De La Salle (2-0) at St. Mary's-Stockton (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m. The Spartans' game against the Rams will be broadcast live to a national audience by ESPNU as part of the network's High School Football Showcase. The game has the potential to be quite entertaining. De La Salle needed a late rally to pull off a 21-14 win over Serra-San Mateo last week, scoring twice in the final 4:33. The Spartans' offense was sluggish but their defense, with the exception of a couple big pass plays, kept them in the game. St. Mary's proved to be one of De La Salle's toughest opponents last season, losing 21-13, and was the only team to finish within single digits of the Spartans all season. De La Salle will be without RB/S Dasmond Tautalatasi and WR/DB Adam Mayer, who were injured in the first half of the Serra game. The Rams are led by QB Kaleb Parrish, who has thrown for 409 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception in his team's unbeaten start.
San Ramon Valley (1-0) at James Logan (1-1), Friday, 7 p.m. Logan routed San Ramon Valley 35-0 last year, but this season's matchup should be closer. The Colts, which shut out San Leandro 14-0 last week, have a sound defense while the Wolves appear to have a prolific offense. Behind QB Matt Winaker and RB Marcus de la Pena, SRV blasted a good Buhach Colony team 67-30 in its opener. De la Pena rushed for 213 yards and four touchdowns in the win. The Wolves return to action after a bye last week.
McClymonds (2-0) at Central Catholic-Modesto (1-1), Friday, 7 p.m. In a rematch of last season's Northern California Division IV regional title game, the Warriors are eyeing a better outcome. McClymonds got behind early in last December's game, losing 42-12. But they're highly motivated to get a another chance at the Raiders, who went on to win the Division IV state championship. "This is like our championship game," coach Michael Peters said this week. The Warriors are led by running back Lavance Warren and wide receiver/defensive back Lavon Washington, a Washington commit. Central Catholic's Matt Ringer has rushed for 300 yards and six touchdowns through the Raiders' first two games.
Pittsburg (1-1) at Monte Vista (1-1), Friday, 7 p.m. The Pirates and Mustangs are familiar foes at this point, having played twice in 2012 and splitting the meetings. Monte Vista won 44-14 in September, but Pittsburg got its revenge with a 55-29 victory in the first round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs. That postseason win served as a breakout game for Pittsburg running back Harris Ross, who also powered the Pirates to a 35-33 win last week against California with 233 rushing yards and four TDs. Though Monte Vista's run defense has struggled at times early in the season, the Mustangs have plenty of firepower on offense. QB Nikita Zamora has passed for 329 yards while Zach Cribb and Matt Rood both have over 200 rushing yards.
El Cerrito (1-1) at Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (2-0), Saturday, 7 p.m. The Gauchos' challenging nonleague schedule continues with a perennial NCS Division III power in what could be a playoff preview. The Gauchos will look to rebound from a 28-25 loss to Bellarmine Prep-San Jose, one of the top teams in the powerful West Catholic Athletic League. Late fumbles and missed extra points loomed large for El Cerrito. Wide receiver/defensive back Jalen Harvey will be back in action for the Gauchos after serving a one-game suspension and should provide a lift. Cardinal Newman is averaging 41 points per game in its 2-0 start.