The Hayward Area football capsules for Saturday’s games.
Castro Valley (1-6, 1-3) at Bishop O’Dowd (6-1, 3-1), 2:45 p.m.
Last week: Castro Valley lost to Hayward 47-27; Bishop O’Dowd lost to San Leandro 40-13
Notes: The Trojans were burned on the ground for 321 yards last week. Castro Valley’s defense is ranked No. 6 in the league, allowing 329 yards per game. The Trojans are second in the HAAL in offense (384.3 yards per game), led by QB Michael Rojas and WR’s Darnell Reed and Dominic Shortridge. The Dragons were bruised in last week’s loss, losing QB Matt Balich to injury and RB Mario Brown for part of the game. BOD’s defense was torched on the ground and air, giving up 428 total yards. The Dragons are led by RB’s Brown and Che’Rod Simpson — the No. 2 and No. 3 rushers in the league.
Bower’s Prediction: Bishop O’Dowd 35, Castro Valley 20
Arroyo (4-3, 2-2) at San Lorenzo (3-4, 1-3), 2:45 p.m.
Last week: Arroyo lost to Tennyson 28-21; San Lorenzo lost to Mt. Eden 25-17
Notes: The inner-city rivalry has added fuel as both teams are fighting for a spot in the NCS Division-II playoffs. Arroyo blew a lead against the Lancers last week. The Dons are ranked third in the HAAL in offense (284.8 yards per game) but last in defense (369 yards per game). Arroyo RB Marc Kendig is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. The Rebels are plus-one in turnover ratio — a big reason for their success. The offense ranks last in the HAAL (166.8 yards per game) and the defense is fifth (285.8 yards per game).
Bower’s Prediction: Arroyo 17, San Lorenzo 14
Piedmont (5-2, 3-1) at Moreau Catholic (0-4, 0-7), 7 p.m.
Last week: Piedmont beat Kennedy-Richmond 33-26; Moreau Catholic lost to John Swett 47-22
Notes: The Highlanders scored the games first 26 points then held on to beat Kennedy. WR Joey Andrade caught two TD passes, while QB Jeremy George threw for 115 yards and two TDs. The Mariners continued to struggle on offense last week, gaining only 121 yards. RB Christopher Allen had 72 yards on 12 carries. Moreau’s defense was shredded, allowing 431 yards.
Bower’s Prediction: Piedmont 35, Moreau Catholic 13