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10. Amador Valley-Pleasanton (2-1) at Foothill-Pleasanton (2-2), 7 p.m. Friday: Not just a cross-town rivalry, but two of the best teams in the East Bay of the Bay Area. Foothill, led by top sophomore recruit Chris Lawson, won 11 of the last 16 played since 2004, but Amador Valley won last year’s game 21-17 and took four of the last six. The Dons are led by Colorado defensive end Brady Nassar. CalPreps.com Prediction: Amador Valley 21, Foothill 17
9. Lincoln-San Diego (4-1) at Garces Memorial-Bakersfield (1-3), 7 p.m. Friday: In the first of two rare Central Section vs. San Diego, Lincoln has a UCLA-bound running back who in consecutive games had a combined 783 yards and 11 touchdowns. Garces had a week to rest since the 28-6 loss at the San Joaquin Memorial.
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8. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose (3-0) vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco (2-1) at Kezar Stadium, 7 p.m. Friday: Mitty is the surprise of the West Catholic Athletic League with decisive victories over Palma-Salinas (29-7), Mountain View (48-7) and Santa Teresa-San Jose (31-0). SHC, under the guidance of a first-year head coach, is the defending Division 5-A state champion. The Irish are led by college linebackers Jerry Mixon (Oregon) and RL Miller (Arizona State). CalPreps Predicted Score: Mitty 28, SHC 10.
7. Los Gatos (2-1) at Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton (3-1), 4 p.m. Friday: Battle of two of the best teams in the Central Coast Section in a rare battle between public and private teams. The teams have split two previous meetings since 2004, a 21-11 Los Gatos win in 2019 and a 28-21 SHP triumph in 2014. Both teams have responded emphatically since the opening game losses, combining to outplay their opponents. 187-27. Los Gatos has recorded consecutive shutouts. CalPreps Score: Los Gatos 22, SHP 8.
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6. Serra-San Mateo (3-0) at Saint Francis-Mountain View (1-2), 7 p.m. Friday: Another WCAL opener pits the two teams that battled for the championship last year with Saint Francis winning 43-21 before Serra finished the Lancers’ season with a 16-12 win in the Chicago title game. CCS Division I, leading the Padres to the CIF Open Division Finals. Serra ranks seventh in the state. CalPreps score: Serra 34, San Francisco 6.
5. Glacier Peak-Snohomish, Washington (3-0) at Rocklin (3-1), 8 p.m. Friday: It’s always fun playing an out-of-state unknown, but Rocklin should have a full hand with the Grizzlies, who have outscored opponents 118-55. Senior quarterback River Lien loves to throw the ball with 728 yards and 13 touchdown passes. Three different receivers have 11 receptions. Rocklin counters with 6-foot, 220-pound RB Elias Brown (548 yards, 11.9 yards per carry, six touchdowns).
4. St. Mary’s-Stockton (4-0) at Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday: The visiting Rams could be the surprise team of the Sac-Joaquin Section, having outscored opponents 209-34, including a shocking 47-7 scoreline over four-time state champion Central Catholic. Newman also won comfortably in all three of his wins, 34-7, 27-8 and 49-20, but lost a tough game 14-7 to another SJS foe, Vacaville.
3. Menlo-Atherton (2-1) at Wilcox-Santa Clara (3-0), 7 p.m.: The visiting Bears were humiliated last week by Del Oro-Loomis 42-13, but they have a chance to redeem themselves against a Wilcox team that has outscored opponents 115-41. MA features 5-star WR Jurrion Dickey (15 receptions, 364 yards, 5 TDs) while Wilcox is led by senior RB Andrew Palacios (319 yards, 5 TDs).
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2. Liberty-Bakersfield (3-1) at Carlsbad (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday: The host Lancers have played four competitive games, winning all three of their games by 1, 6 and 6 points. They will welcome the debut of Michigan wide receiver Zack Marshall. Liberty, ranked 25th in the state, is coming off a resounding 35-10 victory over Fresno Power Central. CalPreps.com prediction: Liberty 31, Carlsbad 14.
1. Folsom (3-1) at De La Salle-Concord (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday: Rematch of Folsom’s stunning 28-27 victory, also in Concord, for the Northern California 1-AA Regional title in December. The Spartans had defeated the Bulldogs 31-10 earlier in the season, their fifth straight game in the series. But this ended with De La Salle’s season. De La Salle, without at least three starters on the offensive or defensive lines, ranks 11th in the SBLive California rankings. Folsom is No. 12. CalPreps.com Prediction: Folsom 24, De La Salle 23