Entering this year's Island Bowl, there isn't a clear favorite in the annual football showdown between Alameda High and Encinal.
Both teams have momentum after winning by at least 20 points last week. The Island Bowl kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Thompson Field.
"I think it's going to be a really good game, anybody's game," Encinal coach Joe Tenorio said. "Whoever plays harder that night is going to win."
"The Island Bowl is always a special occasion for both schools, the city," Alameda coach Kemp Moyer said.
Encinal (3-2), which has won the past five Island Bowls, has scored more than 14 points only once this season. That happened, however, in the Jets' last game, a 34-8 victory over Vallejo on Sept. 21.
The Jets' Corey Sails rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns. Teammate Isaiah Hunter scored both on a 36-yard interception return and a 4-yard run.
But Encinal held a slim 7-0 lead until the fourth quarter.
"We could have played better," Tenorio said. "We need to get better. We are lacking in a lot of areas."
The Hornets (2-2) were powered by their defense in a 34-14 victory over Hillsdale-San Mateo on Sept. 21. Alameda had four interceptions, including touchdown returns by Darnell Rose and Jack Wellman.
"Our defense stepped up and made a lot of plays," Moyer said.
James Knight also rushed for two touchdowns for the Hornets, and Jesse Lewis opened Alameda's scoring with a
Alameda will look to build on that performance. The Hornets have scored an average of 41.5 points per game in its two wins, but only 3.5 points in its two losses.