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Week 5 Games to Watch

Los Gatos travels to Wilcox at 7 p.m. Thursday. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Los Gatos travels to Wilcox at 7 p.m. Thursday. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

No. 11 Campolindo (4-0) vs. Las Lomas (1-2)

The West Coast Preps Game of the Week should be electric at 7 p.m. Friday in Moraga.

Campolindo, with an undefeated record, continually finds ways to win. All but one of its wins came by one score, as the other was a 28-13 victory over rival Acalanes. 

Davidson signee Maxwell Weaver and Zach Raphael provided monster games in last weekend’s 20-14 win over Amador Valley. Weaver tallied 121 yards and a score next to Raphael’s 11 yards. 

Campolindo’s receiving room is as deep as it gets, featuring Weaver’s 271 yards and four touchdowns this season. Joey Schmidt (214 yards, 2 TD), Raphael (136 yards) and Max Heffernan (133 yards, TD) aren’t far behind.

Since two ranked losses – each of which were by one score – to San Ramon Valley and Acalanes, Las Lomas came through with a 55-14 domination of Miramonte for its first victory. 

In addition to its 55 points offensively, Las Lomas’ defense intercepted three passes.

No. 15 Wilcox (3-0) vs. No. 9 Los Gatos (3-0)

A pair of undefeated will meet with a chance to clinch at least a share of the De Anza League title.

Los Gatos and Wilcox each feature some of the Bay Area’s premier running backs. Los Gatos senior Adam Garwood – offers from Cal Poly and San Diego – is the Central Coast Section’s leading rusher at 467 for the year and 10 touchdowns, which follows an illustrious junior campaign when he totaled 1,260 rushing yards and 20 scores.

Wilcox’s Luther Glenn is another elite running back, and some of his games show why. He ran for 109 yards and four touchdowns in the season opener and followed that with 215 yards and three touchdowns the next week.

But both offenses and terrific running games will go against elite defenses. Los Gatos gives up 10 points per game, and Wilcox allows 14 per contest. 

Los Gatos is outscoring opponents 156-30, while Wilcox is obliterating opponents in 150-42 fashion.

No. 22 Bishop O’Dowd (2-1) vs. No. 21 James Logan (3-0)

This is one of the many games in the Bay Area where first place is on the line.

Both Bishop O’Dowd are unbeaten in WACC play, with O’Dowd coming off a narrow 16-7 road win over San Leandro and James Logan crushing Moreau Catholic, 46-7. James Logan is undefeated, while O’Dowd’s only defeat came by one score to No. 8 San Ramon Valley.

O’Dowd and James Logan each boast some of the North Coast Section’s top defenses. James Logan allows just seven points per game, as no team has scored eight points on it, while the Dragons are surrendering just 11.3 points per contest.

Marcus Sanders three touchdown passes in James Logan’s last game, with DJ Johnson coming away with two of those scores and 128 yards. Jeremiah Patterson had 40 yards and a touchdown.

Matt White was Bishop O’Dowd’s top performer versus San Leandro, going for 48 rushing yards and 62 receiving yards – including a touchdown catch near the end to seal the win.

No. 14 Livermore (4-0) vs. Foothill (3-1)

The winner of this game clinches at least a share of the East Bay Athletic League Valley title, as Livermore is looking for its first league banner in nearly 30 years, while Foothill aims for its first since 2016.

The last time out between these two teams was a close one, with Livermore taking a 14-13 victory in the season opener, and it should be much of the same when these two meet at 7 p.m. Saturday in Livermore (Note: The first meeting was considered a non-league game).

Livermore is one of the Bay Area’s rising programs under John Wade, building off last year’s 6-5 winning season – its first in the MaxPreps era, which dates back to 2004 – to compiling a perfect 4-0 record thus far. And the Cowboys are only getting better.

Last week was a 35-14 win at Dublin. There was a 21-7 win over Amador Valley when it manhandled the defending EBAL Valley champion in every which way. There was a 42-0 drubbing of Dougherty Valley.

One component for Livermore’s success is its defense, which has given up a combined 34 points in four games. But that only tells part of the story, with its leadership and all-around play telling the complete picture.

