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No. 14 Acalanes vs. No. 23 California
The West Coast Preps Game of the Week will be electric between No. 14 Acalanes vs. No. 23 California at 7 p.m. Saturday at Acalanes.
Acalanes enters with a 4-1 overall record, as its only defeat came to Diablo Foothill Athletic League champion Campolindo, 28-13. It boasts some high-profile wins over Benicia, Las Lomas and Monte Vista.
And Acalanes boasts a dynamic offensive attack, featuring senior quarterback Brady Huchingson. Fresh off 29 touchdowns and just five picks as a junior, Huchingson has 1,093 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Huchingson’s 1,093 passing yards are tops in the North Coast Section, according to statistics available on MaxPreps.
Targets are aplenty for Huchingson, too. Four different Dons are above 200 receiving yards this season, with junior Will Berrien at 341 yards and three scores, junior Dante Montgomery at 288 yards and three touchdowns, junior Evan Malmquist at 229 yards and two touchdowns and senior Sam Heyman at 219 yards and two scores.
Senior running back Nic Rossi has 319 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Cal owns a 2-3 overall record, but its three losses all come to top 15 Bay Area teams in No. 1 De La Salle, No. 5 Clayton Valley Charter and No. 11 San Ramon Valley.
Under first-year head coach Danny Calcagno, the Grizzlies are thriving in their new-look spread attack, which is far different than the ground-and-pound scheme Eric Billeci won multiple league titles with.
Junior quarterback Teddy Booras is the No. 3 NCS passer with 1,044 yards, while his top target, junior Jake Calcagno, leads the section at 487 receiving yards.
Junior Dominick Tuyor is up to 236 receiving yards, and senior Darius Foster has 183 yards.
Cal senior defensive back Josh Gerlach is a menace and finding the football every chance he gets, hauling in six interceptions – including three in the first half at San Ramon Valley – in addition to 41 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Liberty vs. No. 22 Heritage
The Brentwood Bowl is shaping up to be a classic at 7 p.m. Friday at Liberty.
Both squads enter with just one loss, as both fell to No. 3 Pittsburg earlier, and are tied for second place with 3-1 Bay Valley Athletic League marks. Heritage is 4-1 overall and opened the year with a non-league contest against Granada, while Liberty is 3-1 and only played league competitions this season.
And each squad enters with some prolific youngsters leading the offenses.
Liberty sophomore quarterback Nate Bell is coming off the best outing of his young varsity career, completing 29 of 34 passes (85.2%) for 368 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 win over Freedom, along with a rushing score. Bell connected with senior receiver Leo Reichhold 17 times for 259 yards and a touchdown.
Bell is the No. 8 passer in the North Coast Section with 661 passing yards this season, which is also the most among sophomores in the section, according to statistics available on MaxPreps. He has five touchdowns and just one interception.
Reichhold is the No. 7 receiver in the NCS with 358 yards, which is second in the BVAL.
Heritage sophomore running back Devon Rivers is a prolific threat out of the backfield and leads the North Coast Section in rushing at 736 yards and 10 touchdowns. Two of his outings went for 200-plus yards.
Three Heritage players are above 100 receiving yards for the year – senior Tanner Hartwig (201), senior Jaden Price (138) and sophomore Jeremiah Ruffin (117).
Price – with multiple collegiate offers – is also an exceptional defensive back, where he leads the team in tackles (32) and interceptions (2).
Heritage is aiming for its first Brentwood Bowl win since 2016.
Napa vs. No. 12 Vintage
In the season finale, Napa and No. 12 Vintage are looking to be the city’s top dog in the Big Game at 7 p.m. Friday.
Napa is 2-2 and lost its two games by a combined 11 points, including a 14-13 defeat to Petaluma. Its wins are against Justin-Siena and Casa Grande.
Vintage is one of the Bay Area’s most dominant teams, outscoring opponents 286-20 during its 5-0 campaign.
Napa senior Isaac Rojas leads the North Coast Section in tackles (53) and has 7.5 tackles for loss, and he and the Napa defense will have their hands full against a dominant Vintage rushing attack.
The Crushers are averaging 13.8 yards per carry and have 28 rushing scores through five games. Four players have 200-plus rushing yards.
Junior Dylan Smith is the North Coast Section’s No. 2 rusher despite holding just 38 carries in blowout games, as he is up to 641 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 16.9 yards per carry. Junior Mosaati Schmaukel has 390 yards and three scores, senior Jacob Aaron has 299 yards and seven touchdowns and senior Bill Chaidez has 250 yards and four touchdowns.
Redwood vs. No. 10 Marin Catholic
Redwood and No. 10 Marin Catholic have a combined one loss, as Marin Catholic is 4-0 and Redwood is 3-1, with its only loss coming to San Marin, 21-14.
Redwood’s dynamic offense is posting 36.5 points per game and is paced by sophomore quarterback Brady Weingart, who is completing a highly efficient 75.4% of his passes for 631 yards and eight touchdowns.
Senior running back Thomas Johnson has totaled 412 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, and two players are above 140 receiving yards – senior Zach Ginsburg (302) and senior Sam Davis (149).
Meanwhile, Marin Catholic is averaging 39 points per contest and outscoring opponents 156-41.
Its offense is led by UC Davis signee Matteo Perez, who ran for 2,024 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior and more than 1,200 yards as a sophomore.
Junior quarterback Michael Ingrassia is a dual-threat prospect who threw for 1,688 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore next to 315 yards and four touchdowns. Senior tight end Geordie Aarsheim led the team in receiving a year ago (553 yards) and boasts a Morehead State offer.
Monte Vista vs. No. 11 San Ramon Valley
No matter how either squad’s season is going, the battle of Danville always comes down to the wire.
Both of last year’s meetings were decided by one score, with San Ramon Valley capturing the regular season finale before Monte Vista won the North Coast Section quarterfinals affair.
Monte Vista, at 0-5, has come oh-so-close to winning multiple ranked matchups this year. Its season opener was a 33-27 loss at Acalanes despite missing over 20 players due to contact tracing, along with other tough losses in 38-31 fashion in overtime at Cal and a 21-14 loss to Clayton Valley Charter.
Junior quarterback Dyllan Devitt holds the North Coast Section’s second-most passing yards (1,068), and he is connecting with junior tight end Jack Endries – offers from Army, Colorado State, Fordham, Fresno State, Pennsylvania, San Jose State and UNLV – in every which way. Endries leads the team in receiving yards (423) and touchdowns (5), with his 423 receiving yards coming in at No. 3 in the section and his five touchdown snags being tied for the most.
Senior running back Gavin Cribb – George Fox and Puget Sound offers – is a workhorse out of the backfield, carrying the ball 99 times for 536 yards and five touchdowns. Cribb also has 156 receiving yards and a team-high 27 receptions.
Three other Mustangs have more than 100 receiving yards – senior Matt Nurre (166), senior Judah Sheppard (125) and junior Cole Boscia (113).
San Ramon Valley came within three points of an East Bay Athletic League Mountain Division title in a 17-14 loss to Clayton Valley Charter last weekend. Its only other loss: De La Salle.
The Wolves feature weapons all across the field, starting with senior quarterback Jack Quigley, as the Division I prospect with a William & Mary offer has 914 passing yards, 70 rushing yards and nine total scores.
Junior Za’Darion Nardi, also a defensive back prospect, guides SRV’s backfield with 387 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
SRV boasts three players with 240 or more receiving yards, featuring junior Caden Ridley’s 255 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Caleb Padrid has 254 yards, while San Diego State signee JP Murphy has 240 yards and a score.
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