When it comes to standings or playoff seedings, a meeting between McClymonds High and Bishop O'Dowd won't mean a ton as the high school football season progresses.
But it still means a lot within the Oakland city limits.
The Warriors travel to O'Dowd on Friday at 7 p.m. in a matchup between Oakland's best public school program and its private school neighbors.
"Anytime you can add flavor, go out there and put a reason behind a game, it makes it exciting," said McClymonds coach Curtis McCauley.
The Dragons are coming off an emphatic 47-21 win over Las Lomas to open the season, while the Warriors will be playing their season opener.
For all the bragging rights that players might be interested in, the matchup was born out of respect between McCauley and O'Dowd coach Hardy Nickerson.
"Hardy's a great guy. I was going to try to schedule him last year," McCauley said. "We participated in a contact camp with them, and we just decided this year we're going to play. It turned into the battle of Oakland."
CHANGE IN DIRECTION: After falling to run-oriented Buhach Colony-Atwater 28-24 in its opener, San Ramon Valley must now combat Folsom's prolific passing attack on Friday in Folsom.
Bulldogs sophomore Jake Browning debuted with 10 touchdown passes in Folsom's 68-28 victory over host Woodcreek in Roseville. He was 34 for 51 for 686 yards with one interception.
San Ramon Valley and Folsom have similar story lines, each with quarterbacks following acclaimed stars.
Wolves senior Cameron Birse is replacing Zach Kline (Cal), a 2011 SuperPrep All-American and the Gatorade California Player of the Year. Browning is replacing State Division II Player of the Year Tanner Trosin (Cal Poly), whose 5,185 yards passing and 6,364 total yards last season were state records.
Like San Ramon Valley, Folsom has a tradition of success at quarterback. As a junior, Trosin backed up Cal-Hi Sports state player of the year Dano Graves (Air Force).
In the Wolves' opener, Birse was 22 for 36 passing for 183 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He helped his team overcome a 21-0 deficit before the Thunder prevailed on a 13-yard scoring run with 2:08 remaining. Buhach amassed 336 yards rushing.
Now, the Wolves must prepare for an aerial assault.
STAT STARS: If the first week was any indication, the area won't lack for big-time playmakers that can make an impact in multiple ways.
Staff writers Jimmy Durkin and Matt Schwab contributed to this notebook. Follow Ben Enos on Twitter at @Ben_Enos.