ALAMEDA -- At first glance, the numbers seem to indicate that the Encinal and Alameda high football teams have much in common as they head into the Island Bowl on Oct. 4.
Both teams have 3-1 records. Both teams lost by 30 points or more in their third game, but came back to win their fourth game last week.
But the teams have forged to those records in different ways, making this matchup at 7 p.m. at Encinal extra intriguing.
Encinal's defense has allowed more than 13 points only once this season with its offense averaging 20.5 points per game. The Jets edged Vallejo 14-7 last week.
Encinal coach Joe Tenorio is looking for growth from his squad.
"Right now we are trying to become a team. There's not a lot of cohesion," said Tenorio, whose squad has won six straight Island Bowls. "The defense is playing O.K. They are winning us games without a doubt.
"I don't know what's going to happen (in this year's Island Bowl). ... It will be anybody's ball game for sure."
Alameda is averaging 30.5 points per game this season, but has allowed 20 or more points in three of the four games. It beat Hillsdale-San Mateo 55-24 last week.
"We are learning some lessons on things we have to clean up. We had good execution in all three phases. We learned that when we have an opportunity, we have to capitalize on it," said Alameda coach Kemp Moyer about the Hillsdale win. "I think we have a pretty tough group of kids and they enjoy playing together. ... (Encinal is) always a tough team. They don't give it up easy."
Two players to watch will be Alameda's Keelan Doss and Encinal's Jordan Parker.
Doss had a breakout game against Hillsdale on both sides of the ball. The senior caught eight passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, and on defense he returned an interception 90 yards for another touchdown, forced and recovered a fumble and had four tackles. He also blocked a point-after-touchdown kick.
Parker accounted for both of Encinal's touchdowns last week. The sophomore returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown in the first half and scored on a 66-yard run in the fourth quarter.