Deer Valley (8-0, 3-0 BVAL) at Pittsburg (6-2, 3-0 BVAL), Friday, 7 p.m. The winner of this first-place showdown will claim at least a share of the Bay Valley Athletic League title. For Deer Valley, a win in Pirate Stadium would also get the team one step closer to an undefeated regular season, a feat the Wolverines last accomplished in 2009. That season was the last time the Wolverines won a league title. Deer Valley's defense, which has tightened up since the start of league play and has allowed just 20 total points in its three BVAL wins, will need to be prepared for Pittsburg running back Harris Ross. The Oregon State-bound senior can break a school record for touchdowns in a single season with one more. He set three program records last week and has 1,831 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on the season. Deer Valley counters with a productive offense of its own, led by Nsimba Webster. The senior quarterback has passed for 1,335 yards and is also the team's leading rusher with 791 yards.
Las Lomas (5-3, 3-1 DFAL) at Miramonte (6-2, 3-1 DFAL), Friday, 7 p.m. The Diablo Foothill Athletic League's second place teams hook up for a game that probably won't have any bearing on the league title, but should affect the North Coast Section Division II seedings. The Knights and Matadors have both only lost to Campolindo in DFAL play, but will need to win out and have either Dougherty Valley or Dublin to knock off the Cougars in the final two weeks just to force a tie for the championship. Instead, both teams will be looking to improve their postseason seed. Las Lomas is coming off a bye week while Miramonte's offense looked potent in a 55-24 win over Dougherty Valley. Drew Anderson threw for 213 yards and four touchdown and the Matadors led 42-14 at half.
Concord (6-2, 2-1 DVAL) at Clayton Valley Charter (7-1, 3-0 DVAL), Friday, 7 p.m. The winner of this heated rivalry will take home the ClayCord Cup trophy. Last year, Clayton Valley won in a rout, 49-6 -- its first win over the Minutemen since 2008. Clayton Valley also beat Concord in the NCS Division II playoffs later in the season. The Eagles are looking equally tough this season and can claim at least a share of their second straight Diablo Valley Athletic League championship with a victory. They've won seven straight games, including a forfeit victory over Mt. Diablo last week. The Minutemen, led by QB Mitch Daniels and WR Mason Knight, showed marked improvement after dropping its first two games of the season but had its win streak snapped against College Park in a 35-26 defeat last week.
Foothill (7-1, 3-1 EBAL) at San Ramon Valley (4-4, 3-1 EBAL), Friday, 7 p.m. Unless California falters against last-place Livermore on Friday, this game should decide second place in the East Bay Athletic League and factor into NCS Division I seedings. San Ramon Valley lost to Cal last week 35-21, snapping a three-game winning streak. Foothill pulled away from Granada late to win 31-21. Both the Wolves and Falcons feature strong quarterbacks. Foothill junior Kyle Kearns threw for 280 yards last week and is a hot college prospect while SRV senior Matt Winaker can make plays with his legs and feet. He's headed to Stanford on a baseball scholarship.
Encinal (7-1, 3-0 WACC-Foothill) at San Leandro (4-4, 3-0 WACC-Foothill), Friday, 7 p.m. After nearly going winless last season, San Leandro has a chance to claim a share of the West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division title with a win over the Jets. Encinal is also unbeaten in league play and can clinch a share of the title with a win. San Leandro has been on a roll since starting conference play, outscoring opponents 136-44. Last week, the defense scored three touchdowns in a 56-24 win over Berkeley. Encinal's league games have been much tighter, with last week's 27-26 victory over Castro Valley its most heart-stopping yet. Isaiah Hunter scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Jets with 38 seconds left on a 3-yard run.