League play begins in some areas but there are also quite a few nonleague games of significance. Here are our picks for the top five games of the week (though several other could also have made this list):
– San Ramon Valley (2-1) at Foothill (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.: East Bay Athletic League play gets started with what could be one of the games of the year in the competitive conference. Foothill, behind SMU-bound QB Kyle Kearns and USC-bound Isaiah Langley, is off to a fantastic start. San Ramon Valley had a hiccup against James Logan, but has an excellent win in double OT over Pittsburg. Foothill is looking for its first EBAL championship since 2006, but hasn’t fared well against bigger, more physical teams in recent years and haven’t defeated SRV since 2008.
– Pittsburg (3-1) vs. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose (1-1) at Foothill College, Friday, 7 p.m.: Coming off back-to-back shutout wins, Pittsburg will face one of the West Catholic Athletic League’s regularly successful programs. The Pirates are still looking to get their offense rolling on a consistent basis, but their defense has been spectacular, especially the secondary. Mitty lost its opener to Los Gatos before easily taking down Palo Alto last week 55-14.
– Analy (3-0) at McClymonds (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.: McClymonds will face its biggest test of the regular season when the Tigers from Sonoma County come to West Oakland. After beating Salesian 32-22 two weeks ago, McClymonds is coming off a bye and has had two weeks to prepare. Analy is also off to a perfect start and has posted three blowout wins, led by QB Will Smith. A win over Analy, which looks to be one of the better teams in NCS Division III, would be a resume booster for a Mack team with small school regional title game hopes.
– Deer Valley (3-0) at Concord (4-0), Friday, 7 p.m.: The Wolverines were thought to be in a rebuilding stage after graduating a stellar senior class that led last year’s team to the NCS Division I semifinals. They haven’t lost yet, but they also haven’t played a team as dangerous as Concord. The Minutemen, with QB Mitchell Daniels, WR Mason Knight and RB Malik Blackburn, will certainly be tough to stop on offense. Daniels has already eclipsed the 1,000 passing yard mark in just three games (Concord is coming off a forfeit win over Oakland). Rai-Shyan Alexander has scored eight touchdowns for Deer Valley.
– Servite-Anaheim (3-1) at De La Salle (4-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Servite started the season ranked No. 12 in the country in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, but dropped after losing their season opener to Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas (Nev.) 48-27. De La Salle, which started the year ranked No. 11 in the same poll, has climbed up to No. 6 after four wins that weren’t close. The teams have played twice since 2010 and neither game has gone particularly well for Servite, especially a 48-8 blowout in the 2010 Open Division bowl game. Still, Servite could be De La Salle’s most challenging game until a potential Open Division state bowl bid. The Friars are led by Oregon-bound QB Travis Waller and touted receiver Equanimeous St. Brown.