Senior quarterbacks Andrew Zolintakis and Drew Anderson grew up playing flag football against each other, battled again during lower-level high school games, and now will take center stage Friday at 7 p.m. in one of the East Bay's most heated rivalries.

Zolintakis' Campolindo squad is 5-0 and the two-time defending Diablo Foothill Athletic League champion, but Anderson's Miramonte team is also in the midst of a fine season. The two QBs have been a big part of their teams' success.

Despite playing through pain from a stress fracture in his throwing arm, Zolintakis has completed 64 percent of his passes for 962 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions in four games.

He was limited in training camp and missed the first game of the season because of the injury, but hasn't shown much rust.

"I've been playing with my receivers for four years now so I still had the timing down and everything, just my arm strength was the only thing that was affected," Zolintakis said.

"He's been solid and I think as his arm gets stronger and he gets a better grip on the ball, he'll have more confidence," Campolindo coach Kevin Macy said. "He's very poised in the pocket, he can find his receivers, he can make extra time in the pocket. He's just hungry to play right now."

Anderson's numbers are just as impressive. Known for his strong arm, the 6-foot-4, 192-pound senior has thrown for 1,359 yards and 11 touchdowns in five games, completing 85 of 154 passes and throwing just two interceptions. He's led Miramonte to four straight wins.


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"He has accuracy and velocity on the ball, but what really separates him is he's always keeping his eyes downfield," Miramonte coach Jack Schram said. "He's got the arm strength, so it doesn't matter if he's throwing off his back foot or going left or right. He can rifle the ball downfield at any angle."