Quarterback Shaun Smith – offers from Lewis & Clark and Whittier – makes little mistakes, throwing for 366 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception, adding 215 rushing yards and a team-high four scores. Dominic Belluomini has 320 rushing yards and a touchdown. Tight end Matthew Polaski – who holds 15 offers – is up to 158 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Foothill, though, is hot in recent weeks, too, and it is finding ways to win.

Three straight victories have the Falcons tied with Livermore for first place, including a 35-25 win over Granada last week. 

Kenny Olson is a Falcon to watch for. The son of Las Vegas Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson is shining during his junior season – also his first on varsity – and his season totals read 256 receiving yards, 106 rushing yards, six total touchdowns, 28 tackles, four tackles for loss and one interception. He had 13 of those tackles and a pick six against Granada.

Jayden Payne anchors the Foothill ground attack with 401 yards and four touchdowns while averaging six yards per carry. His last game was a 131-yard and two-touchdown effort on 22 carries. 

Foothill quarterback Nick Walsh has 523 yards, six touchdowns and only two interceptions.

No. 8 San Ramon Valley (3-1) vs. No. 7 Clayton Valley Charter (3-1)

Talk about a game with contrasting styles in what is now the EBAL Mountain Division championship game.

Clayton Valley Charter runs the ball nearly every single snap, which was evidenced when it carried the football 60 times in a thrilling win over Monte Vista. Meanwhile, San Ramon Valley, has run the ball 119 times and thrown it 99 times.

SRV is coming off a heroic 31-24 win over Cal, a game in which it trailed by seven with just over two minutes left but won in regulation behind an efficient drive, a late turnover and a screen pass for a score. Jack Catterton was one of the stars in that game, accumulating 16 tackles and six tackles for loss, and Za’ Darion Nardi notched a forced fumble late in the fourth in addition to his 100-plus yards of offense.

Catteron and Nardi, both juniors, are part of a talented crop of underclass in the Wolves’ program. Nardi leads the Wolves in rushing yards (337) and his quarterback, junior Jack Quigley, has 762 passing yards.

Sophomore Caleb Padrid is a top 2023 prospect in the region, showing it all Saturday when he registered 93 yards on seven catches – his second game of 90-plus yards. Padrid (team-high 227 receiving yards) is one of three Wolves with over 190 receiving yards, joined by junior Caden Ridley (203 yards) and senior/San Diego State signee JP Murphy (195 yards).

Clayton Valley, the defending 2-A state champion, is led by senior running back Omari Taylor, who just rushed 37 times for 232 yards against Monte Vista. That puts him at 639 for the year, which is the second-most in the North Coast Section behind Heritage sophomore Devon Rivers, according to statistics available on MaxPreps.

Dylan Seeley, the MVP of the 2019 state championship game, has 32 tackles, six tackles for loss and two interceptions.

Bellarmine (1-1) vs. No. 4 Valley Christian (1-1)

This is a historic matchup out of the West Catholic Athletic League.

Bellarmine enters off its first win of the Jalal Beauchman era, which came in close 17-14 fashion over San Benito. Its defense made 12 stops in the backfield, and Adam Hayashi had an interception. Jaxson Sawyer scored twice.

Both Bellarmine quarterbacks – senior Thomas Anderson and junior Wade Smith – have over 100 passing yards. Anderson is 15-of-31 passing for 141 yards and a touchdown, while Smith is 23-of-38 for 195 yards and a score.

Will Matlack leads the Bellarmine defense with 12 tackles and four tackles for loss.

Valley Christian, coming off a bye, is 1-1, with its only loss to No. 2 Serra by seven points in the season opener. It defeated Mitty, 19-10, the last time out.

Three Warriors are above 100 rushing yards, led by Chase Laubach’s 145 yards. Elijah McLemore has 100 yards and a touchdown, and dual-threat quarterback Jakson Berman also has 100 yards and two scores. 

Four-star sophomore Jurrion Dickey, in a run-heavy offense, boasts 134 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches.

San Diego State signee Dominic Oliver leads Valley Christian with 14 tackles and six tackles for loss.

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