Sacred Heart Cathedral (3-0) vs. St. Ignatius (1-1-1) at Kezar Stadium, 5 p.m.
The Bruce-Mahoney game is always the most highly anticipated on both of these teams’ schedules and Kezar Stadium should be packed for the most recent incarnation of the 103-year-old rivalry. St. Ignatius has played a vicious schedule thus far and a season-opening win over Marin Catholic showed the Wildcats can play with the best. Sacred Heart has proven its mettle late in tight contests, having won three games by a combined 16 points. The Irish won last year 28-12, but SI still holds a 40-13-5 overall edge in football.
"You can feel it on campus when it’s SI week," Sacred Heart running back Robert Carlson said. "This is why we do all the hard work."
Lowell (2-0) vs. Monterey (0-2) at Seaside High, 6:30 p.m.
Lowell steps in for Marshall in a game originally scheduled to be played by the Phoenix. The always-physical Cardinals have worn down two straight opponents and didn’t allow a point in last week’s 30-0 win over Tamalpais. Monterey played Half Moon Bay tough last week before falling 22-14 and will certainly be keyed in on trying to stop the Lowell running game.
Fremont (Oakland) (0-1-1) at Washington (0-2), 1 p.m.
The Eagles welcome back wide receiver-linebacker Anthony Marshall from a two-game suspension stemming from an incident last school year for their final tune-up before Academic Athletic Association play begins. Washington showed strong defense in a season-opening 12-7 loss to El Camino and the ability to score points before losing 50-26 last week to Jefferson and now hopes to put a complete game together. Fremont topped Washington 28-22 a year ago.
Santa Teresa (San Jose) (2-0) at Riordan (1-2), 1:30 p.m.
Riordan released two weeks of offensive frustration in the fourth quarter of last week’s game against Woodside, rallying from a 7-0 deficit to win 15-7, coach Mike Langridge’s first victory at the school. Physical running back Christian Perez scored the Crusaders’ first touchdown and led the team with 72 rush yards and quarterback Darius Bell’s 1-yard sneak with 2:28 remaining proved to be the decisive score. Santa Teresa should come into the game with some confidence after shutting out Independence (San Jose) 20-0 last week.
Burton (0-1) at Berean Christian (Walnut Creek) (1-1), 1:30 p.m.
Burton is hoping the addition of quarterback Brian Yang can help spark an offense that struggled to find a rhythm in a season-opening 34-0 loss to Terra Linda two weeks ago. Yang will look to spread the ball around to running back-wide receiver Tyre Ellison and tight end Mark Escobar. Berean Christian is coming off a 19-18 win over Calistoga.
Balboa (0-2) vs. Jesse Bethel (Vallejo) (2-0) at Vallejo High, 7 p.m.
The Buccaneers’ defense has been stout so far, allowing less than two touchdowns per game, and Balboa held a lead over powerful Oakland Tech into the final minute last week before finally falling 13-12.
"I’m definitely not one for moral victories," Balboa coach Keith Minor said. "But you could tell looking at the Tech kids after that game that they were surprised with how tough we played them."
Bethel reached the playoffs out of the Solano County League last year, and has outscored its opponents 67-16 in two games.
St. Elizabeth (Oakland) (0-2) vs. Mission (2-0) at Kezar Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
DeAngelo Winston and Mission appear to be ready for prime time after winning their first two games by an average of 22 points. Winston has scored eight touchdowns so far and rushed for 249 yards and four scores in last week’s 31-13 defeat of De Anza. St. Elizabeth has been outscored 82-14, but went 7-4 a year ago, including a 24-6 win over Mission.