Serra (2-1) vs. Bellarmine (3-0)
at San Jose City College,
7 p.m. Friday
The Padres pounded Buhach Colony 48-15 last week. … The Bells blasted Piedmont Hills 41-21. … Serra has one of its most balanced offenses in the Patrick Walsh Era. The Padres are averaging 234 yards passing and 252 yards rushing. … As good as the Serra offense has been, the defense might be even better. The Padres are allowing an average of 18 points per game so far this season and have not allowed more than 21 points. … QB Matt Fa’aita has completed 54 percent of his passes this season and has thrown for 416 yards in three games. … Kava Kennedy leads the Padres’ ground attack with 296 yards, but is just one of six players to score a rushing touchdown this season. … Bellarmine has increased its scoring output every week this season. The Bells opened with a 28-point performance, bumped that to 31 two weeks ago and put up 41 last week. … The Bells have beaten the Padres in their last six meetings since 2009, including a pair last season. … Bells QB K.J. Carta-Samuels has already verbally committed to Vanderbilt University.
Menlo School (3-1) at
7 p.m. Friday
The Knights knocked off Half Moon Bay 47-6 last week. … The Warriors walloped Valley Christian-Dublin, 44-22. … This will be Menlo’s second-biggest test of the season, after its season-opening loss to San Angelo Central in Texas. … Since giving up 84 points to San Angelo Central, the Knights defense has rebounded and has allowed a combined 25 points in their last three games. … McClymonds, AKA “Mack,” has supplanted Skyline as the cream of the Oakland Athletic League crop. The Warriors have won the last three OAL titles and advanced to the Nor Cal Division IV championship bowl game last season, falling to Modesto’s Central Catholic. … The Warriors’ only loss this season was a rematch with Central Catholic, a 38-24 defeat. … Mack is averaging 42 points per game this season, while allowing less than 20.
Jefferson (0-4) at
Burlingame (3-0), 7 p.m. Friday
The Indians were drilled by Lowell-SF last week, 57-21. … The Panthers pummeled South City, 51-0. … Despite its fourth straight loss, Jefferson is starting to show some signs of life on offense. After being shut out in their first two games, the Indians have scored 33 points over their last two. … The defense continues to be a problem for Jefferson. The Indians are allowing an average of 55 points per game. … Burlingame is absolutely dominating its opposition so far this year. The Panthers are averaging 46 points per game and allowing just four, posting a pair of shutouts in the process. … It’s hard to say who the main man is for the Panthers as they had nearly a dozen guys carry the ball last week. … Manase Palu and Keone Keahi are the main recipients, but coach John Philipopoulos is not afraid to distribute the ball.
Calvary Murrieta (2-2) at King’s Academy (1-2), 7 p.m. Friday
The Warriors are coming off a 13-6 win over Hamilton City. … The Knights were KO’d by Sacred Heart Prep, 48-7. … Calvary Murrieta has struggled offensively this season, scoring a total of 42 points and averaging less than 200 yards of offense per game. … The Warriors have a potential star-in-the-making in freshman Adam Schwab, the type of player King’s Academy will have to account for on both sides of the ball. Schwab has passed for 181 yards, rushed for 82 and has 38 yards receiving. On defense, he’s made 15 tackles. … After opening the season with a 55-7 win over San Jose, King’s Academy has struggled the last two games against much stiffer competition, scoring a combined 14 points in losses to Scotts Valley and SHP. … Like Calvary Murietta, the Knights have struggled to move the ball offensively, averaging less than 150 yards of offense per game. Against San Jose in their season opener, however, the Knights piled up 276 yards of total offense.
San Mateo (2-2) vs. Christopher (2-1) at Gilroy High School, 2 p.m. Saturday
The Bearcats escaped with a 19-10 win over Carlmont last week. … The Cougars suffered their first loss of the season last week, falling 48-21 to Carmel. … San Mateo is averaging nearly 180 yards rushing per game, with Line Latu accounting for most of them. The junior is averaging nearly 120 yards per contest. San Mateo needs someone other than Latu to step up and take some of the focus and workload off of Latu. … After scoring 43 points in their opener against Gunn, the Bearcats have combined for just 32 points in their last three games. … Christopher was 2-8 last season. … The Cougars are averaging 28 points per game while allowing 20.