San Leandro (5-4, 4- WACC) vs. Bishop O'Dowd (3-6, 2-2 WACC) at Chabot College, Thursday, 7 p.m. A year after beating O'Dowd 30-26 to avoid a winless 2012 season, San Leandro can claim the West Alameda County Conference title outright with a win in its regular season finale. The Pirates already own a share of the crown, a remarkable turnaround after finishing last in 2012. O'Dowd, on the other hand, needs a victory in order to become eligible for the North Coast Section Division III playoffs.
Liberty (5-4, 2-2 BVAL) at Freedom (4-5, 2-2 BVAL, Friday, 7 p.m. A lot is at stake for both teams in this year's edition of the Bell Game. Liberty, which will advance to the North Coast Section Division I playoffs for the first time since 2003, has lost seven straight Bell Games. This could be the Lions' chance to reverse the recent trend. Freedom, which needs a win to become playoff eligible, will be without star running back Joe Mixon. He was ejected during the Falcons' 28-27 overtime win over Antioch and must serve a mandatory one-game suspension. If Freedom doesn't win Friday, Mixon's decorated high school career will be over.
Clayton Valley Charter (8-1, 4-0 DVAL) at Northgate (8-1, 3-1 DVAL), Friday, 7 p.m. Clayton Valley Charter survived a scare against Concord last week to claim at least a share of the Diablo Valley Athletic League title. But the Eagles will indeed have to share the title if Northgate wins on Friday. Clayton Valley hadn't been tested since its season-opener against De La Salle, and the Eagles barely hung on to claim the ClayCord Cup last week. They won 49-48 when a Concord two-point conversion attempt with 20 seconds left fell incomplete. Northgate has recovered from its 30-28 loss to Concord three weeks ago by blowing out Ygnacio Valley and College Park by a combined 93-14.
California (8-1) at De La Salle (9-0), Friday, 7 p.m. It's Senior Night on Winton Drive and the Spartans will welcome a Grizzlies program that has played them as tough as any East Bay squad in recent years. California, on the heels of its first outright East Bay Athletic League title in program history, will try to spoil an unbeaten regular season for De La Salle. As always, it will be a tough task. The Spartans have cruised since their Week 2 scare against Serra-San Mateo and the Grizzlies will likely be without QB Cameron Owen, who was injured in last week's game against Livermore. The coaching matchup pits two former teammates. De La Salle's Justin Alumbaugh and California's Eric Billeci were on the Spartans' 1995 and 1996 teams and played on the offensive line together.
Kennedy-Richmond (4-5, 4-0 TCAL) at Hercules (8-1, 4-0 TCAL), Friday, 7 p.m. The stage is set for a winner-take-all scenario in the Tri-County Athletic League's Stone Division. Like last year, both Kennedy and Hercules are unbeaten in league play entering the final week of the regular season. The two teams vying for the league title experienced very different nonleague campaigns, however. Hercules went 4-1, losing only its season opener in overtime to Acalanes. Kennedy struggled, going 0-5, then hit its stride in TCAL play.