Eight-Three) at No. Four Fort Bragg (7-Four), 7 p.m.

Central Coast Part playoffs

Open Division I

Friday

No. 6 Los Gatos (6-Four) at No. Three Palo Alto (9-1), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Milpitas (6-Four) at No. 2 Menlo-Atherton (Eight-2), 5 p.m.

No. 5 San Benito (6-Four) at No. Four Salinas (7-Three), 7 p.m.

No. Eight Piedmont Hills (Four-6) at No. 1 Wilcox (10-Zero), 7 p.m.

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Open Division II

Friday

No. 6 Mitty (5-5) at No. Three Oak Grove (6-Four), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Christopher (5-5) at No. 2 Valley Christian (Eight-2), 7 p.m.

No. 5 Serra (6-Four) at No. Four Leland (6-Four), 7 p.m.

No. Eight Aragon (2-Eight) at No. 1 St. Francis (9-1), 7 p.m.

Open Division III

Friday

No. 6 Sacred Coronary heart Cathedral (5-5) at No. Three Reside Oak (Eight-2), 7 p.m.

No. 5 Aptos (Eight-2) at No. Four Terra Nova (Eight-2), 7 p.m.

No. Eight Pioneer (Four-6) vs. No. 1 Palma (9-1) at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas, 7 p.m.

Saturday

No. 7 St. Ignatius (Three-7) at No. 2 Sacred Coronary heart Prep (9-1), 1 p.m.

Division IV

Friday

No. 6 Santa Clara (6-Four) at No. Three Overfelt (Eight-2), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Mountain View (6-Four) at No. 2 Burlingame (Eight-2), 7 p.m.

No. 5 Carlmont (Eight-2) at No. Four Willow Glen (7-Three), 7 p.m.

No. Eight Soledad (Three-7) at No. 1 Independence (10-Zero), 7 p.m.

Division V

Friday

No. 6 Del Mar (6-Four) at No. Three The King’s Academy (Eight-2), 7 p.m.

No. 7 Monte Vista Christian (5-5) vs. No. 2 Monterey (9-1) at Monterey Peninsula School, 7 p.m.

No. 5 Saratoga (6-Four) at No. Four Gonzales (10-Zero), 7 p.m.

Saturday

No. Eight Mt. Nice (6-Four) at No. 1 Carmel (10-Zero), 1 p.m.


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