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Week 3 Games to Watch

Campolindo hosts Acalanes at 7 p.m. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Campolindo hosts Acalanes at 7 p.m. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

No. 13 Campolindo vs. No. 16 Acalanes

Both teams come in at 2-0 and are eager to take the reins of the Diablo Football Athletic League.

Acalanes won the meeting last season, 17-7, and enters the meeting on a roll after a pair of wins over two teams who were in the Bay Area Football Rankings – Monte Vista is now No. 17 and Las Lomas recently dropped out after the defeat to the Dons.

Campolindo has a pair of tough wins to begin this season, first pulling out a thrilling 27-23 road win over Freedom and then a 24-14 victory over Benicia. Its defense has forced tow interceptions this year.

Dillan Thoms returned to Campolindo for his senior year after playing the 2019 campaign in Utah, and his presence has boosted the Cougars’ offense, rushing for 261 yards and 5.9 yards per carry.

Acalanes continues to find its way to victories, powered by a diverse offensive attack that is averaging 34 points per contest.

Senior quarterback Brady Huchingson has completed 65.5% of his passes for 427 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions, with three of his receivers surpassing 80 yards – junior Will Berrien (156), senior Sam Heyman (150) and junior Evan Malmquist (81).

No. 24 California vs. No. 17 Monte Vista

Monte Vista should have its full roster back after contact tracing, and it will have its hands full against one of the most improved teams in the region.

California, in its first year under head coach Danny Calcagno, is 1-1, crushing Dublin in 63-33 fashion behind a crazy second half and then nearly pulling out a win over then-No. 5 Clayton Valley Charter – the defending state champion – before watching a 16-7 lead dissipate into a 20-16 loss.

Junior quarterback Teddy Booras is 32-of-49 for 421 yards and three touchdowns while leading a new-look Grizzlies offense. His top target, junior Jake Calcagno, the son of Danny Calcagno, leads the way with 159 receiving yards on 14 receptions.

Three other Grizzlies have 80-plus receiving yards in senior Jake Hubbard (94), senior Darius Foster (84) and junior Dominick Tuyor (80).

The Mustangs, despite boasting an 0-2 record, remain ranked after a pair of tough performances despite a ton of adversity, nearly pulling out a miraculous victory in the season opener versus Acalanes despite missing more than 20 players.

Senior running back Gavin Cribb – with offers from George Fox and Puget Sound – is one of the Bay Area’s top rushers, carrying the ball 41 times for 324 yards and three touchdowns, highlighted by his 246-yard effort in week No. 1. He also has the second-most receiving yards on the team (70) and threw a touchdown pass on a trick play against Acalanes. 

Junior tight end Jack Endries boasts a team-best 75 receiving yards, while Cole Boscia – in his first varsity game last week – has 67 yards and a score on six catches. 

No. 22 King’s Academy vs. Sacred Heart Prep

This will be the King’s Academy’s first game of the spring campaign after COVID-19 complications canceled its season opener against Mitty.

Last year, the King’s Academy went 10-4 and captured a Central Coast Section Division III crown with a 14-13 victory over Terra Nova. And some of its top players return from that banner squad.

West Point bound Noah Short did it all his junior year, rushing for 552 yards and six touchdowns, bringing in 404 receiving yards and four touchdowns while recording 160 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and five interceptions. 

Starting quarterback Antonio Gonzalez comes back for his senior season after completing 61.8% of his passes for 1,773 yards and 17 scores.

Sacred Heart Prep is off to a quick 2-0 start, backed by stout defensive performances. The unit has surrendered a combined 12 points versus Aragon and Burlingame – including a 17-0 shutout of Burlingame over the weekend – while outsourcing opponents 66-12.

Quarterback Teddy Purcell picked up where he left off in 2019 when he threw 14 touchdown passes, completing 34 of 45 passes for 456 yards and four touchdowns. 

University of North Carolina bound lacrosse player Paul Barton, in his first two football games ever, leads SHP in receiving yards (197) and touchdowns (3). 

No. 11 St. Francis vs. Bellarmine

It’s another premier matchup in the West Catholic Athletic League.

St. Francis is coming off a hard-fought 24-19 victory over San Benito. Its ground attack proved to be a difference maker, as senior Adonis Hernandez ran for 128 yards on 15 carries and junior Camilo Arquette – who just picked up a San Jose State offer – finished with 111 rushing yards and a score on 13 touches.

The Lancers also forced one fumble and blocked a field goal. Two players had 13 or more tackles – senior Arona Mata’u (14) and Arquette (13).

This will be the first WCAL varsity game under Bellarmine’s new coaching staff, whose Bells squad fell to Modesto’s Central Catholic 28-21 a week ago.

Two quarterbacks appeared in Bellarmine’s first game. Junior Wade Smith was 15-of-23 for 181 yards and one touchdown, while senior Thomas Anderson went 5-for-7 for 32 yards.

Eight different Bellarmine players caught passes, featuring sophomore Ben Pfaff’s five receptions for 61 yards and senior Nicho Domine’s six catches for 53 yards.

Skyline vs. McClymonds

Two of the Oakland Athletic League’s top squads will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday to begin the slate.

It’s a rematch of the 2019 Silver Bowl, which McClymonds won in 42-9 fashion after winning the regular season meeting, 43-0. Those were two of the three total losses for Skyline, which went through its best campaign since 2004.

McClymonds was 11-1 and a California Interscholastic Federation Division 2-A state championship game runner-up. It has won three state crowns from 2016-18.

The McClymonds roster is riddled with talent once again, featuring a pair of 2021 prospects in wide receiver/defensive back Caleb Kendricks and athlete DaVeonne Sanders – both of which hold an offer from William & Mary.

Skyline features some players with college offers, including senior defensive back Julian Jackson (Foothill College commit) and tight end Ian Prchlik, who boasts offers from McPherson College, Rose-Hulman and Whittier.

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