Over the past three seasons, the South San Francisco football team has done very well in its nonleague schedule, and this year has been no different.
South City has rolled to two nonleague wins, the most recent coming in a 25-0 win against Capuchino on Friday.
South City coach Frank Moro said his team has played outstanding defense, allowing seven points in two games, but that it’s “something we’re relying on a bit too much.”
Entering this season, South City (2-0) is 12-2 in nonleague play since 2008 and the Warriors’ meeting with Mountain View on Friday night will provide a big test for a team looking to break through in the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division.
The stout defense is anchored by linebacker Ramzy Azar, defensive linemen Divy Kumar and Jerick Anicete.
South City also returns two all-league players in two-way junior Robert Johnson, who caught four passes for over 100 yards last week, and senior defensive lineman Rika Levi.
South City’s goal is to be fully up to speed by the start of league play in October, Moro said.
The team was even able to practice some things late in the game against Capuchino, including three-step drops, which Moro said was extremely helpful.
South City senior quarterback Brad Los struggled in his first game, completing only nine of 24 throws, but rebounded against Capuchino with 194 yards and two touchdowns.
Mountain View (1-0), which is coming off a bounce back year, picked up a season-opening 49-35 win at Hillsdale on Saturday.
It will be the second consecutive year these teams will meet, last year resulting in a 20-12 Mountain View win.
“We took huge steps backwards because of the heat,” Moro said of last year’s matchup, which was played in 100 degree heat.
Moro says his team is more prepared this time around and a win against Mountain View will “put us in the direction to succeed.”
Moro described Mountain View as big and physical, and knows his team will have to match that physicality.
“We want to be able to run the ball against those guys.”
Mountain View finished 8-3 last season and reached the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs before losing to Wilcox in the first round.
Mountain View went winless two seasons ago, earning them a trip to the El Camino Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League.
It went onto win the El Camino and moved back up to the DeAnza Division.
The loss to Mountain View last season began a stretch where the Warriors lost three straight.
Both teams are two weeks away from the beginning of league play, with South City having the biggest remaining test with 2010 Ocean Division champion Jefferson next week.
WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: South San Francisco High School
LAST YEAR: Mountain View beat South City 20-12
LAST WEEK: South City beat Capuchino 25-0; Mountain View beat Hillsdale 49-35
RECORDS: South City 2-0; Mountain View 1-0