Week 5 Games to Watch

Douglas Benton, NCP Editor
NorCal Preps

Bellarmine (2-2) vs. #12 Serra (2-2) 7:00 PM at San Jose City College: Serra has alternated wins and losses through four games. In losses to St. Mary’s and Pittsburg, the Padres were outscored 52-6 in the first half. Bellarmine needed fourth quarter comebacks to beat Menlo-Atherton and Clovis North before two straight losses. The Bells have scored less than 20 points in six of the last 10 games. Serra wins 31-21

Foothill (2-2) at Cal (3-1) 7:00 PM: Both teams were handled by San Ramon Valley and appear to be vying for second place in the EBAL. Foothill has won two straight with Ben Wooldridge throwing for three scores against Monte Vista and Josh Shields running for four against Dublin. Caden Jarvis has a team high six rushing touchdowns for the Grizzlies, which won this matchup 28-15 last year. Foothill wins 28-27

Kennedy-Richmond (4-1) at El Cerrito (3-1) 7:00 PM: Kennedy quarterback Micah Barnes has 11 touchdowns to one interception with his favorite target, Larry Washington Jr, accounting for more than 600 total yards. El Cerrito’s loss is to Campolindo and it has held the other three opponents to 35 total points. Kennedy wins 34-28

Los Gatos (1-3) at Wilcox (2-2) 7:00 PM: Los Gatos has lost three straight since a season opening win over Pioneer-San Jose. Five receivers have multiple touchdown catches. Wilcox’s David Hernandez and Paul Rosa each have rushed for more than 400 yards. The Chargers shutout San Benito, which beat Los Gatos 21-20 in non-league play. Wilcox wins 35-28

Franklin-Elk Grove (4-0) at Sheldon (3-1) 7:15 PM: Daniel Ross and Jalen Lampley have combined for 743 rushing yards with Lampley missing one game. Sheldon has had its share of big plays this fall, led by Dom Johnson. The winner moves to 2-0 in the Delta League. Franklin wins 28-21

Whitney (2-2) at Del Campo (4-0) 7:15 PM: Del Campo has given up 20 points in four games and Tyler Dimino has nine touchdown passes to no interceptions. Whitney shutout Bella Vista last week after back-to-back losses to Granite Bay and Rocklin. Four different players have caught touchdowns. Del Campo wins 31-28

#2 Folsom (5-0) at #17 Granite Bay (5-0) 7:30 PM: Folsom’s defense has forced 16 turnovers with three interceptions from Isaiah Barner. Kaiden Bennett has 20 touchdown passes and is the team’s leading rusher. Evan Tattersall has rushed for a touchdown in each game for the Grizzlies with 23 tackles on defense. Granite Bay is averaging 191 rushing yards per game. Folsom wins 35-21

Damonte Ranch (5-0) at Shasta (4-0) 7:30 PM: Shasta is averaging more than 400 yards rushing per game while Damonte Ranch is more balanced at 279 yards passing and 195 rushing. Damonte Ranch easily handled McQueen, which beat Lassen of the Northern Section (38-14) in week 0. Damonte Ranch wins 28-17

Enterprise (3-1) at Eureka (4-0) 7:30 PM: Enterprise outscored both West Valley and Lassen 14-0 to stage a pair of fourth quarter comebacks earlier this month. Eureka has posted shutouts against Fort Bragg and Balboa and haven’t started 5-0 in more than a decade. Eureka wins 21-14

Carmel (2-3) at Scotts Valley (3-1) 7:30 PM: Scotts Valley has given up 26 points in three wins outside of a 63-21 loss to Terra Nova. Carmel has been outscored 59-7 in the second halves of its three losses, including defeats against undefeated squads in Christopher and Gilroy. Luke Melcher has more than 600 total yards. Carmel wins 24-21

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